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Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby JohnCox » May 1st, 2012, 3:39 pm

Hammer Films is developing a horror movie based on the Winchester Mystery House. I've posted an article on my blog about the Houdini connections to this "spooky" home.

http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2012/04 ... works.html
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 1st, 2012, 3:41 pm

The new Hammer Company's first film, "Wake Wood," is really good if you're into a nice retro-style horror film.
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Postby JohnCox » May 1st, 2012, 4:08 pm

I am! I'll have to catch that. Thanks, Richard.
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Ryan Matney » May 1st, 2012, 9:49 pm

'Let me in ' and 'the resident' were both pretty good. 'The woman in black' was successful but I was not very satisfied with it somehow.

Can't wait to see 'wake woods' thanks for the heads up Richard!
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 2nd, 2012, 12:51 am

I heard "The Resident" wasn't very good so I skipped it. Do you suggest otherwise?

I usually don't catch films until home video, so haven't seen "The Woman in Black," although I WILL be at The Avengers on Friday.
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 2nd, 2012, 8:57 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:I heard "The Resident" wasn't very good so I skipped it. Do you suggest otherwise?

I usually don't catch films until home video, so haven't seen "The Woman in Black," although I WILL be at The Avengers on Friday.


1+ I recently saw a movie where some clown spent the whole time asking questions and completing punchlines in a stage whisper. (I really think our culture has encouraged people to act like they are alone at all times).

However, I WILL be at the Avengers too! :grin:

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 2nd, 2012, 10:48 am

I think everyone who can sneak away from work or school is going to be at The Avengers. The rating on Rotten Tomatoes is something like 95%.
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby JohnCox » May 2nd, 2012, 2:08 pm

I've seen The Avengers. It's terrific.
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 2nd, 2012, 2:19 pm

One thing I am afraid of: there has been so much hype about The Avengers, that I'm wondering if it can really live up to it (especially for comic fanboys). Got my fingers crossed though.

Tip: apparently the end of credits scene is not to be missed.

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Larry S. » May 4th, 2012, 12:02 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:The new Hammer Company's first film, "Wake Wood," is really good if you're into a nice retro-style horror film.


For those of you with NetFlix streaming capability, "Wake Wood" is available there for online viewing (I haven't watched it yet.)

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 4th, 2012, 3:58 pm

Just saw Avengers today: GREAT movie, especially for the avid comics fan. Starts out a little slow, but definitely is an "E" ticket ride. Closest thing to comics coming to life I've ever seen.

Speaking of which: if you are a fanboy: be sure to stay to see both scenes during the end credits. Woot!

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Brad Henderson » May 4th, 2012, 4:35 pm

What about for non comic people. Will someone with no emotional connection or previous knowledge of the characters enjoy it on it's own merit?

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 4th, 2012, 5:32 pm

Hi, Brad:

That's a very good question.

There are a lot of in jokes, but the dialogue is witty and clever and the action is spectacular enough that I think the general public will like it. Whedon has tried to make the movie self-contained, and there are intros to the characters in the beginning, so I think most folks can jump right in and enjoy, regardless of background knowledge.

However, if you've never seen any of the movies, I would recommend checking out: http://marvel.com/avengers_movie/
and look at the "characters section". Browsing through that beforehand will get you up to speed quickly so you can get the most out of the film.

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2012, 6:16 pm

Saw The Avengers this afternoon. Perfect.

However if you haven't see Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America (but particularly Thor) then you'll be scratching your head a lot.

Joss Whedon really nailed it. You'll see Avengers 2 in about 3 years. First we get Iron Man 3 (already shooting, I believe), Thor 2, and Captain America 2.

Big smiles all around!

Next up, Prometheus and The Dark Night.

(I do watch arty stuff, too. :) )
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Brad Henderson » May 4th, 2012, 7:22 pm

I've seen Iron Man, but that's it of the three you listed.

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2012, 8:02 pm

If you liked Iron, you should see the others. If not, skip it all.
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 4th, 2012, 8:21 pm

Brad Henderson wrote:I've seen Iron Man, but that's it of the three you listed.


Brad:

IMHO, if you liked Iron Man, I think you will like the Avengers. Tony Stark plays a major role in the film and your familiarity with his character will go a long way in getting into this film.

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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 4th, 2012, 8:24 pm

Richard:

Yeah! The new Dark Knight trailer was pretty awesome--too bad that DC seems to have kept this version of their universe mostly separate from their print comic universe.

Not sure about Prometheus--seems pretty trite: Oh, look, ancient message from alien race asking us to find them...Oh, No! They're evil! I almost thought the lady in the trailer was going to start screaming: "It's a cookbook!" :grin:

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Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2012, 10:43 pm

"Trite" goes along hand in hand with many sci-fi or horror films if you're going to get too sniffy about it. I surrender a certain part of my brain when sitting down or otherwise my enjoyment is inhibited.
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Re: Winchester Mystery House movie

Postby erdnasephile » May 4th, 2012, 10:55 pm

Point taken. Hopefully, Prometheus will be good.


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