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What spooky movies are you watching leading up to Halloween?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by ScaramangaFran, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. Unknown Delight

    Unknown Delight Alan Myers Jazz Heads Unite!

    Films I've enjoyed for years and watch annually during the Halloween season -

    Fright Night - ( 1985 original )
    The Howling - ( 1980 original )
    Clive Barker's Nightbreed ( 1990 theatrical cut...still need to see Clive's cut )
    The Dark Cyrstal ( 1982 original )
    Bram Stoker's Dracula ( Coppola version...2001 was it? )
    Disney's The Black Cauldron ( animated, 1985 )
    John Carpenter's The Thing ( 1982 )
    The Lost Boys ( 1986 )
    Aliens ( 1986 )

    Also really dig the 'Salem's Lot' tv film from the 1970s.
    Still spooks!

  2. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    I watched The Blob for the first time since the 1970s a few nights ago.
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  3. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    I watched The Legend of Hell House (my favorite haunted house movie) with my daughter this week, and I split it into two evenings because she was so freaked out by the first 30 minutes. BIG mistake. When we started it again tonight, the tension had worn off and the rest of the movie wasn't nearly as fun! :laugh: So I learned something about horror movies - interrupting them just lets all the air out of it.
  4. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

    Watched The Old Dark House tonight

    Have a potato
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  5. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Rob Zombie-Halloween ...
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  6. kinkling

    kinkling Forum Resident

    The Lady In White
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  7. Boomy

    Boomy Forum Resident

    I didn't even know this was released. Wow! It's $130 on Amazon...
  8. Houseplants

    Houseplants Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Here’s a good list of 70s horror I plan to check out. I believe it’s this months criterion picks. Which should I watch first? Not a horror guy. I’ve only seen the bolder selections.

    Trog, Freddie Francis, 1970
    The Vampire Lovers, Roy Ward Baker, 1970
    Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kümel, 1971
    Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, John D. Hancock, 1971
    The Nightcomers, Michael Winner, 1971
    Dracula A.D. 1972, Alan Gibson, 1972
    Images, Robert Altman, 1972
    Death Line, Gary Sherman, 1972
    Season of the Witch, George A. Romero, 1972
    The Crazies, George A. Romero, 1973
    Don’t Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, 1973
    Ganja & Hess, Bill Gunn, 1973
    Sisters, Brian De Palma, 1973
    Theater of Blood, Douglas Hickox, 1973
    The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy, 1973
    Black Christmas, Bob Clark, 1974
    Deathdream, Bob Clark, 1974
    It’s Alive, Larry Cohen, 1974
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974
    Shivers, David Cronenberg, 1975
    The Tenant, Roman Polanski, 1976*
    The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Matt Cimber, 1976
    The Hills Have Eyes, Wes Craven, 1977
    Rabid, David Cronenberg, 1977
    Coma, Michael Crichton, 1978
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Philip Kaufman, 1978
    Long Weekend, Colin Eggleston, 1978
    The Brood, David Cronenberg, 1979
    The Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara, 1979
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  9. ArpMoog

    ArpMoog Forum Resident

    Black Sabbath is wonderful . The colors and backgrounds are fantastic.
    That version on tcm with the English dub and Karloff' s voice is the one I grew up with and better then the Italian version imo. A nice collection of ghost stories.
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  10. hvbias

    hvbias Midrange magic

    I liked that it was sort of unnerving and uneasy, this type of psychological horror is more my preference. The Witch is the last newer horror movie that left me truly impressed.

    I loved Zombieland 1, has one of my favorite appearances from Bill Murray. I've held off seeing the second.

