Must see horror films?

Discussion in 'Film & TV' started by Boreas, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    So, I saw a seriously crappy-but-fun horror-comedy about killer fish called Piranah 3D (2010) last night. It's a remake of a 1978 film (which I wouldn't mind watching now). This one had lots of ridiculous blood and gore.

    Horror isn't a category of film that I'm too familiar with, but I do enjoy horror and want to watch more. I also recently saw the first Hellraiser (1987) directed by Clive Barker and that was really great. So, I'd like to know which horror films you all really like and which should be on the top of my to-watch list.

    I don't mind body horror and gore, but I definitely have a preference for the psychological aspect with lots of mood and atmosphere. For example, I don't think I can get myself to watch any more of the Saw films. I saw the first one and it was just too much, too disturbing. At the same time, I saw Hostel (2005) and was freaked out by it, but still enjoyed it (not going to be watching the sequels though). But Murder Party (2007), which ended in an orgy of blood, was one hell of a great movie!

    Some favourites include The Exorcist and The Omen (I & II), and pretty much everything John Carpenter has done, no matter how cheesy. I'm all up for cheesy horror and horror-comedy. Also, The Last Exorcism (2010) freaked the heck out of me.

    So, which ones are a must watch?
  2. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    Horror is my go to genre. Me and the Mrs both enjoy cuddling up on the sofa and scaring ourselves senseless! Off the top of my head (there will be lots I can't remember) here's some I've enjoyed:

    Drag me to Hell - a tiny bit cheesy but good fun and good twist.

    Blair Witch Project - seem this a few times .. it's just so spooky! The sequel was crap.

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre - timeless classic. The meathook bit gave me nightmares for years when I was a kid.

    It - One of the first horror films I watched, and I loved it all, except when the clown turns into a spider. That bit was ridiculous.

    Hellraiser and The Exorcist are also favourites, as is The Amytivile Horror.

    I also adore the Paranormal Activity films!
  3. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    I saw The Blair Witch Project when it came out. It was pretty sensational at the time. Texas Chainsaw Massacre I haven't seen and is definitely one I need to watch. Another one I remember liking was Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects (2005). It did glorify psychosis and violence, but the ending was just too epic. I've said before, any scene with "Freebird" playing ends up being epic.
  4. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Oh, as for It...I never finished it, neither the movie (wasn't it a TV movie?) nor the book. I think I must have been about 14 or 15, and it spooked me. I hate clowns.
  5. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    I am always drawn to the films which are 'based on true events'. I enjoyed Amityvile Horror a lot more before I read the back story and basically discovered it was just one massive hoax. On the other hand, when you read about all the weird shit that went on behind the scenes when The Exorcist was made (including several unexplained deaths) the film ends up having that extra creep factor. Paranormal horror ( when done well),is definitely my favourite type of horror film.
  6. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I rather enjoy the psychological fear. Gore for the sake of it tends to tickle me instead.

    Some of the following films I haven’t watched for a very long time, so maybe a second viewing would demote them from horror to tragic-comedy:

    The Omen
    The Exorcist.
    The Changeling
    Rosemary’s Baby.
    The Birds.
    Silent of the Lambs
    The Shinning.

    Season I & II of American Horror Story was pretty good.
  7. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    I also liked seasons 1&2 of American Horror Story, but thought #3 was terrible, and I've not watched any since giving up on that about 4 episodes in. People keep telling me to watch Freak Show, so I may start this after I'm up to date with Walking Dead (halfway through season 6 now!)
  8. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Ooh, The Poltergeist was another that really scared the crap out of me when I was around 10/11. I watched it again during my late teens and loved it. There used to be a tree in front of our house and the branches of it used to reach fairly close to my window. On stormy nights with lightening, I could see the outline of the branches swaying and it always reminded me of that freaking tree in the film.
  9. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I gave it up with Freak Show. Couldn't finish it. For me the best were season 2 and then 1, in that order. After that it went all downhill.
    Enjoy Walking Dead!
  10. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I watched it when I was 11 too. I used to get into my older sister’s bed. I was a bit of a chicken then and still am. I can't watch Alien without a BIG cushion.
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  11. TomTB

    TomTB Administrator Staff Member

    I didn't get around to watching the film club choices last night (sorry!) but I did watch a pretty good horror film. I'd not heard of it before, it's a fairly recent British film called Don't Knock Twice. It's certainly one of the better horror films I've watched of late, it's really spooky at times, it's got a good twist and the special effects are great (sort of in the 'Ring' mould). Definitely recommended late night watching!
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  12. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Well-Known Member

    Before I married a woman with night terrors when she watches scary movies, I was huge into horror movies.

