Horror movie recommendations


#181

I feel like that’s where they started with the premise but were then practical with it. After all, once the main character is infected, it’s her job to have sex with someone as soon as possible so she can pass on the curse. But she has to make sure that the person she infects knows what’s happening. It took me a while to remember the opening with an unknown third party who is killed by it. Since she dies, the curse goes back to the dude that Jaime sleeps with. That’s why he’s so surprised at the movie theater, because he thought he’d passed it along but then the “woman in the yellow dress” appears. So when he sleeps with Jaime, he makes sure that she knows exactly what is happening and makes an effort to protect herself.
Granted, he probably should have disclosed that before having sex.
I guess, more than abstinence, the movie is about the importance of disclosing STDs before sex.


#182

It’s been a few years but I remember the commentary track for It Follows being very good. He says there isn’t one interpretation of the monster, but that for him it was about the childhood fear of adulthood and the unknown world ahead of them. Notice adults play a very small role in this movie, except for the monster, who often appears as a adult (old lady, naked bearded man, tall man with no eyes, the girls father).


#183

WOW!!! I actually pulled it off and watched 31 horror movies in October. I wrote some blog posts and some forum posts elsewhere about them, would people be cool if I dropped all of that into a post here? Most of them are included with Amazon Prime or otherwise on some streaming service or other many folks probably have. In some cases a lot of the movies can just be watched on YouTube so 31 recommendations (or UNrecommendations, there ended up being some grade A dog shit in there too).


#184

So It Comes at Night was totally my jam. It may have helped that I had heard beforehand that there isn’t a monster or “it” in the conventional sense, which allowed me to focus more on the nightmarish dream sequences and the raw human horror that unfolds in the final few minutes.

Speaking of commentaries, It Comes at Night has the best one for a horror movie that I’ve listened to in a while. It’s just director Trey Edward Shults and actor Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Travis), and their warm and funny observations stand in stark contrast to the utter nihilism of that movie. I’m reminded of my previous gold standard for movie commentaries, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell for Carpenter’s The Thing.


#185

I left the theater after seeing It Comes at Night feeling like I’d just been punched in the gut for 90 minutes and, while saying I liked it feels like the wrong sentiment, I loved how bad it made me feel. After seeing it I pitched it to friends as “what if The Last of Us was even bleaker and more hopeless.”


#186

I’m recording a podcast about it this weekend and my one sentence summary is going to be “imagine a zombie movie with no zombies in it.” I can understand why the trailers were more than a little misleading, because that’s a hard sell! But the most interesting facet of that subgenre has never been the zombies themselves, rather how the human characters interact in that situation.


#187

I look forward to listening to that! I’ve been meaning to check your podcast out but I fell into a podcast backlog while doing the whole 31 horror movies thing last month. I actually ended up taking a lot of good recommendations from your Twitter account and also Cameron Suey’s massive monthlong tweet thread.


#188

Alright no one said no so here it comes, the thirty-one horror movies I watched in October 2017. I was originally going to write about these each but I suffered a minor injury that made it difficult to type at length (DO NOT CLICK, positive side is that due to the bizarre nature of the incident I now know exactly what my own flesh and blood tastes like, so appropriate timing :smiley: ) so you get all thirty-one thoughts at once. Many of these movies were suggested via a list on Graveyard Shift Sisters, which is a site anyone interested in horror movies should check out. In some cases where I wanted to go more in depth I made a blog post instead and I’ll link to those where applicable. Have a great weekend everyone!

28 Days Later
I saw this movie the day it came out in theaters, loved it, and hadn’t seen it since. It sort of holds up and doesn’t at the same time. Everything about it is great, but looking at it in 2017 it loses some impact because of how influential it ended up being, as you can see the seeds for a lot of how “serious” zombie movies work today in it. I have to say that, like when I saw it in theaters, I still think the way Brendan Gleeson’s character gets infected has got to be the most bullshit thing ever. Having that character killed before our remaining three survivors enter the compound was pretty clearly done just to put the group in a more vulnerable state of losing their heavy hitter while still briefly having our military folks appear to be nice guys. I only saw the movie once, but I actually bought the soundtrack not long after and, like back then, the use of it in the movie holds everything together really well. This is still definitely A Good Movie but hold off on watching it for a bit if you’ve recently binged on any other modern zombie stuff. As I write this I also realize that I, somehow, still haven’t seen 28 Weeks Later.

