#251  
Old 12-18-2008, 10:01 PM
_____V_____'s Avatar
_____V_____ _____V_____ is offline
A *new* Covenant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 31,678
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwind22 View Post
Just curious. Will we just get the scores from this round? Or will we see cumulative scores for both rounds?
For this round.

All the grades will be tallied in the end for an overall cumulative grade, which will determine the contestants who advance to the Finals.


LEADERBOARD FOR THE OGRES FOR SECOND TEST


Bloodrayne - C+,

Bwind22 - B-,

Roshiq - B-.


All the other Ogres have been marked "Absent".



Second Test for the Goblins up next...
__________________
"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Reply With Quote
  #252  
Old 12-18-2008, 10:10 PM
_____V_____'s Avatar
_____V_____ _____V_____ is offline
A *new* Covenant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 31,678
THE FIFTH TEST OF HDC IDOL 2008-09


I am here to address the Goblins. Each one of you is given a task which you have to perform to the best of your ability, wit and innovation, based upon the knowledge you have of the genre.

For your Second Test, the common theme chosen is - GENEROUS CRITICS.

All of you are very generous and magnanimous critics of horror flicks. You are well known for your love of horror movies of any type, even trashy, cheesy and downright awful ones. For this particular Test, you have to point out the highlights of the movies you choose, and praise them wholesomely to no end.

In other words, you have to give a very open-hearted and loving review of the movie of your choice.

Ready? Here we go...


Choose from - The Village, Alien vs Predator, Boo!, Killjoy, Boogeyman, The Exorcist II, Jaws The Revenge.

Two contestants may pick the same movie, but their loving and doting reviews should not be too similar with each other, or both of them stand to lose points.


All of you have 48 hours to do your researches, write down your reviews, and pitch them in front of the Judges. The Judges will be your peers for each review, and if you manage to win them over, you stand to score the maximum. When you are ready, send me a PM or post your entry in this thread (WITHOUT EDITING), and the Judges will read em and post their criticisms and praise, if any.

If any of you dont post your entry within the next 48 hours, you stand DQed off this Test, and dont gain any scores (or favors) from your Judges!

You have a hard task ahead of you, so all the best!!
__________________
"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Reply With Quote
  #253  
Old 12-19-2008, 05:12 PM
ferretchucker's Avatar
ferretchucker ferretchucker is offline
Ziggy Played Guitar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Just to the left of nowhe
Posts: 10,537
Send a message via MSN to ferretchucker Send a message via Skype™ to ferretchucker
I guess I'm gonna have to be disqualified. I've not had time to do it today and tomorrow I'm going out with friends and they're staying round. Such is life, I suppose. Good luck to everyone else.
__________________


The Ferrets like it...
Reply With Quote
  #254  
Old 12-19-2008, 06:57 PM
ChronoGrl's Avatar
ChronoGrl ChronoGrl is offline
HDC Idol

 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Waltham, MA
Posts: 8,536
Quote:
Originally Posted by ferretchucker View Post
I guess I'm gonna have to be disqualified. I've not had time to do it today and tomorrow I'm going out with friends and they're staying round. Such is life, I suppose. Good luck to everyone else.
Oh, poo. :(
__________________


Join my Facebook Horror Group!
Reply With Quote
  #255  
Old 12-19-2008, 07:01 PM
ChronoGrl's Avatar
ChronoGrl ChronoGrl is offline
HDC Idol

 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Waltham, MA
Posts: 8,536
Thumbs up

Alien Vs. Predator: Modern Horror for the Intellectual

With the failure of 2000’s Alien: Resurrection, it was clear that the horror audience needed more in their franchise than just another scary monster movie. And perhaps with the advent of this addition to the franchise, those same viewers will be reticent to spend their money on “Just another Alien flick.” But this is where I must stop you and appeal: Alien Vs. Predator is not just another horror/scifi crossover franchise flick.

Veteran horror/scifi director of Event Horizon and Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson is back again to frighten and entertain his fans with the latest installment of the Alien and Predator franchises. Coupled with his experienced eye is Special Effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI), whose previous work includes both Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. The result of this cinematic pairing is two truly gruesome and believable monsters within a literal Pandora’s box of horror.

Set in a pitch black Bouvetřya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica, AVP follows the story of a hapless team of scientists following a mysterious heat signal under the watchful eye (and finance) of Billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen). The setting, a clever nod to previous scifi greats like The Thing From Another World, immediately alienates our heroes while, unbeknownst to them, a Predator ship enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The action unfolds without delay: Geiger’s iconic Alien is paired up against the galaxy’s most feared Predator within a phantasmagorical maze that would make Escher drool and will strike fear in even the most jaded film-goer.

