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So, I saw this movie this weekend and really, really enjoyed it.

I'm not sure why I got such visceral joy from this movie, but here are some things I liked.

1. I had just bought Arkham Horror three days prior. I haven't played it yet, but I started reading some H.P. Lovecraft to get in the mood. Well, lo and behold, the movie had a kind of Lovecraftian vibe, what with the inevitability of horrible things and the Ancient Ones! Good timing!

2. Every single thing about the Japanese had me giggling uncontrollably. In fact, overall, this movie was a lot funnier than I expected, which I loved. I can't recall the last well-plotted horror movie I've seen that wasn't taking itself seriously. I enjoy most types of horror, but I really love a good "ride" kind of movie.

3. The cliche story and character beats were so spot on. Even though this is obvious, it only later occurred to me that it was the behind-the-scenes backstory for every overly typical horror genre movie.

4. The unicorn and the merman! How excellent. That last 15 minutes was fantastic. I could've watched that go on for another half hour. I need to buy it just so I can slow it down and check out all the monitors you don't get a chance to fully process.
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Yeah, I don't like "scary movies" at all but I loved this. Partly because of the whole "we're going to explicitly mess with genres and expectations!" thing, and also because most of Joss Whedon's work, specifically with dialogue, panders directly to some section of my brain. I expected to enjoy myself but came out almost energized with happiness.

I think the sheer volume of gore will turn some people off to it. I think it went past the "torture porn" level of Saw and just became silly, which is why I... "liked it" is a bad choice of words.
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Did anyone else get a good look at all of the creatures that were on the betting blackboard?

Most awesome unicorn ever.

The girls in the Japanese classroom had me giggling too. LOVED the frog. loved.

The bloodbath in front of the elevators was SO over the top it went past being disturbing and into insanely funny.

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I don't think it was even close to the level of "torture porn", that's an entirely different ball of worms entirely.

All the "horror" in the beginning is normal horror, and after the "switch" to the underground it was so over-the-top it was basically cartoonish.
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.... and after the "switch" to the underground it was so over-the-top it was basically cartoonish.


this is why I could watch and enjoy it. It was SOOO over the top it wasn't even approaching reality and just made me laugh.

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Did anyone catch the ironic twist that I think Mr. Whedon intended?

When our two heroes were trapped in the glass elevator and the camera pans out to show all the different monsters, did anyone else think that the most dangerous thing in the world was two American protagonists in a horror film?

That one scene alone made the movie for me, and when they basically went "Fuck it," at the end and unleashed the Ancient Ones, I knew it had to be somewhat intentional.
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miraria wrote:
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.... and after the "switch" to the underground it was so over-the-top it was basically cartoonish.


this is why I could watch and enjoy it. It was SOOO over the top it wasn't even approaching reality and just made me laugh.



Yeah, it was so cartoonish that it was pure awesome and the carnage became comical. And I can't think of an instance of better comedic timing in a horror movie.


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Did anyone catch the ironic twist that I think Mr. Whedon intended?

When our two heroes were trapped in the glass elevator and the camera pans out to show all the different monsters, did anyone else think that the most dangerous thing in the world was two American protagonists in a horror film?

That one scene alone made the movie for me, and when they basically went "Fuck it," at the end and unleashed the Ancient Ones, I knew it had to be somewhat intentional.


I didn't think "Americans" so much as "pissed off, disillusioned 20-somethings," but yeah, the thought did cross my mind. I didn't know whether it was intentional or just a side effect of them being trapped in the cornucopia of other monsters.
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One thing I couldn't get over:

Why, oh why, would you have a giant red "Release the horrors upon the world" button. Why that would ever make sense to anyone doesn't make sense to me.

When would you ever, realistically, want to push that button?
 
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jageroxorz wrote:
One thing I couldn't get over:

Why, oh why, would you have a giant red "Release the horrors upon the world" button. Why that would ever make sense to anyone doesn't make sense to me.

When would you ever, realistically, want to push that button?


I took it as some kind of a maintenance place they were in. You might need to get to some cubes for maintenance? and mabye they just did too much?

yeah, it doesn't really make sense. at the same time, I don't care.
 
