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FreeAim
02-03-2014, 08:35 AM
Hello! As you probably already have guessed, I am a fan of horror movies. Sadly, the modern day cinema isn't really that great for them, as they tend to be made simply for grabbing cash from youngsters. There are, however, a few horror movies I personally consider must-see for any fan of horror or movies in general. Here are my favourite horror-movies (quite recent, too)


5. Sinister

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Probably the scariest movie on this list. This is a proper horror movie down to its very core. It's disturbing, scary, well directed (though there are a few elements they seemed to add only for the purpose of making the trailer more interesting) and it simply works. Thanks to the combination of the brilliant plot and the skillful directing, when watching this movie you will get too scared to keep watching, but don't want to stop.


4. The Exorcist

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The oldest movie on this list for certain. Classical horror at its purest, scariest and the best. This movies is simply made so well, that it makes for a must-see to any fan of movies in general. In short, you kind of must to see this movie in order to call yourself a movie-geek (of course, it isn't my place to say). This is the point of list where actual "horror", as in movies that horrify you end and the movies that sort of make fun of the genre begin. To be properly scared, watch these two movies. To be properly entertained... go on.


3. The Cabin in the Woods

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There are some movies where you can't explain why they are as good as they are without spoiling the plot to them. Some of them are very bad (Star Trek Into Darkness) some of them are very good. This one falls into the latter category. If you are one of the five people who haven't seen this, don't know anything about this and don't wish to be spoiled, I won't spoil this to you. I will simply say that if you are one of those people who loves horror movies, you will probably love this one and if you are one of those people who absolutely hate horror movies... you will probably love this even more.


2. You're Next

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You probably didn't see this when it came out in theaters, considering how few people actually went to see this. It made more than its money back, but I still suggest that you go buy this on DVD just to support this. What was supposedly going to be considered a "SCREAM"-like cult-classic ended up making little more than its money back when the abysmal "The Purge" and the great "The Conjuring" came out on the same year. What I absolutely hate, though, is the unfair criticisms this movie got. The acting wasn't bad in this, but apparently the mass-media critics think that anyone who doesn't act on the level of the cast of "American Hustle" (which also probably is able to be considered a horror-movie) is bad. To those people I give the center, but to the rest I suggest they go out and see this movie. What begins very, very normally gets one heck of an ending. Sadly I didn't remember this when making the top 10 of the year list.


1. Shaun of the Dead

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Can you consider this horror? Well, IMDb does, so I think I can too. This movie is just so good that I can't properly explain it. When criticizing movies, one should probably not question the things they think are wrongs, since they are probably correct the first time. However, there are also some cases where thinking about a movie and viewing it multiple times reveals that there is absolutely much more to the movie than meets the eye at first. Movies like that are rich, if you can say so. To explain the awesomeness of "SHAUN OF THE DEAD", I can only say that it's the richest movie ever made. You should probably give it a view.


So... What are your favourites?

Ironface
02-03-2014, 02:25 PM
I feel like commenting on those films, and I know you want my opinion.
Sinister is pretty great, can't look at a lawn mower the same way ever again - without the urge to recreate that famous home footage scene, can't go wrong with the Exorcist, I always start my day with a backwards spider walk, I liked Cabin in the Woods, but I found it neither scary or funny, I wasn't sure what genre it was meant to be but it was pretty cool, no denying that, you're right, didn't see You're Next. It's Next on my list, and Shaun of the Dead, best movie ever, or a least one of them. Mighty fine list. I like The Hills Have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs, The Grudge, The Mist, early Saws, The Orphanage, some Aliens were pretty cool too. A bunch of those aren't really scary but a good movie is a good movie, not to sound like that guy but I haven't seen a good horror movie that makes an impression and leaves a disturbing afterthought for weeks to come in a long, long time, I mean now we're stuck with, as you said, money grabbing teen-thrillers, One Missed Call, Orphan, every Paranormal Activity, but that's just my opinion, I feel like now, to achieve something similar to horror, they have to make it some incredibly bloody, conceptually disgusting movie that stays with you until you leave the cinema and then it's completely forgotten, it's about time someone made something that really deserves the title "horror movie", I want to be terrified, darn it.

