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Offline XxDark AngelxXTopic starter

Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« on: February 28, 2014, 03:38:20 PM »
Of course most horror movies these days aren't really scary but most ave a good story line to them. Has anyone seen any good horror movies they recommend? I watched The Haunting in Connecticut 2 recently and it was great. A touching movie but not too touchy. It was just right.

Offline Caeli

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 04:21:57 PM »
The Conjuring (2013).

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Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

I hate horror movies. Hate them.  I get scared by movies that aren't even supposed to be scary, but usually I just get grossed out, especially if they're unnecessarily gory or bloody.

The Conjuring, I feel is a genuinely good horror movie.  Well-filmed, great acting, and I could definitely feel my heart in my throat for a lot of the scenes, wondering if the family would get out alive / unscathed.  The scaring wasn't done with gimmicks, but worked up to it by building and thickening the plot and the context of the story.  I really enjoyed the entire film (despite being super scared) and would definitely recommend it if you like horror movies.

Offline XxDark AngelxXTopic starter

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 04:59:04 PM »
I actually watched that movie. I loved it. It was great. Not really scary but I have to admit there was a part that made me jump (and I don't scare easy). I absolutely love scary movies lol

Offline RedPhoenix

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 05:25:15 PM »
I love horror movies, I love being scared. I suspend disbelief so fast haha.

The Ring is one of my favorite horror movies. Naomi Watts is fantastic, and the story behind the supernatural force is genuinely terrifying...as is the supernatural menace itself. I definitely very much recommend it. The sequel is something to be avoided.


Offline XxDark AngelxXTopic starter

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 06:33:29 PM »
I watched The Ring and i completely agree, the movie was fantastic. I haven't seen it again in a while though..

Offline Mathim

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014, 12:40:43 PM »
Anyone see The Midnight Meat Train? Pretty crazy, stars Bradley Cooper in his early career. One of my favorite Japanese directors was actually behind the helm of this one, and he directed a Japanese Zombie/Yakuza/Samurai mixture called Versus that's more action-y than scary but still worth a look. Another one of his I saw recently, No One Lives, was pretty freaky too.

Anything based on H.P. Lovecraft is usually really good. Dagon and other Stuart Gordon flicks are where it's at.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014, 01:20:01 PM »
I love horror movies, I love being scared. I suspend disbelief so fast haha.

The Ring is one of my favorite horror movies. Naomi Watts is fantastic, and the story behind the supernatural force is genuinely terrifying...as is the supernatural menace itself. I definitely very much recommend it. The sequel is something to be avoided.

I remember around the time that The Ring was in the theaters, the book hit the shelves.  There was a sequel to that, too, called 'Spiral' (not to be confused with Junji Ito's Usumaki - although Ito is good if you like 'body horror', weird/disturbing transformations, etc.).  I rather suspect that 'The Ring 2' was not based on the literary sequel, and I'd be interested to hear if anyone has read/has opinions on the 'original' sequel.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2014, 01:34:29 PM by Oniya »

Offline RedPhoenix

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014, 01:26:31 PM »
I know Usumaki wasn't a movie but it is one of the most scary comic books I've ever read, and I typically hate anime.  It's very on the disturbing side of scary though, so be prepared anyone who goes to read it now. :)

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2014, 01:30:12 PM »
I know Usumaki wasn't a movie but it is one of the most scary comic books I've ever read, and I typically hate anime.  It's very on the disturbing side of scary though, so be prepared anyone who goes to read it now. :)

I beg to differ.  It was released as a film in 2000.  (I discovered this while reading some of Ito's other works.)

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2014, 01:31:51 PM »
I beg to differ.  It was released as a film in 2000.  (I discovered this while reading some of Ito's other works.)

Oh man, if they actually capture the imagery I'm not sure I could sit through that without running out of the room screaming.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2014, 01:37:34 PM »
IMDB classes it as a 'comedy/horror'.  I'm not sure what to make of that.  I think there may be some cultural disconnect involved.  I'll admit that the premise sounds funny on paper (to me as a Westerner), but when you sit down and actually think about it...  Erk.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2014, 04:21:03 PM »
I'll just make a list:
30 Days of Night
28 Days Later
The Thing (1982 version)
The Omen (the original)
The Woman In Black
Creepshow
Necromentia
Evil Dead 2
Drag Me to Hell
The Ring
The Unborn
Nosferatu
Let The Right One In
Silence of The Lambs
Hellraiser
The Haunting
Wake Wood

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2014, 05:35:03 PM »
The Thing (1982 version)
The Omen (the original)
Nosferatu

Excellent movies.  Max Schreck is the perfect antidote to the 'glam' vampires that followed him.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2014, 05:47:04 PM »
I didn't really care for most of the movies Lux12 listed. I couldn't really get into many of them as horror films, and while Evil Dead 2 is an awesome movie I consider it more of a comedy. 

However, The Thing is a wonderful movie. Terrific. The paranoia and survival elements are so incredibly well done. Silence of the Lambs is one of the best movies ever made, not just horror movies mind you, one of the best movies period. I think maybe that's why it didn't leap to my mind because its so good it almost transcends the genre. Hellraiser is one of my all time guilty pleasure films. An interdimensional S&M toy? Oh man I could fanfiction that for days...

Oh and I haven't seen Drag me to Hell...I meant to but never did. Gotta put it back on the list.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2014, 05:53:42 PM »
Evil Dead = horror movie.
Evil Dead 2 = tried to be horror movie, ended up funny.
Army of Darkness (aka Evil Dead 3) = forget horror, let's go for funny.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2014, 06:47:40 PM »
Hellraiser is one of my all time guilty pleasure films. An interdimensional S&M toy? Oh man I could fanfiction that for days...