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The button was labelled 'purge'. Maybe Upstairs wanted to have a 'kill everybody and start over' button. Or maybe the idea was you'd evacuate the site, hit that button on the way out, and the monsters would kill each other.
 
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The button was labelled 'purge'. Maybe Upstairs wanted to have a 'kill everybody and start over' button. Or maybe the idea was you'd evacuate the site, hit that button on the way out, and the monsters would kill each other.


I don't see why they couldn't just explode all the boxes if the goal was to purge. Not release everything.
 
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BlackSheep wrote:
The button was labelled 'purge'. Maybe Upstairs wanted to have a 'kill everybody and start over' button. Or maybe the idea was you'd evacuate the site, hit that button on the way out, and the monsters would kill each other.


Maybe it was for when the Unicorn had to take a number 2.
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The button was labelled 'purge'. Maybe Upstairs wanted to have a 'kill everybody and start over' button. Or maybe the idea was you'd evacuate the site, hit that button on the way out, and the monsters would kill each other.


Maybe it was for when the Unicorn had to take a number 2.


I did wonder about that, how did htey get fed? how did they get cleaned up after?

also, erin laughed at me because I told him I thought the merman had an incredibly inefficient way of eating unless he had some high power filters inside of him.
 
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The button was labelled 'purge'. Maybe Upstairs wanted to have a 'kill everybody and start over' button. Or maybe the idea was you'd evacuate the site, hit that button on the way out, and the monsters would kill each other.


Maybe it was for when the Unicorn had to take a number 2.


I did wonder about that, how did htey get fed? how did they get cleaned up after?

also, erin laughed at me because I told him I thought the merman had an incredibly inefficient way of eating unless he had some high power filters inside of him.


They're monsters. Monsters don't need to occupy themselves with bodily functions.
 
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I definitely plan on getting the blu-ray just to listen to all that went into this movie, to hear the ideas behind the choices that were made, and to see all the little things over and over again that I missed on the first go-through.
 
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I love that "Witches" and "Sexy Witches" are two different categories ("It's like the difference between an elephant and an elephant seal!"). Is Kevin the piece of crazed construction equipment, I wonder?

The Japanese segments were the best. Now Kiko will live on as a happy frog!
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I suspect Kevin is the Jason-wannabe.

The Pinhead-wannabe is in the credits as Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain. Guess he's Hell Lord on the board?
 
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I love that "Witches" and "Sexy Witches" are two different categories ("It's like the difference between an elephant and an elephant seal!"). Is Kevin the piece of crazed construction equipment, I wonder?

The Japanese segments were the best. Now Kiko will live on as a happy frog!


And he is right. Zombies are completely different then Zombie Redneck Torture Family.
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I don't remember seeing the sugarplum fairy.
 
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The Pinhead-wannabe is in the credits as Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain. Guess he's Hell Lord on the board?


Oh cool, the CitW wiki agrees with me.

Apparently I'm mistaken about Kevin turning up on-screen, though; deleted scene and novelisation only.
 
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I don't remember seeing the sugarplum fairy.


The music-box ballet dancer with teeth where her face should be, I presume.
 
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miraria wrote:
I don't remember seeing the sugarplum fairy.


The music-box ballet dancer with teeth where her face should be, I presume.


oh. thats disapointing. that would actually be scary.

I was hoping she would look all very sweet and innocent and then tear you up.
 
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miraria wrote:
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miraria wrote:
I don't remember seeing the sugarplum fairy.


The music-box ballet dancer with teeth where her face should be, I presume.


oh. thats disapointing. that would actually be scary.

I was hoping she would look all very sweet and innocent and then tear you up.

Also, should be wearing purple.
 
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Dismemberment Goblins? Haha.

I liked the Dolls, as well. Although, they clearly were people, which was not what I expected from seeing "dolls."
 
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Angry Molesting Tree and Deadites! Ha, Evil Dead reference. I wonder how many subtle references I missed. Probably plenty.

I didn't see any Deadites, though.
 
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