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10 September 2013 @ 04:41 pm
The Truth Is Out There. I Want To Believe. Trust No One.  
Ever been trapped somewhere that you can't get out of and everything is pounding, pounding and shaking and you can't get out? Yep, welcome to being stuck at home while the roofers are re-roofing your house. At the ass crack of dawn. Right over your bedroom. Seriously, they’ve been here all day and while I am glad they are pushing through before the rain comes tomorrow, holy shit, I just want some silence! Also, my sister is sick with some sort of virus and has stayed home the last few days, so I canceled my therapy appointment for today because I didn't want to make her have to drive me. She needs to focus on resting up so she can go back to work and also, tomorrow is my mom's birthday and she is really excited that we are taking her out to dinner, so my sister needs to rest up for that as well. But...we mustn’t despair, not today, not on Rex Manning Day. Because...

IT'S THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE X-FILES!!!
X-Files Original Opening Credits Sequence
Here, have Time Entertainment’s list of the Best 9 X-Files episodes.


I admit that while I watched The X-Files religiously in those first few years, life circumstances had me slacking off (on TV in general) during those middle years. But now I can say that I have seen every single episode of The X-Files, in order! (Oh wait, I forgot about those other two seasons, never mind, /hand wave/, saw those when they first aired). I can see so much influence from The X-Files - really my first in-depth, feet first intro to genre TV - in everything I watch, read and write these days. But mostly, this was my first real bonding experience with my sister over media. I was too young during the 21 Jump Street and Beverly Hills, 90210 days, but then The X-Files came along. When she was off at college, my sister would call me the day after a new X-Files episode aired so we could discuss it in great detail. Before Lord of the Rings brought us together, there was The X-Files.

So, what about you guys? I know a bunch of my Flisties have their roots in The X-Files. What do you remember about first watching it, getting into the fandom, having your first feels about it?
 
 
 
Shireboundshirebound on September 10th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Augh, all that noise from dawn to dusk? I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

*hugs you, and get-well hugs for Sis*
dodger_sister: grumpydodger_sister on September 12th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Augh, all that noise from dawn to dusk? I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

*hugs you, and get-well hugs for Sis*


The first day seemed to be the loudest, but they are still here and it sounds like someone is walking around my house but it's just them on the roof and omg, I can't wait for a day when I get proper sleep again! They claim they will be finished tomorrow. /xxx my fingers/

I passed on your get well wishes to my sister, but I didn't actually hug her for you, because she is sickie gross! ;)
Shireboundshirebound on September 10th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite things that I remember about "The X-Files" was that it had the fans in mind. Sometimes it didn't say "The truth is Out There" at the end of the credits. Sometimes it said something else, and you had to be quick to catch it. Mulder was so vulnerable and damaged (and handsome), and Scully so very young. Looking back, the huge portable phones they pulled out of their trenchcoats were great. I marveled at how Scully was always running around in high heels, and how Mulder's apartment was so small, dark, and rumpled. There were episodes I loved, and episodes I hated, but every one was memorable.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
One of my favorite things that I remember about "The X-Files" was that it had the fans in mind. Sometimes it didn't say "The truth is Out There" at the end of the credits. Sometimes it said something else, and you had to be quick to catch it.

Chris Carter really was one of the first creators/producers who wasn't just good to his fans, but who was consciously thinking of them when he was working on the show. (wasn't one of the end credit things actually 'trust everyone'? Is that right?)

Mulder was so vulnerable and damaged (and handsome), and Scully so very young.

We just rewatched the pilot on the anniversary date and it blows my mind to see Scully look so young. She was a decade older than me when the show first started and now when I watch the pilot I realize I am older than she is there (Scully being what 28, and Gillian being 25 which is now a decade younger than me at this point).

Looking back, the huge portable phones they pulled out of their trenchcoats were great. I marveled at how Scully was always running around in high heels, and how Mulder's apartment was so small, dark, and rumpled.

