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Nicol
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« on: October 30, 2012, 02:11 pm »

It's Halloween, so I've been watching some of these!
 
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXk6VXs6jh4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXk6VXs6jh4</a>

Ingmar Bergman only made one horror movie, and it's cool! It is a story about a couple moving to a remote island, meeting some ghosts, and then going insane. Pretty much ignore any trailer for a horror movie that was made before 1965 as a test of quality because they do this weird thing where some old man is talking over muted frames for the film while squeaky instruments play, but don't ignore this film!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8zbV_fFkYs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8zbV_fFkYs</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YqwaSMN4E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YqwaSMN4E</a>

Dario Argento is famous for big creepy sets, intense multi-coloured lighting, having the biggest forehead in the game, and soundtracks that sometimes dwarf the actual movie itself in terms of quality. He basically invented the slasher genre of films as we know it today, but back then it wasn't stale! Fun fact: Argento's first films were so intense and scary and he felt the need to top himself in this regard in his later career, so his films keep getting more elaborate and insane. It's probably at its height in Phenomena:

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A5VNsEeAMY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A5VNsEeAMY</a>

You're probably saying: "Yeah, yeah. Found footage; whatever." But this rad film that EFHRK showed me makes up for it by being really atmospheric and intense. Make sure you check out the director's cut rather than the original release, because the ending of the director's cut is great.

So this is what I've been watching, and I want to watch more! What are some of your favourite horror movies? Justify your choices with a few words about what makes them great. I've seen most of the popular ones, but even if you think your favourite is popular, pop it in here anyway!
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012, 03:21 pm »

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Like Nicol said, the slasher genre essentially started in Italy with the "giallo" films, with Dario Argento being one of the most famous directors. In the 1970s, "giallo" became "slasher" in America with this goddamn masterpiece. Especially noteworthy is Carpenter's use of subjective camera (for example, there are shots where we think we're seeing from Michael Myer's point-of-view, only to have him enter the frame and start murdering people). Thank you, Rob Zombie, for remaking this you fucking piece of shit.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5unH8gOhydY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5unH8gOhydY</a>

This is my favorite horror movie. It's basically a master class in practical effects. Essentially a remake of a Howard Hawks movie (which, in itself, was an adaptation of a short story), this film follows the original story a little more closely, and is pretty damn nihilistic, just in time for the holidays.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZkkIsLiNg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZkkIsLiNg</a>
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2012, 03:27 pm »

DAVID CRONENBERG



Do you like body horror? I like body horror!

What is body horror? Here you go!

VIDEODROME
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFHey3utk0I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFHey3utk0I</a>

SCANNERS
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmJC3ZaXBEc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmJC3ZaXBEc</a>

THE FLY
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BzwxJ-M_M0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BzwxJ-M_M0</a>
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2012, 03:45 pm »

In 15 minutes they're showing Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss on BBC4, a documentary about, er, European horror movies, including such well-known big budget movies as The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue, an Italian zombie movie set in England.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2012, 05:09 pm »

DAVID CRONENBERG

Don't forget about The Brood!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSfZunKpRVM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSfZunKpRVM</a>

Potentially Cronenbergs most visceral.  It's about a doctor's new psychosomatic treatment in which recovery from psychological trauma involves the trauma expressing itself through physical manifestation.  This gets taken to the extreme when the horrors of the trauma are literally birthed by a women.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2012, 06:44 pm »

Noroi Make sure you check out the director's cut rather than the original release, because the ending of the director's cut is great.

Just to note, this movie is pretty much impossible to find without torrenting it somewhere. I've seen internet articles on scary movies asking viewers to contact the author if they know a way to watch it without having to download it. If you do get it, make sure the video is about 1 hour and 54 minutes. That is the length of the directors cut which has the scariest scene in the movie.


Ok other movies now.

