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Horror Movie Recommendations For October/Halloween

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Horror Movie Recommendations For October/Halloween

Postby MadMind » Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:18 pm

I'm looking for some suggestions of overlooked horror movies.
It was either last year or years before that some forons gave out some solid suggestions for zombie flicks.

I've been paging through Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen and taking notes. I've only seen 15 or 16 of the 101 movies listed.
For me personally "monster/creature" movies rank highest on my list, "supernatural/ghost/haunting" movies take second, and I'm not really interested in unearthing any new "killer/slasher" films.

Anyone have any personal favorites that not everyone has seen?
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Re: Horror Movie Recommendations For October/Halloween {2007

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:48 am

Dr. Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses
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Postby minicat » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:56 am

Go for the Alan Ormsby-written trifecta from the early '70s:

Campy: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Sconnie: Deranged (still the best Ed Gein movie)
Topical: Deathdream (aka Dead of Night)
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Postby depinmad » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:35 am

wendigo is a spooky little creature feature.
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Postby TAsunder » Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:53 am

A lot of people underestimate how good The Descent is. I'm also a fan of In The Mouth of Madness.
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Postby blunt » Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:33 pm

(I wish they would make a movie actually based on the brilliant horrorfest book by Jeff Long: The Descent. The one with the annoying Brit girls in a cave left me cold. As did the other one in a cave fighting Golem. But it was better.)

Q--the Winged Serpent (what it sounds like but hilarious)
Dead Alive (Peter Jackson before Lord of Rings)
Beyond the Door (Not the Marilyn Chambers porn flick but a cool Exorcist ripoff)
Almost any Dario Argento film
The House on Haunted Hill (both versions are bad and cool in different ways)
Gymkata (okay, so it's horrible not horror but still)
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Postby Bruno » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:29 pm

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Postby bluethedog » Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:19 pm

I recommend any old mummy movie on TV late Saturday night.

Helps if you're under 9 years old.
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Postby stoshy » Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:25 pm

minicat wrote:Go for the Alan Ormsby-written trifecta from the early '70s:

Campy: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Sconnie: Deranged (still the best Ed Gein movie)
Topical: Deathdream (aka Dead of Night)


Hey minicat: I'm wondering if I can talk to you about collecting vinyl. Since there's no private messaging on here, could you contact me at stoshy[at]gmail.com?
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Postby Athena » Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:29 pm

I'll take a stab at this but my husband is the real expert. Have you seen Re-Animator? Stuart Gordon also did Dagon which while it doesn't have the money to do much with special effects it does have a great story, very creepy. The Host from this year is very good and well worth seeing. Both of those are in the monster movie category. My favorite horror director is Lucky McKee. I think his episode of Masters of Horror is great. It's called Sick Girl and involves a nasty insect. He also did May which is very good but more in the Psycho-type serial killer way. I'll assume you've seen Suspira. I think that's the scariest movie I've ever seen. Ginger Snaps is very good as a modern werewolf movie. The sequel isn't nearly as good though so skip that.

If you want a funny monster movie then see the episode of Masters of Horror called Deer Woman. Yes, the monster is indeed a deer woman.

If you do decide to include a serial killer type movie you should see Audition. The movie lulls you with about an hour of a typical comedy-romance set up and then becomes extremely disturbing. It's not something I would want to see again but worth seeing once.
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Postby Mildred Machiavelli » Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:55 pm

Why don't you take a break from the predictable gore and try some classic gothic horror? One overlooked gem is The Old Dark House (1932), which features Boris Karloff and Ernest Thesiger (the gay mad scientist from Bride of Frankenstein). It's got quite a healthy dose of wry British humor, if you go in for that kind of thing.

Also, try and catch the rarely screened original version of H.G. Wells' story Island of Lost Souls (1932), with a perfectly menacing performance by Charles Laughton as the vivisecting Dr. Moreau. It's production values aren't great, but Bela Lugosi shines as "the sayer of the law," a "manimal" who asks the immortal line "Are we not men?" Also has the original reference to "the House of Pain."

Tod Browning's "Freaks" (1932)is a nice, short little scare, using real circus freaks.

And don't forget the original "Cat People" by Val Lewton. It's scarier than the Nastasia Kinski version, plus has a sexual undercurrent rare for movies of the 1940s.

"The Werewolf of London" (1935) is really the first werewolf movie, and Henry Hull dos a fine job as the lycanthropic London botanist.

