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The first Cube was EXCELLENT but as said before, I think it's more sci-fi than horror... trivia: ASS'n'ARRow sampled a line from a character of this movie on 'thesis of ASS'n'ARRow (E komo mai ! !)'

 

I enjoyed The Cabin on the Woods very much. Its more of a dark comedy, but the way it plays with the genre is fantastic.

 

SInister was very nice. I simply can't get scared with horror movies anymore, and recent productions are so laughably bad that this one actually stands out.

 

Shouldn't need to mention 28 days later, right?

 

Oh, and if you enjoyed the Paranormal Activity movies, you should totally check The River. Very fun. Kinda cheesy, but fun.

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The first Cube was EXCELLENT but as said before, I think it's more sy-fy than horror... trivia: ASS'n'ARRow sampled a line from a character of this movie on 'thesis of ASS'n'ARRow (E komo mai ! !)'

 

I wouln't say it's more sci-fi than horror. It's pretty much a 50/50 sci-fi-horror film. But it's more sci-fi oppossed to Saw, which is a pure horror film.

 

I enjoyed The Cabin on the Woods very much. Its more of a dark comedy, but the way it plays with the genre is fantastic.

 

 

This was very enjoyable indeed, however, I had to remove a point for the really bad CGI. Looks cheap and awful. Shame, because if not for that this could easily've been up there fighting with the 5 last from my list.

 

SInister was very nice. I simply can't get scared with horror movies anymore, and recent productions are so laughably bad that this one actually stands out.

 

This was a huge disappointment to me. Not bad, but the second half was a big mess, and it just didn't fit in. They should have dropped the supernatural shit. I am very much looking foward to Scott Derrickson's upcoming Deliver Us from Evil, though. Looks like it might be something good.

 

Shouldn't need to mention 28 days later, right?

 

Aye. Both this and the sequel are good, but this one is a lot better than the sequel. More delicious post-apocalyptic horror and less action. But I like both a lot.

 

Oh, and if you enjoyed the Paranormal Activity movies, you should totally check The River. Very fun. Kinda cheesy, but fun.

 

The first Paranormal Activity was decent, but I thought the two sequels I saw was utter shit.

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IMO the terror was very much there in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake... tho maybe the overall atmosphere was a bit different.

 

To be honest I didn't find a single second of atmosphere in the film. I was just a poor torture porn film where everything was about the violence. It was about being shocking and nothing more. I can enjoy these types of films, but they didn't make it work at all here. Same with e.g Hostel and its sequels. Or A Serbian Film. Doesn't work at all. "Oh so shocking blablabla". It's so fucking forced and doesn't work one bit.

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I hate Hostel with all of my heart. To be honest I think Eli Roth is a really shitty director. But I like him, and I am really looking forward to The Green Inferno, though. The world needs more cannibal films. It's such a forgotten "subgenre" of horror. I hope it sees a revival one day.

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^ Aww I see. I suppose you didn't like Cabin Fever that much either? (imo it's an average/decent flick)

 

And yes, I'm looking forward to his cannibal movie, the world needs more of that stuff.

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If there is just one zombie film for the top 10 list, it is the "28 days later" hands down. A slow-moving-brain-dead zombie is cool and manageable but a running-aggressive is just a no-no-no-NO!

 

It is going to take a while to compose a list just for 00-09, I don't particularly remember every movie by their title.

 

I have seen the Quiet Family, I don't think of it as horror than black comedy.

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We'll take 2000-2014 now so that we get to use every single year available. Then in the 90's we'll take 90-99, then 80-89 until we reach the 20's, and we will take from 1929 to the begining of films (1890's-ish). I use IMDB. I rate all the films I've seen and whenever I need to make a list I'll take a look at my own list and pick out horror as the genre, and then the years I want to see. It's not "perfect" as there's a billion films I've forgotten to rate throughout the years, but it gets me close enough.

