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angela

man...i have been trying to figure out what was in that bundle in The Blair Witch Project for YEARS now.

kate

i feel like i can handle any amount of gore. in fact, i search it out regularly in films. but seriously, the tortise scene in cannibal holocaust made me nauseous.
that being said, i still fucking loved it.

kate pt. II

ahem, TORTOISE

michael

what about the fact that real HUMAN executions were shown in Cannibal Holocaust? In the beg during the showing of the in house documentary? Its interesting that you couldn't watch the film knowing that the animal killings in the film were real. However, the way its represented esp the tortoise scene, an uneducated film goer would infer there was possible camera trickery. However, we know its not due to back information on the film. Or what I'm getting at, the depictions of rape and murder are equally graphic and realistic in depiction but they were simulated. This makes watching the film okay?

Torrin Paige

I was unaware that there was an animal cruelty free version of Cannibal Holocaust. Having read many reviews I knew that by inter-cutting scenes of actual horrible deaths (the animals) with the fakery of the human tragedies, the film makers managed to get an intense visceral response and make the audience question what was real versus what was fake. I could never, ever watch the movie because I just couldn't stomach watching animals slaughtered for "entertainment". (Simulated human torture, however, doesn't bother me at all. I suppose I'm a sicko. To each his own.) I may have to check out the newer version then. As always, thank you, Rich, for an informative, well thought out post. Sure I love your funny, witty posts. Sure I love Winston and Rudy. But it's your giant brain that keeps me coming back for more.

kate

to michael: yes

Ben

"What about the vagina?"

VADGIANA

Man Bites Dog is hilarious! (or maybe there is something wrong with me, it's quite possible)

Kate

The Butcher...I must see this.

Why no review of any of the "Guinea Pig" movies?

Kim

Hi! Long time lurker, first time commenter. I wanted to say something about "The Blair Witch"...more as a personal tic than anything else. In addition to "Cannibal Holocaust," it also BLATANTLY ripped off "The Last Broadcast." Which is a shame because {SPOILER!} you don't know if it's a movie or a documentary until the last like 5-10 minutes. Which makes it all the more terrifying, if you ask me. =)

Cheryl

This trend in movies doesn't sit well with my inner ears, in that I get so motion sick during each one I can't enjoy them at all.

JP

Cannibal holocaust just looks horrible. In a good way, admitedly, but nevertheless horrible. I'll problably try to watch it now... and have nightmares for 6 months after.

Good on ya for praising the Blair Witch. I think it's a really tight little movie that works very well with people who are afraid of the dark, or have otherwise overactive imaginations (i.e. me). That last scene still freaks me out, and yes, I too still wonder what was in that fucking bag of remains...yuck. Great article!

sairentohiru

I would have liked Cloverfield a lot more if I hadn't had to sprint from the theater into the lobby, where I barfed up a grilled cheese sandwich before the horrified and gleeful eyes of a group of teenagers.

spazmo

Shit, that was spot on. Haven't seen "The Butcher", yet but I agree to an eerie degree with every other film's analysis.

Each of these movies I've seen exactly twice, probably in fairness to the script, so I'm not simply judging the medium, or more specifically, the technique. And each time my original instincts were borne out.

Diary was originally only supposed to be an internet broadcast, so I forgive Romero for that one. Cloverfield was written by one of my favorite Buffy writers, so I was a bit pre-biased ;)

And [REC] was just shit. I couldn't believe the praise I was hearing/reading about this Spanish SHOUT-fest. Seriously, the zombies are never more than a few steps away and these people are hollering and carrying on like they're in a freaking wind tunnel.

spazmo

Shit, that was spot on. Haven't seen "The Butcher" yet, but I agree to an eerie degree with your analysis of the others.

Each of those movies I've seen exactly twice, probably in fairness to the script, so I'm not simply judging the medium, or more specifically, the technique. And each time my original instincts were borne out.

Blair Witch and CH are classics in their own quirky ways, Diary was originally only supposed to be an internet broadcast, so I'll forgive Romero for that one. Cloverfield was written by one of my favorite Buffy writers, so I was a bit pre-biased ;) And [REC] was just shit.

I couldn't believe the praise I was hearing/reading about this Spanish SHOUT-fest. Seriously, the zombies are never more than a few steps away and these people are hollering and carrying on like they're in a freaking wind tunnel.

Dria and Tina

"This movie is more ridiculously choreographed than a line of Cloverfield monsters doing Tai Chi in Central Park."
Where do you get these ideas from? Genius.

JadeFan

Actually the 3 seconds line was in reference to the battery, not how long the tape was.

Alex

Another entry in this genre worthy of note would be "Ghostwatch". Like "Blair Witch Project", it exploits that fear of the unknown. It also gets bonus points for its realness because it was broadcasted on BBC on Halloween night 1992 as the live investigation that it purported to be. By the end, even the production of show is justified by its paranormal subject in a creepily meta way.

Johari

POV Horror works sometimes. I have to admit that I was freaked out by that one little scene in Signs where River Phoenix watches a clip from a vid shot a child's birthday party.

Mosa

i cant believe you gave cannibal holocaust a nine. the only realistic things happening is when they REALLY are killing animals. the castration sucks and the murders and rapes are campy. the girl on the stick is the only thing they had going for them. i'd say animal friendly version 4 and thats even a maybe

Dandy Darkly

If Blair Witch was the Real World of it's genre - that just means the shit nowadays that's caught up to it is ... contemporary Real World. Ick.

Regardless, I love it when you do horror critique.

Blair Witch was a victim of expectations. I was lucky enough to see a video tape advance copy in a basement, stoned, before it hit theaters and the filming actually lent itself very well to that presentation.

I saw Cloverfield recently on demand on my television - and felt it too lent itself better to a television than a big screen. (Although the pretty, pretty actors were the WORST.)

liz

There was a zombie-fied cloverfield-esque episode of fear itself on nbc last week - and it had the same damn problem cloverfield did, which was that I could not care less if those people died horrificly. smug rich bastards deserve to be turned into zombies. Or eaten by space aliens.

Nikita Tinypaws

I've only seen Blair Witch, Cloverfield, and Diary of the Dead. I'm not a big fan of gross-out horror movies so there's no way I could ever see CH or The Butcher. My problem with the ones I've seen is that I'm actually glad when the camera man/woman gets killed because they are so f*cking annoying.

little_lj

Johari: I'm so glad someone mentioned that.. I love horror, and I love sci-fi.. and I've watched a lot of movies in both genres but that part in 'Signs' is seriously, the most realistic and terrifying depection of an alien, in my opinion.

Just one thing though.. Joaquin Phoenix.. not River.

Loved the analysis of these movies.. insightful, intelligent and funny! As a huge horror fan, I have always wanted to watch CaHol, but I was too scared to from all the buzz about the animal killings.. I just don't think I could handle it, knowing it's real. But I now know there's a Cruelty-free version! Woo!

Tisha_

I've also always wanted to see CaHol, and for a LONG LONG time I thought I'd be able to handle the animal badness. I can usually watch a lot of f-ed up stuff and go on with life.

But once, I made the HORRIBLE mistake of clicking on a link of stills at Snopes.com from a "crush video" involving a (what I'm still trying to convince myself was not real) kitten and... let me tell you... I've never been the same again.

So, needless to say, I am glad to hear that there is a animal-cruelty free version of CaHol.

Thanks Rich!

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