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aquarj
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Posted: 2003-10-15 2:26 pm   Permalink

One night on cable a long time ago I watched Crumb (the documentary about cartoonist / illustrator R Crumb and his family), followed by the Blair Witch Project. The strange thing is that I ended up being more disturbed by Crumb than by BWP, which I thought was pretty dumb and didn't measure up to all the hype. The whole thing about Crumb's crazy misanthropic brother who never left his mother's house for years, and who killed himself after the movie was completed, and their sick sibling rivalry, and their other brother in SF who laughed as he told the story of assaulting a girl in a store. Quite a contrast - the real horror of a documentary, and the fluff horror of a contrived thriller. Course, to be on topic, the thrillers are much more fun on Halloween.

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cynfulcynner
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Posted: 2003-10-15 2:49 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-10-15 14:26, aquarj wrote:
One night on cable a long time ago I watched Crumb (the documentary about cartoonist / illustrator R Crumb and his family), followed by the Blair Witch Project.



Crumb was quite a creepy film; BWC just made me laugh because it was so cheesy and I knew it was all fake.

(BTW, BWC was the last movie I saw at the Burlingame Drive-In before it closed. *sigh*)

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Posted: 2003-10-15 3:29 pm   Permalink

Few people have seen it, and almost nobody but me actually liked it, but I thought Blair Witch 2 was very scary.

I'd also recommend Ringu and Dark Water for scary films.

Not frightening but dark and eerie would be Suicide Circle, Battle Royale.


 
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Rain
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Posted: 2003-10-15 3:35 pm   Permalink

if you like older horror movies, i'd recommend The Changeling, starring George C. Scott, and The Legend of Hell House, starring Roddy MacDowall.

I think Ringu 2 tops all of the four "Ring" movies. (Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu 0, and The Ring)

I didn't find the The Wicker Man to be scary, but call me a wuss - I kept looking at my TV for reflections of aliens after watching "Signs." Oh, and Communion has one or two creepy moments. Some laughable ones, though, as well.


 
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Rain
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Posted: 2003-10-15 3:38 pm   Permalink

Battle Royale was GREAT!

It's a shame youse didn't get to see Blair Witch pre-hype - it's a worthy film. I predict it's a cult classic in the near future once the hype circus is forgotten.


 
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procinema29
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Posted: 2003-10-15 3:50 pm   Permalink

I heartily agree with the recommendation of the original "The Haunting," especially since you can now get it digitally restored--not, unfortunately, with a Dolby 5.1 remix, as some were hoping (the movie relies on really scary noises, and would have been enhanced by a remix). And ditto to the person who recommended "The Changeling," another very stylish and opulent ghost movie (with ties to "The Haunting") which IS in stereo, and very creepy-sounding it is. It scared the gee-whillikers out of me, personally.

If yer in a Tiki-style drinking mood, I would recommend "The Killer Shrews," which features lots of drinking and was made by the evil director Ray Kellogg, who was also responsible for "The Giant Gila Monster," a film that features no drinking to speak of, but demands drinking to help the viewer get through it.

John Carpenter's "Halloween" and "The Fog" also both feature decent amounts of drinking, for those looking for some inspiration.

Hot Buttered Rums all around!


 
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Posted: 2003-10-15 3:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-10-15 15:38, Rain wrote:
Battle Royale was GREAT!

It's a shame youse didn't get to see Blair Witch pre-hype - it's a worthy film. I predict it's a cult classic in the near future once the hype circus is forgotten.



I was in Baltimore when Blair Witch came out. My wife, grandmother, and I stood in line to watch it the first night it was out in a really great restored theater. We loved it, and still do.

Blair Witch 2 was a different film (and rightly so IMO). Nothing like the original, but a worthy film in its own right, again IMO. Haven't found anyone else to date that agrees with me though.


 
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Tiki-bot
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Posted: 2003-10-15 4:08 pm   Permalink

Horror movies? With Arnold as our guv, who needs movies???

But seriously, I second John Carpenter's "The Thing". Eerie, remote setting, creepy monsters, much suspense, and a bit o humor (the blood test). Good stuff.

Another one I didn't see here already which is actually a good movie is American Psycho. It's not hardly gory at all, but implication of violence is intense and the suspense is killer - pun intended.

While not a horror movie, a great, edge-of-your-seat suspense movie was Phonebooth. Very smart and logical thriller with an astounding perfermance by Colin Ferrel. Very clever filmmaking techniques, too, that really helped add to the intensity of the story. I never believed they could hold my interest so tightly with nothing but a guy in a phone booth, but they did.
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seamus
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Posted: 2003-10-15 4:15 pm   Permalink

I thought Blair Witch was pretty good. The end gave me a jolt. I caught BW2 late one night and thought it was pretty good too. There was a fake documentary that ran on cable before BWP came out that I thought was really creepy. It was all the legend of the witch and how they found the personal belongings of the student filmakers down under an old foundation way after they had disapeared. It was brilliant pre-hype marketing for the movie, but still kinda creepy.

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2003-10-15 4:18 pm   Permalink

The original "The Haunting" from the 50's. Very scary to me even now. The lesbian overtones are pretty cool, but the ghost stuff is first rate and is more like a real haunting than most over done movies.
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Tiki Baron
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Posted: 2003-10-15 4:22 pm   Permalink


My Vote for a truely scary movie is

The Entity - Granted it's dated because it's a 1981-82 flick...but it's by far one of the most disturbing pictures I've ever watched, and in the end it's based on a true story. Personally I prefer a good William Castle film (original 13 ghosts, or House on Haunted Hill, or The Tinkler) --- If you intend on a public viewing of The Entity you may want to preview it first.

TB


 
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Rain
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Posted: 2003-10-15 4:29 pm   Permalink

yeah, i forgot about the entity - that's definitely creepy. except for the stupid guitar noise every time the thing makes a move.

i didn't care for blair witch 2, really, but i like the director's other work - paradise lost, etc...

i just remembered another recent low budget movie - for those of you that are hp lovecraft fans (i now live in lovecraft territory! sweet!), check out dagon. i think that's what it was called, anyway. it's not the best movie ever, but it's really atmospheric and pretty creepy. another fun lovecraft flick is the dunwich horror, starring a young and mustachioed dean stockwell. this one has a GREAT score - i listen to it all the time.

as far as movies that one person likes but others don't - i LOVE the ninth gate, starring captain jack sparrow and directed by roman polanski. one of my all time favorites.
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seamus
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Posted: 2003-10-15 5:59 pm   Permalink

HP Lovecraft rocks! I caught Dagon by chance one late night on cable. It was good. If you've ever read any of his books, you can catch the occaisional tip of the hat to him in so many flicks. Miskatonic University is one of the most common. The greatest American horror writer bar none.

 
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DawnTiki
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Posted: 2003-10-15 6:58 pm   Permalink

Sorry Hanford, I started this in the wrong forum.

 
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mrtikibar
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Posted: 2003-10-15 10:54 pm   Permalink

"The Changeling." My Favorite
"The Haunting" (the original)
"The Fog" fun minor hack fest
"Fiend Without a Face" if you can find it you will get a kick.
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