 

Haven't been as muh response and discussion as I had hoped, though. I was hoping this would start a discussion about the films chosen and so on.

 

You are right about The Quiet Family being a black comedy, but it's a blak comedy-horror film.

 

 

Looking forward to the 90's. That'll probably be the hardest decade of them all because it's by far the worst decade for horror IMO. It looked like a dying genre, despite some gems here and there.

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Not once during the Quiet Family was I horrified but more so interested to see what happens next.

 

Here is my list 00 to 09, unless otherwise stated, it is determined by my horror or terror for the characters and less so for my scare or shock. A warning of possible spoilers ahead but I tried to limit them.

 

10)   Shutter

This is the movie that gave me ultimate respect for Thai horror. It is a typical ghost plot but IMO, it displays the full range of horror possible such as mood, tempo, atmosphere, false safety...

 

9)      One Missed Call

The beauty of this film is the imminent doom from something simple such as a ringtone. I especially like how Miike was able to twist a simple and innocent ringtone to something sinister.

 

8)      Saw

 

The main trait, I particularly like about this are the decisions proposed to the characters. They are horrible but still teaches you the lesson life is worth living even with the suffering. It is a simple film but the plot is something I have never seen or experienced before.

 

7)      The Descent

Darkness is a bitch and what is scarier is knowing there are unknowns that lies within it.  Well a reason to watch "six chicks with picks" is not bad too.

 

6)      Dumplings

This is the type of film that builds up to an eventual horrific reveal. What is especially discerning is the possibility of this actually happening in the black market. The ending stare is especially sickening as it shows the unapologetic nature of the actions of some people and their desires outweighing morals and ethics.

 

5)      Ju-On the Grudge

This is essentially the white-gowned girl fucking up my heartbeat movie. Many things have been said about this film already from reviews and such. It is an essential j-horror film only recommended if you haven't been desensitized by other harsher horror movies.

 

4)      The Hills Have Eyes

This is the first movie that made me uncomfortable at a very young age. The rape is scene was especially what I detest the most. Of all crimes possible, rape will always be the one I detest the most and this one shows one where help was possible. As well, other atrocities are shown just as horrific.

 

3)      28 Days Later

As stated before, running-aggressive zombies is just not a thought I particularly like to have. Secondary to this is the study of the male psyche or behaviour when faced with the dystopia of limited women.

 

2)      Funny Games

This is a film where the viewer gets to explore the feeling of helplessness and demeaning to an ultimate level at least in my opinion. There is very little bloodshed and the main villains are "normal" looking people. This movie ends with some loud grunge rock movie leaving me with an even rougher feeling in my stomach from what I have just witnessed and viewed.

 

1)      The Chaser

This is quite a thrilling and suspenseful ride of a movie that had me down right immersed in the movie emotionally for the first time ever. The main suspense is the use of my favourite Hitchcock technique where the audience knows what the villain is up to but unknown to the main hero. This technique often creates frustration for the viewer and this becomes especially frustrating by the pre-climax as a victim nearly escapes from the villain. Think Taion but there being hope even though it was only a sliver. What sets this a part from Hills Have Eyes is that the hope is held throughout the film making me constantly attached to the character. The final result is not final until the climax ends but with the Hills, the family has nothing to lose after everything they have gone through and their still desolate position set the ending even before the movie ends.

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Not once during the Quiet Family was I horrified but more so interested to see what happens next.

 

Which is quite normal. It isn't made to scare anyone. Neither is the likes of The Happiness of the Katakuris, Shaun of the Dead, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, Hausu, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Zombieland and so on. Horror films aren't necessary made to scare people. Different subgenres have different purposes. Horror comedies are ment to be silly and just make people laugh.

 

 

Good list by the way. The Chaser is such a great film.

 

I hated Funny Games. It was such a poor film. Poor, forced acting and it felt so uninspired. Sadly, I watched the remake before the original because my girl wanted to watch it with me. It's so obvious it was made to please the american market and get some more dough and nothing else.

