Werner Herzogs Nosferatu is a great horror movie. With Klaus Kinski , Bruno Ganz and Isabelle Adjani. It has a creepy feeling over it straight through even if it hasn't any shock moments like the Alien stomachripper.
What I think might actually work here is only if the individual decides for him/herself; an individual hopefully raised not to be ashamed for no good reason, and to be honest with him/herself as to what's right and wrong; what can I afford to see, to hear - to allow into me - and what can't i?Fair question, and I think the answer for me is a qualified yes. As long as the person is judging for him or her self (and leaving kids out of the mix--parents are responsible for them until they get older), there are definitely movies that tip each person's 'NO' meter. I will never watch The Strangers or Funny Games again. I've seen them once apiece (twice for Funny Games, if you count the German and American versions separately), and there are scenes that still stick with me and terrify/horrify me. STILL. Years later. I don't actively seek out home invasion stories; I now know they are in my 'NO' zone.
The original. The remake was like a million movies of the same calibre released at the time; cookie-cutter, very little difference from one to the other. The Hills Have Eyes, 1977, was one angry piece of work. Hokey at times, but was gritty throughout. The more modern horror movies I see, the better this one gets in terms of scary-factor.On "The Hills Have Eyes": you mean the remake or the original?
Did you see You're Next? I was kind of meh about that one. The Strangers and Funny Games were way better IMHONah. goobers under the ground don't scare me (lol). I can only think of a couple that really do: Funny Games and The Strangers. Oh, and the Masters of Horror episode called Cigarette Burns--MAN that one was creepy/scary! Random home invasion is what's most scary to me (I know it isn't true for everyone). I'm looking forward to seeing The Babadook, though--it comes to our local art house theatre the day after Christmas
Yeah man. I was young enough to have to ask people to say they were my parents to see this.First things first, horror movies(and books) per se don't scare me. Can't be doing with spikes into eyes or anything like that. Syringes make me cringe, but not something I want to see portrayed as horror. Back in the late 70's we hired our tv and newly introduced vcr. We got free video rental with the deal. There wasn't much choice (just prior to the whole "video nasty" onslaught) Somehow I managed to rent The Exorcist almost every week for months. To say how long ago it was made I still think it is probably the best horror film ever made. Unfortunately I went to watch it again about 10 years ago, on its re-release (I think it was banned for a while here in the UK) and the teenagers laughed all way through it, probably due to all the tongue in cheek horror films of the late 90's.
YUP, I thought the same. The new wave of young directors pretty much leaves me cold. They seem to have substituted a '70s vibe as 'irony' (a word they totally don't understand) and multiple people yelling 'f**k' at the same time for actual character and story development. I'm not a prude, but a bunch of people all yelling at once, while it might happen in real life, is just cacophony in a movie. I get bored.Did you see You're Next? I was kind of meh about that one. The Strangers and Funny Games were way better IMHO
Hannibal Lecter.What is more frightening than evil personified in a sweet little girl?
Lecter is a good character and I agree that Brian Cox's portrayal is superior to Hopkins. Creepy, yes. He's not the scariest thing I've seen on film though. The first and second attacks in Jaws are the scariest things I've seen on film. Because it's entirely possible for those scenes to happen almost exactly as they were filmed.Hannibal Lecter.
I know I've said it before, but The Exorcist just doesn't cut it for me. Hannibal's scary because, outwardly, he's so normal. He's even someone you might admire or at least consider to be sophisticated. Someone with old pizza on their face and/or bile-yellow contact lenses just isn't the same. (And if anyone wants to point out that Hopkins' portrayal was OTT, especially in the second outing, I'll agree...and point you in the direction of Brian Cox in Manhunter and Mads Mikkelsen in the tv series.)
As for the original list...The Descent? Are you kidding me? And wasn't AAWIL a comedy-horror thing? It always seemed so to me.
The Thing (1982) has to be on there. It's atmospheric, it's tense, it's even downright nasty. But the worst thing of all is the idea that you could be taken over, changed, and not even realize it.