And if that's too much for you, I recommend "The She-Wolf of London," starring, I kid you not, June Lockhart (the mother from TVs "Lassie") in the title role.

I find these films infinitely more interesting than the run-of-the-mill slice-and-dice.
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Postby white_rabbit » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:52 pm

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Spooky.
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Re: Horror Movie Recommendations For October/Halloween {2007

Postby MadMind » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:21 am

Kenneth Burns wrote:Dr. Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses

I'll admit it, I had to look that one up.

minicat wrote:Go for the Alan Ormsby-written trifecta from the early '70s:

Campy: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Sconnie: Deranged (still the best Ed Gein movie)
Topical: Deathdream (aka Dead of Night)

They list Deathdream in the book I mentioned. It sounds like a real downer! In the trivia section it states; "This was the first film credit for makeup FX star Tom Savini - who, like the film's lead character, had just returned home from Vietnam."

depinmad wrote:wendigo is a spooky little creature feature.

Another that is listed in Fangoria's: 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen. Sounds interesting.

TAsunder wrote:A lot of people underestimate how good The Descent is. I'm also a fan of In The Mouth of Madness.

I also liked Descent (sorry blunt), and I've also seen In The Mouth Of Madness, which they rarely play on TV.
My favorite part though is near the end? when Sam Neill is being chased down the corridor by this Thing-like thing.
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blunt wrote:Dead Alive (Peter Jackson before Lord of Rings)
Beyond the Door (Not the Marilyn Chambers porn flick but a cool Exorcist ripoff)
The House on Haunted Hill (both versions are bad and cool in different ways)

I still have to see Dead Alive.

Beyond the Door is also listed in the Fangoria book. The book states that "Beyond the Door was so similar to The Exorcist that Warner Bros., the makers of The Exorcist, took legal action in an attempt to thwart the distribution of the film."
Another interesting tidbit is that neither of the movie's so-called sequels had any connection to the film.

I liked the 1999 remake of The House On Haunted Hill from the first time I saw it. Wayyyy better than The Haunting remake which was released the same year.

Athena wrote:I'll take a stab at this but my husband is the real expert. Have you seen Re-Animator? Stuart Gordon also did Dagon which while it doesn't have the money to do much with special effects it does have a great story, very creepy. The Host from this year is very good and well worth seeing. Both of those are in the monster movie category.

I've seen Re-Animator - I don't think it deserves it's cult classic status. It's an irritating movie.
Thanks for the other suggestion, I reserved Dagon from the library. And I've been wanting to see The Host ever since it was in theaters - I should be receiving it from the library within a weeks time.
Athena wrote:I'll assume you've seen Suspira. I think that's the scariest movie I've ever seen.

Actually, I don't think I've ever seen Suspiria. If I have it's been a long time.

Athena wrote:Ginger Snaps is very good as a modern werewolf movie. The sequel isn't nearly as good though so skip that.

Ginger Snaps is also listed in the Fangoria book.
The book states that Xena: Warrior Princess herself, Lucy Lawless, goes uncredited in the movie for being the voice that pages students on the high school's PA system.

Athena wrote:If you do decide to include a serial killer type movie you should see Audition. The movie lulls you with about an hour of a typical comedy-romance set up and then becomes extremely disturbing. It's not something I would want to see again but worth seeing once.

Yeah I am aware of it, but have never seen it. In somewhat the same vain, I think Hard Candy was excellent.

One last thing I found in Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen.
Under the listing for the movie The Unearthing (aka Aswang), it states; "The Unearthing was directors Wrye Martin and Barry Poltermann's first try out of college. The film, shot for less than $200,000, was lensed in Wisconsin, home state of the first three Fangoria Films productions, Mindwarp, Children of the Night, and Severed Ties.
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Postby MadMind » Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:58 am

Athena wrote:Stuart Gordon also did Dagon which while it doesn't have the money to do much with special effects it does have a great story, very creepy.

Just watched Dagon. I actually saw most of it already when it aired on Sci-Fi one time. I remember the night it was on. I was channel surfing and kept flipping back to it. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher a low-budget horror flick from a Sci-Fi original movie. But the fact that I kept turning back proved that it wasn't (Sci-Fi originals are garbage IMHO).
Of course, it was better to see the real thing for the gore and the boobies. Barbara's breasts were delectable, and the skinning of the old man's face was NASTY!

Solid horror flick.
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Postby buckyor » Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:06 am

I recommend Manos: The Hands of Fate. Preferably the MST3K version.
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