Sam Raimi returns to Horror with a vengeance with DRAG ME TO HELL! I got this Blu Ray 2 weeks ago now – and I’ve watched with 3 different groups of folks. It is still scary. Still thrilling and absolutely funny! The Unrated Director’s cut features a bit more “pussy” gore – which was all but excised from the Theatrical cut, but to you folks that saw the film at SXSW’s amazing screening… it was in that cut. There’s probably more than that, but that stuff is the most obvious difference. Upon additional viewings I find the character that I most love in this film is that Apple guy. He’s just such a solid boyfriend. Sure he doesn’t believe in most of the shit that’s going on… but his character has the greatest transformative experience in the film… and while this fantastic film was utterly screwed by the movie going public in theaters… and Universal missed a bet by not rereleasing it into theaters during this weakass horror month… I wish it succeeded enough for us to have a sequel called DRAG HER OUT OF HELL – which would be about Justin Long’s character diving headfirst into the occult to barter with the devil over the soul of Alison Lohman. But alas… most likely ‘thank God’…. That will never happen. Still… I will repeatedly drag myself to hell for this movie!
I loathe Sandra Bullock’s character. And I kinda love Ryan Reynolds’ character. Except – why on fucking Earth is he interested in this just horribly self-absorbed witch of a woman. Meanwhile, with every twist, Ryan Reynolds’ character fleshes out and becomes someone that you’re desperate to steer as far away from her as possible. It’s pretty much one of those relationship built on lies, but guess what… the more they fight, disagree and get to know one another – they fall in love. You know – people want to know why so many marriages end in divorce… it is because, in a way, of bullshit role model romantic pap like this. No – building a lasting relationship doesn’t come from lying to each other, or based upon a relationship built on fighting. At least not in my experience. Albeit I’m just 2 years into the institution – but we don’t fight, that isn’t what we like to do, or work to do. There is very little romantic weight to anything in this film. The only reason to watch it is for Ryan Reynolds, who is quite good in a rather exhaustingly unsatisfying flick.
I genuinely feel bad for Robert Pattinson. He’s preternaturally hot to the female species to such a degree, that every man on the planet wants to summarily dismiss anything featuring him as complete and utter crap. But, Pattinson is actually pretty damn good as a performer. He did this back in 2006, it’s creepy, moody and honestly… a nice little ghost story. That the company putting it out has decided to sell it upon the magical sell sell sell of making it look like a prequel to TWILIGHT. Well, all those TWILIGHT fans will be surprised to find a film better than TWILIGHT and featuring a performance by Pattinson that is actually more than just poses and long stares. So, if you were on the fence about checking this out, because of the cover – do realize. This is a good WWI ghost story and Pattinson’s best work to date.
Here’s a film that feel is criminally misunderstood due to a really lacking and off base marketing campaign that aimed this as a big FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT film when that was the last thing that it was. Scratch that. It wasn’t even the last thing, it was absolutely NOT for families. This was a COLLEGE to mid-Forties film. ReWatching the film, I couldn’t help but marvel at how much fun LAND OF THE LOST was. And even though this was quite a bit of a financial disaster for UNIVERSAL – they’ve really done a great job on the Blu Ray. For example… check out the nearly 90 minute documentary on the making of the film! Or the almost additional hour of extras, not counting the commentary. Frankly, this is a comedy for people that like to get a bit wasted with friends and have a hoot with something FUN. Remember FUN. There’s images that just bitch slap the mind that appear throughout this crazy film. Just a shame it didn’t find its audience, it will now.
SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE REMAKE! Locke as a psychopathic step-father is something that every LOST fan owes it to themselves to check out this Halloween. This is a late-80s film that came out around the time I was a Sophmore at High School – and it was about this time that my mother re-married to a creepy, stumbling, alcoholic pool hustling STEP FATHER – and man… I could totally see this shit happening. This movie scared me. Made me watch my StepFather closer and closer. Turns out, he didn’t want to kill me, but teach me how to play pool like a god. Thus was born, Round Timbers Fats. Anyway – this is a huge relief to finally have on DVD. This is a big deal.
My second year out of High School, Richard Stanley’s HARDWARE came out to Raves from the reviewers of the day… at least here in Austin. So I was incredibly anxious to check it out. PIECE OF SHIT! I fucking loathed it. This became a joke with my father, anytime somebody said, “The next TERMINATOR” talking about a low-budget Sci Fi film, and we’d say, “like HARDWARE” and give each other a pained expression. So when this arrived on Blu Ray – I put it in. Actually, I put it in right after NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD – which had me all rearing to go for Ozsploitation titles… And man, about 40 minutes in, I just didn’t need to see anymore. I hate this film. I hated it nearly 20 years ago and I still hate it. That said, lots of people think this shit is brilliant. Decide for yourself, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya. As for the Blu Ray – transfer is great, it has lots of extras including some of Stanley’s short films – including a Super 8mm version of HARDWARE that I preferred to the feature.
Ok - This has the original score!!! Whew!!! A few years back it was released with a really lame, not the real score, but this edition totally rectifies that! The film itself is pretty good, at least that is my late night cable memories. I haven't gotten a chance to put this DVD in yet.
One of the greatest animated musicals of all time. Definitely the funniest. Definitely the raunchiest and wrongest. Well… except maybe LIVE FREAKY, DIE FREAKY…. But you’ll have to track that down on your own. It is hard to believe this is 10 years old now. I want straight to Blu Ray sequel features! In addition to the seasons. Because, this show is awesome. And the film was even better. How many of you know the songs by heart? The only extra I really wish they had was a Sing-A-Long Feature with a follow the bouncy ball feature to accompany every song. Like GREASE!
Here’s what you get: Comic Con Exclusive includes all four volumes of Futurama, as well as 4 feature-length adventures: Bender´s Big Score, The Beast With A Billion Backs, Bender´s Game, Into the Wild Green Yonder all contained in a limited edition collectible Bender Head with a numbered letter from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. But if you’re a hardcore FUTURAMA fan, you probably have most of that – and some of it in Blu Ray already. That said, you get nearly 2000 minutes of entertainment, and if you have a pesky friend that hasn’t given themselves over to the joy and wonder of FUTURAMA… well… here’s the gift set you’ll be getting them. Right?
I have conflicted feelings about this film. I loved being on set in Whoville surrounded by dozens upon dozens of Who-actors on all sides. Seussian architecture. All that Rick Baker make-up – but the film is such an overall failure. This centers upon Jim Carrey’s performance as the Grinch, who would have been so much better if played by Ian McKellen or Christopher Lee. Ron decided to direct the film as a cartoon, rather than as an earnest Seuss tale. That was the mistake. The film is riddled with inappropriate and dated pop culture references that have no place in Seuss. This goes on my Rick Baker shelf – to show how it has to be more than just his work, but his work is worth buying even bad movies for.
