/ Decent horror films...
Any suggestions (stuck indoors here)?
Most favourite to date: American Werewolf in London
Least favourite (and arguably therefore a better horror flick): The Exorcist
Perhaps the first alien film when it came out, and before CGI killed suspense and high quality animatronics.
> Perhaps the first alien film
Yes, that one is a corker! Seen it already though (several times)
Spanish film called rec is pretty scary.
Thanks, just watched the trailer to this!
If a horror film is comparable to a good curry, Rec looks to be a vindaloo or possibly a phaal (ie terrifying!). I’m more of a rogan josh kind of a guy.
It all depends on what you mean by 'decent'.
For fans of Hammer Horror who enjoy piles of old tosh with cheap production values and a very dated appearance, preferably involving someone like Christopher Lee - and I am one such - you could do a lot worse than something like The Devil Rides Out; utter Hammer hokum at its finest. If you want something a little less Dennis Wheatley, then try Quatermass and the Pit.
If you want something a bit more modern but which is, in spirit, a Hammer Horror film, try The Ninth Gate. Johnny Depp smokes his way round Europe in search of the devil narrowly avoiding certain death.
Still not convinced? Want something that's equally after-the-pub in spirit but a bit more 'contains mild to moderate peril and large worm things'? Go watch Tremors.
I have high standards in horror films, as you might by now have gathered.
The original Japanese Ring is excellent, as is the original night of the living dead.
Few classic ticks to work through - Silence of the Lambs, Original Manhunter, Nightmare on Elm St, Poltergeist, Shining, The Birds, Psycho, Saw - all those are classics or crap depending on your personal tastes....
Or a bit lighter you've got to go for Shaun of the Dead...
Oh and Shallow grave
Two films I thought were excellent recently: It Follows and Babadook.
Both are the right kind of scary for me. Not gore and jump scares. Definitely rogan josh
The Descent is a decent horror film
(if you can let the silly ‘dry tooling in a cave’ plot device go...)
Bit harsh on The Devil Rides Out, there! It's not your usual Hammer hokum but really a lot more "serious" (I know it does pander to a few Hammer tropes toward the end). Christopher Lee's performance really carries it - when you see his confidence start to erode as he twigs exactly what he's up against. I love it.
The Ninth Gate is mental - I kind of enjoyed it in a lurid way but I didn't quite "get" it.
I was really let down by The Babadook!
I liked It Follows a lot even if it doesn't quite stay true to itself toward the end. It's unsettling throughout.
In the "modern horror" category I was surprised to really enjoy Insidious 1 and 2 (especially #2) and The Conjuring (first one; second one interesting but a bit cheesy but then I virtually remember the real story it's showing).
Happy Death Day was a good one from 2017
Don't Look Now
And continuing the theme of Spanish horror- do pans labyrinth and the devils backbone, both by Guillermo del toro, count as horror? If so, then they’re both very good indeed
another vote for alien from me
and the ring- but I’ll be controversial and say I thought the remake was considerably better than the original...
> Thanks, just watched the trailer to this!
> If a horror film is comparable to a good curry, Rec looks to be a vindaloo or possibly a phaal (ie terrifying!). I’m more of a rogan josh kind of a guy.
Angel Heart (madras)
Silent Hill (madras)
Event Horizon (vindaloo)
Poltergeist (1982 one) (jalfrezi)
Dust Devil (bhuna)
Candyman (rogan josh)
The Devil Rides Out (vindaloo)
Event horizon was very good, and very disturbing...
"Utter Hammer hokum at its finest" is one of the highest praises I can bestow upon a film.
"The proof is in the hamper!".
RING (aka Ringu). The first one OR the first American remake.
A lesser known Hammer also featuring Christopher Lee as a good guy, is "Scream of Fear" aka "Taste of Fear". Early 1960s offering too often dismissed as their "Psycho knock-off". I honestly think it is better than Psycho although I am in a minority on that. Like Psycho, it's not "horror" in the supernatural sense, it's more a mystery/psychological thriller, but it's really well done. What's the mild coconut-based curry? Bhuna?
> and the ring- but I’ll be controversial and say I thought the remake was considerably better than the original...
And lest we forget the obvious, try The Wicker Man. The director's cut of the original is the one to go for.
I'd rate that like a curry pasty, battered and deep-fried. You know it's bad, you don't know why you did it but it tasted good at the time and you'll probably have another one in a week or so.
There's no animatronics in the first Alien film, and the first full shot of the "man in a rubber suit" is risible.
