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#1 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

I'm bored and need to find a decent scary movie to watch while the family sleeps. Examples of good horror movies (by my definition) include:

Night of the Living Dead (original)
Dawn of the Dead (remake). This one ran a bit long but the zombies were pretty chilling.
The Crazies (remake)
Insidious 1 and to a lesser extent, 2
V/H/S 1 and 2
[REC] 1 and 2 (but dear god, not 3)
The Awakening (2011 UK ghost film)
The Orphanage
The Last Exorcism 1
Blair Witch 1 (although it doesn't stand up very well stacked against newer "found footage" films)
Shining
Evil Dead 1
The Descent (with the original UK ending, not the horrible US edit that basically ruined the movie)

Horror movies I was less impressed with:

Paranormal Activity 1 and 2 (3 was ok but not great)
Sinister
Mama
The Bay
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Every Saw movie
Hostel
Human Centipede (torture porn FTL)

-Byshop

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#3 Edited by The-Apostle (12195 posts) -

You seem to like ghost or zombie-oriented movies. That said, here are some of the ones I recommend:

The Grudge (or Ju-on if you prefer the scarier Japanese version)
Ghost Ship
Amityville Horror (Original)
Resident Evil
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Original)
Asylum
Thirteen Ghosts (Remake)
House on Haunted Hill (Remake)
Return to House on Haunted Hill
Pet Sematary
Rose Red

There's more but I'm too tired to remember most of them.

I hated Paranormal Activity and Blair Witch, though I hate all found footage movies, so that doesn't say much.

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#4 Edited by Byshop (18214 posts) -

Thanks for the suggestions. Obviously individual opinions differ but here is some feedback:

I've seen every John Carpenter film. Hellraiser 1 and 2 are classic in their own weird way. The Thing remake (but not the prequel) was another classic.From Beyond was... interesting, especially considering that the short story it was based on was only the first 5 minutes of the film. Jeepers Creepers 1 was not what I'd call a great film but it had its moments.

Ghost Ship was fun but not great.
Ju-on rocked, but the Grudge was nowhere near as good.
Resident Evil 1 was actually pretty creepy, surprisingly.
Thirteen Ghosts remake I was not impressed with.
House on Haunted Hill remake was fun but not necessarily that good.
Pet Semetary had 80s cheesiness but freaked me the hell out when I was a kid and still has great atmosphere.
Texas Chainsaw is a bit slashery for me but the original is a classic.
Amityville is classic.

Asylum and Rose Red I haven't seen. I'll check them out.

-Byshop

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#5 Edited by lostrib (49999 posts) -

Cabin in the woods

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#6 Edited by Byshop (18214 posts) -

Cabin in the Woods was freakin' awesome.

Which film called Asylum? There are like half a dozen.

-Byshop

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#7 Edited by lamprey263 (34380 posts) -

High Tension

Contracted

Cabin In The Woods

Drag Me To Hell

Cube

Troll Hunter

Session 9

Phase 7

The Grudge (remake)

May

The Mist

Halloween (remake, theatrical cut, don't bother with sequel)

Cloverfield

The Host (the Korean one)

Arachnophobia

Poltergeist

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#8 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

High Tension

Contracted

Cabin In The Woods

Drag Me To Hell

Cube

Troll Hunter

Session 9

Phase 7

The Grudge (remake)

May

The Mist

Halloween (remake, theatrical cut, don't bother with sequel)

HT was pretty good for the kind of film it is.
Drag me to Hell was Sam Raimi fun but not really a scary movie.
Cube I'd hardly call horror. More like sci-fi.
Troll Hunter was pretty cool.
Session 9 was AWESOME.
Phase 7 I'm partway through but haven't finished.
The Mist was ok but way to formulaic Steven King to be great.
Never really enjoyed most Slashers so the Halloween series is out except for Season of the Witch which wasn't great.

Haven't seen Contracted.

-Byshop

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#9 Posted by lamprey263 (34380 posts) -

@Byshop said:

@lamprey263 said:

High Tension

Contracted

Cabin In The Woods

Drag Me To Hell

Cube

Troll Hunter

Session 9

Phase 7

The Grudge (remake)

May

The Mist

Halloween (remake, theatrical cut, don't bother with sequel)

HT was pretty good for the kind of film it is.

