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  2. Sully

    Who else is as strong as a Guyver?

    I'm not a fan of these vs topics due to them not sharing the same media / author space. Simply put the worlds of Marvel / DC / Guyver were never designed to mix. Depending on who is writing it anyone of those comics in DC and Marvel's stories will not match up with what one character done in the past and like others have said here won't match up. Even with the same author all the way through as shown by others here things don't always match up with scaling (the Gregore holding a tank over its head being the classic example). Even in Guyver the live action movie vs comics is not something that works well. The Guyver doesn't go into hyperspace but is completely inside the host visually in the movies due to limited effects of the first movie. But in the second movie the activation effect looked closer to that of the comics. Don't get me wrong they are still fun to talk about but you need to take everything with a pinch of salt and not be too focused to one view.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Salkafar

    Dark Phoenix trailer

    They retconned it so they could bring her back.
  5. Larz Zahn

    Who else is as strong as a Guyver?

    plus malmot isnt at 7 tons. he is 7 times stronger than a normal person. gregole is 15 times stronger than a normal person. i think the data file for guyver in the vhs ova was what? 100 times a person? i honestly cant remember. guyver may of been physically weaker than gregore at first, at least he appeared to struggle for like... 10 seconds. but he has the gravity amps in the forearms and legs, that serve to anchor him and provide extra mass when making physical attacks (as i understand it). and by being anchored, he can actually exert more force than normal.
  6. Larz Zahn

    Venom 2018

    i wasnt happy with it... but i am a die hard spidey fan so feel free to ignore my rantings. so im trying to get the spoiler tags to work anddddddd, im a little rusty. Tips on what i did wrong? so... SPOILERS BELOW <spoiler> ok so here goes. first of all, every time someone gets a symbiote, they are covered head to toe instantly, except in this movie. i can forgive this due to dramatic emphasis, wanting that slow-big reveal. but it felt painful waiting for venom to show itself. the symbiotes need to feed constantly. normally they feed off the host, hence the term, symbiote/parasite. in this movie they physically need to eat. i guess this is to explain the constant venom eating people in the comics ploy, but it was kinda sad here. and the part where Eddy dove into his trash can for leftover fish... no lie. made me gag. i did enjoy the back and forth between Venom and Eddy, even tho at times it was a little forced. and the symbiotes script sounded like it belonged in a micheal bay transformer movie. but how Eddy was portrayed... i honestly wondered if he was supposed to be drunk the entire movie... even after he had a handle on things, drunk. he just didnt act like Eddy from the comics, moody, grumpy, angry and classic tough loner guy... (i know, i know, its a movie not the comics, but gosh darnit. the comics made this movie possible so i will hold it to that standard) and then theres Cleatus Kassidy... when i heard that Woody Harrison was going to play him, i was optimistic... but then i saw him in the credit scene and NOPE! i literally had to fight myself from laughing to loud... that wig was so awful....i like Woody as an actor, but he just couldnt pull of a convincing Kassidy.</spoiler>
  7. Larz Zahn

    Dark Phoenix trailer

    yeah they did, it was x3, and also apocloypse. pretty much any televised or animated version now has that same story. but the actual movie is set for july 7, 2019. if thats what your asking. i think im confused... i was always under the impression that jean had low grade telekinesis and moderate telepathy while she was young. but as she matured, her power level grew pretty high. not xavier level but close, in both tk and telepath abilites. it wasnt until the cosmic entity pheonix entered her body and took her over did she become so greatly powerful. mind you im working off of 20 year old memories of comics and a cartoon from the 90s, but wasnt that the case?
  8. Last week
  9. The Shape

