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1.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't frighten a baby, 25 Jun. 2013
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I like weird films (the weirder the better) - David lynch, Bunuel or Dario Argento - but Spider Baby is not particularly unusual resembling a bland TV series rather than a proper film. Sometimes promises but never delivers anything of interest, too much dialogue (especially from Lon Chaney Jr) boring to look at, WARNING to lovers of the weird avoid like the plague.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2013, 01:16:24 BST
PeKa says:
Very funny that this guy claims to like weird films, and does not recognize one if it is not in his Arthouse-Cinema-for-Dummies list.

So SPIDER BABY and MANCHESTER MORGUE have too much dialogue, and the only 5-star-film on your list is a mainstream teenage flick.
What a connoisseur you are..!

Admit it Crouch, you feel much more at home among Adam Sandler abominations and safe stuff that fits your narrow mind.
Nothing wrong with that - just stop making a fool out of yourself.

"WARNING to lovers of the weird avoid like the plague."

Sure, bro... What we lovers of the weird want is warnings to keep us safe from surprises!

Posted on 25 Feb 2014, 23:53:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2014, 23:54:54 GMT
O. Twaddle says:
Oh, Please! Go watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer and leave this Gem to us true fans... There is not one bad thing about this awesome movie. Just for the record, It wasn't supposed to be scary as hell... It was suppose to be dark humor and creepy!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2014, 21:57:56 BST
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2014, 00:58:31 BST
M P Crouch says:
L'Age d'or, Eraserhead, or Salo, are weird films not children's hour trash like Spider Baby. If you'd kept your comments to criticism of my review that would be it but as it is I'm not interested in your teatime tantrums and as for Adam Sandler !! - I bet you could tell me ALL about him. Grow up.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2014, 22:05:59 BST
M P Crouch says:
BAD ACTING, BAD DIRECTING, BAD SCREENPLAY, AND BAD CINEMATOGRAPHY - "True fans" are easily pleased.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2014, 04:52:44 BST
PeKa says:
More than a year has passed and Crouch has managed to find two more titles from some academic cinema list. Matured he has sadly not...
Again he has mentions Lynch plus two European classics of the highest "weirdo" ranking he could find.
Sure he does not make any difference between Argento and Pasolini - to him they are both Italian names which impress the other kids at school. It's not a question of his own taste, mind you, it's just shallow name-dropping.

Oh yeah... And as an afterthought he tries adding the teenage insults of BAD this and BAD that.

Baaaad sheep...!

What he does not understand is that the truly weird and eccentric things in this world enlighten us not because of their adaptability to mainstream concepts of "good" or "bad", and neither does he understand the ideas behind Surrealism and political parable on the one hand and the inspired charm of progressive impulses in exploitation cinema on the other.

Will he learn...?
Well, since "avoidance" is his advice on things beyond him, I fear he won't...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2017, 16:24:54 BST
Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2017, 16:27:40 BST
M P Crouch says:
I hope since your last 'comment' you've learned not to be so pretentious and long-winded, Spider Baby is a badly executed movie that's all there is to it Mr PeKa.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2017, 20:02:02 BST
PeKa says:
Another 3 years have passed and Crouch is still obsessed with this film.
Thanks to him for proving its status as a lasting classic!

Writing more than 3 lines seems pretentious to him, which is sad since I would highly appreciate any insight into his presumably profound way of looking at the world of cinema. Or the world in general.

Keep the flame burning, Mr. Crouch!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2017, 00:43:35 BST
M P Crouch says:
I hate film critics who write page after page, after page on how crap a film is, instead of writing that its no good, and going on to something that's better !!! You are not provoking me into further comments on aforementioned film. I have four of Pasolini's films in my Blu-ray collection, including 'Salo' plus seven David Lynch films (the greatest living film director .. unusual films for ADULTS )as well as Bunuel (the greatest director ever), Fellini, and Marco ferreri, try L' Age d'or, or La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast) if you feel up to it, try Beethoven not Abba ...... now that's enough words or lines wasted on this subject.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2017, 07:47:36 BST
PeKa says:
Here's your two problems, Crouch:

Your selection of films might be taken directly from any "Arthouse Movies 2 Watch" list.
It does neither prove insight nor soul to own these reputable masterpieces on Blu-ray, when you talk to someone who owned SALO as a crappy fifth-generation VHS copy at a time when the film was still banned in my country.
Comparing this to Beethoven is on the mark. He is the first name to come to mind to anybody who has no idea of classical music and buying a cheap 10-CD-set is what you do trying to impress your "proletarian" friends and family.

The world does not exist between ABBA and Beethoven, Crouch.
There is Bach and Stockhausen, Miles Davis and Kraftwerk, the Ramones and Yes, Throbbing Gristle and Buddy Holly. And all this is not to be measured by some narrow idea of "greatest... ever". These things exist in a wide field of inherent qualities, personal vision and historical context.

Which brings me to the second and bigger problem you have:

"I hate film critics who write page after page, after page on how crap a film is, instead of writing that its no good, and going on to something that's better !!!"

What use is such a person?
What you describe is not a critic at all, but just some dude blowing out his unfounded opinion!

There is a reason, why most of your so-called reviews here are not considered helpful by most people.
Your opinion, Crouch, is not relevant to anybody - unless you make the reader understand where you are coming from and how you look at something.

"There is this film. It's bad. Don't watch it!"

Is this sentence in any way helpful or inspiring to you or anybody in the world?

I agree that writing page after page is not necessary.
I appreciate a few insightful sentences which expand my horizon and give me the feeling that I still might dislike a certain film, but I understand why some people might love it - or why it is considered a classic or a cult favourite or whatever.

Take your review of NEKROMANTIK, for example.
There's a little soul and wit in it, you make clear that gross-out can be something positive and you put the terms "offensive", "silly" and "classy" into a perspective to each other.
Your short comment fits the film and the expectations most curious people might have about it.

Compare it to your SPIDER BABY rant where you sound like an ignorant fool, talking about it being "not unsusual", no "proper film" and having "too much dialogue".
You know... like ABBA being "not unusual", no "proper symphony" and having "too many lyrics" compared to that Beethoven guy.

I won't ask you to broaden your horizon, for that would feel just as condescending and telling people to "AVOID" anything "like the plague".
It's totally okay to enjoy the mainstream and add some Arthouse and Cult stuff to your cinematic diet.

But be aware that "4 Pasolinis" and "7 Lynches" don't make you an arbiter of the universal cinematic experience.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2017, 13:28:35 BST
Last edited by the author on 19 Jun 2017, 13:42:55 BST
M P Crouch says:
...... "an arbiter of the universal cinematic experience" what in Gods name is that !!! Stop writing such pretentious piffle man, I have my faults like anyone else, but verbal diarrhoea isn't one of them. Address your own shortcomings before you start pointing out other people's, if I want a bl**dy sermon I'll go to church thanks. I expected 'Nekromantic' to be gory, offensive, and if possible sickening, and it was, it did everything it said on the can. It's not surprising I can't get what I really want, a real 'Horror' film more often, when there's timid easily offended people who'd rather have 'horror lite' stuff suitable only for twelve year olds. Anyone can listen to rock music, it's facile, try Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schonberg, and Berg, put some effort in, and you won't want pop or popular music anymore. "Broaden your horizon" that's good coming from somebody hiding behind a pseudonym. In your next comment use as few words as possible.
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