And so the MeFi Horror Film Club begins June 11, 2014 3:40 AM   Subscribe

As discussed earlier, we're gonna watch some scary movies and then talk about 'em on FanFare. Our inaugural movie and more details below the fold.

(posting on behalf of DirtyOldTown who used up his MeTa for the week on the Horror Film Club proposal thread, from whence this information comes)

The inaugural MeFi Horror Club movie (as literally pulled out of a hat by DirtyOldTown's five year old) is:

The Cabin in the Woods

Here's the link to its page on canistream.it. That one is very useful as it has links to virtually all legal ways of streaming or renting it online. And here's the iMDb link.

Here's a blurb that is mercifully spoiler-free:
"Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out."

(Specifically *not* linking the trailer or anything else here, as it's lousy with spoilers. In fact, you may want to even skip that iMDB link or any other background beyond the blurb above. The less you know going into this movie, the better it works.)

We'll aim to have the FanFare thread up by next Wednesday (that'd be 18 June) -- that'll give us all a week to watch/rewatch the film. Make some popcorn and let the creepiness commence!
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape to MetaFilter-Related at 3:40 AM (99 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

I didn't see it directly mentioned on the canistream page, but CitW is free with Amazon Prime at the moment.

Also, WOO MEFI HORROR CLUB.
posted by Etrigan at 3:45 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, don't read anything about Cabin in the Woods. I wish I'd gone into it not having seen the trailers (but still enjoyed it).
posted by johnofjack at 5:52 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I knew only that it was a horror movie done by Joss Whedon. I went into it otherwise a completely blank slate and was completely delighted!

Also, are we going to have a club post on MeTa every time? Perhaps having them located on FF would be more efficient in terms of what each site is for?
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:00 AM on June 11, 2014


For those people who aren't into horror films but are still interested in the idea of a movie club, The Cabin in the Woods offers a partial reprieve. Although it definitely packs scares and some gore--and is thus not okay if you can't deal with those things--it is uniquely cerebral and reflective on the genre in a way that might still give you some kicks and maybe still give you an in for discussion.

I'd say more but: spoilers.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:27 AM on June 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


I went into it already knowing the conceit and found it completely enjoyable and plenty scary.

But I'm resolutely against spoiler-policing so if you hate having things spoiled, conduct y'self in whatever way works for you.
posted by gauche at 6:29 AM on June 11, 2014


I found CiTW totally enjoyable, even as someone who is not generally very into horror movies. So I'm thrilled the hat picked this one, and would recommend other folks try it even if they are otherwise leery of Horror Movie Club. This may be the only time I join in, but it'll be a fun one!
posted by Stacey at 7:08 AM on June 11, 2014


OMG I was literally just thinking this morning that I'd like to re-watch Cabin in the Woods! Because I read an awful (as in not good) story that had a cabin in the woods. So yay!
posted by Mister_A at 7:11 AM on June 11, 2014


The perfect excuse to use my shiny new Blu-ray player!

For anyone who has not seen it: The Cabin in the Woods is a horror movie. It contains graphic violence, nudity and drug use. Beyond that, I will tell you absolutely nothing. As others have said, the less you know in advance, the better your first viewing will be.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:28 AM on June 11, 2014


WOOO MOVIE CLUB

Also, are we going to have a club post on MeTa every time? Perhaps having them located on FF would be more efficient in terms of what each site is for?

For the moment we're stuck with Metatalk I think since there's just not a proper dedicated FanFare place for it; in the long run we'll hopefully have a more subsite-centric way of managing it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:31 AM on June 11, 2014


Will there be any attempt to have people watching it together, whether in a private channel in chat or in the fanfare thread? I guess busy lives and members' spread across timezones would make that tricky, but it could be entertaining.

I didn't think the spoilers in the trailer were that bad, but it's difficult to get into discussion about that without introducing further spoilers. I'm looking forward to the thread!
posted by metaBugs at 9:02 AM on June 11, 2014


For those of you not into horror and on the fence about this: My wife, who is not really into horror movies, saw it with me at the theater, then went back by herself to see it a second time because she loved it so much.
posted by jbickers at 9:06 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I loved this movie. There were a couple of small problems I had with it, but those were easy to get past in the grand scheme of "spot the horror movie reference"
posted by Hoopo at 9:12 AM on June 11, 2014


Also -- so is this the actual discussion thread? It is going to be impossible to talk about this movie without spoilers, and we should probably let some sort of minimum time to elapse so people that haven't seen it can actually watch it before we get the ball rolling.