    The Halloween Cycle

    Chapter 6 - Halloween H20: 20 Years Later So for the 20th anniversary of franchise it was decided to give Halloween a more faithful and respectful continuation of the franchise that ignored the 4th, 5th and 6th instalments. Plot from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_H20:_20_Years_Later Well thank goodness, after sitting through two "less the great" movies it's a real breath of fresh air to see H20. Whats great about the film is that it respects and understands both the source material and the fans. The entire intro is probable one of the greatest a sequel could have, with the events at Marion Chambers's home faithfully recreating the style of horror from the first two films for new and old fans as well as good way to set up intrigue in were the story is going. The really good part is the sequence which shows us Loomis collection of Michael Myers intel with voice over based on his original dialog from the first film. What makes the film good is it's attempts to remain faithful to the original Halloween style although it dose try to do something a bit different. What I mean by this is that it's a suspenseful slasher that takes it's time but instead of Michael lurking in the background as with the first two, H20 simple lets his presence haunt the film, at least during the first half. There are long sequences where Michael remains completely unseen, with just the threat he could be near by handing in the air. All of the character are far better then the last two films as I can either empathise with them or at worse find them ok and not annoying. It's ending confrontation is easily one of the best of any slasher and I give it major props for subverting the tired slasher ending trop. The films real weakness is that while it dose do some of it's own stuff, it's more often then not too faithful. There's a lot of dialog and scenes that seem ripped right out of the previous films and this over abundance of homages can lead to some parts feeling staler then they would should when your familiar with the franchise. Also while the writing is mostly good it dose stumble a bit here and there, with some scenes just feeling like pointless padding. LL Cool J's character and his scenes suffer the brunt of this. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise after 17 years and is easily the best part of the film. Laurie, now going by Keri Tate after faking her own death, is a far cry from the pure and reliable teen she had been 20 years ago. She has never really gotten over the horror of that night, which has driven her to become a paranoid, pill popping, functional alcoholic who regularly suffer night terrors and hallucinations. Her issues also put a strain on her relationship with her son John as she constantly put pressure on home out of the fear that Michael will find them. These issue may have also been what lead Laurie into a relationship with John's farther, who was an abusive drug addict. In the film there is a scene dedicated to discussing the original Frankenstein novel and it's themes of facing your monsters and destiny, both acting as a call back to lesson on destiny Laurie had in the original film and foreshadowing of what she must do to make the nightmare end. Fun fact: Jamie Lee Curtis's mother, Janet Leigh, who played Marion Crane in Psycho, appears in the film alongside the very car she drove in that film. Design wise, the mask in this film is probably the most faithful to the original since Halloween 2. While Curse's mask did look better then it's predecessors the material and the texture wasn't quite right. However this mask dose have it's own issues. Firstly it's eye holes are far to big, making his eye's more visible and decreasing it's scare factor somewhat. Another issue is that due to a production problems one of the masks had be re redone digitally (the one on the left of the image above) which sticks out really badly. I didn't even realise it was digital at first and even then something looked off about it. Power wise Michael has been reset to his Halloween II levels. As a result he's a bit more susceptible to physical attacks then in the Thorn Timeline and can be knocked over without needing to be affected by tranquilisers or hit from behind. He's still not easy to put down however as he survives being hit with a fire axe, impaled with a flag pole, being stabbed multiple times, being run over by a van, then falling down a hill with and being pinned by said van. Strength wise he's can still lift another person with just one arm, even with a knife lodged in their spine as in Halloween II and can break doors to pieces with his fists. On the note of kills, this is probable one of the bloodier entries, if not the most up until this point. As stated above he has less of an onscreen apperances then in other films, with only the threat of his presence providing the tension in many scenes. This combined with Laurie's nightmares and hallucinations helps to give him an almost spectral like presence for most of the film, until the final act. Michael is also back to tormenting his victims is back in this film proper here, although not quite as often as the original film. The best example here being when he flits between Marion Chambers and her neighbour's house, killing them in their home, then going back to her's just to scare her into running next door so she can see the bodies befor he strikes. However there are times he chooses not to kill people such as a mother and daughter at a rest stop or the school's security guard, the later being very odd given he's eliminated such potential threats befor. It's unknown were Michael has been for the last 20 years, he seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth until the events of the film. It's also revealed, although never shown due to Pleasance's passing, the Loomis survived the explosion at the hospital in this continuity as well and spent years studying and trying to find Michael, never believing he was gone for good. Michael's intelligence is once again on display here as he is able to tracks down Marion Chambers, find the file on Laurie and use it to get her location. However later in the film he falls for a rather simple trick were Laurie leaves a blood stain by a door and once Michael's preoccupied, she smacks him over the head with a fire extinguisher from behind. As for why he's come back after 20 years, Laurie comes to believe that it's because her son is 17, the same age she was during that night in 1978. There's a character moment in this film that I've got mixed feelings on, at the very end of it all, when he's pinned by the van and trapped, Michael appears confused and almost vulnerable. He then reaches out for Laurie and she reaches out in turn, but stops just befor they make skin contact. It's an oddly human moment for Michael. You could argue it's a trick but even when she's close enough that even in his position he could try to grab her, he doesn't. I said that I hated the humanising of Michael in 5 and I don't like it so much here ether but I have to admit this scene is the superior of the two. Michael's death in this film is the first one that is truly unambiguous, with Laurie taking Michael's head clean off with an axe. This was intended to be a true death for Michael. This was a pretty good film over all although I'd have a tough time saying which I like more, 4 or H20. H20 has an odd place in continuity. It's the first film to break the chain and create a new timeline. It was intended to also be the end film in that timeline but Dimension Films would create a direct sequel that undermined this ending. But that's not all, Chaos Comic published a three part miniseries that attempted to combine the Thorn and H20 timelines in 2000, prior to the films cinematic sequel. Then in 2008 Halloweencomic.com and Devil's Due Publishing produced a number of short stories connected to the H20 timeline. These were side stories about events from around the Halloween universe but would not always be directly about or even have anything to do with Michael. since I'm not currently connected with any Halloween fandom, the info I have on this material is limited currently to the wiki, which is not much, and my own little bit of research and surmises. This material was produced in comic and short story format and I believe that these two companies worked with eachother, possible for the print copies of the comics. However the only evidence I have for this is that one of Halloweencomic.com's short stores was made available in one of Devil's Due's printed comics, at least according to the wiki. See the problem is Halloweencomic.com is a dead website, I've gone there and it's main page is plain, no artwork or stylising, and all of the links don't work. That means that any of the on site material cannot be accessed from there anymore. However I did find another site that provided links to two of the short stores, Sam and White Ghost, but these were in review threads. To make matters worse, Devil's Due has no reference to any of these comics on it's site. It also seems that a number of stories and comic were never finished or even published. From what I can tell, this whole thing started up in 2008, likely off the back of Halloween's 30th anniversary and Rob Zombie's movies but befor 2009 something happened and the whole thing was cancelled. Wither this is linked to Halloweencomic.com website now being dead I don't know. Also in 2009 Devil's Due was in trouble for not paying some of it's employees, but this could be unrelated. As it stands: The Sam and White Ghost short stories can only be read online via links on an online forum Halloween: 30 Years of Terror and Halloween: Nightdance now seem to only exist in a limited physical form. They are not graphic novels but apparently giant sized normal issues. They can be found on Amazon and eBay but due to their rarity, they can be between 70 to over 100 dollars in price. The miniseries Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode is incomplete as the last of the three issues was never published. Issues 1 & 2 have physical copies you could buy but they can also be found online for free. The wiki also makes reference to a number other stores that were going to be made, but given what I've see this line of stories and comics is long dead. I'd even go so far to say it's a risk of becoming lost material given it's very limited availability. I intend to track down all this material and maybe once I've completed looking at all the films I'll do an extra chapter on the comics.
  10. The Shape

