Mikel wrote: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.
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.
Timespike wrote:I'm not much of a fan of horror, so these are the things that made it above the "Sturgeon threshold" for me.
Identity: An absolute psychological mind-screw of a movie, and one of the few times I've been genuinely surprised by a twist ending AND didn't call shenanigans on it.
Pandorum: The poster will lead you to believe this is a body horror film. It's not. Anything else would be spoilers.
30 Days of Night: The grimmest, bleakest, and yes, most horrifying movie I have ever seen. Sadistic vampires cut off and systematically terrorize and murder a remote Alaskan town during the winter when the sun doesn't rise for 30 days. It was incredibly well-executed, but I have NO desire to see it again. Once was enough.
The Ghost and the Darkness: A telling of the tale of the lions of Tsavo that had me looking for a lion in my back seat as I drove home from the theater. Very intense.
Night Watch: I'm not entirely sure this is actually horror, but it's an amazing piece of urban fantasy in any case. Its Russian origins mean it doesn't have a lot of the typical western tropes, which makes for some neat changes of pace. The sequel, Day Watch, isn't quite as good but is still worth watching.
Brotherhood of the Wolf: Horror, action, conspiracy, martial arts... ...a really fun and stylish tale about the beast of Gevaudan. You will almost certainly get gaming ideas.
Cloverfield: A "found footage" movie about a kaiju attack. The perspective characters are douchey hipsters, which is kind of annoying at the beginning, but the movie is still pretty cool.
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