Any GOOD horror movies?

highmystica

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I'm not completely anti gore. I did like the first Saw movie, but they tried to serialize it and it's the same damn story over and over again. I have only finished the first two. If I can predict the plot line I get bored. Even if it isn't part of a series. I couldn't stand The Good Son (completely predicable). I read too much Stephen King as a small child.

Not to say series are bad. There is this Russian series day watch / night watch that isn't so much horror as contemporary supernatural fantasy that I hope they make more of. Halfwolds was cool too, but not really horror, just action with paranormal elements.

Horror comedies are something totally different. Not really horror at all.

Vacancy is cool.

I agree about Japanese horror movies ... but it goes beyond that ... basically non-holywood. Seen some great ones out of Korea and South America. Surprised, I haven't seen more out of Europe. Actually, I'm shocked I have never seen a good one from India. I'm gonna give The Hallow a chance latter this weekend ... one I haven't seen.

But yeah, I guess what I am looking for is something where there is a lot left up to imagination, and builds upon atmosphere and tension. I loved In the Mouth of Madness.


But then that IS John Capenter. I loved Big Trouble in little China, Starman, et. Even Prince of Darkness was great. Some though feel dated.
 
Here you go.

Mostly off-beat productions, but some lesser known mainstream flicks as well. Little to no gore. No generic stuff associated with horrors - serial killers, zombies, ghosts etc. Movies marked with a star some may find unsettling more than expected (they are horror after all).

Psychological / paranormal:

- Honeymoon (2014) - probably my favourite
- February (2015)
- Absentia (2011)

Occult / demonic:

- Starry Eyes (2014) (warning: some gruesome scenes) *
- La setta (1991)
- Kill List (2011) (not a serial killer movie) *
- Dust Devil (1992)
- Lord of Illusions (1995) *
- Dark Song (2016)

Sci-fi / surreal:

- Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) *
- Under the Skin (2014) *

Other:

- Antarctic Journal (2005)
- The Descent (2005)
- Dagon (2001)
- Spring (2014) - indie romantic horror that's actually quite good!
- Get Out (2017)
- Borgman (2013) - more mind-boggling than scary but still a horror IMO
- The Witch (2015)

As for movie trailers, i never recommend watching them. You can never actually tell whether the movie is worth watching after seeing a trailer but you're likely left with minor but potentially significant plot spoilers and expectations. The latter are often false by design and prevent the viewer from appreciating the film as it is. The overall effect of having seen a trailer is a degraded movie experience. It's especially the case with horrors as one thing that makes a movie effective as such is the ability to confront us with the unknown, to transport us into a realm where our everyday sense of security and certainty is suspended. A significant part of this is not having a clue of what is going to happen, IMO.
 

Laura

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I watched Godzilla when I was about 12 or 13 - it's silly now, but it scared the bejeebies out of me. I was hooked! I watched horror movies on TV every Saturday afternoon "Dr. Paul Bearer" was the host of the show. Watched all the Hammer Horror flicks, Dracula, Wolfman, etc. But when they started making horror movies that were mainly blood and gore, I quit. There's enough horror in real life. I guess I just lost my taste for it.
 

BlackCartouche

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I'm not that much into horror - it tends to wallow playing on our pre-Adamic predator-prey responses I'd rather humanity move away from. Howver, I remember being particularly struck watching The Thing (1982) with Kurt Russell - though it may fall under the category of 'thriller'.
The Thing (1982) - IMDb

Its set in Antarctica as the night-days of winter approaches. They got the suspense wonderfully I thought... It really tugged on my 'angst' strings.
The film is also quite a relevant exploration of alien take-over of mankind.
Did you know: 'The Thing' is screened every year in February at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to mark the beginning of winter.
 

loreta

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I'm not that much into horror - it tends to wallow playing on our pre-Adamic predator-prey responses I'd rather humanity move away from. Howver, I remember being particularly struck watching The Thing (1982) with Kurt Russell - though it may fall under the category of 'thriller'.
The Thing (1982) - IMDb

Its set in Antarctica as the night-days of winter approaches. They got the suspense wonderfully I thought... It really tugged on my 'angst' strings.
The film is also quite a relevant exploration of alien take-over of mankind.
Did you know: 'The Thing' is screened every year in February at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to mark the beginning of winter.

