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Mephistopheles
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:19 pm  Reply with quote



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Shocking, huh?
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doubleh55
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:26 pm  Reply with quote



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I'm curious, what was it about the episode you actually liked?
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Mephistopheles
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:59 pm  Reply with quote



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I'm a fan of the zombie genre, and I liked Darren's work on the Saw films, so I was looking forward to seeing it. I just found it to be an enjoyable hour, and I thought the ending was pretty surprising (probably because I didn't think zombies worked that way). I thought the main actress did a decent job, too.

But I've never seen Cloverfield, so maybe if I have, it would have come off as a ripoff. *shrugs* Maybe if it was a two-hour film at the theaters I'd probably be more critical. Frankly, I've enjoyed all of the episodes so far with the exception of John Landis's one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:03 am  Reply with quote



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My God, this was just atrocious. Aside from a lame, predictable twist, it was an hour of tedium spent with one-dimensional characters assayed by blandly pretty actors without a lick of talent. We get a teensy bit of "you're so different, Helen" expository dialogue in spite of the fact that Briana Evigan's character was dull, characterless and whiny -- there's nothing at all "different" about her, other than that she's about as deep as a puddle. The bulk of the episode consisted of her walking around screaming at blatantly telegraphed scare scenes filled with avid farts, shaky cam and strobe lights. The flashback scenes were below soap opera quality.

And the endless zombie neck cracks were utterly hilarious.

Bousman's a horrible director, with no sense of how to build suspense, no knowledge of setting up shots, and no clue how to handle actors. This was sub MTV-style flashy editing at its absolute worst. The zombie attacks were ineptly staged, while the atmosphere and scares were non-existent.

This may indeed be one of the single worst horror offerings I've ever seen on television.
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doubleh55
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:14 pm  Reply with quote



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Messiahman wrote:
Bousman's a horrible director, with no sense of how to build suspense, no knowledge of setting up shots, and no clue how to handle actors. This was sub MTV-style flashy editing at its absolute worst. The zombie attacks were ineptly staged, while the atmosphere and scares were non-existent.


I haven't seen the Saw films he directed. This is the first thing of his I saw. Are the Saw films similar in terms of avid farts and what not? If thats the case, how are the Saw films scary?
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Messiahman
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:34 pm  Reply with quote



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doubleh55 wrote:
Messiahman wrote:
Bousman's a horrible director, with no sense of how to build suspense, no knowledge of setting up shots, and no clue how to handle actors. This was sub MTV-style flashy editing at its absolute worst. The zombie attacks were ineptly staged, while the atmosphere and scares were non-existent.


I haven't seen the Saw films he directed. This is the first thing of his I saw. Are the Saw films similar in terms of avid farts and what not? If thats the case, how are the Saw films scary?


Yes, they're filled with that exact same sort of "style." Or lack thereof.

In answer to your other question -- they're NOT scary. Not at all. But they're loaded with gratuitous gore, which of course makes them "edgy" to the Hot Topic crowd. Rolling Eyes
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doubleh55
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:29 am  Reply with quote



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Foywonder wrote:
I take pride in the fact that I've not seen a single episode.


If you ever end up seeing Wishman and have never seen an episode of Fear, Itself, that would make you the best person alive.
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FionasFrightShoppe
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:29 am  Reply with quote



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Glad I am not the only one who isn't impressed with the series! Tonight's episode was OK, but the acting was bad and the story was old (I think it was originally a movie called Stepford Wives). I keep hoping the next one will be better.....
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Glad I am not the only one who isn't impressed with the series! Tonight's episode was OK, but the acting was bad and the story was old (I think it was originally a movie called Stepford Wives).

The X-Files had a similar episode in Season 6, where Mulder and Scully pose as husband and wife in a strange gated community.
Of course that episode had a garbage monster that killed anyone who broke the rules.
Brandon Routh. This guy is a blank slate. I've seen brick walls with more emotion.
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zombie2473
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ajburton29 wrote:

Brandon Routh. This guy is a blank slate. I've seen brick walls with more emotion.



Seriously. It works for Superman because well.... Superman sucks and is boring to begin with. Works for nothing else.
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Mephistopheles
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:00 pm  Reply with quote



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doubleh55 wrote:
I haven't seen the Saw films he directed. This is the first thing of his I saw. Are the Saw films similar in terms of avid farts and what not? If thats the case, how are the Saw films scary?


Well, I thought he did a good job on Saw II and III (didn't care much for IV). I wouldn't say he's a horrible director, but I think he does have room for improvement in a couple of areas. The Saw films aren't that 'scary', but speaking as someone who's not a fan of the "torture porn" genre, I still found them to be good films. As for Bousman's other work, I'm looking forward to Repo, though, which looks promising.

Re: Last week's episode. The whole idea of the "Perfect community" is a bit cliche (in addition to the X-Files episode, I believe Bentley Little did a really fucked up and twisted take on it with "The Association". One word: Stumpy. Brrr...) but I had an OK time with it.

(Oh, and for some reason I can't post on Internet Explorer...access is denied...but it works on Firefox?)
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Mephistopheles
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:35 am  Reply with quote



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I thought today's episode was pretty good, although I thought the dinner subplot at the end was a bit on the absurd side (it was pretty gruesome though), but maybe that was the point.

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ImTheMoon
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i only saw the last minute, all I have to say is you should always shoot the psycho killer/monster one more time just to make sure they're dead.
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Dario Fulci
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:39 pm  Reply with quote



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Mephistopheles wrote:
I thought today's episode was pretty good, although I thought the dinner subplot at the end was a bit on the absurd side (it was pretty gruesome though), but maybe that was the point.


Agreed, I thought that it was the best episode yet.
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