Abby
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-vi-abby/

Alien vs. Predator
Unlike 28 Days Later, this is still definitely A Bad Movie. I just, like, why would you make a cool detailed ancient aliens shifting maze arena set and then use it for like three minutes? I still laugh at the wide-eyed realization of two characters consecutively stating out loud “The enemy…of my enemy…is…my FRIEND” one after the other in case we don’t realize that they figured out the Predators are there to hunt the Aliens. The story necessitating a single “hero” alien rather than hordes of them feels lazy since you have a single one them clowning on multiple Predators and then no action for a long time. At the end Sanaa Lathan, I mean I think Sanaa Lathan is really cool but is anyone really cool enough to just be chilling outside on Antarctica in spring/early fall caliber pants and a shirt for who knows how long? A Paul W.S. Anderson joint and all that implies.

Alien Factor
This is one of those movies I’ve seen the first twenty minutes or so of a dozen times. It’s like The Blood Waters of Dr. Z but even “better” in its campiness and uh Samurai Cop-esque editing. This movie has my favorite bad creature effects and drama built around those bad creature effects ever. You can see this one on Amazon Prime right now and it’s well worth it. It’s slow paced but the bad acting and choppy editing gives me a huge smile. It also, due to budget, has a lot of random individual people who just kind of pop up like “whelp I heard a monster is in town, better help out by wandering around aimlessly in the woods without telling anyone!” You probably guessed from the title but basically an alien life form arrives at a small town and starts terrorizing the local population. But it may or may not be able to disguise itself as a human, and there may or may not be more than one of them! “Suspense” and hilariously bad costumes ensue.

Alien Zone
This is an anthology movie. It’s…not very good. It was originally released with the name The House of the Dead which I guess they realized would sort of be false advertising. The framing story involves a guy accidentally getting a ride to the wrong street. He meant to meet his mistress at a hotel but instead ends up at a funeral home in which he takes refuge as it’s pouring out. So candles are lit, the undertaker is awake and welcomes the guy in. He then opens up a few caskets for the guy and gives us four story segments, each detailing how one of these people met their end. These segments are like, oh my God. Each probably sounded really intense on paper but we’re talking some Norman Checks In caliber aesthetic in regards to cheap looking late seventies/early eighties crap. One segment in particular stands out though. About an American Psycho-esque photographer dude obsessed with filming himself murdering people. It’s edited to intercut him being arrested and surrounded by press with him filming himself talking about each woman he’s about to murder in the past with the actual final moments where he kills them (also filmed by him). It’s unfortunately still goofy as hell and horribly executed like the rest but hey they tried. The cover imagery you see for this movie on Shudder comes from the first story, where a schoolteacher who hates kids comes home from work, starts to take a shower (but not before putting a whole meatloaf in the oven just for herself fuck yes), but then realizes someone’s in the house. It turns out to be a bunch of kids in Halloween masks that then kill her, somehow, it fades into wavy trippy after effects but ends just as it might almost be kind of sort of good. Anyway the kids all have THREE HUGE TEETH instead of the more typical dental arrangement you’d expect but much like Torgo’s knees in Manos: The Hands of Fate they’re the opposite of horrifying.

They fit four segments in here but the entire movie is seventy-six minutes long so as you can imagine, there’s nothing in the way of any atmosphere or real build up to what’s happening, but the movie also isn’t graphic in any way (you don’t even see the corpses in the funeral home), at all, so it has nothing going on for folks just looking for a movie where people get killed either.

The framing segment has nothing going for it either though I guess the way it ended was fitting, this movie just flat out sucks.

Beyond
This movie just flat out kicks ass. This is a long time favorite of mine and but I actually don’t re-watch it often. I love how relentless it feels. It’s not necessarily faster paced than Fulci’s other movies but the dream-like logic and haziness to a lot of the film’s events are so well done that it never feels like it’s dragging. And the incredible soundtrack is of course a big part of that too. I know that, realistically some of this stuff is done for budgetary and stunt limitations, but I love how nightmare-like the opening is with how slowly one of the townspeople strikes our painter/warlock with that chain and how messed up the dude’s face gets from it anyway. The bathtub zombie scene (which Resident Evil aped to much less effect) always creeps me out because of the way it doesn’t jump or pop out of the tub but is just sort of there. There’s so much good in this movie. Like if I had to really nitpick it I could say the spider scene goes on a little too long, to the point where it loses it’s effect and just looks super fake, but that’s a small thing compared to everything else this movie does with its atmosphere and final act.