A very good movie, yes indeed! and it is a superb horror movie.
 

c.a.

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For supernatural horror - I'd have to go with the all time classic: The Exorcist. I was quite young and still embodied Catholicism. I was very disturbed watching that film. I've not watched it since... Maybe I should.
THE EXORCIST (adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name), directed by William Friedkin.
Agree, it is well made tale providing some, white knuckle mouments and causing some mass hysteria at that time.

I think to remember that Warner Brother's seemed to relish the audience's hysterics which helped to catapult the movie to be the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time in Canada and the US (110,599,200 estimated admissions). Earning a whopping $66.3 million in distributors' domestic (US/CAN) rentals during its theatrical release in 1974 wikipedia.org.

There were storys (of some) that lost there cookies physically and emotionally which drove its interest with the viewing public.

Of all the scenes, it was when Ellen Burstyn (Regans theatrical mother), heard a noise in the attic and went to investigate things that that go bump in the night.

Earlier Regan had incently messed with a Ouija Board opening a portal thus creating contact with the demon.

Not a childs picture, and it does resonate the dangers of borad use given of what has been shared by those whom have the knowldge, intellect, and the wisdom of protection.


Scary Bajesus moment :shock:
 
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BlackCartouche

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Ah yes... Tubular Bells!

Earlier Regan had incently messed with a Ouija Board opening a portal thus creating contact with the demon.
It'd probably take more than an Ouija Board for full on demonic possession. But yes, it does highlight its dangers. From what I understand, an Ouija Board more so 'flushes out' negative entities that are already attached to an individual - or hanging around.
 

c.a.

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Ah yes... Tubular Bells!
It'd probably take more than an Ouija Board for full on demonic possession. But yes, it does highlight its dangers. From what I understand, an Ouija Board more so 'flushes out' negative entities that are already attached to an individual - or hanging around.
Might need a referee as I think it's just the opposite, and perhaps more like anttractor to those ignorant of this dimensional reality.
 

BlackCartouche

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Might need a referee as I think it's just the opposite, and perhaps more like anttractor to those ignorant of this dimensional reality.
"Flushes out" was the wrong words. I should have said "expose the presence of". Either way, it can indeed be very dangerous to those ignorant - period!
I am in agreement that we might need a referee... Or more :lkj:
 

loreta

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THE EXORCIST (adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name), directed by William Friedkin.
Agree, it is well made tale providing some, white knuckle mouments and causing some mass hysteria at that time.

I think to remember that Warner Brother's seemed to relish the audience's hysterics which helped to catapult the movie to be the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time in Canada and the US (110,599,200 estimated admissions). Earning a whopping $66.3 million in distributors' domestic (US/CAN) rentals during its theatrical release in 1974 wikipedia.org.

There were storys (of some) that lost there cookies physically and emotionally which drove its interest with the viewing public.

Of all the scenes, it was when Ellen Burstyn (Regans theatrical mother), heard a noise in the attic and went to investigate things that that go bump in the night.

Earlier Regan had incently messed with a Ouija Board opening a portal thus creating contact with the demon.

Not a childs picture, and it does resonate the dangers of borad use given of what has been shared by those whom have the knowldge, intellect, and the wisdom of protection.


Scary Bajesus moment :shock:

The movie is very scary but at that time people saw the movie at the theater and it is not the same to see this movie, (specially a movie like this one), in a theater with other people that are as scared as you, then see this movie at home in a small screen, even if it is a Sam sum screen. Some movies has to be seen in a theater. The ambiance is totally important when you see horror movies. The images in this movie are so important and give impact, the sounds, the visage of the characters... A scary movie yes indeed.

When I saw Alien the first time it was in NY city, in a big cinema and wow. I saw again the movie in my tv, this is not the same movie. The monster is not scary at all in a tv! In your room an horror movie is not as scary as in a cinema. ;-D
 

loreta

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For supernatural horror - I'd have to go with the all time classic: The Exorcist. I was quite young and still embodied Catholicism. I was very disturbed watching that film. I've not watched it since... Maybe I should.