But what really separates AVP from other films in its genre is, surprisingly, its intelligence. Where the average horror movie strives simply to shock and awe with pedestrian antagonists, cheap scares, and pitifully scantily clad coeds, AVP challenges the intelligent viewer by creating a completely original pourquoi story that reimagines one of the most debated mysteries in the history of the World: the building of the Great Pyramids. Just as the founders of ancient Egyptian society invented their pantheon, so does Paul W.S. Anderson apotheosize the canonical Predator: In this alternate history, the Predators are considered Gods, with the great structures of the ancient world being built in their honor. Never before has a horror movie created an origin story that is so fascinating and all-encompassing, touching upon the history of not only Egyptian, but also Cambodian and Aztec civilizations.

Alien Vs. Predator is not just another Alien movie. Nor is it just another Predator movie. AVP is a clever re-visioning of Origin that shows that horror doesn’t always have to be about shock and awe.

5/5
__________________


Join my Facebook Horror Group!
Reply With Quote
  #256  
Old 12-20-2008, 12:54 AM
roshiq's Avatar
roshiq roshiq is offline
Pirate of Bengal

 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dhaka
Posts: 8,668
Quote:
Originally Posted by _____V_____ View Post
For this round.

LEADERBOARD FOR THE OGRES FOR SECOND TEST


Bloodrayne - C+,

Bwind22 - B-,

Roshiq - B-.
"Writing negative reviews for any of your most favorite films"...It was fairly an easy(?) but quite a 'weird' task also.
Though still leading but disappointed with my own performance.:o


Quote:
Originally Posted by ferretchucker View Post
I guess I'm gonna have to be disqualified. I've not had time to do it today and tomorrow I'm going out with friends and they're staying round. Such is life, I suppose. Good luck to everyone else.
oh..I was expecting you for The Village!:D
Reply With Quote
  #257  
Old 12-20-2008, 01:50 AM
ferretchucker's Avatar
ferretchucker ferretchucker is offline
Ziggy Played Guitar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Just to the left of nowhe
Posts: 10,537
Send a message via MSN to ferretchucker Send a message via Skype™ to ferretchucker
Talking

Jaws: The Revenge

An Exciting New Direction for the Series


After the tragedy that was Jaws 3, I went into the theatre to see this with low expectations, but boy was I wrong! Jaws: The Revenge excels everywhere Jaws 3 fails! But where do I begin?

I'll start with the most prominent change: The Shark. In all of the previous films, the shark has been a rather stupid brute ending up dead by it's own foolish mistakes. This film, however, decides to show the shark in a whole new light, as an intelligent, malevolent killer hellbent on torturing the Brody family. Afterall, there have been four sharks previously that simply happened to end up facing off against the Brodys for no other reason than to please fanboys who would scream their little socks off if, heaven forbid, a new set of characters met the incredibly rare beast. This shark concsiously seeks out the Brodys to kill them, possibly avenging it's murdered buddies.

But that is only the tip of the iceburg compared to what's to come. Lorraine Gary too serves as a brilliant force in the film, creating a familiarity with the viewer. Not to mention Michael Caine as an aeroplane Pilot and Lance Guest (Halloween II) as Michael Brody. These three characters have clear chemistry, seeming like a true family.

On top of this, there is the cruel reminder that death isn't picky, and two previously invincible characters are both pronounced dead in the first few scenes! Though I wont name them, you have to find that one out for yourself!

All of the scenes flowed together, with the help of a brilliant score and flawless directing. This film will surely go down as one of the best sequels in history. I totally recommend this, I've already seen it three times! I can't think of anything I don't love about this, being easily as good as the original, putting the others to shame. If I could give this a 6 out of five, I would.

5/5 - AWESOME.






Sorry if this is a bit crappy, but I had to write it in a hurry, guests are arriving!
__________________


The Ferrets like it...
Reply With Quote
  #258  
Old 12-20-2008, 11:20 PM
_____V_____'s Avatar
_____V_____ _____V_____ is offline
A *new* Covenant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 31,678
THE FIFTH TEST OF HDC IDOL 2008-09


I am here to address the Goblins.

For your Second Test, the common theme chosen is - GENEROUS CRITICS.

Here we go...


Choose from - The Village, Alien vs Predator, Boo!, Killjoy, Boogeyman, The Exorcist II, Jaws The Revenge.