Remember the flashback episode to when Mulder first met The Lone Gunmen and he had that huge ridiculous cellphone he was carrying with him? lol And the spoof episode where Tea Lenoi was playing Scully in the movie and Scully has to teach her how to run in those heels? And yeah, I also thought the set decorating for Mulder's apartment was spot-on!

There were episodes I loved, and episodes I hated, but every one was memorable.

AGREED! Some of them I don't rewatch as much as others but I am so glad that I have seen each and every one of them now! Oh, X-Files, we'll always love you.

Edited at 2013-09-16 01:26 am (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 11th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
OMG, yes, roofer days are a necessary hell. I did not enjoy ours at ALL, even if they did kick ass and do it in just one day (removed two layers of shingles, put in a roof vent, made a thingie to keep water away from the chimney, and re-roofed).

The X-files were my first regular TV-with friends night ever. And the final two seasons really don't count. Swear.

The two episodes that immediately sprang to my mind as most memorable were the one with the stretchy liver eater, and (of course?) Home.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
OMG, yes, roofer days are a necessary hell. I did not enjoy ours at ALL, even if they did kick ass and do it in just one day (removed two layers of shingles, put in a roof vent, made a thingie to keep water away from the chimney, and re-roofed).

Holy crap, one day? We kept finding things wrong with ours as they peeled shit away. We had to do our hosue, two garages, a shed, the gutters, cut back the trees, fix the siding on the 2nd garage and they found three major damaged areas underneath that ahd to be fixed as well. But...IT IS OVER NOW! THEY ARE DONE! I CAN HAZ SILENCE!

The X-files were my first regular TV-with friends night ever.

Seriously, I feel like the X-Files brought so many people together! (my first TV With Friends was Quantum Leap because various family members and friends would show up on Quantum Leap night to watch it with us, so even though I was only ten, that's where I got the idea to group-tv-watch!)

And the final two seasons really don't count. Swear.

They don't count so much so that I often get into fights with people about how many seasons there were because I legit FORGET that there were more. I am sure it stopped at 7! (even though I actually really liked Doggett).

The two episodes that immediately sprang to my mind as most memorable were the one with the stretchy liver eater, and (of course?) Home.

Wait...stretchy liver eater? You means Eugene Tooms? In that article I linked to the writer said he had a hard time picking the scariest episode because while fans will rally for Home (so scary they were never allowed to re-air it in that time slot) he was gonna have to go with Donnie Pfaster's episode. But he did pick both of Eugene Tooms' episodes for 'scariest villian'. I have to say, Eugene Tooms was the first time I thought to myself, "Maybe I shouldn't be watching this show," and then, and this always seems odd to people, the episode that gave me the most nightmares was The Flukeman ep, because that thing creeped me the fuck out. I have issues about things in the sewer!! They'll come up out of your toilet, okay!
ranuaranua on September 11th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
oh gods, roofers! I was sure they were gonna come right through and land in my kitchen! And they shook the whole house! I so feel for you babe *hugs and sends get better soon thoughts to your sister*

X-Files was my first online fandom and my introduction to slash. Ah, the good old days of the gossamer achieve. I'd religiously scan through the new updates every week looking for the Mulder/Krycek (it's still there too! http://www.gossamer.org/ ) As for feels, I have them all :D Krycek is not dead (I refuse to believe) and according to the new comic neither are the Lone Gunman.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
oh gods, roofers! I was sure they were gonna come right through and land in my kitchen!

Right? They sounded like they were in the house! I thought the hanging lamp was going to rattle right off and break! It's all done now though - BLISSFUL SILENCE AGAIN!

X-Files was my first online fandom and my introduction to slash.

This means without The X-Files, you and I might never have met!!!! THANK YOU, CHRIS CARTER!

Ah, the good old days of the gossamer achieve. I'd religiously scan through the new updates every week looking for the Mulder/Krycek (it's still there too! http://www.gossamer.org/ )

I can't believe it's still there, OMG!! The things I discovered at that site.