    The Halloween Cycle

    Chapter 5 - Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers "A long, long time ago, it was a night of great power. When the days grew short, the spirits of the dead, returned to their homes to warm themselves by the fire's side. All across the land, huge bonfires were lit. Ohhh, there was a marvellous celebration. People danced, and they played games, and they dressed up in costumes, hoping to ward off the evil spirits. Especially the boogeymen." So after the disaster that was Halloween 5, the franchise was put on ice again for 6 years. The 90's was a unkind era to try and bring back a classic slasher. Freddy and Jason had finally burned out in the first few years of the decade, both final films pretty leaving a bitter taste for most fans. Chucky was fallowing in their footsteps at break neck speed, while the Alien and Predator series found themselves pretty much grinding to a halt, with Alien 3 haveing a very troubled production, Predator 2 not living up to expectations and the disaster that was Alien Resurrection finally putting a hold on the film side of the franchise for years. The 90's was an era were darker and more sophisticated horror movies took the lime light, something Hellraiser had started during the late 80's, with the like of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs, more novel accurate versions of Dracula and Frankenstein, The Blair Witch Project and The Event Horizon. While new gritty horrors, slashers and monster movies were still around, these were often never reached the heights of befor. Some using the tied old formula such as I Know What You Did Last Summer while other like Evil Dead and Tremors included more action and comedy. Two new horror icon seems to find a good balance between the new and the old during this time, the first being Candyman, although the franchise didn't last long thanks to a rather drastic dip in quality for it's sequels. The other was Scream, which was a deconstruction of the Slasher genre. The Curse of Michael Myers came out right in the middle of this era, 1995. Plot synopsis from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween:_The_Curse_of_Michael_Myers For clarification the version I watched is the original cut, not the producer's cut. To start off with something good the production values of this film are far superior to 5. It actually feels like competent film and not lazy like the last one. The issue with this film is it's script. We already touched on the rather whiplash inducing changed made from 4 to 5, and how they didn't follow on with what the first film in this little trilogy set up. The same thing happens here as rather then going down the intended path for what was set up, this film again rewrites everything to try and fit it's new narrative while trying to connect the dots of all three films. Three films that have with each version tired to go in a different direction than it's sequels did. The story also suffers from having to many ideas and little streamlining, this results in it being overcomplicated, contradicting and plodding at times. I've also heard that this one had parts of it being written while shooting and had several post-production reshoots. Also given the films feel and the fact it's the only one with a true Cut version, this film feels like it also suffered from studio interference. While none of the cast are bad per say, all the characters bar Loomis lack any real... well character. While only 1 or 2 are annoying, most lack any real life in their performance. This was Donald Pleasance's last performance as he died during production. This of course ment that the franchise had now lost the second of it's three iconic characters from the first film. Donald as always provided a great performance as Looms although his age and health seem to be getting to him. As a fun bit of trivia, when asked how many more Halloween films he was planning to make, he replied "I stop at twenty-two!". The man clearly enjoyed the part of Sam Loomis and never gave it up, even as the series fell into decline. One rather glaring change here is to the Man in Black. In 5 the character was ment to be "his alter ego. Like his twin brother. The thing about when they do the incantation … the Thorn. They get that split personality. Through the druids, they get eternal life.” Instead in this film he's turned into a cult leader and college of Loomis who wants to control Michael and the Curse of Thorn. However this is poorly explained in this version of the film, which had 45 minutes cut, so how they planned to benefit or use this was down to interpretation. Hell it's never even explained why they needed Jamie to give birth to a baby for Michael to kill as a "Final Sacrifice" when Jamie could logically have fit the bill on her own. It also leaves how the man single handily slaughter a police station, apparently used magic to free Michael (which he never displays again apart from appearing in a vision early in this film) and how he kidnapped Michael of all people completely unanswered. Why they felt the need to re introduce the Strode family I don't know. Their relatives simple adopted Laurie, and none the members we see have ever encountered Michael in any way. They are really just here to give Michael someone to kill and add another contradictory element to the film which I'll get into more. This films mask is a far more faithful reproduction of the original then the last two although the features are a little different. Other then this theres not much to day about his design this time. Interestingly a possible reason for 4 &5's less faithful masks may have been due to a law suit going on at the time. However I've yet to see any solid details on that. Perhaps the best thing about this film was its clear disregard for the humanising