> What's the mild coconut-based curry? Bhuna?
Korma I think
Wot? No Wicker Man? That really is a bonkers film.
> And lest we forget the obvious, try The Wicker Man. The director's cut of the original is the one to go for.
Korma! Yeah that's it
Oh, it's in no way a good film. I don't think I've ever watched it sober. But, like a curry pasty, once in a while nothing else will do and then, it's a must-watch classic.
Maybe I ‘do’ dumb, but I liked they way they did the ‘big scene’ better in the remake.
or perhaps liked isn’t the right word- that was a vindaloo moment for me....
I thought they managed to nail the video in the remake- bizarre and otherworldly. And I felt a real frisson of fear watching the tape you really shouldn’t watch...
I thought the attempt to provide a back story in the original was unconvincing and undermined the effectiveness
both were very good, but the remake for me is faultless
I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle
Carry on Screaming
> Any suggestions (stuck indoors here)?
A korma grade horror comedy which i never get tired of watching is "The Abominable Doctor Phibes". It is pure awesome.
Speaking of "better remakes"
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The definitive version in my view.
Overrated but still very good:
Haute Tension (aka Switchblade Romance). Not supernatural horror, it is a suspense/psychological mind-mess
And it stars lovely Cecile de France, so that's nice.
Other French delights from recent years:
La Horde (kind of a zombie film although not quite)
Martyrs (very graphic, hard to watch - extra spicy vindalooooo)
Quirky one where you don't really see anything despite there being a bit of mad zombie plague going on: Pontypool (Canadian thing almost entirely shot in two rooms with the action going on outside and out of sight)
And ANOTHER remake better than the original, ALSO a chemically-induced kinda-zombie thing: the 2010 version of The Crazies. Really good, very very underrated indeed.
It didn't get the greatest reviews, but I found "In the mouth of madness" very enjoyable.
On the subject of John Carpenter I am also a big fan of "Prince of Darkness", and obviously "The Thing" is a must.
Got to be the fog for me for a classic ( original of course)
Exorcist 3 I enjoyed (many years ago)
And on a lighter note how about bad taste ( Australian comedy horror)?
I opted to try and watch 'Ringu' but inadvertently rented 'The Ring' by mistake. A different film.
New zealand comedy horror? Black Sheep
Norwegian comedy horror? Trollhunter
Irish comedy horror? Can't remember, but everyone had to get drunk to avoid the alien sea monsters
I know what you mean: Babadook didn't go where I expected but I still enjoyed it.
The first five or so minutes of the Conjuring was the most terrified I've been by a horror film in a long time! The spin off was daft though.
I've seen the Irish one but also can't remember what it's called, I think I enjoyed it though
> Event horizon was very good, and very disturbing...
I was disappointed by that one - I went expecting to see a sci-fi film and it turned out that it's just 'Hellraiser' set on a spaceship.
> The original Japanese Ring is excellent
If Japanese films are in, 'Audition' is one to check out.
It just occurred to me that you could probably just about call Ex Machina a horror film. 'Tense psychological thriller' is probably more accurate, but I found it almost unbearably claustrophobic.
American Werewolf in London
Bram Stokers Dracula
Evil Dead II
Let the Right One in (original Swedish)
The Omen (original)
Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter)
The Thing (John Carpenter)
Blair Witch Project
World War Z
Halloween (John Carpenter)
> I opted to try and watch 'Ringu' but inadvertently rented 'The Ring' by mistake. A different film.
I had a similar experience with a Prisoner of Azkaban, turns out Prisoner of Ass Cabin is something entirely different and definitely does not involve wizards.
> definitely does not involve wizards.
Not even their sleeves? ;-)
Oh, 'cabin' - that reminds me. For borderline comedy horror - deconstructing the genre and all that, but mostly just being an absolute hoot - 'Cabin in The Woods' is a cracking film.
'Tucker & Dale vs. Evil' is a lot of fun too.
I also quite enjoyed Night Watch, and the sequel Daywatch.
The Underworld films are good too.
Love the "The Thing" still stand up today in my opinion, watch it once a year at least.
Under the Shadow. Iranian film set in Tehran during Iran/Iraq war. Unsettling and very good, I thought. It's on Netflix.
Alas I used the free month of Netflix already (binge watching Rick & Morty). Sounds a cracker though - I'll look out for it.
> New zealand comedy horror? Black Sheep
> Norwegian comedy horror? Trollhunter
Two of my favourites. In a similar vein, and artery, Peter Jackson’s Braindead is the benchmark for comedy horror.