As for feels, I have them all :D Krycek is not dead (I refuse to believe) and according to the new comic neither are the Lone Gunman.

KRYCEK LIVES!!!!! Really, so do The Lone Gunmen? EXCELLENT!!! Man, I fucking loved those guys. I was dedicated enough to them to even watch their spin-off show!

My sister installed the head-canon in me years ago that Krycek lives and goes on after Mulder's abduction to lead the Red Hot Alien Resistance with Skinner. Head-canon accepted?
ranuaranua on September 18th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I like that the Lone Gunmen are alive in the comic. I bawled when they died, it was so moving and such a beautiful sacrifice I almost feel like them being alive cheapens it. But! them being alive in the comic is pretty cool since it means more of their adventures :D

Also, the Cigarette Smoking Man has made an appearance in the comic, and it wasn't a flashback (wtf!!!!!!) so I'm sure it can't be long before everyone's favorite unsinkable rat is back too.
dodger_sister: alex krycekdodger_sister on September 19th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
For me, The X-Files ended at the end of S7. I don't think I could bring myself to read the comics. But you let me know if Krycek makes an appearance (I might have to pick that issue up for my sister!)
ranuaranua on September 24th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
you let me know if Krycek makes an appearance will do! I've got my fingers crossed myself *g*
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: XF Mulder F-B-Irhymephile on September 11th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
OHMAHGAH IT'S SHOW 1.0! You know I started in XF fandom back in the day and have really never left. It will always be my favorite show EVER (SPN comes a close second) and the characters will have a special place in my heart forever. So some talking points with which to better illustrate! <-- "Bad Blood" reference

My very first fan fic was M/S and written under my real name. It's the only one under my real name (and then I learned how to make up a handle, LOL) It's still on Gossamer.
The internet handle I use now is the first one I created to write XF fic, back in 1998. I've never found a reason to change it
I wrote my first Mulder/Krycek fic under a pseudonym
I posted my first fics to alt.tx.x-files.creative, and got sucked down the hole of fan fic when I got email feedback. So exciting!
I've watched XF since the evening the pilot aired. My brother and I watched it together, and when it was over I turned to him and said, "This is my new show."
I've been to three XF cons and the NYC weekend of the eXpo on Mother's Day, 1998, during which I audio recorded Gillian Anderson's appearance and then wrote out a transcript and shared it online (gone now)
I still mod RATales, which was created in 1999 and devoted to everything Krycek and is still active
I have the original X-Files Barbies of Mulder and Scully
I once traded the Playgirl David Duchovny was in for VHS episodes of his cross-dressing appearance in Twin Peaks
Here is a photo of me from 1998 holding said Playgirl at the eXpo, where you could sit at a desk and there was a green screen behind to make it look like Mulder's office. You can't see my face all that clearly, which is why I'll share it.
MeandDD photo meandDD.jpg

And here are photos of my collectibles room I had three apartments ago. All the stuff is now boxed up in my brother's basement. That large poster on the wall is actually the standee from the the first movie, and all the stuff on the walls are XF magazines I have collected over the years that I mylar bagged and taped to the walls.

Collectibles 4 photo Collectibles4.jpg
Collectibles 5 photo Collectibles5.jpg
Collectibles 2 photo Collectibles2.jpg
Collectibles 1 photo Collectibles1.jpg

And here is a photo from my action figure days, where I took the Sideshow Collectibles Mulder and Krycek, dressed them up in different clothes, and bought them scale motorcycles. LOL, it looks crazy when I see it now...

MK6 photo MK6.jpg

I might have even created a couple of storylines in which I went into my backyard and took photos of these action figures doing stuff and wrote stories around them *coff* It sounds insane when I type it out. Oh dear.

MKSB 27 photo MKSB27.jpg

So, um, yeah, slightly obsessed.
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
OHMAHGAH IT'S SHOW 1.0!

LOL You know, I put this post up and then I patiently sat back and waited for your reaction!! I knew you'd flip your lid, bb!

