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Green Room / Get Out / IT

Reed Rothchild


Which ones have you seen?  

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  1. 1. Which ones have you seen?

    • Green Room (2016)
    • Get Out (2017)
    • IT (2017)
    • None of the above

Green Room (2016)

Green Room (2015) - IMDb

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

A24's first appearance on the list.  What can I say?  They've put out a lot of good stuff, including a significant number of the best horror films of the last decade.  Some of the biggest names didn't make this list, but they were pretty close.

This terrifying little number is probably the most difficult watch on this entire top 100.  Definitely not a movie for the faint of heart, or easily disturbed.

It was also sadly the last movie released before the death of Anton Yelchin.  It's probably the best work he's ever done.

Also, bonus points for getting Patrick Stewart to play against-type.  I guess the script got to him so badly that he felt he had to do it.

Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017) - IMDb

A young African-American visits his White girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Jordan Peele's first appearance on the list.

I know audiences were a bit more divided on his two follow-up movies.  Which seems fair to me: they're both really fucking strange.  But Get Out brings so much fun to the table that I feel like every horror fan should enjoy it.  The plot is perfectly set up, with the kind of slow burn that I love.  And the way it gradually reveals the plot is perfect.  And every single member of the cast does a stellar job.  Especially the bad guys.  I love when movies create the most hateable villains possible, which this movie has in spades.

IT (2017)

It (2017) - IMDb

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster.

I have a long history with IT.  All the way back in the 2nd grade, my friends and I would try to scare one another with stories about Pennywise, and eventually we all managed to rent the TV mini-series and succeed in giving ourselves endless nightmares.  The whole concept is so terrifying.  Freddie gets you in your dreams.  Jaws gets you in the water.  Pennywise does whatever the fuck he wants.  There's no rules, and you're never safe.  I was frightened of the bathtub drain for years.  I read the book not much later, which is pretty amazing considering how young I was and how massive it is.

Nowadays, I find that miniseries pretty hard to watch.  It's too low budget, too campy, and too PG-13.  Hard to believe it was the cause of so many sleepless nights.

Enter the remake.  It's not perfect, relying too much on certain horror tropes that it goes to again and again.  But it's damn good.  Damn scary.  Bill Skaarsgard outdoes Tim Curry as the evil clown, the child cast does a phenomenal job, and the scary scenes are very scary.

My kids are constantly teasing me about watching the "Pennywise movie."  They're all between the ages of 6-8.  And I just look at them, and say "you don't know what you're asking for.  If I let that happen you'd spend the next year coming into my room at night saying you're too scared to sleep."


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Man, Green Room has been on my to-watch list basically since it came out. It's one of those things that never show up on Netflix. 😞

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Green Room is also on my watch list. I suspect I'll enjoy that one. Update: Watched it with the wife last night. I enjoyed it, more than she did, I think. It gave me some Assault on Precinct 13 vibes at times. I tend to like suspense/thriller stories that take place within a very confined location, as it lets the audience get a sense of intimacy with the events and characters. This one worked for me. Stewart and Yelchin were both great. I really liked how subdued and logical Stewart was as the villain. It wasn't overplayed. No dramatic, villainous monologue. No indignant, raving tirade at the end. He was a businessman and he just conducted everything in a collected manner. Even apologized for slapping one of his henchmen around. Good filmmaking overall.

I respect what Peele did with Get Out and I think, for what it is, it is a mostly well-made film. That said, I've found that Peele's films work much better in concept than execution and I don't like a single one of them. I think Get Out is the least bad of his big three but I still don't think it's good. Us actually insulted me and made me angry, with how lazy, contrived and nonsensical it was. Nope was a neat idea that just wasn't serviced by a very good script. If I had to grade them, Get Out gets a "C" for effort, Nope gets a "D" and Us is a straight "F" with no hope of redemption.

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