Entertainment Weekly declared it the Best Film of the Nineties. In terms of foretelling what Media Culture would become in the wake of this film, NATURAL BORN KILLERS is eerily prophetic. Truly a masterpiece of sardonic black humor, a satire of the highest form. And one day, I predict someone is going to remake NATURAL BORN KILLERS as a straight adaptation of Tarantino’s original script, which the film barely resembles… and then there will be a great divide over which version is the best! Personally, I’d love to see Quentin do it and make his NATURAL BORN KILLERS. Just because, I feel the world would be amazing if it had Stone’s version and QT’s. Anyway, enough masturbation. NATURAL BORN KILLERS is an all out assault that makes for an amazing film to watch on Blu Ray. This edition has a new featurette, a new intro by Oliver Stone – and a host of extras. And the film? Still as in your face as ever!
From 1974 comes PETS, the film that pretty much perfectly describes my domestic situation. Here’s the trailer:
Now this is the first time you’ve had the opportunity to see PETS on DVD – and it’s pretty much worth the wait. Also, for the man that has everything, you’ll learn… you can always have more. Just don’t let them off the leash. That’s important.
I have a huge soft spot in my heart for THE CRAFT. It was probably the first cool thing I ever did on my computer for my sister. When I got my passes for the advance screening, the first year of AICN btw, I scanned them into my computer – and digitally replaced the heads of all the leads with those of my sister and her friends – all of whom were already fans of the look, prevalent in this film. I had also picked up enough passes for her and her friends. I was a very cool brother when this movie came out. Flash 13 years later and my wife is also a HUGE HONKING CRAFT GEEK, though she isn’t at all caught up in any of the style of the film. That said, the number one thing that she and I can agree on is that Fairuza Balk was born for this role. The Blu Ray is crazy pretty. Not a lot of extras. But this film has an army of cool girls that love it. Trust me on that!
If you’ve been buying the Lionsgate released Marvel Animated films – you have everything here. There are no new extras – this is just a Holiday pack, priced at $36. This is one of those things they hope gets gift wrapped and placed under a Christmas tree in the not to distant future. If you haven’t picked these up – and you don’t mind Standard Def… they’re actually pretty good films. The most surprising being NEXT AVENGERS, which is shockingly pretty damn good!
I watched BLUE SUMMER – which was pretty forgettable. SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS is much better, but the best is SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN – which features Harry Reems and is pretty darn good – even if it is the softcore cut. But check out TEENAGE DIVORCE to see George Takei in a Love Commune flick! Seriously!
I love this. If you like Chinese comedic erotic weirdness – SEX AND ZEN is exactly what you want. This is as hilarious as it is hot and it is both of those in spades. But there’s nothing I can say that would get you to get exactly what I’m talking about. Instead – check out this trailer – and if it looks like something you want more of, and you’d have to be dead not to, then check it out! It’s outstanding:
This is a very weird film. As you would probably guess. That said, it was the first feature to tell the world about LSD. This is historic exploitation, that just makes you think… REALLY? Is that really what a Greenwich Village LSD Sex Party looked like? I don’t know, but damn it is weird. And the two LSD scare films are also really choice films in their own right. I found a trailer for this on YouTube, for this release. Check it out:Next week, I’ll be looking at the TRANSFORMERS 2 Blu Ray, Michelle Pfeiffer’s very hot CHERI, Costner’s WATERWORLD Blu Ray, a PEANUTS 70s collection, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, SUMMER STORM, PLASTIC MAN, MONSOON WEDDING Criterion Blu Ray, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET complete series, ICHI THE KILLER on fucking BLU RAY!!!!, EASY RIDER Blu, TRANSFORMERS: 25th Anniversary Matrix of Leadership Edition, The William Castle Film Collection, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ARCHIVE COLLECTION, MOON IN THE GUTTER, THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, SUMMER CAMP NIGHTMARE, WICKED WIFE, TEENAGE DIRTBAG, BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE, WITHNAIL & I Blu and more!
BTW – GiGi Darlene was amazing in BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL – and she’s everybit as hot here. Very trippy as you would hope and very kitschy too. Fun cult experience.
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST
I always refer to it as an interesting failure by an over ambitious first time feature filmmaker. And when the robot rampage starts (after 50 minutes or so) it has definitely some entertainment value.
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST
...was that they were preaching for more love and less materialism, by making a billion dollar budget movie that wants to impress with its art direction and make up!
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST
The best time I had at the movies in years!
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST
by The Mothman
I was having a chat to a mate the other day noting how much times have changed re: heroes in movies. In my heyday, the iconic men on the screen were Arnie, Stallone, Bruce, and maybe even Keanu. These days? We have LaBeouf, Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg. Nothing against those guys, but geez...the general consensus on what makes a strong male lead seems to have changed. The appeal of Pattinson confuses me somewhat...is that what chicks are after these days? Someone who can stare and fawn over them? Robert Smith probably wishes he was 21 again. Regarding the other releases, I'd like to give NBK a fresh watch. It may have deviated from Tarantino's vision, but so did True Romance apparently, and I find that almost the best thing his name's been attached to.
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST
Chuck Jones's adaptation is perfection.
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST
oh God, please tell me that's a joke name (I'm guessing it is)
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST
by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl
I remember seeing that movie with a group of friends years ago and almost wanting to go the whole wiccan route afterwards. Of course I learned, after reading a few books on the whole subject matter, that going wiccan doesn't mean I'd learn a spell to glamour my hair a different color.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST
It has Cmdr. Straker with a whip! HA! That was a funny surprise indeed.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:09 a.m. CST
.. hopefully mine will be on my doorstep when I wake up tomorrow. I've been counting the days for that one to get here. Love it!
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST
by Desk of Steel
It DOES have the original soundtrack. The last release in '03 didn't.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST
reminds me of that asian soft porn the guys try to sell max renn in videodrome
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST
-- know that you just referred to the guy In Cheri (who plays Cheri) "very hot"?
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
bearing that in mind, its not a bad little thriller. And as for pasting the heads of your underage sister and friends on the bodies of the sexy little minxes from The Craft......well people can get arrested for that.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST
I'm 95% sure he was responsible for the killerbot.
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:15 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
And I do want that sequel Harry thought up.
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:15 a.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST
Digital Dong, and your making a retarded statement about someones wife?...no,yournotrite.
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST
So she goes to hell then?
