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(Fark)   I've been watching classic horror movies all month on Netflix, Hulu& Amazon, feel like I've run out of the halfway decent ones. Help me keep the Halloween spirit alive with some recommendations   (fark.com) divider line
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2020-10-23 10:35:27 PM  
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is surprisingly good and uses the same actors as the original Universal movies. They made some other crossover movies (Invisible Man and Jeckyl and Hyde) which aren't as good but aren't bad.

Curse of the Demon is an excellent British horror movie from the 50s.
 
2020-10-23 10:53:23 PM  
I watched a movie called Ouija Shark. It is sort of spectacularly bad
 
2020-10-23 11:00:30 PM  
Lady in White (1988)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Doctor X
The Return of Doctor X (not really a sequel, but it has Humphrey Bogart as the monster)
Donovan's Brain (co-stars Nancy Davis, a/k/a First Lady Nancy Reagan)
The Brain from Planet Arous
The Crawling Eye
X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes
The Ghost Breakers (1940) (Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard; comic, but more serious than you might expect)
Spirited Away (if you're not already familiar with Miyazaki)
Cast a Deadly Spell
Mesa of Lost Women (makes Manos: The Hands of Fate look like Casablanca)
9
Coraline
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Day of the Triffids
The Power (1968)
 
2020-10-23 11:18:18 PM  
Dragula

Cujo

The quiet place

Borat

Saw

Into the tall grass

Cabin in the woods
 
2020-10-23 11:19:11 PM  
Confession: I've never seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Always sounded kind of cheesy to me, but apparently it's a legit classic horror film and all-around good movie. True?

I headed to Netflix to watch it tonight but got sucked into the Queen's Gambit. Pretty good story! And I'll watch just about anything with Bill Camp in it.
 
2020-10-23 11:35:33 PM  
Samson vs. the Vampire Women (Mexican wrestler fights vampires; bonus horror: vampire queen bears a strong resemblance to Kim Kardashian)
 
2020-10-23 11:38:43 PM  

Zulu_as_Kono: Confession: I've never seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Always sounded kind of cheesy to me, but apparently it's a legit classic horror film and all-around good movie. True?

I headed to Netflix to watch it tonight but got sucked into the Queen's Gambit. Pretty good story! And I'll watch just about anything with Bill Camp in it.


The original and 1978(?) ones were both good.
 
2020-10-23 11:42:56 PM  
A couple worth checking out if you've missed 'em:Re-AnimatorFrom BeyondLair Of The White Worm
 
2020-10-24 12:01:56 AM  
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100 times better than King Kong, plus Ray Harryhausen.

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A monster flick if you count humans. Robert Mitchum is terrifying.
 
2020-10-24 12:06:22 AM  
Oh yeah...I forgot that I'm old enough for movies made in my lifetime to be considered "classics."

Booo.

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2020-10-24 1:04:34 AM  
Well, if you are going with movies made more recently then you have to watch this
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2020-10-24 1:08:52 AM  
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2020-10-24 1:16:28 AM  
The thing (1982 John Carpenter version)
The blob (1958)
 
2020-10-24 1:31:56 AM  
I have been watching some of the old classic anthology movies On Amazon and TCM and AMC...

Asylum
House That Dripped Blood,
From Beyond the Grave
Tales From the Crypt
Creepshow

Give 'Dead of Night' A try. It's free on TCM next week and considered to be the first of the horror anthology genre. If you were a kid that grew up reading scary and spooky comic books, the anthology films are hard to beat for plot twists and surprise endings. Because the movies are made up of 4 or 5 short episodic vignettes, they are easy to pause or fast forward.
 
2020-10-24 2:21:17 AM  
Not a movie, but a series, on Netflix: The Haunting of Hill House. The followup series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, isn't as good as Hill House but still has its moments.

Not sure which services are streaming them, but Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019); if you haven't watched them yet, do it.
 
2020-10-24 2:23:31 AM  
Oh, I see the word "classic" now. Well, what I listed is sure to enter the "classic" category over time.
 
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2020-10-24 2:37:13 AM  
Silence of the lambs,
Event Horizon (sci fi horror)
 
2020-10-24 3:31:51 AM  
Not sure which services are streaming them, but Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019); if you haven't watched them yet, do it.

Do not do this unless you want to be infuriated by nonsensical endings.
 
2020-10-24 4:19:53 AM  

toddalmighty: Not sure which services are streaming them, but Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019); if you haven't watched them yet, do it.

Do not do this unless you want to be infuriated by nonsensical endings.


Like you, I'm being careful to avoid spoilers, so my ability to debate with you about this is severely limited. A lot of people seemed to share your reaction. Perhaps certain horror tropes (that I can't describe without spoiling) have worn too deep a path.

Both movies are on Amazon Prime Video now.
 
