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ItsAMeCasey
05-25-2011, 03:47 PM
Hey guys, I've recently been addicted to horror movies but I can't seem to find one that truly scares me. I think the best horror movie I've seen so far was "Carrie" but I'm craving something better. Any suggestions? Thanks!

salukulady
05-25-2011, 03:53 PM
Blair Witch Project
Paranormal Activities
The Collector
Signs
The Hills Have Eyes

Lexxy
05-25-2011, 03:57 PM
Saw (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
Insidious
The exorcist
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Ju-On
Shutter

Hmm..Not sure if they're horror, but i find them quite scary :)

tainauke
05-25-2011, 10:36 PM
"The Ring" scared me when I saw it

Never watched the "Saw" movies, but heard they were frightening too

I know it is a comedy, but sometimes I find "Idiocracy" to be accurately scary (althoug I insist, it is supposed to be a comedy)

Ukulele JJ
05-26-2011, 09:50 AM
Hmm..Not sure if they're horror, but i find them quite scary :)

Right. "Horror" is not always "scary" and "scary" isn't always "horror".

The Sixth Sense is a case in point. Not a horror movie by most definitions, but it'll sure give you the Hebrew Bee Gees!

JJ

ichadwick
05-31-2011, 04:04 AM
Slasher films aren't horror. They're psychopathic.

Really good, scary film: The Haunting of Hill House, 1963. Also sold under the trimmed-down name, The Haunting (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057129/). Black and white, suspenseful, thoughtful and simply riveting stuff. No blood, no CGI, just good acting and great cinematography. Really effective play of light and shadow. If you've never seen it, then you don't know from true horror films!

ichadwick
05-31-2011, 04:06 AM
...it'll sure give you the Hebrew Bee Gees!
??? I'm not sure if that's supposed to be funny or racist.... Would you also say the Christian Chilly Willies?

JustLovely
06-03-2011, 05:09 AM
You might not find them scary, but a cult favorite of mine is The Evil Dead Trilogy (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness). By the time they get to the last one though I'm pretty sure I just laughed the entire time! :)

Bill Mc
06-03-2011, 05:33 AM
Hellraiser. If Pinhead and his Cenobite buddies don't scare you nothing in the movies will.

Ingrate
06-03-2011, 06:49 AM
Interesting, about "The Haunting of Hill House". That was frightening back when it came out. I watched it again recently, and nothing happens except that bulging door. Much like "Let's Scare Jessica to Death", one must be in the right mood or it just seems silly.

I also vote for "The Ring". Creeped me out so that it bothered me later - still does if I think about it long enough.
The original "Night of the Living Dead" qualifies as excellent horror as well.

Pukulele Pete
06-03-2011, 07:47 AM
If anyone is a fan of the old 1930's " Dracula " , the movie was recently
re relealed with a soundtrack by Philip Glass played by the Kronos Quartet. It is all strings and I thought it was really done well. I'd bet even Bela Lugosi would have approved.

soupking
06-03-2011, 08:36 AM
Sleepaway Camp. I saw it five years ago on cable having no clue what it was. I am still freaked out by it to this very day. Seriously. Haha. It's CRAZY.

darkwater
06-03-2011, 03:58 PM
The Swedish version of "Let the Right one In". The silent vampire film "Nosferatu".

ichadwick
06-05-2011, 02:15 AM
If anyone is a fan of the old 1930's " Dracula "...
I have all the original monster movies from that era - Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman... as well as the sequels made through into the 40s. I can watch them over and over. Even today they look remarkably well done, especially the use of lighting.

Dracula was by far the best and creepiest. Cinematography was superb and atmospheric. The sequels tended to deteriorate into scary ghost and monster films, all of them lacking the classical formality Lugosi crafted into the character in the first. The first captured the book quite well. Stoker's own sequels tended to be more melodramatic and histrionic, as do the movie sequels.

Frankenstein was excellent as a crafted piece, but ventured too far from the book, so it missed the central tragedy of the novel and ended up just about a monster. That was corrected somewhat in the sequel but the attempt to humanize the monster, while entertaining, didn't quite come across. After that, the sequels became monster chase movies.

Wolfman was actually a good drama but is hampered today by the special effects of its time which look corny today. Only the original actually had a good albeit predictable plot; the rest were all monster chases.

The Mummy was really just Frankenstein in Egyptian disguise, although it had an entertaining story line that catered to the then-current craze for Egyptian things post-Carnavon's Tutankahmen's crypt discovery. Sequels were laboriously predictable.

