Halloween movie/reference quality DVDs?

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  1. Brian W

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    I'd like some good horror movie/ reference quality DVD suggestions for a Halloween movie party I am having this weekend. Horror is not typically my genre. So far I have the new restored Exorcist. Need one or two more. Also I have Rocky Horror, but that is one what I showed last year. Doesn't need to be horror, just a good "Halloween" movie, comedy, satire etc.
    Thanks.
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    Halloween is a good movie for this time of the year. I was at a halloween party a couple of years ago and they were playing the first Nightmare on Elm Street. Everyone was glued to the TV because it really has some well known people in the movie that were nobodies back then.
    For a comedy, I love Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstien.
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    My absolute favorite Halloween movie would be Army of Darkness.
     
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Dawn of the Dead
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Halloween
    Suspiria
     
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    Here's a few that haven't been mentioned:
    Evil Dead
    Night of the Living Dead
    Dead Alive
    The Frighteners
    Re-animator
    Bride of Chucky
    The Beyond
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    The original version of Pyscho...don't waste time on the crap remake.
    There is also Friday the 13th Parts One, Two and Seven.
    Bride of Chucky (Ms. Tilly simply makes that movie).
    Try to find a copy of the original The Haunting with Julie Harris. A masterpiece.
     
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    Fright Night
    Halloween
    A nightmare On Elm Street
    Friday The 13th
    Bride Of Chucky
    Sleepaway Camp
    Candyman
    Idle Hands - Has some gore and comedy
    Tales From The Crypt : Demon Knight - Awsome Movie, Mixes Horror and comedy perfectly
    Just some ideas
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    Votes for the best Halloween horrors:
    Suspiria
    Sisters
    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
    To my eyes, they all have gorgeous anamorphic transfers (Sisters is fairly grainy, but it's also directly from the camera negative, so it's as good as it gets), and Suspiria and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie have fantastic 5.1 remixes. Despite the controversy over Suspiria's soundtrack in regards to sound levels and missing effects/snippets of dialogue, it still sounds phenomenal!
    [Edited last by Jon Robertson on October 26, 2001 at 10:24 AM]
     
  9. Patrick Wilmes

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    Halloween(restored version)
    Nightmare On Elm Street
    Scream
    An American Werewolf In London
    Can't miss with any of these,since they are great movies no matter how many times you've seen them plus they all great picture and sound.
     
  10. Brian W

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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I didn't think the original Haunting was released on DVD yet. Also, if you could mention how the transfer quality rates on the titles you are suggesting. Most horror genre films can be pretty cheesy to begin with, just how are the transfers? By reference quality I mean like Rocky Horror which is the best that film has ever looked and sounded, a stunning transfer.
    The only move that has been mentioned so far that I have seen (and have) on DVD is the original Psycho. I am anxiously awaiting an anamorophic release of Psycho soon.
    Anyone seen The Fly, the original or remake on DVD? I understand the quality is pretty good. Or The Omen? What about the remake of House On Haunted Hill?
    Thanks again!
     
  11. Brian W

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    Patrick-
    Which DVD is the restored version of Halloween? Is it an Artisan release? Isn't there more than one release that say "restored"?
    Thanks.
     
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    I bought the remake of House On Haunted Hill on DVD. I bought it without seeing it and it was ok
    Nothing special though
    Also I like Scream alot, I could watch that all day long. Go with some of the ones mentioned above.
    Skip HOHH remake and try to get Tales From The Crypt : Demon Knight, It is OOP so you may not find it. But if you do ENJOY, IT IS AWSOME !
    Regards,
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    I can't believe that no one has yet mentioned my favorite Halloween movie:
    Young Frankenstein
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    Sleepy Hollow is also very good.
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    Some other fun favorites...
    Phantasm
    Prince of Darkness
    Creepshow
     
  16. Patrick Wilmes

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    Brian,the restored version has the hologram cover.
     
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    Sleepy Hollow is an absolutely stunning transfer; it captures the look of the film in a way I coudn't have even wished for. The sound is rather wonderful as well, and I really like the film.
    I'm sure you're aware that the Haunting remake is a certified sub tester, although the story loses it dramatically in the last 15 minutes or so its rather good until then I thought.
    House On Haunted Hill is another film ruined by the dodgy climax, and the sound is a bit weird - some of the centre-speaker sound appears to have leaked into the left-rear if memory serves. Visually its very good though, and the sound is loud if nothing else.
    Halloween isn't the world's most speaker-testing sound, but that theme music is brilliant, and the print looks lovely as Carpenter manages to compete with his contemporary De Palma for maximum use of the scope frame.
    As for Army Of Darkness, the DC is interesting, but looks like its been left to rot in a cupboard for a decade (quite possibly what actually happened). For demo purposes, the THX rated theatrical cut looks much better.
    While its not the greatest transfer, Candyman looks perfectly passable, and that score is as haunting as its ever been.
    Finally, its possible to class SE7EN as Halloween material if you try, and for both sound and picture it has few equals. Plus its one of the best films of the 90's, so any excuse, really.
     
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    Can't believe nobody mentioned this yet: The Shining.
    Be sure and get the newly remastered version of The Shining. The video and sound is incredible.
     
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    THE CHANGELING -- one of the best ghost stories ever put to film. The 2-channel sound is a little weak, but the transfer is pretty good for this old a movie.
    MIMIC -- Well-directed killer bug movie with great 5.1 sound.
    THE GIFT -- Deliberately slow-paced, but one of the best sound mixes of any ghost/horror DVD ever.
    John Carpenter's THE THING -- No explanation needed.
    HELLRAISER 1 & 2 -- Campy, but still gory and fun. The 5.1 remix is subtle, but Pinhead's chains coming from the surrounds creeped me out!
    THE FLY/ THE FLY 2 -- Cronenberg's remake is great, and the sequel being on the flip side of the disc is certainly a bonus. Don't expect to be blown away by the 5.1 on these, but they both have decent transfers.
    STIR OF ECHOES -- The Sixth Sense kinda' eclipsed this movie since the themes were similar, but I really think SoE provided more legitimate tension and creepiness. A fantastic transfer and some of the creepiest usage of 5.1 surround for any ghost/horror movie.
     
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    Well, If you want to continue witht he irreverant fashion that you started with Rocky Horror Then you have to go with Evil Dead 2.
    If you want real scares though...see above posts.
     

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