Most Significant Horror or Thriller Movies

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    Oct 27, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    Not just the scariest or the biggest box office successes (those,too, of course), but movies that may have influenced the direction of entertainment history, made a fresh, unique contribution to the genre, were exceptionally crafted, or secured a position in pop culture history.

    My suggestions: (in no particular order)

    1. The Shining (Kubrick's)

    2. Fright Night (original)

    3. The Hitcher

    4. Scream (series)

    5. The Exorcist

    6. Fatal Attraction (thriller category)

    7. Blair Witch

    8. 28 Days Later

    9. Nightmare on Elm Street (original)

    10. Friday the 13th (original)

    11. The Deliverance

    12. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)

    13. Final Destination (series)

    14. Silence of the Lambs

    15. Psycho

    16. Ammityville Horror

    17, The Road

    18, I Know What You Did Last Summer

    19. Night of the Living Dead

    20. The Others

    21. The Ring

    22. Jaws

    23. Frankenstein

    24. Bram Stroker's Dracula (Copalla's)

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    25. Space Odyssey 2001
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    Oct 28, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    2001: A Space Odyssey isn't a horror/thriller!!

    right...erm

    Most important slasher movies: Halloween, nightmare on elm street, friday 13th, psycho, texas chainsaw

    Most important experimental horror: The shining

    Most important zombie movies: night of the living dead, dawn of the dead, 28 days/weeks later

    Most important thrillers: psycho, vertigo, silence of the lambs, se7en, memento
  • Markebri

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    Oct 28, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982)

    Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960)

    Guillermo del Toro's "The Orphanage" (2007) - Spanish horror film that has english subtitles.

    REC (2007) Spanish horror film that has English subtitles.

    Definitely consider watching those two Spanish horror films. Both of them have so much suspense and an continuous atmosphere of dread.



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    Oct 28, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    HEY.
    When HAL goes on his murderous bender, I found it thrilling.
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    I know it's a stretch, and the above is only a portion of the movie, but I listed as a late add mostly due to its contribution to pop culture and its cinematic signficance.
    I'll happily remove it from the list if its genre threatens to garner more than its share of attention.
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    Oct 28, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    Markebri saidGuillermo del Toro's "The Orphanage" (2007) - Spanish horror film that has english subtitles.

    REC (2007) Spanish horror film that has English subtitles.

    Definitely consider watching those two Spanish horror films. Both of them have so much suspense and an continuous atmosphere of dread.


    Two I've never heard of.
    Will add to my must-see list.
    Thanks!
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    Oct 28, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    Don't leave out Halloween! BTW, I love "The Others"
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    Oct 28, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    The original Halloween made more profit than any independently-produced motion picture in history, thus opening the door for indie filmmakers. Its impact resonates to this very day.

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    Oct 28, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    Its more of a suspece film but the devils advocate
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    Oct 28, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    What about the original Saw? Written by the star, $1.2 mill budget and grossed $103 mill. Not too shabby.

    Plus it was so original; made you think, how far would I go to save my own life?
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    Oct 28, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    The Exorcist
    Halloween
    The Shining
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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    Oct 28, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    The only problem I see with halloween is halloween 3 it had nothing to do with the rest of the series its just wtf
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    Oct 28, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    Black Christmas is a Canadian horror flm starring Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Keir Duella and John Saxon released in 1974 directed by Bob Clark, he also directed the Christmas classic "A Christmas Story" It is what influenced John Carpenter to make Halloween.
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    Oct 28, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    You left out Rosemary's Baby. Highly significant horror movie.

    If I were to say significant, I would say movies that influenced or created a genre or were just so shocking that they stand alone and you'd have to include things like:

    Dracula (Boris Karloff)
    Frankenstein
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    The Thing both the original and even Carpenters is still influencing movies today with its effects, and the
    I Am Legend type movies because what they were based on is how all those Night of the Living Dead movies even came about which spawned all the zombie movies today.
    The Silence of the Lambs
    Halloween
    Poltergeist
    The Omen
    Psycho
    The Exorcist
    Jaws
    Alien
    The Shining
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Carrie

    I'm sure I have left a LOT out. icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 28, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    Has anyone seen the French movie "them" ? i've heard mixed things about it--
    some have said it's alot like 'the strangers'.
  • HorrorHound

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    Oct 28, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    Saw & Hostel brought upon the "Torture Porn" aspect into the business back in 2004/2005.

    1978's HALLOWEEN & 1980's Friday the 13th brought the usher of SLASHER films.

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (2003) brought in the new wave of Horror remakes.

    The Ring (based on Japanese movie RINGU) & The Grudge (jap film Ju-On) brought along the HUGE phase of Japanese films being remade for american audiences.

    Fatal Attraction ushered in the mid 80s-90's wave of "thrillers"
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    Oct 28, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    body_talk86 saidHas anyone seen the French movie "them" ? i've heard mixed things about it--
    some have said it's alot like 'the strangers'.


    There both relatively "home invasion" horror films - but THEM came out way before The Strangers.
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    Oct 28, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    But THANK GOD the "saw" series is DEAD. That shit got too convulted & stupid/stale for its own good. I enjoyed the first 3 however....

    Oh! Meant to mention another fad that started by one film ...

    Herschell Gordon Lewis's BLOOD FEAST, 2,000 MANIACS & COLOR ME BLOOD RED (early 60's) brought upon the first films to fully show gore & splatter on the big screen! icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 28, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    peter_cottontail saidThe only problem I see with halloween is halloween 3 it had nothing to do with the rest of the series its just wtf


    Naw, Halloween 3: The Season of the Witch is a AWESOME stand-alone film. They didn't use Michael Myers cuz John Carpenter didn't want that idea to survive or be used again. So, Universal Pictures thought of a idea of making a Halloween themed horror film every year, but w/ a different story & threat each time.

    H3: Season of the Witch is a badass stand-alone film. I mean, c'mon - I think HALLOWEEN 8: RESURRECTION is by far the WORSE & dumbest of the entire series! Busta Rhymes karate chopping Michael ??? icon_rolleyes.gif It is godawful.
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    Oct 28, 2011 6:54 AM GMT
    what u all should be ashamed Misery, IT, Pet Cemetary,icon_eek.gif how could u forget those.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Oct 28, 2011 7:22 AM GMT
    The Orphanage was pretty good, Pan's Labyrinth was.... weird as well. Hard to pin whether that's fantasy thriller or horror.

    Don't forget about the sequel to 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later.

    ..and personally i'm a fan of Sam Raimi movies like Evil Dead 1 & 2, Army of Darkness, & Drag me to Hell. Not exactly horror or thriller but it does have it moments. More on the side of light comedic horror.


    Edit: and I ****ing LOVE Shaun of the Dead!