Our Weekly Recommendations (October 5th 2011)

Every week the people of Super Website (Super Blog) will give you a recommendation of a Film, DVD, Bluray, Book, Soundtrack or any other item for you the readers to check out.
Super Marcey Recommends:

The Loved Ones

I asked everything to think outside the box in regards to this months recommendations, for October we’re all about horror. I don’t want the a-typical suggestions, and I want to bring you readers something different. So for week 1 I have decided to go with a recent favourite of mine, and a great one to add to your horror viewing – The Loved Ones. Here is a sample from my original review.
“What unfolds before us is a very sick and twisted pairing of father and daughter, and the sick games they play. Lola is quite simply a crazy psycho! They have kidnapped Brent for what seems like a date, he’s tied up at the table, they have dressed him up and Lola and her father are also dressed up. Someone else is with them who appears to have been lobotomised, whether it is Lola’s mother or not isn’t entirely made clear. But what is clear is just how demented these people are, and things are not looking well for Brent. It seems no matter what he does, things are going to get worse, but how deep does this all go? Quite deep in fact, not to give too much more away but Brent isn’t the first victim of these two, and what has happened to them is truly frightening.”
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Logan J. Fowler Recommends:

Ghostbusters

If there’s something strange, in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?
To me, Ghostbusters is perfect viewing for this time of year. While it is not a R rated horror fest like some people choose for October movie watching, it has ghosts in it, and a heck of a lot more supernatural atmosphere to it than the title implies.
Ghostbusters tells the tale of four men- Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson)- who are exterminators of things that go “bump in the night.” The whole idea of a ghostbusting service is frowned upon at first, but when a five star hotel has a pesky green ghoul in the interior, the boys strap on their equipment known as proton packs, take down the ghoul, and this sets of a chain reaction of more ghost busting and trapping for the team. When they are encountered by New York apartment resident Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) who tells the boys of a strange vision in her fridge, the quartet discover her residence is in a building containing ties to a possible horrible fate for humanity.
The laughs keep rolling in this sci fi comedy, and it has earned its place as not only one of the best films of the 1980s, but even of modern day standards. It’s spawned a cartoon, a sequel, a slew of merchandise, die hard fans, and a popular catchphrase-“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”
And there’s no better time of year than now to prove that by watching a cinematic comedy classic with a pack of twinkies and your toy proton pack by your side. Just remember, don’t cross the streams.
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Pat Torfe Recommends:

The Creature From The Black Lagoon


So for this month, I’ve been told that I have to “think outside the box” when it comes to my picks, which makes sense. I mean, it’s October, which means that it’s Halloween, which means you folks are looking for some great horror films. Now I know that many of the films that I’ve previously chosen fall into the category of being “outside the box”, like Jacob’s Ladder, Dark City, Videodrome, etc. So I’m forced to ask myself just what else I can recommend? How about reaching way back into the Universal catalogue and pulling out one of their classic movie monsters? One of my all time faves, even from when I was a kid, was the Gill-man.
Besides Frankenstein, The Creature From The Black Lagoon turned me onto horror when I was a wee tyke. I’ve always had a thing for creature features, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon is prime example of why. The story goes that after discovering fossilized evidence of a creature between land and sea animals, a scientific expedition goes searching for more fossils along the Amazon River. Along the way, they discover a living prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers attempt to capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. In retaliation (and because it needs some poontang), the Gill-Man returns to kidnap the girlfriend of one of the scientists in the expedition.
Obviously, a film from 1954 will seem tame and primitive by today’s standards (watch for the bat on the string), but dammit, the Gill-man suit is still cool. Initially designed by Disney animator Millicent Patrick (though makeup artist Bud Westmore took credit for the suit, instead), the suit was made from molded sponge rubber and cost $15,000. It also left Ben Chapman, the unfortunate guy in the suit, unable to sit down for the 14-hour day shoots and hotter than hell. Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find any visible zippers, because it’s that damn good. Also, like Kane Hodder in Jason mode, Chapman made you actually believe that this was a living creature through his body movements. In the water, swimmer Ricou Browning made the creature’s movements graceful and effortless. An amazing effort, to say the least.
All coolness of the suit aside, the film sports some great acting by genre regulars Richard Carlson and Richard Denning, and some nice eye candy from Julia Adams. The production values are good for the time, as well. Yes, even the rubber bat on the string. Bottom line, grab the Legacy Collection that was released a few years back that has this film and its two equally good sequels. On top of that, there’s also info about the productions and some great documentaries. The Gill-man might not get the exposure that Frankenstein or Dracula gets on a regular basis, but it’s still a great entry in Universal’s library.
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Bede Jermyn Recommends:

Inside

If you have been following me over the last few years (either on the podcast, MovieFanCentral or Twitter), you would know that I’m not a fan of French horror films. Ever since HIGH TENSION (which I do really like despite it’s unnecessary twist ending) was released back in the mid-00’s, pretty much nearly all the horror films that have come out of France since have, in my opinion, ranged between okay-to-crappy. I could go into reasons on why that is so but that would be an entirely different article all together.
However despite my dislike for them, there is one horror French horror film that I do absolutely love and I believe to be absolute best one that France has produced so far. For my recommendation this week I have chosen the 2007 film INSIDE. The film tells the story of Sarah (Alysson Paradis), a young depressed pregnant woman who four months earlier survived a car crash which unfortunately took the life of her husband Still dealing with her grief and the eventually birth of her baby, she decides to spend Christmas Eve alone and get herself ready for her delivery the following morning. However during the night, a mysterious woman (Beatrice Dalle) knocks at her door. When Sarah refuses to let her in, she discovers that the woman wants her baby and she will do anything to get it. What follows next is a night of grueling terror for Sarah. This truly is a fantastically dark, violent and terrifying low-key horror film that grabs hold of you from beginning to end.
First time writing & directing duo Alexandre Baustillo & Julien Maury have crafted a film that successfully combines old school style horror and suspense (I can definitively see that John Carpenter’s masterpiece HALLOWEEN was a major influence on the directorial style of the film) and modern day techniques as well (Especially the gore which was very violent, hard-sitting and stomach-turning). The performances from both Alysson Paradis and Beatrice Dalle are terrific but standout of the two for me was Dalle. Her performance as the “Woman” was absolutely frightening and relentless. Seriously, every time she was onscreen I would get chills. Also the cinematography is very atmospheric and creepy, the score is haunting and the ending is one that stays with you long after you have watched it. While it does have a couple of flaws that stop it from becoming a 5 star masterpiece of the genre (the cops in this film are without a doubt the dumbest I have ever seen in a long time) but if you a true horror fan like myself, this is absolute must see. It won’t be for everyone (I wouldn’t show this any of my family members. While some of them do like horror, this one might be a little too much for them) but I can guarantee that after watching it, you won’t forget it anytime soon.
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