Drag me to Hell was Sam Raimi fun but not really a scary movie.

Cube I'd hardly call horror. More like sci-fi.

Troll Hunter was pretty cool.

Session 9 was AWESOME.

Phase 7 I'm partway through but haven't finished.

The Mist was ok but way to formulaic Steven King to be great.

Never really enjoyed most Slashers so the Halloween series is out except for Season of the Witch which wasn't great.

Haven't seen Contracted.

-Byshop

sounds like your in the scrapping the bottom of the barrel with the genre, your gonna have to tread through even more crap to find something decent, there some bad films out there, but even some enjoyable bad films, happy hunting

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#10 Posted by sukraj (27231 posts) -

Alien Movies

Evil Dead - Remake

The Possession

The Exorcist

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D

Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Remake

The Hitcher

Halloween - rob Zombie

Halloween 2 - Rob Zombie

Fright Night

Fright Night - Remake

An American Werewolf in London

Prometheus

From Dusk till Dawn

The Conjuring

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#11 Edited by lamprey263 (34380 posts) -

"Bishop, GOD DAMN YOU!!"

Okay, so you (TC) had V/H/S on your list, and I'd never seen it, then I was flipping through my Showtime OnDemand and saw it like "why not?"... man, how the **** am I supposed to sleep after that?! I enjoyed it, disturbing but a nice collection of well thought out found footage shorts but damn I ain't gonna sleep right tonight.

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#12 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

The Conjuring

The Exorcist

Candyman

The Ring

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

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#13 Edited by LostProphetFLCL (18526 posts) -

-The Conjuring (an absolute must if you liked Insidious especially. Amazingly scary movie!)

-Ginger Snaps 1 and 2

-28 Days Later

-The Descent

-Cabin in the Woods (definite one to watch if you like the Evil Dead movies)

-You're Next

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#14 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28392 posts) -

Cure (1997). Just watch it.

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#15 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

I thought Cloverfield was surprisingly decent. It's funny because I -say- I like "found footage" movies, but there are probably more examples of found footage movies that I dislike than like.
The Conjuring was one of the more decent ghost movies to have come out in a few years. Not my favorite, but better than Mama and Sinister. Still, how many freakin' more movies are they going to make based on the Warrens? I can think of like four already.

28 Days Later was great. A really well done indy horror film. 28 Weeks was typical, bloated budget big studio crap.

Ginger Snaps 1 I finally got around to seeing based on its cult following and I have to admit it was pretty decent.

You're Next I keep hearing good things about, even though the "home invasion" hostage situation genre of horror isn't exactly my favorite. I keep seeing decent reviews and it also showing up in listings as "comedy" in addition to horror so it sounds like it might be pretty fun.

Candyman is classic.
The Ring is one Japanese horror franchise where I actually liked the US version a little bit better than the original Japanese film (this pretty much never happens).
The Exorcist and Exorcist 3 are both awesome, but not 2. Also, the book that 3 is based on "Legion" is pretty freakin' sweet.
Of the Alien franchise, I'd really only call the first one true horror (and maybe three even though everyone hates it). Aliens is one of my all time favorite movies and I'll go to my grave being able to quote every line from every edition of that movie (my wife, too) but I'd call it more of an action film than horror. Four was cheesy but entertaining. All the AvP movies were absolute crap, but in a fun B-movie way. Prometheus was cool and I hope they continue with those, even though it had some seriously goofy narrative issues.

Poltergeist is classic.
The Host is a weird one for me. It's a decent monster movie, but Asian cultures seem to have this idea that an idiot man-child can be the charming protagonist of a film. That doesn't work so much for me, as I just wanted to punch this guy throughout the whole film.

The original Hitcher with Rutger Hauer was AWESOME and is one of the best examples of non-supernatural thriller/horror.

American Werewolf in London was also another classic. Brilliantly done and with remarkable special effects and makeup for the time. Much of that still holds up today against crap CGI.

Fright Night (original) was great minus 80s cheesiness (and Prince Humperdink from Princess Bride being the evil vampire). The sequel with rollerskating vampires, not so much. I -did- think the remake was pretty good, though. Haven't seen the remake's sequel (yes, there is a fourth movie).

-Byshop

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#16 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

The Fourth Kind was pretty freaky too. Although they say it was based on "true events", it turns out it was not. Still a creepy movie.