You know I started in XF fandom back in the day and have really never left. It will always be my favorite show EVER

It deserves to be your favorite show ever, but also I think we always hold a special place in our hearts for that first show that made us sit up and say, "This is giving me hardcore feelings about things!"

My very first fan fic was M/S and written under my real name. It's the only one under my real name (and then I learned how to make up a handle, LOL) It's still on Gossamer.

Were you in college or high school when this took place? Just curious. Someone else pointed out to me that gossamer is still there and I was bowled over. Idk that!

The internet handle I use now is the first one I created to write XF fic, back in 1998. I've never found a reason to change it

It's a great handle!! I had to tweak mine just a little because The Artful Dodger was already a livejournal name.

I posted my first fics to alt.tx.x-files.creative

OMG, the nostalgia that name just sent flaring through my body!!

I've watched XF since the evening the pilot aired. My brother and I watched it together, and when it was over I turned to him and said, "This is my new show."

LOL I can't even remember how I got started watching this show, but my sister tells about being home for Thanksgiving and they were rerunning Tooms and she watched it with my older brother and they were both like, "What the hell is this we are watching" and she continued watching it from then on. But I know I watched during the first season so my brother must have conned me into watching with him when sis went back to college. I specifically remember watching season two in my room in the dark and often being freaked out!

I have the original X-Files Barbies of Mulder and Scully

DUDE. DUDE. I have never seen those before! In fact, your entire collection of X-File stuff and the way you had it all displayed is glorious!!! I am in awe of it all!!

Here is a photo of me from 1998 holding said Playgirl at the eXpo, where you could sit at a desk and there was a green screen behind to make it look like Mulder's office.

I am so fucking jealous, OMG, it looks like you are in the office!!!!

I took the Sideshow Collectibles Mulder and Krycek, dressed them up in different clothes, and bought them scale motorcycles. LOL, it looks crazy when I see it now...

No, no, it's AWESOME!! OMG, that's the greatest thing ever!!! You are a genius!!

I might have even created a couple of storylines in which I went into my backyard and took photos of these action figures doing stuff and wrote stories around them *coff* It sounds insane when I type it out. Oh dear.

Nope. Not. Even. A Little. My sister and The BFF made a movie of a SPN fanfic using Star Wars action figures over the course of a three day weekend once, in our backyard, in 100 degree heat. Then they spent days editing it. And making a DVD. Your thing sounds perfectly normal.

THE X-FILES WILL NEVER BE CLOSED!!!!!!
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: XF I Want to Believerhymephile on September 11th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
Also, sorry, I concur with everything on that Time list of the Best 9, with maybe the exception of the first one. "Home" was so unsettling and disturbing to me when I first watched it that I had to stop eating during that horrible murder scene of the sheriff and his wife. Yeek.

I will say that "Paper Hearts" is on my top 5, along with "One Breath," so they got these picks right.
dodger_sister: alex krycekdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Also, sorry, I concur with everything on that Time list of the Best 9, with maybe the exception of the first one. "Home" was so unsettling and disturbing to me when I first watched it that I had to stop eating during that horrible murder scene of the sheriff and his wife. Yeek.

Hmmm, I think by the time Home came along, I was desentitized by The XFiles. Because I honestly thought Eugene Tooms was the scariest fucking thing ever, until Donnie Pfaster came along. (can't watch that actor in anything anymore without thinking he must be the bad guy). I actually agree with everything on that list except the Scully Centric ep - I'd go with Beyond The Sea, which is just a superb episode and shows us so much about Scully.

I will say that "Paper Hearts" is on my top 5, along with "One Breath," so they got these picks right.

I'm think Paper Hearts may very well be my sister's favorite of all time. My favorite - Quagmire - never makes the list but I love it to pieces!
lizibabes: Brendonlizibabes on September 11th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I hope your sister feels better in time for your Mom's bday and ugh, I'd go crazy trapped inside with roofers working all day.