Oh and I haven't seen Drag me to Hell...I meant to but never did. Gotta put it back on the list.
Tell me about it. Hellraiser is one of the only films to handle gore and the interplay of sex and violence in a way that was artful and not totally tasteless. Clive Barker who wrote The Hellbound Heart on which the film is based on tends to be really good at that.

As for Drag Me to Hell, it takes an archetypal horror plot that has become the butt of many jokes and some how makes it entertaining. Whether it actually scares you or not, it's at least fun to watch.

Offline XxDark AngelxXTopic starter

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2014, 08:14:08 PM »
Anyone see The Midnight Meat Train? Pretty crazy, stars Bradley Cooper in his early career. One of my favorite Japanese directors was actually behind the helm of this one, and he directed a Japanese Zombie/Yakuza/Samurai mixture called Versus that's more action-y than scary but still worth a look. Another one of his I saw recently, No One Lives, was pretty freaky too.

Anything based on H.P. Lovecraft is usually really good. Dagon and other Stuart Gordon flicks are where it's at.

I actually haven't heard of any of those XD

Offline XxDark AngelxXTopic starter

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2014, 08:15:06 PM »
I know Usumaki wasn't a movie but it is one of the most scary comic books I've ever read, and I typically hate anime.  It's very on the disturbing side of scary though, so be prepared anyone who goes to read it now. :)

That's interesting. I haven't heard of it but ill ask around and see if I could get a copy of it.

Offline XxDark AngelxXTopic starter

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2014, 08:17:47 PM »
I'll just make a list:
30 Days of Night
28 Days Later
The Thing (1982 version)
The Omen (the original)
The Woman In Black
Creepshow
Necromentia
Evil Dead 2
Drag Me to Hell
The Ring
The Unborn
Nosferatu
Let The Right One In
Silence of The Lambs
Hellraiser
The Haunting
Wake Wood

The only one Ive seen from that list is The Ring. I've heard of a few but never watched them. I suppose I'll watch some...which ones do y'all believe are the best, well, recommend the most.

Offline SinXAzgard21

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2014, 01:02:26 AM »
Evil Dead = horror movie.
Evil Dead 2 = tried to be horror movie, ended up funny.
Army of Darkness (aka Evil Dead 3) = forget horror, let's go for funny.

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Offline Dotley

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2014, 09:40:05 AM »
Because I haven't seen it suggested yet: Jacob's Ladder. A great psychological horror movie with some very disturbing moments. There's just this lingering heaviness throughout the entire movie that really ate at me while I watched it. It's one of my favorite movies in general. Even if you haven't seen it you've probably seen/played/listened to something influenced by it (Silent Hill, American Horror Story, the Sixth Sense, etc and numerous songs have samples from it).

As for a more semi-modern suggestion: Session 9. Also going to support the previous suggestion of Let the Right One In.

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« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2014, 09:43:21 AM »
For horror junkies not completely a horror but a love letter to the genre I say Cabin in the Woods.

That is all.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2014, 09:43:34 AM »
I love horror movies. I recently watched a documentary about the history of horror movies. About their evolution from black/white to color, from slashers to giant animals to human monsters (psychopaths) to ultra gory...it was very interesting. I'll have to look it up again.

Recently, the hubby and I watched The ABCs of Death. It was made in 2012. It contains 26 short death/horror stories. 26 directors were assigned a letter of the alphabet and told to create a short story of death involving it. Some of them are very silly, some are very culturally based, some are very gory, some are very emotional (the letter M really got to me), and some are just strange. There is supposed to be a sequel being made this year.

It was so interesting to see the various ideas, styles, and stories that these people come up with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ABCs_of_Death

Highly recommend it.

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Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2014, 09:45:57 AM »
I love horror movies. I recently watched a documentary about the history of horror movies. About their evolution from black/white to color, from slashers to giant animals to human monsters (psychopaths) to ultra gory...it was very interesting. I'll have to look it up again.

Recently, the hubby and I watched The ABCs of Death. It was made in 2012. It contains 26 short death/horror stories. 26 directors were assigned a letter of the alphabet and told to create a short story of death involving it. Some of them are very silly, some are very culturally based, some are very gory, some are very emotional (the letter M really got to me), and some are just strange. There is supposed to be a sequel being made this year.

It was so interesting to see the various ideas, styles, and stories that these people come up with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ABCs_of_Death

Is it similar in vein to the Master of Horrors boxsets which I argue still contains one of the best John Carpenter stories - Cigarette Burns.

Highly recommend it.

Offline Mnemaxa

Re: Has anybody watched any good horror movies?
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2014, 12:49:51 PM »
Here are some must sees.

Alien. The original one.
The Apocalypse Trilogy by Carpenter: The Thing, 1982 version (don't you dare watch the new version); Prince of Darkness, 1987; and In the Mouth of Madness, 1994.
Let the Right One In (NOT THE AMERICAN VERSION, FOR HADES SAKE!)
The Ring (This is a rare case of an American remake being good.)
No One Lives (One of the only slasher movies I enjoyed, and the only one I recommend.)
Ju-on - The Grudge, subtitled, and only the Japanese version.  While the American remake was good due to using the same director and actress for Sadako, there are nuances in the original are missed.
Infection (Japanese, Subtitled).  You will never go to a Japanese hospital again.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.  Tooth Faeries.  Yeah. 
An American Werewolf in London.  Don't bother with the sequel.
Slither, for humor with your horror.
Evil Dead 2 (Note the number! It's important!), for horror with your humor.
Evil Dead, 2013  Yikes.  Just yikes.

Once you've seen these, you'll have a good grasp of the genre.  Go forth, be scared.