I usually don’t care for horror movies for the gore/torture/mutilation stuff, but I really enjoyed the recent Dawn of the Dead remake, and also Shaun of the Dead.
If you’re really in the mood for something freaky, check out the films of Japanese director Takashi Miike. The only one I’ve seen is Ichi the Killer, which is one of the most violent, sadistic, unsettling movies I’ve ever seen. I didn’t enjoy it, but some people find its over-the-top qualities hilarious. He is best known, however, for Audition, a nice date movie with a twist. Another recent Japanese film, Versus (not by Miike), pitted the Yakuza against zombies in the woods. It was pretty light on plot, but stylish, bloody, and fun.
It’s awesome. Lots of chicks getting their knockers out for no reason, screens from a crappy arcade video game that have no relation to the plot whatsoever. Massive, massive weapons fetishism and a gun battle that goes on for at least ten minutes too long. And Zombies!
Damn, how did I forget this one? The Vanishing.
It’s the sort of movie that inspires cold sweats and sleepless nights long after you are laughing at the corny slashers. But, only in the original Dutch version. Don’t even consider the American remake.
I know it’s considered mainstream now, but the originalA Nightmare on Elm Street should be considered a modern classic, back when Freddy Krueger was actually scary and not a horribly burned stand-up prop-comic with a love of bad puns,
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare was also well done, a movie about the mishaps of the filming of a “New” Nightmare film itself, Robert Englund actually gets to play both Freddy and Himself, and believe me, Robert Englund is nothing like the chartacter of Freddy, Freddy is bold, in your face and brash, Robert is more of the quiet, shy type (at least that’s the way he plays it on screen, i’ve never met the man in real life…)