Movies Watched in 2012

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1.
Dark Days (2000 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. (94 mins.)
Director: Marc Singer
 
2.
The Bleeding House (2011)
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A stranger with mysterious intentions comes to stay the night at a secluded country home, but what he finds inside is a family torn apart by a violent past and a secret more deadly than he expected. (86 mins.)
Director: Philip Gelatt
“ The cast was rather wooden and I still can't figure out why the 30-year-old brother was living at home. I think this would have played better as an hour-long "Masters of Horror" installment. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
3.
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005 Documentary)
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Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of Guatemalan refugees... (96 mins.)
“ This is a MUST for any metal fan! The anthropologist's study of the metal scene has been a long time coming when it seems every other genre of music has been studied and legitimized. In the end, metal fans are perfectly normal and if others don't understand it, it's their loss. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
4.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008 Documentary)
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Chronicles the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal - a musical subculture infamous... (93 mins.)
“ While this is a fantastic documentary about the early-90s Black Metal community in Norway, I'm not sure this would be good for someone who didn't know anything about it. I suggest it as a companion piece to "Lords of Chaos" by Moynihan and Soderlind. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
5.
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
6.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
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The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he... (92 mins.)
 
7.
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
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13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life. (100 mins.)
 
8.
Apollo 18 (2011)
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Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. (86 mins.)
“ I really, really wanted to like this. The trailer was amazing and the only reason we waited this long to see it was the consistently bad reviews. Now I understand. This movie had a fantastic premise and suitably creepy atmosphere but it all goes to waste in the third act. This film is from 2011 and the best they could come up with was a monster from 1953? And how did they get the footage off the moon? ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
9.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
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After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. (106 mins.)
 
10.
Frailty (2001)
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A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
“ This is one of my favorite under appreciated horror films. I saw this in the theater and although it got good reviews, it didn't do as well as it should have. Perhaps because there were no big SFX and the story wasn't a huge, sweeping saga. Instead, you have a quiet story of a man and his two sons, a happy family until the father receives a vision from God, a story that gets under your skin and stays there long after the film ends. It's still under my skin 10 years later. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
11.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
12.
Objectified (2009 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. (75 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
13.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
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Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
“ It's really, really awful. Not as scandalous as it was when it was released--the prospect of fish-like humanoids raping women is just stupid. The creepiest part is the woman who gets really turned on by her boyfriend's ventriloquist dummy. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
14.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 Documentary)
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. (93 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
15.
S&man (2006)
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S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell's exploration of voyeurism, "Peeping Tom." Director JT... (84 mins.)
Director: J.T. Petty
“ If you're going to film a documentary, you shouldn't spend a lot of time on a made-up character. This film has enough interesting real people form the world of underground "horror" (I use quotations because I don't consider what they produced as horror) and even an actual professor whose work has made significant contributions to the study of horror (Carol Clover) so why invent things?

Overall, I can't give this film a very high rating, partially because of Eric and partially because I have little interest in the subject matter. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
16.
The Shrine (2010)
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Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected. (85 mins.)
Director: Jon Knautz
“ When does "homage" become "rip-off"? I did enjoy the twist at the end but it was too little too late. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
17.
Rammbock (2010)
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Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace... (63 mins.)
Director: Marvin Kren
“ This wasn't a bad little film but it wasn't as amazing as I had heard. The hero is a bit of an ass, always leaving people behind, and his obsession over his ex wears thin after about 10 minutes. The concept of saying calm to prevent the virus from taking over is interesting, but overall it doesn't add much to the zombie lexicon. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
18.
Vamp (1986)
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Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation... (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Wenk
“ The best I can say is that I've seen worse. You know how you've heard that this movie is terrible? It is, and not so-bad-it's-good bad, just bad. Save yourself the headache. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
19.
Babies (2010 Documentary)
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A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. (79 mins.)
Director: Thomas Balmès
“ Aww, babies! ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
20.
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
21.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
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While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
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Years in the future, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house. (98 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
23.
The Ward (2010)
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An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
24.
Wilderness (2006)
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Juvenile delinquents gets sent to a small British island after a fellow prisoners death, where they have to fight for survival. (93 mins.)
 
25.
Shuttle (2008)
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A late night airport shuttle ride home descends into darkness. (107 mins.)
Director: Edward Anderson
“ Ick. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
26.
The Dead (2010)
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An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. (105 mins.)
 
27.
Prom Night (1980)
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A masked killer stalks four teenagers, responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom. (92 mins.)
Director: Paul Lynch
 
28.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
29.
The Caller (2011)
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A young divorcee is getting her life back together by moving into an apartment. But what will she do when a strange person repeatedly calls her, and threatens to change her new life around? (92 mins.)
 
30.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
31.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
 
32.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
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A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home. (99 mins.)
Director: Troy Nixey
 
33.
Session 9 (2001)
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Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
34.
Sunshine (2007)
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A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. (107 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
35.
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
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SciFi suspense thriller in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. (81 mins.)
Director: B.D. Clark
 
36.
Antibodies (2005)
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Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop... (127 mins.)
 
37.
Big Nothing (2006)
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A frustrated, unemployed teacher joining forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme. (86 mins.)
 
38.
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
39.
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
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A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however. (98 mins.)
 