 

The Hills Have Eyes too. Far from the worst remake in recent years (last 15-20), but still lacks what made the original such a great film.

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6)      Dumplings

 

5)      Ju-On the Grudge

 

2)      Funny Games

 

 

Ah, these are nice! I almost included Ju-On in my list. It is one of the best Japanese horror movies I've seen, simple but effectively manages to scare the crap out of me. xD Funny Games was interesting too (only watched the original). The anthology Three...Extremes of which Dumplings is a part of also almost made my list, it's such a fun little assortment of creepy & weird.

 

Dammit, now I remember I totally forgot to include Rampo Jigoku... it's such a cool, cool movie. ;w; (maybe not purely horror throughout, more like a filmic equivalent of 'weird fiction')

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Since people don't seen interested we'll just jump to the 90's. This is a hard one if you ask me. The year that horror "died". Ok, it wasn't as bad as I make it out to be. But it's still the weakest decade ever IMO.

 

1. Braindead

What a I supossed to say about this masterpiece? It's hilarious from begining to end. The keywords here are blood, blood and more blood. Because that is what this is; a film full of blood. This is Peter Jackson at his best.

 

2. Army of Darkness

This is somewhat of an underrated film if you ask me. It's got a huge cult following, but is kinda looked fown upon because of its huge amoutn of slapstick humour. And it's less bizarre than the two others. And while this probably is the weakest of the three, it's stilla  great film.

 

3. Audition

A slow drama that suddenly explodes and gets fucked up. You just have to love that.

 

4. Ringu

This was one of the first films of its kind, isn't it? The new wave of terrorizing "J-horror" that scared the living shit of out people for years to come. That kinda says it all, doesn't it? Atmospheric, terrorizing and mean.

 

5. Wild Zero

This is one of those crazy, Japanese films that you've just got to love. This cult film stars Masashi Endô who plays a rockabillyfan who friggin' love Guitar Wolf. And who else stars in this film? Well, I'll tell you that. Guitar fucking Wolf! That's right. Guitar Wolf! How cool is that? Should be more than enough to get a hold of your interest. This is a badass film from start to finish.

 

6. Sleepy Hollow

I've always had a weak spot for Tim Burton and his directorial style, but this is one of my favourites of his. Visually stunning film with a great atmosphere and a fabolous Johnny Depp. It's a great, and somewhat underrated film.

 

7. Bram Stoker's Dracula

This is a great, semi-erotic gothic horror film with a brilliant Gary Oldman in the lead. The atmosphere is great, but my favourite part of this film is probably the use of shadows. It's absolutely chilling and geat. You gotta love it!

 

8. In The Mouth of Madness

This seems to be a love/hate type of film. I love it. I think it's great. It is at times very Lovecraftian, but at other times it doesn't fee like anything close to Lovecraftian. I think that's quite exiting.

 

9. Tremors

Top-rate special effects, a superb Kevin Bacon and lots and lots of fun. Is it possible not to love this film? I mean... this is awesome.

 

10. Scream

I've got a love/hate relationship to this film. It' a great film and it makes lots of fun of the slasher genre, but on the other hand it always struck me as the film that killed the genre completely. But it's a great film. It really is.

 

 

And you have films like Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, Misery and so on that you easily can include on a horror list. I didn't do this now, though, as you can see. But some other day I might have included them.

 

 

 

I'll add some links later.

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I'm not well-versed enough in horror movies to contribute much, but I absolutely love Scream and Misery.

The opening scene of Scream remains legendary.  The movies that followed weren't so great.  The Scream series had kinda fallen into the same cliches/formulaic plots it was making fun of, but they had just enough wit/twists that it still made for a fun viewing.  I know Scream 4 was pretty much just made to appease longtime fans, but I loved it, haha.  I think it could have addressed more aspects of the "modern" horror genre (well, one character did mention that it's all just "torture porn"), but I suppose it did a decent job of upping the gore factor compared to its predecessors.