REC 1 and 2 - Fucking scary as hell Spanish found footage movies that are also actually really good films. The first one was remade as Quarantine in America. It sucks don't watch it. Also don't watch REC 3 cause that sucks too. REC 4 may be ok.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGJ_jPKOj1c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGJ_jPKOj1c</a>

Ju-On - The original Japanese version of The Grudge. I think all the American remakes of these movies (The Ring, Shutter, etc.) are pretty bad, and some of the originals aren't even that great, but goddamn this one still creeps me the fuck out.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8R1dODSbzU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8R1dODSbzU</a>

Audition - Takashi Miike builds a fucking perfect atmosphere and creates one of the most unsettling and disturbing horror films I've ever seen. Plus it's shot and edited really goddamn well if you're into that stuff (which I am).

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhsrsWcEspc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhsrsWcEspc</a>

Lake Mungo - Not so much a found footage film as it is a faux-documentary. Absolutely brilliant in building tension up to the unforgettable ending. Definitely give this one a try.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ISuVvP-XI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ISuVvP-XI</a>

Other movies that are pretty good:

The Tunnel

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u47cTpo70EE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u47cTpo70EE</a>

Grave Encounters

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8FBRATbJoA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8FBRATbJoA</a>

yeah I like found footage movies shut up
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 09:55 pm »

Lake Mungo is really excellent and should be watched by anyone who likes horror movies.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2012, 07:05 am »

I think the best thing about Lake Mungo is that in some ways it's barely a horror movie; it's a family drama. So much of the film is dependent on actually getting to know the family being documented, to sympathize with them and with some of their questionable decisions, without ever sacrificing an increasingly eerie tone that actually has a great payoff. The mockumentary take (instead of "this was found in the woods or in an abandoned building or whatever") is a good choice.

I also liked Grave Encounters, despite occasional cheesiness. It's the rare found footage film with prominent (and usually pretty good) effects work, and the premise for the most part works to dodge the usual found footage film question of "why are these idiots still recording?" Even though it's pretty big on monster jump scares, there's a lot of good atmosphere too, and (minor spoiler) the reveal that time itself is completely fucked inside of the asylum really worked for me.


Also Quarantine is shit, but the part where the cameraman beats the zombie to death with the camera might be my favorite use of the found footage perspective ever, in a completely goofy, non-horror way.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2012, 03:28 pm »

One of the best horror movies I've seen in recent years:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgxVIB2WuHU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgxVIB2WuHU</a>

And you can never go wrong with a classic:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz719b9QUqY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz719b9QUqY</a>
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2012, 05:29 pm »

This link is everything worth watching about Session 9. I mean, unless you're into haunted asylums and multiple personality disorders.

I remember watching The Tunnel for the first time with EFHRK and both of us losing our shit. I'm seconding his recommendation.

My favorite horror film of all time is, unquestionably, Kairo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9NSnP7Ggfc

All of my friends think it's boring and slow and I think they completely miss the existential depression that film's closing scenes cause. Don't watch it to go to bed terrified. Watch it to go to bed feeling helpless and worried every night for a month.

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2012, 07:48 pm »

Noroi Make sure you check out the director's cut rather than the original release, because the ending of the director's cut is great.

Just to note, this movie is pretty much impossible to find without torrenting it somewhere. I've seen internet articles on scary movies asking viewers to contact the author if they know a way to watch it without having to download it. If you do get it, make sure the video is about 1 hour and 54 minutes. That is the length of the directors cut which has the scariest scene in the movie.

Fuck that shit, you can watch the whole thing on youtube right now.

In mother fucking HD.
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2012, 09:14 am »

Did you guys get the feeling that they finished filming on the Tunnel and realized that the whole film was only something like 45 minutes and decided to pad the rest of the 1.5 hour running time out with interviews that repeated what was already shown by the actual movie footage?
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2012, 04:53 pm »

Okay I just watched 'High Tension' and Jesus Christ that is the biggest pile of steaming French horseshit I have ever seen. How does it have 6.8 on imdb? I have no words to describe how stupid everything about this film is god damn
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2012, 10:26 am »

If something ever is under the genre of "psychological horror", then you know what the ending is going to be.
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2012, 11:13 am »

The call was coming from inside the house the whole time?
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« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2012, 06:27 pm »

Pontypool is really good.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2012, 03:51 am »

I can't begin to guess the comedy of errors that lead to you watching that
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