Spoken like a man who doesn't like horror films.
Posted April 11th, 2019
Na trust me. Null knows his horror stuff. If anything it probably has more to do with how mainstream horror tends to be. There are a lot of better horror films floating around on the internet.
Course he may also disagree with how it was even aside from how it was as a mainstream film and the tendencies that come with that.
Edited April 11th, 2019
Hmm, I didn't think the movie was perfect. It was astounding in some ways. It had top-notch acting, it was what horror fans needed (an original plot that keeps you anxious throughout the movie). Unlike some movies, the trailers didn't spoil the plot, nor did they contain the best scenes.
Nonetheless, I felt the bizarre premise was over-explained in the end of the movie. The main characters weren't that likable.I just felt that plot was irrational, even though it's explained and cleverly crafted showing us clues and foreshadowing which all adds up at the end.
But I don't think it's horrible like Null makes it sound. It's a decent movie, great in many ways, and unlike your average horror it holds one's interest.
If Null think it was awful, he should watch it again so he could get all the details that he possibly missed. I got them all on the first viewing, but some people in the theater left the movie feeling disappointed. They didn't appreciate what the movie meant. Watching it again would enable these people to understand the themes and social commentary of Us that they missed.
Edited April 12th, 2019
I liked it. Get out was trash though
Posted April 12th, 2019
by S.o h.
>Spoken like a man who doesn't like horror films.
Inasmuch as I like films (i.e. not nearly as much as I like music), my favorite genres are thriller, sci-fi and action. I actually recently started watching all of the Friday the 13th movies just because I wanted to. One of my earliest memories of watching a movie was watching Nightmare on Elm Street when I was much too young for that to be appropriate. I love horror - in music, movies and video games. I watched Us knowing that it was a horror/thriller and with the experience of having watched and enjoyed Get Out (twice). I was very set to be biased in favor of this movie.
>Null knows his horror stuff
To be fair, I know much less about films than I know about other things that I enjoy. But I definitely have been trying to develop my critical skill with film lately.
>If Null think it was awful, he should watch it again so he could get all the details that he possibly missed.
I already planned to watch it again, just like I did with Get Out. I will be reserving my final judgement until I'm done with that second viewing. However, I am concerned for multiple reasons.
Us is a different film than Get Out. It's paced differently, it has a different atmosphere, it has a different goal. Some of this stuff was done the way that I preferred in Get Out - that's purely my preference. However, I think that there are some things that Us did that were much more objective missteps. The two most jarring things were the scale and the humor.
I absolutely hate it when a horror movie has a very contained, personal threat that exists as the result of some outlandish combination of circumstances, but it's revealed that there are thousands or millions more of the same thing that threaten everyone. The sheer logistics of a threat that large immediately take me out of it. The loss of the intensely personal focus and the personal mythology in favor of a general threat kills my interest - maybe not all the way, but I certainly find it much less enjoyable. I was gearing up to really dig the writing of Abraham and Pluto, given their obvious mythological references, but learning that there were millions more was a little bit of a downer. They actually didn't have to share the spotlight a lot, so they technically retain a lot of their individuality (and the other ones also appear to have their own personalities, even if they aren't named, like Heidecker), but it's still not as clean and tight as I like the focus to be. The background consideration that there are MILLIONS of these people is mind-boggling. While I am perfectly willing to suspend my disbelief to an absurd degree, I need to be prepped for it; Us plays it very realistically at first, so that threw me off. I mean, while we all have a personal mythology and an id, considering them all at the same time is jarring.
In Get Out, the straight humor is contained to a side character who is separated from the horrific situation. In Us, we stay with the main characters and they will occasionally inject some of the most jarring and inappropriate humor directly into unbelievably traumatic situations like they're fedora-tipping edgelords. This is also related to the fact that these relatively sheltered characters are seemingly perfectly capable of adopting lethal violence as a solution and killing multiple people without pre-meditation or nervous breakdown.
However, the movie was very technically well made. A lot of the choices were really cool (I fucking love the final fight with Red). But there are some things about it that I either really preferred the Get Out approach to or which I think where clear mistakes.
Posted April 12th, 2019
I really like that it was filmed in Santa Cruz. That shot up the scary x100 for me. I go there once maybe twice a year.
Posted April 12th, 2019
I have mixed feelings about us. Going into it, I wasn't expecting a meaningful plot since it was a horror movie, and I wasn't familiar with the director's previous work.
I figured out the plot halfway through but I was still mesmerized by the movie. I liked the plot, but the lack of a motive is what got to me. The lack of information about the clones and their purpose baffled me.
But I kind of liked them not explaining what they were. It left me in awe, trying to piece the movie together and all the twists. It's a conflicting feeling.
I also loved the soundtrack; it fits the movie so perfectly, matching the mood of the characters in each scene, and it's just great to listen to at any time.
i agree that it the plot was outlandish and overly elaborate, but it was one of the best horror plots I've seen in ages. Unlike your standard horror, it didn't have cheap scares. All the scary scenes had a purpose, thus making the film more frightening. And in a way, I think the plot holes/unanswered questions made the movie more interesting than frustrating.
=I actually recently started watching all of the Friday the 13th movies just because I wanted to.
Did you like them?
I love the Friday the 13th franchise, and I'm so bummed out that we haven't gotten a new movie in ages due to that copyright feud. But as much as I love Friday the 13th and really slasher movies, I know not everyone will. My enjoyment of them has changed though; as a kid, I was terrified of the villains in slashers movies, but now I enjoy cheering on the killers as they brutalize the characters, especially with FT13th where most characters are annoying pricks. I'm all for watching campy movies like that, but it's not for everyone. It's like comparing Inuyasha with a great anime like Yu Yu Hakusho. If you like anime you may enjoy both shows, but you'll like them in different ways.
=One of my earliest memories of watching a movie was watching Nightmare on Elm Street when I was much too young for that to be appropriate. I love horror - in music, movies and video games.
Ahh, I remember watching this when I was 11. I watched it on Halloween and it still holds up as one of the best slashers.
Speaking of A Night on Elm Street, if I'm being honest, Freddy vs Jason movie from both franchises.I love the horror movies from the late 90's/early 2000s. They weren't the splatter kind, weren't about ghosts, and "found footage." They were monster and slasher films. Imo, Robert Englund gave his best performance as Freddy Krueger in this movie. He was frightening.
Posted April 19th, 2019
I really liked the new Halloween movie. I died of laughter (heh) when the little boy ran away from the house.
Posted April 19th, 2019