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
to direct Neuromancer or something like that. One of those potentialy great sci fi movies we'll never get to see.
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST
by Lance Rocke
what scene was that?
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST
While trying not to spoil anything... think feline, not vagina.<br><br>And Harry, I had no idea you played pool (unless that was just sarcasm). Do you still shoot?
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST
However not the best film of the 90s...That title goes to GoodFellas..
Oct. 13, 2009, 7 a.m. CST
"Natural Born Killers" the best of the '90s?! It wasn't even Stone's best in the decade. I'd go with crazy-ass "JFK" before "Killers." As for THE Best, "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Schindler's List" are bona fide classicz. There's also "Pulp Fiction," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "Toy Story," "The Usual Suspects," "The Silence of the Lambs," and "GoodFellas." Many underrated flicks, too, like "Election," "12 Monkeys," and "A Simple Plan." Even much-maligned "Titanic" and "Gump" were personal visions delivered by great filmmakers (Cameron and Zemeckis) who knew how to deliver epic stories with some sweep. The '90s was a really good era for film.
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST
When I first saw it in the theater I thought it was not a great film, beautiful, but Carrey was too much of a Ham for me. But as I started to watch it more around the holidays it actually is not a bad movie, it still has many weak moments, but the parts I didn't like have grown on me. The part that still makes me laugh is when the Grinch is hurting himself to stop listening to the Christmas music coming from Whoville, also the scene where he steals Christmas is good. I agree there are some problems with it, but I still find it fun.
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST
He'll always be Cedric to me, and was great in the role.
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST
I bought Hardware recently on DVD, keen to see if it still had the same punch it had in the early '90's, and it does!! One more note: The UK version has the original 200OAD story "Shok!!" (upon which Hardware was based) within it as a bonus.
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST
After countless apologist bullshit reviews and trumpeting every obscure piece-of-schlock B movie under the sun as long as no one but you has heard of it, HARDWARE is where you finally draw the line? Based on what (besides the fact it's not THE TERMINATOR)? Did Richard Stanley snub you at some film fest? Yeah, HARDWARE is unwatchable, but the fucking LAND OF THE LOST remake starring Will Farrell is "misunderstood." Does this shit pass through any kind of filter in your brain beforehand?
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST
by Human Tornado
Eastwood's "Unforgiven". FACT!
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST
He's basically just doing improv in a grinch suit. Too damn funny. "No messages? Better check the out going." "If you so much utter as one SYLLABLE I'll hunt you down and gut you like fish! If you want to fax me press the star key." LOL
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST
ARRRGGGHHHHH! Can Harry get through *ONE* DVD review without saying 'that said'? Seriously, is it so tough? All you have to do is not type the words 'that said'. Surely it's not too difficult. And I *can* call you Shirley, right?
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST
Its like a bad student movie. Hardware, on the other hand, is ace<p>As for the 'Neuromancer' movie someone mentioned - can't see that happening, ever, since the Wachowski's gutted it for The Matrix, quite literally.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST
I remember enjoying Hardware in the cinema way back.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST
I believe they changed their minds when they called "Pulp Fiction" the best film of the past 25 years.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST
That's so fuckin' happening.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST
I'm not crazy about Jim Carrey's transformation from comic actor to dramatic back to unfunny comic actor (Yes Man anyone?) but I think he is perfect in The Grinch. I watch it every Christmas season along with Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. Also Ernest saves Christmas is another great holiday movie in my opinion. Sure it's geared more toward a younger audience, but it holds a special place in my heart, and Jim Varney is missed.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST
October is for Horror movies man! In November I'll start thinking about xmas movies, but I won't start watching 'em until after Thanksgiving (when the tree goes up). Still, I really don't like the live action Grinch, except for Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Because it's crazy.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST
Drugs should most likely be involved in said party or, at the very least, excessive amounts of booze. I fuckin' loved it (and I really wanted a Grumpy t-shirt) but it bombed. So, hopefully it will find it's cult audience. It deserves it. I actually think Land of the Lost has more rewatchability than say, The Hangover, because it has so much going on. And I'm right.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST
what is wrong with you Harry? Maybe you should just stick to reviewing asian soft core porn. that never seems to get a bad rating from you. while hardware's production values may be low, it's got edgy visuals, a good cast and a great soundtrack. i'm excited to finally see the true director's cut here and moreso, in HD. count me as thrilled.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST
with Brad Dourif. That movie is awesome! I want to see this Hardware movie, I'll probably like it. I'm always down for low budget attempts at sci-fi and horror.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST
I've also seen Death Machine with Brad Dourif. Reckon I saw it about 15 years ago on vhs and I still remember and reference it if Norrington comes up as the subject of conversation. Quite an effective little DTV.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST
It was ok, a lot of fun. Just not good enough to go apeshit over. Fun $1 theater ride, though now wish I had paid full price for the better sound. I think lack of Campbell appearence he easily could have been IMAC's dad. Also no good one liners. As far as Harry Bitching about its Box office gross, it did better then most unknown horror movies. So I don't know why the bitching. The trailer kind of sucked.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST
End with a dude slowly running out of a building with some robot machine screaming? If so I've been looking for that movie for EVER! I bough Death Machine thinking it was this movie I just kept catching the ending OVER and OVER again. And this was before DVR and it didn't have the title in the credits or you couldn't read it. I hope it is.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST
I HATED Drag Me to Hell. It was moronic and nowhere near scary. Every time it was building up to being bad ass, Raimi would drag the film to a halt then add some stupid slapstick. The man has an unhealthy oral fixation.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST
was a piece of junk...
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST
...while stating in the same breath that The Craft has any sort of value should not be writing about movies at all.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST
by bingo the clown
If you've ever wanted to see what happened that one time in band camp, this movie shows it. It also has a surprisingly depressing ending, considering that for the most part it's a comedy.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST
Yet Year One is a rental......nothing is worse then Year One, NOTHING. So I'm guessing Harry's lost touch with reality.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST
Harry, you spoiled the ending of Drag Me to Hell. Awesome. Thanks a lot, asshole.
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST
It came out this week, also. http://is.gd/4hq4z
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST
Also, out this week. OMG! This is one of my favorite girl power movies of all time, AND it was choreographed and co-stars Gao Xian -- the guy who choreographed Crouching Tiger. http://is.gd/4hqwM
Oct. 13, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST
Drag me To Hell: I have a crush on Justin Long! The Proposal: I have a crush on Ryan Reynolds! Also, did you know I was married? The Haunted Airman: Robert Pattinson is hot! Land of the Lost: I want to rag on this movie, but I want to be invited to the set of Will Farrell's next movie MORE. Hardware: This is an awful movie. Here is an amazon link! How The Grinch Stole Christmas: This is an awful movie. Here is an amazon link! Natural Born Killers: I masturbate while thinking of Oliver Stone-on-Tarantino action! Pets: How long has it been since I reminded you I was married?
