That said, I also have more modern favorites as well, including the work of John Carpenter. I also really love Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), flawed in parts though it is.
I gotta agree. It's very rare that I say this, but that film was WAAAAAAy better than the stinky ol' book. *yawn*
As far as favorite...geez. I love too many.
How 'bout a list of what is coming to mind:
The Changeling (not the Angelina Jolie number)
The Exorcist (awesome effects but not scary for me)
Blair Witch Project (only the last 10 minutes)
I Spit On Your Grave
Dawn of the Dead (the new one...I could watch forever and not get bored)
My favorite movie of all time when I was 12 was the original Children of the Corn.
And who could forget all the deliciously crazy Troma films?! I'm a Toxie fanatic!!
HalloweeN (1978) - I'm a huge fan and have been Michael Myers the past 14 years and will be him once again this year. Most trick-or-treaters have no idea it's a girl underneath that white creepy mask and dark coveralls.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) - This started my true love of zombies. Romero's slow moving representation of the living dead with a strong message ahead of its time with an unbelievably awesome lovable cast. I can't get enough of this one and I hope to pay a visit to the infamous Monroeville Mall someday.
The Blair Witch Project - The first movie to really truly scare me. The first and last time I was ever in a fully packed theatre with a dead silent audience (not so much as a sneeze). Incredible experience that has stayed with me since 1999.
Paranormal Activity - The latest movie to actually scare me. I've always had a fear of what I can't see and like The Blair Witch Project...what the audience can't see is what brings on the most effective scares. Keeping it simple always has the biggest impact on me. A great simple cast that knows how to improv equals complete awesomeness.
Since the horror genre is my most favorite genre, I have many many favorites but these are definitely tops to me.
Also I strongly agree Barbossa, hahaha.
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The creepiest movie I ever saw, and just scared the livin' poop out of me, was a Disney film called "The Watcher in the Woods", starring a very creepy Bette Davis. Grant it, I was about 9 when I saw it.
Some great horror movies are: Frankenstein (the original), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original) John Carpenter's Halloween and a nice nod to Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, who brought back the 'B' movie type slasher films instead of the new genre of just showing us how realistic cutting limbs off can look.
BUT, how anyone can omit 'Psycho' from any horror film list is beyond me. Just a tremendous piece of film craft.
I remember seeing this at my Grandparents on laser disc when I was about 11 or 12. I thought it was AWESOME!!!
As for my favorites:
Halloween (the original)
Halloween 2 (the original)
Bram Stokers Dracula
Any of the old-school monster movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf-Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon)
Shaun of the Dead
American Werewolf in London
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead (I liked the new one too)
As for Saw ... I saw the first two and they did really freak me out. I don't think I've seen any of the subsequent movies. Maybe I'll rent them one day.
And to a couple I just don't get why they are so popular. First, the Ring (american version) and the Grudge (american version). I thought they were both utter crap. See the original versions of both, they are MUCH better.
I enjoy Romero's original undead trilogy of films. I also like the original "Wicker Man", "The Devil's Backbone", and for nostalgic fun more than frights I enjoy most of the old Hammer Horror releases.
- The Haunting (Just rewatched the original 1968 version and remembered why I love it. The cinematography, the angles, the black and white...it all works so wonderfully. Kindly ignore the 1999 remake, please.)
- Alien (Amazing sets; both sound and visual effects are superb; creates such an amazing atmosphere which is key for evoking genuine fear.)
- Psycho (Hitchcock's crowning jewel. The acting, the story, the score. Did for showers what Jaws did to the ocean.)
- The Shining (That massive, empty, possessed hotel -- what a scene for a scare. The part Nicholson was born to play.)
- Return To Oz (I see your Wizard and I raise you. This one gave me nightmares when I was younger, but I grew to love it. The kid in me still harbors a crush for Fairuza's Dorothy.)
- The Silence of the Lambs (A perfectly concocted suspense thriller with one of the best performances in cinematic history. Oh, and that final credit sequence. Beauty.)
There are still classics I've yet to see (for example, Poltergeist) but I'm trying to think of ones I've seen in more recent years. It's hard to take Blair Witch seriously now, with the myriad of jokes and parodies it spawned, but it was definitely effective the first time I watched it. I'm curious to see Paranormal Activity before it gets the same treatment. Unfortunately, you don't get a lot of well-crafted horror/suspense films these days. Mostly just gorn. (That's combination gore & porn for those of you keeping score at home.) Oh, I guess I could include David Fincher's Zodiac. That was a fantastic movie with awesome performances, that successfully maintained a foreboding sense of danger and suspense, despite covering several years.
The Changeling- Any ghost story is hard to film, many fail since they do too much talking and not enough showing. (It's like they say, show...don't tell.) But this film get's it right, it's a downright chilling and underappreciated movie. Not to mention it's the only film that can creep you out with a red rubber ball and a wheelchair.
absolutely agree with you on this 100%!
my favorite scary movie is probably the 1963 version of the haunting. its perfect because it's got you as the viewer second-guessing what you're seeing right along with the protagonist. genius!
paranormal activity just wrecked me recently, too. but anything about demons is generally instant tears for me.
the shining, the omen and burnt offerings are unsettling and creepy. and it used to scare the heck out of me when i was younger- but only if you stop watching it before stephen king ruins it with his trademark 'wait! ITS ALIENS!' ending.
The Shining, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (original), The Exorcist, Psycho, The Haunting (1963 version), An American Werewolf in London, The Blair Witch Project, Poltergeist, Se7en (does that count?).
And most recently, I thought Paranormal Activity was very well done and creepy.
Halloween: I never get tired of this movie. Not too gory and full of suspense and scares. The part where Michael is stalking Laurie as she is trying desperatley to get back into the Doyle's house is one of the most intense scenes ever
Out of the NIGHT.... When the full moon is BRIGHT!! Comes a horseman known as ZORRO!!! ---------------------------------------
The Orphanage (El Orfanato) is my favorite recent horror film. It's one of the scariest movies I have ever seen! It was well written and beautifully acted, and pretty darn creepy (in spite of the subtitles!).
I liked the original "saw"... and then saw 2 was pretty good... but then 3 got a good plot going, but they ruined the series at 4... they pretty much should have stopped at Saw 3... it would have been fine until they killed off Jigsaw and started making up plots to try and carry on his legacy! Seriously!