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Let's help each other find good horror movies!

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It's October, the month of Halloween, and that means many of us are getting into the spirit of things by watching scary movies and freaking ourselves out the best we can. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿฟ

Cartoon referencing the movie The Ring... a person with long black hair is climbing out of the tv

I'm starting up this discussion post to collect a list of good horror flicks, which I plan to watch throughout the month. Follow along and you can do the same.

If you have any suggestions for good horror movies, please drop'em in the comments! ๐Ÿ“ผ

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

First off, I freaking love horror movies!

Every October, my wife and I dedicate the month to uncovering and watching horror flicks. It's a fun ritual for us, but we undoubtedly end up watching lots of bad movies or resort to rewatching our favorites.

My top 5 (for today, haha!):

  1. The Shining โ€” It's such an amazing flick. Stanley Kubrick def knows how to create a sense of dread. Also, if you're as into this movie as me, it's worth watching the documentary Room 237.

  2. Get Out โ€” Unparalleled dark comedy and satire in this one... it's an outstanding film! Jordan Peele's other movies (that he directed) "Us" and "Nope" are also extremely well done and worth watching.

  3. The Conjuring โ€” This one got me good and freaked out! It's an evil spirits/possession tale and launched a whole series of films following paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. You can see all the films included in The Conjuring universe here.

  4. Let the Right One In โ€” This movie had a lotta heart and was really surprising. I don't wanna give too much away because I think the mystery is a big part of the fun, but just know that this ain't your typical horror film. Also, it's a Swedish flick! There is an American remake, but I think the original is best!

  5. Hereditary โ€” I'm a big fan of this one! I've seen it more than once... it's one of those movies that is particularly interesting upon rewatch. Great cinematography, acting, and story!

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Mahmoud Harmouch

Great selection of horror movies. I was about to type "The Conjuring 2". It freaks the hell out of me because it is based on a true trust me bro story.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Oooo right on, Mahmoud!! The Conjuring 2 was indeed a good one. Loved that it was set in the UK in the 70's and YES, based on true events!

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Mahmoud Harmouch

The exorcism scene is a bit scary for me. Legends said I never had a peaceful sleep after watching it. It is haunting me, but in a good way, like spending sleepless nights on coding rather than actually sleeping, know what i am saying?

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I was completely terrified by Alfred Hitchcock's film when I was young

The Birds is a 1963 American natural horror-thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Loosely based on the 1952 short story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, it focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California, over the course of a few days.

Since then I learned that birds are actual living dinosaurs, so it's even worse.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Lol! Well, that does kinda put the film in a new light.

But forreal, if birds decided to turn on us, I'd be absolutely terrified.

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For real, Jurassic Parks lied to us,
Only the non-avian dinosaurs died
Dinosaurs are already among us, they are in our trees and in our food.

OTOH the cool Pterosaurs and marine reptile are not dinosaurs, which is sad :'(

I learned that from the french whisperer (content in english), my favorite youtuber and an incredible content creator which does at the same time science, pedagogy and ASMR

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

So happy you followed up with all this info!

I'm tuning into the french whisperer right now and it's got me grinning ear to ear. You're right โ€” he's covering a lotta bases with this content, haha!

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crazy amount of research goes into his content
an incredible pedagogue
great for people with insomnia - "asking for a friend"

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Matt Ellen

The scariest thing I watched as a kid was The Cat Came Back.

Probably the neverending torment that upset me the most ๐Ÿ˜…

The other scary film I can recommend is The Descent (the British release, for the ending).

The Descent is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film follows six women who enter a cave system and struggle to survive against the humanoid creatures inside.

The building horror was incredibly affective.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

lol, I can see how The Cat Came Back was particularly scarring for you. The damn cat was relentless!

I definitely got freaked out by a number of kid's movies when I was a little one. I think lotsa folks know how scary Return to Oz is (see video๐Ÿ‘‡), but memorably The Wiz really got me... particularly the witch Evillene, who runs a sweatshop and 1 by 1 tortures each of Dorothy's companions. It's intense! But, (SPOILERS!) she ultimately gets flushed down a toilet (see other video๐Ÿ‘‡).