2020-10-24 4:42:22 AM  
I've watched all of these as a kid; and many might consider them hokey or corny, but they gave me intense nightmares as a young lad:
The Beast in the Cellar
Horror Express
Blood on Satan's Claw
Blackula
The Asphyx

I also watched Night of the Living Dead when I was five. That was a true classic, and a five year old had no business watching that.

Also recommend anything with Vincent Price, camp or otherwise.

As for the recent modern watches... not quite horror, but a great watch with big time supernatural undertones, I finally got around to watching The Leftovers. It's 3 seasons, and you can find it on Amazon, and it's worth the emotional journey. And it the conclusion offers enough answers to actually feel like it's a proper ending.
 
2020-10-24 5:42:35 AM  
The anime: Another.
 
2020-10-24 6:20:50 AM  
The Criterion Channel recently put up a shiatton of 70s horror films. I'll just mention one: Gamja and Hess, a film some consider the first African-American directed 'art film.' Ok, I'll also mention Trog,a perfect example of 'entertaining precisely because it is so bad.'

Also, The Leftovers is really farking good and I'm in love with Carrie Coon.
 
2020-10-24 6:29:39 AM  
 
2020-10-24 7:15:07 AM  
 
2020-10-24 7:23:16 AM  

enry: Zulu_as_Kono: Confession: I've never seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Always sounded kind of cheesy to me, but apparently it's a legit classic horror film and all-around good movie. True?

I headed to Netflix to watch it tonight but got sucked into the Queen's Gambit. Pretty good story! And I'll watch just about anything with Bill Camp in it.

The original and 1978(?) ones were both good.


This.  They are different films, but both are good films.
 
2020-10-24 7:26:12 AM  
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It's a dark comedy...
 
2020-10-24 7:31:26 AM  
The Hitch-Hiker: a black-and white horror/noir. It's glacial in its pacing, which might put people off (it's only 70 minutes, but it feels like two hours). It's got no supernatural elements: a hitch-hiker and serial killer takes two men hostage and forces them to drive him around.

Blood Quantum: an indigenous zombie movie. As far as we know, one group of native Americans are immune to turning into zombies, and they make an outpost of their reservation. A lot of novel twists and a unique perspective on the tropes.

Near Dark: remember the Lost Boys? This came out at around the same time. Stylish 80s vampires in rural texas, with half the cast of Aliens as the vamps. If you ever want to see Bill Paxton just go farking nuts, this is the movie for you.

Ready or Not: Not precisely a "classic", but I call it "Get Out For White People". To maintain the family's pact with the devil, they must kill the young woman who just married into the family.

Bacurau: Not exactly horror, and hard to get into details without spoilers, but people in a remote Brazilian town start dying violently. "You should check out the museum" sets up a very important ironic twist.
 
2020-10-24 7:33:49 AM  
I'm going to suggest three films.

First is the original Tremors film.  It's a monster movie that's different than almost every other monster movie you've ever seen: most of it happens in broad daylight.  And it gets that balance between horror and humor just right.  The acting is good except for Reba McIntyre, I think it was her first acting job.

Second is Dark Night of the Scarecrow.  A made for TV movie, but don't let that fool you, it's one of the most effective horror movies I've ever seen.  Despite, or maybe because, they couldn't show anything too gruesome, your imagination fills in the blanks.  It's a very well done horror film.

Third is Troll Hunter.  In many ways it's a "found footage" version of Tremors.  It's a film that gets the balance between horror and humor just right.
 
2020-10-24 8:17:03 AM  
Dan Curtis' Dracula with Jack Palance

Dawn of the Dead 78

Last Man on Earth

Village of the Damned
 
2020-10-24 8:22:15 AM  
Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=lXnEVK​zDvbA

Take your pick from any of their lists of movies by decade they show that they're choosing their favorites from.
 
2020-10-24 8:22:55 AM  
JohnnyApocalypse:

I also watched Night of the Living Dead when I was five. That was a true classic, and a five year old had no business watching that.

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I was a little kid when Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out.  I saw a preview for this before the Doc Savage movie and had a neighbor kid give me a blow-by-blow description of the entire movie and was deeply terrified but intrigued.  I finally saw it at a midnight movie (remember those?) and it did not disappoint, but neither did it match the horrific bloodbath movie I had made up in my head for 7 years.

After many years of repeated watching, I will still maintain that this is one of the most effective and horrific things I've ever watched.
 
2020-10-24 8:27:35 AM  
The WNUF Halloween Special.
Best found footage movie, the end.
 
2020-10-24 8:29:48 AM  
 
2020-10-24 8:50:19 AM  
The Masque of red death is the horror classic for our time

Also assuming anything not this century is classic

Night of the Demon
Angel Heart
The Innocents
House (1977)
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Frankenstein (1931)
The Addiction
The Hunger
I walked with a zombie
 
2020-10-24 8:57:06 AM  

enry: Zulu_as_Kono: Confession: I've never seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Always sounded kind of cheesy to me, but apparently it's a legit classic horror film and all-around good movie. True?

