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KillerGoldfish
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RE:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:04/21/2017 3:33 PM)

I received an item described in the packing list -- most likely accurately -- as "the Cliffiest novel ever written." I'll say.  It's about a psychiatrist working with a woman convinced that she's turning into a fish.  In a welcome Discordian touch, the author's name is Appel.



Oh, and Monsters was way beyond excellent.



(Message edited by KillerGoldfish On 04/21/2017 3:35 PM)
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portraitinflesh
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Reply To Marxo%5FGrouch
(Date Posted:04/22/2017 7:04 PM)

Reply to Marxo_Grouch (04/21/2017 4:02 AM)

Yeesh, you threaten us on behalf of the plants, Fishface threatens us on behalf of the sea creatures. Couldn't you both just join together and liberate us all from Spoiled Carrot in Suit?

You, as the eater of many a lima bean, will be one of the first up against the wall.

And don't make me think about that orange smear of smegma that doesn't even have the moral compass of a hagfish.  Wait, scratch that.  Hagfish haven't done anything to warrant such a comparison. 
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To KillerGoldfish
(Date Posted:04/23/2017 8:16 AM)

Reply to KillerGoldfish (04/21/2017 3:33 PM)

Oh, and Monsters was way beyond excellent.


I really liked the approach to kaiju that movie took.  Glad to hear you enjoyed it, too. 

Less confidant on this, but you might have heard a buzz about a recent one called The Void?  Well, it's warranted.  It's a Lovecraftian (without mentioning Cthulhu or The Necronomicon, et al even once*), practical f/x-driven hellride.  Yes, it has its faults.  Seems like a movie can't go a day with praise online anymore without the inevitable backlash.  Anyway, I mentioned being less confident on The Void because you're tastes are tough to gauge.  Forgive me, but some of those SyFy original features you watch?  Woof.  I've tried watching some of those straight, stoned, drunk...no matter.  Just can't last through 'em.  It's like Chox and his Troma.  As long as you guys thrive on those, I can never be sure if our tastes are going to match with other movies.







*I wish more movies would do that.  Instead of namedropping from the mythos, just do homage by bringing that cosmic terror to the proceedings.  Unlike most folks, I feel like there actually HAVE been some decent Lovecraft-inspired movies, but there's been more than a few sub-par efforts that almost do harm to the heritage.
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Choconado
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Re:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:04/23/2017 11:55 AM)

 If you want a surprisingly good lovecraft film AND straight to SyFy fare, I suggest their version of "The Dunwich Horror" from like, a decade ago, with Jeffery Combs in it.  It's both a mildly accurate adaptation of the source, as well as pulling in a bunch of other HPL references.  (there's at one point a rather overt moment where one of the good guys is having lunch with a colleague and talking shop, and the other guy pretty much makes it sound that he's been investigating Innsmouth's fish people for instance).  In what can only be stunt casting, Dean Stockwell is the elder good guy no less.  It's low-budget for sure, but they actually felt like they had respect for the material and were at least trying.
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To Choconado
(Date Posted:04/23/2017 7:44 PM)

Reply to Choconado (04/23/2017 11:55 AM)

 If you want a surprisingly good Lovecraft film AND straight to SyFy fare, I suggest their version of "The Dunwich Horror" from like, a decade ago, with Jeffery Combs in it.  It's both a mildly accurate adaptation of the source, as well as pulling in a bunch of other HPL references.  (there's at one point a rather overt moment where one of the good guys is having lunch with a colleague and talking shop, and the other guy pretty much makes it sound that he's been investigating Innsmouth's fish people for instance).  In what can only be stunt casting, Dean Stockwell is the elder good guy no less.  It's low-budget for sure, but they actually felt like they had respect for the material and were at least trying.


Thanks for the tip!  Just downloaded for greater justice.  Even though I've had a print of it forever, I'm not sure I ever got around to the 1970 version.
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To Choconado
(Date Posted:04/24/2017 9:43 AM)

Reply to Choconado (04/23/2017 11:55 AM)

 If you want a surprisingly good lovecraft film AND straight to SyFy fare, I suggest their version of "The Dunwich Horror" from like, a decade ago, with Jeffery Combs in it.  It's both a mildly accurate adaptation of the source, as well as pulling in a bunch of other HPL references.  (there's at one point a rather overt moment where one of the good guys is having lunch with a colleague and talking shop, and the other guy pretty much makes it sound that he's been investigating Innsmouth's fish people for instance).  In what can only be stunt casting, Dean Stockwell is the elder good guy no less.  It's low-budget for sure, but they actually felt like they had respect for the material and were at least trying.


Damn, Chox.  That was exactly the sort of inferior product I was fussing about.  Okay, give `em an 'A' for effort.  And Jeff Combs. And for placing it in an other-than-New England local.  But that's all the worthwhile I could find in it.  C'mon.  Don't tell me a ton of scenes didn't make you snicker a little? 
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Choconado
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Re:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:04/24/2017 10:44 AM)

 Compared to a lot of Lovecraft adaptations out there, that one's pretty good imho.  I mean, it's not Stuart Gordon level, but what is?  I warned you the quality was firmly "B"...
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To Choconado
(Date Posted:05/04/2017 7:44 PM)

Reply to Choconado (04/24/2017 10:44 AM)

 Compared to a lot of Lovecraft adaptations out there, that one's pretty good imho.  I mean, it's not Stuart Gordon level, but what is?  I warned you the quality was firmly "B"...


