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Survey! Horror Movies.

From pseudotheist, I present a survey:

"If you had to pick 3 horror movies, to represent the essence and pinnacle of the Horror genre, what would you recommend?"

Try not to look at other people's answers before you submit yours, it makes it more fun.

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dazzedelf
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Nightmare on Elm Street
Ring
Halloween
bitchiekittie
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
this is a GOOD one. there's one movie that I can say definitely embodies the fare found in all 80s horror movies. it's not a GOOD movie, and it has one major deviation from the norm, and that's the killer himself. but all of the other elements are in place: teenagers as victims, sexual promiscuity (leading to early movie death), scantily clad teenage girls misbehaving while their parents are away, annoying younger sibling ruining the fun, at least one outcast player, unwitting adults, etc: SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE. the killer is a normal human with apparently no supernatural qualities whatsoever, so that sort of spoils it.
bitchiekittie
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
secondly, I think shaun of the dead really fits in well here.

I think it's an excellent movie, but beyond that, it manages to include all of the common cliches of horror movies from past decades. BUT it does it without

1. the sexual components (which aren't inherently bad) or misogyny (which is, and is often tied to the former) that's so often present in horror films
2. getting tiresome. sure, it's the same story that's been told before being told yet again, but it's funny, it's a new perspective on the same thing WITHOUT really deviating from what makes people keep coming back to that story again and again in the first place.

so you've got everything that you'd expect from a horror film (specifically a zombie film) but it's not getting boring.
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judithiscariot
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
horror movies are scary. this is why i don't watch them.
snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
hey are you busy weds? hint this is not about horror movies?
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motorharp
Aug. 10th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: The Horror...
Ha ha ha! Gigli!
catsaurus
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
The Exorcist
Children of the Corn
Halloween
snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
God I love Children of the Corn. What a fantastic film... I mean, in my world. :)
rakin
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Picking THREE is HARD! I picked four cause I cheat

Aliens
The Exorcist
Night of the Living Dead
Jaws
snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Man, Jaws freaked so many people out, but for some reason that movie was always kind of ehn to me.
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yoshimi
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
the first three to come to mind as essentials are:
evil dead 2 - what would horror be without camp?
the shining - what would horror be without king?
nightmare on elm street - the first horror movie to truly scare the crap out of me - i was little, and how was i to know that the guy with the Hands was just Willie from V?
examorata
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that even as much as I love King novels, his movies rarely do it for me the way some other horror movies do.
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examorata
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
I decided to answer using three movies that aren't the ones I put on pseudotheist's original query.

(1) The Exorcist
Supernatural AND psychological, and a true classic.
(2) Jacob's Ladder
A true mindfuck.
(3) The Others
Creeeeeeepy.
yoshimi
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
oh, jacob's ladder. second. and then third.
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snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
This is what I said in answer to his entry, without looking at other answers:

1. The Fly
2. Night of the Living Dead
3. Carrie

And this is the comment I made to that after I looked:

I would say you could interchange "The Fly" and "Alien" now that I have looked at my list. That's meant to cover sci-fi and ... I don't know the right terminology, but let's say 'futurism'.

Night of the Living Dead covers basic scary.

Carrie is meant to represent psychological horror. You could plunk Rosemary's Baby into this slot pretty easily.

As a final comment I think I would swap The Exorcist for Carrie.
snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
I think Mightmare on Elm St would be in the 'Night of the Living Dead' spot except the latter is... dare I say it... more classy.

Nightmare on Elm St. is clearly a seminal movie. I watched it at a slumber party with my glasses off and still was messed up by it for eons.
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tzel
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, you saw mine on his lj. However, in doing some poking around I came across a movie called Freaks which in light of recent book club books could make for an interesting viewing.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022913/
examorata
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
Freaks is an awesome film. Seminal, even. But not precisely scary, though certainly horrific.
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professorbooty
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Crap, I forgot The Thing, mainly because I haven't seen it in years.
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professorbooty
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Hellraiser
The Fly (Cronenberg remake)
Alien

Honorable mention/campy classic:

The Abominable Dr. Phibes
snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
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The Fly (Cronenberg remake)

I probably should have specified I meant that one, but hopefully everyone would find it obvious. It's like he obliterated the old one with how horrifying the new one was.
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dj_ango
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
1. 28 Days Later
2. Day of the Dead
3. Princess Diaries 2
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snidegrrl
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
To my mind, Poltergiest was ALOT!!! I read the novelisation as a kid because I couldn't imagine watching the movie and was TERRIFIED for months.

I ADORE the Omen. I feel it is a classic of the genre.
seraphsmorgan
Aug. 8th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
The Shining
Alien
Poltergiest
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