Honestly, I never understood what people thought was great about the Halloween movies.
I like a couple of slasher films, but I am really not a fan of the genre, overall; especially their tendency to spawn eleventy-seven crap-fuckin'-tacular sequels, and that includes the slew of Halloween sequels.
However, the original John Carpenter Halloween remains one of my favorite all-time films, to this day.
It's not something that is easy to explain in the face of the arguments against it. Its detractors may find it boring; I do not.
It's just something about the mood created by Carpenter's score, and the cinematography-- something visceral-- that resonates with me.
I can smell the aroma of flame-cooked jack-o-lantern carried upon a crisp October chill in the air every time I watch the film.
I found the Silent Hill movie to be pretty disturbing, but that's partially because i'm already a fan of the game series. A lot of people don't think it's scary, but the game series is basically psychological horror as opposed to the boring old pop-out-and-scare-ya horror that most horror films rely on. It's one of the few movies i actually consider to be true horror.
Someone mentioned Eraserhead, and i second that for sure. It's also not your typical "scary" horror movie...it is truly disturbing. Watch this movie alone in a dark room (as cliche as that may sound) and i guarantee you will be afraid to move. The way it's filmed, the awkward silences, the weird camera angles...everything in that movie is meant to draw you in and creep you out. There's no overdone pop-out scare tactics in this movie, and the more you pay attention to it, the more it will bother you. If you like this one, then i also recommend a movie by the same director, called Inland Empire. It starts out pretty slow, but it gets really weird.
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You don't always know where you stand,
'Till you know that you won't run away.
There's something inside me that feels...
Like breathing in sulfur.
Predator is not a horror film. But it's a brilliant film nonetheless. And they definitely don't make movies like that anymore.
Yeah, I'm still waiting for a standalone Predator movie... Predator 3 maybe? Too bad it can never be as good as the first two... AVP doesn't have enough Predator, either.
I'd say a good horror movie is Dead Silence. I don't know about any of you, but ventriloquist dolls are freakin' scary. This movie actually made me jump a few times - something that doesn't happen to me very often anymore.