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Favorite Horror Movie
By ladybugbop
On Thu Dec 06, 2012 01:36 AM

I'm doing some Christmas shopping for my cousin and he said either clothes or a scary movie....I have no idea which horror movies are good or not! What are your favorites? He's pretty hard core, 21 yrs old so anything goes!

9 Replies to Favorite Horror Movie

re: Favorite Horror Movie
By RattyPattymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 01:37 AM
Ahh this is absolutely my favorite genre!
Here are some of my favorites:
The Shining
Carrie
The Innocents
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931 version)
The Invisible Man
Alien
The Bride of Frankenstein
Night of the Living Dead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Silence of the Lambs
Rosemary's Baby
Dracula
Repulsion (not so much horror, but I like polanski and it goes with R's baby.)
The Exorcist
Psycho

I'm fascinated with horror film, and I love the classics so I received this set for my birthday last year and I love it! You could look into this: www.amazon.com . . .
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By SwordInStone
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 02:18 AM
Let Me In (2010)is the only horror film I've liked. It's scary in a strange way; there are no monsters. There isn't even a scary villain; the killer is relatable, and the only real antagonists are kids. Bullies, to be specific. And the acting has to be some of the best I've ever seen.

Also, The Road (2009, based on the McCarthy book) is as scary as any horror film. It's got the same lead actor as Let Me In. And it isn't cheesy.
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By KeepOnSinginPremium member
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 02:35 AM
Fimgerprints is the only movie I've ever seen that scared me...and I've seen a ton of horror movies! After watching it, I honestly didn't want to sleep alone, and my roommate was gone for the night, so my friend who I had watched the movie with said I could stay in his room for the night.

Others I really like:

- Disturbia
- Hide and Seek
- The Shining
- The Others
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By pols
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 07:14 AM
Edited by pols (178046) on 2012-12-07 07:17:17
Ooh, my husband and I are really into horror films. We've got so many that I don't know what we'll do to make our home child-appropriate when that time comes for us.

We mostly like the classics -

* Evil Dead (esp. 1 and 2)
These are considered some of the best in the horror world. Stop-motion animation, classic Sam Raimi, great old-school gore

* Night of the Living Dead
One of the original masterpieces and the first 'zombie' film. Beautiful Romero film, great cinematography, merciless black and white film that is a must-see for any real genre fan

* Land of the Dead
A 2005 sequel to the above and beautifully done. There were a few other sequels prior to this and one after, but in my opinion this one works best as a stand-alone and is a great dystopic post-zombie apocolypse world (think The Walking Dead).


* Dawn of the Dead
Both the original and the remake are excellent and would be an awesome double gift in my opinion. They are NOT the same film, even though it is a rewrite. They each have their own feel, individual characters and designs.

* Poltergeist
I don't care how old it is. This is one of the best supernatural horrors ever made and has been referenced in popular media ever since for good reason. At 21 he may not have seen it as there is no gore factor.

*The Exorcist (original, not remake)
A wonderful, genuinely disturbing film. Very well known and therefore likely that he's seen it.

* The Shining
But, really, hasn't everyone already seen this?

* The Haunting
This is an old black and white. It's not gory or that scary by modern standards but is a wonderful film. May not be the right tone for a 21-year-old, though.

* Cemetery Man
While we're speaking of unscary classics, this is a great graveyard film. Only for fans of the gently perverse and for appreciators of the stylised acting and set pieces of the black-and-whites.

* Suspiria
This is a schlocky ridiculous Italian film but great fun and unlikely that a 21-year-old would have seen it. It would be an unusual choice.

* Drag Me to Hell
A recent Sam Raimi film with very much the feel of his older work but with the special effects you'd expect of post-2000 cinema. A real risk your cousin would have at least seen this, though, if not already bought it.

* Cabin in the Woods
Another recent film, but not well publicised due to delayed distribution. A clever film (in a horror sort of way) made by Joss Whedon of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fame. Great fun for those who know the genre rules of horror well as its central theme plays upon them both affectionately and cynically. Decent gore factor and some interesting deaths. Crappy ending (sorry, Sigourney Weaver!) but overall totally worth a watch.

So there you have a selection of our horror choices. I could go on and on but there really are major variants in your chosen 'brand' of horror so I tried to give a bit of all the good stuff (from my perspective, anyway).

NB: Neither of us are big on the 'torture porn' films, so if that's the kind of thing your cousin is into, the above suggestions mightn't suit. The last torture porn I saw was Wolf Creek and it was extremely nasty. If he likes nasty, that could be a good choice. It's actually really wonderful cinematography and very well acted (unusual in a horror) but I found it difficult to watch.

PS - Silence of the Lambs is my all-time favourite film (of any genre) but it isn't a horror and I have no doubt he would have seen it. It's also on telly every year. Don't bother with Hannibal. It was sub-par (sorry, Anthony Hopkins!). Red Dragon was okay but, again, I would classify that as more of a thriller than a horror.

EDIT: A previous poster mentioned Let Me In. I haven't seen it but I cannot rave enough about the excellence of the original Let the Right One In. It is a subtitled vampire film. So, so good.
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By pols
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 07:33 AM
Edited by pols (178046) on 2012-12-07 07:34:02
Gah, I can't believe I forgot these!

* Nightmare on Elm Street
The original one is by far the best. Great creepy concept, some good deaths and a lot of fun without losing its intensity.

* Halloween
Again, the original. Michael Myers is a fabulous baddie and Jamie Lee Curtis is awesome in this. I believe it was her breakthrough role. For a fun double pack you could also get Halloween H20, which is the '20 years later' sequel. Not nearly as good a film, but does have Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role and a great face-off with her and Myers. More gore than the original and modern special effects. May be a nice balance with the understated and much more beautifully shot original.

Okay, I really will stop now. But I had to race back to DDN to add these. I wouldn't have been able to stop thinking about it otherwise!
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By hummingbird
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 04:23 PM
Do you know what films he already has? This might mean that a lot of classics are out of the picture if he has a collection.
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By ladybugbop
On Fri Dec 07, 2012 06:35 PM
I don't know what he already has, cause that would help a lot if I did! lol. Thank you so much for the answers and what they're about, this will help a lot!! :)
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By Damhnaitmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Dec 23, 2012 06:10 PM
See, I'm 21 as well and the classics like Dracula just are not scary to my generation. While everyone has their tastes, these days there are two categories: "Scary" movies and "classic horror" movies. In a classic horror, you'll get a nostalgic fear and maybe some suspense, but today's audience won't get the same fear they get when they watch modern horror movies. If he doesn't have an interest in classics, I suggest not going down that path.

Some movies I recommend would be:

--1408. It's more of a mystery thriller than horror
--The Others. It was mentioned above and if he's never seen it before there's a great spin to the end

If he enjoys foreign movies at all, in my opinion some of the best horror movies are Asian horror. Not the remakes made in America like The Ring or the Grudge, but the original Asian versions such as:
--Shutter (Thai). This was recently remade into an American film, but the original is so much more terrifying than the remake
--Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (Korean)
--Bloody Reunion (Korean). It's more gruesome than supernatural horror, but hey, some people go for that.

I would say that for a 21 year old, stay away from the classics (I think andy Stephen King movie like The Shining, Pet Cemetery, etc. is okay, as is Poltergeist or The Exorcist even, but stay away from the old, silent films like Nosferatu or the borderline cheesy movies for today's standards like Psycho.
re: Favorite Horror Movie
By schuhplattlerPremium member
On Sun Dec 23, 2012 06:29 PM
Has he seen any of the original 3D movies?

House of wax is terrific!

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