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Hi gang,

It's no secret I am something of a gore-hound and need very little excuse to indulge in a little devilry and :wtf: Halloween :wtf: is by far and away my favourite holiday of the year. As I am gearing up for a bit of fun and, of course, a shot of 'The Curse of Frank Black' I am looking for a few good horror flicks of recent times to sit down with on what I hope will be a very cold, and very misty, October 31st. So let's share our top five horror flicks of recent times and see if we can suggest to each other some we may not have seen.

:wtf:39 days till Halloween - Silver Shamrock:wtf:

Eth

1) Turistas (Paradise Lost in Europe) - Donkey Punch - Hostel I & II: all very similar in many ways but still films I can watch over and over again. Donkey Punch may not be a horror in the traditional sense but the lead actors are from my neck of the woods so that's why it makes it to the list.

2) À l'intérieur (Inside) - even though you pretty much know what's coming it doesn't detract from the power of it when it does. A shining example of why French Horror is head and shoulders above the competition. I would have included Martyrs but I find the film so disturbing I'm not sure I would recommend to others as a piece of entertainment.

3) Eden Lake - not an original idea as a number of films have been made on a similar theme but certainly the best of its kind. British Horror at the top of its game and I don't day that very often except....

4) Mum & Dad - ...here. Another great British horror. Hostel meets the unpleasant, and true story, of Rose and Fred West. Give it a try.

5) The Midnight Meat Train - treated appallingly by its distributors, buried in fact, and it seems to be a love or hate movie but I loved it. Barker deserved much more support for this and it definitely deserves to be seen at least once.

So, there's mine. Looking forward to seeing yours.

Happy Halloween,

Eth

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Well Mark I am so happy you added this. I love Halloween!!! Best time of the year, I love the Fall!! All those cool days and chilly nights and all those changing color of the leaves and pumpkins and and scary stories oh what fun!!! ghostface.gif It is official now I can add my Halloween theme song as my ring tone.

My top 5 favorite horror movies include:

1. Halloween this is Halloween to me. Everything I love about it is in this movie.

2. the Howling I love werewolves!! Scariest scence in the movie and still scares me today is where the lady is in the office talking on the phone to her boyfriend and you see this wolf hand reach from behiind her and grab the papers out of her hand.

3. An American Werewolf in London Includes two of my favorite things werewolves and England

4. Friday the 13th... I love Jason. and I love camping, everyone loves a good scary story while camping and especially smores.

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street I remember when this came out, I was in grade 10 and everybody was talking about it and going to see it.

So, there you go, my favorite horor movies. I have bunch more but too many to name here. Mark I have heard of Donkey Punch and want to see it and also Mum and Dad. I think I would like both.

Lets see what everyone else has? makingeyes.gif

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Mark I am sorry I thought it was your top 5 horror movies of all time, didn't see that you said most recent 5 horror moves. thats what I get for not reading all the way. haha lol I was just so excited when I saw Halloween!!!

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Oh don't apologise I can talk horror, of any kind, till the cows come home: genetically modified blood drinking cows at that.

Laura, have you ever seen Sleepaway Camp? It's a cult horror that is very similar in format to Friday 13th in that a number of youngsters are bumped off one by one at a summer camp and to be honest camp is a very appropriate word as it's a little cheesy in parts but it has one of the most jaw-dropping endings I have ever seen in a horror film. In fact it regularly tops the polls when it comes to 'jaw dropping endings in horror films'. Forget 6th Sense, this is something else.

If you haven't it comes Eth recommended. Great Halloween viewing.

Eth

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I am so picky when it comes to horror...

I do not like gore for the sake of the shock. If it furthers the story, fine, but there are some things I do not need in my head. :)

I also do not call action movies that feature a monster horror. I am more interested in the compromises one is willing to make to survive, or other philisophical questions that are wrapped in the trappings of horror.

I think this is the apeal of MM for me really. Frank is constantly torn between a duty to his family and wanting to do good in the world. It tears at him, and he suffers mightily in trying to keep this balance.

Anyway... :D

Some of my favorite horror movies...

28 Days Later

The classic version of The Haunting

The Ring

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Quarantine (I know this one was panned by... virtually everyone but yikes I was hooked!)

We live in a world where too many people won't go far enough... won't do what they know is right... what they believe. I don't know how or why it got this way but the world has become so complicated, to involve yourself in someone else's problems is to invite them needlessly on yourself. ~ Frank Black

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Well I'm a real gore-hound and do enjoy a little senseless slaying for the sake of it which makes me sound like a maladjusted soul which I promise you is not the case. I am huge fan of Eli Roth's Hostel franchise and lament the whole 'torture porn' label that was erroneously applied to it and whilst it delivers its gore in spades it has a lot of layers that people fail to see because they are too busy hiding their eyes behind their hands (understandably mind.)

That said, I do enjoy a more philosophical/supernatural horror as well. If I'm honest, if it falls within the horror genre I will watch it.

I found a list composed of someone's suggestion for the top 10 Halloween Movies and thought you guys might enjoy reading it and comparing it your own.

Let me know what you think of the list.