If there's already been discussion of how this is to go off, I missed it, sorry
posted by Hoopo at 9:15 AM on June 11, 2014


Hoopo, no this isn't the discussion thread, and the minimum time thing is covered. The last sentence of the post is, "We'll aim to have the FanFare thread up by next Wednesday (that'd be 18 June) -- that'll give us all a week to watch/rewatch the film."
posted by metaBugs at 9:20 AM on June 11, 2014


Right. For now we're just sort of nervously shuffling around re: the fact that this will be a thing that happens. Which means folks should probably try to more or less avoid discussion of the film here, as paradoxical as that might be.

Fanfare thread will go up next Weds. and the festivities will being properly at that point.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:25 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


How did I miss that?

I suggest we do this in Fanfare, like next Wednesday or something.
posted by Hoopo at 9:29 AM on June 11, 2014


Ah great choice for the first film!

Can I recommend Drag Me To Hell as the next one? (jumping the gun I know)

It's horror-lite (mix of jump scares, psychological horror and gross out humour - it's almost more funny than scary) and after rewatching it recently I've realised it's so so much smarter than I realised on the first way through. Like, embedded criticism of capitalism and the resultant morality smart. For those who've seen it: she literally passes the buck.
posted by litleozy at 9:44 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yay! So excited for this.
posted by triggerfinger at 9:51 AM on June 11, 2014


Great, great movie. Beyond the specific film, I can't wait for this. Talking movies with MeFites sounds like a dream.
posted by brundlefly at 9:56 AM on June 11, 2014


oh yay! Will definitely do this. Sounds fun!
posted by corb at 10:04 AM on June 11, 2014


Hey, I actually own this one and have been meaning to watch it! Surely I can find two hours for a movie between now and next week.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:05 AM on June 11, 2014


Can I recommend Drag Me To Hell as the next one? (jumping the gun I know)

Can I recommend my recreation from memory of Drag Me to Hell featuring the actual locations, props, and Allison Lohman's body double from the movie?
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:14 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


So


It turns out we DO have such films to show you?
posted by The Whelk at 10:43 AM on June 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


this isn't the discussion thread

May I suggest we close this thread then? The announcement has been made, and any further discussion here risks revealing... things.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 10:46 AM on June 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


Like the ending in which
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:07 AM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Comment so I can see in my recents when this drops on FanFare. I just watched this again two days ago and I have feelings. Soggy feelings that I would like to joke about but don't want to spoil stuff for the newbs.
posted by middleclasstool at 11:29 AM on June 11, 2014


Wow. I had a black hood thrown over my head and was dragged into a van, and was warned that terrible things would happen to me if I revealed that at the ending of the movie they
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:05 PM on June 11, 2014


Great. Now I need to hose out the inside of this hood.
posted by Etrigan at 1:09 PM on June 11, 2014 [6 favorites]


Yay! This is tailor made for me. Unfortunately I probably won't have anything new to say about Cabin in the Woods. I'm all talked out about this one. But I guess it's a good one to start with being all "meta" and everything.
posted by cazoo at 2:04 PM on June 11, 2014


Yay! I am so on board. Really fun movie to start with.
posted by arha at 2:57 PM on June 11, 2014


We Have Such Films To Show You Podcast: The Cabin in the Woods

Looking forward to the discussion.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:49 PM on June 11, 2014


I was totally psyched to see this get launched, but at the risk of being a bit of a grouchypants- hasn't pretty much everyone seen this film already?
posted by mkultra at 7:01 PM on June 11, 2014


Yeah,... but then, it's also probably one of the horror films of the last few years that most stands up to repeated viewing and extended discussion.

This is an experiment to prove the viability of a concept that many people hope will take off, for horror and for other genres. So I hope people show up and chime in, to get the ball rolling, even if they've seen this before.

