Best horror movies ever...

I enjoy these personal opinion topics. This one came to my mind because lately, the “horror” movies that have been released REALLY SUCK, in my opinion. I mean, the topic already posted deals with the Blair Witch Project, and I thought that movie was a pile of garbage. The same with The Haunting. Also, movies like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” only exist for laughs, in my mind. I mean, if I want a good scare, I go for the old ones. My favorites are:

Stephen King’s IT (mini-series): Reading the book and seeing Tim Curry in this mini-series honestly freaked me out.

The Exorcist: Highly regarded as the best of all time. I don’t know if I entirely agree with that, but it was pretty damn good.

The Shining: It wasn’t a particularly “scary to the bone” movie, but the concept and the action building of both the movie and the book were well done.

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Silence of the Lambs. I still can’t sleep when I think of that movie. Something about those psycho killer ones really get to me coz I know it can happen. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster just doesn’t do it for me.

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*“King Kong”

The Original “Godzilla, King Of The Monsters”

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The slasher/blood & guts movies don’t do it for me either. I’d vote for the Exorcist too. I like suspense. I highly recommend the original “The Thing.” The original King Kong. Ghost stories: The Uninvited (an oldie), the original The Haunting, and of course The Sixth Sense. A recent movie I liked was A Stirring of Echoes - similar theme as Sixth Sense, but it was a murder mystery and scarier.

The “Star Wars Christmas Special” scared the hell out of me…

King Kong, horror? Well, I guess.
I always thought of King Kong as the first good special effects movie.
Bride of Frankenstein. The Omen.
I’d need the Universal Studios list to really compete this.


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All time favorite Seven a very disturbing movie.
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Manos: The Hand Of Fate" scares the hell out of everybody (who has taste).

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The Exorcist still scares the shit out of me. For a classic, Night of the Living Dead is great. Not that scary, but a well made film, revolutionary for its time.

Demonic Toys. It had a total surprise ending.Brilliant.

An American Werewolf In London. Especially the scene where the undead friend visits him the second time (in the apartment). The Paris sequal was stupid.

I can think of any off the top of my head, but I’ll have to agree with everyone so far that the blood/guts movies are NOT scary. I’d much rather a thriller were you can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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The B-17 sequence from Heavy Metal. Some may attribute it to the cheap drugs I was doing at the time, but it really freaked me out.

ChiefScot: The first time I saw that part, it was on Showtime, and I must have been about 13 or 14. That scene scared the shit out of me.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes gave me nightmares for a week.

Seven was more disturbing than scary.

The Sixth Sense was very creepy. So was BWP (the last thirty minutes, anyway).

Prince Of Darkness by John Carpenter really freaked me out.

The original Nightmare On Elm Street.
The Amityville Horror.

And yeah, The Excorcist is really good.

You say “cheesy” like that’s a BAD thing.

Salem’s Lot

Day of the Dead

The Sixth Sense

Exorcist (now it’s not as scary that Ive seen it 20 times)

“The Exorcist” was incredible.

I always liked “The Prince of Darkness”. I am not exactly sure why, but it just seemed like a good horror flick.

I also enjoy the “Halloween” movies (especially the first and last, and not so much the middle ones) mainly because the villian lacks super-powers (well, besides being effectively impossible to kill and very strong). No teleportation, invisibility, telekinesis, etc. It makes the movie more enjoyable because it gives the victims a plausable means of escape (so there is in effect tension at wondering if any particular person will make it). After all, if you are running away from the villian and you round a corner and he is suddenly there (like in many movies) … well, what chance did you really ever have, but if the villian must chase you like in Halloween! Ahh, now that is something.

Speaking of “Scream”. It was on TV recently and I had, amazingly, nothing better to do so I watched it. I thought it was especially funny that the first girl (in the garage) managed to basically kick the crap out of the psycho kid. Heck, she shouldn’t have tried to run, she should have stuck around and continued pounding on him (she struck him with a fridge door, two beer bottles and flipped him)! I enjoyed the ending where the two villians were bleeding to death. Umm … guys, next time kill the victim THEN stab each other (while I watched this I could actually imagine Tom Servo or Crow stating this … cracked me up).

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