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
some website had the press release and it said they would sell the head on its own for those of us who already own all the dvds. anyone know how and where you can get that? everyone seems to only sell the full on collection.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST
Because maybe, just maybe, on that particular day a little kid may walk in to blockbuster seeking the new comedy starring jack black and the kid from superbad. And because you just rented out the last copy, this kid, who hasn't yet been beaten down by years and years of watching the shit that comes out of hollywood, this kid will have to choose something else. And maybe, just maybe, his choice will inspire him to become president, to cure cancer, or to wrestle gators. Anything instead of the path of drugs, prostitution and dying a horrible death in the gutter that Year One will drag him down. <p>The ripple effect of your renting Year One could echo through the ages. Or the kid could rent Transformers 2 and end up the leader of a cult. <p>Who knows?
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST
"I like lots and lots of butter on mine don't you?" Also when he brings the Christmas tree to Vern's house just kills me. "MMMMMMMMMM Party Punch." CRASH! Good stuff.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST
I just saw it for my first time last week and rather enjoyed it.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST
It wasnt scary, bad effects, bad acting, shocking script and lacking direction. Biggest disappointment of the year.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST
by Jack Burton
Unbelievable. Rarely is there so much as a plot synopsis (I have no idea what Hardware is. None.) on this column. Then in the same breath you lament no one saw Drag Me To Hell, you spoil the ending. Brilliant. If I hadn't already seen it, I would be furious.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Love the Mars Attacks! Harry animation.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
I was guessing H's sequel title, was a spoiler. Now its been confirmed. Cheers H!
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST
It's pretty predictable anyway and even if you know it, the movie is way too much fun to not watch it.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
I was going to watch it next weekend, the hate shown for it here has got me a bit worried though - I'm not a fan of slapstick in my horror - unless its like Evil Dead 2. Oh and Curse of the Demon (I think its Night of the Demon in the UK) is an awesome film, one of my favorite horrors.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST
I avoided it in theaters but I'll give it a chance now. It's got the funny mullet guy in it. I will also finally watch Stepfather, partly out of spite for the shitty-looking remake.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST
I don't think I should spare some kid the same traumatic experience I went through, having a hard time kicking the heroine addiction. Sitting through just 10 minutes of that movie as a kid may actually influence him to study rather the watch shit.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST
I suppose I’m in the minority here, but I was not too terribly impressed with DRAG ME TO HELL. It was nice to see Raimi back on the big screen showing the idiots who’ve been ruining horror movies how to do it “right,” if by “right” you mean using the same dumb jump-scare techniques slightly more effectively. The only horror-movie convention missing was a cat jumping out of the shadows landing on top of a garbage can at <i>just the right moment</i>. <p> All in all, I thought it was average, despite Raimi’s name hovering above the title.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST
Everyone was let down with Drag me to Hell due to the lack of Bruce Campbell, he could have been her boss as well. Or the ghost whisperer guy. Or all three.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST
Oh, and HARDWARE was not all that great, but it does have one of the best, tripped-out, psychedelic death scenes in cinematic history. I think I’ve liked the movie more than it deserves all these years for that alone.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST
and Drag me to Hell was ok at best. (I already threw out my dvd-r) more proof that Fat Ass has no clue what he's talking about. Oh, and i've been gone for awhile, what happened to his wifes pathetic attempt at a music "column"?
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST
Wow, I guess I'm not in the minority on that. I should read all the comments before posting...
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST
She's too busy keeping up with the stressfull eating schedule Harry is on, causing her to put all her time into cookiing.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST
doesnt like being mentioned. all this soft core porn. must mean something. look, people use porn to spice up there sex life. why doesnt harry mention debbie does dallas. is there something harry isnt telling. his wife used to have a column on this and its long gone. i wonder if something is up. pardon the porny pun.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST
YOU LIE! Have you not heard that due to his diabetes and his burning desire to ballroom and tapdance (he's classically trained you know. That's why he gets SO MANY chicks) Harry has joined a gym, started eating healthy, and had lapband surgery?? Like, I said i've been gone for awhile. Surely by now Harry is a 170LB picture of health! (that is unless he flaked out like a bitch)
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
movie never made. That franchise had such potential, but the two movies were such crap, William Sadler (who rocks in anything) aside. I get a little tired of the Raimi-Cam, zoom, shake or tilt the camera furiously to show chaos, but it's hellafun, to paraphrase Cartman. Speaking of which, does South Park really benefit from BluRay? Boy, those psuedo-cutout animations really stand out crystal clear!!! If you own the standard, why upgrade? Oh and BTW.....lickmyballs.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
He had the lapband and IS STILL FAT??!! Is that even fucking medically possible? Jesus Christ!
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
...is garbage. There will never be any kind of "cult audience" for it because it is not funny at all and contains no redeeming qualities whatsoever, whether you watch it stoned or otherwise. <p> I really love Will Ferrell and Danny McBride as actors...Anchorman is one of my all-time favorites, as is Eastbound and Down...but LOTL is a fucking mess. It is incredibly unfocused. For someone to say that "people just don't get it yet" is ridiculous. There is nothing to "get". Trust me. Unless you have trouble wrapping your head around the idea of "retards run around in the desert" (while that may sound enjoyable to watch, it's not) <p> Same thing with the fucks that hailed "Observe and Report" as a future cult movie; that people "just didn't get it". Nope. Sorry. That movie sucked, too. <p> LOTL will be no more of a cult classic than that stupid fucking kid soccer movie Ferrell made.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
at least they finally released a proper Happy Birthday to ME. It even has the correct cover art! Good times.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
has season 4 of Its Always Sunny and East Bound And Down (McBride at his best, and better than Foot Fist and Observe And Report IMO)this week for less than 20 bucks each. And Sunny has the live Nightman show as an extra. Favorite line, "The douche from Wonder Years showed up..."
