Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekly Movie Roundup: 3-4-12 to 3-10-12

Disfigured (2008)
This movie was actually very interesting and I'm glad I watched it. It's about an anorexic woman and an overweight woman who form a bond over their struggles with weight. The actress who played the anorexic really could have been anorexic in real life, her body was quite scary. And I have to give props to both the filmmakers and the actress playing the overweight girl Lydia for showing a fat chick buck nekkid in a sex scene! It was fantastic, and she seemed fairly comfortable with showing not only her breasts, but all those usually unflattering parts on a woman's body. The style of the movie is very indie-looking and much more dramatic than what you would expect. It's still very brilliantly done and as "a movie about women and weight," it brings up a few issues that aren't usually discussed on the topic - both from the side of overweight women and anorexic women.

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Okay, say what you will about What Lies Beneath, but I have always enjoyed this movie. Of course, it's about a ghost so right away I'm a little biased, but I think it is quite an entertaining little thriller with some actors in the lead roles. Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford are believable and real as a married couple and I'm glad that they agreed to do a movie like this. This is another one of those adult horror movies that are in such short supply nowadays, where there is no blood and the body count doesn't even exist, but the movie still manages to be somewhat spooky and mysterious. The ghost-scares are subtle but still creepy (love the part where Pfeiffer leaves the bathroom and then comes back in less than a minute later to find the bathtub full of water). While the climax isn't exactly the best, everything else leading up to it is genuinely well done and fulfilling, and What Lies Beneath remains one of my personal little favorite movies that I still love to watch every now and then.
The Human Centipede 2 [Full Sequence] (2011)
Ohhhh, boy, this was... interesting. I tried to tell myself that it was my, uh, duty as a horror fan to see The Human Centipede 2, but we all that's not the truth. Yeah, I wanted to see this, I admit it and I knew I was probably going to regret the experience. Haven't decided yet if I'm going to do a formal review on it,  even though I have a slightly different take on it than most other reviews that I've read online. I agree that the sequel was a couple hundred times more graphic and disgusting than the first one. I agree that Martin was perhaps not as interesting as Dr. Heiter, but he's definitely more fucked up and disturbed. I also agree that poor Ashlynn Yennie might not have the big Hollywood career that she was hoping for, but I applaud her conviction for being in both of these movies. Eh, what the hell. I'll do a review. Even though coprophagia is not generally one of my favorite topics for discussion.


  1. I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE!! Both films. It's one of many guilty pleasures of mine. :)

  2. Ah dudette, it's nice to see that you are also a fan of the wonderful, wonderful What Lies Beneath - just another reason why you're my fave blog mate :)

    THC2 was... um, interesting. Far from being as great as the first part but still pretty entertaining.

  3. THC2 wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. But I'll go as far as saying that at least I saw it...

  4. @Jenny: I think THC is probably the ultimate guilty pleasure movie. And there's nothing wrong with that!

    @Maynard: I'm so glad you like What Lies Beneath, too! I always thought that most horror fans would dismiss it because it's, I don't know, not as exciting or something. But I think it's great - good mystery, good acting, and some good scares. I love it!

    @Kaijinu: What were you hoping for? I think the plot is pretty simplistic... were you expecting something more involved?

  5. the first HC had both psychological and body horror, something I can totally enjoy more if it was made by Cronenberg. THC2 had a simplier plot, which should have been okay for me, but I just spent an hour and a half with a torture show that's is indeed so silly, it's comical. I'm not saying I hated it, just wasn't the same masterpiece as THC1

    that or a pot-bellied dwarf is a weird replacement for a Charismatic German Mad Scientist