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Originally Posted by Austruck
Originally Posted by The Rodent
I think the Poltergeist remake summed up modern movies pretty good.
All CGI and greenscreen, and totally devoid of anything remotely memorable.
Wait... THERE WAS A POLTERGEIST REMAKE??

What blasphemy is this?
Sadly yes, and even worse it actually had a half decent cast totally wasted.
Originally Posted by Austruck
Originally Posted by The Rodent
Originally Posted by Austruck
Originally Posted by The Rodent
Currently watching the original Poltergeist... for a low budget (ish) movie about ghosts, what a well crafted movie.

Don't get movies like this anymore.
Agreed. I rewatched it a few months ago and was very pleasantly surprised to see just how well it's stood the test of time. Acting still terrific (and casting). Story still has a punch to it. And the effects were just right: not cheesy and not overdone, either.
ikr
The timing as well is perfect.
Modern movies skip the foreplay and go straight for the jugular.
There's nothing overtly gory in that whole movie (well, the swimming pool scene is a bit ghastly), but somehow that whole movie simmers just under the surface all the way through.
Yeah it balanced the mystery at the start, then the action in the middle, with the gooeyness at the end yet still keep its dignity even up to the end of act 3.

A lot of movies go for the scare factor straight out, and then turn gory or jump-scare reliant within 25 minutes and have little to no shame in being nothing but jump-scare-factories and full on CGI, for 90 minutes.

I think the Poltergeist remake summed up modern movies pretty good.
All CGI and greenscreen, and totally devoid of anything remotely memorable.
Originally Posted by Austruck
Originally Posted by The Rodent
Currently watching the original Poltergeist... for a low budget (ish) movie about ghosts, what a well crafted movie.

Don't get movies like this anymore.
Agreed. I rewatched it a few months ago and was very pleasantly surprised to see just how well it's stood the test of time. Acting still terrific (and casting). Story still has a punch to it. And the effects were just right: not cheesy and not overdone, either.
ikr
The timing as well is perfect.
Modern movies skip the foreplay and go straight for the jugular.
Currently watching the original Poltergeist... for a low budget (ish) movie about ghosts, what a well crafted movie.

Don't get movies like this anymore.
Just nabbed this a couple minutes ago

Oh man, I forgot to commemorate my 20,000th post on MoFo.

I forgot one last bit of trivia for Pan's Labyrinth...

About 15 minutes in, Vidal smashes a guy's face in with a bottle... this is based on something Del Toro saw when he was a teenager.
He saw a bar fight, where one guy did exactly what Vidal does. In the commentary, he explains his shock not at the act... but at the fact the victim didn't struggle, and the bottle didn't break.

Sorry to go back to the previous movie reveal, but I'm sitting watching Pan's Labyrinth right now and got reminded
Not bad I guess.
20k, talking about smashing faces in with bottles.
Their loss
Watching Casper (1995) and something struck me odd.

Kat's dad dies falling down a manhole... then gets brought back to life in that machine.
But, it's his ghost that becomes a real body again, meaning his original body is still down that manhole.