And Misery... awesome performances from both leads.  Great, chilling story!

Also fast foward to the 2000s, I love/hate House of Wax, haha.  I think the story is pretty cool.  Granted, I haven't seen the original, so I don't know how much it desecrates it.  I may just be an Elisha Cuthbert fanboy, but I think the movie is a bit underrated overall.  Yes, there are some shitty aspects (wtF is Paris Hilton doing there?!) that make you think it's just another teen slasher, but still, enjoyed it nonetheless.

Also, would I be crucified instantly for thinking Suspiria sucks?  I don't know, but I was expecting something amazing with all the Dario Argento hype.  I guess the movie hasn't aged well, because it mostly just came off as cheesy and obnoxious, imo.  I also did not appreciate the soundtrack.  And it has the worst tagline ever, haha: "The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 80".

Please be gentle with my awful taste in horror, Bear. ;)

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Please be gentle with my awful taste in horror, Bear. ;)

 

I'm not sure I can do that. FUCK YOU AND YOUR AWFUL TASTE!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Nah, fuck that. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion and I am happy to see more people contribute here. It's always fun to discuss horror with people, no matter what their taste is like. It's not my thread, but I'll try to keep it alive as much as possible, but I can't do that alone.

 

 

 

Also fast foward to the 2000s, I love/hate House of Wax, haha.  I think the story is pretty cool.  Granted, I haven't seen the original, so I don't know how much it desecrates it.  I may just be an Elisha Cuthbert fanboy, but I think the movie is a bit underrated overall.

 

It's not a remake despite the title. They've got very little in common, except for the title. House of Wax (1953) is a remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum, though. Both are fantastic, but I prefer House of Was meself. Can't stand House of Wax (2005). It's a huge failure in my eyes.

 

 

 

Also, would I be crucified instantly for thinking Suspiria sucks?  I don't know, but I was expecting something amazing with all the Dario Argento hype.  I guess the movie hasn't aged well, because it mostly just came off as cheesy and obnoxious, imo.  I also did not appreciate the soundtrack.  And it has the worst tagline ever, haha: "The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 80".

 

This, I have to admit, is quite shocking. I'm a huge Dario Argento fan and I consider most of his 70's and 80's horror films to be masterpieces, as well as some of his 90's films. And the best part of his best films (Profondo Rosso and Suspiria) are the soundtrack by Goblin. I fucking love Goblin! Seeing them live in 10 days as well.

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All right, time for da '90s! It was a total pain in the ass to locate as many as ten movies which are not only good but great - okay, maybe not great, I lowered my expectations a bit. xD Sooo~

 

Sam Neill in a horror movie - standard enough, with above-standard execution! Great atmospheric and creepy-cool flick with some very Lovecraftian elements, as Bear already mentioned. Probably my absolute favorite '90s horror film.
 
An unusual beast, it starts out as a crime-thriller, then kind of turns into a horrorfest with some funny gags. Robert Rodriguez is always good in the "high-budget B-movie" type department, as evident here.
 
3. Misery
Excellent (dare I say one of the best) Stephen King adaptation, almost solely depending on the talents of James Caan and Kathy Bates. Needless to say, their acting is superb, especially Kathy doing the demented ex-nurse.
 
Totally creepy and surreal nightmare-like flick where reality and visions blur together (or do they? dun-dun-duuun). 'Nuff said, fans of weird mindfuck movies must see this one.
 
A true horror-comedy classic, very crazy, very gross and lots of fun... back when Peter Jackson wasn't busy chasing hobbits and elves, heh.
 
6. Scream
A nice homage / critique / meta-look at the slasher subgenre, through a kind of teen-horror type setting. I chose this more for the sheer nostalgic value it holds for me, saw this when I was like 12.
 