X-files!! I really like that show. I came to it a little latter because of my age, but I always enjoyed it. Well most the time. I was a bit too young when I watched one ep and it ended up scaring the crap out of me, big time. But then I got big in to horror films and gave the x-files another go.

I even remember the ep that freaked me out!
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 16th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I hope your sister feels better in time for your Mom's bday and ugh, I'd go crazy trapped inside with roofers working all day.

Sis was a little shaky still on Mom's birthday but we managed to go out and celebrate and she worked the rest of the week and tried to take it easy this weekend a little bit. She's doing better now, thanks! And the roof is finished at last! It was just very claustrophobic knowing I was stuck here and couldn't get away from the noise!

X-files!! I really like that show. I came to it a little latter because of my age, but I always enjoyed it.

OF COURSE YOU DID! YOU LIKE ALL THE AWESOME THINGS! You know, I didn't fully appreciate the love of it until I was like 18/19, because it started when I was 15 so I was a little young even then.

Well most the time. I was a bit too young when I watched one ep and it ended up scaring the crap out of me, big time. But then I got big in to horror films and gave the x-files another go.

Do you remember which ep? The one with the cannibals? The liver eating monster? The serial killer stalking Scully? Or the monster in the sewer? (those are my top four shit-my-pants episodes).
lizibabes: Franklizibabes on September 16th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Glad she managed to get through it (using my Frank icon because he's famous for having bad health) And yay for the roofing being over. We had our loft converted into what is now my room and I was stuck home while it happened, went stir crazy.

It was an ep with this dwarf Alien thing? He was in an airport rolling around on a board with wheels and he came into the bathroom, slid under the stool door and attacked a guy, I think he crawled in the guy or something. It was gory I know that. But what got me was the way he crawled under the door gap, Had me staring at the door every time I had to use a public bathroom. I think I was about six or seven because it was when my mum was in hospital for her brain hemerage. Dad was in charge of TV and he let us watch anything, but by the time I was eight I was a horror junkie

Edited at 2013-09-16 06:25 pm (UTC)
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 23rd, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
It was an ep with this dwarf Alien thing? He was in an airport rolling around on a board with wheels and he came into the bathroom, slid under the stool door and attacked a guy,

I felt like it was on the tip of my tongue, like I could almost place what ep that was but I had to ask my sister. She determined you are confusing a couple of episodes - the carnival freak show one where the one dude has his twin brother that looked like a fetus attached to his body and it un-attaches at night and crawls under people's doors and kills them. And the scariest fucking X-Files episode ever, Home, (so scary that Fox refused to ever air it again in reruns) where some crazy hill people cut off their mom's arms and legs and kept her on a rollaway cart under their bed for breeding with. She also was like, "Whichever of those two episodes it was, she was too young to be watching it at that age!!" lol

Dad was in charge of TV and he let us watch anything, but by the time I was eight I was a horror junkie

LOL Yeah, my parents didn't even have any excuses, they just let us watch whatever we wanted. So I am four/five years younger than my sister & brother and so when they were in HS, I was 11-ish and I would watch whatever they watched, including the original Hills Have Eyes, and my parents were just like, "Oh, they won't let her watch things she shouldn't, lalalala," and my brother was actively making me watch shit that was like acid-trip crazy ass movies like Jacob's Ladder because my brother is a crazy person like that.

Isn't it funny how those years really shaped what we like to watch now as adults? What do you think is the scariest horror movie you've ever seen?
lizibabes: Franklizibabes on September 24th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
I think shes right and I must be mixing eps together. My brother is three years older and he started to ask to watch films and program and my parents gave in and some how I slipped in and got permission as well.

I remember seeing the original hills have eyes as well, years and years ago now. I like the new ones as well, they are pretty brutal.

I think where I watched them when I was young, I find them less scary as an adult. But some do bother me. Like I spit on your grave original and remake, neither is a pleasant film. Hmmm I'm going to have to have a think of the last time a film really scared me, not just squicked me. What films scare you the most?
dodger_sister: the x-filesdodger_sister on September 26th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
I think shes right and I must be mixing eps together.