Ali_Star
02-03-2014, 03:21 PM
I'm not a big fan of horror, but one of my favourite from recent years is The Descent.

One fad I'm sick of at the moment (just throught the flipping trailers... I haven't even seen any of them!) is the abundance of found footage haunted house films. Every time I see "from the creators of Paranormal Activity" I sigh and roll my eyes. :rolleyes:

Schark94
02-03-2014, 03:39 PM
The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Evil Dead (2013).

FreeAim
02-03-2014, 07:34 PM
@Ironface

You are right. As much as I tend to claim things like "I don't care about your opinion on the matter" and such, hearing other people's opinions is probably the single mos important thing I keep making lists. So thank you for giving your own on that matter! Also, for horror that truly sticks with you, I can't really comment. I don't know you as a person and I don't know what scares you as a person. Personally, though, nothing has ever reached the level of horror inflicted upon me by a Doctor Who two-part story "Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". That is just beyond anything I have ever seen in cinema.

Yeah, "Shaun" is in my top 10 movies of all time. It's certainly one of the most unique-in-style films ever, like "District 9" and "Shaun's" own spiritual predecessor, "The World's End."

flamingemu
02-03-2014, 10:10 PM
Kill list. Although not technically a horror film I don't think, this is easily one of the most terrifying films I have ever seen. Also, you can't forget ALIEN. Both quality films.

Tynz21
02-03-2014, 11:52 PM
Sinister was pretty good, 8/10
The Exorcist is pretty much the best horror movie. 10/10
Cabin in the woods was hilarious, 9/10
You're next was weirdly funny, 7/10
Shaun of the dead I never saw.

Other horror movies that I love and consider to be quality work include the descent, the shining, silence of the lambs, let me in, and the conjuring.

Ironface
02-04-2014, 01:52 PM
I'm not the biggest Who fan there is to be honest (as I've only seen a few episodes here and there) but a while ago I told a friend of mine that I do particularly like the creepy episodes and so naturally he recommended the, yes, that's right, the Weeping Angels episodes, and I thought they were just fantastic, same with a bunch of others, and it saddened me to realise that hardly any movies I'd seen had such a great premise as a few episodes of the show, I feel like I've seen Empty Child but if not I'll have a look at them both, and maybe rewatch that Water on Mars one.

Also as Tynz says, the Descent and the Conjuring are some films a horror-film watcher should certainly pick up on their way to the DVD store, and be sure to fill your night with unimaginable terror, terror most foul!

FreeAim
02-04-2014, 03:42 PM
I honestly found The Conjuring a tiny bit... ineffective. It certainly had the atmosphere and its structure, acting, plot development and characters were all on spot. It was also brilliantly directed, but there was no specific point in the movie where I was properly scared. It's certainly one of the most well made horror movies in recent memory, but not one of the scariest to me. I won't suggest it for horror, but if you want to know what well-made is in movie-terms, then you should probably watch it. It may also scare you, I don't know.

However, I do love the movie as what it is: a completely original movie based on no existing franchise. It is based on true story, but that's okay, because it's not a true story I have heard of. In a world where movie industry is based on rehashes of already existing franchises or reboots or cynical cash-grabs of romantic comedies, seeing something like The Conjuring make it to the big screen and you should most definitely buy it on DVD, even though it didn't scare me. If we don't support new franchises like that, what will they reboot in 10 years?

In all seriousness, we need movies like the Conjuring. We need more movies like that and that's why we should support new creative sparks like this, even if they may not be as great as we expect. We need to support movies like "The Conjuring" or "Pacific Rim" or "Elysium"or "Only God Forgives" or "The World's End." Even if they won't live up to our expectations they are likely at least fresh and different.

I for one love it when movies are honest with themselves and completely original.