of Michael in 5. Michael is back to his old self, made very clear by his killing of Jamie. He tracks he down to an old barn and impales her on one of the machines stored there. When she tries to reach out to him, he reaches out in turn and shoves her further onto the drills. Then just for spites sake, he walks over to the machines control panel and turns the drills on, insuring that an already painful death is going to be much more so. Unfortunately while back to his pure evil ways, he's not as proactive as he once was, at least in regard to what his main goal is ment to be. He instead gets side tracked killing people who have little to no connection to his desire to kill his kin. Thanks to the better budget Michael is able to display some super strength in this film by snapping a guys neck and punching through a door. The real highlight on the power front is when he stabs a guy, lifts him off the ground with one hand, walks to the house's junction box and then stabs that. His victim is the electrified while Michael, who is still holding the knife, shows no sign of being affected. His defeat this time pretty much rips of the last film unfortunately, he injected with tranquilizers and beaten over the head with a pipe. To be fair it's done in a far less comedic fashion here. The main crucks of the film is trying to explain why Michael is the way he is, why he kills his family members and why is he so powerful. The Curse of Thorn. Befor talking about the curse I first have to talk about what likely inspired it. In the original screen play and novel of Halloween it is stated that Michael is being influence by an evil spirit. A Celtic man had murdered a couple out of jealousy and his spirit was cursed to never pass on. The spirit would speak to a person in each generation and drive them to act out his original murder. This happened to Michael's grandfather and is hinted to be what happened Charlie Bowles, the man mentioned by the graveyard attendant in the first film. This was dropped from the final film and I'll come back to this in a bit. The Curse of Thorn is a supernatural phenomenon that would afflict a person and drive them to kill their family on the night of Samhain as a sacrifice to spare the community from ill fortune during winter. The symbol of Thorn is apparently based on a constellation that only appears on Halloween. Upon doing some research (because I'll be dammed if I could guess half of this), what the cult are trying to do in the film is to better control the curse. Why? I don't know. You'd think that simply just going out and laying the curse on someone would do the job. Why they are studying it on a genetic level and trying to create a biological way of passing it on seems to be a waste of time to me. I could understand if they wanted to replicate the curse's powers for some other purpose but no they just want a production line of curse individuals just so they can keep doing what they already were doing. In other words, it's pointless. It's made even more pointless when you see that they were trying to put the curse on Danny Strode. Why are they making their job 10x more complicated by studying Michael, getting Jamie to have a kid who apparently is Michael's (I'll get to that) for Michael to kill to end his time as the barer of the curse, when killing Jamie would have done that, which they also plan to study for there agenda while simultaneously just doing what the cult would go about doing normally anyway! After looking up the Cut versions story this still makes no sense as they simple want Danny to take Michael's place after he kills the baby and then sacrifice his own mother, thus completing the curse's cycle. Then why not just let Michael kill Jamie! Fortunately Michael dose us all a favour and puts an end to this ****ing paradox of stupidity why murdering all the cultists. Now here why this whole Curse thing doesn't work. Michael has never played by the rules set up for the curse, not the original and not Thorn. In the original version he is ment to commit the same murder the spirit did but he doesn't, he only stabbed his sister to death and just let her boyfriend go. That also should have been the end of it, given what is said to have happened befor, but Michael keeps on killing people even when they don't match up with the spirit's scenario. Interestingly nor did the murders Charlie Bowles committed. Despite their attempts to try and make the Curse of Thorn fit, it to has the same problem. Michael is supposed to be driven to kill his family, yet he spared his mother and farther that night, instead of murdering Laurie as soon as he go the chance he instead murdered he friends despite having ample opportunity to get at her and in Halloween 2, 5 and The Curse he kills multiple people unconnected with his main objective. Loomis states that the Strodes are in danger because they are living in Michael's home but shorly he wouldn't care given what the curse is ment to make him do. Why is he wasting his time on these people and not hunting for his nephew/son. Speaking of that, god that feels like poor 90's edge writing at it's finest. It's bad enough that in the version I watched the cult force Jamie to have a baby with her uncle via artificial insemination but apparently in the Cut version the Cult force Michael to rape her. Classie. On a side not at least the Myers house actually is a reasonable replacement for the one in the first film, unlike the gothic mansion it turned into in 5. So while better made then the last one, this film nonsensical plot not only put the franchise on hold again but also killed this timeline. Thats right, future instalments would pretty much ignore all three if these films and only include 1 & 2 in there continuity. This is the conclusion of what I call The Thorn Timeline.
  11. The Shape

