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    Default What is your favourite Horror movie(s)?

    In terms of scary, and in terms of production values.

    For plain scariness I found the first Paranormal Activity scary and disturbing. My favourite is the Shining, even though it's not that scary.
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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is, I think, still one of the most effective horror movies (the original, of course). The Shining is nice but it's more of a psychological thriller to me, with a few shocks, and is surpassed in that vein by Rosemary's Baby among a few others.

    A few of my favorites quickly: The Thing (Carpenter), Return of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (original), The Evil Dead 2, Alien, Hellraiser, The Exorcist, The Innocents, Halloween (Carpenter), City of the Living Dead, Mystery of the Wax Museum, The Body Snatcher, The Curse of Frankenstein and Blood of Dracula (among other Hammer pictures). Plenty more, I like all types of horror from all eras and all countries.

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    The Savage Bees, from 1976.
    The highest horror I can take .
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    Some of these are on the border between "mystery/crime/thriller" and "horror", and several incorporate multiple additional genres/sub-genres, but whatever... My top 25 would probably go something like this:

    1. The Kingdom - Lars Von Trier (1995)
    2. Lost Highway - David Lynch (1997)
    3. Possession - Andrzej Zulawski (1981) [Original Cut, 123 minutes]
    4. Inland Empire - David Lynch (2006)
    5. Rosemary's Baby - Roman Polanski (1968)
    6. Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte - Robert Aldrich (1965)
    7. Funny Games - Michael Haneke (1997)
    8. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - Robert Aldrich (1962)
    9. Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
    10. Dressed to Kill - Brian De Palma (1980)
    11. Erasherhead - David Lynch (1978)
    12. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Robert Wiene (1920)
    13. The Phantom Carriage - Victor Sjostrom (1921)
    14. Hour of the Wolf - Ingmar Bergman (1968)
    15. Repulsion - Roman Polanski (1965)
    16. Silence of the Lambs - Jonathan Demme (1991)
    17. Alien - Ridley Scott (1979)
    18. Body Double - Brian De Palma (1984)
    19. The Exorcist - William Friedkin (1973)
    20. Videodrome - David Cronenberg (1983)
    21. Under the Skin - Jonathan Glazer (2014)
    22. Antichrist - Lars Von Trier (2009)
    23. Nosferatu - F.W. Murnau (1922)
    24. Night of the Living Dead - George Romero (1968)
    25. Vampyr - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1931)

    Sorry Phil, but I didn't really take your requested criteria into much account. This is just my top 25 favorite films that are also horror (or are multi-genre and could also be classified as such).
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    As a note, if you're looking for the scariest film of all time (that is also an excellent movie, not just something pointless where a bunch of people die very shocking brutal, unwatchable deaths, like "Saw 17" or something...) ... it is David Lynch's Inland Empire. Though it is quite experimental, even for Lynch, so if you haven't seen it, you've been warned ... and don't watch it alone and in the dark (seriously)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    As a note, if you're looking for the scariest film of all time (that is also an excellent movie, not just something pointless where a bunch of people die very shocking brutal, unwatchable deaths, like "Saw 17" or something...) ... it is David Lynch's Inland Empire. Though it is quite experimental, even for Lynch, so if you haven't seen it, you've been warned ... and don't watch it alone and in the dark (seriously)
    Never watched it. The only Lynch movies I saw were Blue velvet, Mullholland Drive, Wild at Heart, Eraserhead, and Elephant Man. I guess that's more than I remembered. I saw Repulsion, and thought it was great, but don't recall what it's about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Never watched it. The only Lynch movies I saw were Blue velvet, Mullholland Drive, Wild at Heart, Eraserhead, and Elephant Man. I guess that's more than I remembered. I saw Repulsion, and thought it was great, but don't recall what it's about.
    Just read the synopsis at Wikipedia and it came back to me. The ending was harrowing. Very sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Never watched it. The only Lynch movies I saw were Blue velvet, Mullholland Drive, Wild at Heart, Eraserhead, and Elephant Man. I guess that's more than I remembered. I saw Repulsion, and thought it was great, but don't recall what it's about.
    Mulholland Drive has similar themes as Inland Empire ... except Inland Empire takes it much further, a lot more "free form". It is basically a 3-hour nightmare that alternates between expressionist and psuedo-documentary. Reality becomes very difficult to discern, and the layers it traverses seem circular and endless, down a very nightmarish rabbit hole of forgotten identity and circumstance. Lynch has a rare ability to impress scenes on the mind, psychologically, as if from a real nightmare that has actually occurred to you once. And Inland Empire doesn't hold back.

    It also features Laura Dern as the lead protagonist in an unbelievable performance that I would rank as the second greatest in film history (behind only Isabelle Adjani from Zulawski's Possession).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    The Savage Bees, from 1976.
    The highest horror I can take .
    I have to watch that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I have to watch that one.
    It's not horror as in lots off blood but the suspense ......
    I would also add Like minds / Murderous intent. ( Edie Redmayne / Toni Collete)
    ( same movie has strangely enough two names in parts of the world)
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    Favorite horror movie?

    I just play the 8mm home movies of my first marriage.

    Realistic and scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Favorite horror movie?

    I just play the 8mm home movies of my first marriage.

    Realistic and scary.
    "We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time." -- T.S. Eliot

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    Roses have thorns.

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    ok Horror WRONG TURN, THE THING(new version) FRIDAY THE 13TH, DRACULA(1st "Von helsing.....come here!)
    there are a few i never saw but were "clips" on you tube. one was about a doctor trying to make a Human worm.....talk about horror! all there butts were sewed together and they crawled around! YUCK!---- THE SHINNING, THE FLY(new) oh yes HOSTEL!
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    How about The Exorcist, pretty scary.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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