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The Last Good Monster Movie?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Johnny Angell, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. LeeBob

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    I agree - I love the movie, but the overextended action scenes that defy the laws of physics should have been left on the cutting room floor. In particular there is:
    1. An extended "chase" scene where the party is running around and between the legs of a dinosaur stampede which is so utterly ridiculous that it removes any "fear" of the actual dinosaurs.
    2. An extension of the classic T-Rex fight that now involves multiple T-rex'es, Kong and the heroine falling thru vines for what seem like an eternity.
    3. An extended chase scene in NY with Kong and a taxi cab - see above reference to "utterly ridiculous".
    I would truly enjoy an edit that trimmed the movie to the core story and removed much of the superfluous material.
     
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    JC’s The Thing is not a very good monster movie, it’s a classic, one of the very best. The first Brendan Frazier mummy movie is a classic, IMHO. The second is fun, and the third is a steaming pile of shit. Maybe it doesn’t steam anymore.
     
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    Funny! So I guess I don't need to go out of my way to see it!
     
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    Unless you want to watch a boring 2 hour train wreck. All IMHO, of course.
     
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    There's been a lot of good monster movies. There's been a lot of bad ones too, but there have been many great monster movies since the '50s.

    To name my faves, the concept of the monster in Carpenter's The Thing is probably my favorite, and I think it might be the all-time best horror movie.

    The most profoundly great movie with "monsters" in it has to go to Arrival.

    As far as a specific monster, the final human hybrid in Alien really is the coolest of them all. I want to give a nod to the monster in The Host, which is probably the funkiest monster I can think of.
     
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    This is a favorite of mine, mostly because I saw it as kid. It really isn't very good.

    Yeah, The Host. that monster was creepy, even though he was shown in sunlight. Some of the behavior of one character was kinda creepy too.

    As for Arrival, yes there were aliens but they were benevolent and what we saw of them, they weren't scary. I myself would say this is sci/fi but no monsters.
     
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    A guilty pleasure of mine is the SyFy cheapie 3-Headed Shark Attack. I find it pretty gruesome and unsettling as the three heads are ripping and tearing people apart. Skip the sequels that come after (5-Headed, and 6-Headed; for some reason they skipped over 4-Headed).

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    I don't think I've heard the 1999 Brendan Fraser film referred to as a “classic.”

    Now I’ve heard everything. ;)
     
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    Dude, you like 2012. You have no leg to stand on here. ;)
     
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    This is the only criticism of the film I’ve agreed with over the years.
    A poorly edited, shot and conceived sequence.

    But everything else is tremendous. Wouldn’t cut a frame. ;)
     
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    No.

    I love 2012.

    And compared to The Mummy, it is Citizen Kane!:laugh:
     
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    Rampage was also pretty good.
     
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    You're assuming I meant the aliens were the monsters in that movie.
     
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    I wouldn't say I love 2012, but for what it's intended to be, it's about as good as it gets.
     
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    I agree that stampede scene is terrible. I love the r-rex fight and I laugh with delight and pleasure with it's over-the-top nature.
    The Mummy is very good, very entertaining. Brendan Frazier may not get a life achievement award from the Academy, but I think he's good actor. I almost fell out of my chair the first time I saw him roar back at the Mummy.

    I love Rampage, The Rock really sells his relationship with George very well. It's great in 3D and I just watched it.
    That's faint praise. Seems you could say that about Plan 9 from Outer Space. I've not seen 2012, even if I had, I would not criticize you liking it, though the above "criticism" was said with a smile, I think.
     
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    I would cut a lot. Shorten the beginning NYC portion of the film. Get rid of those ridiculous slow motion shots. Get rid of Lumpy's walnuts and brains sauce (or whatever). Since Jimmy's character disappears after Kong is captured, I find his character totally superfluous.

    The return to NYC is fabulous. I wouldn't delete any of it. There are times when I pass watching it, because the tragic ending effects me much more than the original does. It was a brilliant idea to give Anne a relationship with Kong. All Fay Wray did was scream at him.
     
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    Krampus. icy cold monsters, chilling and funny too. I didn't know what that damn thing was before! Then we get this and the William Shatner one too, A Christmas Horror Story with this fantastic monster in them. It's like Wendigo monster only better.
    Exists. edge of the seat!
    Cloverfield. wonderful time and one of my favorite endings. LOVED that.
    Jackson's Kong. Epic. I'm one who loves the whole long thing.
    Kong Skull Island. Wonderful 3D but overall just good and not epic.
    Godzilla 3D. Some of my favorite dark scenes in 3D. Blew socks off at movies. Disappointed 2D at home. Then finally got my 3D on and wow! Can't wait for the follow up that just came out and the Kong vs. Godz!!
    MEG. Could have been better 3D but this is worth every penny for that Jaws homage on the beach. Worth watching for that alone. The shark changes sizes too much. They could have hired me as Shark Measurer RADIOMAN 970 credit at the end!
    Trollhunter. Put me down too! awesome monsters. That scene on the bridge with that guy in the armor is required viewing. As is the end.
    Decent. no commenting necessary.

    Myst. That thing at the end? just damn. Trick r treat's little masked fellow. just damn some more. But their not really central.
    Leatherface as a monster is the winner though.

    I thought A Quiet Place was just average.
     
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    I love all those scenes. Different strokes.
     
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    Agree.

    The ‘76 version, which I also love, influenced many of the scenes in Jackson’s film, especially Ann’s relationship with Kong.
     

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