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Posted 7/8/14
I LOVE scary movies, what are some of your favorites? im always loooking for new ones to watch id love to hear some good titles.

Reccently i've been into the conjuring, not really to scary but i thought it was neat, and this morining i watched v/h/s/ 2 which was creepier than the first one
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I'm really passionate about the horror genre and I could write for days on it. To keep it simple, I find terror (the feeling of dread before seeing something horrible) in films and books to be extremely effective while horror (the feeling of fear and revulsion after witnessing something horrible) only works in real life situations. So I don't get anything out of the gross-outs that a lot of modern horror works use as a crutch. Terror, when used really effectively, can make me have a minor existential crisis, which is exhilarating. HP Lovecraft has given me many such wonderful moments.

Silent horror really works for me. Something about the medium and atmosphere really puts me on edge before even getting to the material. I also really love the earlier Universal monster films (before all the endless sequels), but each of them except for The Mummy has a crucial flaw or two that reduce its creepiness in my opinion.

Seeing too much usually destroys the feeling of terror for me. Sometimes film adaptations can cause me to feel less freaked out by something just because of their visual nature. For example, I think The Hellbound Heart is fantastically skin-crawling, but its film adaptation Hellraiser is a dud. If it's going to show too much I'd rather it be slapstick like Evil Dead 2 or Cabin in the Woods so I can at least have a laugh.

Anyway, my faves: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead, The Blair Witch Project, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Mummy (1932), Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, Carrie (1976), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Vampyr (1932), The Whisperer in Darkness, The Others, House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Thing (1982), and Alien.
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Anyway, my faves: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead, The Blair Witch Project, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Mummy (1932), Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, Carrie (1976), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Vampyr (1932), The Whisperer in Darkness, The Others, House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Thing (1982), and Alien.


I've seen a handful of your faves and love them. Except I didn't really enjoy thr blair witch project, i have tried to watch it several times to like it but just can't get a feel for it. i did like the second one however, which i know is kinda dumb but i liked it anyway. I really want to watch rosemarys baby, its in my queue for netflix but i just havnt had the attention span to dedicate to watching it yet. The exorcist to this day TERRFIES me..i have only seen it three times and will not watch it anymore than that. I've never really gotten into silent horror but i wouldn't pass it up. Im into all different types i like to give everything a shot. The gore factor works for me but other things do as well it all depends on what im in the mood for. then of course theres movies like the grudge and the ring and mama that are not good MOVIES but as far as scare factor they scare the crap out of me. i think its all that jerky weird type movement that goes on. but i love watching them anywy and will sit through the showing in a theatrer scared out of my mind.
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Posted 7/9/14

zombiexcandy wrote:

The gore factor works for me but other things do as well it all depends on what im in the mood for.


It's not that I think gore can't be effective, but I feel it has to play a support role to narrative and atmosphere. Gross isn't scary in and of itself, and if pushed too far can actually take me out of the atmosphere of the film. The Thing uses occasional gore really well to show you how serious the situation is, yet you only get glimpses of the creature, so you never really get a handle on it. I love that.
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yeah i can get your point. the thing is excellent! great movie. havn't watched it for awhile. did you like the newer one? i saw it awhile ago i dont remember it much but i remember thinking it was *ok* but nothing compared to the original one.
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Still haven't seen it. I had been under the impression it was a remake so I avoided it, and only recently found out it was meant to be a prequel and seamlessly lead into the original. I'm going to get around to it one of these days.
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it's worth watching but it's not the best movie youll ever see. it certainly doesn't beat the original. but it's not the worst movie youll ever see either. worth watching on netflix or at least redbox for 1$
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