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The best horror film?

Posted: Sun, 25th Oct 2009, 1:49pm

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Hello!

I'm having a horror movie marathon soonish, and I wondered which horror films you like best? I prefer psychological horror, but that's me.

Anything goes!
Posted: Sun, 25th Oct 2009, 2:02pm

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Well, I haven't seen many, but I particuarly liked the Mist. It keeps you in suspense, and the ending is absolutely amazing.
Posted: Sun, 25th Oct 2009, 3:17pm

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I still rather like '28 Days Later' - the horror comes from the living, not the dead...cue lots of bleating and whining that 'zombies are slow yah boo', but I don't care, they're not real, they're made up, so who cares if someone makes them up differently? Winnie the Pooh books don't include a gopher, but Disney is allowed to re-imagine them, etc...

'Shaun of the Dead' for light relief but with a zombie theme. If you don't know SOTD, you're *so* missing out.

'Dead Set' can be viewed on 4OD which again is a bit of a twist on zombie movies - the only safe place left is in the Big Brother house. Crappy grading at times, but a fun and tense story. Respect to Jaime Winston, almost certainly 10 kinds of nightmare in real life, but rather cute in this, and certainly acts her role well.

PS - save the $10 you were planning on paying for 'Cirque de Freak Vampire Assistant'.
Posted: Sun, 25th Oct 2009, 7:38pm

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Thanks a lot, keep 'em coming yah smile
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 4:27pm

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For comedy horror, see: Dog Soldiers, Evil Dead 2 and Drag Me To Hell.

For psychological horror, see: The Machinist, The Shining. Or well, pretty much any other film by Stanley Kubrick. I genuinely believe that all of his films are psychological horror films. With the probable exception of early stuff like Spartacus.
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 5:48pm

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My all time favorit is "The Haunting" - from 1963.

Uhh - scary as hell !
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 6:10pm

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I'd go for The Grudge (US).

I've only ever seen the American version, but it s*** me up so bad that I've not dared watch it again. It freaked me out that much.

Second the Machinist or The Shining. Jacob's Ladder is another really good one to add to films of that calibre.
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 8:43pm

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One more vote here for Evil Dead 2 (not 1 or 3 though because those suck); really scary and hilarious at the same time.

Blair Witch Project is also definitely a movie you should see for your moviemaking culture.
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 10:53pm

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I'm also a huge fan of 28 days later. I hate the whole "zombie/infected" debate... I classify it as a zombie movie regardless of what they say! lol. I don't really care for many horror movies, but I found Gore Verbinski's version of "The Ring" to be one of the better horror movies that I've seen. If you're arachnophobic like I am, you might want to watch Arachnophobia... Totally regret seeing that movie as a child cuz it has made me horrified of spiders, but aside from that, it actually is quite a good movie. If you end up watching any of these, let me know what you think.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 8:47pm

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It's gotta be THE THING, the carpenter one, Fooking love that film. Have a soft spot for the original also. I think it's due a sequel, have Mc'ready in some secure prison/lab, incase he's infected, whilst they work on the remains of the THING, and it regenerates and breakes loose, dan dan daaaah!
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 9:05pm

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The Exorcist
One of the all time greatest movies
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 9:31pm

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Seconding Drag Me To Hell. One of my favorite movies this year, and classic Raimi all around. Loved it.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 9:42pm

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Enjoyed Drag me to hell, although the ending was very,VERY!! predictable.

Hows about "killerdozer", now there's a classic, wink
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 10:37pm

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Mike Q wrote:

Enjoyed Drag me to hell, although the ending was very,VERY!! predictable.
Are you kidding? The entire movie was predictable. It was 100% horror movie standards, but executed in the way that only Sam Raimi can. As soon as she grabbed the envelope from the pile of papers on the floor of the car, I thought "It's gotta be the wrong envelope." It's not supposed to be original, it's just supposed to gross you out and make you laugh.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 10:40pm

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Mike Q wrote:

It's gotta be THE THING, the carpenter one, Fooking love that film. Have a soft spot for the original also. I think it's due a sequel, have Mc'ready in some secure prison/lab, incase he's infected, whilst they work on the remains of the THING, and it regenerates and breakes loose, dan dan daaaah!
Love the Carpenter version...no sequel please. thank you.

Also like:
The Shining...need I say more?
The Changeling (1980) George C. Scott
From Beyond (1986) (just for the sheer concept and execution of the thing... with Jeffrey Combs (Re-animator)) Interesting and kind of...fun?
The Blob (1958 version scared me as a kid, but I was enthralled with it...remake in the 80's was pretty decent)
The Exorcist (1973) is still pretty creepy.
American Werewolf in London (1981) Pinnacle of Latex based effects before CGI took over.
Alien (1979) The original is the scariest. The sequel was a great action flick.

I would add to these...
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 10:51pm

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[quote="Aculag"]

Mike Q wrote:

As soon as she grabbed the envelope from the pile of papers on the floor of the car, I thought "It's gotta be the wrong envelope." It's not supposed to be original, it's just supposed to gross you out and make you laugh.
as soon as the medium put the button into the envelope I knew where it was going, hey! I really liked the film, calm down ; )
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 10:56pm

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Great replies, everybody. Thanks a lot smile
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 11:04pm

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Mike Q wrote:

as soon as the medium put the button into the envelope I knew where it was going, hey! I really liked the film, calm down ; )
Oh yeah!? As soon as I saw the opening scene followed by the title "DRAG ME TO HELL" I saw where it was going!
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 11:28pm

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Aculag wrote:

Mike Q wrote:

as soon as the medium put the button into the envelope I knew where it was going, hey! I really liked the film, calm down ; )
Oh yeah!? As soon as I saw the opening scene followed by the title "DRAG ME TO HELL" I saw where it was going!
I knew from the moment I read the synopsis.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 11:31pm

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No Respite Productions wrote:

Aculag wrote:

Mike Q wrote:

as soon as the medium put the button into the envelope I knew where it was going, hey! I really liked the film, calm down ; )
Oh yeah!? As soon as I saw the opening scene followed by the title "DRAG ME TO HELL" I saw where it was going!
I knew from the moment I read the synopsis.
I don't know, though.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 11:39pm

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Sh*t, sorry for the spoilers, then.
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 8:40am

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I'd go for "the thing". Genuinly freaky, awesome make up horror effects and excellent psychological horror.