We are doing a Halloween themed X-Files episode watch this weekend! (for research! No, really, because I'm writing an X-Files fic for Halloween).

I remember seeing the original hills have eyes as well, years and years ago now. I like the new ones as well, they are pretty brutal.

The original Hills Have Eyes scared the shit out of me as a kid (older brother had the poster on his walls and I could barely set foot in his room just from the poster) but I rewatched again as an adult and it is not scary and it makes no sense (they were in the desert, why were they wearing fur coats?) Then I made my sister go see the remake at the theater and I kept apologizing to her for making her go but she wasn't even a little phased. On screen they were eating people alive and my sister is happily munching away on popcorn! I worry about her sometimes. lol

Like I spit on your grave original and remake, neither is a pleasant film. Hmmm I'm going to have to have a think of the last time a film really scared me, not just squicked me.

I have never seen Spit On Your Grave - what's the plot about? I agree there is a difference between a movie that 'scares' you and a movie that 'squicks' you, for sure.

What films scare you the most?

28 Days Later and 30 Days Of Night always jump to my mind as two of the most intense films I have ever seen. And one called White Noise which I barely even remember anymore, I just remember my cousin and I both screaming out loud in the theater.
lizibabes: Brendonlizibabes on September 27th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
I forgot the furs in the dessert, that seems like a very odd bit of writing.

I spit on your grave is about a group of men who decided to rape this woman and kill her and the scenes of that are long and pretty shocking, not at all plesent to watch, I can't see how anyone enjoys that part of the movie. And then the men start getting killed one by one, which is the more horror end of the film, but with characters you are kind of hoping will die and painfully.

I was watching the squeal, 28 weeks latter the other night. Good series. 30 days of night is good to, they are vampires the way they should be!! (I don't mind vampires as good guys, but they should still be bad ass, like Spike)
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on September 27th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
After reading what Spit On Your Grave is about, I thought, "I should watch that," and then I thought, "Wait...what about that made me think it sounded like a GOOD idea to watch that shit? There is something wrong with me, that sounds gruesome and terrifying!" But I think the idea of the bad guys getting their comeuppance really appeals to me. I went and checked and the original (1978) is available to stream on netflix, so I put it on my watch-list!

.I was watching the squeal, 28 weeks latter the other night. Good series.

28 Weeks Later is a good solid movie, terrifying (especially the scene where they all get shut in the parking garage, holy shiy) and fast paced and awesome, with bonus!Jeremy Renner. But for some reason, something about the first one is just...my body is always wired so hard, I feel like a bow string pulled back, ready to fire at any minute when I am watching that movie. idek.

30 days of night is good to, they are vampires the way they should be!! (I don't mind vampires as good guys, but they should still be bad ass, like Spike)

YES. ABSOLUTELY. If you are going for a vampire that interacts within our own world with us, ala Buffy, then go with Spike. If you are going for vampires as a species removed from us, something that speaks to 'it could actually be for real', almost animalistic vampires - you can't do much better than the vamps from 30 Days of Night. That scene where the woman is wandering down the street, yelling for help and you know it's a trap but you have to listen to her plead for her life, OMG.
lizibabeslizibabes on September 30th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
The first section of the film I was like 'why am I watching this alone?' But then when it got to the vengeance I was very pleased. They are bad guys you are behind getting bad things happen to them and I can't remember the original as well, but in the remake there are some very creative deaths.

28 days latter for sure has the chill factor, I do like a good zombie movie and they do it well.

In 30 days they are what I call 'real monsters' there not even trying to look harmless, they want you to be scared, they want to rip you apart. A lot of other vampire movies, the vampires will be sexy or charming, you described these ones spot on they are animistic and it makes for a great and very different film.
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on November 7th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
Hey! I saved this comment so I could remember to tell you when I watched Spit On Your Grave! Which I did!