Eth

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

For the ultimate Halloween experience, catch a late-night showing of the raunchy musical about a couple who get lost and stumble into an alien transvestite's castle. Make sure you don't ruin it by watching it on video. This film is all about audience participation.

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel could quite possibly be one of the scariest films of all time. The bone-chilling movie is based in an isolated hotel where Jack Nicholson and his family have moved in as caretakers for the winter. What follows is a ghostly encounter with a former hotel custodian who murdered his wife and two daughters. Beware: The eerie silence of the movie will haunt you long after you've hit the stop button.

The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter the Cannibal will scare you into numbness. Not for the weak-hearted -- the psychological thriller is a two-hour-long hair raiser about FBI agent Clarice Starling, who tries to gain insight into a murderer's mind by interviewing psychopath Hannibal.

Halloween

A Halloween night turns deadly when a former child murderer escapes from the mental hospital and returns to his small hometown to terrorize a babysitter. Soon her friends start disappearing one by one....

Poltergeist

Watch this before you go haunted house hunting this Halloween. A suburban family is visited by ghosts who play odd tricks on them, and soon the events build up to a frightening climax when the ghosts kidnap the youngest daughter.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

The film that spawned six sequels and made Freddy Krueger into a household monster is still a must-watch horror flick. A group of teenagers start having dreams about a scarred man with razor fingers and soon they are brutally murdered in their sleep. The remaining teen, Nancy, realizes that she has to stay awake to survive. Good luck going to bed after this one!

Alien

This ultimate horror-sci-fi combo is an eerie look at what happens when a space crew stumbles upon an unknown planet and finds alien eggs.

Night of the Living Dead

This black-and-white film can still disturb you to death. You'll cross your fingers for the group of people who hide in a farmhouse, trying to avoid being killed by the dead who have come back to life.

The Exorcist

You'll know why The Exorcist is the most bloodcurdling movie ever made when you watch the brutal depiction of a 12-year-old girl possessed by an evil spirit as the exorcist tries to save her.

Seven

Shock, nausea, and utter fright, you'll feel it all at the pit of your stomach while watching Seven. The intense psychological drama follows two detectives, played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, as they try to catch a maniac who plans to kill seven people, one for each of the seven deadly sins.

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Comments on 2 of the picks on that list... I just recently rewatched Poltergiest. I saw it shortly after it originally came out and it scared the soup out of me! On rewatching it... not so much, or even at all. It seemed rather silly. Night of the Living Dead definitely stands the test of time. I am still not sure what is scarier... zombies that can run after you, as is the recent vogue, or zombies that relentlessly stagger after you. This movie is really good!

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We live in a world where too many people won't go far enough... won't do what they know is right... what they believe. I don't know how or why it got this way but the world has become so complicated, to involve yourself in someone else's problems is to invite them needlessly on yourself. ~ Frank Black

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Eth, don't you think "Aliens," the second movie, is better then the first? I think so, and it's one of my favorites. I've seen "Aliens" a ka-zillion times.

Another favorite is "Dracula" with Frank Langella. I thought he was an excellent choice for the part.

There's a movie I would love to get my hands on. It's an old black and white about a the house itself being haunted, and one scene it bended, or curved, one of its doors inward towards the woman in the room. Scared the ba-jeepers out of me. :woot: Not sure if it's Shirley Jackson's, "The Haunting of Hill House," because I don't think it was made into a movie. It could be, "The Legend of Hill House" the screenplay written by Richard Matheson from his book, "Hell House," and starred Roddy McDowell in 1972-3, but I'm thinking that it's not the movie because, well dah, it's in color according to IMDb. Hope someone knows, and what's pathetic is it's the only sceen in the movie I remember. Sure like to find a copy.

Just did a search on IMDb after looking up "The Legend of..." and came across an old black and white with Vincent Price called, "House on Haunted Hill." I think that may be the movie. Here hoping. I'm off to watch it through hulu.

Chiller aired "The Curse of :frank_black: " today. Wonder if they plan on re-airing it on Halloween. :gasp:

SpooktalkGiGi, I didn't read Eth's post correctly either the first time. And now that I know, here I am talking about an old black and white. Oh well.

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Nope, "House on Haunted Hill" wasn't the movie. I watched it through Hulu. Hope someone remembers that particular scene I previously mentioned and knows the title of the movie.

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Yee ha yippee, I'm sure I found it this time. It's "The Haunting" from 1963. Some comments on the page are:

This movie made a believer out of me. The sound effects, the lighting, the "breathing door", plus the fact it was Black and White.. The house, well don't ask me to attend a dinner party there. You will be eating alone. Perfect movie for Halloween.

There is no blood, there is no slashing, today this would be rated "G." But, this is the scariest movie, ever.

I watched it with my best friend at his house, which happened to be next door. After the movie was over I was afraid to walk home. Thirty eight years later, this movie is still the scariest movie I've ever seen.

It's the breathing door that scared the ba-jeepers out of me. Sorry to take up 3 posts, but I had to find it because this movie really is perfect for Halloween. :thumbsup:

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"Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear;

too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

(Jane Fellowes)

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