A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.
Fallen has just enough supernatural and demonic elements to qualify for Hoop-Tober. It may be tenuous and a bit of a stretch, but I hope Cine lets me away with this one.
When a serial killer sentenced to death invites the detective who caught him to his execution, it wasn't just to say cheerio. Elias Koteas has made a career out of playing weirdos, and again convinces as the Rolling Stones fan with an abominable plan for revenge from beyond the grave. This is a film with a very clever premise and a creepy vibe from the very start. Denzel Washington plays the cop whose life is about to be turned upside down by demonic goings-on as an ancient…
Really surprised by this film. I could see why one would hate this but if you get into it it's pretty cool. The demon transfer thing is pretty stupid but I accepted it and they did some cool things with it. Denzel is, as always, awesome. He really raises the film and he's got a couple nice scenes with the ever reliable John Goodman. Neat stuff.
Deserves to become a classic. Well written, twisty turny, suspenseful, intriguing, clever, beautiful autumnal visuals, wonderful cast and a superb punchline. Don't know what's not to love. Half a star off perfect for being about angels and we all know that's just silly.
Denzel as a cocky detective who's on the trail to find a body-jumping demon named Azazel. Somewhat brainless, twisty, atmospheric and adhered to the clichés of its thriller genre. Also forever altered my listening of Rolling Stones' "Time Is On My Side", holy shit. Koteas and Goodman do it gleefully! While nothing in Fallen actually challenges as transcendental for 90's detective films, it's certainly interesting. Those crowded, urbanized streets which change from autumnal to winter kind of bespeak a cold and edgy feel. Hoblit's tilted, blurry close-ups of bodies touching each other as a hiss sound emanates the screen was also initially creepy. Then it became so prominent that unintentional laughs were had. There's also a final "reveal" which completely negates all of the narration which preceded it, but whatever. This was a strange, silly yet disorienting experience that was more than watchable. Gandolfini's beasty 'mo is legendary.
Fallen is probably one of 90's best thrillers with the always dependable Denzel Washington, Well directed by Gregory Hoblit and excellent support cast : John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz and Elias Koteas..Fallen is a tip top gothic thriller.
Always loved this one. Seen it many times and still enjoy it. One of my favorite endings as well.
More like Forgotten, amirite? Sorry, there's just nothing inspiring here, and I usually like this kind of silly mystery thriller.
Denzel does his thing again where he's a magnificent apple tree standing tall in the script's otherwise barren garden, and for once a movie's on the nose Rolling Stones soundtrack makes narrative sense.
Tiiiiiii-iiiii-ii-iiiime is not on this movie’s side – no it isn’t. A product of the late-‘90’s fling with religious and occult themed serial killer thrillers a la Se7en, we get an A-list leading man (Denzel here instead of Pitt), a bunch of reliable character actors (John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Elias Koteas etc.) and a supernatural twist on the crime drama that presents an interesting dilemma for Denzel’s stoic Det. Hobbes – how do you stop a killer who can’t be killed? The first half of the movie is Denzel figuring out who or what he’s up against, as executed serial killer Edgar Reese (Koteas), a man Hobbes put away for good, appears to have come back in the form of…
6/10: Very dark and I rate it as a horror film. Another thumbs up to Denzel for his performance!
John Goodman: ★★★★★
What I Learned:
It's easy to pick out a TV director
An underrated blend of neo-noir and supernatural thriller. The premise of a killer coming back in some form after being executed isn't a new one, but this cast of talents like Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and Elias Koteas all really deliver and sell this paranormal premise for all it's worth. Director Gregory Hoblit manages to really get across the demonic entity's travel and make it atmospheric & unsettling as it moves from person to person. Plus, the ultimate reveal of the ending puts the entire film in a different yet equally compelling reversal on the man vs demon story. It has some characters that are lesser than others and it could stand to trim ten or so minutes of it's running time due to bloat, but it's a solid genre soaked watch for the "holiday season", if you will.
Tremendously good horror film with sterling work from Washington, Goodman and Gandolfinin and a STAR TURN from Elias Koteas. Utterly gripping.
One of those films I can watch anytime it's on.
I did not like the ending.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…