Next time around, we will probably seek to mix things up, either in terms of era, subgenre, or even relative level of obscurity. Stay with this. And make sure you chip in with some nominations next time.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:10 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Should we wait to see how this goes and then pick a second movie after we can already declare success? Or should we be talking about what movie we might want next now, so that we can announce it when the first FanFare goes live, so that we could already have a second one in the hopper for a week later?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:13 PM on June 11, 2014


Wicker Man.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:14 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I shouldn't have to say this, but:

The Edward Woodward Wicker Man.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:15 PM on June 11, 2014


THERE IS NOT ANOTHER WICKER MAN.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:22 PM on June 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


I wish we could do Dead & Buried, but its online availability is crap.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:24 PM on June 11, 2014


> THERE IS NOT ANOTHER WICKER MAN.

I couldn't agree more.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 7:39 PM on June 11, 2014


mkultra: "I was totally psyched to see this get launched, but at the risk of being a bit of a grouchypants- hasn't pretty much everyone seen this film already?"

No.
posted by Mitheral at 8:47 PM on June 11, 2014


at the risk of being a bit of a grouchypants- hasn't pretty much everyone seen this film already?

I have not, and this is exactly the kick in the pants I needed to get me to actually finally watch it. Yay Horror Club!
posted by mstokes650 at 8:52 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, this is a film that very much stands up to multiple viewings.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:55 PM on June 11, 2014


The Wicker Man is my favorite 1970's pagan cult folk musical!

It's also probably my favorite movie ever, across all genres. So count me on on that one.

But I don't think I'll be participating in The Cabin in the Woods, even though I love the Horror Film Club concept - that particular formula just isn't my thing.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:36 PM on June 11, 2014


Val Lewton, anyone?

* Cat People
* Curse of the Cat People
* Isle of the Dead
* I Walked With a Zombie

and several other worthy films.

It's been said that he's the father of the modern psychological horror movie; you won't get a lot of blood but you will get the creeps.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 6:12 AM on June 12, 2014 [3 favorites]


Hell, yeah. Cat People and The Leopard Man are two of my favorite horror films.

For anyone who's not familiar with him, do you know that classic horror movie technique where a suspense scene is capped off with something startling but innocuous? Like a cat jumping out of a cabinet? That's called a Lewton Bus.
posted by brundlefly at 8:46 AM on June 12, 2014 [5 favorites]


Preempting that eventual discussion, I do love that in every other movie, when a murderer is supposed to jump out at you, it's a cat, and in Lewton's word, a cat is supposed to jump out at you, and it's a bus instead.

He was playing on a whole nother level.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 9:15 AM on June 12, 2014 [5 favorites]


We have to have a Poe/Price/Corman week.
posted by Mister_A at 11:29 AM on June 12, 2014 [3 favorites]


Ooooh, count me in. I own this film on blu-ray. My love is deep.
posted by lumpenprole at 2:12 PM on June 12, 2014


Happiness, it streams from NetFlix.
posted by Pudhoho at 7:32 AM on June 13, 2014


We have to have a Poe/Price/Corman week.

I once spent a Saturday marathnning different film versions of The Fall of the House of Usher. They all had something to offer, but the Price/Corman version still came out the clear overall winner.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:54 AM on June 13, 2014


You know which horror movie I'm going crazy waiting for?

The Babadook.

This is the best horror trailer I've seen in YEARS.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:14 PM on June 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Tucker and Dale vs Evil?
We might be doing a dbl feature with Cabin in the Woods
posted by oneear at 9:04 PM on June 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Tucker and Dale makes an excellent double feature with Cabin in the Woods, I find.
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:18 PM on June 14, 2014


I thought Tucker and Dale looked awful but was desperate one night and was really happily surprised.

Another one that was a really unexpected treat was Troll Hunter. It sounds like it's going to be on par with the inexplicable Leprechaun movies from the 80s but it's actually a movie.
posted by Lou Stuells at 10:29 PM on June 15, 2014


Oh, Troll Hunter's just fun fun fun. I've showed it to a bunch of skeptical people who've ended up having a great time.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:01 AM on June 16, 2014


Yeah, both of those are pretty great. I had the same skeptical aversion to Tucker and Dale based totally on book-cover-judging metrics but then finding out Alan Tudyk was one of the leads pushed me over. Fun movie.