Blade
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/11/2017-october-horror-challenge-xxxi-blade/

Blood of Jesus
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-v-the-blood-of-jesus/

Bones
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-xi-bones/

Breeders
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-xiii-breeders/

Cruel World
This is some SERIOUS dogshit Oh my Gooooood. Edward Furlong plays someone who feels he was destined to be a huge star (hmm…), but his career in TV is cut short when a woman he had a crush on years prior humiliates and rejects him on a reality TV show. He’s so obsessed with this that he basically arranges an entire “fake” reality TV show in which a bunch of people, that woman included, are invited. All of the contests in it/etc. are geared towards getting revenge on this woman. Furlong’s character is insanely rich, to the point of like, he could just produce an actual reality TV show and make it go however he wants with whatever cast he wants for real including the actress that scorned him on screen, so this seemed kind of redundant, but hey, I’m not the one who wrote the script for Cruel World. Anyway the entire movie is basically scene after scene of characters kinda sorta figuring out a way to escape, but OH WAIT! He had a contingency planned for that after all! He has a mentally disabled older brother who is super strong and helps him out with everything and that character’s handled about as well as you’d expect.

Demons
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-x-demons/

Ernest Scared Stupid
I never saw this movie until now. I loved the show as a kid, but the only movie I had seen was Ernest Goes to Camp which, even as a kid was obviously awful so I went into this with pretty low expectations. Fortunately this movie kicks ass.

There’s some stuff like Ernest’s “rapid progression of impressions” from his show that don’t really hold up but everything else about this movie is super fun. The various stuff related to the creature(s) is awesome too and it looks really good at times.

I can see how this would be legit terrifying to a little kid too just because of the really primal way the main kids are shown as cool via their canned goods launching treehouse, and then immediately after that the creature is dropping kids left and right with ease I mean the movie foreshadows that the kids can be brought back and whatever but still and no one gives a shit - even after everyone is aware of the situation the adults are more upset that no one’s respecting authority than they are about the kids that vanished. Like you can tell this was made a year after IT was on TV/the book blew up again.

They do a good job balancing more serious horror movie shots and situations with Ernest’s wackiness, I love the steadicam shot of him running down the school hallway stating “Trolls, trolls, trolls,” over and over again with a legit shaken and panicked face but strutting in the most ridiculous way possible. It’s basically a live action cartoon.

Plus there’s Eartha Kitt as an insane metal welder artist/local occult history expert!?!?! This movie rules.

One of other reasons Ernest Scared Stupid is so good to me is because of how much it fits squarely into the genre of New England horror. The witch trial at the beginning especially, that could have been pulled right out of any number of 70s movies’ prologues before some modern folks start disappearing in the woods. They did a great job making that type of straight story and then inserting the Ernest character into it as the main character instead of the other way around and it really works.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
I saw every Friday the 13th movie at some point as a kid, but remembered little about them beyond the obvious stuff. Earlier this year I made a commitment to watch them all and, for weird reasons (mostly what people I was hanging out with) I somehow ended up skipping Part VI…UNTIL NOW.

This movie totally owns, this is basically peak Friday the 13th for me. Everything about the build up to his return is amazing. I mean it’s a Friday the 13th movie so you know what to expect, but it’s all done best here.

Gerald’s Game
This movie is excellent and just about everyone should watch it (just be prepared as a big part of it is the main character recalling a traumatic event of her past). Great performances all around and I couldn’t stop watching it despite most of the movie being two people in one room. It must have been interesting to arrange, like the bed/furniture must have had to have been positioned and the headboard set up based on Carla Gugino’s height and reach for it to work because of how the story goes since you’d notice if they cheated it ineffectively as we see the bed so much in the movie. I just have one nitpick, and that’s that at the very end, they should have had the Moonlight Man just be Carel Struycken sans the extra makeup. It looked silly in the daytime/courtroom lighting and would have been way more thematically consistent if he wasn’t made up to be a literal ye olde fantasy gray skinned ghoul. Anyway this is waaaaaaaaaaaay better and less trashy than the book.