As a kid, this left a mark on me. Whenever I would use the bathroom, I'd run out of the room after flushing the toilet. I don't remember if I was worried about getting flushed down or Evillene coming back up, but I do remember the terror.

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Giulio "Joshi"

I loved "Return to Oz" as a kid !
The whole concept of non-crossing realities is skillfully managed for the whole movie, never giving a clear answer to viewers: does Oz really exists or is a dream and delusional world of Dorothy?

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

I loved it as well actually. It freaked me out, but that didn't stop me from wanting to watch it. Haha, guess things haven't changed too much โ€” I clearly still enjoy getting freaked out.

And ooooo, I'm gonna have to rewatch with this movie with that whole concept in mind. I love the mysterious blend of dream and delusion... you described it really well! I mentioned Shutter Island somewhere in this thread, but I feel like that movie also kinda plays with this blend. However, in Shutter Island you don't get a whole fantasy realm like you do with Oz, so the delusion isn't quite so deep!

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Giulio "Joshi"

I remember having Shutter Island recommended often, I need to watch it!

I believe Gothica had a similar screenplay, even if the concept won't run as deep as in Return to Oz.
I don't want to spoil that, if you ever decide to watch the show.

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Matt Ellen

The land of Oz is ripe for scaring children!

I haven't seen return to Oz, but that review makes a compelling case for it.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Haha, it really is. Please check it out, I think you'll find it a pretty fun watch!!

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Giulio "Joshi"

I used to watch a lot of the stuff...

Some of the classic I still remember:

Suspiria is a 1977 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento, who co-wrote the screenplay with Daria Nicolodi, partially based on Thomas De Quincey's 1845 essay Suspiria de Profundis. The film stars Jessica Harper as an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy but realizes, after a series of brutal murders, that the academy is a front for a supernatural conspiracy. It also features Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosรฉ, Alida Valli, Udo Kier, and Joan Bennett, in her final film role.

Bad Taste is a 1987 New Zealand science-fiction comedy horror film directed, produced and filmed by Peter Jackson, who also stars in and co-wrote the screenplay, along with Tony Hiles and Ken Hammon. Independently produced on a low budget, it is Jackson's first feature film. Jackson and friends take on most of the key roles, both on and off-screen. The plotline sees aliens invade the fictional New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food franchise, where they face off against a four-man paramilitary force. The film provided Jackson with the leverage necessary to advance in the film industry.

House II: The Second Story is a 1987 American comedy horror film written and directed by Ethan Wiley from an original story by Fred Dekker. It serves as the second installment in the House film series, and is a standalone sequel to the first movie. While the plots and characters are unrelated, House II involves a storyline centered around a new mansion with a supernatural connection. The tone is highlighted with a greater focus on comedy, with a tone even lighter than the original.

Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian found footage cannibal horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato and written by Gianfranco Clerici. It stars Robert Kerman as Harold Monroe, an anthropologist from New York University who leads a rescue team into the Amazon rainforest to locate a crew of filmmakers. Played by Carl Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, and Luca Barbareschi, the crew had gone missing while filming a documentary on local cannibal tribes. When the rescue team is only able to recover the crew's lost cans of film, an American television station wishes to broadcast the footage as a sensationalized television special. Upon viewing the reels, Monroe is appalled by the team's actions and objects to the station's intent to air the documentary.

Tokyo Gore Police is a 2008 Japanese action splatter film co-written, edited and directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and starring Eihi Shiina as Ruka, a vengeful police officer.

And something that I keep on the list forever, but actually never managed to start nor finish

964 Pinocchio , released in the United Kingdom as Screams of Blasphemy, is a 1991 Japanese cyberpunk horror film directed by Shozin Fukui. It deals with the theme of brain-modified sex slaves as well as mental breakdowns in a hallucinogenic thrill ride.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man , is a 1989 Japanese cyberpunk body horror film written, produced, edited, and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. It is shot in the same low-budget, underground-production style as his first two films. The film established Tsukamoto internationally and created his worldwide cult following. It was followed by Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992) and Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009).

I might be able to get a longer list, if you want to dig into gore/horror music video.

