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 colt8301
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I just recently rewatched The Stepford Wives. Great movie.


One of my newer Halloween horror viewing traditions is the excellent anthology Trick r Treat...I think it captures the Halloween spirit(even more so than Carpenter's Halloween)



you my man, have committed blasphemy, and we have similar taste. Normally I like to include Halloween, Halloween 2, Halloween 3, Night of the Demons Creep show 1 and 2, Fright Night films, Scream 1 and 2 in my Halloween day viewing sessions, Trick r Treat is okay but I can't watch that over and over like the other ones.
 torgo70
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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:13:06 AM
No, blasphemy would be if I said Zombie's version of Halloween was better than Carpenter's. haha Don't get me wrong, I love Carpenter's film, also love parts 2, 3, and 4.

Night Of The Demons is great, the remake is horrendous. Night Of The Demons 2 was decent, haven't seen the 3rd.

Love Creepshow 1 and 2...part 3 on the other hand? Wow, that was bad.
 40sayers
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Posted: 10/6/2012 2:50:58 PM
Enjoyed the first Nightmare on Elm Street. Thought it was quite original.

The following ones, I thought, were a little schlocky.
 colt8301
Joined: 10/25/2006
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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:33:58 AM

No, blasphemy would be if I said Zombie's version of Halloween was better than Carpenter's. haha Don't get me wrong, I love Carpenter's film, also love parts 2, 3, and 4. Believe it or not I have had arguments where people claimed Zombies was better. Zombie basically turned Mike into Jason.

Night Of The Demons is great, the remake is horrendous. Night Of The Demons 2 was decent, haven't seen the 3rd.

Love Creepshow 1 and 2...part 3 on the other hand? Wow, that was bad.



5 and 6(I know everyone hates this one) I kinda like it Mike was pissed in that one. Night of the demons 2 is okay and the third was bad(not even so bad it good bad, but sucks bad)

I don't count Creepshow 3, because none of the people involved with the other had anything to do with it, I think some dudes just made some kid of student film and attached the name Creepshow to it. the production value sucked.
 colt8301
Joined: 10/25/2006
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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:39:32 AM

Enjoyed the first Nightmare on Elm Street. Thought it was quite original.

The following ones, I thought, were a little schlocky.


You should listen to the commentaries on those. It's pretty cool and creepy how Wes Craven got the idea's for the film. Actually one of my old professors worked as a associate producer on that film, she said no one that Depp would be a star they thought the other guy would be.


I like all of them they all belong in the universe even the cheesy ones and tv. show.
 torgo70
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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:47:53 AM

5 and 6(I know everyone hates this one) I kinda like it Mike was pissed in that one. Night of the demons 2 is okay and the third was bad(not even so bad it good bad, but sucks bad)

I don't count Creepshow 3, because none of the people involved with the other had anything to do with it, I think some dudes just made some kid of student film and attached the name Creepshow to it. the production value sucked.


I do like parts 5 and 6(Producer's Cut)

I should have known better on Creepshow III, afterall it's from the same people that made Day Of The Dead 2: Contagium
 torgo70
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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:49:25 AM

You should listen to the commentaries on those. It's pretty cool and creepy how Wes Craven got the idea's for the film. Actually one of my old professors worked as a associate producer on that film, she said no one that Depp would be a star they thought the other guy would be.


I like all of them they all belong in the universe even the cheesy ones and tv. show.


I especially like New Nightmare, I enjoy it as much as the original.
 colt8301
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Posted: 10/8/2012 7:18:55 AM


I especially like New Nightmare, I enjoy it as much as the original.

I actually like this one as well, but I watch it as a separate entity than the other films. Kind of like Halloween 3, I watch it as a stand alone. It's so odd and different.
 J_bird61
Joined: 10/22/2011
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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:56:10 PM
I personally feel the best is The Exorcist.
If you were alive when that film came out, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
And to me, when a new horror film comes out and it's different and horrible all by itself, and all the rest are built on/off it?
Night of the Living Dead - say no more.
 amohsin8
Joined: 9/6/2012
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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:46:32 PM
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Shining
Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2
Halloween and Halloween 2
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
The Omen
Demons
Night of the Demons
Salem's Lot
Rosemary's Baby
Phantasm
The Wicker Man
Don't Look Now
 _gjetost
Joined: 8/23/2012
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Posted: 10/11/2012 1:29:13 AM
The really bad ones. One's so campy and low budget that instead of being horror films, they are actually funny.

Film's like Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space come to mind.
 torgo70
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Posted: 10/11/2012 6:21:07 AM

The really bad ones. One's so campy and low budget that instead of being horror films, they are actually funny.

Film's like Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space come to mind.


