Horror title reccomendations

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  1. Chad Isaacs

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    Hey guys,

    A guy here at work somewhat introduced me to horror movies. I had never really been a fan but he let me borrow a few of his titles and got me hooked. Now, we work in seperate departments so I cannot pick his brain as much. So far I have

    House of 1000 Corpses
    Devils Rejects
    Saw 1 & 2 ( the ones that started it all)
    Cabin Fever
    Ring 1 & 2
    Shaun of the Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Land of the Dead
    High Tension
    28 Days Later
    Amityville Horror (orginal)
    and a few others I just cannot think of ( I am at work right now)

    So what can you guys reccomend? My wife really gets scared, and really likes getting scared. I just sit and laugh through most of them. She does not like ghost stories and movies where stuff "jumps out at you" so give me as many movies where "stuff jumps out at you " as you can... it makes for more fun... after the movie [​IMG]

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. Vincent_P

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    Do you have the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD or the original? Personally, I like both, but if you have one and not the other, it's defintely worth checking out the version you DON'T have.

    Not on DVD just yet, but I quite liked HOSTEL by CABIN FEVER writer/director Eli Roth, and the Australian film WOLF CREEK, too, which should be on DVD before too long. Check out the Clive Barker-adaptation CANDYMAN, too. There are tons of other good horror flicks I can reccommend, just give me some time to compile a list.

    Vincent
     
  3. Chad Isaacs

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    That would be great, thanks. Dawn of is the remake. I was looking forward to Hostel, a there was quite a bit of buzz around my office about it when it was first released ( I work with an interesting bunch)

    I forgot to mention House of Wax, I have that as well. Boo and Hiss all you want, I enjoyed it.
     
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    Halloween. If I was going to a desert island and could only take one horror movie, it would be that.

    A few others off the top of my head:

    I'll second a recommendation for Dawn Of The Dead. I didn't love or hate the remake but the original is a classic. Night Of The Living Dead is another winner. I like the remake of Night Of The Living Dead too.

    For some more modern stuff, I enjoyed Cabin Fever alot. Wes Craven's New Nightmare and Scream are both winners too. I dug the new Hills Have Eyes remake as well (although it's not on DVD yet).

    Actually the Wolf Creek DVD is coming out on Tuesday. I had no idea until I saw an ad online.
     
  5. Chad Isaacs

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    Thanks Travis,

    I saw scream several years ago and just could not get into it. I have also see the Elm street / Jason movies and never got interested in them so don't waste your keystrokes for them. I am going to look up Wolf Creek and see what its all about.
     
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    Had to chime in here. Horror flicks are my weak spot, even the cheesey ones. Which I'll mention a few.

    Halloween (vote #2 for this one)
    The Howling
    The Hills Have Eyes (original)
    He Knows You're Alone (Tom Hanks movie debut)
    When A Stranger Calls
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original is better)
    The Evil Dead 1 & 2 (cheesey great)
    Return of the Living Dead (cheesey funny)
    Re-Animator
    Pet Sematary
    Hellraiser 1 & 2
    Creepshow
    April Fool's Day
    Witchboard
    Final Destination might make you jump
    Frailty
    Cujo
    Carrie
    The Shining


    The 40-Year-Old Virgin
     
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    Thanks guys.


    I love 40 year old virgin by the way..
     
  9. seanOhara

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    There are some major gaps in your viewing.

    No '70s horror films -- Last House on the Left, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, The Fog, The Texas Chainsaw Masacre, The Omen The Hills Have Eyes, among many, many classics of the era.

    No Carpenter -- The Thing is an absolute must, and They Live and In the Mouth of Madness are well worth checking out.

    No Romero apart from Land of the Dead -- Night of the Living Dead and the original Dawn should be at the top of your queue.

    No J-Horror -- if you like The Ring films, check out the original Japanese versions, and if you like those move on to Pulse, Ju-on, and Dark Water.

    And if you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead, you should definitely watch Return of the Living Dead, which is just as funny and twice as gruesome.
     
  10. Scott-S

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    For a change, you might like the Sci-Fi horrors like:

    Alien - Lots of things Jumping out.
    Event Horizon - Very Creepy

    You should also see the ones that started it all for most of us:

    Friday the 13th
    Halloween
     
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    I'm big into the Euro-Horror and Asian horror, but I must warn you that these titles tend to have a lot of gore. Some essentials that I can think of off-hand are:

    Suspiria
    Deep Red
    Opera
    The Beyond
    Zombi 2
    Audition
    Ichi the Killer
    A Tale of Two Sisters
    Tetsuo:the Iron Man.[​IMG]
     
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    Fright Night is a must!
     
  13. Chad Isaacs

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    I have seen Audition at Best Buy, Might just have to pick it up. Thanks for all of the reccomendations!

    Perhaps there are some up there now, how about some titles that are scary, ghostly kind of scary. I think I have enough "gore" and zombie" movies for right now.
     
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    The Exorcist
     
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    I would add the new special edition of David Cronenberg's The Fly to your list. As far as ghostly horror goes, I would reccomend The Frighteners. It's as much a comedy-action film as a horror one, but it's fun nonetheless.[​IMG]

    EDIT-I would also highly reccomend the Universal Monster Series Legacy Editions: Dracula; Frankenstein; Wolf Man; Mummy; Creature from the Black Lagoon; Invisible Man.
     
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    two of my favorites-
    The Changeling- one of the best haunted house movies EVER!
    Rosemary's Baby-extremely sinister


    both are currently available on very inexpensive discs (but the transfers are very good).
     
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    So much to choose from when it comes to great horror films, especially if you want to be brave and try stuff made before the '70s, or braver still and try stuff made in black-and-white.
     
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    Bob, I will pick it up Tuesday when I make my weekly trip to Best Buy. It's pretty sad when the LP guys at the door know you by name.

    The Mrs. and I watched "Dukes of Hazard" (movie) tonight,thats pretty scary, huh.
     
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    My two favorites are Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, both from 1974. You might want to wait before purchasing either one of them though. Chainsaw is finally getting its due on DVD this September. MPI/Dark Sky is putting out a 2-Disc set complete with a brand new 16x9 enhanced transfer taken from HD elements and downconverted to standard definition, a new commentary track with Marilyn Burns, Paul Partain, Allen Danziger, Bob Burns, and David Gregory, the 80 minute "Shocking Truth" documentary, and all of the extras on the Pioneer disc.

    The best edition of Black Christmas available now is the Collector's Edition from Critical Mass which was released in 2002. It's loaded with extras including two commentaries, a 35 minute documentary, additional interview footage, etc., but unfortunately it has a 1.66:1 non-anamorphic transfer. With the remake scheduled to be in theaters this December I'm hoping we finally get a 16x9 enhanced DVD of the original.

    Chad, you mentioned that you have The Amityville Horror (1979). Have you seen Amityville II: The Possession (1982)? It's my favorite of the Amityville series, a real nasty film that deals with the events of the DeFeo murders in 1974. In the film, the family's name is changed to Montelli and there are only four children instead of five. The film is very sinister though and really creeped me out the first time I saw it.

    I agree with The Changeling. I just recently saw it for the first time after buying the DVD because I had heard so many good things about it. It's excellent and the DVD, from HBO Home Video, has a nice 16x9 enhanced 1.78:1 transfer. Another excellent George C. Scott horror is The Exorcist III which I consider to be the real first sequel to the 1973 original, not the horrible Exorcist II: The Heretic from 1977.
     

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