Horror movie recommendations


I always found it funny how Return of the Living Dead 2 is such a crappy movie, but it’s the movie a lot of iconic “zombie movie” stuff comes from like hordes of them shambling down a street at once looking for brains and such.

I got to say I like Return of the Living Dead 3 a lot though. It’s inadvertently really interesting because of how cheaply made and badly acted it is in the first act - barely a different movie from Return of the Living Dead 2 - vs. how dark and how out there it keep getting as it goes on. They let Screaming Mad George go to town with the makeup and stuff too which I appreciate. :smiley:

If anyone has Amazon Prime, they added Messiah of Evil to the many great horror movies that are now “included with Prime,” a very underappreciated early 70s paranormal movie that’s sort of Lovecraftian. If one has seen a horror movie at an Alamo Drafthouse of seen the clip on YouTube, it’s the movie with the scene where a woman is watching a western in an empty theater that’s suddenly packed with people with bleeding eyes that try to attack her.

Also they have Phenomena, Opera, and Suspiria which are three of the coolest movies and horror movies ever made. It’s a treasure trove of included stuff if you like Italian horror movies.


Pontypool is a really awesome film. It’s got a lot of things going on in the background that are important to the main plot, which is kind of what I really like in movies. The entire film takes place in one location and is more devoted to the main characters dealing with the horrible problems going on. It’s not traditional horror, but it’s great.

If you have Amazon Prime, I’d check out The Color Out of Space. It’s one of the best adaptations of an H.P. Lovecraft story I’ve seen, especially on an indie budget. It’s very faithful and atmospheric, building up to some really creepy scenes that remind me of why I was freaked out about the original story.


To you I recommend checking out the Japanese horror movie called Kansen (Infection) from 2004. Its very similar to Pontypool in the way it tackles conventional horror tropes.

It warms my heart whenever someone recommends Pontypool.


Infection is awesome. I remember I got to see it because there was a week they kept showing it on SyFy.


Scanned this thread last night for something to stay up and watch… landed on Train to Busan and holy smokes! Good recommendation, gang! :+1:


I have two oldies-but-goodies to recommend.

I watched the original The Haunting (1963) last October and just loved it. The movie is a rather faithful adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic book The Haunting of Hill House, which is regarded as the definitive haunted house story. The Haunting uses a combination of a just-enough approach to special effects, subtly eerie set design, and interpersonal dynamics between complex characters (including an out lesbian who isn’t demonized or played for laughs!) to create an evocative, intriguing, terror-filled experience which spawned a legion of copycats. If you can deal with 60’s movie pacing, The Haunting is a great way to get spooked. Other notable efforts from the director Robert Wise include The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Andromeda Strain, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

I also highly recommend the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The cast is amazing (Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, and Leonard Nimoy whaaat), the special effects are incredible and disgusting, and it managed to successfully creep me out which doesn’t happen all that often. It’s essentially the movie which proved remakes can be good.

Semi-related topic: Does anyone have recommendations for good double features? Watching a single horror movie is fun, but sometimes I like to make a night of it. If you know two movies which pair well together let me know.


Prince of Darkness and The Church make an incredible double feature.


Prince of Darkness is Carpenter’s best movie after The Thing and one day people will recognize it.


I haven’t seen either so I will definitely do this. Thanks!


I’m glad you liked it!!


Yeah, I went looking for people to talk about it with at work today, but didn’t get any takers! I’ll spoiler-tag a few thoughts about why it worked so well for me in a genre that feels pretty threadbare:

  • The dark blind thing: Zombies that get less dangerous in the dark! It’s a small detail but makes for great scenes.

  • Everybody sacrifices, everybody. And we feel every one. Nobody becomes expendable zombie chow. Except for the Suit. That guy!

  • Characters had real arcs. I cared so much about Sang-hwa. Just as everybody sacrificed, everybody changed through the course of the story in real ways.

  • That crawling over the luggage racks scene

  • The way the guys on the baseball team were brave and generous.

  • Being so crushed when Jin-hee gets bitten.

  • It’s a better trapped on a train movie than Stillpiercer!

  • The “zombie pileup” visuals are reminiscent of stuff like World War Z but more up-close and organic-feeling.

Just really impressive stuff.