    Sam Raimi's evil dead movies are wonderful. Most people try to call them comedy s or poorly done accidents. My thought is the script is good there is some groundbreaking camerawork despite being done with a cheap camera. Considering the special effects were done with a budget of like $25 they are also great. Just remember this was a bunch of college kids who just did this one day the acting isn't the best.
    He also did drag me to he'll, a bit cheesy, but soo classic. He made a remake of evil dead that was done to be a real horror film with a good budget.

    Clive Barker is good he did several Hell raisers and he wrote the book as well as directing the movie.

    Anything Cronenberg will really get your creep factor going, he is the master of creature design. The fly remake is often what he is known for but it's he's least, of all his works (Bonus points for Naked Lunch, my favorite book done to style on the silver screen, not for everyone)

    I love anything lovecraft, Dagon is the best, reanimator is the most well known, from beyond and beyond the wall of sleep are more psychosis based scifi.

    Did you know there over 200 vampire movies? I have only seen about 100. "Let the right one in" is by far the best, also interview with the vampire, 30 days of night, and Nosferatu, and the 1977 german remake Nosfetatu.

    Cube is underrated.
  13. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Well-Known Member

    Ohh just watched It Follows,
    I loved it, not a great movie, but the fact the director made a horror movie based on STDS. Wow.
  14. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Well-Known Member

    Do mind trips, psychological horrors count as actual horrors?
  15. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    All these titles are new to me, except for both Nosferatu films. I really liked those. I wonder what the Twilight fans would make of Kinski and Schreck glamorous looks...
  16. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Well-Known Member

    All of them! I recommend all of them.
    Ask specific questions I'll give specific answers otherwise I might fill the next few pages with my thoughts on horror movies.

    I'll stick to the vampire movies I mentioned for now.
    Surely you've seen interview with a vampire, it was a big Hollywood movie. A decent movie on Anne rices novel.

    Let the right one in is a Swedish movie about a child vampire and her protector.
    It's scary, brilliant and takes a new look on it. The book I haven't read, but supposedly takes a very different extra creepy tone.

    30 days of night is a comic first based on a true story (the story is a town with a month of night burns down with no survivors to tell why or how) it's a violent vampire movie that explains a new direction in feeding for vampires.

    I wholly recommend all three, they are what all modern vampire movies should strive for.
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  17. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, I have seen Interview with a Vampire. As I have read the book, I found it a bit flat and disappointing.

    Yes, I have also seen this one and really liked it. Thought provoking and very original.I haven’t read the book either. I will look into it.

    This one I haven’t seen. Maybe we can watch it soon @Boreas, @TomTB??

    Any other suggestions for vampire or werewolf movies (scary monsters and not top-models ones please!) would be great.

  18. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Well-Known Member

    For vampire movies I gave the top 5 IMHO, yes interview falls flat but it's still number 5 in my book, passed those you get a lot of action little plot ( like underworld series) or bad acting worse writing (some of the modern dracula movies, or nick cages "Vamp" ) or parodies and or comedy horrors, like Jim Carrey s "once bitten " or "dusk til dawn. ( roman polanski vampire killers is a great parody, I'd say my number 6)

    I tend to hate werewolf movies. They are usually very cheesey, no scary at all.
    For classics check out the wolf man and work from there, teen wolf is a good joke movie. An American werewolf in London is a classic, the remake, an American werewolf in Paris is pretty funny.

    The only one I'd say is remotely scary is "ginger snaps" it's modern deals with a lot if real issues, and is in my opinion the best werewolf movie there is, the sequels okay.
  19. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Well-Known Member

    Edit: because I don't get an edit button, it's "fearless vampire killers" also its in Polish.

    Also I forgot about le vampyr a French silent film from 1930s by Carl Theodore Dreyer (a world class director) it plays out more like a detective horror film, like poes murders at the Rue Morgue, but with vampires. It's a great film I'll make it my 7th greatest. Parts of the film are missing but you may be able to YouTube it.

    With all these various language suggestions I'm giving I will offer two warnings...beware turkish, and Mexican vampire films.

    ( Also try to find the werewolf episode of Mary Shelley's frankenhole, maybe it's on adult swim website.)
  20. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    I have also seen these two. Terrible memory I have! "From Dusk till Dawn" are you referring to the Tatantino's and Clooney's werewolf one? I liked this one, very black humor and tornado type of ending.

    Really enjoyed the wicked sense of humour and the transformation into a wolf was pretty well achieved.
    I have not seen this one, so I have booked marked it.

    You should have the "edit" option next to "delete" and "report" at the bottom of the page. Can you see mine, next to my name and date of the post...?


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