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Old 05-08-2019, 06:22 AM
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Great Realistic Minimalist Horror


I saw "Room For Rent" (2019) and I had no idea it was a horror movie. I don't like gore, and I like a good story. I think its why I've stayed away from the genre. Although I don't remember gore, I couldn't stand "Rosemary's Baby" despite being a fan of Cassavetes acting (and his directing). There wasn't a lot of movement, the setting was in the house for the most part, but it didn't remind me of all the horrors people around me would discuss.

I don't like cliches, and would hope the acting was good.
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Since you have seen Rosemary's Baby, you shout try to see The Tenant, which presupposes you've seen the other film. It's great psychological horror -- generally realistic and with a great final scene.
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try to see The Tenant, which presupposes you've seen the other film.
What the hell was up with all those people across the way standing in the lighted windows? Itís never explained, and it gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:08 AM
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Don't know that it qualifies as horror, but I always thought Wait Until Dark pretty scary based on a simple premise.

Plus - Audrey Hepburn!
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Session 9 fits the the description of minimalist, I think. Not a lot of action, very little gore but atmospheric and disturbing as hell.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:20 AM
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What the hell was up with all those people across the way standing in the lighted windows? Itís never explained, and it gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.
I know! That is one of the best, incomprehensible movies I've seen
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:56 AM
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We Need To Talk About Kevin is a pretty good example of this. Minimalist - simple set pieces, few camera cuts or weird angles, mostly shot during the day or in brightly lit interior areas. Realistic - no supernatural elements or superhuman monsters, just a woman (Tilda Swinton) trying to raise a really fucked up kid. It has some weak plot elements, but overall I thought it was pretty good.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:59 AM
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Don't Look Now (1973), with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, has just a hint of a supernatural tone, but bunches and bunches of creepiness.
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Kind of slow in parts though.
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One of my go to favorites for a non-gore horror movie would be The Others.
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I vote The Others too!

Also, The Haunting of Hill House - series on Netflix.
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Cookers: very minimalistic, real scary, not much gore.

Open Water: most of it takes place in one small area of the Caribbean Sea.
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Hide and Seek - DeNiro
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I would consider "Peeping Tom" minimalist, with some genuinely unsettling scenes.

Repulsion

Death and the Maiden (intense enough to lift it past just "suspense")
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I would consider "Peeping Tom" )
Great movie, and a great example.
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I spose Blairwitch qualifies.
"Bad Boy Bubby" (like Blairwitch - didn't do much for me)
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Kind of slow in parts though.
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Robin Williams in "One-Hour Photo"
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe was good this way, and The Witch
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The Invitation.
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As Above, So Below - "Blair Witch"-style found footage, with a similar slow buildup. Some very brief, but intense gore. It's about people casually wandering into Hell, so some gore is going to happen.

Savageland - low budget mockumentary about a zombie attack near the US-Mexico border. No jump scares or gore at all, it's primarily the subject matter, dealt with completely seriously, that's scary.
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Jacob's Ladder - a strange and disturbing journey. A legitimately good movie. (and from a technical standpoint, interesting because they used no post-production special effects, everything was done using practical effects and camera manipulation)
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