    My most recent viewing was Tumbbad, a huge thank you to @acemachine26 for bringing this to my attention - not really overt horror, more like Guillermo del Toro's style of horror. And a very good life lesson that rings quite true.
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  11. Jazzmonkie

    Jazzmonkie Forum Resident

    Tempe, AZ
    I just watched Repulsion (1965). One of the reasons it scared me was because it reminded me of my ex-wife.:hide:
  12. acemachine26

    acemachine26 Forum Resident

    Bangalore, IN
    Glad you liked it :)
  13. SmallDarkCloud

    SmallDarkCloud Forum Resident

    I've been watching some of these on Criterion, as well. I finally caught Deathdream (directed by Bob Clark, of A Christmas Story, Black Christmas and Porky's), and really liked it. It says something difficult about America's conflict in Vietnam (but, more broadly, war in general) that I suspect mainstream American movies could not (at the time). I also watched Dracula A.D. for the first time. It's not a great Hammer film, but with its "Dracula meets the hippies" theme, it's fun. Cushing and Lee are terrific, as usual.

    For the rest (those that I've already seen), Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Death Line, Theater of Blood, Sisters, The Crazies, Black Christmas, It's Alive, Shivers, The Brood, Rabid and Driller Killer are all excellent. In spite of the title, Driller Killer isn't a slasher film, but more of a low-budget art film about a mental breakdown (it is pretty gory, though, but in a surreal way).

    I like The Witch Who Came from the Sea very much, but it does include a very disturbing theme, so it may not be for everyone. I won't spoil it, but you can search online and find out what the theme is. Images is also interesting, and unusual for Robert Altman (small cast, heavy on visual storytelling rather than character and dialogue). It's worth a look if you are an Altman fan.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2020
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  14. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    The bulk of my horror movie binge watching is the classic Universal Monsters, which are as essential to the season for me as fun-sized Snickers bars. From there, I'll throw in selected Hammer Films and a few choice cuts from later decades. Last night's creature feature was the original The Thing which to my embarrassment, I hadn't previously thought of as a "Halloween movie". D'oh!!

    At the request of my 9-year old, I've also been watching occasional Twilight Zone episodes. "To Serve Man" is a favorite of his, as is "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" (even though he giggles at the monster).

    ...and what would Halloween be without a few laughs? Every year, I do a double feature of Young Frankenstein and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein just before the big day, plus a few of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes to get warmed up.
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  15. Lonecat

    Lonecat King Of Fools

    Making my way through the Universal Frankenstein and Creature From the Black Lagoon, Addams Family and Munsters box sets. On All Hallows Eve my girlfriend and I always watch Young Frankenstein and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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  16. RickH

    RickH Senior Member

    Raleigh, NC
    Last night, watched “The Cleansing Hour”, a demonic possession film on Amazon Prime that wasn’t bad. Will probably watch on Blu-Ray “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”, “The Birds” tomorrow night and Halloween.
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  17. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

  18. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    American Horror Stories-Roanoke, scary!
  19. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    I will be watching “The Others”. One of the greatest classy haunted house horror movies, in my humble opinion. Even when you know the “punchline” it is a great watch.
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  20. Slappy9001

    Slappy9001 Forum Resident

    Kingston, PA
    The Haunting of Hill House Eps 1-10 (2018)
    Sint (2010)
    The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
    Thriller - S01E33 - "The Terror in Teakwood"
    To The Lake Eps 1-8 (2019)
    Vampire Circus (1972)
    The Fury (1978)
    Patrick (1978)
    Images (1972)
    Fright (1971)

    So far...
  21. geetar_await

    geetar_await Physically in the USA, mentally located in Japan.

    Salem's Lot
    When Michael Calls
    The Legend Of Hell House
    You can tell it's the old films/shows that scare me lol
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  22. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

  23. Kaskade10729

    Kaskade10729 Forum Resident

    I've been including everything I've been viewing this month leading to tonight in two other threads, but as of last night it was:





  24. That's Mr. Foghat

    That's Mr. Foghat Forum Resident

    exit 7a, NJ
    Leading up is today.....
    1. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) DVD
    2. The Fog (1980) DVD
    3. The Exorcist (1973) DVD
    1. Halloween (1978) Blu-ray
    2. Halloween II (1981) Blu-ray
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