    The Halloween Cycle

    Chapter 4 - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers "I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart, I knew that hell would not have him." - Dr. Sam Loomis Plot Synopsis at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_5:_The_Revenge_of_Michael_Myers Well this went down hill fast and why the hell was it that so many entries in many horror film series were really bad in the year I was born!!!! The only good horror films of that year seem to be Pet Semetery and Puppet Master! So were to begin? The films real big problem is that it's a buy numbers slasher made worse by the fact the film's plot can be inconsistent at times. What we have is 4 of the main caste returning, all of whom were well acted, likable and trop subverting to a greater or lesser digree, while Loomis and Jamie remain intact for the most part, the other two, Rachael and the Sheriff, are turned into morons. It's only been a year to the day that a supernatural killer brought the whole town to it's knees, one they all know has come back befor, yet these characters seem to have learned nothing. Racheal fails to heed both the warnings and signs that Michael is back and gets killed during the first act while the Sheriff, who add gone along with Loomis last time, now is slower to act, fails to recognise a blatant distraction and calls all his men away from an ambush for Michael. To rub salt into that wound they are replaced with stereotypical, mostly unlikable teens and bumbling cops. This has been the first film so far that I have fast forwarded through any part of it. It collectively feels like a cheap rush job. There is some good here, Loomis is great as always, even if his dialog and actions are not as well written. He's clearly standing on the edge of insanity himself. Jamie's part in the film is clearly the result of the creators not being willing to let go of Michael, that said the young actress dose a better job then many of here adult counterparts. They bring back Michael's point of view moments but there less well done and some scenes are shot well. Michael himself really suffers in this one... Just look at this abominable mask! While haveing somewhat more definition then 4's did, it somehow looks even cheaper. The thing looks almost too thin for the actor head and it fit's so poorly that the neck is splayed out over the collar. This ill fitting look is only exacerbated by the elongated neck piece, thin and scrunched up face, almost bulging eyes, the long nose and hair. Much like the film, it looks like a rushed job. Other than that his look remains the same apart from a change to the effects used for his burn scare and a strange tattoo on his right wrist... Power wise there's no big change but since the film can't afford better effects Michael dose not display his enhanced strength as much here, worse some kills are cutaways to save money. His durability is now shown to be greater as he survived being shot by multiple people at once, who were armed with shotguns and rifles. However he's shown to have limits as seen in his capture by Loomis where he is trapped in a chain net, shot with tranquilizers and then beaten over the head with a wooden beam until he's unconscious. The later of which goes on for to long and starts to become almost funny in a bad way. There's also further connecting Michael with the date of Halloween as he becomes completely dormant for a full year after 4, and only awakens again on the next years Halloween. As for his killing, well Michael's acting more like he did in the first two films but with some of the smarts he had in 4. He's more into stalking and toying with his victims this time around, he tracks the main teens of the film and even goes so far as to kill one of them, steal his car and wear his Halloween mask to mess with his date for the night. This mask is so bad it almost made me laugh out loud, which I find very disheartening, yet is looks better made then his actual mask. But this brings me to one of the other issues of the film. Why is Michael wasting his time with this bunch? If he's looking to torment Jamie, only one of them has any connection with her and she'd rather go partying. If it's to make shore they don't interfere like befor, they were all going to be out of the way anyway. While it could be explained somewhat, it feels simply like padding for the movie and Michael comes of less intelligent because of it. On a more positive note Michael dose other stuff more in character such as stealing a coffin for a girl Jamie's age and building a twisted gallery around it including the bodies her step-sister Rachael and her dog Max. He has some intelligent moments like creating a distraction to draw the police away from their stakeout but then as stated the police in this film are shockingly incompetent. There's also the brutal killing of the hermit who had tended to his body during his dormancy which further displays the heartless evil of The Shape. Also he finally puts his driving skills to work and tried to simple run down some of his targets. Another note worthy kill is hanging a police officer with his own escape ladder of all things. Then we get to what may be the biggest sore spot for me. The film, during it's later half, goes out of its way to try and make Michael sympathetic. Loomis begins to suspect that Michael is after Jamie because she can end his rage. How he came to that idea I don't know, it's not the first bit of contradicting or out of left field ideas the films has. The idea here is that Michael, who as been portrayed as pure evil without humanity, is actually human after all and is simple the slave of an evil force. You see the problem here, this pretty much spites in the face of everything that had come befor. I've said befor that giving Michael a solid motive at all somewhat took away from him but this just takes away what make him unique, his inhumanity. Not only of body but of spirit. It's what set him apart from the revenge fuelled Jason or the abused and manipulated Leatherface. Much like the film itself, Michael is being made more generic. The only good thing about these "human" scenes is that we see under the mask and that Michael's face is normal. In a good film this would be used to show what this means for him. To make another comparison, Jason's mask is to hide his deformed face because he's ashamed of it, Leatherface's were originally a way to express himself since he couldn't do so normally, but later re adapted to be also hide deformities but Michael is different. It doesn't matter what he looks like under the mask, for the mask is the reflection of who he truly is inside. To move onto another topic about the film, while the sub-plot of the Man in Black provided this film with more intrigue then any of the others in the film, even the main one, the problem is that the film is setting up Michael as a person under the control of something evil which I find harmful to the character and thus I'm less interested in were its going to go. So in summery this film was pretty bad. I'm sorry this has been pretty negative and relatively short.
  12. harry capstan

    Yui Ichikawa

    followers on other planets seek her protection from unevolved lifeforms
  13. The Shape