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
Bordello of Blood was terrible in every possible way but i thought Demon Knight was great. Billy Zane was over the top in a fun way. and who can complain over a cute little blonde Jada Pinkett-before-the-Smith. being drenched in blood has never been sexier. :P
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST
Is their a commentary? If no then its fucking worthless. What are those guys doing? I mean they only work like 2 months a year.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST
agreed. good balance of humor and gore. Bordello was ASS.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST
Very fond memories of that film.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST
You know Fred directs a bunch of Sunny episodes.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST
Was a lot of fun. Good call on the Drag Me to Hell being the best Crypt movie ever made. It was all very Cyrpt like.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST
Seriously there is way WAY WAY too much shit coming out, that if it doesn't get noticed on the big screen no one outside of the geek verse is going to give a shit about it. <P> The only way a movie becomes a cult hit now is if it gets remade.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST
Thats why I think the line is even more funny.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST
Daddy Day Camp anyone? I hope he did that just to get money for Sunny.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST
I love Raimi, but Drag me To Hell just seemed like the same ole same ole, minus Bruce Campell and with the insanity meter turned down to about 6. Watching it just made me want to re-watch Evil Dead 2 which is far, far superior. I don't really understand why Raimi felt the need to make it when he'd already hit near perfection with this type of film already, do something small and personal for the good of your soul sure, but try something new why don't you.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST
...cannot be "predicted" or "hailed." It happens naturally, organically, and it happens to the film that NOBODY even bothers to talk about. Any film that someone says "is a future cult hit" already got too much attention to fulfill any such prophecy. Donnie Darko is the perfect "word of mouth only" cult hit we've had recently.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST
When it was the cute chick from the Cosby Show getting the drencing whilst being pounded by Mickey Rourke in Angel Heart!
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST
I didn't say Observe sucked, just that I enjoyed East Bound better......douche. And maybe I'll need to see Demon Knight again, it just didn't do much for me when I first saw it way back when.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST
is actually a heavily plagiarized version of a story from 2000 A.D., which itself was a spin-off from a Judge Dredd story. So even if you think it's crap, it's still better than Judge Stallone.
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST
You must be a youngun', Crimson_King. Reems was an actor in porn in the 70's, most notoriously starring in Deep Throat.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
Terry O'Quinn is abso-fucking-lutely terrific in this. I think Dylan Walsh is a fine actor, but in no way will he be able to better that performance. Now remaster and release The Hidden, another 80's gem.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST
Slim pickin's this week.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST
Funny, scary, Pinkett-y.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST
Yeah thats true. Movies that have critics saying "THIS WILL BE A CULT MOVIE!" won't be. Movies that no one fucking gives a shit and get little notice and exposure become cult movies. I see The Collector becoming more a Cult hit then Drag me to hell. Drag Me to Hell will be one of those movies in 2-3 years thats on AMC about once a week.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST
"one of those movies in 2-3 years thats on AMC about once a week." can describe Catwoman. NO movie deserves that distinction.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST
Is on that schedule right now actually.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
any word on upgrading the talk back system?
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST
but "WWI ghost story" is good enough for me to rent it (eventually - I added it to my list where it sits at #104)
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST
Flipping amazing. It has so much atmosphere you can actually reach out and grab it. It presents a world that's more real and palpatable than most movies can even dream of having. It's a cyberpunk vision damn near perfectly realized. It doesn't have a lot of plot, but so far as style, the movie just don't quit.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST
...I have a new respect for Ryan Reynolds. His ongoing monologue to the silent new guy was the backbone and only real plot of the movie. And I laughed.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST
Man can't believe I've never heard of this film. Seems like its a real love it or hate it movie. But if you hate it you fucking HATE IT. I just watched the trailer and it looked pretty bad ass, not sure if its the movie who's ending I've seen 10 times but never the movie. Though it looks like it could be, or that movie was a rip off of it.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST
...stinky parts, but still...new respect.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST
...an failed ice-cream-truck man? Because I would fucking love to have that on my resume.<P> I'm not joking.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST
Drag Me To Hell sucked fucking balls! I'm a huge Sam Raimi fan and I fucking detested Drag Me To Hell.... "Ooooooh stage lighting, I'm going to jizz all over myself". Yeah great the lighting has real texture and then every scene culminates in Alison Lohman being face-raped by crappy looking CGI.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST
And I really enjoyed it. To me it felt like a companion piece to Office Space, as if the two movies were set at a different edge of one large and depressing industrial park. Having never watched a Scary Movie, I also came to realize Anna Faris is incredibly fuckable, confirmed this weekend in Observe and Report (meh).
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST
Damn no edit function. I like to be gramatically correct when I'm spewing ignorant and petty bile to other people with an unhealthy attachment to movies.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST
showing Ron Howard and Jim Carrey and Mike Myers gang-fucking Dr Seuss' corpse in the asshole?
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST
Yeah compared to all the shit that gets hyped up on here with nothing to back it up Hardware actually delivers. Maybe not everything that it hoped to but it does deliver on a lot, including an excellent soundtrack. Hell, I haven't seen this movie in over a decade and I still quote lines from it...it had to have done something right.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST
Man I wish I could say yes. So lets just pretend I did and move on from there.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
...I won't mention it again.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
More like Drag My Fingers Across A Chalkboard with the sound amplified X100.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST
...I won't get my indy movie about a failing ice cream truck driver with stop motion interludes where the people are made of melting ice cream?<P>Because I still want to see it.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST
Slim Pickens this week? Where? Which Movie?
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
Just to add to that chorus. Its just Evil Dead 2 lite sans Bruce Campbell.
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
Agreed, Terry O'Quinn was great. It also had my favorite B-Movie actress at the time, JILL SCHOELEN, in a short topless scene to boot!
Oct. 13, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST
I think we can still make that happen.
Oct. 13, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST
by Jamie McBain
Finally, Hardware, Happy Birthday To Me, and The Stepfather, on DVD! That and Phantasm 2, as well.
Oct. 13, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST
Thanks for ruining the ending for me Harry. I'm sure Sam Raimi and others who haven't seen it appreciates that. How about kicking out a *spoiler* tag next time, eh?
Oct. 13, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST
Just like Hurt Locker!
Oct. 13, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST
hollywoods types have been plugging this thing for years. but they can afford all the medical bills and dieticians and what not. its like the guy who went around the world saying that lost of his weight through eating subway sandwiches complete nonsense.
Oct. 13, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST
Screw you haters. Go suck a dick. Bring that shit back to theatres on Halloween night.
Oct. 13, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST
was great as Cedric. Talk about a sad, sad ending to that movie...but it was beautifully done.
Oct. 13, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST
by Frank Black
I have waited years for a proper release and am really surprised that Harry doesn't like this film. I'd rather see this a million times before ever watching another Terminator film again.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST
...Woody Harrelson, acting as his own attorney, cross-examining Ashley Judd,one of the survivors of his many family massacres...just goddamn brilliant and NEVER should have been cut out of the film...this should be re-inserted into the body of the film as it goes through its many 'special editions', 'final-final-we-really-mean final Director's Cut', 'honest-to-God-truly-ultimate Uncut edition', 'the-Holy-Fucking-Shit-We're-Not-Kidding-The-Cosmic-Balls-To-The-Wall-Ultra-Final-Cut'...etc,etc.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
Same old, same old, eh?
