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Date Posted: 20:05:46 09/21/20 Mon
Author: River Acheron
Subject: Amazing movies you mentioned!
In reply to: Comicality 's message, "My thoughts..." on 03:12:34 09/21/20 Mon

I pretty much love all sub-genres of horror, from David Cronenberg-style body-horror, to psychological, to straight on gore, to supernatural thrillers...you name it. Well, everything except straight on horror comedy. Meh.

And I LOVE 'Terrifier!' That's actually a sequel. Have you ever seen the original (more anthology-based) 'All Hallows Eve'? It's the movie that introduces us to Art the Clown and in my opinion it's even more disturbing than 'Terrifier'. If you have not seen it, check it out!

Some cool creature-features include 'Squirm', and 1977's 'Kingdom of the Spiders' (which heavily inspired 'Arachnophobia'...and has an added bonus of starring William Shatner, who is definitely um...at his most Shatnerist. The film uses real tarantulas and if you are scared of spiders, this most is pretty traumatizing! Speaking of hordes of killer tarantulas, I also recommend Lucio Fulci's 'The Beyond' (You may have heard of Fulci from arguably his most famous film, 'Zombi 2')

Probably the most messed up horror movie I have ever seen was 1976's 'Blood Sucking Freaks'. It's an exploitation gore-fest. To say it's disturbing cannot even do this film justice. It makes 'Hostel' and 'Saw' look like 'Bambi'. I shit you not.

I can go on and on. lol. It's too big a subject to even begin to broach here, but I will say that in terms of pure fear and horror...yeah, psychological horror does that best! 'Seven', 'Silence of the Lambs' (and all it's sequels and prequels), 'The Shining', 'Jacobs Ladder', 'Flatliners', 'Shutter Island', 'A Cure for Wellness', 'The Lighthouse' are all favorites of mine.

Below, I will list a bunch in no particular order that I have love. My own personal timeless classics, if you will. :P

- 'Videodrome' (1983) David Cronenberg's best, in my opinion! Surreal as Hell, yet subversive....a statement on technology, especially television, and how it influences us as people and as a society. This movie will scare you in ways that even you don't understand yourself! The visuals in this is one source for the inspiration for Silent Hill. It's darkly stunning.

- 'The Thing' (1982) This is another body-horror movie. Directed by John Carpenter, it's actually a remake of 1951's 'The Thing From Another World', directed by Howard Hawks. Also a good movie! And based on John W. Campbell Jr's 1928 novel, 'Who Goes There?' The practical gore effects in this movie are considered the best of all time!

- 'Dracula' (1931) What can I ever say about this? Directed by Tod Browning, while it's not the BEST 'Dracula' adaptation ever made (nor was it the first), what makes this a classic to me is the ATMOSPHERE. The movie bleeds pure mood. From Bela Lugosi's hypnotic stare, to the set designs of Dracula's castle...even the opening of Renfield traveling through the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania is such a foreboding, dismal scene with a heavy threatening atmosphere. It's hard to describe. Watch this movie on Halloween night with your lights completely off!

- 'Color Out of Space' (2019) It's often been said that H.P. Lovecraft's works are impossible to turn into films. (This is not totally true...Stewart Gordon's 1985 'Re-Animator' is amazing, and not just because it's Jeffery Fucking Combs!), however it *is* extremely rare and difficult. Lovecraft's original story 'The Colour Out of Space' was written in 1927 and was actually one of my favorites of his..even moreso than his Cthulhu stuff. This movie was a FANTASTIC rendition. The acting is amazing, the scenes, and of course...the 'color' is visually stunning, and come on....Nicholas Cage. I don't want to give away the plot. But to quote from the original story: “It was just a colour out of space—a frightful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes.”

- 'Chopping Mall' (1986) Okay, I admit...a guilty pleasure. It's bad. But it's SO bad, it's good. Let's be honest, the best movies during the 80's slasher boom came out from 1979 to like...1983. Late era slashers such as this tend to be on the goofy side. BUT IT'S SUCH A FUN MOVIE! I love it. lol. The director, Jim Wynorski has an INSANE amount of movies under his belt, including 'Not of this Earth', 'The Return of Swamp Thing', 'Sorority House Massacre II', 'Cheerleader Massacre' etc. The dude even worked with Roger Corman! He knows his shit, and there is something to be said about B-movies that are so fun and real. There's passion behind his work...a lot more than I can say for Michael Bay. lol. I fully recommend 'Chopping Mall'. Yes, I know 'Dawn of the Dead' did a MUCH better job at the "mallsploitation" horror sub-genre, (not to mention a killer soundtrack by Goblin, but this still great mindless horror fun. Plus, I will take killer robots over zombies any day. (Sorry, zombie fans!)

