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Yup. It's just a fun, atmospheric monster movie with an extremely disgusting looking monster and a great setting (which shockingly is a set and not a real cave).



Strangeness is alright, but I've only seen it on a terrible transfer where half of the scenes in the mine are almost completely impossible to see. So it would probably improve if I could actually make out what is happening.
A large part of my enjoyment was from the setting, particularly how the movie lights its cave environment almost entirely with diegetic light sources. I saw it on Blu-ray, but I imagine seeing it on a subpar copy would greatly hamper the experience.



Oh, and one more for Tak (I used the auto-translate subtitles on this and didn't feel like I missed much):





Whatís Deadly Spawn on? Sounds like something Iíd enjoy.
I watched it on Youtube (I posted a link on the last page, video quality is pretty good). Don't think it's on any services.



I watched it on Youtube (I posted a link on the last page, video quality is pretty good). Don't think it's on any services.
Yeah, I just watched it on YouTube and it was fine.





The Manor, 2021

Judith (Barbara Hershey) is a former dancer who suffers a stroke and subsequently makes the decision to go to live in a retirement home, to the relief of her daughter (Katie Keane) and the trepidation of her grandson, Josh (Nicholas Alexander). But very shortly after settling in, Judith is unnerved by the strict rules and the rough treatment of many of the seemingly senile residents. Oh, and there's also the tiny problem of the mysterious dark figure that appears at night looming over her bed.

I watched this film at the behest of our dear MKS, who has a recently written script that has some overlaps with this film. (Um, YOU'RE WELCOME for yet another case of a WOMAN being FORCED into doing EMOTIONAL LABOR for the men around her, like GAWD!).

Anyway, this is one of those films that just kind of frustrates you because it has some interesting and effective moments that just get bogged down by other elements and sequences that are so predictable and by-the-numbers.

The highlight is easily Hershey's performance as Judith, portraying a woman who basically shuffles herself off to the sidelines, not realizing until it's too late that she has signed away her agency and freedom, and that a single whisper of the word "dementia" unlocks the power for others to confine her, restrain her physically, and medicate her against her will. The more she is restricted, the more agitated Judith becomes. And when you throw in a supernatural element, you get these hopeless sequences where Judith has to try and explain something to her family that she knows will make her sound crazy.

I also thought that some of the "night visitation" scenes were effective and scary.

The downside to this one is twofold. The first is that everything is far too predictable right off the bat. I was 95% sure about the plot turns about 20 minutes into the film, and the nursing home employees were evil in a cartoonish way from the word go. Like, not 10 minutes into the film Gary the nurse (Devin Kawaoka) is body-slamming an octogenarian into a bed.

But I also really struggled with some of the writing, especially the character of Josh. It's like the actor got one note ("When people feel conflicted, they sometimes stammer! See how that works for you!"). And I already wrote to MKS about this, but it makes so little sense how Judith ends up in this situation. She apparently just never visited the home? Or read the contract she signed?! She is somehow unaware that she's not allowed to have a phone or to leave the building unaccompanied. There's also, I don't know, almost an issue of ageism? Josh asks her why she's in the home and she's like "I'm very old. I'm almost 70!!!". Excuse me, but I know several people in their 70s who are still working full time, physically active, mentally with it, and just living their lives. Also, for a stroke survivor AND someone with Parkinson's disease, Judith is . . . fine. She's fine. There is nothing in the writing or performance that indicates that she is physically or mentally frail.

I will give the film grudging points for the unexpected ending, but the last act is also kind of annoyingly drawn out.




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I watched this film at the behest of our dear MKS, who has a recently written script that has some overlaps with this film. (Um, YOU'RE WELCOME for yet another case of a WOMAN being FORCED into doing EMOTIONAL LABOR for the men around her, like GAWD!).
What would you rather me do? Therapy? You saw how that turned out for Tony Soprano.

WARNING: spoilers below
I'm gonna watch it this week



What would you rather me do? Therapy? You saw how that turned out for Tony Soprano.

WARNING: spoilers below
I'm gonna watch it this week
You'll be fine.

I mean take a xanax before viewing.

Okay, take 2 xanax.

And a drink. A nice, strong drink.



I forget, have you seen The Entity?


It has some sexual assault (via supernatural forces), but Barbara Hershey puts in a pretty tremendous performance. Scorsese is a fan, IIRC.