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST
I have ever soon. It is by far the worst movie I have seen in a theater and I was unlucky enough to be with family members seeing A Night at the Museum. It made Home Alone look like a masterpiece. For the record, I have never seen Highlander 2 or Drop Dead Fred.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST
All right, I am going back almost 20 years to the one time I saw it and maybe if I watched it again, I would like it better. I just remember it dragging with little story-telling either through dialog or visually. I also remember Lemmy as the DJ and the pack of cannabis smokes.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST
Is the worst movie I've ever seen.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST
the thing has been in theaters and long gone.. wake the fuck up Rumplesteilskin... you've had PLENTY of time to catch up. Its YOUR bad.. not Harrys. Get a grip. I don't care if you live in BFE or some craphole country that you couldn't see it in. Its not Harrys or anyones fault you blew your chance. Any movie that has been out in theaters for a while, or even has left the theater, is fair game for uncensored discussion. Deal with it.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST
a guy peering through some peephole at a robot, mumbling stuff?
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST
...Harry thinks that Land Of The Lost is criminally misunderstood, but Hardware is a piece of shit? Shame on you Harry. jmyoung666 - maybe you should watch Hardware again and see if you like it more now. It's got a great soundtrack (and you'd also see that Lemmy plays a water-taxi driver and not a DJ.)
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST
when it comes to movies that were released in theaters a while ago. People are going to express their thoughts and opinions down here. However, I do think Harry, in his description above of the newly-released film, could have done it spoiler free. Not everyone gets free passes to everything that comes out or has unlimited income to see every movie that gets released (nor have the time). Some of us have to wait until it comes out on DVD before we get a chance to see it.
Oct. 13, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST
I bought a DVD boxed set of S&Z a few years ago..part 2 has Shu Qi.mmm
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST
But HE COMES BACK!! Oh, and Chewbacca died in the books, but those are shit.
Oct. 13, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST
I can't believe I agree with Harry Knowles, but he is right. That movie was terrible. I saw it in the theater in Century City and it was the only time that I ever wanted to ask for my money back after seeing a movie, and I've seen some bad films. Also, Drag Me To Hell was one of the top 5 movies of the year!
Oct. 13, 2009, 7 p.m. CST
...instead of re-telling us your personal opinions. For the most part, we know if we like, love or hate the releases. Just stick to the facts, man...good transfer or no?
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST
SAW VI BABY! Oct Something! I got you a ticket already! GONNA BEEEE TIGHT!
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST
Ummmm its in the fucking title. Not like Harry told you The Mac Guy was a dead douche bag or something.
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST
for Halloween. I fuckin' loved that scene! I'm watching Drag Me to Hell tonight, fuck all you haters!
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST
by Stunt Vocalist 709
Remember, Star Wars happened long long ago. Which means, even if by old age... Chewbacca is dead. Unless he was put in stasis.
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST
It's all about AUTOMATIC! Where's my DVD of AUTOMATIC?
Oct. 13, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST
Go buy TRICK'R TREAT INSTEAD! you'll be glad you did
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST
by Lord Oxley
Which was the thing I rushed out for today.
Oct. 13, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST
Regurgitated vomit for those who prefer 'pitchers' to words
Oct. 13, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST
by Alfie Boy
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST
Hahaha I LOVE that movie. Brad Dourif is so insane in that movie. I mean he is always insane, but in DM he is in a whole other league. I caught that movie once late at night on TV not knowing what the hell it was. I like to think it was made purposely as a comedy because it is so funny. Also, I like Hardware, but it is a very different kind of movie from Death Machine.
Oct. 13, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST
That's right. Jerry. Thanks, Honey!
Oct. 14, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST
Does have a commentary, and I'm still not getting a Blue ray player. <NATURAL BORN KILLERS is one of the biggest pieces of Shit I have ever seen.>
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST
Yes, yes it was. Mostly because the primal settings and 3 rustic characters reduced it to simpler humor going on at the moment which really has to stand on its own without the benefit of zipping around to numerous characters or settings in an effort to make you forget some bad joke, which was refreshing after so many of those fratpack movies of his.
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST
I hate to be "that guy", but I stumbled upon this and thought it was interesting http://tinyurl.com/yfybj3m
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST
Surely should have been out by now
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST
2 weeks from now I believe...
Oct. 14, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST
There now I really spoiled Drag Me to Hell!
Oct. 14, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST
What a piece of shit movie, saw everything coming a mile away. What a disapointment.
Oct. 14, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST
People actually still think that over-directed stinking pile is a good movie ? OK, the point of the movie is made in 5 minutes then it's pounded away at with no mercy...oh wait, this IS Oliver Stone. Amazing people drank the Kool Aid on that shit heap
Oct. 14, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST
by Coma Baby
I remember Hardware being suspenseful, sort of odd, and pretty good - enough that even though I only saw it once long ago on an old vhs tape, I pre-ordered it once I saw it on Amazon. The director Richard Stanley is an interesting enough guy, that, even if the feature doesn't hold up, I'm looking forward to the short film and commentary. Also, Stepfather is awesome - looking forward to finally seeing it again.
Oct. 14, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST
by lex romero
Oct. 14, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
It had a couple of moments here and there but for the most part was an insipid, predictable heap of dung. What irks me more is that the film got a pass from fanboys despite being a Pussy-13 horror flick rife with piss poor CG, something that supposedly the horror crowd loathes. And regardless of what Harry claims, there was nothing even remotely scary about this endeavor. What did linger however was how incredibly telegraphed the ending was. If you want to see a true horror classic in every sense of the word, go see Paranormal Activity.
Oct. 14, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST
Drag Me To Hell is tween horror at it's worst. At least the Saw films, shit as they may be, have the balls to be R rated.
Oct. 14, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST
And finally I understand why people stayed away in droves. I thought Raimi had lost it after Spiderman. After Spiderman 3 I was convinced. After Drag Me To Hell, that opinion isn't changing - what an utter pile of crap. I can't believe the praise it gets around here - the only reason for it I can see is the Raimi moniker being attached to a horror after all these years, because it sure as hell wasn't a good movie. I had to watch my Evil Dead trilogy afterwards to soothe my eyes with deadite mayhem.