Two contestants may pick the same movie, but their loving and doting reviews should not be too similar with each other, or both of them stand to lose points.


Quote:
Originally Posted by ChronoGrl View Post
Alien Vs. Predator: Modern Horror for the Intellectual

With the failure of 2000’s Alien: Resurrection, it was clear that the horror audience needed more in their franchise than just another scary monster movie. And perhaps with the advent of this addition to the franchise, those same viewers will be reticent to spend their money on “Just another Alien flick.” But this is where I must stop you and appeal: Alien Vs. Predator is not just another horror/scifi crossover franchise flick.

Veteran horror/scifi director of Event Horizon and Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson is back again to frighten and entertain his fans with the latest installment of the Alien and Predator franchises. Coupled with his experienced eye is Special Effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI), whose previous work includes both Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. The result of this cinematic pairing is two truly gruesome and believable monsters within a literal Pandora’s box of horror.

Set in a pitch black Bouvetřya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica, AVP follows the story of a hapless team of scientists following a mysterious heat signal under the watchful eye (and finance) of Billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen). The setting, a clever nod to previous scifi greats like The Thing From Another World, immediately alienates our heroes while, unbeknownst to them, a Predator ship enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The action unfolds without delay: Geiger’s iconic Alien is paired up against the galaxy’s most feared Predator within a phantasmagorical maze that would make Escher drool and will strike fear in even the most jaded film-goer.

But what really separates AVP from other films in its genre is, surprisingly, its intelligence. Where the average horror movie strives simply to shock and awe with pedestrian antagonists, cheap scares, and pitifully scantily clad coeds, AVP challenges the intelligent viewer by creating a completely original pourquoi story that reimagines one of the most debated mysteries in the history of the World: the building of the Great Pyramids. Just as the founders of ancient Egyptian society invented their pantheon, so does Paul W.S. Anderson apotheosize the canonical Predator: In this alternate history, the Predators are considered Gods, with the great structures of the ancient world being built in their honor. Never before has a horror movie created an origin story that is so fascinating and all-encompassing, touching upon the history of not only Egyptian, but also Cambodian and Aztec civilizations.

Alien Vs. Predator is not just another Alien movie. Nor is it just another Predator movie. AVP is a clever re-visioning of Origin that shows that horror doesn’t always have to be about shock and awe.

5/5

Quote:
Originally Posted by ferretchucker View Post
Jaws: The Revenge

An Exciting New Direction for the Series


After the tragedy that was Jaws 3, I went into the theatre to see this with low expectations, but boy was I wrong! Jaws: The Revenge excels everywhere Jaws 3 fails! But where do I begin?

I'll start with the most prominent change: The Shark. In all of the previous films, the shark has been a rather stupid brute ending up dead by it's own foolish mistakes. This film, however, decides to show the shark in a whole new light, as an intelligent, malevolent killer hellbent on torturing the Brody family. Afterall, there have been four sharks previously that simply happened to end up facing off against the Brodys for no other reason than to please fanboys who would scream their little socks off if, heaven forbid, a new set of characters met the incredibly rare beast. This shark concsiously seeks out the Brodys to kill them, possibly avenging it's murdered buddies.

But that is only the tip of the iceburg compared to what's to come. Lorraine Gary too serves as a brilliant force in the film, creating a familiarity with the viewer. Not to mention Michael Caine as an aeroplane Pilot and Lance Guest (Halloween II) as Michael Brody. These three characters have clear chemistry, seeming like a true family.

On top of this, there is the cruel reminder that death isn't picky, and two previously invincible characters are both pronounced dead in the first few scenes! Though I wont name them, you have to find that one out for yourself!

All of the scenes flowed together, with the help of a brilliant score and flawless directing. This film will surely go down as one of the best sequels in history. I totally recommend this, I've already seen it three times! I can't think of anything I don't love about this, being easily as good as the original, putting the others to shame. If I could give this a 6 out of five, I would.

5/5 - AWESOME.

Quote:
Originally Posted by alkytrio666
Boogeyman- Psychological Terror for the Intelligent Viewer

As far as I'm concerned, horror is about connections, and connections start in the human psyche. The genre isn't for everyone, and being a general film critic, I don't have biases...I'm also very inclined to grade shockers tightly and critically as I find the genre today almost degradingly by-the-book.

These practiced expectations were upturned, however, when I saw Boogeyman. Here was something I could enjoy, something that didn't involve unbearable torture sequences, pushy sexism or gut-wrenching gore; instead I found an engaging, and at some points touching look at a man and his own personal demons, a metaphor of enormous humane value which also happened to have a few good scares.

