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Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004, 02:24 pm
Good horror movies

Or hell, even bad ones that are enjoyable.

Any suggestions?

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC)
jasonlblair

The remake of Thirteen Ghosts is quite good. I'm one of the people who enjoyed Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows so I give that up as well.


Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, I liked 13 Ghosts myself, though I think it had more to do with Matthew Illiard than the movie itself, I always enjoy his performances. Blair Witch 2 was alright, it's an easy movie to pick on and it doesn't make a great first impression (particularly if the person you're watching the movie with is being drunk and yelling at the TV) but I definitely think it improves with subsequent viewings.

A bit like that "Urban Gothic" thing as it happens, but only for about half the episodes because it's only on a second or third viewing that the thing makes sense and becomes reasonably clever.

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
eng_monkey: Horror Movies that I found most enjoyable

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'?
'Evil Dead' (Number two is enjoyable, if a bit of a piss take of Number 1)
'Dawn of the Dead' (although I haven't seen the remake)
(The original) 'Night of the Living Dead' (late 50's early 60's)

For 80's style: 'Waxworks'(bad but still good) , and the rather poo sequel 'Lost in Time' (actually don't get this its shite no two ways about it - although there is the Bruce Cambell scene...)
Any 80's Zombie flick!!!
Event Horizon (I still will not watch this movie by myself - yes I am a Big Girls Blouse...)
'John Carpenter's: The Thing'
Could you call 'Pitch Black' a horror movie?

'The Shadow Builder' possibly called the Shadow Master - its based on a short story by Bram Stoker

If I think of any more I'll let you know.

Wait there is, 'Faust' (a movie made famous for its gurning!)

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: Horror Movies that I found most enjoyable

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'?

Original or remake? Not that I've seen either, I only ever managed to find Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, the one with Denis Hopper cast as a sherrif on the trail of the people who killed his nephew (guess who did it!). The whole movie is a bit unsettling, so many moments start out funny enough, almost like it's parodying itself but they go on a shade too long until what SHOULD have been a quick, clean death for the victim becomes a protracted terrifying torture and you start feeling guilty for giggling in the first place.

'Evil Dead' (Number two is enjoyable, if a bit of a piss take of Number 1)

Seen all three multiple times. It's hard to believe (or maybe not) that the first was a serious attempt at a horror movie.

'Dawn of the Dead' (although I haven't seen the remake)
(The original) 'Night of the Living Dead' (late 50's early 60's)


I keep getting all of those mixed up so I can never keep track of which parts of which series I've seen. I'm pretty certain that I saw a "remastered" version of NotLD recently where the producers saw fit to insert several entirely new scenes and sequences involving a bald priest who looked like he should have been camping it up as satan.

For 80's style: 'Waxworks'(bad but still good) , and the rather poo sequel 'Lost in Time' (actually don't get this its shite no two ways about it -

Never seen either of those.

although there is the Bruce Cambell scene...)

Sold!

Any 80's Zombie flick!!!


Event Horizon (I still will not watch this movie by myself - yes I am a Big Girls Blouse...)

Funny thing, after watching that movie in the cinema myself and a friend headed back to my place where he was crashing for the night. The weather was absolutely dire, lightning, thunder and driving rain. When we got back to the house we dried off and he took off his socks, which were soaked. Still a little jittery from the movie we sat back to watch the entire two part episode of Sand Kings from the outer limits. Just as one guy was being stabbed to death by hundreds of little spider things a huge spider ran over my friend's bare feet.
He screamed, I screamed, we beat it to death with a double video set of Bottom.

'John Carpenter's: The Thing'

Played the game but never seen the movie (and therefore missed the point of any of the easter eggs or references to the film itself)

Could you call 'Pitch Black' a horror movie?

Yeah, with a hint of (psychological) thriller thrown in. The sequel, Chronicles of Riddick, is supposed to be excellent by all accounts.

'The Shadow Builder' possibly called the Shadow Master - its based on a short story by Bram Stoker

Never heard of that one and I've watched almost everything in the local Chartbusters and Lazer. I'm hoping my six month hiatus from renting anything will mean there's some new stock in there.

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
eng_monkey: Re: Horror Movies that I found most enjoyable

Original or remake?
Original...most definately. I haven't seen the remake, but I have been assured that it is dire, well in comparison.
I think the TCM has the best introduction of a badguy. The first scene with LeatherFace is ...well I can't explain it.

