Good Horror: Films

Seen any good movies or TV shows lately? Or anything so bad you just have to vent?
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Good Horror: Films

Postby tombombodil » Tue May 05, 2015 12:07 am

I love horror. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's my favorite genre (it might be), but I find it consistently and extremely intriguing from a story telling perspective. I find it unique and compelling in that it's basically the only genre whose central theme is dis-empowerment and exploring the darker side of humanity.

I'd like to create an extensive catalog of notable horror media. Since I don't have the time money or space to create a bookshelf/movie cabinet/game library to peruse when I'm in the mood or when I want inspiration for a game (TableTop or otherwise), this is the best alternate I can think of.

I'm making three of these threads and will put together my own list for each sometime tomorrow; this is just a placeholder for now (feel free to post your own though).

Note: I'm looking for individual works, not authors directors etc.

Preferably everything that makes the list will fulfill one or more of the following criteria. These are pretty vague and squishy but its all I've got and it'd be helpful if you could number you suggestions:

1: Is of inarguable high quality in some way or another.
2: Is novel, notable, unique, or memorable.
3: Is genuinely frightening or unsettling (if it can pull this off, it goes on the list regardless of any flaws or overall quality)
4: Has some strong central idea or compelling setting/story. Again this is not necessarily dependent on excecution
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby Shinan » Tue May 05, 2015 3:36 am

I am not a huge horror person. I guess I'm a bit of a wuss and don't like to be scared. But nonetheless there are so many great horror movies out there. And despite not liking horror movies I like zombie movies. I guess what I generally don't watch are slashers or torture porn. I also don't like it when the ghosts have to be so mean.

So with that lengthy intro I say The Others. I think I like The Others a lot because it has a happy ending. So many horror movies end with the threat still out there (see also: The Ring (I only saw the remake)) but in this one everything is resolved and everyone is happy. Sort of. I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it.

It also has an excellent soundtrack, that involves a gaming story that I will now tell (skip this paragraph for not-gaming story). I had this playing on the CD player in the background while we were playing the fairly comedic roleplaying game Pokethulhu. But at some point the music turned so sad that the game itself actually turned sad and poignant too. And it was strange because here was the weirdness of Pokethulhu monsters devouring the world in incredibly silly ways. But they were devouring the world in incredibly poignant ways instead. But it was still silly. Shows the value of the correct background music when roleplaying and what can happen when you pick the wrong music.

Okay so this post really only contained one movie. I'm just assuming there will be all the obvious ones you'd find on "top 100 horror movies of all time" or whatever. I'm not sure if The Others is on that list. I think it is sort of overlooked but I really loved it so I think no one should miss out.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby Mikel » Tue May 05, 2015 6:22 am

1) REC and REC 2. Tense and tightly constructed, these movies do some really cool things with the found footage horror genre. REC is one of my favorite horror films.
2) The Orphanage. Some wonderfully scary stuff with perhaps the most interesting story I've seen in a horror film.
3) The Strangers. Incredibly tense manipulation of your terror in this.
4) Paranormal Activity. The open door alone adds a ton to the scary idea that this could be your house.
5) VHS---some of it. There are a few duds in this horror anthology but the first story blew my socks off.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby BurnYU » Tue May 05, 2015 6:45 am

Alien, shame on all of you for forgetting. Never forget :whistle:

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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby Gyro LC » Tue May 05, 2015 8:06 am

I don't care for horror movies. However, I've heard that the Australian film, The Babadook, is very good and creative.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby Morgan_Lockbreaker » Tue May 05, 2015 9:05 am

I don't watch much horror. I don't like gore, zombies, or demons.

One's that stick out for me for various reasons though(mostly camp or good endings):
Army of Darkness
Fallen
Event Horizon
Cabin in the Woods
The Relic- Too dark to see much and the attempt to juxtapose science and superstition kind of falls flat, but the creature was done right.
The Faculty
Heavy Metal- I watched this as a teen despite my parents' expressly forbidding it. It's trippy, and there are some epic horror scenes even if it is all animated.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby clintmemo » Tue May 05, 2015 12:04 pm

Some older, obvious choices.

Alien
The Thing
Nightmare on Elm Street
Poltergeist

I also loved all the old, black and white classics:
Frankenstein
Dracula
The Wolfman

The only more recent horror movies I have seen and liked were The Woman in Black (which was a nice creepy atmospheric movie) and Cabin in the Woods (which I loved).

I do want to see the new Del Toro movie coming out this fall.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby Ikoma » Tue May 05, 2015 2:57 pm

Night of the Living Dead

It is such a foundational movie for the modern zombie mythos. Plus, the ending still upsets me to this day. The Mist echoes the ending thematically very well.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby Mikel » Tue May 05, 2015 4:55 pm

Gyro LC wrote:I don't care for horror movies. However, I've heard that the Australian film, The Babadook, is very good and creative.


People told me it was awesome and I thought it was okay.
People who I know who saw it without getting it talked up really liked it.
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Re: Good Horror: Films

Postby clintmemo » Tue May 05, 2015 6:57 pm

Ikoma wrote:Night of the Living Dead

It is such a foundational movie for the modern zombie mythos. Plus, the ending still upsets me to this day. The Mist echoes the ending thematically very well.


Forgot about The Mist - loved that movie, too.
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