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  1. A friend and I are going to be in New Orleans for 5 nights at the end of next month. We'll be staying in the French Quarter (don't know much about it, he booked the room). Any suggestions for craft beer, vegan food, general sight seeing / tourist stuff and record stores would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    Black Metal Discussion Thread

    I'll send you a PM in a few
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    The official Horror fan topic

    Also, watched The Endless last night and was not disappointed. Wouldn't say it's quite operating on as high of level as Primer, but it did remind me of Primer quite a bit. Resolution isn't a must see beforehand, it does add to the movie a little though.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    You're pretty spot on with that assessment. I liked the original quite a bit, although I think I'm in the minority on that. Not the best home invasion movie, but it's fun. Definitely different from what the sequels became.
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    New Orleans suggestions?

    Ah yeah, I'm familiar with them! I'll make sure to add it to my list. I usually like these too. They're definitely on the silly end, but I always find them fun and worth my time.
  6. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of Sumerian in general. I don't know if I'd mind it so much if II stood on it's own better too. To me, it sounds like the back half of an album and not a piece of work that can be enjoyed by itself. Part I sounded more complete.
  7. Although I'm enjoying both of these, the consumer side of me feels like I just got duped into paying $40+ for what should've just been a single 2xLP release. The fact that II's sides are labeled C/D doesn't help assuage those thoughts.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    Here's my watching for the week so far The First Purge : This was real dumb. I thought the first three were definitely stupid, but they were fun and ridiculous. This one fell flat in so many ways. The social / economic stuff is worse than usual (and part of that plot line just disappears). Feel like this franchise is delivering some real diminishing returns at this point. One of the more enjoyable things is that it does go full action movie for a bit. Another Wolfcop : I don't remember if I liked the first one or not. I definitely didn't like this one. Lace Crater : Kind of a mumblecore light body horror movie. I enjoyed it, but I also like stuff that's pretty mumbly and might be a tad biased toward it. The Fog : Another Carpenter movie that I hadn't seen. I can't say it's anyone near the top 5, but it was worth watching. Ravenous : For the most part, this was a slower and fairly generic zombie movie. There's about 15 minutes where it dives into arthouse territory and was pretty interesting. Not really sure what to make of it as a whole. I also finished my run on Tales from the Crypt. Was watching an episode or two before bed every night and it was kind of a blast going through this. The percentage of actual good episodes is pretty low, but so many of them are real fun and cheesy.
  9. If I remember right, you can specify that it use your card (or maybe linked bank account) all the time. I've got mine using my credit card unless I specify otherwise, but I know I had to set it up.
  10. Yeah, I was thinking that as I hit purchase. I'm glad I don't order from Relapse much these days, they've gotten real damn expensive apparently.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    A Quiet Place - I was too busy to catch this in the theater unfortunately. Overall I liked it, except for a complaint that I'll put in spoilers. Very clever idea that seems like it appeals to horror nerds, but is also broad enough that my folks would probably like it too.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    The Domestics - This was a real fun one. The Mad Max comparison is pretty obvious, but there's definitely some The Warriors and Fallout in there too. Minutes to Midnight - Oof was this terrible. It might be a bit more entertaining with a group of people if you need something dumb to make fun of, otherwise it should be avoided.
  13. I'm looking to replace my 15+ year old mediocre Pioneer receiver with something better, but I'm kind of lost on where to start since I haven't paid any attention to this stuff in about that long of a time. My current setup is an Ortofon Blue 2MM on a Planar 3 with a Pro-Ject Tube Box DS2 as my pre-amp. The speakers'll be replaced at some point, so they're a bit irrelevant right now. I'm looking to spend about $1000, but could be convinced to spend more if there's a big bump for my money. I'm only planning on using this for music, so I don't really need 7.1 or anything, but I don't think I can avoid that if I go the receiver route. Anyone have suggestions on what I should be looking for? If I go the amp route, I'd need something with an additional input for my tape deck (or possibly a switch type device). Anyway, if anyone can point me in a good direction, I'd really appreciate it. Even just brands to look for or if there's a strong argument for spending $1000 on a stereo amplifier vs. a 7.1 receiver, I'd be interested in that. Thanks!
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    The official Horror fan topic

    I enjoyed it if I remember right.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    Had a real good time at the Cineapocalypse screenings I went to. Would love to make it an annual trip, but I'll have to figure that out next year. Await Further Instructions - This was all around great, I suggest keeping an eye out for it. Can't go into it too much without spoilers though. The Cop Baby - Not horror. Very strange Russian film about a cop who body swaps with a baby. Much funnier than I was expecting. Great midnight film. Demon Knight - Hadn't seen this since it came out and it's still pretty rad. Don't know if I'd have went to it normally, but I've been slowly watching Tales from The Crypt and it seemed appropriate. Summer of '84 - This was real well done. I liked Await more, but this was a close second.
  16. She played a few new songs when I saw here last month and they were quite good, looking forward to this!
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    The official Horror fan topic

    I haven't yet. They'd be nice cappers to finishing up each franchise though, I'll look in them!
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    The official Horror fan topic

    Nightmare on Elm Street - Wes Craven's New Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason - A friend of mine and I went to a screening of Nightmare a few months ago, kind of what kicked off my slasher run. Thought I hadn't seen some of these, but watching them made me realize I had. Nightmare - This is a full on great movie and holds up super well. It was also cool to see it in a theater. Nightmare 2 : Freddy's Revenge - This one is so goofy. It's got such a strange teen movie vibe to it. I really liked it. Nightmare 3 : Dream Warriors - Probably my favorite, so much good stuff in this one. 4 -6 are all kind of bad. The super cartoony Freddy is kind of fun I guess, but it's so much not what I want from the character. New Nightmare - I love when meta stuff works well and this hits perfectly. Such a clever idea too. Only complaint I have is I don't like the Freddy make up . Freddy vs. Jason - I remember seeing this on opening night and being disappointed. I enjoyed it a bit more tonight, but it's still not a good entry to either franchise. Something tells me if this would've been made in the late 80s, it would've been a much better movie. Has too much polish or something.
  19. As discussed, changed this to a Nadja / Baker catch all thread. Feel free to post anything related to Nadja, his solo project or anything else he may be involved in. I know that this is a vinyl specific thread, but I don't think that any of us would be upset if CD/Digital news is shared either.
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    The Beer Thread

    Anyone recommend some breweries in Chicago? Off Color, Revolution and Forbidden Root are the ones I'm for sure hitting. But other suggestions would be appreciated. Also, anything good that gets distributed there that I should look for (I'm on the west coast)
  21. Got an email from Earache regarding a few Skinny Puppy reissues. Hopefully they keep working their way through the catalog. Hard to find any of them for a good price and in decent shape it seems. http://uswebstore.earache.com/skinny-puppy
  22. Nice! I dig the artwork on that too. $25 shipped to the US isn't terrible either.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    I usually go on a weeknight 2-3 weeks after something comes out, does the same thing. Hereditary was a little too must see for me to wait. I had a similar experience were people were making those noises, super annoying.
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    The official Horror fan topic

    I plan on working my way through the parts of Craven's filmography that I either haven't seen or haven't seen in a long time. Unfortunately, that means Scream 3 is on my watch list too. I don't think I've watched any of the Scream movies more than once and it was all when they came out (except for maybe 4, not sure if I ever saw that one).
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    The official Horror fan topic

    I'm definitely planning to now. I saw Martyrs right around when it came out and his name kind of slipped of my radar for whatever reason. Kind of relieved that he doesn't have too deep of a filmography, much easier for me to digest 2 films.