Girl with All the Gifts
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-iv-the-girl-with-all-the-gifts/

Gothika
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-ii-gothika/

Grim Prairie Tales
Another anthology film. This one isn’t readily available unfortunately, and I only know about it because I got a VHS of it for a dollar several years ago. I believe you can watch it unofficially on YouTube though and it’s worth checking out.

The framing story is BRAD DOURIF as a well to do city guy on a long journey to reunite with is estranged wife, and JAMES EARL JONES as an insane bounty hunter obsessed with coldness and how cold it gets at night. Jones rides in with a freshly killed corpse slung over his horse just in case you can’t figure out from his performance that he’s not someone you want to fuck with. Dourif’s a city boy but a perceptive and savvy one, which gives them just enough mutual suspicion/respect to share a fire and shoot the shit with each other. That shooting the shit makes up the segments of the movie.

The whole movie is cold, we have a wild west here that’s dangerous not because it’s immediately deadly or harsh or because hordes of bad guys are after you, but because it’s isolating and lonely. That’s cool.

But…they literally did not need segments in this movie, like they could have just had Dourif and Jones telling the stories and I think this would have been legit incredible, they’re both like 110% on point it’s awesome. Like I want to see the movie that’s just these two actors as these characters meeting up, exchanging tales and travelling a bit together before parting ways.

Each of the segments has a cool moment or two when they embrace some low budget effects and supernatural weirdness, but unfortunately none of them are particularly outstanding. And yet sill I like this movie, corniness and all in the segments. The soundtrack especially is pretty grating and annoying at times.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
This movie is nuts because despite being a movie produced by John Carpenter in California, it’s structured like an Italian ripoff flick where they cram everything even remotely popular into one movie. I love it but it’s in many ways a mess and the middle act really drags. The ending makes up for that though. I appreciate that the villain’s plan is that he wants to bring things back to the past, but he can’t. Both the villain and the film’s “hero” can’t cope with life changing and want return to their concept of normalcy, but that can never happen because the world has moved on. Challis’ (our hero, played by peak Tom Atkins) philandering bullshit does nothing but destroy everyone around him and himself but he continues to embrace it. Cochran (our nemesis) wants to return to the days of witchraft, but those days are long dead, it’s instead through high technology and a mastery of modern media dissemination that he’s able to succeed. But his success is that every child explodes into a pile of pestilence. No one on earth that survives that is going to think “Wow! I’m so glad witchcraft came back to make my kids explode! This is totally the way to live!” They’re two Powerful Men who’ve doomed themselves and everyone around them by only using that power to look inwards and backwards. I write a lot about 80s Italian horror movies, the story to this one is kind of reminiscent of them in how it’s a bunch of things that were popular crammed into one plot, but Atkins/etc. have enough presence to carry it and it has enough weird/goofy stuff happening regularly that it never gets boring. Definitely a worthy curiosity.

Hollows Grove
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-vii-hollows-grove/

Inferno
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/inferno/

Maniac (1980)
I want to say I was about 15 when I was first introduced to this movie. I learned about it through a friend’s horror punk band as their stage setup included TVs playing the televised trailers that were originally set up around Times Square to advertise the film in 1980. This is a hard watch every time. It’s not the only depraved serial killer movie told from the killer’s point of view, but it’s the only one to really use the NYC subway among other locations the way it does. I grew up in Brooklyn and would go all over NYC for whatever, and most of the time when I watch stuff like Driller Killer, The Warriors, Street Trash, Basketcase, etc., there’s some nostalgia attached to those viewings and how I talk about them and how I view them. But this movie, even more than The Driller Killer just feels so abhorrently filthy to me in a way I was never able to put into words, it’s amazing. It’s the one movie set in NYC ever where anytime I watch it I’m like, my parents wanted to have kids here??? Joe Spinell is incredibly creepy in this movie, not just for when he’s being creepy but for how smoothly he kinda sorta switches from that to affable and friendly when needed but can just barely maintain it whenever the subject of photography comes up. This wasn’t technically one of the movies on the "Video Nasties list (movies that were made illegal to possess in the UK in the 80s for being too messed up), but it was banned from theaters and from home video for years. it was actually only officially released in the UK in 2002 and even then with some cuts made. It can be a harsh watch, one of those instances where I think it’s a great movie and is worth reading and learning about, but it’s not really one I’d recommend anyone watch off the cuff.

