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  • HorrorHound

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    Aug 11, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    So - if any of ya know me, ya'll know I'm a horror movie loving geek. With that said, I have noticed there are some who don't like so much 'horror' movies but more Hollywood "thrillers" w/ A-list casts & big budgets.

    Well, tossing all THAT to the side. There's alot of GREAT (and so-bad-its-good) horror films over the decades. The great little thing about these "low budget" features, besides having Unknowns (having a cast of unknowns makes the film much more unpredictable, 'cuz NOBODY is safe!!!), but the means & tools of using creativity & ingenuity for AWESOME special effects and/or gore!!

    Anyhow - Growing up, were there any Horror films ya remembered loving for the crazy effects that either scared ya at wits end or grossed you out?? This also includes Antagonists of a horror film as well.

    Let's go down memory lane folks!!!

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    Aug 11, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    Great topic. I will have to think and get back to you on this one. I am a huge horror film fan as well. I grew up in the 70s and early 80s watching Creature Feature and Chiller on channel 9 and 11 in NYC. From the 50s to the 80s that was the true peak of horror. Horror movies today just dont get it and seem generic.
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    Aug 11, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    AKA_B1GK saidSo - if any of ya know me, ya'll know I'm a horror movie loving geek. With that said, I have noticed there are some who don't like so much 'horror' movies but more Hollywood "thrillers" w/ A-list casts & big budgets.

    Well, tossing all THAT to the side. There's alot of GREAT (and so-bad-its-good) horror films over the decades. The great little thing about these "low budget" features, besides having Unknowns (having a cast of unknowns makes the film much more unpredictable, 'cuz NOBODY is safe!!!), but the means & tools of using creativity & ingenuity for AWESOME special effects and/or gore!!

    Anyhow - Growing up, were there any Horror films ya remembered loving for the crazy effects that either scared ya at wits end or grossed you out?? This also includes Antagonists of a horror film as well.

    Let's go down memory lane folks!!!

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    Um....how about you get us started with a movie that you think fits the bill AKA?
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    Aug 11, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    This probably isn't what you're looking for, but I would like to suggest the 'The Tourist Trap'. This low-budget horror film came out in the late 70's... so of course, no CGI. However the movie isn't rich with FX, nor is the use fake blood gratuitous. The story follows the tried 'n true plot of kids who wander the back-country and fall prey to a deranged individual. In this case, someone who owns a dilapidated wax-museum, harbors and dark secret... and has telekinesis.

    The movie is genuinely creepy, beautifully scored, and filled with no-names (with the exception of Tanya Roberts from 'That 70's Show' and you won't believe what happens to her)... and even though this movie was only rated PG, the film offers up some truly disturbing images... definitely worth watching if you're a horror fan (or movie fan for that matter).

    As a child, this movie scared me senseless. As an adult, I appreciate how this movie holds it's own when compared to today's offerings.

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    Aug 11, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    Return of the Living Dead 1985 Clu Gulager
    One of the all-time best. Scary and clever.

    Fright Night 1987

    The original Halloween, of course

    Night of the Comet (1984, I think)

    Chopping Mall. Totally cheesy but fun, and besides, Tony O'Dell (the best-looking guy in the WORLD) is in it

    Hell Night (1981 or thereabouts) Vincent Van Patten

    The 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. Outstanding



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    Aug 11, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    Attack of the Crab Monsters...special effects on the cheap

    Crawling Eye... more special effects on the cheap

    Mothra....those two little Asian girls and their song

    Day of the Triffids: cheesy but scary nonetheless

    The Tingler...definitely one of all time faves, Vincent Price was excellent...."SCREAM SCREAM FOR YOUR LIFE"

    The Fiend Without a Face...creatures that attack your neck, downright scary

    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane....Joan and Bette nuff said

    The Blob...scared the crap out of me as a kid, I was scared the blob would come through the heating vent in my bedroom

    Creature from the Black Lagoon...that music when he comes out of the water

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers...psychological terror and it was done even better in the creepy 70s version with Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams giving virtuoso performances

    Carrie..."Theyre gunna laugh at you". Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek were spot on.

    Dressed to Kill....Angie Dickinson showering and slashed in an elevator. Brutally scary scene in that elevator.

    Bad Seed....one of my favorite movies of all time, Rhoda was so campy and the overacting so great.

    Halloween...the first and original is probably my most scariest movie of all time. Jamie Lee was awesome in this movie as vulnerable Laurie Strode.