Holy shit. I had to watch the original because that is what was streaming and okay, she spends almost the entire movie half-naked or completely-naked and wow, I can't believe they could show half that stuff back in 1978. I wonder if this movie even aired at theaters or if it was only at those 'special' theaters. And they spend at least half the movie raping and terrorizing her and just when you think it is done, they come back again. And then, she seduces them, one by one, and fucks them and then kills them after and holy shit. I mean, I enjoyed watching her kill them but damn, it was beyond hardcore and I couldn't shake that movie for a couple of days afterwards. And even though it was so disturbing, I kind of want to watch the remake now, just to see the differences.

I will say, I felt bad for the mentally disabled guy because he clearly didn't want to hurt her, he just fell in with a bad crowd and was so desperate for friends. Which made it even more fucked up.

Anyway, was it you who recced 'VHS' to me? I just put that in my Netflix, so we'll see how that goes. It may just be a rip-off of The Ring, but we'll see.
lizibabeslizibabes on November 13th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Brutal right? So brutal and they've made an i spit on your grave 2 which is not a direct sequel, but the same themes and I watched that after we talked and it stayed with me for days, very creepy.

I don't know how they managed to air the original anywhere, I saw it on TV years ago and you can get it on dvd now. Like you I do feel bad for the mentally disabled man, his character is in the re-make and its a fucked up situation in this film to.

The revenge she gets in two was probably even more hardcore than the remake of one, but in the remakes she doesn't seduce the men, she just goes after them. I'm not sure why they change that aspect, maybe they felt having a rape victim have seduce her rapists was too much?

VHS wasn't my rec, but let me know how it is, always looking for new horror films
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on June 12th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
Saved this comment to let you know how the movie VHS was. It was weird. It was like these burglars break into this guy's house looking for a VHS tape that is worth millions of dollars. And they are watching the tapes to find the right one and one by one they die from watching the tapes. But the majority of the movie was actually what was on the tape. It was like 5 different short horror flicks. Each of the guys watch a different 'short movie' that were all done with hand held cameras ala The Blair Witch Project, so the quality was kinda crappy. Some of them were not that scary, were more gory than anything, but a few of them were pretty freaky.. I mean, it was good if you want to watch kind of a Blair Witch ripoff with a twist of being 5 short movies (or 4? maybe it was 4). Actually, I am going say it was pretty good except that it kept cutting back to the burglars,who I didn't care about, and was edited kind of poorly. Otherwise, the short movies were fun! The first one had awesome effects with the girl crawling across the floor.
lizibabes: petelizibabes on June 13th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it could be interesting. I won't hunt for it, but if its ever on I'll make a point of watching.I don't mind gore, sometime it's actually kind of funny in some films and just plain silly in others.
I just keep thinking of kids watching it and someone having to explain what a VHS is to them. It seems weird to have stopped using them.
Thanks for the film rec, I can always use more films, especially horror films.
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on June 14th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
I just keep thinking of kids watching it and someone having to explain what a VHS is to them. It seems weird to have stopped using them.

The other day I was talking with a bunch of 20 year olds and I was like, "You guys probably don't even remember VCRs," and they were like, "Sure we do," and I said, "Did you own it or rent it?" and they were like, "Wait, you rented a VCR?" But yeah, when I was younger they were so brand new that they were freaking expensive and Dad had to rent it if we wanted to watch movies. But I actually still have a VCR. I have a DVD/VCR combo player and I still have one bookshelf full of VHS tapes of movies that I wanted to keep. At least until this VCR breaks down and then I guess they'll all go in the trash.
lizibabes: A&T laughlizibabes on June 15th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I kept one for years, but then mine broke and I had to shift over to DVD's. It was kind of sad to get rid of all my old tapes and I had to get copies of all my favs. Some films you just have to have on hand to watch over and over.

I need to get Edward Scissor hands. I had it on tape but I need it on DVD. I was watching it on TV the other day. Its such an awesome film and so,so sad. Bums me out to watch it but I love it.