> Irish comedy horror? Can't remember, but everyone had to get drunk to avoid the alien sea monsters
That sounds good.
The Revenge of Billy the Kid is a little known gem of bestial entertainment and has the funniest sex scene of any film ever (think Last Tango in Paris meets league of gentlemen in the style of the Archers).
Irish one? It's 'Grabbers'.
Dead Snow (or Dod Sno I think in the original Norweigian?). Nazi Zombies - tikka masala.
maybe more psychological/thriller but 'seven' is amazing!!
Paperhouse. 1988 British no-budget thing from the director of Candyman
Stretching the definition of “horror” maybe, but Park Chan-Wook’s film “Stoker” starring Mia Wasikowska is excellent
keeping with Wasikowska, the vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive is excellent albeit lacking in much “horror” (it is more of a look at how vampires might actually live, in practical terms. Dry humour)
keeping with Wasikowska, Crimson Peak was a massive let-down and is not recommended
Can't believe no one has mentioned the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Or did I miss it?
Seminal work. Gang of adolescents get punished in high summer at a remote cabin for being good looking and sexually active. Special tension reserved for the girl made to run without a bra while clearly in need of one. Together with The Evil Dead, these wrote the book.
The Mist would be a great double bill with The Crazies
Not a real horror in the true sense of the genre but Black Death starring Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean was one I enjoyed.
Leaving the horror theme behind briefly, your post has just prompted me to watch The One That Got Away - 1996, as Sean Bean was in Bravo Two Zero (the other book/film about the same event)
It's on YouTube split into 7 chunks
Not great resolution this upload (its quite grainy) but that's more than compensated for by the story i.m.o.
Blair Witch Project. Definitely at the vindaloo end of the spectrum for me.
Best of british!!
> Can't believe no one has mentioned the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Or did I miss it?
Agreed, it's a masterpiece, albeit one I don't have a particular urge to see again any time soon.
Many of the Inside No.9 progs by Shearsmith and Pemberton (Psychoville, League of Gentlemen) are fantastic, some of them are genuinely shocking, even given the comedy elements.
OP: There is a extraordinarily creepy Spanish short film called La Cabina which is on youtube.
> Under the Shadow. Iranian film set in Tehran during Iran/Iraq war. Unsettling and very good, I thought. It's on Netflix.
I enjoyed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Midnight, of similar provenance. Not particularly scary, but atmospheric
Re Hammer Horror, Twins of Evil made an impression on me as a lad...
I agree totally.
People queue up to dismiss it and yet I can't recall much scarier.
Of course, you need an imagination for it to work.
Another very good effort in the found footage genre is a British film called The Borderlands.
Yep! Dog Soldiers is genius. Probably the best depiction of British squaddies on film (except for the massive camp fire)
will check out that Spanish short, thanks.
another good Spanish short is The Baby’s Room.
also “To Let” which was part of the same series of shorts
> I agree totally.
> People queue up to dismiss it and yet I can't recall much scarier.
Scotland v Peru (1978)
Just watched Get Out. Good in places.
Another vote for Peter Jackson's Braindead, and Bad Taste. Both excellent.
and the comedy horror sequel, Scotland vs USSR (1982)...
I stayed up late on Monday night watching Event Horizon with director and producer commentary on.
on Tuesday I woke up feeling quite ill and didn’t recover until this morning (Wednesday)
Event Horizon did spook me for a long time, I still have the odd nightmares more than 30 years after watching 'the thing'. I wonder if that is normal
In case anyone hasn't mentioned these already.
Let the right one in (original version mind)
American Werewolf in Paris (mainly for the condom joke)
> In case anyone hasn't mentioned these already.
> Let the right one in (original version mind)
the remake is also good and benefits from not having that ridiculous cat scene with horrendous CGI that kills a lot of the original’s atmosphere
> Devil's backbone
I was very disappointed with this. And with Cronos, for that matter. And as mentioned before, Crimson Peak. Maybe I just don’t like Guillermo Del Toro as much as everyone else does not seen Hellboy 2 though
> American Werewolf in Paris (mainly for the condom joke)
i think I fell asleep and missed that
> If Japanese films are in, 'Audition' is one to check out.
I saw Audition in a fairly packed theatre. At about 90% of the way through the film I started hearing these banging sounds all around me. They started to grow more frequent and it didn't take long to realise these bangs were the sound of people's seats going up as they got up and left the theatre. I think by the end of the film more than half of the audience had walked out early. I've never seen anything like that with any other film.