Surprising good remakes have been done - the Branagh Frankenstein, Coppola's Dracula and the recent Wolfman release. An American Werewolf in London was also quite good, and even a bit funny, but the Paris sequel was, like most country music, merely derivative.

None of the Mummy remakes, however, have quite lived up to the original, although they have been more humorous. Bubba-Hotep was actually quite witty. But they lack the brooding sense of menace in Karloff's original.

I love monster films but don't think of them as horror. Some - the Gojira (Godzilla) series run into the pureile and fatuous, at least after the original. Still, they can be fun.

Others like The Creature From the Black Lagoon are merely B-flicks, but equally fun, although most are mere variations on the same theme. A lot have that gluey righteousness about them - human science creates/unleases a monster that would have remained dormant if we didn't open the doors of exploration. Many end with that sort of saccharine statement about there being places science should not go. Morality fables with monsters. Yawn...

Roger Corman combined monsters and horror in a few of his movies - my fav being the Attack of the Giant Crab Monsters. Most aren't very frightening but some have a cachet as good B-flicks. He had some skills as a director of this genre.

King Kong remains one of my favourite films of all time, but the remakes have all been drearily overdone and bloated. It its day, King Kong was a masterpiece of special effects. Peter Jackson took a tightly crafted, action-packed 90-minute plot and stretched it to three hours of repetitive chase scenes and excessive computer animation, adding scenes thew original director cut, making it one of the dullest movies I've ever seen. His casting of Jack Black as the director was such a poor choice it still makes me wince. It belongs in the Wal-Mart 2 for $5 bin.

The remake of Godzilla was fun, and despite the New York setting was in keeping with the spirit of the original. Not as campy, but well-paced and lots of action.

Dracula flicks were made into campy blod-splattered horror in the 50s and 60s with actors like Christopher Lee, and that eventually spawned today's massive - and massively silly - vampire TV shows.

Monster movies can be fun. Today's slasher films with their focus on torture, mutilation, vivisection and so on may delight the sociopaths and psychopaths but not me. Who enjoys watching people being hurt?

ichadwick
06-05-2011, 02:27 AM
Interesting, about "The Haunting of Hill House". That was frightening back when it came out. I watched it again recently, and nothing happens except that bulging door...
Watch it again. It's subtle and understated, using lighting, camera angles and sound to create a mood of suspense, and terror. Many things happen, but they're not brash or exciting. The wallpaper scene, the cold spot, the creaking spiral staircase... all marvellously crafted. Most American movies of this genre take a chainsaw approach to mood and use big, loud and coarse effects. This one uses a scalpel. Deft strokes, small slices, carefully paced scenes, the mood built one small step at a time. It's Hitchcockian in its craftsmanship.

It's crafted without any of the special effects that directors use as crutches today. There are no moments when the actors don't have to act: they can't just run from some green-screen monster or wait to react to the predictable hand-with-knife through the door scene. This is a film that was done with immaculate care. It's not meant to shock but rather to make the audience think about the potential, to question his or her assumptions.

This is like a fine, 40-year-old wine of impeccable vintage, compared to the mass-produced fermented-cardboard Miller lite of most modern horror flicks.

Wesley S
06-09-2011, 02:35 PM
You could always check out some of the original Twilight Zone episodes. In glorious black and white. "The Omen" creeped me out when I saw it. "The Exorcist" too. How about "The Shining" with Jack Nickelson?

pdxuke
06-09-2011, 06:13 PM
The Haunting of Hill House is a masterpiece of the genre.

bmoreuke
06-09-2011, 06:40 PM
I just watched Insidious last night, and it was pretty creepy, and imo, had a pretty interesting story as well, I would recommend it.

NotsoGoodyet
06-09-2011, 07:17 PM
The nightly news on almost any channel scares the crap out of me.

Hippie Dribble
06-11-2011, 01:56 AM
The Shining

ichadwick
06-11-2011, 07:50 AM
The Shining
Yes, good because of Kubrick and his casting. Most movies based on Stephen King stories are dogs, though. Lots of SK stories are themselves pretty shaggy, with a few rare exceptions. The Stand was pretty solid.

King's stories are creepy until they resolve themselves into something visceral, then they're just monster tales. The best parts of the Shining (the book) are in the build up to the winter, when he sets the scene. Once it becomes ghosts, it's predictable. Salem's lot became (yawn) vampries. Giant spiders, creepy clowns... snore.

geetee
06-11-2011, 02:09 PM
Da Best Evah?