    The Halloween Cycle

    Chapter 3 - Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers "Michael? Why now? You waited ten years. I knew this day would come. Don't go to Haddonfield. If you want another victim, take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Michael? God dame you."- Dr. Sam Loomis. In 1982, just one year after the second film, an attempt was made to continue the franchise without Michael Myers and turn it into an anthology series. Halloween III Season of the Witch was received poorly at the time of it's release in no small part due to it's lack of the iconic character. I'm skipping that film to focus on Michael but I did watch it a long time ago. As memory serves it was... ok. Not as bad as many claimed at the time but I don't recall anything that makes it an underrated gem as some claim. After this the franchise was put on ice for 6 years until in 1988 it was decided to revive it to cash in on the films 10 year anniversary. The original idea for the film by John Carpenter was a more psychological horror with Michael appearing as a phantom, however this was rejected as the producers wanted Michael to be flesh and blood to avoid Halloween III's major complaint. Carpenter would eventually sell the rights to the film and none apart from Donald Pleasances returned. Now I have not seen most of these films for more than 10 years. I first watched them after completing other horror series like Friday the 13th and as I've mentioned before I didn't hold them in high regard till recently, and I think that was the problem not only when I watched them but also in 1988. By that point in time the slasher genre was starting to burn out with most just going by the numbers at this point. It was not all bad for horror as Child's Play, Pumpkinhead, Hellraiser II, Phantasm II and Maniac Cop all coming out that year alongside The Blob remake and Killer Clowns From Outer Space. But this was also the year of Friday the 13th Part VII, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part IV, Sleepaway Camp II, Poltergeist III, Slugs and the Gremlin's knockoff Hobgoblins. Bringing back the series that defined many of the Slasher genre's trops in an time when audiences were growing tired of them was really not a good idea and watching these later films after just coming off two relatively long slasher franchises had the same affect on younger me. I'd seen it all before and these films were far less graphic in their kills. So imagine my surprise when I site down to watch Halloween 4 10 years later and find myself actually enjoying it quite a bit. The Plot Summery on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_4:_The_Return_of_Michael_Myers What struck me about this film is just how much to tries to go the extra mile in it’s story compared to a lot of slashers. It’s not some isolated little kill fest or one were whats happening is played down or ignored by the authorities of the town itself. The characters are likable and more rational then many of their counterparts at the time. As a result the film really subverts the trops at times. While it is copying the originals story, it dose enough of it’s own stuff to make it stand apart. That said what tends to drag it down from being truly great is that by having really good parts, the odd times the trops do pop up they really stick out. Also the editing at the middle felt a little too fast pasted at times. Having Laurie just die of screen was a big shame and may have hurt the film at the time of it’s release, but this was unavoidable at the time. Interestingly the kills here follow the trend of Halloween II, brutal and a bit bloody but never going over the top with the gore factor. This is something I respect as it keeps Michael's brutal but efficient nature intact and also protected the film from being butchered to please by the censors. Bringing Dr. Loomis back was a double edged sword. The man was at the heart of the explosion and him surviving with just burn scares to the side of his face and hands is laughable, that said Donald Pleasence puts just as much effort in as he did before and the character really evolves over time, clearly left scared by all thats happened to him, mentally as well as physically. Halloween 4 has Michael get a serious upgrade. He’s far stronger then he was before, with feats like jamming his thumb through someone’s skull, impaling someone to a wall with a shotgun, breaks someone’s neck while lifting them off the ground at arm’s length and tearing someone’s throat open with his bare hands. This unholy strength is backed up by what may be even greater intelligence as he single headedly cripples Haddonfield and its defences with brutal efficiency. Even his stealth seems to have gotten an upgrade to supernatural as he sometimes appears to be teleporting around the town, however this could be part of the editing issue I mentioned. There are no signs of increased durability in this film however Michael doesn’t really give anyone the opportunity to have a crack at him. It is noted in the film that despite being immobile for 10 years he shows no sign of muscle atrophy and instead, as stated, seems stronger then before. Design wise, the mask in this film is easily one of the worst. Its features are less defined, the eye holes are blatantly covered in a black material, the eye brows are raised making Michael look constantly surprised, the hair is slicked back and the latex is so weak it wrinkles and bends if moved, which forces the actor to barely move his head. The whole thing looks like a cheap store bought version of the original. It’s a real shame that one of the best versions of the character is lumbered with such a bad design. It’s made worse by the fact that in one shot the mask they used had blond hair. Also of note his jump suit is more stained this time. Due to the explosion, Michael’s body is covered in burn scars, this is depicted by scares on his hands. His face is covered in bandages early in until he finds a new mask. Michael’s connection to his family is built on more here. He not only wanted to kill his sister but anyone related to him and the idea that he is tied to the day of Halloween is further reinforced by the films events, as he has remained completely inert until this exact day. Interestingly he is far less sadistic in this film, rarely ever toying with a victim. His main target Jamie gets some of this, as he subjects to his slow pursuits and he even seems to walk up some stairs, and out of sight, while pursuing her just to scare her when she is forced to walk back from a dead end. The other, after killing the police officer guarding the teens and Jamie, he takes his place in his arm chair with his gun for added affect. Its also very clear by this film that Michael really doesn't like dogs, as he kills his 3rd one here. Likely due to the constraints of the awful mask, Michael is less expressive in this film, even for him. His movements and even him just standing still all look very stiff. That being said he is given a bit of character when he finds and looks a Laurie's photos., although this is done from a first person perspective. As stated above Michael comes off as very intelligent in this film however it's intreasting that he was able to develop such a plan despite spending all his life, from the age of six and one day 10 years ago, ether locked up or in a coma. However I feel that this builds on what was already been suggested, for despite his circumstances his awareness of the world is not impeded. As Loomis said in the first film, he was looking at the wall, through the wall, at the night that was to come. The idea of passing on Michael's evil onto another person is an intreasting one and could have worked as a way to try and continue the series without him if done right. That being said it would require the franchise to let go of it's iconic killer, something that had not worked befor and the current producers were clearly against. So while not a great film over all, Halloween 4 is in my opinion a dame good slasher film. Unfortunately the general audience at the time didn’t see it that way with the film only bringing in about as much as Halloween III. However it was successful enough to get a sequel made the very next year. This would be the first film in what would become known as the Thorn Trilogy.
  14. The Shape