Mummy (2017) 1/5
My wife and I like watching a shitty movie now and then and we knew generally what we were getting into, but it’s weeks later and I’m still baffled by how badly written, acted, structured, whatever, basically everything about The Mummy is. Like how do you fuck that up as much as you did. For all of its badness, The Room has more consistent characterization and tone to it than a $125 million action adventure movie starring Tom Cruise. Also like, wow I’m so glad The Mummy was brought back so she could spend most of her screen time chained to the floor looking angry and how the movie was actually the stealth origin of “there weren’t any white pharaohs or scholars in Egypt in whenever BC but Cruise is the star, uh, uhm, OKAY I GOT IT!!!” Like the fast and loose way they played with the rules they set up so that could happen was messed up. Like damn I wish I could spend a few minutes killing like ten birds and then cut my hand once and then effectively become a god. Set/Satan is getting pretty desperate for help. Plus it’s very messed up that we get yet another movie set in the Middle East (they’re in Iraq instead of Egypt for reasons) and basically all of the Middle East is an unspecified war zone and only white people are able to speak or function of bring civilization anywhere. Also it’s a major plot point that there’s a person in the US military there responsible for recovering the Mummy’s sarcophagus that’s like, yes, the US military in Iraq, renowned for the care with which historical artifacts are handled. Fuck this movie and everyone involved in it forever.

Also Crowe’s usually at least dependable but God damn that was an Edward Norton in Red Dragon caliber “I’m just here for the buffet” performance. With that script I don’t blame him or anyone else though.

Hilariously, WayForward is releasing an action game (it’s out now but I wrote this a little before that happened) in the vein of Aliens: Infestation based on this movie where you play as one of those agency dudes and run around shooting zombies. I mean it was pretty clearly not a Mummy game at the first but they got the license for it. But again it’s like, dude, Universal/WayForward/whoever, you have this particular Mummy character design and abilities and she looks rad, like who the fuck even cares about this secret douchebag monster studying society. Like why would you even think “we want to make a universe of all of our supernatural characters” and then make the protagonists of your movies some generic secret agency dudes that want to dissect them?

The entire Dark Universe was dogshit from the second they thought of it but I’d love to see what they had in mind for whatever was going to follow this one. Like Tom Cruise is now The Mummy and the earthly incarnation of Satan and wears an idiotic skeletal hand accessory over his regular hand and is able to resurrect people from the dead/whatever like it’s no big. Can’t wait to see the Gill-Man tangle with this guy.

So now we’re on strike three with this in modern times for Universal having a shared monster universe. Van Helsing was the first, then Dracula Untold, and now The Mummy (there was a Wolfman movie in between those but it was always meant to be its own thing). And holy crap this new Mummy movie is so bad, like mummies and everything about mummification is metal as hell and the mythology surrounding them is nuts. And yet somehow there are only three Mummy movies that are (possibly, depending on your tastes) worth watching (the one with Christopher Lee, Dawn of the Mummy, and the first Brendan Fraser one).

Opera
I really love this movie for how far it stretches the giallo formula, and for how Argento wisely has the entire film takes place over a relatively short amount of time so that it doesn’t fall apart. The way the entire concept of police is represented by just one person and a voice over, the awesome solution to figuring out who the killer is, all of this stuff works so well. Opera’s opening rehearsal -> annoying ravens -> diva getting removed from the cast is also one of my favorite openings to a movie ever.

Pieces
Oh my goodness gracious :crazy_face: oh man. Excuse me while I just walk down the street in broad daylight slaughtering folks with a chainsaw hidden in my coat and am somehow never caught. This movie rules and is idiotic in the best way possible. Italy’s mash-up of a giallo, Psycho, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. This is an awesome what the hell are you even watching kind of movie. It’s on Shudder. If you like trashy Italian horror this is your movie.