Yeah, I was honestly blown away by it. It earns every emotional beat so well and the actors are all incredible. The little girl, especially. It has an incredible amount of humanity in its character, which is something that I think a lot of zombie movies are missing.

And it builds that humanity in such little ways, like when Soo-an gives up her seat to the older woman without being asked because she reminds her of her own grandmother. Or the fact that Sang-hwa has an annoying ring tone. It’s not a life or death moment but those add so much to the characters and makes them feel like actual human beings.

It’s so, so good.


Oh man, I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this thread for like a month and a half. I’m definitely going to have to add Train to Busan to my extensive list of horror movies to watch.

Here are some of my favorites in recent memory:

The House at the End of Time is a fantastic Venezuelan haunted house movie that does not get the recognition it deserves. It’s about a woman who was falsely convicted for some very bad things that happened to her family returning to the house where those things happened after 30 years in prison. It’s on Netflix and I don’t want to say too much because there’s a pretty major revelation toward the end that completely blew me away. But trust me, you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it.

The Nightmare is a documentary about sleep paralysis and it’s legitimately maybe the scariest movie I’ve ever watched. That may be because one of the subjects interviewed in it basically described, down to the tiniest details, exactly what I experienced the one and only time I’ve ever had sleep paralysis and it freaked me completely the hell out.

**The Blackcoat’s Daughte**r (originally titled February) is one of my favorite horror films in years. It’s about a small group of girls left behind at a mostly-empty boarding school over winter break when some very dark things start to happen.

Southbound is a very solid horror anthology that connects all of its separate segments in really interesting ways. All of the stories involve people traveling along a desolate stretch of nameless highway in the middle of the desert. Some of them are stronger than others, but I liked them all and the segment involving an empty hospital is especially excellent.

The Neon Demon is probably the most divisive movie on my list, but I loved it. It’s about a teenage girl coming to LA with dreams of becoming a model and encountering a lot of sinister elements of that world that want to prey on her in one way or another. It’s visually stunning, like most of Refn’s work, and it features some of the most upsetting scenes I’ve seen in a while. Some people straight-up walked out of the theater when my wife and I saw it.


The Wailing took me surprise, was beautifully shot and weird as hell. Didn’t even realize it was on Netflix, thanks for the reccomend,
Train to Busan I didn’t enjoy as much, maybe because it’s an action zombie movie and I’ve just been so over saturated with them, it’s sad because past me would have probably loved it.


I don’t see it get recommended a lot, but I really like the 2013 Fede Alvarez Evil Dead remake. Alvarez also just did Don’t Breathe, which is a movie I liked but I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to recommend. I’ve described Don’t Breathe and Re-Vil Dead both as gleefully mean, so your mileage may vary.

I will always stand for the US The Ring, and the original Rings (not last year’s feature-length one), the short film that was a prequel to the (not great) The Ring Two.


I haven’t seen Don’t Breathe yet, but “gleefully mean” is a perfect description of the Evil Dead remake. It was missing a lot of the goofy, horror-comedy fun of Evil Dead 2, but I still liked it a lot. It got a lot darker than I expected it to, and I appreciated that.


As an ardent Evil Dead fan, I’ll go so far as to say that the remake is actually better in the original film in that it’s overall more competently directed (I love the first movie but it’s definitely the work of an amateur who threw every technique he knew at the wall to see if it would stick). There’s a ton of gore, but unlike Saw / Hostel torture porn it’s not there for its own sake, but to serve its themes of drug addiction and the horror of hurting the people you love.

My only quibble is Mia losing her hand at the end. Girl had already been through so much (literally COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD), and the homage to Ash was a little too on the nose.


I love the remake because it’s just as mean as the original. My only quibble with it is how they keep showing a page in the book that exactly describes the scene we’re about to see. Though that bit of periodic goofiness may have been needed.

Before they rolled with doing the Ash vs. The Evil Dead series, Alvarez originally mentioned wanting to do a sequel that would also be a remake of Evil Dead II, so we’d be following Mia’s exploits but in a super goofy way like the original sequel.

It would have been interesting to see where they went with that if they then did a third one or tried to merge it with the original series or something.


Excited to hear your thoughts on these. :smiley:


Holy crap, just finished The Wailing. :fearful: WTF even was that? The young woman was trying (awfully ineffectively?) to save them from the devil, who turns out to be in cahoots with the shaman?