And, yeah, Troll Hunter! My wife brought that up when we were talking about the found footage aesthetic thing the other day as a great contemporary example of someone doing it well, and it really is just an enormously entertaining riff on the genre that doesn't feel like someone just reheating a couple of gimmicks. I heard someone may be making a US remake and it's one of the strongest cases of Why Would You Do That that I've had in a while because it really is a perfect film as what it is.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:16 AM on June 16, 2014 [3 favorites]


Because there's a large number of people who are bawling adult-sized babies about reading subtitles.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:09 AM on June 16, 2014




The only thing that could possibly redeem that Troll Hunter remake is that Neil Marshall is directing.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:09 PM on June 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


So, uh... we doin' this?
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:37 AM on June 18, 2014


LET'S DO THIS.

Doing this involves me poking Matt with a stick, I think. I will go get my poking stick.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:38 AM on June 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


Then let me be the first to say...

Let's get this party started!
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:43 AM on June 18, 2014




This page totally should have a black background and ALL RED TEXT.
posted by jbickers at 11:58 AM on June 18, 2014 [4 favorites]


My feeling for the next pick is that we should mix things up a bit, rather than just picking from a hat again. To that end, my vote would be to go with either The Possession, the film off the list few of us had seen or Night of the Creeps, which is delightfully retro.

Or alternately, we could just do Pontypool, which pretty much all of MeFi adores and, like CitW, could be interesting even for non-horror fans.

We should try and pick sooner rather than later though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:13 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


I vote for Grave Encounters, currently streaming on Netflix.
posted by jbickers at 8:19 AM on June 19, 2014


I don't know that one, but it might work similarly to The Possession as a less-widely seen option.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:24 AM on June 19, 2014


You are the boss, DirtyOldTown, nothing wrong with just choosing the next movie. Go for it.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:30 AM on June 19, 2014


I vote for Grave Encounters, currently streaming on Netflix.

Man I had never heard of this; apparently it was filmed at the abandoned mental hospital in Coquitlam. Yes, of course we have a 100-year-old abandoned mental hospital in town, why do you ask? I have to go by that place on the way to my brother in law's house and it is creepy even with lights on. Kind of a cliche location, but still very effective.
posted by Hoopo at 9:00 AM on June 19, 2014


There's no real ideal process for selection yet, so I don't mind picking something, if that keeps us moving. But I'd still like to get feedback about what people might like to see next.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:07 AM on June 19, 2014


Also: Sleepaway Camp is available on YouTube in its entirety in HD. That movie would be fascinating to discuss.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:08 AM on June 19, 2014 [2 favorites]


I vote for Night of the Creeps or Sleepaway Camp, they're right in my wheelhouse.

Risking setting off snark-detectors when there are fans present, but: I don't think I'll be watching Grave Encounters again even to refresh my memory for discussion, but if and when it comes out of the hat I can take that week off.
posted by doctornecessiter at 9:27 AM on June 19, 2014


Oh, and I haven't seen The Possession, I'd be down for that also. (I'd just prefer to reach back a little earlier this time.)
posted by doctornecessiter at 9:29 AM on June 19, 2014


It's not horror, per se, there are definite horror elements to The 'Burbs. Maybe after a few straight horror films we can throw in the odd horror-comedy?
posted by troika at 9:40 AM on June 19, 2014


I'm 1000% down for watching and discussing The 'Burbs.
posted by doctornecessiter at 9:46 AM on June 19, 2014


Wasn't Cabin in the Woods a horror comedy already?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:53 AM on June 19, 2014


Yeah, I'm just throwing it out there for future consideration.
posted by troika at 9:57 AM on June 19, 2014


I more or less prefer horror comedies to straight horror, so I will definitely keep encouraging those.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:02 AM on June 19, 2014


If I reduce my rambling above to a simple question, what say you everybody:

Should the next pick go retro or should it be something as few of us as possible have seen?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:03 AM on June 19, 2014


Should the next pick go retro or should it be something as few of us as possible have seen?