Now you're talking my language. Of course there are those horror films that are just bad, bad bad, no entertainment value: Night Of Horror, The Brainsucker, Boogeyman II '83, Backwoods '01, Freeway Maniac, I Spit On Your Grave 2 aka Savage Vengeance(so bad Camille Keaton who was also the star of the original refuses to talk about this sequel at conventions).

Some of my favorite, so bad they're good and or cheesy horror flicks:

Manos The Hands Of Fate
Invasion Of The Blood Farmers
Redneck Zombies
The Video Dead
Don't Go In The Woods
Drive-In Massacre
Slithis
I Eat Your Skin
The Undertaker And His Pals
Microwave Massacre
Sledgehammer
Things '89
The Killer Shrews (Return of the Killer Shrews in production now)
Troll 2
The Howling III
Monster Dog
Blood Hook
Blades
Pieces
Horror House On Highway 5
Attack Of The Beast Creatures
The films of Herschel Gordon Lewis (especially Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, and The Wizard Of Gore)
The Dead Next Door
Long Island Cannibal Massacre
Criminally Insane (remake in production)
Burial Ground
Hell Of The Living Dead
The Chooper aka Blood Shack
Basket Case
Frankenhooker
Brain Damage
I Was A Teenage Zombie
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (beware the horrendous sequel Sorority Babes in the Dance-A-Thon of Death )
The Corpse Grinders
Night Of The Demon '80 (Bigfoot goes on gory rampage)
The Children '80 (aka The Children Of Ravensback)
Luther The Geek
Beware! Children At Play
Slugs
Splatter University
Rabid Grannies
Flesh Eating Mothers
Killing Spree
The Last Slumber Party
They Don't Cut The Grass Anymore
Satan's Cheerleaders
Cheerleader Camp
Without Warning '80
The Nostril Picker
Shreck '90 (no, not the movie with the talking donkey)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
 40sayers
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Posted: 10/13/2012 10:07:47 PM
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

Scared the bejeesus out of me when I was a kid.
 m_perk74
Joined: 10/7/2012
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Posted: 10/14/2012 5:57:40 PM
Sci/fi horror, OH YAH! Although the first poltergeist still scares me. The first Exorcist, STILL cannot watch even though I'v got all of the exorcist franchise on dvd.......

Has anyone seen Prometheus?
 40sayers
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Posted: 10/14/2012 9:26:57 PM
Really enjoyed Prometheus.

Felt it was underrated. Thought it would have done a lot better in the theaters.
 torgo70
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Posted: 10/16/2012 6:34:58 AM
Some of the B&W classics I love:

Dead Of Night '45
The Uninvited '44
The Body Snatcher
Cat People
I Walked With A Zombie
Isle Of The Dead
Frankenstein
Bride Of Frankenstein
Vampyr
Nosferatu (and the remake from the 70's with Klaus Kinski is excellent)
The Old Dark House


Hammer Horror which I remember their films always airing on Saturday afternoons after all of the cartoons:

Curse Of Frankenstein(and the sequels)
Horror Of Dracula(and the sequels)
The Curse Of The Werewolf
Night Creatures
Nightmare
The Nanny (Underrated Bette Davis performance)
Five Million Years To Earth
Die! Die! My Darling
The Devil Rides Out
The Vampire Lovers
Twins Of Evil
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter

And when Hammer Studios meets Shaw Bros Martial Arts:

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires


We never had a local horror host , though we did have a car dealership owner who would introduce movies on weekday afternoons, they aired quite a few horror films like The Shuttered Rooms (with Oliver Reed and Carol Lynley)
I did watch Elvira back in the 80's, and does anyone remember Commander USA's Groovie Movies? It aired on USA Network, yes there was a time when USA actually aired non-Steven Seagal movies. It aired on weekends, and they showed a lot of lesser known horror flicks like The Children '80, Devil Times Five, and Blood Song with Frankie Avalon.
 Mrhorror
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Posted: 11/3/2012 6:25:52 PM
I enjoy all the 30's and 70's Monster, and horror movies myself
 bamagrl68
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Posted: 11/3/2012 11:24:29 PM
JoeG2007- Great thread :)
I've been a scary movie fan a long time.
As many as I've seen, none have topped one of the first I saw-The Shining.
The exorcist is also very good.
I really like surprise endings-Did you see The Sixth Sense and Orphan?
The original Halloween is one I could watch over and over, the first four Friday the 13th's are also good.
I'm not sure if they are considered sci/fi or horror, but Alien and Aliens both were awesome.
I haven't seen any scary movies recently that didn't rely on jump scares.
I would love to see someone do the slow build horror of the 80's and 90's without redoing (and messing up) classics.
 Sciencetreker
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Posted: 11/4/2012 10:50:25 AM

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
Scared the bejeesus out of me when I was a kid.


Same here. The song still fills me with the creeps.