40.
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
41.
Phone (2002)
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After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number... (104 mins.)
Director: Byeong-ki Ahn
 
42.
The Ghost (2008)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block enlists the aid of an assassin for some inspiration -- fully unaware that he is being set up to take the blame for a murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Karen Oganesyan
 
43.
Face (2004)
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Lee Hyun-min, who works reconstructing faces from skull, quits his work in a institute to stay with... (92 mins.)
Director: Sang-gon Yoo
 
44.
Slaughter Night (2006)
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After her father gets killed in an automobile accident, Kristel Lodema discovers that her dad was investigating... (90 mins.)
 
45.
Jaws (1975)
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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
 
46.
Route 666 (2001)
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Smith, a mob informer hiding out with the Witness Protection Program, decides to make a break for it and hide out in the Arizona desert... (86 mins.)
Director: William Wesley
“ Crap. What happened to you, Lou Diamond Phillips? ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
47.
The 'Burbs (1989)
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An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
48.
The Thing (2011)
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At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. (103 mins.)
“ This prequel ends up being totally unnecessary except to show someone's CGI skills. Although this could have been an interesting beginning to Carpenter's "The Thing" this ultimately falls flat, jumping from one gruesome effect to another. We don't care much about the characters and the director seems to make sure it stays that way since they are only fodder for the monster. Our heroine has some flashes of brilliance to find who is human and who isn't but that can't carry the whole thing. It's ok if you have something else interesting to do. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
49.
Fright Night (2011)
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A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ I wasn't a huge fan of the original so I didn't have any problems with this remake (aside from my general distaste for remakes to just make a quick buck). The cast is quite able and Jerry is both alluring and deadly--he's definitely not a so-called vegetarian. However, like the original, it just didn't "do it" for me (aside from David Tennant in leather pants and eyeliner). So while I don't have any reason to give it a bad review I don't really have a reason to recommended it (aside from the aforementioned leather pants). ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
50.
Brain Damage (1988)
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One morning a young man wakes to find a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but in return demands human victims. (84 mins.)
 
51.
Season of the Witch (2011)
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14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. (95 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
“ It's a Nick Cage movie. Only see it to watch Ron Perlman headbutt a demon. Twice. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
52.
The Innkeepers (2011)
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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Ti West
“ It's not that I don't like Ti West. I just feel like the entire film is exposition with a freak out at the end. As with "House of the Devil," I kept waiting for something to happen and when it finally did the film was over. The best thing about this was the lead character--she felt like an authentic person instead of a Hollywood version of "normal person." ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
53.
Super 8 (2011)
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During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
54.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
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Tim Lippe has no idea what he's in for when he's sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the "guidance" of three convention veterans. (87 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
 
55.
The Tall Man (2012)
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When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children. (106 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ You know the drill: mysterious figure is abducting children in a small isolated town. Hottie Jessica Biel must find the truth when her child is abducted and the plucky heroine uncovers some dark doings indeed! Except...that's only part of the story. I can't say any more without spoiling it but I highly recommend it. I didn't see where it was going which is very rare. It's not your typical horror film, though, so if you're looking for something like "Malevolence" you'll be disappointed. Same if you want something gory. Go in with an open mind and it will stay with you. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
56.
Burke and Hare (2010)
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A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. (91 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ In case the fact that John Landis directed this doesn't give you a clue, the opening titles which state "This story is true. Except for the parts that aren't" tells you exactly what you're in for. Burke and Hare are two hapless blokes who can't catch a break until they accidentally stumble into the medical supply business. The accents are all over the place but if you can get past that it's a fun little romp. And it's nice to see Andy Serkus as a human. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
57.
House of Voices (2004)
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In 1958, in the French Alp, the young servant Anna Jurin arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage to work with... (98 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ It's not that I didn't understand this movie. What I didn't understand is why it was made in the first place. Long on atmosphere but short on logic (why does she become so obsessed with the orphan? why does she HAVE to know what happened to the children?), all I could think of was thank goodness we have "The Orphanage" to tell this story correctly. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
58.
Apartment 143 (2011)
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A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building. (80 mins.)
Director: Carles Torrens
“ A promising premise with a few scares but ultimately we've seen it all before. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
59.
Atrocious (2010)
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Two teenage siblings endure a terrifying experience while investigating a rural legend near their family's vacation home. (75 mins.)
“ This film could easily get lost in the "found footage" subgenre as just another shaky cam throw-away. But somehow it ends up being more than that. The teen characters are genuinely likable, trying desperately to find something interesting to do on a family vacation. The night scene in the maze is genuinely creepy and disorienting. The ending is unpredictable and the title is a little misleading--while there is some blood it is not another torture porn that will leave you queasy from more than the camera work. Not a bad way to spend 75 minutes. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
60.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
61.
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
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A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels... (87 mins.)
Director: Max Hunter
“ Random Italians break into a castle for a "photo shoot." Oops, someone lives here! It's ok, he'll let us stay until sunrise. Too bad he thinks he's possessed by the spirit of the Crimson Executioner and must rid the world of our impurity! Creepiest scene: Mickey Hartigay oiling himself up from 30 ft away from the camera. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions
 
62.
The Children (2008)
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A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. (84 mins.)
Director: Tom Shankland
“ While this has been called an excellent commentary on today's ineffective parenting, I mostly saw another movie about killer kids. There are some nice elements and I appreciate that the kids' illness is subtle and unspecific but it ultimately didn't hold my attention. Also, I wasn't sure if the effects were restrained because the unseen is more horrific or they just didn't have the money to do everything they wanted. ” - Nostromo_Transmissions