Just in time for Halloween! Here are my Top 5 flicks, which I will watch on the day of Halloween ... I know, I need a life!
1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre - This has become staple viewing for our Halloween movie fest. This movie scared the bejesus out of me the first time, and continues to mess with my mind on each viewing since.
2. Cujo - Good God! Not a "halloween" movie really, but it freaks me out regardless. My Girlfriend, Brianna, Hates this movie. Stems from the fact that her parents have a dog of the same pedigree.
3. Carnival of Souls - Those who have seen it, will tell you that the "Sixth Sense" pretty much ripped the story off from CoS. Pretty freaky movie.
4. Halloween - Just a great movie IMHO. What can be said about this flick that hasnt' been said. My almost brother in-law (who is a douche bag, but that's besides the point) mentions that this movie started a whole new era in horror movies. Could someone explain that to me, or is he just being a douche again?
5. Showgirls - Ugh. From scene one till the credits rolled, this movie force us to keep the sheets over our heads, only peaking out for the sweet tastes of oxygen ... Wait, in hindsight, that's not a bad thing. It's a GOOD thing!
Awww come on man! What about the swimming pool scene in SHOWGIRLS!!?! The movie is a total throwaway except for that barely legal "porn" they dished out there. Of course I always figured any actor from Saved By The Bell would have gone DIRECTLY into porn.
Originally posted by IamYOURamericanIDOL4. Halloween - Just a great movie IMHO. What can be said about this flick that hasnt' been said. My almost brother in-law (who is a douche bag, but that's besides the point) mentions that this movie started a whole new era in horror movies. Could someone explain that to me, or is he just being a douche again?
Well, from my extreme knowledge steming from one film class in college here is the info. Halloween was considered drastically different because you're watching the movie from the killers point of view. A lot of the scenes have no dialoge and the camera is just following Michael Myere's around like he's the main charecter. Cool stuff.
Speaking of that film class...it kind of spooked me out. THose guys got into movies like we get into wrestling. I found that breaking my favorite movies down and dissecting them really sucked all the enjoyment out of it for me :)
If I watch movies on Halloween night, this is what they will be:
Halloween: I've ever actually watched this, but I want to and I own it. Having seen Halloween 2 (which is in the category of Sequels that don't suck), I want to watch the first.
Halloween 2: Picks up like 5 or 10 minutes after the end of the first one, and has all the same people playing the characters they played in the first. I thought it was really cool.
Halloween 3: It has nothing to do with the rest of the Halloween series, except for an advertisement for Halloween in it. But, it has sentimental creepy value to it, saw it when I was like 7, and damn near shit myself. And the song is kind of scary.
Black Christmas: I found this movie scary. Not just because it's canadian (and hell, that's usually enough to scare anyone away from a movie), but because it's legitly creepy, to me.
When I was doing my top five, Dawn of the Dead was discussed. It's a pretty freaky flick. I've never seen Night of the Living Dead though. Maybe I'll pick that up as well.
I'm sure I can get a copy of it at Family Video in the 2 for $1.00 selections, right?
I've also never seen any of the Halloweens (with the exception of H20) ... My Brother In-Law mentioned to me that in Part four? I think that they totally forgot about the Mike Myers character, is that true?
Hard to beat Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Carnival of Souls, and Night of the Living Dead. Halloween would be nothing without its music, and that was a direct rip-off of Deep Red, a far superior movie to begin with. On the subject of Argento, I'd add Suspiria to the three above. As for a fifth...my brain's dead. Psycho and Rosemary's Baby are certainly excellent movies, but not particularly scary ones (to me, at least). As Frank Miller said, the Maltese Falcon is existentially terrifying, but that doesn't seem to be appropriate for this discussion. I haven't seen Bowling For Columbine yet, but Roger & Me was very scary in some ways. Hell, let's say the Wizard of Gore, with a slight nod to They Came From Within (though I usually don't like Croenberg) until I think of something better.
Originally posted by JaguarI laughed all the way through Suspiria. But then again, I usually laugh my way through most horror movies. God I love 'em.
I don't mean to divert the topic but I've seen Suspiria twice (along with "Deep Red") and I have to say I seem to spend a lot of time trying to figure out just what the HELL I just saw. Argento has a great sense of style and colour but I can't follow the plots of his movies with a hunting dog and Ouija board.
And how the hell did I miss "Bad Taste" and "Dead Alive?" Those and "Evild Dead 2" work great for a night of light comedy with explosive gore.
Not only is The Exorcist the scariest movie ever made it is also one of the best made movies of all time.
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Originally posted by EnderI think that Requiem for a Dream is the scariest movie ever. Next in line is Schindler's List. ... I generally don't like movies that 'try' to be scary, so... ... yeah, I'm lame.