IMO, ideally both. But for the sake of balancing against the last movie (from only two years ago), I'd lean toward retro.
posted by doctornecessiter at 10:07 AM on June 19, 2014


I vote for (in descending order of importance) non-comedic and little-known. Let's get as far from the first one as we can.
posted by Etrigan at 10:07 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


Should the next pick go retro or should it be something as few of us as possible have seen?

I think retro tends to be silly or campy in ways that tend not to be scary, and personally I would prefer to follow up Cabin in the Woods with something that's more notable for just being a well done straight horror film. My pick for that would probably be Session 9. But I think there's plenty of choices for directions to go on the second pick.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:13 AM on June 19, 2014


I'm good either way, but with retro we can potentially go through some classics of the genre people might have missed.

Also, I just remembered a few good one from some anthology-type things I would recommend.

From Masters of Horror, there's Pick Me Up, which was excellent and pretty funny at times.

From 6 Films To Keep You Awake, I recommend The Baby's Room, which was actually pretty scary. To Let was also pretty good, and A Christmas Tale is supposed ot be excellent but it didn't really strike me as much of a horror movie.
posted by Hoopo at 10:14 AM on June 19, 2014


Session 9 has potential for some great discussion, for sure.
posted by doctornecessiter at 10:17 AM on June 19, 2014


Session 9 is awesome, but much like Pontypool, while I'd love to talk it over in FanFare eventually, I'm not super in favor of that for the next pick. Because we just did a recent movie that most horror-loving MeFites seem to have seen and I'd rather not do that twice in a row. I'd rather see us pick something few of us have seen or that we haven't seen in a while, hence the two suggested themes for the next pick.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:41 AM on June 19, 2014


I'd rather see us pick something few of us have seen or that we haven't seen in a while, hence the two suggested themes for the next pick.

I guess I would suggest Noroi/The Curse then. It's from 2005 but only has 4,000 something ratings on IMDB which is pretty low.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:58 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


That could be cool. I bet most people haven't seen that. Is it on Netflix and stuff, though?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:07 AM on June 19, 2014


Oh, I'd be down for Noroi. Saw it a long time ago, I remember liking it but I don't remember many specifics about it.

For the moment I can't confirm that this link works (so please check it for me), but it appears to be available on YouTube.
posted by doctornecessiter at 11:10 AM on June 19, 2014


Ah, here it is on YouTube.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:11 AM on June 19, 2014


According to CanIStream.It, Noroi isn't on any streaming services at the moment. The YouTube version looks good -- I checked a few spots, and the subtitles were always there.
posted by Etrigan at 11:14 AM on June 19, 2014


Actually, this could be a winner: sounds good; virtually no one has seen it; non-English language (which is a nice switch); a straight scare flick (nice contrast to CitW); it's not that recent, so even people who've seen it probably haven't seen it lately; it fits into the "interesting wrinkles on found footage" thing we've discussed some in these threads; and since it's on YouTube, anyone can watch free.

Yeah, actually, Noroi/The Curse is the tentative front-runner, IMO.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:36 AM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


In the interest of making sure there's a steady flow of these club picks, I'm dubbing Noroi/The Curse the winner. MeTa to follow promptly.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:46 AM on June 19, 2014


I vote for Pontypool...available on Netflix.
posted by ian1977 at 12:25 PM on June 19, 2014


New MeTa for 2nd pick
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:27 PM on June 19, 2014


Also we gotta do WolfCop when it's available to a wider audience. Because WolfCop.
posted by Hoopo at 1:35 PM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


WolfCop reminds me; I've been saying for years that Werewolves on Wheels needs to be rebooted as a TV drama. Just imagine the modern Teen Wolf series combined with Sons of Anarchy. It would be huge.
posted by Faint of Butt at 2:01 PM on June 19, 2014


I know nothing about WolfCop besides the name, and I already know that it will disappoint me, because it cannot possibly be as awesome as the movie that has sprouted from my brain at the mere mention of the magical word WolfCop.
posted by Etrigan at 2:02 PM on June 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


Where is the thread where upcoming movies are planned? I see now that I've been missing a few movies...
posted by mkultra at 8:35 AM on July 5, 2014


Here is the most recent thread. Pontypool is coming up this week. Just keep an eye on Metatalk. :)
posted by Literaryhero at 8:39 PM on July 5, 2014


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