    Venom 2018

    I found it entertaining, it could have been better but it's pretty fun. The highlight really is Brock and Venom, such great characters and interactions. Biggest weak point? The main villain/s are rather bland and stereotypical. Their the oppasite of the main character/s in the wrong way.
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  16. Mercer

    RIP Scott Wilson

    Scott Wilson died on October the 6th from cancer. He played in the Walking dead as Hershal. May he rest in peace.
  17. Mercer

    Venom 2018

    I'm sorry. I wasn't attacking you at all, nor was I disagreeing with you. I don't know what gave you that idea that I was trolling you.
  18. Matt Bellamy

    Venom 2018

    Don't say I didn't like something when I actually saw the thing and clearly posted my opinion. I clearly liked part of the movie. I said it was 30% of a good movie. And most critics (good or bad review) agree that the Eddie/Venom interaction was the best part. The problem with Venom is that it REEKS of studio interference. Which hurts the overall movie with a weak villain, weak love interest, and a story so bland that doesn't even involve his greatest rival. Plus, the PG-13, despite Venom clearly eating at least one head directly off of a guy. What I hope happens, is that the Studio takes the reviews to heart, maybe talk with Mr.Feige and Marvel a bit abotu forming a story, and allow a sequel to be something better. But next time, before you jump all over someone for an opinion on anything, remember: It is an OPINION. Going at someone's opinion is a shitty thing to do that happens far too much on the internet, and I will NOT allow it to happen here. Fact of the matter is, you are trying to prove that my opinion of Venom is wrong because (without seeing it) of the box office. Bad movies make money all the time. This is nothing new. Come back when you see the movie and post your opinion, or ask questions of people who have seen it. But do not attack people because you disagree with an opinion.
  19. Mercer

    Dark Phoenix trailer

    Apocalypse was really good, I felt. I'm hoping this one is good too. But you never know these days with movies.
  20. Mercer

    The Halloween Cycle

    The first film didn't have a huge impact on me as far as encouraging me to watch the film franchise further. But ended up seeing them down the road because of friends and family and those movies weren't my first choice to pick. I'm more into action flicks. So, I've made up my mind and that I'm not going to watch the new one in theaters or when it comes out. They made so many of them and quite a bit of them were just plain bad. I know some people hated Rob Zombie's remakes. I know he got a lot of backlash on the 2nd one he did. Some people just go and on and on, on how he should have left it all alone.
  21. Mercer

    Venom 2018

    You don't like this film at all do you? Theres nothing wrong with that. I didn't like the first three Spiderman films that Sony did back in the early 2000's. I felt they were cheesy and really stupid. I felt that they were horrible. But Sony made 3 of them because people went to the theater to see them causing Sony to make profit off of those movies. Now if people had just refused to see the 2000 Spiderman movie, than it would have bombed at the box office and went no further than one movie. I'm not going to defend VENOM because I've never seen it. The film made over $205.2 million in the box office. And according to Sony, they're making two more of these because Tom Hardy has signed a contract to do a trilogy. As bad as the movie was, people still paid vast amounts of money and as long as they spend money to see this film, they are encouraging further production of it, sequels if you will.
  22. Matt Bellamy

    Venom 2018

    So. The Rotten tomatoes score is pretty accurate. About 30% of the movie is kind of good. And that is only the scenes with Eddie and Venom. Everything else is just bad.
  23. Matt Bellamy

    New Chapter status?

