Recommend me some good horror films

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  • Midnight_Raven 5 Feb 2009 07:55:35 729 posts
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    Recently, I've been watching some horror flicks. Now Im looking for more, but I just don't know which ones are worth watching if you bear in mind the following:

    - no pure splatter/gore stuff like Braindead (things along the line of 28 Days Later are okay though)

    - no torture stories like Hostel, Saw or the like, please

    - atmospheric horror is preferred; it doesn't need to be overly bloody to be scary

    Movies that Ive seen and enjoyed:

    - 28 Days Later (personal favourite)
    - 30 Days of Night (a close second)
    - 28 Weeks Later
    - Silent Hill
    - the Alien movies
    - Night of the Living Dead (the old black and white original is not too gruesome)

    Can anyone recommend any more?
  • MetalDog 5 Feb 2009 08:01:45 23,697 posts
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    You'll like The Changling (1980), I think.

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  • McGeeza 5 Feb 2009 09:18:11 935 posts
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    Don't Look Now and the 70s Body Snatchers (both starring Donald Sutherland coincidentally).
  • S.J.Rogers 5 Feb 2009 09:20:03 3,557 posts
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    The Decent...

    VERY scary..!
  • JuanKerr 5 Feb 2009 09:22:43 36,248 posts
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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
  • essential 5 Feb 2009 09:22:52 661 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    You'll like The Changling (1980), I think.

    +1 for the Changeling (thanks MD for reminding me of that movie) wheelchair in the attic... shiver

    I reccomend 1408 although most people I know thinks its's utter tosh, I was very freaked after watching it.
  • McGeeza 5 Feb 2009 09:24:38 935 posts
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    If you like 28 Days later you should check out the Dawn of the Dead remake. Also, the other original Romero Dead films are a given.
  • LeoliansBro 5 Feb 2009 09:25:42 44,245 posts
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    The Thing. People, for shame!

    Also the remake of Mirrors with Jack Bauer is ace.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Hunam 5 Feb 2009 09:27:02 20,674 posts
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    Jacob's Ladder. It's what a lot of the Silent Hill games are based on.
  • essential 5 Feb 2009 09:27:49 661 posts
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    I'll see your Thing ;) and raise you The Shining.
  • Trane 5 Feb 2009 09:31:55 4,052 posts
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    Candyman is one of my favourites.

    The Shining and The Thing are of course great shouts.

    Event Horizon, whilst being more sci-fi horror, is quality atmospheric horror IMO.

    I also really enjoyed the Dawn of the Dead remake.
  • thefilthandthefury 5 Feb 2009 09:37:22 25,020 posts
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    I've been on a mega 1930s horror movie marathon lately. Wouldn't say they were scary at all these days though, just interesting.
  • LeoliansBro 5 Feb 2009 09:39:22 44,245 posts
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    .REC is quite good, bit slow in the middle but worth it for the final 20 minutes.

    Agree with everyone who mentioned The Descent, that's an excellent film.

    Dunno - Ringu / The Grudge / Dark Water?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • MrE26 5 Feb 2009 09:49:00 1,932 posts
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    Halloween & A Nightmare on Elm Street (the originals, steer well clear of the sequels.)
    Dawn of the Dead remake, Candyman, The Devils Backbone, The Thing,
    and... i actually quite liked the remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror & The Hitcher.
  • PearOfAnguish 5 Feb 2009 09:50:12 7,297 posts
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    The Blob (1988 version, not the original) is one of my favourites, though there might be too much splatter for you.
    The Hitcher (original). Excellent horror with little gore.
    The Eye (Korean version). Spooky ghosties. Woooo.
  • LeoliansBro 5 Feb 2009 09:51:01 44,245 posts
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    Duel's good, more suspense than horror though.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • figgis 5 Feb 2009 09:51:36 7,376 posts
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    The Orphanage and [REC] are two of the best atmospheric horrors I have seen in years.
  • Max_Powers 5 Feb 2009 09:56:36 1,098 posts
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    I second most of the suggestions made.