Q: The Winged Serpent
Honestly this movie is a total blast. It does unfortunately have a slow middle act where all the major characters kind of spin their wheels for a bit before actually doing the stuff they’re all about to do but the cast really carries this and the goofy as hell special effects are very fun. This isn’t Larry Cohen’s best movie, but only because he also directed Maniac Cop, Black Caesar, The Stuff, etc. But it’s real rad, this is basically my go to movie now whenever someone wants to see a giant monster flick they haven’t seen before. Also like Halloween III we get a complete loser protagonist, but unlike Atkins’ Dr. Challis, Michael Moriarity somehow manages to get us to root for this complete loser unethical sadsack criminal he’s playing. David Carradine is in this too which is always a plus.

Raw
I love this movie. I really like how consistent every character is throughout this without giving away the ending, it’s a perfect twist. It’s also refreshingly short and to the point (double checking it’s 99 minutes), and I respect the confidence to pack so many chaotic moments into that running time without the movie ever feeling like it’s going off the rails or losing the plot. It’s refreshing how obvious it immediately becomes at the end how the older sister is extremely self-destructive except through the eyes of the younger sister right up until she learns what’s going on.

Stendhal Syndrome
I saw this movie once a long time ago and forgot everything about it besides the CG effects and that it stars Asia Argento. Seeing it now…I kind of understand why, this feels like it was the beginning of the end for Dario Argento’s movies being good. It’s a frustrating film to me because all of the individual pieces are there for something excellent, but it meanders, and meanders, and meanders, and meanders, and then the movie ends. The soundtrack and the opening scene are awesome. But even Asia herself was critical of the end product being pretty scattered and ridiculous. It really does go off the rails, partially from how tense it is at first and how much goes down in the opening act and how it just drags afterwards. You could say this is an ambitious movie for how it wants to tackle it’s subject matter - a surreal story of a detective who suffers from Stendhal syndrome starts losing her mind (or is she…?) after she is attacked by and then witnesses the actions of the serial rapist she’s been trying to track down - but it’s handled about as well as you’d expect that to be for a movie with a CG super slow motion x-ray shot of a woman being shot through the face.

Sugar Hill
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-iii-sugar-hill/

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
https://gamingdetritus.com/2017/10/2017-october-horror-challenge-i-tales-from-the-crypt-demon-knight/

Vampire’s Kiss
I’ve seen this movie several times in the past, I’m still not sure if I like it or not. I think it’s really good and pretty fucked up. At the same time I’m still surprised it’s billed as a comedy today. I mean yeah it’s a dark comedy but even by 80s standards it’s pretty harsh. But I shouldn’t be shocked, I actually know very few people who’ve seen this film, and their only knowledge of it is a YouTube clip of the “I’m a vampire! I’m a vampire! I’m a vampire!” part when Nicholas Cage is totally gone at the end. But I have to question anyone who does find this movie laugh out loud hilarious which is how it’s often discussed.On the one hand it’s really well made, on the other hand it’s sort of 101 level like, yeah, women get treated like this all day all the time. And basically the entire movie is about a victim of Nicholas Cage’s power trips getting shit on by him for 90 minutes and her getting zero help with that from anyone of her co-workers/family.


#189

I mentioned something about a podcast earlier with this thread, and to follow up on that some of you may be interested to know I recently began recording my own show about new horror cinema, called Outside of a Dream. I have four episodes out now and a co-host in the form of Rise of the Tomb Raider and short horror fiction writer Cameron Suey.

The topic for the podcast is here. It includes links to its main site, as well as other social media info. If you’re looking for friendly, insightful chat about horror, check it out! Thanks to robowitch for giving me permission to post this.


#190

I’ve watched the new Leatherface movie and thought it was painfully mediocre, a disappointment after reading some good impressions on the internet. I’m not sure why this would appeal to anyone, much less to fans of the Texas Chainsaw movies (the original is a classic imo), it has some interesting ideas but little inspiration or craft when translating those to the screen, it has barely any tension and it often falls on tropes, has a twist that does not make much sense when you think about it “oh leatherface wasn’t the big dumb fat guy but the totally average looking one… wait, how did he grew up and became the giant leatherface we knew then? Is this a reboot? Even his brothers look more like Leatherface than him” the gang of psychos on the run movie was done much better in ‘Devil’s Rejects’ (the only Rob Zombie movie I like), nothing about it was memorable unfortunately, not even the atempt of shock “ooohh necrofilia” ends up being meh at best.