Seen all three multiple times. It's hard to believe (or maybe not) that the first was a serious attempt at a horror movie.

I was twelve when I saw the first one...it scared the bejaysus outta me.

Any 80's Zombie flick!!!

'Dawn of the Dead' = People holed up in a Shopping Mall
'Day of the Dead' = Civi's and Military in an underground military installation

There is also Freaky Friday, the Jason movies, Nightmare on Elm Street Movies and Halloween movies.
Jason X (Jason camps it up as a cyborg in a space station, should have won 'Best Improvised Weapon' award at movie award shows for using a valley girl in a sleeping bag)
Jason Vs. Freddy (Can't comment, but I have been told it is a bit of a larf)
Hellraiser (all except the last one set in space)
The Goolies - Excellent 80's horror (Hurrah for puppets - again barring the last one set in space)
Manic Cop (Cop is burned alive, dies, comes back a bit of a psycho)
IT (I will NEVER watch that one again!)

Funny thing, after watching that movie [Event Horizon]in the cinema myself and a friend headed back to my place where he was crashing for the night. ... huge spider ran over my friend's bare feet.
He screamed, I screamed, we beat it to death with a double video set of Bottom.


Oooh, I remember that. It was the pilot and the best one, it went down hill after that.

'John Carpenter's: The Thing'
Played the game but never seen the movie (and therefore missed the point of any of the easter eggs or references to the film itself)


Game = Shite
Movie = Coolness
There is also John Carpenter's: Vampires! although less of a horror flick, it stars (one of the many) Baldwins, and a Deadly James Woods as a modern day Paladin working for the Vatican. But he is cool as he swears, carouses, and goes boozing after every vampire hunt! Much fun to be had with this one.

'The Shadow Builder'
Never heard of that one and I've watched almost everything in the local Chartbusters and Lazer. I'm hoping my six month hiatus from renting anything will mean there's some new stock in there.


Try and find it, it is odd, so very odd. But alot of fun.
And if you can find it:
Actione Mutante (it is an Italian film, but it is feckin deadly!) [if you haven't guessed it translates as Mutant Action!]

More will come, as I try to remember my teenage summer weekednds wasted infront on the TV!

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
awakedreamer

Hmmm...Let me think it for a sec... I'd say that the movies that have scared me most in the latest years have been:

"The Mothman Prophecies", vaguely based on a series of weird events that happened in a small town in the US during the 90s.

"Darkness" a spanish film even though it was filmed in english. It's pretty creepy and has a good cthulhu scenario overall feeling.

"Los Sin Nombre" the first film of Jaume Balaguero, the director of "Darkness". Based on a Ramsey Campbell story. Good stuff.

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)
bardiphouka

The Haunting (the original...NOT the remake).
The Others
The Forsaken..which is sort of an interesting take on vampires and vampire hunting.
The Fog...an noble (albeit flawed) attemtp to minimise special effects.
Rose Red..not really scary per se..but fun

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
mytholder

The Ring.
Dog Soldiers.

Tue, Jun. 8th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
jasmine_koran: One of my favorite subjects...

George Romero's Living Dead trilogy
"Night of the Living Dead" remake (Tom Savini)
"Dawn of the Dead" remake
"Dead Alive" (Also called "Brain Dead", I think, one of those rare, successful blends of horror and comedy. Directed by Peter Jackson!)
"Return of the Living Dead"
"The Ring" (American or Japanese version; both good)
"Carrie"
"Pet Sematary"
"Poltergeist"
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (original or remake; both good)
"An American Werewolf in London" (IN LONDON! Not "in Paris".)
"The Blob" (80s remake. Not great, but very gory, and had the guts to graphically kill a kid)
"Rabid" (David Cronenberg; it's French Canadian, so you might have trouble finding it)
"Resident Evil"
"City of the Living Dead"
"Cabin Fever"
"Perfect Blue" (anime)
"The Hills have Eyes" (early Wes Craven; not for everyone, but I found it genuinely shocking)
"The Others" (a bit slow and no gore, but rewarding)
"The Fly" (remake with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, directed by Cronenberg. Sci-fi, but with very heavy horror elements. Try the sequel too, if you like it; it's not as deep or as good, but it has its moments)
That's all I can think of right now :).