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Good Horror Films To Watch

Posted Nov 22, '12 at 11:18pm

SSTG

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Knight

Prince of Darkness and Phantasm are good horror movies.

 

Posted Nov 23, '12 at 12:50am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,268 posts

Have you actually seen any of these films? Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street are considered some of the best horror classics ever made. The entire ensuing franchises are also all horror films.

And they are given wrong considerations. I'm specific with my genres...these movies are thrillers.
-uses suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements
-The aim for thrillers is to keep the audience alert and on the edge of their seats
-The protagonist(s) faces death, either their own or somebody else's.
-The force(s) of antagonism must initially be cleverer and/or stronger than the protagonist's.
-The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character who cannot be put down.
-The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved.
-The film's narrative construction is dominated by the protagonist's point of view.
-The two major themes that underpin the thriller genre are the desire for justice and the morality of individuals
-The protagonist(s) and antagonist(s) may battle, themselves and each other, not just on a physical level, but on a mental one as well.
-Either by accident or their own curiousness, characters are dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve.

If we want to be even more specific..they are slasher flicks

Silence of the Lambs is a psychological thriller with elements of horror.

No horror involved in this movie

Please explain what you consider a horror film and give some examples because your post is blasphemous haha.

Wikipedia puts it best:
Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer, the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes.

Horror films often deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, curses, satanism, demons, gore, torture, vicious animals, monsters, zombies, cannibals, and serial killers

Although I disagree with the serial killers part

A horror film should be able to give you a scare after you are done watching the movie. I should be able to look back on the movie and think "oh man, scary!" (failed horror movies won't due the trick...but if they tried I can't deny them of the title)...a man walking around killing a group of teens at a lake won't do that...but the idea of my house being a gateway to hell will

 

Posted Nov 23, '12 at 10:39am

spinmove

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If we want to be even more specific..they are slasher flicks

A slasher is a sub-genre of horror. If a movie is a slasher it must be a horror. There goes all your attempted logic.

Anyway, half the descriptions in your list of thriller film characteristics don't apply to any of the films I mentioned.

Let me give you a plot breakdown of these films...

Halloween - group of teens are stalked and murdered in brutal ways by a masked psychopath.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - A family of cannibalistic psychopaths murder a group of friends and eat them.

A Nightmare on Elm Street - A child murderer in the character's dreams murder them one by one whenever they fall asleep.

These are straight out horror films without the hair of another genre in them, meant to scare, disgust, or disturb you.

Some examples of thrillers are Se7en, Inception, The Sixth Sense, No Country for Old Men, and the Usual Suspects.

No horror involved in this movie

A cannibal and victims being skinned alive along with blood, gore, and an actual scene of cannibalism. Those are pretty significant elements of horror "seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers" as the lovely wikipedia puts it. Although I do agree that the films is mainly a thriller, you cannot deny elements of horror in it.

Horror is a film genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer, the macabre and the supernatural are frequent themes.

Horror films often deal with the viewer's nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Plots within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force, event, or personage, commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world. Prevalent elements include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, curses, satanism, demons, gore, torture, vicious animals, monsters, zombies, cannibals, and serial killers

An excellent description of every single film in my list...not sure what you are trying to prove here.

...but the idea of my house being a gateway to hell will

Clearly you have not seen Last House on the Left as it is absolutely nothing to do with hell, a house, or anything supernatural.

 

Posted Nov 23, '12 at 10:43am

spinmove

spinmove

25 posts

And you have still not answered my question as to whether you have seen any of these films or not. it is pointless to argue with you if you haven't because you have no idea what you are talking about.

 

Posted Nov 24, '12 at 4:50am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,268 posts

A slasher is a sub-genre of horror. If a movie is a slasher it must be a horror. There goes all your attempted logic.

Technically, I can't argue with you on definitions. But I love true horror...and slashers don't do that for me at all. They are short scares all based on the thrill of the moment...a true horror goes for your psyche

Anyway, half the descriptions in your list of thriller film characteristics don't apply to any of the films I mentioned.

Really now? I will re-list them, and give them each a number. Then, I will list the movie and which characteristics it has

-uses suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements
1) The aim for thrillers is to keep the audience alert and on the edge of their seats
2) The protagonist(s) faces death, either their own or somebody else's.
3) The force(s) of antagonism must initially be cleverer and/or stronger than the protagonist's.
4) The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character who cannot be put down.
5) The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved.
6) The film's narrative construction is dominated by the protagonist's point of view.
7) The two major themes that underpin the thriller genre are the desire for justice and the morality of individuals
8) The protagonist(s) and antagonist(s) may battle, themselves and each other, not just on a physical level, but on a mental one as well.
9) Either by accident or their own curiousness, characters are dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve.