Oct. 14, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST
for his performance in LOTL. He made the movie. Harry is right about this one.
Oct. 14, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST
The last time I saw it was 19-eighty-whatever. I hope it holds up. Saw Land Of The Lost and regained an appreciation of Ghostbusters, the best blend of high concept genre and comedy. The urine dousing, the giant mosquito, the "stupid" T-Rex, Farrell's umpteenth turn of a phrase ("Captain's Kirks nipples..."), showtunes are funny?, I could go on, but nothing...NOTHING made me laugh once. It made last years Love Guru look like a Marx Brothers classic.
Oct. 14, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST
I will be the first to admit his film career has been a series of let downs. His comedy is all over the place, it's like he is in his own little world while the rest of the film goes on around him. His Philosophy seems to be "throw everything at the audience that you can think of and your bound to hit something funny once in a while". I still have much love for Farrell but only in small well thought out doses. He is much funnier when he does cameos, like in Austin Powers and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Oct. 14, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST
in fact i kinda like that movie, i dont hate the grinchs backstory (why the fuck would they do that?) and the weird scenes when he goes back into town towards the start of the movie but i dont think its a bad movie at all. the cat in the hat is the bad movie. fucking awful.
Oct. 14, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST
I will always have a soft spot for Anchorman. Perhaps because he was willing to share the funny with his costars, who all shined.
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST
I think you hit the nail on the head. Anchorman was funny (and even Talledaga Nights for that matter). Only because they were funny movies with a funny ansemble cast. Everyone always say "Anchorman was very funny", rarely does anyone say "Anchorman was only funny because of Will farrell"
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST
I find it hard to relate to Harry and his taste in films precisely because of his reaction to HARDWARE. What a great film this is. An 80s style sci fi thriller that was released in 1990. In the same vein as DARK STAR, BUCKAROO BONZAI, A BOY AND HIS DOG, MAD MAX and DEATHRACE 2000 (I know ... a few of these are 70s films ... but they all have this same vibe). I can totally see Adam Ant or Peter Weller starring in this film. That said, HARDWARE has a dark, brooding tension those other films don't. I can see ALIEN's Ripley character also in the film. Now, wait, before someone calls foul ... I'm not saying HARDWARE's as good as any of those other films I just mentioned. (Though I do prefer it to A BOY AND HIS DOG and DARK STAR.) But it is a very good genre film that's totally worth a see. It also stars Iggy Pop (sort of) and has a special appearance by Lemmy from Motorhead. I'd rather see this than HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, THE CRAFT or NATURAL BORN KILLERS (I know ... gasp ... blasphemy; I can't stand Juliette Lewis as an actress. And I've never liked Stone as a director. I think his films have a lot of flair but very little substance. I'd much rather see Tarrintino do this film). And talk about college films. Me and my roommate watched HARDWARE numerous times through school following hours of beer swilling and Headbanger's Ball. Check it out. Very little studio backing. Smallish budget. No big name actors, unless you consider McDermott a name actor at the time. This film had / has very little going for it other than fan support.
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST
Season 1 release this week. INEXCUSABLE!!
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST
And yes, I was trashed when I saw it and I'm sure that had something to do with it. It was definitely funnier than Talladega Nights. Also, funnier than Anchorman, if not as good of film.
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST
What the hell indeed...while I'm not suprised to see negativity in the talkbacks as argueably thats what they are for, I'm suprised to see so much directed towards what I feel is one of the best films of the year, and one of the most refreshing of the entire horror genre to come along in a time packed with trite Saw sequels, and reboots of classics. Clearly we have a differing opinion on what makes a great horror film.
Oct. 14, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST
Harry, you did up and spoil the ending. That was pretty jabrone.
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST
i know who you are..you're like that group of fucktard hipsters who were sitting in the session I was in, they couldnt keep their big fat mouths shut..losers every one of em.
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST
My laywers will be in contact with your laywers. Good day sir. I SAID GOOD DAY!
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST
I was entertained by Drag Me to Hell, but one of the best movies of the year? I love the fact that Raimi basically gave a "shout out" to his Evil Dead fans by making this film. By now ways is this a master piece. Be honest now, you cringed when you saw the cgi eyeballs pop out into her face didn't you? And the "button in the envelope" mix up was so obvious. I am not trying to hate on this film, I just don't think we need to put it on a pedestal either.
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST
anyone see that?
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST
See Sam's brother Ted Raimi's death scene in Midnight Meat Train...THATS how you do CGI eyeballs.
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST
I know it's wussy and it's just a film but I hate cruelty to animals. Still, from Harry's summary it sounds like she got what she deserved in the end.
Oct. 14, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST
Remember him? He fucking went on and on forever about how we need to go out and see DMTH where did he go? Look at Harry's review he fucking spammed the TBs. <P> http://tinyurl.com/ykj7h9v
Oct. 14, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
I posted now and then just because it was such a nutty, underdog cause. Maybe he's down in a basement somewhere, watching it on a continuous loop.
Oct. 14, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST
...as he is in NBK. Just obviously the polar opposite nice guy version.
Oct. 14, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST
Tarantino should make his own Natural Born Killers, his own True Romance and his own From Dusk Till Dawn 2(Please god go do a McGerminator film or something Robert Patrick)! The world deserves two seperate great films on the same story.
Oct. 14, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST
Drag Me To Hell may not deserve the pedestal...but its certainly one of the better things I've seen this year that seems to have stuck with me, even moreso than other movies I loved. To me its horror gold....but that could be just a statement on how shitty other horror films have become lately. Maybe your right, and it could be just the shock of seeing something halfway decent. But either way I dug it.
Oct. 14, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST
Geezus Christ, I waited until the Unrated DVD was out (I stand by not theatrically supporting PG-13 Horror. Fuck it.) and Harry gives away the ending? Christ. You truly are a dick, buddy.
Oct. 14, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST
Thanks Harry. I would like to "gore" Lohman's pussy though. I liked Hardware. The heroine is Buscemi's first girl from Ghost World! Also, I just saw Observe and Report. Get it or don't get it- I thought it was funny as fuck.
Oct. 14, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST
The car fight scene alone is brilliantly staged, shot and edited. Raimi deserves some kudos for that.
Oct. 14, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST
Then run and pick up East Bound And Down...and to those who liked Land Of The Lost, I say the same. McBride and Ferrill are funnier in their short scenes together in that series than all of that bloated set design of a movie.
Oct. 14, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST
Definitely worth the time. It's only six short episodes and you can probably still on-demand it at a friend's for free. You never need to see anymore of Danny and Will cuz it's all right there at its best.
