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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new series of "Fringe" currently running on Sky 1 Tuesdays, with a
repeat onfSKy 2 Wednesdays. The usually excellent writing and actors
at the top of their game. Probably the best sci-fi show currently airing. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have become addicted to Waterloo road!!!

Grange Hill for grown ups...or not, in my case!! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the last part of Mark Gatiss' History of Horror tonight at 9pm of BBC4.
Last week's edition about Hammer, Amicus and other Brit horror films, was a treat! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ludders wrote:
It's the last part of Mark Gatiss' History of Horror tonight at 9pm of BBC4.
Last week's edition about Hammer, Amicus and other Brit horror films, was a treat! Cool


I have really enjoyed these too. it hasnt really told me anything new, but these things are really great fun. If indded it is based on his own selections, then Gatiss has very good tastes.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, although tonight's episode inevitably focussed on some aspects of post 70's horror films that bore the arse off me.
Namely, Slasher/murder sprees/serial killer themes. I clearly remember leaving the cinema after Halloween, feeling distinctly un-thrilled. Similar story with Texas Chainshaw Massacre, one of the most overated horror films of all time, IMO.
It was nice to be reminded of some films that i do like, such as Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, and The Omen. I suppose at heart i'm a fan of what Christopher Lee calls 'fantasy horror', although i have to confess i find most zombie movies utterly dull as well. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like the silent era to hammer a lot, but there was some superb cheese in the 80s; some really ill concieved films Very Happy The 70s had some great exploitation as well. The last 20 years have produced a few good horrors, but the Aerican mainstream hasnt been worth watching for me and a big chunk of the shot on video type films have lacked imagination or sufficient lunacy; lots of ill concieved tat. Theres been lots of good or at least a bit shocking films from the east produced.

That said I havent seen tonights Gatiss yet so I cant specifically comment on it, just the state of cinema!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it's all subjective, but i was brought up on the Hammer era, so to me that's the creme de la creme. Like 70's Who or something. Very Happy

I do think there have been some great films in the genre even since the 80's, but also a whole lotta shite as well. Although some gems have come out of Hollywood, it seems to've become very generic and clich├ęd. For a while Asian Horror was the thing, but now even that has been beleaguered with too many Ring rip-offs. Although i think Ring is a great film. Even the american re-make is pretty good, which is unusual! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew up on hammer, universal, and B movies as well so im down with that!
I havent seen very many I would call classic from hollyood in th last two decades, I agree it hasbecome generic and cliched exercises in short lived cinema fillers on waves o f hype. Ho hum!
I cant say that im massive fan of ring and its ilk, for implied terror I prefer 60s Japanese cinema myself! I suspect ring did eastern ciname a vague diservice, as many films tried to immitate with a questionable degree of success, although thats not really ring's fault. The current crop of eastern horrors seems obsessed with spectacle over content, which can be fine, but quite often the concepts hark back to 80s and 90s films with little to add other than a contemporary twist on proceedings. I wonder what the next big bang will be in horror innovation?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first horror film i really remember seeing was Dracula: Prince of Darkness, when i was about 9 or 10. That set the pattern, really. Whenever i think of Dracula, it's always an image of Christopher Lee that pops up, no matter how many other actors have played the role.

A bit like the Doctor. To this day, i automatically think Jon Pertwee. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the fog might have been the first horror i saw; the first one that really gave me nightmares was the thing. Lots of funky dreams over that one in single figures Smile I think Hammers (and similar companies) I saw young, and its a bit hazey were curse of the werewolf, quatermass and the pit, the beast must die lol, dracula ad 1972 and curse of frankenstien. Maybe not the cream of the crop, but I think those were very early ones for me Very Happy I still dig them all!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

qwerty123 wrote:
the beast must die lol


And you still became a fan? Laughing

Curse of Frankenstein and Quatermass and the Pit* are classics though! Cool
And Pat Troughton was in a couple of Hammers, of course. The Gorgon, and Scars of Dracula. Very Happy

Not forgetting Amicus films: Vault of Horror, (featuring Tom Baker), and The House that Dripped Blood. (featuring Jon Pertwee) Very Happy

*music by Tristram Cary. (as was Blood From the Mummy's Tomb) Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The werewolf in TBMD was very cute.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ludders wrote:
qwerty123 wrote:
the beast must die lol


And you still became a fan? Laughing

Curse of Frankenstein and Quatermass and the Pit* are classics though! Cool
And Pat Troughton was in a couple of Hammers, of course. The Gorgon, and Scars of Dracula. Very Happy

Not forgetting Amicus films: Vault of Horror, (featuring Tom Baker), and The House that Dripped Blood. (featuring Jon Pertwee) Very Happy

*music by Tristram Cary. (as was Blood From the Mummy's Tomb) Cool


I do love those amicus films!!
Do you recall which (Amicus or other) film had the kiler cats which had a cheesy pun where a cat had literally gotten someone's tongue? I have it on VHS somewhere but I cantremember what its called for the life of me.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

qwerty123 wrote:
Do you recall which (Amicus or other) film had the kiler cats which had a cheesy pun where a cat had literally gotten someone's tongue? I have it on VHS somewhere but I cantremember what its called for the life of me.


Rings a bell, but i can't remember either.

Maybe this one?



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds pretty likely actually. I will have a scan on yootoob. Cheers man. I'm off to kip now Smile
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