Maybe. Or maybe not. Maybe some movies, as some books, have to be put aside, better not touch them. It depends on your internal situation, or external. I used to like horror movies then less and less I like them. As Laura said, there is enough horror around us. And I say: too much horror that gives you nausea. So now I prefer to see classics, and some comedies, like Louis de Funes, or movies that give you energy, make you think, make you meditate about life and also about the human condition.
 

caballero reyes

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In reply 10, I wrote a recommendation in quotation marks because in reality what Gandalf said is not really a recommendation but a truth.

Horror movie in pure hollywood style:

WAIT UNTIL DARK.Dir.Terence Young.

PLOT
A woman named Lisa (Samantha Jones) takes a flight from Montreal to New York City, smuggling bags of heroin sewn inside an old-fashioned doll. When she disembarks, Lisa becomes worried upon seeing a man watching her at the John F. Kennedy International Airport and gives the doll to a fellow passenger, professional photographer Sam Hendrix (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) for safekeeping.

She is roughly escorted away by the man. Later, when she calls Sam about the doll, he and his wife Susy (Audrey Hepburn), who is blind from an auto accident, are unable to find it.

A few days later, con artists Mike Talman (Richard Crenna) and Carlino (Jack Weston) arrive at Sam and Susy's apartment, believing it to be Lisa's. Harry Roat, Jr. (Alan Arkin), the man who met Lisa at the airport, arrives to persuade Talman and Carlino to help him find the doll. After the con men discover Lisa's body, Roat blackmails them into helping him dispose of it and convinces them to help him find the doll. The next day, Roat sends Sam on a photography assignment. Once Susy is alone, the criminals begin an elaborate con game, posing as different people to win Susy's trust. Implying that Lisa has been murdered and Sam will be suspected, the men persuade Susy to help them find the doll. Mike gives her the number for the phone booth across the street as his own after falsely warning her of a police car outside. (wiki)
Trailers



PREDATOR. Dir.John McTiernan.

The special effects of Stan Winston give an extraordinary relief to the movie

It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite military rescue team on a mission to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory in an unspecified country in Central America. Kevin Peter Hall co-stars as the eponymous antagonist, a technologically advanced form of extra-terrestrial life secretly stalking and hunting the team. Predator was written in 1984, under the working title of Hunter. Filming ran from March-June 1986 and creature effects were devised by Stan Winston. (wiki)

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THE HAUNTING Dir. Robert Wise.
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Scene from THE HAUNTING (1963)

The Haunting (1963) Trailer

Plot
Dr. John Markway narrates the history of the 90-year-old Hill House, which was constructed in Massachusetts by Hugh Crain as a home for his wife. She died when her carriage crashed against a tree as she approached the house for the first time. Crain remarried, but his second wife died in the house from a fall down the stairs. Crain's daughter Abigail lived in the house for the rest of her life, never moving out of the nursery. She died calling for her nurse-companion.

The companion inherited the house, but later hanged herself from a spiral staircase in the library. Hill House was eventually inherited by a Mrs. Sanderson, although it has stood empty for some time.

Markway wishes to study the reported paranormal activity at Hill House. He secures a lease from Mrs. Sanderson to occupy the mansion for the duration of his investigation; conditional to his acceptance is that he take Luke Sanderson, her heir, with him. Markway has chosen two individuals to accompany him—a psychic, Theodora, also known as Theo, and the meek Eleanor Lance, who experienced poltergeist activity as a child. Eleanor spent her adult life caring for her invalid mother, whose recent death has left Eleanor with severe guilt.

The large, maze-like mansion's walls were constructed with angles slightly askew, resulting in off-center perspectives and doors that open and close by themselves. The immense library contains the ramshackle spiral staircase from which the previous owner hanged herself; the vast conservatory is adorned with eerie statues. During their first night in the house, Eleanor and Theo are terrified by supernatural occurrences outside Theo's bedroom door. Deafening banging is heard against the door and the voice of a young girl is heard echoing
with laughter. Despite the turbulence, Eleanor feels a tentative affinity to Hill House. (wiki)
 
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Ellipse

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I ask myself how one can find pleasure watching horror movies. I don't know now, but I suspect it would be the same, when I was a child, if I even watch a few minutes of it, my hairs would start dropping, literally.

I think, if you watch this kind of thing you align youself with the frequency contain in it, you want it or not.
 
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