One of those "....oh shit" movies, haha. If you've seen it you know what I mean, if not - go see it right now! An unsettling ride, that's for sure.
 
Another solid horror with Sam Neill, this time with a good deal of sci-fi thrown in. To me, the interior and horrors of the titular ship almost rival Giger's fantastically otherworldly designs for Alien.
 
This is the part where I'm just rounding out my list to have 10 movies. xD This is an okay movie, quite hilarious, not scary at all but that probably wasn't the point to begin with.
 
Probably the most decent Hellraiser movie after the first two. The ones after this were surprisingly enjoyable too actually (except for the horrific remake).

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Cool list. Jacob’s Ladder and Event Horizon were close to getting two sports on my list as well. But it's been way too long since I saw Jacob's Ladder, so I got a but uncertain about that one.

 

Event Horizon is great, and a bit underrated. I love the claustrophobic atmosphere in the spaceship, which looks great by the way. The set designs are amazing. If I had seen it a few years earlier (aka before I watched Scream) it would've taken its spot for sure. It gets a bit weaker towards the end, though. Gotta add that. But I like it a lot.

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1. Hellraiser - Clive Barker is a master. 

2. Beyond the Black Rainbow

3. Silence of the Lambs

4. Misery

5. Rubber

6. Chillerama

 

I'm upset at the horror genre at the moment. Lately it's all possessions and haunting. I swear if I see one more horror movie that starts out with a family moving into a god damned mother fucking house where they find something in the basement I will scream. Lately that's the only way horror movies freak me out anymore. Everything is the same and nothing is interesting anymore. Can't remember the last time I saw a good new horror movie.

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It's always been like that. Things comes and goes. In the 30's it felt like it was all about monsters, and when that died out it was quiet for some years before monsters got really popular again in the 50's. In the 80's it felt like it was all about slashers and so on. It'll always be like that.

 

And if you don't remember the last time you saw a good horor movie then you can't have seen many in recent years.

 

Non-haunted house horrors from the past 10 years that are worth seeing:

 

2013:

 

Stoker

Evil Dead

Warm Bodies

The Lords of Salem

 

2012:

 

Maniac

Berberian Sound Studio

Frankenweenie

American Mary

Dark Shadows

The Cabin in the Woods

 

2011:

 

You're Next

Julia's Eyes

Red State

 

2010:

 

I Saw the Devil

Secuestrados

Piranha 3D

Bedevilled

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

 

2009:

 

Red Nights aka Les nuits rouges du bourreau de jade

The House of the Devil

Doghouse

Amer

The Revenant

Zombieland

Thirst

Drag me to Hell

 

 

2008:

 

The Children

Eden Lake

Martyrs

The Strangers

Låt den rätte komma in

 

2007:

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Storm Warning

Inside

Planet Terror

28 Weeks Later

 

 

2006:

 

Ils

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

 

 

All these have 7/10 or more in my book.

 

And on top of that there's been several good films with haunted houses.

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Evil Dead

The Lords of Salem

You're Next

I Saw the Devil

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Eden Lake

Martyrs

Inside

Planet Terror

Ils

 

Totally seconding these! :)

 

Also, reading Inside and Ils on that list reminded me of how nice/creepy Livid (or Livide) was.

A bit weird in the ending, but overall a cool and spooky atmosphere.

 

High Tension (or Haute Tension) would be another cool French flick,

save for that ridiculously bad twist at the end that ruins everything.

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Also, reading Inside and Ils on that list reminded me of how nice/creepy Livid (or Livide) was.

A bit weird in the ending, but overall a cool and spooky atmosphere.

 

 

 

I've not seen Livide, but I have it on my infamous watchlist.

 

 

High Tension (or Haute Tension) would be another cool French flick,

save for that ridiculously bad twist at the end that ruins everything.

 

I think this is a great film. I loved it a lot! However, revealing there's a thing at the end is a huge spoiler IMO. Because then people know there's a lot more to a film than they might expect.

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