The Classic Horror Movie Appreciation Thread (Remakes Frowned Upon!)

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  1. jsl2h90

    jsl2h90 Awaiting Boden8

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    Every horror fan knows the early 70's to late 80's was the golden age of cinema horror. Movies like Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Last House on the Left, Black Christmas, The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, and The Thing defined the face of horror during this period and forever altered what we as fans expect in a horror movie.

    Sadly, the making of memorable and frightening horror films are much less frequent these days. It seems the state of horror today is an endless stream of (mostly terrible) remakes of the classics. As a horror movie collector I'm always keeping an eye out for the next great gem. Every kind of media and time period of horror discussion is welcome here and I realize that terms like "best" and "greatest" are subjective; but know that my main aim is to find those truly original and classic horror films that really enrich the genre. Remakes as stated, are frowned upon but as usual, there are always exceptions. As an example of my taste I'll include some of my favorites other than those mentioned earlier:

    From Beyond
    Fright Night
    Re-Animator
    Demons
    Poltergeist (I and II)
    Friday the 13th (Parts 1-6)
    Martyrs
    High Tension
    Halloween (1-4)
    The Ugly
    The Evil Dead (I and II)
    I Spit on Your Grave
    Maniac Cop
    Scanners
    The Fly
    American Psycho
    Hellraiser
    The Audition
    Suspiria
    Scream (1-4)
    Creepshow
    Phantasm (I and II)
    Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead
    Psycho
    Dead Alive

    On a side note I have to say that years of watching and collecting horror movies have yielded quite a few duds, some of which it would be criminal not to mention, as they are so bad that you can't seem to look away. This is another joy of being a horror fan, "bad" horror movies are sometimes some of the most fun to watch. For example:

    Troll 2
    Rumpelstiltskin
    Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy (featuring 2 original power rangers... :lol:)
    Leprechaun 4: In Space

    You get the idea. I'd love to hear of some more of these horror movie blunders just for laughs. Lastly, I want to mention that I'm not a big exploitation fan unless it actually creates elevation in the movie (ie Martyrs), so if you're into stuff like "A Serbian Film" this probably isnt the place for that. Cheers!
     
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    Blake1970 SS.org Regular

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    Cool thread! I love horror movies. I just recently watched Alien and it still gave me chills.
     
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    I love the movie 'the devil rides out' with Christopher lee and Charles Gray. I think its one of the best British horrors and is all the better having dated.

    I would also recommend another brit classic called 'Night Of The Demon', but stay away if you dont like black and white. Also the Italian movie 'The House Of Laughing Windows' is superb and has one of the most perverse endings.

    Having lived in England most of my life I was denied the awesomness of 'tombs Of the blind dead' which has graced many doom eps. It has a fantastic soundtrack. Saw it when I came to Japan.

    I couldn't recommend these films more highly. Enjoy.
     
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    mcleanab Theta Sagan Swords

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    John Carpenter's THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

    Prince of Darkness - YouTube

    Scared the crap out of me when I was 16. Had nightmares for years. Even if I watch it now I get creeped out.

    One of my theatre teachers Joanna Merlin is in it as a freaky homeless woman...
     
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    Great thread!! I LOVE Classic horror!!!
    Though I would say there have been THREE Golden Ages of Classic Horror:

    1st Age
    German Expressionist/Universal Era:
    Likes of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Vampyr, Der Golem or Nosferatu and then all the classic Universal pics with Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney & Chaney Jnr (Wolfman/The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Raven, Black Cat) they all set the standard for everythign after them

    2nd Age
    Late 50/Early 60's - Hammer/Corman/Early Italian horror
    Horror in glorious Technicolor! List is too long and very distinguished but to sum it up in two names..... Mr Lee & Mr Cushing

    3rd Age
    Late 70's/Early 80's
    All the films you mentioned already. Omen, Rosemary baby, Texas Chainsaw...

    Few on your list are like very late 90's films like the Audition but such a good film who cares! Late 90's early naughties Japanese Horror was top of its game.... before all the bl00dy american remakes.... :wallbash:
     
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    Trilogy Of Terror

    Basket Case

    April Fools Day

    man I love old horror movies.
     
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    The Thing is probably my favourite. Brilliant film.
     
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    jsl2h90 Awaiting Boden8

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    I've heard of April Fools day. Amazon here I come!
    As for Basket Case, what a ridiculous movie, gotta love Frank Hennenlotter. Ever seen Brain Damage, also done by him?

    I JUST downloaded that 2 days ago on a recommendation. I'm gonna watch it tonight. John Carpenter + Donald Pleasance is never a bad combo.
    Thank you! I'm very new to the pre-60's horror but I'm working on it and I appreciate any recommendations. As for my inclusion of some late 90's stuff, I do like a few newer horror movies. Glad you like Japanese horror too. I'm not into much of it but I really like The Audition, I thought it was much more deserving of praise than its counterparts Ringu and the Grudge.
     