I find them relaxing while debugging. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Holy cow! I haven't seen any of these. Thanks so much for dropping this list... I got some watching to do!

And please, please feel free to drop some horror/gore music videos, hah.

I think I'll make that a focus for one of my Music Monday posts (series here) โ€” that'd be a great topic for Halloween (which is a Monday!). Yep, I'm gonna do it, haha... hope you tune in!

But also, in the meantime, feel free to share any horror music videos in thread here!!

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Giulio "Joshi"

I know, there are tons of good stuff maybe just a bit hidden or fell off radar because we don't talk about that anymore. ๐Ÿ˜Š

About music... well its almost Monday, so I'll reach the thread tomorrow ๐Ÿคช
Just a bit tease I came to appreciate:

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Awww yeah! ๐Ÿค˜Rock on.

So, I'm about to post the Music Monday article here in just a few. But, just so ya know, I'm gonna keep the Horror/Halloween theme in the bag for 2 weeks from today, so that we can do it on actual Halloween. That said, still hope to see ya in the thread with more tunes! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Giulio "Joshi"

Nice idea, I'll select a few to post on the proper themed thread :-)

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Jakub T. Jankiewicz • Edited on

I use to watch a lot horror movies, I don't do that anymore.
I think that best one I can remember is Ring, but original not US remake.

Ring is a 1998 Japanese psychological supernatural horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki. The film stars Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani and Hiroyuki Sanada, and follows a reporter who is racing to investigate the mystery behind a cursed video tape; whoever watches the tape dies seven days after doing so. The film is titled The Ring in English in Japan and released as Ringu in North America.

Another scary movie was Shutter from 2004, there is also a US remake from 2008. I think I've watched original.

Shutter is a 2004 Thai supernatural horror film by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom; starring Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, and Achita Sikamana. It focuses on mysterious images seen in developed pictures. The film was a huge box office success, making it one of the best known horror films from Thailand and recognized worldwide.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Ooooo, I really need to see the original, that's going on my list for sure! Thanks for the suggestion. ๐Ÿ™Œ

I saw the remake when I was middle school, but never watched the original. The GIF I shared in the body of this post is indeed referencing The Ring though!

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Jakub T. Jankiewicz

I've edited my comment and added another to the list.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) • Edited on

Oooo, I've not seen Shutter either... sounds interesting!

You mentioning it reminded me of Shutter Island, which is also quite good. While it's probs better classified as a thriller, I think it's about as close as we're gonna get to a Martin Scorsese horror film, haha!

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Luke Westby

Shutter is a great film

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RaksHAsA • Edited on

My most favorites Hollywood horror but I am going to suggest some other language horror movie that are fantastic, like Turkish, Malaysian movies, Taiwanese horror, Indian horror.

Turkish horror movies :

Magi (2015)
Siccin 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Dabbe 3,4,5,6
Baskin (2015)

Malaysia's horror movies :

Munafik 1,2 (2016)
Penunggang Agama 1,2
Roh (film) (2019)
Don't Look At The Demon

Taiwanese horror movies :

Incantation
The Bride
The Tag-Along: Devil Fish
The Tag-Along 2

Indian horror movies :

Tumbbad

That's for now.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Very nice!! I really appreciate ya pulling in horror movies that are made outside the US... I need to explore more of these.

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RaksHAsA

Yes, of course you can discover really wonderful work, story, and folklore with horror.

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Mike Talbot โญ • Edited on

Triangle Cover

Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith and starring Melissa George and Michael Dorman. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2009. George portrays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When they are forced to abandon their ship, they board a derelict ocean liner, where they become convinced that someone is stalking them.

Has to be one of my favourite movies, one that I've got something new from on several viewings :)

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Ooooo very nice! I hadn't heard of this one before.

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Karan Gandhi

Oh well here you go

OG Omen trilogy is really good.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Omen
*It * is fantastic
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_(2017_film)
Then there is Ghost ship. It's a unique premise.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Ship_(...

Scream / Friday the 13th / Nightmare on elm street / Child's Play are okay I guess

Then there are Saw series , Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hills have eyes, Final Destination, Hostel, Wrong Turn,. The quality range is in between "well thats disgusting" to "this is funny shit"

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

The quality range is in between "well thats disgusting" to "this is funny shit"

Haha right?! I do think there is a fine line between horror and comedy.