#191

Possession (1981)
Its a surreal horror film directed by Andrzej Zulawski starring a young Sam Neil and Isabelle Adjani. I discovered this film this year and watched it for Halloween and was really blown away by it. Its incredibly intense and disturbing (it features spousal abuse, violence, and gore) but also has a much deeper subtext to it than most standard horror films to the point where I would compare it more to movies like Mullholand Drive or Mother!.

I think this is one of those movies that you are really best going into without knowing too much, but the basic setup is that a man who is working as a spy comes back over the wall to Berlin and starts to have marital issues with his wife. It becomes clear that something strange is going on with her and from there the movie escalates in some really messed up ways.

For a long time I think this movie was not available to buy in the US, but recently it was remastered and released in a really nice bluray set. I highly recommend you get it because it also includes a documentary and interviews with the director about the film that were really informative and helped me understand some of the meaning behind certain elements of the movie.

Definitely not a film for the faint of heart because as I said earlier, this movie gets very emotionally intense, especially if you have any issues with abusive relationships, which are a major theme of the movie. It really is a fantastic movie if you can stomach that though and don’t mind your horror movies being a bit arty.


#192

Always thrilled to see people’s reactions to this film. It really is great to go into it blind. Horror fans even if they haven’t seen it have probably seen a gif or description of that particular infamous moment in the movie but there’s so much more to it than that.


#193
Spoilers for Possession

Oh God, the ‘miscarriage’ scene was almost too much for me. All the other gore and creature effects were gnarly too, but I think the parts that really messed me up the most were the parts where they are fighting and screaming at each other in the apartment. It felt too real at points. I think some people say it as over the top acting, but having seen fights like that in real life I know that people really can act that way.

I also just think it is a really well thought out movie in terms of symbolism. Setting a film about a violent, messy divorce near the Berlin wall is inspired. That last scene was a little confusing at first, but I think I figured out that it was showing their ideal versions of each other on other sides of the door as sirens go off, which was another allusion to the Berlin wall. It made more sense when the director said in the interview that the film was as much a political film as it was a horror film.


#194

Gerald’s Game on Netflix, friends and neighbors. It’s got some third-act issues, but the leads are fantastic and carry the production over the bumps. Bruce Greenwood is skin-crawingly delightful, and Carla Gugino brings just the right amount of strength and vulnerability to what coulda been an exploitive role. Some very tense, creepy moments, even for someone like myself who knows the source material. Thematically it could be an issue for some folks, as Gugino’s abuse leads to memories she wanted to keep shut. There’s also a gnarly gore scene that I cringed all the way through.


#195

Same here for real.

Netflix Gerald’s Game is 10,000 times better than the book so I just want to second @stryker1121’s recommendation, I wrote a bit about it earlier in this thread for the October horror challenge but didn’t really say much beyond their post.

One thing I didn’t like was just that I wish that at the very very end the Moonlight Man was just the actor sans the gray pallor makeup/etc. It would have worked a lot better for what the movie was going for if he was just some dude and not made up to be a literally Dungeons and Dragons ye olde fantasy ghoul.


#196

Conjuring is the best horror movie that I have even seen


#197

Might as well revive this thread to recommend a spooky Netflix movie called The Ritual. Four friends out on a hiking expedition take a detour through the woods and encounter something truly horrifying. I enjoyed this movie! The performances were solid and the scares were earned. The first half is reminiscent of the Blair Witch Project, but then the movie shifts gears into a frightening creature feature with a truly unique monster. Directed by David Bruckner, a contributor to Soutbound and V/H/S, I think The Ritual is well worth your time.


#198

Thanks for recommending that. I almost watched it last weekend, but was so turned off by the last awful, awful Netflix-labeled “horror” movie that I saw a few weeks before, that I couldn’t bear trying another one. I don’t even remember what it was called. It was awful.


#199

I’m gonna genre bend a little here.

Green Room
Jeremy Saulnier is a director making a name for himself with tight, tense, atmospheric movies about ordinary people forced into terrible situations.
The monsters in Green Room are Neo-Nazis, which terrify me a lot more than demons and ghosts.


#200

Green Room is a great movie and a solid recommendation for horror fans.