I'll give that a recommendation, with the caveat about the content.



You'll be fine.

I mean take a xanax before viewing.

Okay, take 2 xanax.

And a drink. A nice, strong drink.
So 3 Xanax and 2 drinks. Comin' right up!



I forget, have you seen The Entity?


It has some sexual assault (via supernatural forces), but Barbara Hershey puts in a pretty tremendous performance. Scorsese is a fan, IIRC.


I'll give that a recommendation, with the caveat about the content.
I've stayed away from it partly because of the content, and partly because of some gross things guys have said about it over the years (as in, this is now associated in my brain with people both laughing about and raving over the nudity in rape scenes). But maybe I'll give it a shot if I can find it on YouTube (it doesn't seem to be streaming elsewhere).

Like, to be clear, I don't think that people who like it are creeps. I just have a negative association with it because for several years the main things I read about it were written by people who are creeps.

So 3 Xanax and 2 drinks. Comin' right up!
It's the kind of free-wheeling medical advice that makes me the best of friends to have. You're welcome! In fact, I find that mixing powerful anti-anxiety meds with alcohol is the best way to handle any feelings of discomfort.



It's the kind of free-wheeling medical advice that makes me the best of friends to have. You're welcome! In fact, I find that mixing powerful anti-anxiety meds with alcohol is the best way to handle any feelings of discomfort.
I know it's great advice because the time I accidentally mixed them, I didn't even remember ANY feelings.



I've stayed away from it partly because of the content, and partly because of some gross things guys have said about it over the years (as in, this is now associated in my brain with people both laughing about and raving over the nudity in rape scenes). But maybe I'll give it a shot if I can find it on YouTube (it doesn't seem to be streaming elsewhere).

Like, to be clear, I don't think that people who like it are creeps. I just have a negative association with it because for several years the main things I read about it were written by people who are creeps.



It's the kind of free-wheeling medical advice that makes me the best of friends to have. You're welcome! In fact, I find that mixing powerful anti-anxiety meds with alcohol is the best way to handle any feelings of discomfort.
Whatís wrong with The Entityís content again?

Your last sentence sounds like good suicide advice, but what do I know. I took 4 migraine painkillers today, which is twice as much as is allowed, but no alcohol, so am still alive.



I've stayed away from it partly because of the content, and partly because of some gross things guys have said about it over the years (as in, this is now associated in my brain with people both laughing about and raving over the nudity in rape scenes). But maybe I'll give it a shot if I can find it on YouTube (it doesn't seem to be streaming elsewhere).

Like, to be clear, I don't think that people who like it are creeps. I just have a negative association with it because for several years the main things I read about it were written by people who are creeps.



It's the kind of free-wheeling medical advice that makes me the best of friends to have. You're welcome! In fact, I find that mixing powerful anti-anxiety meds with alcohol is the best way to handle any feelings of discomfort.

I'm a creep for reasons unrelated to this movie, so no offense taken.


But yeah, despite my degenerate viewing habits, I don't remember the sexual assault scenes in the movie being particularly salacious or campy.


Doesn't look to be on streaming at the moment, but there is a Shout Factory release, so wouldn't be surprised if it pops up on Tubi eventually.



Whatís wrong with The Entityís content again?
I don't think there's anything wrong with it, per se. The premise is a woman being repeatedly sexually assaulted by an unseen entity in her home. I haven't seen it, so I can't speak to how it's handled.

Your last sentence sounds like good suicide advice, but what do I know. I took 4 migraine painkillers today, which is twice as much as is allowed, but no alcohol, so am still alive.
Yeah, just in case I need to be clear, PLEASE DO NOT MIX PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITH ALCOHOL, PEOPLE.

I'm a creep for reasons unrelated to this movie, so no offense taken.

But yeah, despite my degenerate viewing habits, I don't remember the sexual assault scenes in the movie being particularly salacious or campy.
Yeah, I know very little about the film. I have nothing against it (or people who like it). Just some very negative adjacent associations.



Yeah, just in case I need to be clear, PLEASE DO NOT MIX PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITH ALCOHOL, PEOPLE.

*Puts away blender*

So... I just shoot em one after the other?



*Puts away blender*

So... I just shoot em one after the other?
Eat them all and let God sort them out.



Victim of The Night
As a doctor, I assure you, it's all about dosing.