And come on....it's got a way better title!

- Cube (1997) A bunch of strangers awaken to find themselves in a gigantic cube with a seemingly endless amount of rooms. Some are booby-trabbed to kill you in HORRIBLE ways, some allow you to advance to the next room. Need I say more? It's one of the more original horror movies out there, and that is saying a LOT for horrors dark PG-13 milk-toast era in the late 1990's. This is a diamond in an otherwise pile of 90's shit. lol. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Stay clear of the sequel and prequel...they are garbage.

- The New York Ripper (1982) Italian horror in the 70's and 80's was...brutal. In a good way. The 'giallo' subgenre (think slasher mixed with film noir, mixed with an Agatha Christie-style "whodunit". The director...Lucio Fulci again...was better known as a straight up supernatural horror gore-hound, with movies like 'The Beyond', 'House By The Cemetery', 'Zombi 2', 'City of the Living Dead', etc. However, at times he dipped into 'giallo', and this is one of his best. A very simple plot of a slasher villain terrorizing the streets of New York City, this movie gives you levels of gore that wouldn't have been allowed in American movies at the time. Maybe not even now! Don't watch if you don't like to see extreme closeup eyeball torture. Something Fulci does in many of his movies. It's his "thing" :P

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974). Yes...the original movie has "Chain Saw" as two words. Every other sequel and remake combined the word. Anyway...what can I POSSIBLY say about a movie that was outright banned in Brazil, Chile, England (until 1998!!) Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and West Germany, and heavily cut down/edited in Australia. I did not want to list any obvious classics in my list, but this film deserves a special mention. Aside from Hellraiser, it may be my favorite horror movie of all time. At least, it's right up there! Again...it's the VISUALS. This is a movie that gets everything right. The snuff film-esque quality makes it almost seem like a documentary or found footage movie. It's not gory, but the mind fills in the gaps, due to the disgusting set designs and story being told. It's one of those films that actually suffers from an HD upgrade. The place to watch it is on a grainy UHF television station at 2am in 1986 or something....alas, I didn't exist yet :) Also, the heroine, Marilyn Burns, is prob the best Scream Queen in horror history! This movie combines the birth of slasher with exploitation and even psychological mind-fuckery. A total win in every direction.

- 'I Spit on Your Grave' (1978). So many trigger-warnings, I don't even feel right recommending this! Girl gets gang-raped (for a VERY long, uncomfortable time. In fact, the scene is a bit too drawn out), and she takes revenge on her rapists in brutal ways. In a way, one can call it a "slasher", except the killer is the protagonist and rape victim, and told though her point of view...so it's not a "slasher" in the classic sense. It's a sub-genre known as Rape-Revenge, which was big in the 70's and very early 80s, mostly due to women's empowerment that was going on at the time. (movies like this, 'Last House on the Left', 'Ms. 45', etc). This film is brutal. This film is uncomfortable. Roger Ebert called it, and I quote, "A vile bag of garbage". But is that not EXACTLY what horror is supposed to do? It's supposed to horrify us. That's exactly what this film does in spades! Aside from the uncomfortable subject matter, the gore, there's a psychological aspect of this thats makes you question things, "was she morally justified?" "Did her acts make her no better than her rapists?" These are difficult questions, and this movie makes you really think.

- 'Vivarium' (2020). This just came out, and holy hell it's weird! Think the suburban version of Blair Witch. Instead of the woods, a couple enters one of those planned suburban developments where all the houses are exactly the same, only to find that they are now trapped and they can't leave, as it's one big maze no matter where they go, which defies logic and physics. This movie is eerie, creepy, beautifully shot, and well-acted. The ending will leave you saying, "wtf?", and in that sense, its more like another favorite of mine (a trapped in the woods movie"), called 'YellowBrickRoad'. Anyway, 'Vivarium' is on Amazon Video, so if you have it, check it out!!

I'm going to stop here. This is actually a very short list. I could have mentioned Charles Band's 'Puppetmaster' movies, 'Candyman', 'New Years Evil', 'V.F.W.', 'Black Christmas' (the original ONLY!), 'IT' (both the mini-series and the new movies), 'Tourist Trap', 'Dark Signal', 'Fright Night', 'The Howling', 'Prom Night', 'The Stuff', 'They Live', 'Deep Red', 'The Exorcist', 'The Witch', 'Insidious', 'The Conjuring', 'A Quiet Place', 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown', 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare', to say nothing of all the Friday the 13th's, Nightmare on Elm Streets, etc. But I gotta stop. lmao.

Maybe this was more of a complicated topic than I anticipated! :)

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  • Doctor Sleep -- brandonrobby, 06:17:07 09/24/20 Thu
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