At the movies


#8408

Halloween (original) is the greatest horror movie ever. Discuss.


#8409

Agreed.


#8410

Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blood Sucking Freaks, etc are right up there as well (in terms of scare factor, as opposed to production values).


#8411

The exorcist


#8412

It has one of the great opening scenes of any sort of movie.
And I like Carpenter.
And Pleasance is very good.
It’s almost a cliche these days to say Halloween is misjudged as a gorefest with buckets of blood. It’s not.

Personally I’d have The Shining a long way ahead of it, although I hope we don’t get bogged down in thriller/horror labeling.

Again down to personal taste, but I think Evil Dead is a better film.
B Grade, but No-one’s going to call Halloween high art either.

Scream and Cabin are good, too, but both are…a bit self-aware.

I think you’d have to rate Psycho better, too.


#8413

Ju-on (The Grudge) made me ■■■■ my pants the first time I watched it.


#8414

I think TCM is a terrible film in every possible way, except for one scene.

And Bloodsucking Freaks is just exploitative filth. I don’t want to get on my high horse about horror films, but it really is just that one for me.
I assume the Saw sequels are similar.


#8415

The Exorcist, The Shining & Psycho are excellent films. Higher production values than Halloween, but the latter is the movie that scared the crap out of me as a kid. Michael Myers = the Boggie Man. Years later, when Mr. Cruel was terrorising Melbourne, I had flashbacks of Michael Myers. Hardly slept a wink. Nightmare on Elm Street was quite scary & The Ring freaked me out a bit.


#8416

Gosh I’ve seen some terrible (but memorable) films, now that you’ve reminded me.
Pieces, Basket Case, Mother’s Day…


#8417

LMW is a Grudge and Ring fan.
She really wants to see Grudge vs Ring but it’s very difficult to find in Australia.


#8418

Biel is smokin’ hot in the modern remake.

Agreed re: Freaks being a trash film. An exploitation classic from the Troma crew who made plenty of trashy films. It was scary AF watching it back in the day.


#8419

Thought it was Troma.
I didn’t find it the least bit scary, but plenty repulsive, which I’m sure they’d be quite proud of (no, really).


#8420

Having seen a few horror films in the 70s and 80s, I just don’t bother any more.


#8421

I actually don’t watch the genre anymore, but as a kid, my brother & I would walk into a video shop, head straight for the horror section & work our way through all the trashy movies out there. #badparenting


#8422

It Follows from a few years ago was very good.

But yeah, most modern horror is rubbish.


#8423

I saw Hereditary this year.
That was pretty good.
I still want to see A Quiet Place.

Oh, and also saw Get Out, but that’s not really a horror, is it.


#8424

Dario Argento is not everyone’s taste in films but I enjoyed Deep Red and Susperia and a few of his other films.


#8425

Throw in Silent Night, Deadly Night, Friday the 13th (series), Street Trash, The Stuff, & that one in New York…The Bronx Warriors, with the main character called Trash.


#8426

He co-wrote Demons 2, which is one of my favourite ever bad films.


#8427

OK, have bookmarked a few of the films mentioned by Wim & KM & may give them a shot. Cheers. I still haven’t seen ‘It’ as yet, even though I loved the book.