I headed to Netflix to watch it tonight but got sucked into the Queen's Gambit. Pretty good story! And I'll watch just about anything with Bill Camp in it.

The original and 1978(?) ones were both good.


There is also "Body Snatchers" from 1993. Meg Tilly was kind of chilling...

Where ya gonna go?
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2020-10-24 8:58:55 AM  
I just watched the goofiest horror movie ever last week: It Follows

I won't spoil it but so much doesn't make sense about this movie, it seemed like a student film final project (and that student got a C- at best)

I also feel like it was secretly funded by some weird religious group
 
2020-10-24 9:32:51 AM  
Amazon  has Slumber Party Massacre. Rewatched it last week, and it's held up surprisingly well. There's some cheese to be sure, some of it refreshingly intentional.  But it gets fairly tense. High death count, great synth score, and a genuinely menacing psycho.

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2020-10-24 10:13:30 AM  
For subtle horror, try these:
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2020-10-24 10:14:03 AM  
John Carpenter's Apocalypse trliogy:

The Thing

Prince of Darkness

In the Mouth of Madness
 
2020-10-24 10:24:04 AM  
For horror with a twist, try these:
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That last one is "One Cut of the Dead". What ever you do, DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER!!!!. They give away every twist in the film. Go into it completely cold if you can.
 
2020-10-24 10:25:55 AM  

Imaginativescreenname: Amazon  has Slumber Party Massacre. Rewatched it last week, and it's held up surprisingly well. There's some cheese to be sure, some of it refreshingly intentional.  But it gets fairly tense. High death count, great synth score, and a genuinely menacing psycho.

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Is that the one where the guy has a giant drill? Watched it a couple months ago. Pretty typical 80s slasher flick, but I couldn't get over the drill as his weapon of choice, made it comical to me
 
2020-10-24 10:31:20 AM  

miscreant: Imaginativescreenname: Amazon  has Slumber Party Massacre. Rewatched it last week, and it's held up surprisingly well. There's some cheese to be sure, some of it refreshingly intentional.  But it gets fairly tense. High death count, great synth score, and a genuinely menacing psycho.

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Is that the one where the guy has a giant drill? Watched it a couple months ago. Pretty typical 80s slasher flick, but I couldn't get over the drill as his weapon of choice, made it comical to me


I thought that was The Driller Killer.
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2020-10-24 10:58:53 AM  
The Body Snatcher (a great Karloff movie)
The Island of Lost Souls
Freaks
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (the pre-code one with Frederick March is racy and fantastic)
Beauty and the Beast (the French version--plays as Jekyll and Hyde in reverse. A monster becomes a man)
 
2020-10-24 11:00:59 AM  
 
2020-10-24 11:13:49 AM  
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2020-10-24 11:17:45 AM  
An underrated film is "The Old Dark House" directed by James Whale right after Frankenstein took off big at the box office. Everything taking place in a creepy old mansion during a raging English storm. It made a HUGE influence on James Cameron, which was why he cast Gloria Stewart as "Old Rose" and even patterned Gloria's white robe in TODH for Young Rose's white robe on Titanic.
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2020-10-24 11:23:14 AM  
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2020-10-24 11:34:12 AM  

JohnnyApocalypse: Horror Exp


I was jumping in to call out Horror Express.  Public domain, easy to find on youtube, and a pretty cool movie.  My horror loves pretty much end in the mid 90's, as the more gory the less I like it.  Halloween 1 is my favorite straight slasher, and oddly enough halloween 3 is also way up there for its crazy story & effects.

the original house on haunted hill is obviously good.  Cabin in the woods has one of my favorite premises in the modern era (that last 20 minutes of the movie, glorious!)

Student Bodies is a great early spoof on the slasher.  The Burning is another sort of forgotten one.

But yeah. once you get to SAW levels of gore, I really tune out.  and even some of the above I kind of look away and the nasty parts.
 
2020-10-24 11:42:01 AM  

Nimbull: Grab a 50 pack like I did.

https://www.amazon.com/Horror-Classics​-Movie-Pack-Anniversary/dp/B0001HAGTM

https://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Invasion​-Creeping-Galaxina-Slipstream/dp/B004Z​J9VXY/ref=pd_sim_nf_4

https://www.amazon.com/Sci-Fi-Classics​-50-Movie-Pack/dp/B0001HAGU6/ref=pd_si​m_nf_7

Hours of good cheese to make your cardiologist bring over the popcorn.


So I own multiple packs of these movies.  My favorites from these junk packs are:

Night of the Zombies (early 40's i think, just hokey and funny)
Hands of Steel (watched that one long before redlettermedia covered it.. awful movie)
And this one i can't remember the name of, but it involved alien eggs getting shipped from overseas in crates of watermelons or something.  Honestly although they're so cheap its no big deal, theres so much on them that aren't even so bad its good, that its hard to recommend.

My movie pack that got a lot more play is my universal monsters blu ray box set.
 
2020-10-24 11:55:07 AM  
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