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock
Scares me every time.

Not strictly in the horror genre, but a pretty horrific situation to be in, and based on a Stephen King story,
and an excellent movie.
The Shawshank Redemption

cyrilruiz
06-12-2011, 09:49 PM
Watching movie is one of my hobby. My favourite horror movie are:

1) Return Of Mummy.
2) One miss call.
3) Night Of The Living Dead.
4) The Ring.
5) Blair Witch.

JustLovely
06-29-2011, 07:20 AM
The nightly news on almost any channel scares the crap out of me.

No kidding!

ascott
09-20-2011, 06:40 PM
I actually think that the best horror movies are those which do not have freakishly ugly monsters in them but those which play with your mind. I mean, they do not have to scare you by showing monsters or what-should-be ghosts in a flash but those which would make you think what if that happens or is happening to you. That is why I think paranormal activity became a hit.

Trinimon
09-20-2011, 07:06 PM
John Carpenters THE THING gave me nightmares. They're remaking it.
Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" was also pretty scary.

Other good ones for me inc.

The original Friday The 13th
An American Werewolf in London
Alien (the first one)

Lady Sophia
05-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Good Horro Movie:

The exorcist
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Hellraiser

rudechuck
06-01-2012, 10:41 AM
One I really liked but is often overlooked is "Stir of Echoes" with Kevin Bacon. It came out around the same time as "The Sixth Sense." and was also about a little kid who saw dead people.

I also liked "Event Horizon," but reviews were mixed, about a haunted spaceship.

"Dog Soldiers" about a British training mission ambushed by werewolves.

seneystretch
06-02-2012, 11:35 AM
Hey guys, I've recently been addicted to horror movies but I can't seem to find one that truly scares me. I think the best horror movie I've seen so far was "Carrie" but I'm craving something better. Any suggestions? Thanks!

I like movies that mess with your head.

The 1966 John Frankenheimer movies Seconds with Rock Hudson is great. It's about a guy who is considering a do-over on his life. If you're going to watch it don't go to the Wikipedia page, someone who hated it gave away the plot and the twists.

sim4lin
06-02-2012, 07:10 PM
The 1966 John Frankenheimer movies Seconds with Rock Hudson is great.

I heard that when he was on the gurney at the end of the movie, Rock Hudson was having an actual panic attack and no one realized it until the scene was over.

"The Shining" is very good if you're in the right mood and really think about what's going on in the movie.
"Carnival of Souls" is a good vintage horror flick. It's obvious what's going on but it has a good "drive-in" feel.
If you don't mind a little gore, "May" is very good, low budget but creepy.

His Sinfulness
06-02-2012, 07:26 PM
My tastes are a bit odd, but these are my favorites:

Gingersnaps
Dog Soldiers
The Fly (Jeff Goldblum version)
An American Werewolf in London
Alien (one of Ridley Scott's best)
The Hunger (cheesy yet stylish vampires)
Event Horizon

bodhran
06-04-2012, 07:46 AM
Hey guys, I've recently been addicted to horror movies but I can't seem to find one that truly scares me. I think the best horror movie I've seen so far was "Carrie" but I'm craving something better. Any suggestions? Thanks!

How about 'The Sound of Music' - the most horrible film I have ever seen!

mikelz777
06-04-2012, 08:35 AM
I just watched The Woman In Black over the weekend. I'm not usually affected by horror movies but several times during this movie I got genuine chills. The movie as a whole was average to above average but I really have to give it a lot of credit for provoking those involuntary chills. It was creepy.

strummin'&hummin'
09-11-2012, 03:17 PM
I'm a horror movie buff - I love the suspenseful ones though - not really the gory ones.

I watched "Carnival of Souls" for the first time last year and it really just creeped me out. I also think that "The Omen" from 1976 was incredibly creepy - a little more gore than the first one I mentioned.

connor013
09-11-2012, 03:37 PM
Another vote for "Let the right One In" -- the Swedish version, mind you. Subtle and tastefully violent, if that makes sense.

No one's mentioned Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" yet, which is thinnly psychological but also has some make-you-jump moments.

And what about "A Clockwork Orange"?

Can't remember who posted "Evil Dead," but well done. Classic.

Loz
09-11-2012, 04:19 PM
The original Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Alien are all pretty scary in my book. Halloween is my all time favorite though. Regardless, I just heard a strange noise outside that I need to check on - I'll be right back...