    The original Ringu is very scary
    The Orphanage is very atmospheric


  • MetalDog 5 Feb 2009 10:00:32 23,697 posts
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    Trilogy of Terror (1975). First two stories are a bit meh (although Bloodlines players will enjoy one of them), but the last one - despite it's absolutely moronic premise - still gives me the jeebies.

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  • Jeepers 5 Feb 2009 10:05:02 13,181 posts
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    Don't look now, The Shining and The Exorcist should definitely be on your list.

    They all proper shit me up.
  • MetalDog 5 Feb 2009 10:10:52 23,697 posts
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    The Exorcist always cracks me up...

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  • rutter 5 Feb 2009 10:13:04 1,919 posts
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    I suspect too much splatter for you, but imo the Scream trilogy is superb.
  • TechnoHippy 5 Feb 2009 10:14:16 14,715 posts
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    Another vote for Dog Soldiers, the first Hellraiser is also pretty good.

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  • Jeepers 5 Feb 2009 10:15:11 13,181 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    The Exorcist always cracks me up...

    I saw it at a midnight showing on Halloween some years back. And then had to walk home at 2am alongside the river Cam as the mist rolled over the water.

    I was quite scared.
  • JuanKerr 5 Feb 2009 10:19:11 36,248 posts
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    Another vote for Dog Soldiers here. Absolutely fucking love it - it's like a lower-budget, British version of Aliens.
  • pistol 5 Feb 2009 10:39:01 13,019 posts
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    essential wrote:
    MetalDog wrote:
    You'll like The Changling (1980), I think.

    +1 for the Changeling (thanks MD for reminding me of that movie) wheelchair in the attic... shiver

    I reccomend 1408 although most people I know thinks its's utter tosh, I was very freaked after watching it.

    I thought 1408 did a great job of building the supsense, it just couldn't deliver the final blow. Lost it's way about 3/4's of the way in. Wasted opportunity/
  • MetalDog 5 Feb 2009 10:42:48 23,697 posts
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    To be fair, most horror films fuck it all up spectacularly in the last five minutes. You just have to learn to mentally edit that bit out.

    70's Bodysnatchers is a rare and golden exception, of course.

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  • pistol 5 Feb 2009 10:48:47 13,019 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    The Exorcist always cracks me up...

    Watched it the other day and whilst it's dated, it still has a certain something. And I've seen it countless times.

    Most have already been said but I'll 2nd these..

    Nightmare On Elm Street
    The Hitcher (80's version)
    Evil Dead - gory though - Evil Dead 2 is ok too
    Psycho
    Alien
    The Shining
    The Thing
    Dawn Of The Dead - 78 version
    Halloween
    Children Of The Corn
    Amytiville Horror - original
    Eraserhead - it's a bit f*cked up though
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre - original
    Hellraiser
    Poltergeist
    Carrie

    There's a few there to be getting on with..


  • Midnight_Raven 5 Feb 2009 11:45:57 729 posts
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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far. :)

    I've already seen some of those, like the Scream trilogy, Shining, Poltergeist, Halloween, Bodysnatchers and Candyman (liked them all). It was just so long ago that I'd completely forgotten. Oh yeah, and Jacob's Ladder was very cool, too.

    I've also seen the original RIngu, but I don't think it's all that. Event Horizon didn't do it for me either, but then again, I hate Sam Neill. With the notable exception of In the Mouth of Madness, which is really good, despite sub-par FX.

    I'll definitely put The Descent, .REC, The Orphanage and The Eye on my list. Don't know if I can find Don't Look Now, Dog Soldiers and The Changeling, but they seem promising.

    Has anyone seen Behind the Mask? Thats supposed to be different and sounds interesting.

    (edit) Zombie Diaries? Or is that too much brain and guts?
  • LeoliansBro 5 Feb 2009 11:47:21 44,245 posts
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    Silent Hill wasn't half bad.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

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