I like a lotta your suggestions though. I watched Nightmare on Elm Street last night actually... I love how weird it is!

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Karan Gandhi

Oh yes Freddy Kreuger is terrifying. Not his appearance but the premise of his powers.

Bird Box is another unique horror movie.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_Box_(film)

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Oh heck yeah!! I love this series.

The Conjuring is still probs my fave, but I realize I haven't seen some of these: The Conjuring 3, Insidious Chapter 3, Insidious The Last Key... I got some catching up to do!

Side note: I love how Insidious uses Tiny Tim's Tiptoe Through the Tulips song.

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Sebastian Fritsch • Edited on

And I love how James Wan is sitting behind you while you watch Insidious and he knows when you expect a scare scene, but right at that point there is no scary thing and you start to calm down. Then he gets the hell out of you :D

SPOILER ALARM โš ๏ธ Example in Insidious Chapter 3:
First the man looks out of the window (expected scare scene) but nothing is there ;P
After that you start to think ok there is nothing, but then the girl looks out of the window...

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Haha! I totally get what ya mean about Wan playing with expectations of the jump scare. It's never when you think it's gonna happen... it's almost always just after you sigh a sigh of relief that something didn't happen, haha.

So, I watched most of The Conjuring 3 last night โ€” sleep got me. But, from what I saw, I liked it a lot! I think I probs enjoyed it more than The Conjuring 2, but the original The Conjuring is still my fave. I'll finish it tonight, but next up, I'm gonna have to dig into the other Insidious movies I missed!

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Thomas Bnt • Edited on

I'm not a user who like horror movie, but I already looked Saw ๐Ÿ”ช

Saw is a 2004 American horror film directed by James Wan, in his feature directorial debut, and written by Leigh Whannell from a story by Wan and Whannell. It is the first installment in the Saw film series, and stars Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, and Tobin Bell.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

You already saw Saw?

No need to answer, I just wanted to say that, haha!

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Dendi Handian • Edited on

you could make this as a series post, like Movie Monday.

The recent horror movies I have watched are Jordan Peele's movies: Get Out (2017), Us (2019), Nope (2022)
and John Krasinki's A Quiet Place I & II

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Haha forreal! Movie Monday would be quite a fun one. ๐Ÿ˜€

I like all your suggestions here, though I still need to see A Quiet Place I.

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Andreas Jakof

Horror Comedy: โ€žThe Evil Deadโ€œ and especially its sequel โ€žArmy of Darknessโ€œ.
There is also a series with 3x10 episodes โ€žAsh vs. Evil Deadโ€œ (available on Netflix), which captures the spirit of the movies quite well!

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Oh YESS!!! I'm so glad you The Evil Dead series a mention. Army of Darkness in particular is just so completely ridiculous and awesome โ€” I love that movie! And agreed that the Netflix show does a damn good job of capturing the feels of the originals.

Other awesome horror comedies worth a mention:

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Israel Minguet

I want to talk about it Follows. I think nobody talked before.
Is a modern horror movie that scares in a simple, surprising and amazing way. For me, is one of the "best" experiences i ever had watching a horror movie. I remember the experience i had watching Paranormal activity, the original one. I hate that kind of movies i dont like the genre, but these two are movies that, i maybe... some times i thinked in watch again... 100% recommended
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"Hostel", both the original and the sequel. Not a fan of scary movies, but both movies gave me nightmares for 3 nights after watching them. Good thing they did not make the thrid one, "Hostel" is one of those rare gems whose sequel is as good as the original.

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Chris Jarvis

Alien is an all time favorite.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Alien is a classic!! I love the whole series, but I think Alien is the one true horror film in the bunch. So much suspense and dread is built up!

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Chris Jarvis

Yeah, the sequels are more action movies. The first one was more suspenseful. With the hidden monster theme. What's it look like, where is it.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Well said!! I def get the hidden monster vibes from Alien, whereas the sequels are generally pretty quick to show ya the aliens, which kinda loses the tension.

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