    Dont Be Afraid of the Dark....TV movie from the 70s about little creatures who come out in the dark and are afraid of the light. The bathroom scene with Kim Darby is frightening. I did not want to be alone at night after seeing this movie.

    Trilogy of Terror...omg this movie freaked me out as a kid. I was totally scared that the little statute creature was in my house. Karen Black bravo.

    Friday the 13th....the original had it all and the twist that Mrs Voorhees was a killer. It went downhill from there

    Nightmare on Elm Street....probably the last great horror film. Before Freddy got corny in the later movies, he was downright frightening

    Night of the Living Dead..."Theyre coming to get you Barbara" Watching it again its not as scary but when you are 7 or 8, this movie freaks the fuck out of you

    Amityville Horror...incredibly scary for a young kid. I believed it was real

    Rosemarys Baby...one of my all time favorites of any genre. Its what you didnt see that was scary, what they did to Rosemary not what you saw.

    The Shining...so many freaky moments. Jack Nicholsen captured that role as did Shelly Duvall. Those two freaking girls in the corridor

    The Omen....two scenes stick out...the Nanny hanging herself at Damiens birthday party and Damian running into his mother while she is on a step near a balcony and her falling off but not before clutching for dear life as Damian watches

    Curtains....very hard to find movie from about 1980, the scene on the ice pond with the killer in the old hags mask is phenemonal. A hidden gem for sure.

  • HorrorHound

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    Aug 11, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    yo_mamali saidThis probably isn't what you're looking for, but I would like to suggest the 'The Tourist Trap'. This low-budget horror film came out in the late 70's... so of course, no CGI. However the movie isn't rich with FX, nor is the use fake blood gratuitous. The story follows the tried 'n true plot of kids who wander the back-country and fall prey to a deranged individual. In this case, someone who owns a dilapidated wax-museum, harbors and dark secret... and has telekinesis.

    The movie is genuinely creepy, beautifully scored, and filled with no-names (with the exception of Tanya Roberts from 'That 70's Show' and you won't believe what happens to her)... and even though this movie was only rated PG, the film offers up some truly disturbing images... definitely worth watching if you're a horror fan (or movie fan for that matter).

    As a child, this movie scared me senseless. As an adult, I appreciate how this movie holds it's own when compared to today's offerings.

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    Yup! I Love this one as well.
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    Aug 11, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidReturn of the Living Dead 1985 Clu Gulager
    One of the all-time best. Scary and clever.

    Fright Night 1987

    The original Halloween, of course

    Night of the Comet (1984, I think)

    Chopping Mall. Totally cheesy but fun, and besides, Tony O'Dell (the best-looking guy in the WORLD) is in it

    Hell Night (1981 or thereabouts) Vincent Van Patten

    The 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. Outstanding

    OMG. "Night of the Comet" is awesome. Total 80's campiness combined with low budget horror. I think I'm gonna see this one again.

    A couple from the top of my head..

    Killer Clowns From Outer Space
    Biohazard
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    Aug 11, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    Um....how about you get us started with a movie that you think fits the bill AKA?[/quote]



    Well - I wanted some of you to bring up some randomly that came to mind, but sure thing!!

    Though already listed by some:

    The Return of the Living Dead ('85)

    The Slumber Party Massacre ('82) - the killer w/ a phallic 2 foot portable drill is classic "freudien" stuff!

    Suspiria

    Night of the Living Dead

    A Nightmare On Elm Street ('84)

    Videodrome

    John Carpenter's THE THING remake ('82)

    HALLOWEEN ('7icon_cool.gif

    Ginger Snaps (2001)

    High Tension (2004)

    PIECES (1983)

    THE EVIL DEAD


    ... to name a few as examples!