Oct. 14, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST
Harry has been called out on that numerous times before you showed up. Besides, did he really spoil anything?
Oct. 14, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST
It's best to start with the Cundey approved transfer of the '78 Halloween, complete with all the amber and blue filter magic. It's a lot more creepy that way. Perhaps Phantasm next, also from '78. What was going on in '78? Fucking genius. After that, The Thing from '82. That was also a great year for movies, obviously. Then An American Werewolf In London '81 -- grainy as hell even on Blu-ray, but it's brilliant. Coppola's Dracula might be in order after that, though flawed it's visually astounding. Myabe cap it off with The Exorcist original '73 version. Still the most chilling experience commited to celluloid in the seventies.
Oct. 14, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST
...Has to be one of the best video covers ever. Gold.
Oct. 14, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST
what were the nineties like? watch NBK....it's all there. the beginning of all our postmodern media. brilliant big budget satirical, sociological art film.
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST
With Horror movies, you honestly have about a 50/50 shot of a mildly uplifting ending where SOMEBODY survives, and the other half everybody's dead and/or gets dragged to Hell in the end. The fun is seeing how it plays out. Or at least it IS fun until some redheaded ginger retard spoils it in a DVD column for NO apparent reason, other than to, obviously, be a fucking ASSHOLE. Seriously is there ANY reason Harry gave away the ending aside from BEING. A. FUCKING. PRICK. Seriously, try to come up with a logical answer. I'll wait.
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST
the original '84 film should be included in any respectable October marathon.
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST
You ever flipped a coin and been SHOCKED!
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
You got a bet. You flip a coin. You wish it's tails. It lands heads. You lose the bet. The reaction is shocked. Therefore, HARRY IS A FUCKING JACKASS FOR GIVING AWAY THE ENDING. Prick.
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST
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Oct. 14, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST
Are you just being a contrarian so you can seem all cool and post modern and hip or a genuine retard?
Oct. 14, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST
the Movie is called Drag Me to Hell, and she gets dragged to Hell. You should be angry at Raimi for spoiling the film by calling it Drag Me to Hell.
Oct. 14, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST
One where she does, one where she doesn't. Choose ur own adventure!
Oct. 14, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST
given away in the title
Oct. 15, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST
...to a coworker who said she didn't like it because of what happened to the cat, and she owns 2 cats. I'm guessing many of the people who hate this movie own cats.
Oct. 15, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST
by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl
I've never really watched the original series so I suppose that protected my childhood from any rapes. <p> Wasn't perfect by far and there were some gross-out gags that tried to be too shocking that involved dinosaur bodily fluids but I enjoyed the cast and Grumpy and Chaka are both pretty nifty. <p> Then again, I just saw Audition for the first time this week so something a little more on the whimsical side is kind of needed.
Oct. 15, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
funny rant. harry, any word on a talk back upgrade?
Oct. 15, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST
I stand firmly by my loathing for DMTH and once again insist that Paranormal Activity is the true must see horror film of the year. It's actually the antithesis of DMTH.
Oct. 15, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST
Oct. 15, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST
Norrington was involved with Stanley's Hardware and directed Death machine. That will get you through any movie trivia quiz. Other than that...Harry i thought you championed indie filmmakers? He didn't have a lot of money when he made this. So you hate Hardware but do you like Dust Devil? Well do you Harry?
Oct. 15, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST
Good to see someone else with a sense of humor around here. It thought I was going to be alone in my battle against the humorless hordes in this talkback.
Oct. 15, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST
The reason I am reluctant to see it, is because of the director. I've seen most his other stuff and it sucked. I'm mainly looking at Lemmony Snicket, boring not funny, interesting set pieces but just a flat film overall. <P> Also Moonlight Mile, something so close to him was fucking boring and bland. <P> City of Angles sucked, and Casper was fun back as a kid but I don't remember it now. So I guess since Casper is my favorite movie of his, Land of the Lost should be fun. Seeing that they are the same type of movie (old tv show movie).
Oct. 15, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST
Then its going to blow balls.
Oct. 15, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST
Everything is here, just keep uploading :)
Oct. 15, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST
fucking blew every single cock on the entire planet. Remember that? When it sucked our dicks?...It was one I didn't enjoy btw.
Oct. 15, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST
I'm too lazy to find the link, but when Harry and Mori were invited to the sets and viewed rough cuts of the Grinch in 2001, both of them proclaimed it a timeless masterpiece. I mean, they slathered praise all over it. Even Mori's review of the final product was rapturous. Sorry guys, it was ALWAYS TERRIBLE.
Oct. 16, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST
Uh, it DOES. just turn your subtitles on during the songs, assuming it has a subtitle feature.
Oct. 16, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST
every one of those movies you named i didnt like, but did ilke LOTL so go for it.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST
This movie really didn't get the support it deserved. Great movie, and the theme music is Oscar worthy, in my opinion. Go spend the buck at Red Box and give it a view.
Oct. 16, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST
... it is a made-for-tv (BBC) movie based on "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" by Dennis Wheatley, who also wrote (among many works) "The Devil Rides Out" and "To The Devil A Daughter" (both adapted by Hammer Films).
Oct. 17, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST
I do feel bad for ol Patz..dude can totally act..I think Twilight is just one of those things you get caught up in and the money and fame seems too damn tempting..I'm not really into the whole sparkling, mormon vampires but Patterson is a good actor and allot of what's out there is others insecurity and not him personally..I heard that that Little Ashes with him playing Salvador Dalí..anyone seen it?
Oct. 19, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST
I was expecting Drag Me To Hell to be a little bigger. What the hell people?
Oct. 19, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST
If you like Ferrel you'll probably dig it. It starts to drag at the end but there was some really funny parts.
Oct. 19, 2009, 3:39 a.m. CST
*were some really funny parts
Oct. 19, 2009, 10 a.m. CST
Just watched it last night. Just don't expect it to be the Second Coming of Horror and you will enjoy it. I would highly recommend watching it with your girlfriend. Even if she doesn't like Horror movies she should have fun with this one.
Oct. 19, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST
It is, it just is.
Oct. 19, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST
I do remember this as a weird, moody, kind of fun Terminator rip-off but the soundtrack was so good, I bought THAT. Iggy Pop as the radio DJ = Fuck Yeah! There's spacy synth stuff, PiL, some other punk shite. Also, Drag Me To Hell = Fuck Yeah!
Oct. 19, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST
You are definitely in the minority. Also, you may find it boring, but you can't say that it is not a finely crafted film, i.e. lazy.
Oct. 19, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST
anymore? The unrated DVD always comes out.