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PostSubject: The Best in Horror   Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:46 pm

In light of the dearly just departed Halloween, which horror films impressed you the most, either because they were terrifying, suspenseful, entertaining, or beautifully made? I'll weigh in directly, but don't wait for me.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:14 am

VAMPYR - Carl Theoder Dreyer

THE SHINING - Stanley Kubrick

ALIEN - Ridley Scott

SHIVERS - David Cronenberg

ERASERHEAD - David Lynch

IN A GLASS CAGE - Agustí Villaronga

LADY IN A CAGE - Walter Grauman

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - George A. Romero

MAN BITES DOG - Rémy Belvaux and André Bonze

THE HAUNTING - Robert Wise

DELIVERANCE - John Boorman

THE EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC - John Boorman (I realize I'm very very very alone on this)

THE THING - John Carpenter

HALLOWEEN - John Carpenter
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:42 am

I'll limit myself to ten:

ALIEN
DEAD RINGERS
DON'T LOOK NOW
ERASERHEAD
FRANKENSTEIN
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
REPULSION
THE SHINING
VAMPYR
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:52 am

My own top ten favourite horror films:

DEAD OF NIGHT (1945)
DON'T LOOK NOW
THE EXORCIST
HALLOWEEN (1978)
KWAIDAN
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
SUSPIRIA
THE TENANT
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)
THE WICKER MAN (1973)
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:06 am

I confess that although I love horror films, very few actually horrify - sudden shocks aside the real sense of dread is fairly rare but here are a few that regaulalrly creep me out - in a good way.

Don't Look Now (1973)
Event Horizon (1997) (I will probably get ribbed for this but the first half is effective imo)
Freaks (1932)
The Haunting (1963)
The Innocents (1961) (head and shoulder the creepiest film I have seen, even gets me on repeat viewing)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
The Shining (1980)
Vampyr (1932)

As to Impressive and/or out and out entertaining

The Bride of Frankenstein (1934)
Dead of Night (1945)
Halloween (1978)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Night of the Demon (1956)
The Omen (1976)
Poltergiest (1982)
The Thing (1982) & (1951)
The Wicker Man (1973)
Most Hammer films 1956-1968 but in particular, Dracula (1958), Kiss of the Vampire (1962), Brides of Dracula (1962), Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966), Quatermass and the Pit (1968), The Devil Rides Out (1968).
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:11 am

Angel Heart
Poltergeist
Christine
The Thing
Alien
War of the Worlds (Spielberg)
5 Million Years to Earth
Open Water
Exorcist III

PS--Deliverance is one of my favorite films in any genre, but is it really a horror film?

PPS--Omen scared me so badly as an 11 year-old that I have not watched it since.

PPPS--Have not been able to make myself watch The Exorcist. Have seen perhaps the first third.

PPPPS--Could A Clockwork Orange be considered a horror film?
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:17 am

Perilagu Khan wrote:
PPPPS--Could A Clockwork Orange be considered a horror film?
It's more of a comedy than anything else.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:47 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:15 am

A lot of great horror films mentioned here.

I'll add:

EYES WITHOUT A FACE - Georges Franju

HOUSE OF USHER - Roger Corman

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - Wes Craven

HELLRAISER - Clive Barker


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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:23 am

I need to watch more horror. How is it I´ve never managed to see DON¨T LOOK NOW? I´m so uneducated.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:55 am

Harmsway wrote:
Perilagu Khan wrote:
PPPPS--Could A Clockwork Orange be considered a horror film?
It's more of a comedy than anything else.

Not for McDowell it wasn't.


Fanny and Alexander also is a quite horrible vision from a certain point of view.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:58 am

ALIEN (1979) - Scott
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) - Landis
PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006) - del Toro
THE WICKER MAN (1973) - Hardy
THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF (1970) - Dearden
ERASERHEAD (1977) - Lynch
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) - Romero
EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960) - Franju
THE THING (1982) - Carpenter
THE FOG (1980) - Carpenter
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:12 am

Perilagu Khan wrote:
PS--Deliverance is one of my favorite films in any genre, but is it really a horror film? ...


PPPPS--Could A Clockwork Orange be considered a horror film?

I almost added THE DARK KNIGHT and Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 to my list of favourite horror films.

Most people, I imagine, wouldn't categorise PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK as a horror film (or at least it probably wouldn't be in the horror section of most video rental stores), yet Harms and I have both cited it here. Indeed, I recall that Stephen King mentions it as one of the notable horror flicks in his wonderful study of the horror genre, DANSE MACABRE (in which I believe he also notes MAD MAX as a terrific horror movie - oh, and DELIVERANCE too, if memory serves).
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:32 am

The Mothman Prophecies is a fine chiller.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:55 am

No ranking:


ROSEMARY'S BABY

CARRIE

PSYCHO

PROFONDO ROSSO

LES YEUX SANS VISAGE

HALLOWEEN

NOSFERATU - PHANTOM DER NACHT

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED

THE WICKER MAN

ALIEN

CHRISTINE

REPULSION


I'll have to see many more, but of those I've seen, these are the most striking.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:28 am

I'm eagerly awaiting The Woman in Black.

I don't like horror films particularly. Well, I don't like the gore ones. Hallowe'en and Freddie never appealed. I couldn't stand Chainsaw Massacre. Chucky was boring.

House 2 is hysterical, though. Honourable mention there.

But I do love the make-up and special effects. And the shark fighting zombie scene in Zombie Flesh Eaters is still brilliant.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:36 pm

One of my favourites that I forgot to mention is Bernard Rose's CANDYMAN. Terrific score by Philip Glass.

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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:11 am

One of the unnerving films I've ever seen is David Cronenberg's SCANNERS. High recommended, along with most of Cronenberg's pre-NAKED LUNCH output.

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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:45 am

Cronenberg, Verhoeven, and Hooper have created some pretty chilling images in their careers.

Do all of you consider PSYCHO to be a horror film, or something else?
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:08 am

for me, the ones that I remember (and all bear rewatching) include:

The Legend of Hell House
The Exorcist
Exorcist III (minority opinion o' the day)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
The Wicker Man
Prince of Darkness (yeah, really)
Carpenter's The Thing
Rosemary's Baby
Don't Look Now
Session 9 (can't believe it took me this long to remember to list it)
The Birds
Village of the Damned (mostly SF, but I get a serious creepy vibe throughout, plus the great Sanders wall around mind thing is just all that & more)

The Rapture (if killing your own kid for God isn't horror, what the hell is?)


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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:42 am

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PostSubject: s   Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:46 am

Control wrote:
Cronenberg, Verhoeven, and Hooper have created some pretty chilling images in their careers.

Do all of you consider PSYCHO to be a horror film, or something else?

Psycho's very much a horror flick, IMO. One of the seminal works in the genre.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:57 am

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On paper, I might think it was possible, based on when they were trying to get Christopher Walken as a much younger lead, and before Lee J Cobb keeled.

But in execution .. well Fraker did some interestingly stylish photography.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:01 am

The Exorcist, The Blair Witch Project, Alien, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the little-seen (I believe it is, anyway) My Little Eye all stick in the mind as ones that have scared the bejesus out of me. Think I've come to appreciate an uneasy, unsettling atmosphere over splatter (although that CAN be entertaining) down the years.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best in Horror   Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:06 am

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT is pure digital hackery. No real craft or technique, just amateurism posing as 'avant garde.' Never found it scary in the slightest, just funny.
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