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Spooky Time Discussion and Recommendations!

Does Bly Manor have (asking about the presence/lack of a plot element)
child murder/death
in it?

Well that's a bit of a difficult question to answer without spoiling too much.

I will say that there is one non-malicious child death, which you don't really see, and a sort of child death.

I watched Hulu's Book of Blood over the weekend. It was absolute trash and I want to find Brannon Braga and punch them for churning out this drek.
 
I watched Land of the Dead last night. I think Day of the Dead is probably my favorite Romero zombie movie, but Land of the Dead is the one I watch most.

I really like the zombie make up in Land of the Dead. I don't think its the most realistic zombie makeup (I would give Walking Dead that honor), but I like how each zombie is a very distinct character. The gas station attendant, the cheerleader, the butcher, the band, and the biker (Tom Savini) all stand out in my mind.

I also really like the setting of Land. The rich are fortified in a giant tower (Fiddler's Green) and the poor survive in the slums outside the city. The slums are full of vices (drinking, gambling and prostitution). And then having the city itself protected by water and electrified fences and military. I think setting has been a strong part of each of Romero's zombie films. Obviously the mall from Dawn is great, but the military base from Day is good, and the farmhouse in Night is good.

I like the cast as well. Paul Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) and Cholo (John Leguizamo) are great villains. I think having Asia Argento as Slack is a nice touch. I think Asia is good in the role as well. Riley (Simon Baker) is a pretty stock hero character, but he doesn't drag the picture down for me.

I watched Dawn once with commentary from Romero. Romero said Dawn is his most comic book like movie. I think Land of the Dead is a very comic book movie, with its zombies and setting.

I don't think the social commentary, the 1% vs. the 99%, is as strong in Land as it is in his earlier 3 zombie films.

I always enjoy re-watching Land of the Dead.
 

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him and such)
Well that's a bit of a difficult question to answer without spoiling too much.

I will say that there is one non-malicious child death, which you don't really see, and a sort of child death.

Thanks. I realize that it's tough to answer. I just know both my wife and I really enjoyed Hill House and I'd like to watch Bly Manor, but the last two episodes of the former were really tough for her. Bly Manor will probably get saved for next October at any rate.

Have you seen Oculus? I have the same question about its content.
 
I just watched Haunt on shudder. It's about a Haunted house attraction and stuff goes BAD. For a new, low budget horror movie, it's very good (usually they are terrible) but be warned! Quite gross!
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
Watched The Girl With All the Gifts on Netflix last night. It's as good as everyone says! Unusually thoughtful zombie movie with some new ideas, and stellar performances from everyone. Glenn Close is the big name here and she's great, but so is the main child actress whose name I don't know. (FAKE EDIT: it's Sennia Nanua.) Definitely worth your time.
 

Kishi

Little Waves
(They/Them)
Staff member
Moderator
The mention of a child actor in the context of horror caused Let the Right One In to pop into my head. Everyone should watch Let the Right One In. It's about vampires and that breathtaking sort of childhood Romance.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
Watched The Girl With All the Gifts on Netflix last night. It's as good as everyone says! Unusually thoughtful zombie movie with some new ideas, and stellar performances from everyone. Glenn Close is the big name here and she's great, but so is the main child actress whose name I don't know. (FAKE EDIT: it's Sennia Nanua.) Definitely worth your time.

I'm not the only one who's noticed similarities with The Last of Us, right?
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
I haven't played it but I know the general outline, and it definitely crossed my mind as I was watching.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
BTW, here's another good choice: The Unknown, a Todd Browning film with Lon Chaney. Its only 49 minutes and its a whacked out delight. Its less a "spooky ghost" movie and more of a longer Tales from the Crypt episode but without sound. In it, Chaney plays a serial killer who strangles people. His perfect disguise? An "armless" circus performer. He is in love with the Ringmaster's (who he just murdered) daughter, who has a fear of being held and of arms in general. His big competition for her affections is the strong man with his big arms. So in this case, the killer has an advantage but obviously he can't sleep with her without revealing his secret. So he makes a drastic decision. This is a great, darkly comic film well worth watching and its on Criterion right now!
 

ASandoval

Old Man Gamer
(he/him)
Thanks. I realize that it's tough to answer. I just know both my wife and I really enjoyed Hill House and I'd like to watch Bly Manor, but the last two episodes of the former were really tough for her. Bly Manor will probably get saved for next October at any rate.

Have you seen Oculus? I have the same question about its content.

No child death, but definitely child trauma.
 
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