    April 2016. So yeah... Not good.
  24. The Shape

    The Halloween Cycle

    Chapter 2 - Halloween II Picking up immediately after the end of the first film, Michael Myer's is still at large. Dr. Loomis leads a man hunt for killer, now deeply troubled by the confirmation that Michael my be more then human, and Laurie is taken to the hospital to be treated for her injures. As the three spiral towards their next confrontation, the bodies start to pile up and the reasons behind Michael's actions are revealed. The best comparison for Halloween II is ironically Jaws 2. They are both sequels, their both compliantly made and manage to get a lot of the original caste back for the film (which is very important given that this film takes place on the same night) but ultimately lack the spark that made the original so great. The film came out in 1981, still in the new golden age of horror. The same year Halloween was released saw Dawn of the Dead, Jaws 2 as well as a host of cult classics such as Long Weekend and Piranha. The following years saw Alien, Phantasm, The Amityville Horror, the Shining and a whole host of others. Perhaps most famously of all was a film that would become as iconic to slasher films as Halloween was, Friday the 13th (1980). But this was not the only one. In 1981, the same year as Halloween II, multiple slasher films were being released. This included classics like Friday the 13th Part 2, My Bloody Valentine and The Burning as well as a legion of lesser entries in the genre. And it's here were we begin to see the problem many of the Halloween's sequels would come up against. Oversaturation and quickfix horror. Slasher films were in abundances even in the beginning of the 80s and many of them provided more kills, more often and were more gory. While Halloween II is generally better made then then these films, horror fans and gore hounds quickly grew bored with slower pasted slashers, wanting the films to get to the part's they wanted to see. In Halloween II, despite their attempt to keep things consistent, Michael's look as changed some what. He's now a little stockier, his mask has yellowed and the mask's hair is different and now reddish. Most noticable his eye's are now far more visible then befor. Michael's methods are somewhat different in this film. While he is still very stealthy, he is noticable less tormenting then befor. In the first film Michael toyed with all his victims but here he only dose it twice. Once by letting a nurse think he's her lover until she see's him properly and later by waiting in a room with someone he already killed as a decoy. The rest of the time Michael simple stealthily kills. Also this is the fist time Michael kills for killing's sake. As I mentioned befor, in Halloween Michael's killing of the teen's all seem to be part of a greater, twisted game he's playing with Laurie, here while he leaves an old couple alone and simple take's their knife, he then sneaks into a random girls house and kills here. Michael is depicted a very intelligent here as he not only murders multiple hospital staff members without being noticed, likely to prevent any interference when going for Laurie, but also disable all the cars in the car park, cuts the phone lines and screws with the power. In contrast, his' movements seem slower and less animated which would lead to some reviews calling him a zombie. Michael is likely the progenitor of the slow walking killer trop but with him, at least at first, it always felt natural to his character. He's so in control of the situation that he simple has no need to rush and it also plays into his seeming desire to instil fear in his targets befor he kills them. Interestingly, when he finds his prey during the final act of the film, rather then be stealthy, he pulls a Jason Voorhees (long befor Jason started pulling this crap) and marches at them through a glass door, which seems a little out of character for him. As you will probably guess, Michael kill's a more people this time around. In the fist Halloween, he kills 5 people (counting his sister) and 2 dogs, while here he brings it up to 9. While not a gory as Halloween II's contemporaries could be, these kills are notable more played up then befor, with the first films kills haveing an unsettling realistic quality. Michael's supernatural nature is also more played up here. As I said befor there dose seem to be more to him then just some killer in a mask in the first film but there it's more ambiguous. Besides the fact he's up and about like befor with 6 slugs lodged in him, Michael is able to hold someone in scolding hot water with his bare hands and shows not only no sign of pain but also no injury. He's shot multiple times again and gets up again and is able to survive being shot in both eyes. Michael meets his "end" shortly after this as, while his blinded, Dr. Loomis sacrifices himself by filling the room with gas then igniting it. Michael is believed to have burned to death. Now I've not talked about the big reveal in the film. At about the halfway point we start to have hints at what might be causing Michael's actions and why his target is Laurie. Firstly while being treated at hospital, Laurie has a dream where she is told "I'm not your mother". At some point during the film's events Michael broke into a school. On the teachers desk is a picture of a family, with Michael's knife protruding from the depiction of what we assume is the sister. Also on the wall, written in blood, is the word "Samhain". Dr. Loomis - "It's a Celtic word, Samhain, it means 'The Lord of the Dead'. The end of summer, the festival of Samhain, October 31st" Finally Marion Chamber, the nurse who had been with Loomis when Michael escaped, informs him of a file relating to Michael that Loomis had not known of, it had been sealed by court order by Laurie's parents after they adopted her. Laurie was actually Michael's younger sister. She was two years old when he killed Judith and when their parents died in an accident years later she was adopted by the Strodes. This is the reason why Michael has targeted her. For me personally this was not the right way to go. While this relationship would become a core part of the franchise right up until this year, it only serves to diminish the greatest aspect of Michael, his mystery. As I've stated befor one of the greatest part about the first film was that there was not reason why Michael was doing any of this, he was "simple evil". An evil force that acted according to it's own whims rather then anything we rationalise. Why he targeted Laurie was a mystery, it could be simple because she was the first person he took intreast in after returning home, maybe she is a symbol of goodness and he being one of evil sought to destroy her or any of the other theories you could come up with. By giving him a blood link to Laurie and thus a reason for his actions, Michael loses an important part of his fear factor. The reference to Samhain would be explored in later films but if there was one part of this attempted explanation I would say you could keep it would be that. While again it's cutting into Michael's mystic, by itself it would be very vague and ties into the movies theme of halloween. It would hint at a possible answer but not give anything away. On a side note, during the film Dr. Loomis and the police come across someone dress similarly to Michael. Believing it him they give chase but the guy is hit by a speeding police car, which crashes into a van, causing an explotion. The poor guy is brutally killed and everyone is left wondering if it was Michael or not. Some reviews I've watched seem to view this as the cop deliberately doing this but in the film he states "I couldn't stop". I put this down to a bit of poor editing. On a final note I want to talk about one part of these films I've come to really like. Michael's mask appearing out of the darkness. There's just something perfectly creepy about this in both the original and second film. It's the first thing to appear out of the darkness befor anything other part of his body and really adds to that phantom like quality of the character.
  25. Guyver1

    New Chapter status?

    Like 2 years ago...
  26. Mercer

    Venom 2018

    This is going to be a must see. I remember when I was just a little kid, 7 I think, and everyone loved Venom back in school. We all thought he was the most powerful character in Marvel back than. By the way.I have a question. Does anyone else think that Tom Hardy's lips remind you of a gold fish?
  27. Mercer

    New Chapter status?

    Wow, Its been awhile since I've been on here and I can't say that I'm not surprised that there isn't an update or a new chapter for our old hero. I really wish that Yoshiki would make a statement to his fans in the media as of why he hasn't done anything. I think that would be very nice of him to give an update. Anything. I don't think we've really seen anything in almost 9 months. Exactly when was the last chapter released?
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