Now, I earlier mentioned the importance in film of connecting with an audience...something the horror genre hasn't done since it handed us 1991's Best Picture. As of late, horror films have been heavy "R"s, only suited for people of adult age.

But to my delight, the theater I saw Boogeyman in was loaded with an enormous variety of excited movie-goers. Now the last time I checked, the aura made the horror film, and what better environment is there to enjoy a few well-calculated scares in but one laden with a diverse selection of thrillseekers both young and old. I feel much more comfortable sharing a thrill ride in this manner, as opposed to with a few other groups of drunken late-teen boys.

The film had me at opening credits anyway, and I soon lost myself in it. Human detachment has been a kink in the genre chain for years now as we've had to suffer through cannibalistic stories involving bratty teenagers or insufferable upper-class only. How can we be expected to connect with a victim if we feel lower then them, or hate them? Herein lies the beauty (or should I say terror?) of Boogeyman. Our central character- Tim- is an absolute human being if I've ever seen one. The movie opens with a bang as his parents argue over the content of the child's bed-time stories in relation to the "bogeyman" who he sees every night. But as his father is brutally murdered by the very demon his parents had scoffed, we begin to see that this film will explore not the amount of blood in the human body but other things that lie within the soul...and the heart.

The film is a breathtaking journey of a man who must journey back to his nightmarish home as an adult and fight the inner-demons who have haunted him his whole life, and it is this brave search for freedom which kept me glued to the screen for the short 90 minute run time.

As the credits rolled, I looked around me and saw, for the first time in a long time, what horror is all about: a theater filled not with disgusted dissapointment but emotionally shaken people, rattled by some perfectly-calculated scares and a story they could give a damn about.

And that's when I recalled that, yes, horror CAN mean something, and that once upon a time films like Cat People and The Haunting could scare the living daylights out of us without showing a single dismembered body part or an ounce of blood.

Boogeyman has its heart in the right place. The film is a tour-de-force of refreshingly intelligent horror and to miss it would be to pass by a rare thing.

***** out of *****

3 entries by the Goblins. I ll request all Judges to evaluate them and send me their Grades, and post their criticisms and appreciation, if any.
__________________
"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Reply With Quote
  #259  
Old 12-22-2008, 11:26 PM
_____V_____'s Avatar
_____V_____ _____V_____ is offline
A *new* Covenant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 31,678
GRADES OF THE GOBLINS AFTER THE SECOND TEST



Alkytrio666 - C+,

ChronoGrl - B,

FerretChucker - C+.


All others have been deemed as "Absent".



Now onto the Second Test for the Elves...
__________________
"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Reply With Quote
  #260  
Old 12-22-2008, 11:35 PM
_____V_____'s Avatar
_____V_____ _____V_____ is offline
A *new* Covenant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 31,678
THE SIXTH TEST OF HDC IDOL 2008-09


I am here to address the Elves. Each one of you is given a task which you have to perform to the best of your ability, wit and innovation, based upon the knowledge you have of the genre.

For your Second Test, the common theme chosen is - MODERN CRITICS.

All of you pen the critics columns of some very influential trade magazines which influence the movie-going public and the performances at the BO. All of you are attendees of first screenings of some hugely popular movies of the 2000s. Without taking any sides or being biased, you have to submit a short review of the movies in question, as to how you value the movie.

In other words, be frank about your criticism/praise of the movie you choose, and make it sound as honest and influencing on the Judges as you can at the same time. Pick what you liked, and what you didnt like...be honest with yourself, and with the review you put forward.

Ready?

Choose from - House of 1000 Corpses, Grindhouse, The Mist, Cloverfield, [Rec], The Descent, Saw.

Two contestants may pick the same movie, but their honest reviews should not be too similar with each other, or both of them stand to lose points. ALSO, you might lose points if you show TOO much favoritism or bias towards the movie you choose, so be very careful.


All of you have 48 hours to do your researches, write down your reviews, and pitch them in front of the Judges. The Judges will be your peers for each review, and if you manage to win them over, you stand to score the maximum. When you are ready, send me a PM or post your entry in this thread (WITHOUT EDITING), and the Judges will read em and post their criticisms and praise, if any.

If any of you dont post your entry within the next 48 hours, you stand DQed off this Test, and dont gain any scores (or favors) from your Judges!

You have a hard task ahead of you, so all the best!!
__________________
"If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:36 AM.