Dead Silence was another good horror flick.

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#17 Posted by The-Apostle (12195 posts) -

@Byshop said:

Cabin in the Woods was freakin' awesome.

Which film called Asylum? There are like half a dozen.

-Byshop

This one.

I'm a sucker for insane asylum movies.

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#18 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

The Fourth Kind was pretty freaky too. Although they say it was based on "true events", it turns out it was not. Still a creepy movie.

Dead Silence was another good horror flick.

Yeah, I saw The Fourth Kind but I was not blown away. I get annoyed when a fictional film tries so desperately to pass itself off as fact. It had some creep moments, though.

Dead Silence was cheesy, but alright. Not a terrible early attempt for James Wan, who later directed Insidious 1 and 2 (but not the upcoming 3). I'd put it on par with other entries in the genre from the 90s/2000s like Phantoms, Darkness Falls, The Fog remake, etc.

-Byshop

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#19 Edited by Niff_T (6052 posts) -

@sammyjenkis898 said:

Cure (1997). Just watch it.

Wouldn't hurt to check out Kairo (Pulse) by the same director.

I'd also recommend Kill List.

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#20 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

@Niff_T said:

@sammyjenkis898 said:

Cure (1997). Just watch it.

Wouldn't hurt to check out Kairo (Pulse) by the same director.

I'd also recommend Kill List.

Pulse (not the US remake) was awesome but not what I expected.

Kill List is a little bit more interesting. I'm very torn on this movie, because I know a lot of people who liked it but I found it to be filled with promise that it never delivered on. A friend of mine compared it to a horror version of "mystical realism" like that found in Salman Rushdie and I guess if you look at it that way it's alright, but the premise to me seemed really interesting but with a horrifying, but completely nonsensical ending.

-Byshop

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#21 Posted by Kage1 (6790 posts) -

@Iszdope: You have good taste in Horror flix

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#22 Edited by VaguelyTagged (10701 posts) -

@Iszdope said:

Hellraiser 1 & 2

Re-Animator 1 & 2

The Thing

From Beyond

Jeepers Creepers

i like your taste a lot.

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#23 Edited by Hatiko (4669 posts) -

Gremlins

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#24 Edited by zeroyaoi (2450 posts) -

Altered States or maybe Quarantine.

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#25 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

Gremlins was from an era when films marketed towards children were horrifying. I would also include Dragonslayer, Time Bandits, Baron Munchausen, The Black Hole, etc.

Altered States is classic.

Quarantine is crap compared to [REC], the Spanish language film it was a remake of.

-Byshop

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#28 Posted by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

The Ring: 8/10

People recommending the Halloween remake over the original GTFO, that is blasphemous.

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#29 Edited by Byshop (18214 posts) -

@Master_Live said:

The Ring: 8/10

People recommending the Halloween remake over the original GTFO, that is blasphemous.

Agreed on both counts.

-Byshop

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#30 Posted by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

It: 9/10

Saw: 8/10

Dracula (1992): 8/10

Halloween (1978): 8/10

The Exorcist: 7/10

Children of the Corn: 7/10

Candyman: 7/10

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#31 Edited by uninspiredcup (24731 posts) -

Suspiria.

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#32 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

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Suspiria.

Nice one. I was -very- pleasantly surprised by this one. I almost stopped watching only a few minutes in because it seemed laugably amateurish but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. That one stuck with me for a while after I saw it, plus I'm a huge fan of indie films (when a filmmaker shows that they can do more with less).

-Byshop

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#33 Posted by zeroyaoi (2450 posts) -

@Byshop: I thought it was pretty good. Didn't know it was a remake.

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#34 Edited by Byshop (18214 posts) -

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@Byshop: I thought it was pretty good. Didn't know it was a remake.

Check out [REC]. It's a Spanish language film that Quarantine is an English language remake of. Although they basically follow the exact same story with only a few minor changes, the Spanish langauge version is way creepier. The sequel [REC]2 is also a direct continuation of the story and takes place in the same building (also found footage), unlike Quarantine 2 which is mostly unrelated.

[REC]3, however, is not very good.

-Byshop

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#35 Posted by foxhound_fox (96569 posts) -

Audition and Irreversible.

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#36 Posted by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

About to ditch the Hawks/49ers game to see The Ring and El Orfanato.