Besides the above

The Wickerman (original British version)
Rosemary's Baby
Children of the Damned
The Audition (Korean)
The Changeling
Christopher Lee/ Peter Cushing vampire, gothic movies from the 60's

Not too much into teen/ slasher movies. They can be fun ' for the momnet but nothing stands out other than perhaps 'Candyman', or 'House on Haunted Hill'. ..'Children of the Corn'.
 AlieaKova
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Posted: 11/4/2012 4:42:17 PM
Recently watched House of the Devil during Halloween week and enjoyed it. I've had my fill of the gore fests so something that felt creepy was nice for a change.
 SSC-SAF
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Posted: 11/4/2012 7:54:34 PM
The scariest thing I ever saw wasn't a movie - it was The X-Files "Home" episode. It gave me nightmares for weeks, which no horror movie has ever done.
 usernonymous
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Posted: 11/5/2012 6:47:27 PM
When I was a kid, it was about T&A and the ability to gross me out. Nowadays, movies like Hostel and ones that are even worse (Torture Porn or Sexploitation films) make me sick (not physically), even though I still watch them.

I love a horror movie that can create a fascinating, atmospheric, eco-system (an example is Evil Dead or Silent Hill) or has a good story with engaging characters, even if the story is outrageous. However, it needs to be well-crafted movie. Directors like John Carpenter is a master of isolation (The Fog, the Thing), has presented us with some intriguing characters (anything with Kurt Russell) and his movies are so very well made and atmospheric (I even love Prince of Darkness, which tried to create an alternate mythos of Satan, wrapped in Science).

One example is a vampire movie I LOVE, it is called Stakeland. IT is a low budget vampire apolcalypse movie that has good character development and it is tragic as many of the characters you love, don't make it through the end of the movie. The Walking Dead is a series where I love many of the characters.

Some movies are achieve both and is just very well crafted. The Exorcist is one of them. The mythos around the devil and Linda Blair's innocent Regan is an example of evil personified makes it one of my most favorite movies.

Another is the directing of Dario Argento movies, especially from the mid 1970's to early 1980's. Deep Red is one of my favorite movies of all time, as is Suspiria.

Other movies I thought were very well made were:

- The Decent: A claustophobic, nail-biting, depressing movie that has a nice twist at the end.
- The Mist: The best Stephen King movie (even better than the Stand IMHO) where Frank Darabont creates a world where a supermarket maybe the last refuge on Earth.
- The Keep: A flawed movie but the idea of a castle holding a demon let loose by unsuspecting Nazi soldier was an idea that was worked for me (it was a crazy idea, but a GOOD crazy idea).
- Shock Waves: The movie isn't that great, or gory. But the directing is something else. I never thought I would be interested in a horror zombie nazi movie (starring sexy Brooke Adams is a plus) that takes place in the bright sunshine of a carribean island.
- [Rec] 1 and 2: The first one of this Spanish duology was made into Quarantine, which is not as good. This movie terrified me, which a horror movie should do.
- The Abandoned: Directed by notorious director Nacho Cerda, this movie I found to be fascinating about a brother and sister who go to Russia, which they inherited. Unfortunately, the house is haunted...but ghosts that look just like them.
- Brotherhood of the Wolf : A conspiracy film around the Catholic Church. IT is a well directed movie with a interesting premise, even though a martial arts Native American running around mideval France was a little much (Especially that he is also the host of Iron Chef America).
 AlieaKova
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Posted: 11/5/2012 7:57:32 PM
i came across stakeland on TV not too long ago and really liked it.

It seems to me that Argento's time has passed. His recent movies have been very weak in my opinion.


Rec 1 and 2 are really good. I hated quarantine.

I liked Cabin in the Woods recently. Twisting the horror genre is always good.
 usernonymous
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Posted: 11/6/2012 5:10:10 AM
The other thing about The Mist is the controversial ending as well. Some really liked it, because it comes out of the blue, while others thought it was unnecessary.

The outstanding character in this movie is Marcia Gay Harden's bible thumping Mrs. Carmody, whom I hated (in a good way). Of course, two Walking Dead players (JEffrey DeMunn and Laurie Holden) are also in the movie, which gets a kudos for me. Not surprising, since Director Darabont created that show as well.
 usernonymous
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Posted: 11/6/2012 5:16:08 AM
"It seems to me that Argento's time has passed. His recent movies have been very weak in my opinion. "

I agree, I recently saw Mother of Tears, which was the third in the Mother's trilogy (Suspiria and Inferno begin the other two). It was so generic and flatly directed, I wondered the same thing.

Other directors I liked in the past, such as John Carpenter also lost their way.

Another movie I should recommend is Guillermo Del Toro's Devil's Backbone. Something must be in the water source there, they are creating some wonderful movies.

And while I am not sure it is a horror movie is the movie Old Boy from Korea. It is a tremendously well written, even epic, thriller.
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