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Just saw "Flatliners" for the very first time, on Blu-ray. Amazing horror film - I'm surprised I had missed it for this long.

The story is about about a group of young medical students who conduct "experiments" on themselves to see if they can "kill" someone & then bring them back to life soon after; very disturbing.

The film is incredible; extremely creepy & atmospheric, especially the dream sequences that each character has when they were "dead" and also the recurring "nightmares" that they all have after coming back to life.

The Chicago-based Autumn/Halloween setting is very appropriate as well, especially the scenes outside the college with the bonfire/people in costumes/etc.

I also like the scenes of the almost-deserted city streets at night; empty diners; gothic sculptures; neon lights; etc. There was a lot of work put into the visual "look" of the film to create a palatable sense of unease/creepiness - and it worked.

Even though the movie was released in 1990 - it definitely has a late '80's vibe re: the synthesizer music, hair-styles, etc. - which makes sense since it was almost certainly filmed in '89.

It stars Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and William Baldwin - all of who were up-and-coming at the time.

I typically don't like JR as an actress (I hated Pretty Woman), but she's great in this.

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Haven't seen this for a long time but remember enjoying it. Saw the trailer for the new one the other day. Such a random film to remake.
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Same here, last seen back in the early 90s. I have the dvd though so i´m gonna refresh my memory one of these days.
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Flatliners is pretty awesome and really in no need of a remake as I can't see them somehow improving on it,very stylish looking movie much like Schumacher's earlier classic The Lost Boys plus St Elmo's Fire which i thought was another really well shot movie by him with a killer soundtrack and a great cast!

I definitely think over the years that Schumacher has done more than enough good in his movie making career to be forgiven for the stinker that was Batman & Robin!


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Saying that the last movie by Joel Schumacher that I actually found to be pretty decent was Blood Creek aka Town Creek from back in 2009 which also had a good cast including Henry Cavill,Dominic Purcell and Michael Fassbender.

Trespass from 2011 which he directed with Nicolas Cage and Nicole was ok if memory serves me right but probably nothing overly amazing and the movie Twelve which he made the year prior I could not get into at all and I thought it pretty much sucked!

https://youtu.be/ad4nh3tOoIQ - Blood Creek aka Town Creek trailer (2009).

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This is a movie I've really liked from the very beginning the first time I saw it not too long after it was released on video. I didn't get a chance to see in theaters (I don't even remember seeing it played in any theaters near me when it came out), but I wished I had. This is one that would have been really cool to see on the big screen.
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