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(Huffington Post)   The best contemporary horror films. You've probably never heard of them because they're all foreign and have subtitles   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2012-10-27 05:11:17 PM  
2 votes:
And for the hell of it, the Christmas movie "Rare Exports" is a good horror film.
2012-10-29 11:24:09 PM  
1 vote:

Gleeman: HighZoolander: Also, no love for Let the Right One In? (the original Swedish, with the fixed subtitles, not the poorly translated ones and not the much worse American remake)

Dunno, I'd put the US and original versions on equal footing. Except for a few scenes (the car vs the cats) they're practically scene for scene. Only 1 minute run-time difference between them in fact.

Plus I'm a huge fan of Chloë Grace Moretz. Don't mean that in a pervy way; just that if she can avoid going the Lindsey Lohan route, she'll be a great actress.


I think Chloe Moretz is great, but for me the US version lost all the pathos in the adult characters, and just went for visual spectacle. In particular, the woman who opened the curtains in the hospital room - in the Swedish version it's set up to be a far more heartwrenching scene. In the US version it just comes out of nowhere, looks cool, and then we're on to the next scene. The cats didn't bother me in the Swedish version though.
2012-10-29 08:18:19 PM  
1 vote:

HighZoolander: Also, no love for Let the Right One In? (the original Swedish, with the fixed subtitles, not the poorly translated ones and not the much worse American remake)


Dunno, I'd put the US and original versions on equal footing. Except for a few scenes (the car vs the cats) they're practically scene for scene. Only 1 minute run-time difference between them in fact.

Plus I'm a huge fan of Chloë Grace Moretz. Don't mean that in a pervy way; just that if she can avoid going the Lindsey Lohan route, she'll be a great actress.
2012-10-28 01:43:38 PM  
1 vote:
Inland Empire is not a horror movie, unless the definition is so broadly held as to include any movie where people are in danger.

And in that case, all the Jackass movies are now horror movies. Congrats.
2012-10-28 09:21:35 AM  
1 vote:
Also, mekki, I was replying to this:

And if you like that type slow burn, vampire film like Let the Right One In, try Midnight Son. Again, no secret vampire societies, no epic vampire vs. human/werewolves wars and no superpowered vampire hunters. Just a young man whose body is breaking down and his need for blood in order to keep himself alive. Quiet and creepy.

Near Dark doesn't really fit those criteria. As far as I'm concerned, Near Dark and 30 Days of Night are the best contemporary vampire flicks.
2012-10-28 12:50:50 AM  
1 vote:
"Severance" and "Dog Soldiers" are favorite horror films of the past 12 years or so.

For less gore, "The Others" with Nicole Kidman was pretty good.

I saw "Ponty Pool", it's like a chamber play with zombies. I rather liked it, but I understand why most would find it too dry and the premise silly or incomprehensible.
2012-10-27 03:56:21 PM  
1 vote:
The Host wasn't so much a horror movie, I don't think. It was a funny monster movie that happened to have a large amount of gore.
2012-10-27 02:01:36 PM  
1 vote:
"The Host" is okay, kind of overrated. Two of the scariest/horrific movies I've seen within the last few years came from France of all places: "Inside", and "Martyrs". If you are easily squeamish then you may not want to watch either movie.

And I'm still looking to see "A Serbian Film". It must be really bad because Netflix refuses to stock it and it's not available on Amazon Instant Video, or to even buy the DVD for that matter.
2012-10-27 01:53:25 PM  
1 vote:
The "macabre" (if not "horror") films from the past 12 years which have most resonated with me:

Kairo (Pulse) (2001, d. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
The Mist (2007, d. Frank Darabont)
Frailty (2002, d. Bill Paxton)
Antichrist (2009, d. Lars Von Trier)
Martyrs (2008, d. Pascal Laugier)
Inside (2007, d. A. Bustillo and J. Maury)
[rec.] 2 (2009, d. Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza)
Dagon (2001, d. Stuart Gordon)
Ju-On: The Grudge (2000, d. Takashi Shimizu)
Ju-On 2 (2000 d. Takashi Shimizu)
Premonition (2004, d. Tsurata Norio)
Lunacy (2005, d. Jan Svankmajer)
Pontypool (2008, d. Bruce McDonald)
Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006, d. Scott Glosserman)
Dog Soldiers (2002, d. Neil Marshall)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006, d. Guillermo Del Toro)
Trick 'r Treat (2007, d. Michael Dougherty)
Battle Royale (2000, d. Kinji Fukasaku)
Splice (2009, d. Vincenzo Natali)
Infection (2004, d. Masayuki Orchiai)
Lake Mungo (2008, d. Joel Anderson)
Ginger Snaps (2000, d. John Fawcett)
30 Days of Night (2007, d. David Slade)
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleased (2004. d. Brett Sullivan)
Noroi: The Curse (2005, d. Koji Shiraishi)
13 Tzameti (2005, d. Gela Babluani)
End of the Line (2007, d. Maurice Devereaux)
Splinter (2008, d. Toby Wilkins)
Thirst (2009, d. Chan-wook Park)
Bug (2006, d. William Friedkin)
Nightmare Detective (2006, d. Shinya Tsukamoto)
The Collingswood Story (2002, d. Michael Costanza)
The Power of Nightmare (2004, d. Adam Curtis)
May (2002, d. Lucky McKee)
Suicide Club (2002, d. Shion Sono)
Exte: Hair Extensions (2007, d. Shion Sono)
Grace (2009, d. Paul Solet)
Below (2002, d. David Twohy)
Requiem For A Dream (2000, d. Darren Aronofsky)
Eden Lake (2008, d. James Watkins)
The Others (2001, d. Alejandro Amenabar)
Uzumaki (2000, d. Higuchinsky)
In My Skin (2002, d. Marina De Van)
Three...Extremes (2004, d. Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, Takashi Miike)
Calvaire (2004, d. Fabrice Du Welz)
Black Sheep (2006, d. Jonathan King)
Acolytes (2008, d. Jon Hewitt)
Room of Death (2007, d. Alfred Lot)
My Little Eye (2002, d. Marc Evans)
Dead Birds (2004, d. Alex Turner)
Isolation (2005, d. Billy O'Brien)
The House of the Devil (2009, d. Ti West)
The Backwoods (2006, d. Koldo Serra)
Severance (2006, d. Christopher Smith)
The Cottage (2008, d. Paul Andrew Williams)
Hell House (2001, d. George Ratliff)
A Certain Kind of Death (2003, d. Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh)
Gozu (2003, d. Takashi Miike)
Right At Your Door (2008, d. Chris Gorak)
Dead Man's Shoes (2006, d. Shane Meadows)
The Eye (2002, d. The Pang Brothers)
Creep (2004, d. Christopher Smith
Triangle (2009, d. Christopher Smith)
1408 (2007, d. Mikael Haftrom)
Rogue (2007, d. Greg McLean)
The Burrowers (2008, d. J.T. Petty)
Three...Extremes 2 (2002, d. Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim, and Nonzee Nimibutr)
Ils (Them) (2006, d. David Moreau and Xavier Palud)
The Children (2008, d. Tom Shankland)
StakeLand (2010, d. Jim Mickle)
From Within (2008, d. Phedon Papamichael)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011, d. Lynn Ramsay)
Black Death (2010, d. Christopher Smith)
The Skin I Live In (2011, d. Pedro Almodóvar)
The Woman (2011, d. Lucky McKee)
TrollHunter (2011, d. André Øvredal)
Wrecked (2010, d. Michael Greenspan)
Midnight Son (2011, d. Scott Leberecht)
The Last Circus (2010, d. Álex de la Iglesia)
Heartless (2009, d. Philip Ridley)
2012-10-27 01:21:22 PM  
1 vote:
Not a bad list. The Devil's Backbone was fantastic, but then again, I really like del Toro's work. 28 Days and 28 Days Later were interesting looks at zombies. The Host was a lot fun, and surprisingly touching. [REC] was a lot of fun, albeit predictable. I am a huge fan of the horror genre, essentially horror tales take the place of the cautionary tales that were faerie tales, the old school Grimm collections, and that is an interesting evolution. At the heart of good horror are morality plays, decisions made have consequences, grim and bloody ones. The monsters or villains are projections of what scares us, what we fear in larger context, and allow us to see those things, and tap into that angst. Be they fears about what we are doing to our environment, how we fear the rural places, how we fear The Others, they say a lot about what they evoke from us.
 
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