I think those two movies were far more depressing than scary, and yes your're lame :D
Part of the joy of Argento's movies are the fever dream-like nature of them. If you're not into that, then they probably aren't going to be your cup of tea. But I know of few other directors who create such an eerie ambiance. It's like the review I read of The Ring (still haven't seen it) in the Onion: horror movies are generally pretty stupid out of the context of the atmosphere they create. There's nothing particularly scary about Texas Chainsaw Massacre if you were to read the screenplay (I'd assume), but the sheer terror and hopelessness that Tobe Hooper evokes makes it incredibly scary. Personally, I feel the same about Suspiria, but if you're a plot fan (and there's nothing wrong with that), you'll be frustrated. Or to put it another way (and this comes from the documentary "An Eye For Horror," which I believe played on IFC earlier tonight): Argento is often called the Italian Hitchock, but that's inaccurate. In a Hitchock film, you always feel like Hitchcock is in control and a rational person. With an Argento film, there's always a much greater sense of unpredictability, as though he'll gladly sacrifice rational plot development to enhance the effect of the movie on the viewer. (see Tenebrae, which also played on IFC tonight. What a great channel.)
And to get back to topic: when I posed this question to my brother, he suggested a movie by another Italian horror director, Luciano Fulci's The Beyond. What I've seen seemed awfully boring, but (a) I wasn't really paying attention, and (b) he swears by it. As for the Raimi stuff, it's not scary. I love it, but never for a moment was I scared by it. At least the Evil Dead stuff--the first one's pretty dumb, actually, and totally skip-able. I've only seen it once, and it was five years ago, but I wasn't even remotely scared by the Exorcist. Someone told me that being Catholic helps, though.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer The Haunting (1960) Alien Changeling HellRaiser Zombie Nightmare on Elm St. The Hills Have Eyes Last House on the Left Freaks The Hitcher 'M' Mad Love Phantasm The Shining Wicker Man Re-Animator The Thing Tell Me Something
These are all ones that either frightened, or at least amused me and haven't been mentioned yet. I think Henry is the scariest movie I've ever seen. If you want to watch a TERRIBLE horror movie that will make you laugh out loud, get Sleepaway Camp.
(edit) Add Stir of Echoes to that list, but read the book first. Richard Matheson rocks hard. Read "I Am Legend" too, it's far and away the best vampire book not written by Bram Stoker.
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My two scariest movies were Poltergeist and Fridy the 13th part 2. Ghost stories can scare the crap out of me and I saw both of these back when I was in 6th grade. I saw them on two separate occasions and couldn't sleep for 2 nights both times. Jason Vorhees with that burlap sack over his head just seems so much scarier than the hockey mask, at least to me it does.
Friday the 13th 2 scarred me for life. I grew up in the woods with my parents house way back from the road and in lots of trees. For a couple months I couldn't walk into the bathroom without checking behind the shower curtain or looking in the bathroom closet. It's been nearly 20 years since then and I still hate being outside my parents house at night.
Last summer my AC broke in my apartment so I decided to spend the weekend at my parents house. They were away for the weekend at that time. So I go down there and my sister, who lives in the same area, said "lets go see the Others". So after we saw that movie I went back to my parents house and packed my bag and drove back to my hot apartment. Not only is it creepy being alone in a house in the woods, but in the past a family member had died in our house and there was no way I was spending the night there after that movie gave me all kinds of bad ideas.
It's not so much the movies that give me the creeps, but the things my extremely over active imagination comes up with after I see those creepy movies.
As for Halloween, that's gotta be one of the best movie theme songs ever.
Event Horizon was FREAKING CRAZY SCARY. There were a few scenes in the new House on Haunted Hill that scared me. (that weird creature that rushed up on the first girl to die, plus Geoffry Rush's time in that thinktank thing) On a whole though, it was pretty bad and cheesy.
If you want a quality cheesy funny scary movie, see the first House movie. I still laugh whenever I watch it.
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When I saw Event Horizon the first time it scared the crap out of me. Several years later I watched it again with my girlfriend. This time I wasn't scared so much by the movie, as I was by my over-caffinated girlfriend who laughed her way through the whole thing. Nothing quite as scary as seeing the woman you love cackling at people getting killed in disturbing ways.
As for other horror movies that scared me, I think just about all of them did when I was young. I watched the Night of the Living dead (color remake) at my grandparents house when nobody was home. I had to wander around the house to make sure there were no zombies in it. When we moved to the woods of North Carolina, I just made up my mind, "If Jason, or whatever is coming out of the woods to kill me... not much I can do about it." I've since gotten over my problems with horror movies, and enjoy them mostly for camp value now.
Of course, lately, whenever I think of Signs (which I enjoyed greatly.. played out like an old Sci-Fi novel) the thought of the damn Aliens creeps me the hell out.
I can't wait to see the Ring.
With poison running through your veins, and death marching solemnly towards you, heroic acts become more of a necessity as you see your time dwindling.
Vanquishing your enemies, making amends to those you have wronged, and leaving words of love and kindness for those around you become second nature as your own mortality looms
However, true strength lies not in these last desperate acts, but in the actions of one who has to get out of bed the next day and face the consequences of doing that which you believe is right.
Ivan Dixon and Robert Clary are still alive and working as far as I know. Dixon directs and Clary was doing soaps awhile ago, but I haven't seen him lately. Kenneth Washington (who replaced Dixon in the violent, shot on film final 1970 season)