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    The old stuff is so good too much to recommend really but if you are new to it all then that is a bit easier, if talking 50's/60's then Hammer Dracula is a must as is the first two Frankenstein films, Plague of Zombies, Devil Rides out, Roger Corman & Vincent Price's Edgar Alan Poe films are fantastic, Pit & the Pendulum especially. Blood on Satan's claw.... Witchfinder General is great. Curse of the Werewolf is only Oliver Reeds second film very worth a watch

    Older than that, Karloff as Frankenstein in the original, Bride of... & Son of... The Raven & The Black cat, I love the Wolfman its not as widely loved as Frankenstein but its def a favourite of mine. Dr Caligari is amazing silent film! incredible and very art deco in set design and that. There the basics but there are so many, ohh White Zombie is a good one too (where Rob got the band name from!!)
     
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    It isn't exactly a classic, but since some of the movies you posted are more modern, I'll bring up May.


    One of the best movies I've ever seen, and also one of the most twisted.



    Also, talking classics:

    Bad Taste
    Zombi (Fulci)
    Tenebre
    Chopping Mall
    Maniac
    Hell High
    American Gothic
    The Beyond
    City of the Living Dead
    Creepshow
    Videodrone
    Scanners
    Sleepaway Camp



    Too many good ones to name.
     
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    The Fog
    Evil Dead
     
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    Explorer He seldomly knows...

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    Let's see... what hasn't been mentioned which I love?

    Ravenous
    Hostel I & II
    Cloverfield

    Lastly, what I *really* love...

    ...is that, in spite of your title line, two of the movies you listed in your first paragraph are remakes, as well as at least one in your later list. *laugh*
     
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    ^As far as I know, the only remake in the first paragraph is The Thing. And of course technically speaking, Evil Dead II is a remake, then you've got The Fly. But I also stated there are always exceptions. To clarify, I'm talking about the remake craze that's currently going on in the genre since the 2000's, you've got Friday the 13th/Halloween/TCM/Dawn of the Dead/Fright Night etc. being redone and they're all for the most part unworthy of the originals. Thank god they haven't touched The Shining or the Exorcist yet. /knocks on wood

    These are the ones I haven't seen that you mentioned. I really couldn't get into Zombie because of the dragging pace and the zombie vs. shark thing. I guess I'm a Romero guy. Tenebre is Argento related if I'm not mistaken so I have to take the time to see that one, along with Phenomena... I'm not sure if you've seen that one. May seems interesting, I've never been impressed by horror movies with female leads except for 3 french movies: Inside, Martyrs, and High Tension. All 3 are just visceral, over the top and have great acting and story along with your standard fare of gore and scares.

    Speaking of female leads, a lot people give so much credit to the movie Ginger Snaps and I don't get the hype. The first 45 minutes of the movie is about a girl getting her first period lol.
     
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    Yes, Tenebre is an Argento film. I haven't seen Phenomena yet (even though I've had a strange thing for seeing Jennifer Connelly films ever since I saw the Labyrinth) but I've always wanted to check it out.

    May is amazing. It's just... I love Angela Bettis, and that movie made me want to marry her :lol:

    It's twisted and weird and just everything I love in a horror film.

    EDIT: Oh, and as for Ginger Snaps; I love it. The reason they spent so much time on her "period" isn't because she was having her period; it was because she was changing after the bite, little by little, starting with sexual urges and whatnot. I love it because it has the creepy coming of age thing going on.


    One that they didn't mention that I actually enjoyed (I normally steer clear of remakes, but how can you not see a movie with Monica Keena in it?) was the remake of Night of the Demons.

    Loved first to Night of the Demon films, and the remake actually captured what made those movies so much fun to watch.
     
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    I just watched Prince of Darkness the other day, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. I also picked up Let the Right One In, and that one is a new favorite for me.

    I forgot to include in my OP one of my all time favorites, Santa Sangre. Such a breath of fresh air to see surrealism mixed with horror. Jodorowsky is the man.
     
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    Nice one. I love Jodorowsky's movies. The Holy Mountain is a mind blower. Nice to see the love for Prince Of Darkness as well. A real gem.
     
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    If you like asian horror check out The Seventh Curse. Has Chow Yu Fat in it and is the product of a writer with ADD.
    The trailer is on youtube. As a plus it also features one of the hottest asian women I've ever seen... In a wet tshirt..... And then naked.
     
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    ^Will do. I dont know if these are necessarily horror, but i bought them during one of my horror movie buying sprees: Oldboy and Ichi the Killer. The former is the superior flick by far and a real head fuck. Ichi is just weird all around but good J-horror and done by the same guy that made The Audition.

    I bought The Holy Mountain on blu-ray about a month ago and still haven't watched it for some reason. I absolutely loved El Topo and Santa Sangre though. But now i've gotten totally off the subject of horror hehe...

    I neglected to mention i'm big into buying all of my movies on blu-ray if possible, and proud to say i'm one of the 3000 owners of original Fright Night on Blu-ray and the transfer is pristine for the most part and far superior to the DVD. I'd say it was worth the $100 i spent on it.... Unless it gets a non-exclusive blu release from a major studio and ends up at walmart for $10. Then i'll just feel stupid lol
     

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