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#37 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

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Audition and Irreversible.

Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri.... :) Audition is one of my top asian horror films. I also would say Juon, Ringu, Pulse, One Missed Call, Shutter (thai), the Unborn, Tale of Two Sisters, and Uninvited (not to be confused with the US film of the same name that's actually a remake of Tale of Two Sisters).

Irreversible I haven't gotten around to. Not sure if it qualifies as "horror" but it's certainly distressful. I know it'll be good, but I need to be in the right mood before I start that one.

-Byshop

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#38 Edited by airshocker (31700 posts) -

Event Horizon. Always surprises me that nobody mentions it. It can be watched online using Netflix.

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#39 Posted by foxhound_fox (96569 posts) -

@Byshop said:

@foxhound_fox said:

Audition and Irreversible.

Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri.... :) Audition is one of my top asian horror films. I also would say Juon, Ringu, Pulse, One Missed Call, Shutter (thai), the Unborn, Tale of Two Sisters, and Uninvited (not to be confused with the US film of the same name that's actually a remake of Tale of Two Sisters).

Irreversible I haven't gotten around to. Not sure if it qualifies as "horror" but it's certainly distressful. I know it'll be good, but I need to be in the right mood before I start that one.

-Byshop

If you like Audition, give Kichiku dai Enkai a go. It's not the same style but it's incredibly bleak.

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#40 Posted by foxhound_fox (96569 posts) -

@airshocker said:

Event Horizon. Always surprises me that nobody mentions it. It can be watched online using Netflix.

http://youtu.be/SKjwGJad5Ho

Great movie. I preferred Sunshine though.

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#41 Posted by airshocker (31700 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

@airshocker said:

Event Horizon. Always surprises me that nobody mentions it. It can be watched online using Netflix.

http://youtu.be/SKjwGJad5Ho

Great movie. I preferred Sunshine though.

Somebody recommended that to me awhile ago but I can't find any way to watch it without buying it outright.

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#42 Edited by foxhound_fox (96569 posts) -

@airshocker said:

Somebody recommended that to me awhile ago but I can't find any way to watch it without buying it outright.

If you liked Event Horizon, you'll most likely like Sunshine. I prefer the latter solely because it deals with the Sun, and the CG is spectacular.

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#43 Edited by mattbbpl (14537 posts) -

@airshocker said:

@foxhound_fox said:

@airshocker said:

Event Horizon. Always surprises me that nobody mentions it. It can be watched online using Netflix.

http://youtu.be/SKjwGJad5Ho

Great movie. I preferred Sunshine though.

Somebody recommended that to me awhile ago but I can't find any way to watch it without buying it outright.

I've found a lot of libraries (and certainly most library consortiums) have this movie as its pretty highly regarded in critics circles. That's where I managed to find it, anyway.

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#44 Posted by Byshop (18214 posts) -

Event Horizon was decent. While it lacked credibility and came off as a tad silly in some areas, there were many elements that rang very true. One of the things that helps to make a good horror movie for me is when the characters behave in a believable fashion and most of the characters in Event Horizon had very human reactions to a terrible situation. Sunshine was ok but not great, IMHO. Sci-fi horror can be so hit or miss.

-Byshop

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#45 Edited by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

About to see The Blair Witch Project, never seen it before!

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#46 Posted by Audacitron (971 posts) -

Rosemary's Baby. - is a very cool movie with a great sense of humor.

The legend of Hell House. - is pretty full on for a haunted house flick. It's about the best I know of.

10 Rillington Place - is not quite what I'd call horror, but is a great psycho movie.

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#47 Edited by Brutal_Elitegs (16425 posts) -
@sammyjenkis898 said:

Cure (1997). Just watch it.


ok i watched this

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#48 Posted by MrGeezer (59096 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

The Host (the Korean one)


Man, that movie was a lot of fun. I'm not sure if it's really a horror movie, but it was cool as $hit.

Didn't they make a sequel to that? Was that any good?

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#49 Posted by Shmiity (6089 posts) -

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. Specifically the 1978 version.

I liked Insidious, too.

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#50 Posted by hippiesanta (10299 posts) -

Most of you guys are too young to know:

Cannibal Holocaust

Beyond

I spit on your grave (70's original)

Salem's Lot