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    Aug 11, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    LOL...I have mini horror movie posters all up over my living room too. I will have to take a pic later and post mine...good stuff...I have that Freddy glove too, my friend actually made a real one with knives when he dressed up as Freddie for Halloween back in 1987
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    Aug 11, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    Ohhhh I love horror movies! Let me write my favourite ones!
    1) Frankenstein (1931- "It's alive...It's alive!")
    2) Nosferatu (1922- "The plague is upon us! Go home!")
    3) Dracula (1931- "There are far worse things awaiting man than death")
    4) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935- "To a new world of gods and monsters.")
    5) Dawn of the Dead (1979- "When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth.")
    6) Near Dark (1987)
    7) Don't Look Now (1973)
    icon_cool.gif Candyman (1992- "People will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for if not for shedding?")
    9) Halloween (1978- "It's Halloween. Everone's entitled to one scare.")
    10) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974- "My family's always been in meat.")
    11) Exorcist (1973- "The little girl's problem is that she is a host to the spirit of the devil himself.")
    12) Hellraiser (1978- "The Cenobites gave me an experience beyond limits."
    13) The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919- "Everywhere there are spirits...They are all around us.")
    14) Evil Dead 2 (1987)
    15) The Shining (1980- "Some places are like people.Some shine and some don't.")
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    Aug 11, 2009 3:58 AM GMT
    I tend to belive that the classics are the shiznit!! Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Rosemary's Baby, The Shining, Carrie, Bad Seed, Creature from Black Lagoon, Two Thousand Maniacs, the Halloween series, etc.

    sad that most "horror" movies today are just "psychological thrillers" that are usually predictable and have a generic formula
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:01 AM GMT
    inmate_6655321 saidI

    sad that most "horror" movies today are just "psychological thrillers" that are usually predictable and have a generic formula


    Yup! I couldn't agree more. There are SOME great new ones (even one or two of the ongoing remakes that are being churned out these days), but most of the good new ones are foreign or independent/low budget. Usually big budget w/ A-LIST equates to "safe" & "predictable"
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    I love love budget and foreign horror films. they're completely different, and usually stem from a different take on horror and the macabre
  • kinetic

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    Aug 11, 2009 4:13 AM GMT
    Ever see The Gate? I 1st saw it when I was about 6 or 7 -Scared the shit out of me! I think they made a sequel too.
    My fav of all time are the 1st 2 Halloween movies w/ Jamie Lee Curtis. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    Yup I just watched my old VHS print of THE GATE 'bout 4 days ago. haha I hated part 2. But yea that movie was entertaining/fun & scary when I was a little kid. It's bout to be remade too.
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    I heard about the remake...I've never watched The Gate honestly..and I seriously wanna watch it. I know my dad has it on VHS....I'll ask him icon_biggrin.gif
  • kinetic

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    Aug 11, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    That's awesome! I saw it over again a few years ago and the special effects that impressed and frightened me as a child were almost laughable. Can't wait for the remake!
  • metlboy

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    Aug 11, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
    I love the original Black Christmas (the first time the call was coming from... INSIDE THE HOUSE!) and a little gem titled "MurderCycle: Alien Death Machine". My tastes veer more toward the cheesy side of horror, but oh how I love it.
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    yes yes Black Christmas the original...the scene with the girl with the plastic bag over her head....excellent...starrring Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder!
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    Cannibal Holocaust!
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    I remember it watching as a child..thats why the remake was/is vaguely familiar
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    metlboy saidI love the original Black Christmas (the first time the call was coming from... INSIDE THE HOUSE!) and a little gem titled "MurderCycle: Alien Death Machine". My tastes veer more toward the cheesy side of horror, but oh how I love it.




    The original BLACK CHRISTMAS from 1974 is by far in my TOP 3 FAV horrror films of all time. Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey & Andrea Martin were AWESOME in that movie. You didn't ever see the killer except his shadow, you didn't know his "backstory" (only slips of little clues heard through the horrifying phone calls) - its just CLASSIC well made & atmospheric!!! Great choice!


    kinetic saidThat's awesome! I saw it over again a few years ago and the special effects that impressed and frightened me as a child were almost laughable. Can't wait for the remake!


    To be honest, I STILL think some of those special effects ROCK! haha Esp when after the zombie hits the floor & scatters in those little demons after being hit in the head w/ the boombox to the head. I love it! haha I hope the remake doesn't rely on...gulp...CGI.
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    Aug 11, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    kinetic saidThat's awesome! I saw it over again a few years ago and the special effects that impressed and frightened me as a child were almost laughable. Can't wait for the remake!


    To be honest, I STILL think some of those special effects ROCK! haha Esp when after the zombie hits the floor & scatters in those little demons after being hit in the head w/ the boombox to the head. I love it! haha I hope the remake doesn't rely on...gulp...CGI.[/quote]

    If they do I hope that it isn't too noticeable. The demon parents @ the door was the scariest part for me.
  • kinetic

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    Aug 11, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    BTW, I just was looking @ Black X-mas on NetFlix and apparently the guy that directed it also directed A Christmas Story! Weird...