A bunch of climber friends of mine went to see Event Horizon at the cinema after taking a load of magic mushrooms. I can't think of worse film to watch under the influence of hallucinogens. I think it was rather terrifying but they seemed to survive the ordeal.
braver than me!
I have it on good authority that "The Wall" is a pretty bad experience when under the influence.
It's a pretty bad experience at the best of times.
Bald chap, funny ears.
The Devil Rides Out and the Wicker Man both excellent.
> the Wicker Man both excellent.
Anybody seen the remake, and is it worth a watch?
Halloween - the archetype of the late 20th century slasher with a brilliant soundtrack.
Tetsuo the Iron Man - on your curry scale it's raw chillis rubbed in your eyes.
The Greasy Strangler - is it a horror? It's definitely horrific.
Just remembered The Fly.
> Anybody seen the remake, and is it worth a watch?
Yes, and yes It is overall crap and risible, with an over-the-top Nicolas Cage performance, but it DOES have merit. The isolated matriarchal society it presents is genuinely interesting and convincing. Sadly this was mostly overlooked by audiences and critics alike, and equally sadly, it does kind of give way to silliness in the film....but then again, the original is pretty bloody silly. Actually the matriarchal society in the remake of The Wicker Man makes more sense and is more chilling than the boring bog-standard mad old pagans of the original. And Ellen Burstyn is a lot better than Christopher Lee poncing around in his mauve frock.
Molly Parker is VERY good in it (have you seen Deadwood? She was a key player in that too)
But for sure it is inferior and overall bad. STILL WORTH A WATCH
> Just remembered The Fly.
Weirdly, I think (without checking) that this might be the first David Cronenberg entry in the thread.
The Dead Zone, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers (does that count as horror?) - all great 1980s stuff
Scanners was rubbish though
The fly yes agreed scary. Have you seen original..............so funny a fly with a wee human head on it was made in 50s I think.
Seen the trailer, is that with Nicolas Cage??
Have to disagree with you sorry. Its an insult to original same as the remake of The Prisoner is.
> Seen the trailer, is that with Nicolas Cage??
> Have to disagree with you sorry. Its an insult to original same as the remake of The Prisoner is.
Who are you disagreeing with? The Lemming asked if it was worth watching. How can you disagree with that? I said it was crap. This seems to be your view too. You also don't appear to have actually seen it.
A wee slip up sorry.
Wicker man remake is not worth watching no. Viewed trailer and reviews and came to my conclusion. Most modern remakes of films are rarely worth watching in my view.
Good films are one of the best things we can enjoy. Blade Runner 2049...........wow, now there's a film. Didnt make much from what ive heard but will go down a classic as original is.
Also went to see Sorcerer (1977) recently which is a remake of a french film Wages of fear. Would recommend you see both of them.
I agree most remakes are lazy but some shine! This thread mentions The Ring, The Thing and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers! YOU mention The Fly
Outside of horror there is little doubt that the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair trounces the 1968(?) original.
But nobody will claim that the 2006(?) The Wicker Man is better than the 1973 one. It was interesting to me because it was written and directed by Neil Labute, an infamously provocative playwright/screenwriter/director (In The Company of Men and Your Friends & Neighbours were very bold films). So The Wicker Man in his hands was bound to be interesting. Quite why it turned out so poor, I don't know - but Labute's film output was by then generally on the wane.
That is so weird that you edited your post to mention Sorcerer! It's been on my mind a bit in the past few months (was in South America in Aug-Sep, and more recently saw a friend playing a nice bridge building app game!), plus my local arthouse is screening The Wages of Fear next weekend.
Did you see a good print of Sorcerer? I bought an imported DVD a few years ago and it was all muddy and crap like it was transferred from VHS. I don't know if they've done a restored one yet.
The genesis and failure of Sorcerer are a topic for some other discussion but let's say for now: WTF was Friedkin thinking? Off the back of The French Connection and The Exorcist, he does a film where nobody speaks English for the first 25 minutes and you don't recognise anyone until finally Roy Scheider - known but hardly a household name - pops up and turns out to be the STAR. Then it gets totally bleak. And they release it up against Star Wars....
You've had loads of good suggestions already, so i'm trying to come up with things I didn't see mentioned.
Not everyones favourite i know because it's a slow burner but I love Paranormal Activity.
The original Saw is very good.
I recently watched Mama and that was okay.
> You've had loads of good suggestions already, so i'm trying to come up with things I didn't see mentioned.
> Not everyones favourite i know because it's a slow burner but I love Paranormal Activity.