I also liked "the ring".
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 3:02pm

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Sollthar wrote:

I also liked "the ring".
Provided Sollthar means Hideo Nakata's Japanese film, I agree.
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 3:04pm

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Nope, I mean Verbinskis version. I watched the original Ring and couldn't really get into that much. Then again, I always have that problem with asian movies. Their storytelling is just too strange for me. biggrin
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 4:46pm

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Sollthar wrote:

Nope, I mean Verbinskis version. I watched the original Ring and couldn't really get into that much. Then again, I always have that problem with asian movies. Their storytelling is just too strange for me. biggrin
You're just a racist!

Films also worth checking out : Audition, The Orphanage, Paranormal Activity and as already mentioned - The Blair Witch Project.

-Matt
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 8:56pm

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I like the original "ring" but even in the remake, and the piss take in the scary movie series, when the girl climbs out of the t.v, it still creeps me out.

I've mentioned the thing, why not stay with carpenter, and go for the fog.
On a side note, what has happened to carpenter, ghosts of mars, vampires, is it me, or has he gone a bit arse?

Just noticed Hybrid mentionong audition, the bit with the needles and the piano wire, stun
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 10:02pm

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Audition is scary like Hostel and Saw are scary. That is, not much, unless you're scared of excessive violence. It's a very well made film, but I wouldn't call it a horror film. More of a "hard thriller".

Also, chalk me up as someone who thinks Verbinski's The Ring is better than the original. :shrug:
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 10:13pm

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Aculag wrote:

Also, chalk me up as someone who thinks Verbinski's The Ring is better than the original. :shrug:
I'm for the original as previousley mentioned, the remake just didn't do it for me, creepy-girl from the t.v aside.

Fair point on audition, hostel was okay, hostel 2 was a pile of steaming oink Loved saw, the sequels are just out to shock, and as such have lost the shock value, if that makes sense?
Posted: Thu, 29th Oct 2009, 12:37pm

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Don't get me wrong, I thought the Ring remake was 'okay' - just examining it from an 'if it was the first time I'd seen or heard of it' perspective I feel there's too much build up to Sadako emerging from the TV.

In the original that was really a WHOA! moment whereas in the remake all the water coming out of the tv and the woman rushing to try and save him just made what was going to happen really obvious.

I thought the scary looking dead bodies were much better in the remake, mind.

The remake of the Grudge is a different story, the remake is far superior and was infact done by the same director. Sure, some of the effects are a bit iffy on second viewing but I crapped myself watching this in the cinema.

-Matt
Posted: Thu, 29th Oct 2009, 12:46pm

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American werewolf in london was my ultimate as i happened to be 5 years old when i saw that and it gave me nightmares for years, then arachnaphobia, simply because after i watched it spiders always started appearing in my room and they all looked just like the ones from the film. Recently (last night actually) i watched a film called paranormal activity and that really made you jump. Its a "blair witch" type film but very convincing acting no credits at the end except an "in memory of..." and made to be very real. Its scary because its one of those you dont see it aspect of horror, rather than monsters, demons and people being cut up. Films are more scary when theres something there but you cant see it, yet it directly interacts with the people and objects.
Posted: Thu, 29th Oct 2009, 2:56pm

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I got to 2nd "The Audition" - I found it to be absolutely brilliant. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original Tobe Hooper one). This is probably one of my all time favourites; and contrary to what many people seem to think, it's not gory at all. A lot of the so-called gore is implied rather than explicitly shown. The deranged family, grandpa with the hammer! Classic!
Posted: Thu, 29th Oct 2009, 6:10pm

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I would go with The Shining, The Blair Witch Project, Evil Dead 2/all the evil dead films, also Scream, Halloween (original), A Nightmare On Elm Street, An American Werewolf In London, The Silence of The Lambs (not really a horror film I suppose), and I would second The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Too many to choose from.
Posted: Sat, 31st Oct 2009, 4:59pm

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El Orfanato really is a spectacular film. So much more than a horror flick!
Posted: Sat, 31st Oct 2009, 7:11pm

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I loved "Drag Me To Hell". Hated the "Ring". Boom.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Nov 2009, 8:48am

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OK, here's another one to add to the list: Let The Right One In.

Swedish (I think) vampire film, absolutely stunning. Very unusual, not particularly outright scary, but lingers in your mind for days afterwards with all of its implications and possibilities.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Nov 2009, 9:32am

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The Thing, The Shinning, The Mist and Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror are just a few of my favourites.

Would Jaws also be acceptable? As a six year old I remember being pretty freaked out after watching it.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Nov 2009, 9:36am

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Tarn wrote:

OK, here's another one to add to the list: Let The Right One In.

Swedish (I think)
Yup, it's Swedish. I really want to see that film. Haven't seen any DVDs of it in the stores yet.
Posted: Mon, 2nd Nov 2009, 10:44am

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Agreed with Let The Right One In, forgot to put it on my list. Good job Tarn.