It occurs to me that I'm one of those Lovecraft twats who can't abide a tale inspired by his mythos that doesn't end in death or madness.  The happy ending triggered me, probably worst because i saw it coming ten minutes in.  But I'm not being fair to the movie and what i imagine they were shooting for.  I think they were going for that whole pulp adventure feel over the outright terror from beyond infinity.
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Choconado
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Re:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:05/05/2017 10:16 AM)

 well the thing about Dunwich is that it's one of the few major Lovecraft stories that actively HAS a happy ending in the original text, so I can accept that one.
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To Choconado
(Date Posted:05/05/2017 9:34 PM)

Reply to Choconado (05/05/2017 10:16 AM)

 well the thing about Dunwich is that it's one of the few major Lovecraft stories that actively HAS a happy ending in the original text, so I can accept that one.


You're absolutely right.  My goof, as usual.  I actually got around to the original 1970 version with Sandra Dee just this week - AFTER watching the 2009 one on your recommendation!  I'm going about this all bassackwards! 
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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:05/06/2017 3:46 AM)

My favorite Lovecraft happy ending is 'The Cats of Ulthar.'
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Mayzshon
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Re:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:05/07/2017 6:16 AM)

 
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Deeky
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Re:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:05/07/2017 5:10 PM)

Wasn't Hugh Grant in a Lovecraft movie?
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The_Masked_Claw
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RE:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:05/07/2017 6:23 PM)

He was in Ken Russell's weird-ass Lair of the White Worm (`88), which was based on a Bram Stoker novel.
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Deeky
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RE:It Came in the Mail!
(Date Posted:05/07/2017 7:06 PM)

I was thinking of Notting Hill.
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KillerGoldfish
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Reply To The%5FMasked%5FClaw
(Date Posted:05/14/2017 2:10 PM)

Reply to The_Masked_Claw (04/23/2017 8:16 AM)

Reply to KillerGoldfish (04/21/2017 3:33 PM)

Oh, and Monsters was way beyond excellent.


I really liked the approach to kaiju that movie took.  Glad to hear you enjoyed it, too. 

Less confidant on this, but you might have heard a buzz about a recent one called The Void?  Well, it's warranted.  It's a Lovecraftian (without mentioning Cthulhu or The Necronomicon, et al even once*), practical f/x-driven hellride.  Yes, it has its faults.  Seems like a movie can't go a day with praise online anymore without the inevitable backlash.  Anyway, I mentioned being less confident on The Void because you're tastes are tough to gauge.  Forgive me, but some of those SyFy original features you watch?  Woof.  I've tried watching some of those straight, stoned, drunk...no matter.  Just can't last through 'em.  It's like Chox and his Troma.  As long as you guys thrive on those, I can never be sure if our tastes are going to match with other movies.


*I wish more movies would do that.  Instead of namedropping from the mythos, just do homage by bringing that cosmic terror to the proceedings.  Unlike most folks, I feel like there actually HAVE been some decent Lovecraft-inspired movies, but there's been more than a few sub-par efforts that almost do harm to the heritage.

I can get through anything if there's a Cliffie's Note waiting at the end of the viewing for me.  Doesn't mean I enjoyed the film of course!
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To KillerGoldfish
(Date Posted:05/14/2017 7:23 PM)

Reply to KillerGoldfish (05/14/2017 2:10 PM)

Reply to The_Masked_Claw (04/23/2017 8:16 AM)

Reply to KillerGoldfish (04/21/2017 3:33 PM)

Oh, and Monsters was way beyond excellent.


I really liked the approach to kaiju that movie took.  Glad to hear you enjoyed it, too. 

Less confidant on this, but you might have heard a buzz about a recent one called The Void?  Well, it's warranted.  It's a Lovecraftian (without mentioning Cthulhu or The Necronomicon, et al even once*), practical f/x-driven hellride.  Yes, it has its faults.  Seems like a movie can't go a day with praise online anymore without the inevitable backlash.  Anyway, I mentioned being less confident on The Void because you're tastes are tough to gauge.  Forgive me, but some of those SyFy original features you watch?  Woof.  I've tried watching some of those straight, stoned, drunk...no matter.  Just can't last through 'em.  It's like Chox and his Troma.  As long as you guys thrive on those, I can never be sure if our tastes are going to match with other movies.


*I wish more movies would do that.  Instead of namedropping from the mythos, just do homage by bringing that cosmic terror to the proceedings.  Unlike most folks, I feel like there actually HAVE been some decent Lovecraft-inspired movies, but there's been more than a few sub-par efforts that almost do harm to the heritage.

I can get through anything if there's a Cliffie's Note waiting at the end of the viewing for me.  Doesn't mean I enjoyed the film of course!



Funny how that makes all the difference, but you're right.  I started a new, sleazy little movie zine recently, and am using it as an excuse to actually view some of these nasty old porn reels from the 70's I've gleaned from the newsgroups, along with a lot of other crap I'd likely never find the time to watch.
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