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Messages - Mattofthespurs

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 13 September, 2018, 06:27:24 pm »
I've had several phones calls with them. The CS operator has always been excellent. The line and the accent...Not so much.

Eaglemoss have theirs based in the UK which helps. Their waiting times...Not so much.

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Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 13 September, 2018, 06:25:44 pm »
I've seen the first 3 of the new series and it's excellent.
My 14 year old Son is going through Breaking Bad at the moment (nearly at the end of season 4) and he loves it.

I may hang on and watch BCS with him at a later date (as much as it pains me).

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 12 September, 2018, 08:37:43 am »
I've done me research. That sounds like 'The Worst of Hollywood' season on ch4 in 1983, of which I have fond memories.

This is the best thing I've found online about the history of horror films being shown on British TV.

http://www.smguariento.com/invitation-terror-horror-films-british-television-1970s-80s-sim-branaghan/

SBT

That's an excellent piece. Thanks for alerting us to it.

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 12 September, 2018, 07:46:44 am »
Horror double bills would definitely get a vote from me.
I remember watching a double of Night of the Demon and (I think) Dead of Night.

I also wish they’d bring back Moviedrome. I’m always going on about this - I would always set the timer on the video and watch Moviedrome with Alex Cox followed by whatever movie (or movies) had been featured. Such a great way to be introduced to some cult classics.

I've still got one of the Moviedrome printed programmes you could send off to the BBC for. Loved that show.

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 11 September, 2018, 02:28:13 pm »
Bring back Horror Double bills! Even in an age of DVD, Blu and UHD, theres so many classics that are unreleased and only crop up on Z list channels in crummy quality sandwiched between crap reality show reruns.

No argument from me.
Despite having over 2000 films on my shelves on DVD and Blu ray, plus all those I could stream, I still eagerly await the TV listings towards the end of October in the hope that the BBC bring back a season of horror double bills. Even a short one would make me happy.

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 05:41:19 pm »
I watched The Creeping Flesh in the early days of C4 too.

The showings that I remember from ITV are from the early to mid 80's.

Great film though.

Who loves ya baby!

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 04:59:39 pm »
And getting back to the original question, without checking the link I posted, I seem to remember both Horror Express and The Creeping Flesh being films shown on ITV and not the BBC.

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 04:58:20 pm »
What's especially pleasing to me is that, thanks to DVD and Blu Ray, I can now re-enact every single one of those double bills.

I remember when it was such an event when these films were showing. Now we can watch them (or not) anytime we like.

What a time to be alive!

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 04:54:35 pm »
I taped the whole of the 1992 all night marathon and spent that entire Saturday working out the timings so I could change the tapes at an appropriate moment.
My good lady stayed up with me and I distinctly remember the Sunday morning when it finally finished.
We had a proper all English breakfast and then fell into bed until tea time.

Oh to be young again.

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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 04:46:22 pm »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_Double_Bills

As good a place to start as any.

I was a wee nipper but watched many of these.

My own initiation, according to this list, was on the 22nd of August 1981. I did not see 'The Body Snatchers' but I did see 'Theatre of Blood'.

They also used to do a series which featured either a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits followed by a horror movie. My Dad was always asleep by the time the movie started.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 03:12:10 pm »
The Nun

Standard fare with plenty of 'hommages' to the likes of Fulci, Argento and Friedkin.

The middle drags horribly (I nearly dozed off) but the soundtrack is pretty bombastic (which kept me awake).

Lots of 'jump scares' hardly any of which worked although a woman a couple of seats down from me visibly jumped four times and screamed, genuinely, twice.

It's not that good though. 6/10 if you like this kind of stuff.

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Books & Comics / Re: Deadpool: Just when you thought you was out...
« on: 05 September, 2018, 04:04:07 pm »
Interestingly I have subscribed and received an email saying that as I was part of the trial run (I wasn't) I shall be receiving the first four issues, plus free gifts, for free.

I have checked my Hachette account and that is exactly what is happening.

If you are even slightly interested it might be worth a go to get 4 issues and 2 free gifts for nowt.

But don't blame me it goes tits up.

Whether this is down to me being on the 2000 AD trial run I cannot say, but it's possible.

Anyhoo. Happy bunny.

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General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 05 September, 2018, 10:21:57 am »
Mine has just dropped through the letterbox  :D

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 September, 2018, 04:41:32 pm »
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

I hadn't seen this in years and really, really enjoyed it. It's so hard and brutal in places yet almost sentimental in others - it's also funny, with Napoleon Wilson's lines guaranteed to raise a snigger. Just brilliant.
It does an excellent job of making you wonder what's happening off camera. What are this crazy gang/cult up to? Where did they come from? What happens next?

This got me in a John Carpenter mood, so the next day I went for my copy of The Thing.
I have the 2 movie Blu Ray set, so I felt obliged to re-watch...

The Thing (2011)

I'm not really sure what to say about this. It isn't a terrible film - in fact there's a lot to like - but it's very much a straight forward monster flick. All The Thing does is attack - there's very little to make you wonder what's its motivation or broader plan is (since reading Peter Watts's The Things http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/, I can't help wondering about the situation from the creature's perspective). I can reconcile the ceature's behaviour to some extent - it's probably quite disorentated from spending 100,000 years in the ice.
Something of a missed opportunity though.

The Thing (1982)

This is more like it. The creature has got its shit together and has a more devious, cautious nature, leading to an atmosphere of extreme paranoia. It really fucked up by not waiting a bit before trying to absorb all those dogs though (seriously, the bloke's only just left the room - at least let him get out of earshot).
Like 'Assault...' it does a great job of making you wonder about the befores, afters etc.
I do have some small criticisms - such as using the same scalpel to draw blood for testing (a great way to infect everyone) and the creature's final gambit of confronting MacCready as a giant dog-headed weirdo and writhing about a bit. Why not just face grab him in human form like you did to the other guy 2 minutes ago?
There's a reason it's a classic though - a bloody entertaining and thought provoking couple of hours.

Assault is awesome. Simple.
The Thing (re-imaging) is a good shot but never comes close to the original which is in my top 3 fave films of all time.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 September, 2018, 04:40:23 pm »

Rollerball (1975) - bo-ring.  I couldn't get a grasp on Johnathan E at all, or what motivated him.  Do I understand this correctly: he wanted to know how the corporations make decisions?  How does this actually help him in any way?  What was his endgame?  What was the point of the dumb computer?  I had to check online to see what I'd missed and found an interview wherein James Caan admitted he didn't know what to do with the character and just went with it, though he apparently fondly remembers the games of Rollerball he and the crew would play between takes.  Passable, but dull.

Heresay! I thought, if anything, this film would be more appropriate now than when it was made.

A stone cold classic in my book (helps if you like football and hate the Premier League I have to admit).

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