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post Oct 22 2012, 02:49 AM
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Thought I would do a fun Halloween type thread. Just list your favorites. For me horror is probably my favorite genre after anime as far as what I want to watch, so I think I know a good deal about it. If you haven't seen any of these films, I suggest checking them out. Make sure you're not squeamish though. tongue.gif Please list your faves in replies!

These are listed by year and director, because some of them have had remakes that sucked! I don't know why so many of the top ones came out in the same few years, but sometimes things come together like that as far as genres of film, music, or whatever else that had a peak period.

My ultimate top 25:

1. Tenebre (1982) [Direced by Dario Argento]
2. Alien (1979) [Directed by Ridley Scott]
3. Phantasm (1979) [Directed by Don Coscarelli]
4. Suspiria (1977) [Directed by Dario Argento]
5. Halloween (1978) [Directed by John Carpenter]
6. Dawn of the Dead (1978) [Directed by George A. Romero]
7. Inferno (1980) [Directed by Dario Argento]
8. The Thing (1982) [Directed by John Carpenter]
9. Evil Dead II (1985) [Directed by Sam Raimi]
10. Deep Red (1975) [Directed by Dario Argento]
11. Day of the Dead (1985) [Directed by George A. Romero]
12. Phenomena (1985) [Directed by Dario Argento]
13. Maniac Cop (1988) [Directed by William Lustig]
14. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) [Directed by William Fuest]
15. Night of the Living Dead (1968) [Directed by George A. Romero]
16. Creep Show (1982) [Directed by George A. Romero]
17. Phantasm II (1988) [Directed by Don Coscarelli]
19. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) [Directed by Dario Argento]
20. Demons (1985) [Directed by Lamberto Bava]
21. The Night of the Hunted (1980) [Directed by Jean Rollin]
22. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971) [Directed by Sergio Martino]
23. The House with Laughing Windows (1976) [Directed by Pupi Avati]
24. Torso (1973) [Directed by Sergio Martino]
24. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) [Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace]
25. Psycho (1960) [Directed by Alfred Hitchcock]

Top directors from this list:

1. Dario Argento (the undisputed best imo)
2. George A. Romero (reinvented the genre and turned in several classics)
3. John Carpenter (probably the most skilled horror director after Argento)

Some honorable mentions:

The Hunger (1983) [Directed by Tony Scott] (RIP!!!)
The Nude Vampire (1970) [Directed by Jean Rollin] (RIP as well sadly! Love this director!)
Zombie aka Zombi II (1979) [Directed by Lucio Fulci] (Also RIP but for a lot longer that the above two)
Evil Dead (1981) [Directed by Sam Raimi]
The Shining (1980) [Directed by Stanly Kubrick]

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post Oct 23 2012, 12:28 AM
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My top 3, since I only was "scared" by 3 movies in my life.

1. Blair Witch Project

Some won't agree, because they need to be spooked to be scared, but real fear is fear of the unknown, of not knowing what's happening, not fear of when a psychopath will strike or not, which is just about being spooked...

Fear builds up very slowly in this movie, but it acts like a crescendo, until it brings us up to the scariest moment of the movie (the "something's outside the tent" scene), or at least so we think, because it becomes even more scarier afterwards, when the two film makers reach the abandoned house in search of their missing friend.


The ending of BWP left me gripping my seat with the tip of my fingers, so to say, in fear of what I would see, what would finally pop up in my face, and the fact that it ISN'T shown just makes it more frightening altogether.

2. Alien

This is a visceral horror movie, which takes you by the guts. The first time you see the chest burst scene or Ash ending up being beheaded is pure horror, bordering on gore but not past the limit, IMHO.

3. Pulse

I'm talking about the Japanese original movie, not the crappy cheap US remake. The fear is once again building quite slowly, in a crescendo that leaves you with a real feeling of eeriness and a general sensation of discomfort that grows very bad.

Halfway past the movie, the feeling goes from an uncomfortable sensation to one of utter hopelessness, as the situation turns from bad to worse. A very depressive movie somehow, but one that will scare you pretty well in its first half.

Just my two cents.

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