Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by alexpop, Jul 13, 2020.
The Green Inferno springs to mind.
Torture porn, not particularly scary.
The original Halloween, now that's freaking scary. The Exorcist III is another one.
Is it better than the original Exorcist?
It's a very, very different movie. The original is a classic. The theatrical version of III is very good, but if you can locate the director's cut (titled Legion), do so. It's one of my go-to horror/thriller films.
I still say Deliverance and it wasn't technically a horror movie. Growing up in a redneck area, the inbred hillbillies and "squeal like a pig'" " "you have a purty mouth," seemed like it really could happen, no suspension of belief.
I put "III" in the genre of 'super-natural/detective' movie....
Not necessarily 'super-scary' (there IS one 'boo' moment), but the acting, and the unfolding of the 'who-done-it' scenario is quite entertaining.
If you want a good 'triple-feature' of movies like this, try:
After the success of "The Ring", there was surge of Japanese horror that most of us, who find that sort of thing interesting, started investigating.
One director in particular made some truly gruesome stuff.....
Wanna see some REAL scary stuff?...
Try THIS 'triple-feature':
-"Ichi The Killer"!
I thought "When a Stranger Calls" was extremely scary, especially the first 20-30 minutes. Really an excellent film, with some great acting, striking cinematography, and an extremely effective soundtrack.
Some people are put off by the fact that the rest of the film had such a different feel from the beginning, but I found the change in tone compelling. The opening presents the domestic, suburban perspective, threatened and terrified by wild madness. And then it shifts to the mean streets, and a realm where madness and chaos are a way of life. I thought the whole film was great.
I'm speaking, of course, of the original 1979 film. Like every single classic horror film, there was an awful, insipid, pointless remake which should be avoided at all costs.
The Hitcher really freaked me out. And I saw a lot of slasher stuff in my 20's.
Excellent choice, but (to me) more thriller than horror.
How 'bout a 'horror-with-just-a-smidge-of-humor' triple feature:
-"Liar Of The White Worm"
-"Drag Me To Hell"
-"The Cabin In The Woods"
Not a horror movie but one movie that completely freaked me out at the time when I saw it was Contagion. When Covid-19 hit all I could think about was that movie.
Similar to that - the original Black Christmas is really cool - pretty scary - very good to rewatch (has a hill street blues feel to it. ) I think it was the original phone calling from the same house story (released 2 years earlier 1974 - same idea.)
That first 30 min of the original “When a Stranger Calls” was very good. The rest of the movie, not so much.
1978’s “Halloween” gets my vote. I was pretty scared by the original “Nightmare on Elm St” too, but it hasn’t aged nearly as well as “Halloween”.
I'd have to say the original Halloween and The Shining - both scared the crap out of me. I watched both (different weekend nights) at a friends house across town - it was probably 1980 - rode my BMX (FMF or Redline) bike over - his daed had one of those HBO satellite dishes (not many had them) - and I'd have to leave at like 11PM onwards - ride my bike alone home - scary has hell - I remember riding in the middle of the street.
That’s a good triple bill!!!!
Not familiar with the Italian horror genre.
Last Man On Earth!
I like the "Deliverance" call. It was popular enough Walter Hill tried to copy it with "Southern Comfort". Not the same vibe at all, but still not a bad movie.
Ultimately, I say "no movie is scary". In reality, they're just movies. It's not real, so it just kind of takes the starch out of the mood. I suppose a war movie, action movie or whatever could be the same. Suspension of disbelief, I believe it is. I have trouble with that.
Italian - Vincent Price - wonderful film.
Never been scared by a movie? You must be pretty old.
I always feel sorry for a neighbor's kid - he came over to visit our kids (we exposed ours to scary movies) - watched the original Salems Lot - with popcorn - poor kid was pretty scared.
Just checked story by Richard Matheson “ I am legend”.
Yep - love Matheson (Night Stalker) - you are in for a treat if you haven't seen this lovely Black and White - one of my all time favorites. Like the Omega Man - but much better I think - though I love both.
And if Night of the Living Dead isn't freaking scary (hopefully you were young at the time it came out in the 70's) - you folks are dead in side (no pun in 10 did.) I remember the commercials for it on Creature Features (KTVU) - zombie BBQ - freaked me out - could never watch it as a kid.
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