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What's "Horror?" Some faves

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#1    DeWitz

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:59 PM

As we creep into October, Halloween hauntings will crawl onto our film, TV, laptop, phone and other platform screens. As I get older it gets harder to be truly engaged in, much less frightened by, the horror film. I end up going back, again and again, to some of the "oldies but goodies" (as you will see from my choices below). No volume of blood nor gore can compete, in my view, with the chilling ambiance of a scary story well-filmed.

Please share your favorite "horror/terror/ghost/supernatural films in this thread. Lead me down some paths of unrighteous dread, for the sake of shaking up the Halloween season once again. Both my categories and choices are subjective, meant as conversation starters only. . .

A: True, all around horror, shocks and chills: 1) The Exorcist (uncut version), 1973                                                                      
                                                                       2) Night of the Living Dead, 1968
                                                                       3) The Thing, 1982        

B: Classics (here for the atmosphere):           1) Frankenstein, 1931
                                                                       2) Dracula, 1931
                                                                       3) Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1955

C: Cheap thrills                                              1) The Brain That Wouldn't Die, 1960
                                                                      2) Friday the 13th, 1980
                                                                      3) Mr. Sardonicus, 1961

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!                                                                      

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:21 PM

Good stories with weirdness, unexpectency and some jumps
Dagon, 2001
The Descent, 2005
The Skeleton Key, 2005

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:43 PM

View PostMikko-kun, on 02 October 2013 - 06:21 PM, said:

Good stories with weirdness, unexpectency and some jumps
Dagon, 2001
The Descent, 2005
The Skeleton Key, 2005

Thanks! Is "Dagon" derived from the H.P. Lovecraft mythos?

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:00 PM

Oh yes, it's a pretty good one, one of the best lovecraft movies I seen.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:45 AM

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The Thing (1982)
The Evil Dead (1980)
The Lost Boys (1987)

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:46 AM

There are a number of films derived from Lovecraft's Mythos;
  • Re-Animator (1985), starring Jeffrey Combs
  • From Beyond (1986), starring Jeffrey Combs
  • Cthulhu (2007), based more on The Shadow Over Innsmouth, as was the previously mentioned Dagon
  • The Dunwich Horror (1970)
  • In the Mouth of Madness (1995), starring Sam Neil
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has done adaptations of two stories; The Call of Cthulhu (2005) which was a in the style of a silent black and white film, and The Whisperer in Darkness (2011).

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 04:42 AM

My husband and I are horror geeks, so we have compiled a list of our favorite horror movies to watch, one every night, starting Oct.1st each year, to kickoff the Halloween season. Here it is:

31 Nights of Horror

1. Cemetery Man
2. Fright Night (1985)
3. Creepshow
4. Tourist Trap (1979)
5. Hellraiser
6. Rosemary's Baby
7. The Shining
8. Friday the 13th
9. Suspiria (1977)
10. The Church
11. Evil Dead (1981)
12. Amityville Horror (1979)
13. The Howling
14. Night of the Living Dead
15. Fall of the House of Usher (1960)
16. Legacy of Blood
17. Poltergeist
18. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
19. The Legend of Hell House
20. The Haunting (1963)
21. Thirteen Ghosts (1960)
22. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
23. Sleepy Hollow
24. Hell Night
25. Night of the Demons
26. Dark Night of the Scarecrow
27. Halloween (1978)
28. House of 1000 Corpses
29. Trick or Treat (2007)
30. The Beyond
31. The Exorcist

***My personal favorites are highlighted***

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 09:55 AM

I'm a sucker for Hammer Horror - especially if it's  Chris Lee\Peter Cushing affair.

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I will permit it to pass over me and to move through me. And when it is gone I will turn the inner eye to see it's path.
When the fear is gone, there will be nothing.
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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:29 AM

View PostSir Wearer of Hats, on 06 October 2013 - 09:55 AM, said:

I'm a sucker for Hammer Horror - especially if it's  Chris Lee\Peter Cushing affair.

And Kate Bush's song celebrating the same. . .

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:12 PM

The Descent


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:38 AM

View PostWilliam75, on 20 February 2014 - 03:12 PM, said:

The Descent

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:46 PM

try The Wrong Turn series, pretty horrific, and The Hills Have Eyes.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:52 PM

I personally would prefer movies with good monster women.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:51 PM

View PostSucksquach, on 30 July 2014 - 09:52 PM, said:

I personally would prefer movies with good monster women.

Yeah! -- But you forgot Sally Incisor with the vagina dentata (see the film "Teeth").

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 05:30 AM

Real 'horror' depends on the viewer, beit moths, snakes, spiders, birds, bats, sharks, etc. That's just the real critters.

The paranormal is a real fixation for other afficienados, for some it's about serial killings or cannibalism. It's all about 'what turns your crank' or, 'gets your freak on'...

What's horror to one is sometimes mundane to another.

Edited by Likely Guy, 31 July 2014 - 05:32 AM.





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