> The original Saw is very good.
> I recently watched Mama and that was okay.
Sorcerer is good, but the French original is MUCH better.
> Sorcerer is good, but the French original is MUCH better.
I haven’t read it. I liked the first adaptation, the French film. But the “Creation” and the legendary bridge sequence in Sorcerer were masterful, and the very end of it is so much more nihilistic than the French film’s quasi happy ending.
But yeah sweaty Yves Montand in his vest with his hand rolled cigarettes is certainly iconic
> Well done, I lasted 40 minutes and turned off out of boredom. Does it pick up? The kids were really good but I couldn't get into it. Another in a long list of unengaging Jessica Chastain films!
No it doesn't improve vastly, so wouldn't bother going back to it if you didn't make it the first time.
Pans Labyrinth? Not a horror per se but has the darkness of one.
Can't fault the original Psycho.
> A bunch of climber friends of mine went to see Event Horizon at the cinema after taking a load of magic mushrooms. I can't think of worse film to watch under the influence of hallucinogens. I think it was rather terrifying but they seemed to survive the ordeal.
I remember a friend having a broadly similar episode in the early 90s while watching Jacobs Ladder. A white knuckle ride that nearly ripped off the arm of the chair.
Another vote for Eden Lake
> Pans Labyrinth? Not a horror per se but has the darkness of one.
Curious as to your definition of horror. Pan' Labyrinth is indeed an odd one in that respect, do we just call it "fantasy", or something else?
Personally I define horror as having some element of the supernatural or other-wordly(*), but this rules out all "slasher" films including classics like Hallowe'en and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (**), which a lot of people would instantly class as horror.
My next post recommends some films that at least in my book are absolutely NOT horror films but which perhaps come under that umbrella for a lot of people (I'd call them psychological thrillers)
* so I include things like John Carpenter's "The Thing", and "Alien", even though they are more like straight-ahead science-fiction than horror
** that is how the title of the 1974 film is written, trivia fans and pedants!
Neither of these are horror by my own personal definition, but well worth a mention here anyway
Right At Your Door
Two of the strongest American films of the 00s.
check out Hammer’s “Scream of Fear” aka “Taste of Fear” for a neat variation/knock-off of Psycho that some people think is a sort of superior little film
THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
I second "It Follows"
A great movie as well as scary.
Never trust recommendations. I watched Pandorum at the weekend after it being thoroughly panned by a couple of people I know. I rather enjoyed it, good sci-fi-horror with a really good ending. On the other hand I watched the highly praised Shrooms and thought it was utter bilge, boring and annoying in equal measure.
I usually find that if the Radio Times likes it, I won't.
Good premise (“is she or isn’t she”) ruined by silliness (that goat) and a ludicrous ending
I liked a lot of Pandorum. The first half hour (basically just two amnesiacs in a room wondering who they are and where they are and why) was pretty bold.
it got a bit silly but the two lead performances were great, the “twist” was good and did that ending tease a sequel (something about the life-forms count )?
Back to your OP, if you like American werewolf then you might like a bizarre film called “Society” (late 1980s American satire with some gruesome sticky special effects)
How could I forget ANGEL HEART?!
aside from Robert De Niro somewhat hamming it up as “Louis Cyphre” (duhhhh) it is incredibly atmospheric and actually somewhat scary, with one Hell of an ending...
The first A Nightmare on Elm Street is already mentioned but Part Three (Dream Warriors? With Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne in it) is also very good, as is the fourth-wall-breaking clever “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” set in “reality” with the director and actors playing themselves in Hollywood and Freddie entering their nightmares demanding a new film. Possibly helps if you watch it stoned
> Kill List
I 100% didn’t “get” Kill List. I saw it after seeing and loving Sightseers and learning that Kill List had been the writer-director Ben Wheatley’s calling card and was an instant cult classic. I just couldn’t engage with it. I also thought his Free Fire was rubbish and I heard bad things about High Rise but good things about A Field in England
Another vote for 'The Witch' and I just watched 'Get Out'
Just thinking about Get Out over the weekend. Super film but is it horror or is it more science fiction?
Ooh How did I forget these two from the pen of Stephen Volk:
Ghostwatch (yes the infamous BBC “fake documentary” from 1992 with Sarah Greene, Craig Charles and Michael Parkinson). No joke, it is really good and still effective
and more recently the feature film The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. An intriguing premise and a good story, very atmospheric and well acted. Bit silly toward the end but that is ok. Good little twist even if you do feel that it is simply [famous twist film] inverted
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