All three of them
1 - he could strike at any time...oh! Don't go there!
2 - Need I explain?
3 - Need I explain?
4 - ..the bad guy cannot be put down..easily
5 - Arguable. But, basically, why is he killing them? And them solving it doesn't dismiss that it is/was there
6 - Who do we want to survive? Protagonist. Who do we have eyes on for the most part? Protagonist
7 - We want the bad guy to be defeated (well..at least we should feel so). Then, of course, characters being "immoral" (usually sex) gets greeted with death
8 - Need I explain?
9 - Need I explain?

Although I do agree that the films is mainly a thriller, you cannot deny elements of horror in it.

Just because something scares you, doesn't mean it is horror. When I was a young kid, that spongebob episode with the butterfly scared me (grotesque image suddenly appearing), doesn't mean it was horror

Those scenes were not to be horror scenes, but to show the monstrosity of the antagonist. To give us a reason to dislike him...idea of morality

Clearly you have not seen Last House on the Left as it is absolutely nothing to do with hell, a house, or anything supernatural.

I never once stated Last House on the Left...I was thinking more Amityville Horror with that description

And you have still not answered my question as to whether you have seen any of these films or not. it is pointless to argue with you if you haven't because you have no idea what you are talking about.

Yes, I have. And the best they could offer me was a measly startled jump

I will try my best to end this argument and keep both parties...content

Our views on horror are, obviously, very different. You are more straightforward with your viewpoint...I am more strict. Fair?

 

Posted Nov 24, '12 at 10:38am

spinmove

spinmove

25 posts

Really now? I will re-list them, and give them each a number. Then, I will list the movie and which characteristics it has

All of these could differ for a given movie, they are not set in stone for all thrillers or horror, however, for the 3 movies we were mainly discussing, here is my opinion.

1) - Yes for all three
2) - Yes for all three
3) - Yes for all three
4) - To me this sounds more like an adventure movie, you are on a quest or trying to conquer evil, that's definitely not what horror films are about.
5) - To be honest usually there is no reason for the killings, most horror is there to scare not to work your brain through a mystery / drama.
6) - This is true for almost all movies regardless of the genre, you can't use this to prove one genre over the other.
7) - Desire for justice? Morality? Sounds like Spiderman or Batman to me.
8) - This sounds more like Harry Potter, usually in horror there is no battle it's the protagonist trying to run for their life.
9) - Yes for all three

I never once stated Last House on the Left...I was thinking more Amityville Horror with that description

Ha, I assumed you meant Last because it's on my list and the movie poster mentions the house being over the very center of hell.

Our views on horror are, obviously, very different. You are more straightforward with your viewpoint...I am more strict. Fair?

Yes, obviously this is much opinion so there's really no point to discuss it further, although your views were interesting to read =)

 

Posted Nov 25, '12 at 9:48pm

BurnKush420

BurnKush420

102 posts

insidious is a good movie
phantasm 1 and 2
Scary Movie series (yes i know theyre arent really scary)

 

Posted Nov 25, '12 at 10:02pm

nichodemus

nichodemus

11,870 posts

Knight

A Clockwork Orange

Not horror.

You want real horror? Watch Asian horror.

All of the Ju-On films (Original version of Grudge)
The original version of The Eye
Colic
Original version of Shutter
Original version of The Ring
Original Version of One Missed Call
Imprint (Masters of Horror)

Generally any American remake of a Japanese/Thai/Korean horror film is good to go. Lots of blood, pale, twisted and absolutely horrific faces (Girl with a missing lower jaw tearing you apart?), false starts, aborted fetuses, haunting cries.

****, I'll be in the corner crying and recalling those nights.

 

Posted Nov 26, '12 at 12:24am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,268 posts

insidious is a good movie

I really liked it until that crap with the dreams

You want real horror? Watch Asian horror.

Or even some Asian music videos XD *looks to Dir en Grey*

 

Posted Nov 26, '12 at 12:55am

nichodemus

nichodemus

11,870 posts

Knight

I really liked it until that crap with the dreams

They should have done more with that old woman. She was genuinely more frightening and hideous than the demon.

 
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