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Lost Souls (2000)
One of the most underrated horror films of the decade.
I can make absolutely no sense of each and every one star review which calls this film horrible as well as the 4.7 rating. It is unfathomable to me. The cinematography alone should warrant a rating of at least 5.
This is a subtle religious horror flick that I have to assume people rejected because of the lack of scares and gore. However, the performances, direction and cinematography are all top notch. Though Lost Souls was marketed to look like a demonic scare-fest, I would compare this film to the likes of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. In fact, I would not be surprised if the makers of that film borrowed quite heavily from this one, both in style and effects.
The premise is relatively simple: A small religious sect believe the coming of the anti-Christ to be near, sitting dormant in a human body.
The biggest praise that I can bestow upon this film is that over 12 years later, this film still looks like it could have been made yesterday. In fact, it looks uncannily more modern than a large majority of recent horror efforts. Lost Souls simply does not age.
Another popular factor in why this movie is so poorly rated and received is the fact that audiences just did not like the ending. I feel sorry for those that do not. The ending is original, and though it did not satisfy blood thirsty Hollywood horror fans, it is very much appropriate for this film. To put it simply without spoiling anything: faith is the central core to Lost Souls, those with it and those without. That is what this ending plays off of, and I think it's perfect. Please do not let any of these negative reviews divert you from seeing this film.
This is not End of Days or Stigmata. Lost Souls is not camp in the slightest. It is a dark, beautifully shot and well acted film that is significantly ahead of it's time.
The most god awful movie I've seen, period. The only thing in memory more tedious was a 12 hour layover in LAX.
Being the only movie I have ever walked out on in theaters, I can confidently say that I would rather have all of my teeth pulled out of my head with rusty pliers than ever sit through this film again.
Buddy is a tedious, lifeless movie about a pathetic woman who hangs out with a fake gorilla for an hour and a half. And as shameful as it is to say, this is one of those rare instances where a talking animal would actually vastly improve the film. Jim Henson must have been rolling in his grave.
Ken Park (2002)
makes pink flamingos shock value seem heartwarming, and no thats not a good thing
This movie sucks. There's no substance, plot, structure or point. It's a slew of teenage sex, and disturbing sexual situations and family dysfunctions that leave you feeling like you've just been raped by white trash itself. Kids was awesome, and I thought Bully was even better. But unfortunately the best way I can think to describe this film is, to imagine Kids without the plot, message, or impact. So basically just trashy underage sex and nudity. Larry Clark needs to get his sh*t together and stop making movies just so he can scam on the underage actors. If thats his aspiration he should just start trying to make his transition to barely legal porn director.
A Haunting (2005)
This show is pretty good. It's forensic files with ghosts, possibly even the same narrator.
Each episode is great, and despite the far fetched subject matter, manages to come off reasonably authentic. Even compared to a well made horror film, the dramatizations here are scary and suspenseful, and don't hesitate to make you jump.
For dramatic effect, there are interviews with psychiatrists, priests, and psychics galore, involved in each case that help to give the story a little more credibility and suspend disbelief.
It's really easy to just give in and believe all of these people and their stories.