Mike Matei / October 31st, 2007
April 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm
To me, I have no problem with horror remakes as long as they’re both scary and entertaining which is why some are better than others.
I also love both the Saw and Hostel series! As ridiculous as they are, they’re always a bloody fun time.
April 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Great work, James!
I’m off to check out ’08 next..
April 27, 2010 at 7:07 am
I really enjoy yours Monster Madness series, keep up the good work and I hope we’ll see some more this year.
April 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Thank you James.
May 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm
Niiice, kinda like getting a very general history lesson in Horror films
May 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm
The main problem with the “Saw” movies is that the characters are supposed to be smarter than in most other movies, but in the end they’re making idiotic mistakes that just makes you facepalm. Combine that with unfair, annoying, cheap and unpredictable endings (in a bad way) and you have a load of crap.
SAW is okay. Not good, not bad, just okay. Cary Elwes over-acts at the end.
SAW 2 never gets exciting, the victims act like complete idiots, it sucks.
SAW 3 has some really nasty scenes, but the main character is stupid and annoying and nothing makes any sense!
SAW 4 starts off pretty good but quickly slides down the pissdrain.
SAW 5 is just… amazingly bad.
SAW 6 was an overall decent movie and if they would have hired more talented actors it could have been good. Unfortunately, they didn’t.
August 17, 2010 at 5:26 am
I wanna see a Monster Madness month that’s just based only on remakes of horror films, like the Michael Bay remakes, or any other remakes that have been made recently, or if not, James should review the Silence of the Lambs, some Stephen King horror movies, Predator (even if it’s more action that horror), the I Am Legend movies and The Invisible Ray with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.
August 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm
you know that slither is like a new version of night of the creeps, they both have slugs that take over peoples minds and both movies are really good
September 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm
I love the first two saw films but when saw 3 came i thought it was awesome until jigsaw or john i think i don’t know if thats his real name but i hate saw 3 personally but when saw 4 came i thought it was a bad idea until later i figured out that he was still alive so saw 3 and 4 are like puzzle pieces they connect together so i still have mixed opinions about saw 4 but saw 5 and 6 well they were okay until the end at saw 6 when the guys organs come out of his body i ran to the bathroom and i puked for an hour which is why i skip saw 6 not that it’s bad just each time i see the end i puke.
October 4, 2010 at 8:42 am
i have a problem with remakes in general (horror or not). Ringu and Juon prove that there are ideas out there yet to be explored. However after going through all these Monster Madness marathons I’m beginning to wonder if the horror genre really has hit a point where each film is simply remixing what has already been done before. I wonder what original horror stories are left, when as has been said in this video, the things to be really afraid of are now what we see on the news. I’d love to see a new horror fantasy – I’d love to write a new one too – but I’m worried it would just fall back into that remix pattern. Will be thinking long and hard on what is both scary and original.
October 4, 2010 at 9:50 am
I love what you do bro, and I’m sure you get requests all the time, but there are 3 films I’m suprised I didn’t see on any of your lists.
-”Black Christmas” (1974) just an amazing horror film, really laid the groundwork for Halloween.
-”Phanatsm” (1979) Angus Scrimm is incredible and The Tall Man is one of the best villians ever.
-”Scanners” (1981) , really this is the film that sent gore into the mainstream. Michael Ironside is the shit, and that head explosion is one of the greatest horror film scenes ever.
“Slither” ripped off “Night of the Creeps” (1986)
Anyway, AWESOME fucking job bro. I look forward to more Monster Madness in the future
January 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm
some one tell me what is tha scene from the cabin
April 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm
You rock James.
August 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm
If you like japanese horror, you should check out Reincarnation, a film that like Ringu, terrified me on a primal level. Horror movies made here are just fun to me
October 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm
This one was my favorite.
October 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm
The originality problem doesn’t just plague the horror genre, it plagues the entertainment industry as a whole. There are too many movies that are unoriginal remakes, too many artists that just do uninspired, unoriginal covers of songs, popular music in general is completely uninspired, there are too many “reality” based television shows which require almost ZERO writing behind it, too many talent shows/variety shows, and the list goes on and on. There are far too many people in the entertainment industry making way too much money for the teeny bit of work and thought they put into their medium. And the biggest problem is that the stupid consumers, us the viewers, keep taking big fat bites out that shit sandwich they keep cramming down our throats. We keep tuning in, we keep buying their music, keep buying the DVDs, keep paying the box office for a ticket to see and listen to this GARBAGE. There are a VERY small minority of inspired artists out there that make quality work, and I pay for their stuff, but everything else out there I skip completely. I don’t watch TV anymore, I haven’t watched TV in over 3 years. And its only going to get worse until people wise up and stop paying for this crap. This is why I get all my entertainment from the internet. Sure, there’s a lot of STUPID shit, but a lot of it is original, and that’s a helluva lot more than I can say about umm.. oh say the whorish kardashians or jersey douchebags, or american buttplug idols. Fuck.
Okay. I’m getting off my soap box. I’m going to give myself a fucking aneurysm.
February 18, 2012 at 11:10 am
totally agree with your diatribe. Feel that the entertainment industry in general has hit rock bottom. Maybe that’s why I always return to the old stuff for entertainment, be it music or film. Thank god for netflix because i’m always finding some gem from the sixties or seventies that i haven’t seen before
March 2, 2012 at 2:50 am
Thank you James. Halloween and Christmas should both continue on.
September 27, 2012 at 7:57 am
Some of my own opinions on the Horror Movies from the last decades:
I do not know about you… but the ‘twist endings’ in M. Night Shyamalan’s movies are… SO PREDICTABLE.
Both in the 6th sense and The Village I saw ‘the twist’ comming right from the start of the movie..
Also Remakes… ARE SHIT… for the 99.9% of the time. I like Carpenter’s remake of The Thing, for example… or the remake of Little Shop of Horrors with Moranis and Murray, but those are exceptions.
I suppose that in the 80′s (and sometimes 90′s) there still was some creativity and skil, so the movies they remade were sometimes an improvement on the original, or at least a decent movie.
Cabin Fever sucks… for many reasons. Eli Roth is just not a good writer, director or actor…
I do not recomend any of his movies.
Despite I think Rob Zombie movies are horrible piles of shit and he should not make anymore, I did like the Devil’s Rejects… maybe there was a planetary allignment that day and a miracle occured…
I did quite like the first one. I thought it was quite original and suspenseful and with a nice ending.
All the sequels are pointless. Saw was a movie that was interesting ONCE, when the character of JigSaw is still unknown and a mystery.
there are some rare good movies nowadays, but most are pieces of shit.
The problem is that in the past you had many ‘it’s so bad it’s good’ movies… these days they are just plain bad… like The Human Centipede… or Alone in the Dark… ugh,,,,
October 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Long time has passed since this video was made, and several horror movies have been made since then. And with the next Resident Evil movie comming, I think there is a little niche that would be worth to be mentioned (even if only to say it sucks): The horror videogame films.
Thank you, James, for sharing all the horror you have watched.
October 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Thank you for doing this, I going back and catching on all these now. Also if Saw and Hostel are desensitizing, I’d love to hear what James thinks of The Human Centipede series.
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