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Chip R
04-21-2010, 05:00 PM
#1 is "The Thing"

http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/gallery/top_50_scary_movies/

marcshoe
04-21-2010, 05:37 PM
I know these lists are made to court controversy, but "Cloverfield" at 12 and no mention of "The Omen", at least that I noticed?

There were also a few good black and white movies not mentioned, and the list would have been helped with the inclusion of a few campy seventies movies, such as "Burnt Offerings" with Oliver Reed, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Bette Davis, and One Creepy Chauffeur.

Degenerate39
04-21-2010, 07:00 PM
I'm disappointed Paranormal Activity wasn't on there

Joseph
04-21-2010, 07:11 PM
As resident horror aficionado, this is a pathetic list. Then to slide in a religious view [Jesus Camp] in the middle of it only further depletes any credibility it has as a list.

I give it three thumbs down.

Joseph
04-21-2010, 07:13 PM
I'm disappointed Paranormal Activity wasn't on there

I'm not sure if you are being serious or not, and I'm torn between two responses so choose the one that fits your intent.

Answer A:
Well the title is 50 scariest movies, so naturally its not going to be on that list.

Answer B:
I agree, the rest of this list was so crappy I don't know how they missed such an overhyped and not scary at all film like PA.

Bonus Answer C:
That movie was terrible.

TC81190
04-21-2010, 07:42 PM
I'm not sure if you are being serious or not, and I'm torn between two responses so choose the one that fits your intent.

Answer A:
Well the title is 50 scariest movies, so naturally its not going to be on that list.

Answer B:
I agree, the rest of this list was so crappy I don't know how they missed such an overhyped and not scary at all film like PA.

Bonus Answer C:
That movie was terrible.
wow a little harsh maybe?

I personally enjoyed it, and that it was a nice change of pace from the typical modern horror film, where creatively producers have interpreted, gore = scary.

Degenerate39
04-21-2010, 07:46 PM
I'm not sure if you are being serious or not, and I'm torn between two responses so choose the one that fits your intent.

I think Paranormal Activity is one of two movies that have really made me jump on more than one occasion. But after the first viewing the movie is nothing special IMO. But I'd say PA is a better movie than half the stuff they put on that list.

Joseph
04-21-2010, 07:47 PM
I take my horror very seriously. :)

it's all intended in good fun though I assure.

Oxilon
04-21-2010, 07:53 PM
Can somebody please explain to me the hype surrounding The Exorcist. Maybe it's because I'm not all that religious, but I found the movie to be more hilarious than scary.

Degenerate39
04-21-2010, 07:57 PM
Can somebody please explain to me the hype surrounding The Exorcist. Maybe it's because I'm not all that religious, but I found the movie to be more hilarious than scary.

I guess it was before it's time when it first came out.

Mario-Rijo
04-21-2010, 09:56 PM
When I was a kid Salem's Lot scared the crap out of me. Sleepaway Camp was cheesy, not real well made but the end of that movie scarred me for life. Nothing I have seen though equals the Reds start this year.

Mario-Rijo
04-21-2010, 09:57 PM
Can somebody please explain to me the hype surrounding The Exorcist. Maybe it's because I'm not all that religious, but I found the movie to be more hilarious than scary.

It was freaky back in the day, no doubt about it. Even scarier if you believe in possession.

SeeinRed
04-21-2010, 10:32 PM
wow a little harsh maybe?

I personally enjoyed it, and that it was a nice change of pace from the typical modern horror film, where creatively producers have interpreted, gore = scary.


It was nice change of pace, but I still don't think it was a very good movie. To be honest, I found myself looking at my cell phone to see how long the movie had been on. Seemed like an eternity sitting there watching a slow building movie with very aggrivating camera use. I know it was suppose to be "actual footage" in appearance, but that really doesn't add to the creepy factor IMO. I don't pay to go see a movie because I want to feel like it is actual footage. There are plenty of those with just as impressive visual effects on YouTube.

I'm a fan of the Psychological horror. I want to feel the fear the characters are feeling. The best example of this is in the Silent Hill video games, especially the first two. If you like horror, I stronly suggest you give one of those games a try, especially Silent Hill 2. If they can make a movie with they same type of psychological toying that these games employ, I would absolutely love it. The Silent Hill movie certainly didn't accomplish this.

One movie I think every one should see is The Orphanage. It is subtitled as it was made in Spanish, but is still a great watch. I absolutely loved that movie.

TC81190
04-21-2010, 10:50 PM
It was nice change of pace, but I still don't think it was a very good movie. To be honest, I found myself looking at my cell phone to see how long the movie had been on. Seemed like an eternity sitting there watching a slow building movie with very aggrivating camera use. I know it was suppose to be "actual footage" in appearance, but that really doesn't add to the creepy factor IMO. I don't pay to go see a movie because I want to feel like it is actual footage. There are plenty of those with just as impressive visual effects on YouTube.

I'm a fan of the Psychological horror. I want to feel the fear the characters are feeling. The best example of this is in the Silent Hill video games, especially the first two. If you like horror, I stronly suggest you give one of those games a try, especially Silent Hill 2. If they can make a movie with they same type of psychological toying that these games employ, I would absolutely love it. The Silent Hill movie certainly didn't accomplish this.

One movie I think every one should see is The Orphanage. It is subtitled as it was made in Spanish, but is still a great watch. I absolutely loved that movie.
I can get on board with that. I thought it was paced pretty good IMO, and set a pretty creepy atmosphere. It definitely split opinions though.

I will try to remember to check that movie out though.

TC81190
04-21-2010, 10:51 PM
I take my horror very seriously. :)

it's all intended in good fun though I assure.
oh sure, and why not? But yeah that list was not very good. I've seen some scary movies in my time...not too many on that list.

RedsManRick
04-21-2010, 11:16 PM
I'm surprised the list didn't include Poltergeist. That movie permanently scarred me when it comes to clowns.

Red in Chicago
04-21-2010, 11:45 PM
Horror movies should be called horrible movies. Most just plain suck.

Johnny Footstool
04-22-2010, 12:05 AM
Hey, REC is #3 on that list. Good for them!

Will M
04-22-2010, 12:47 AM
what is scary depends a lot on the age of the viewer. Hammer horror flicks (edited for TV no less) scared me tremendously when i was a child.
my parents told me they would give me nightmares. yet i snuck up to grandma's room regularly to watch them. and guess what? now only did i get nightmares but night terrors! did that stop me from watching? of course not.
now i watch older horror films like the Universal & Hammer classics and they are enjoyable but not scary.

most modern horror films are gorefests. theres a fine line between a good scary realistic horror film (Wolf Creek!) and a gorefest. its kinda like pornography. i can't define it well but i know it when i see it. gorefests are not scary. they are just sleezy.

I would say that as an adult i know that a film is just a film. so they don't scare me as much as unsettle me. a few off the top of my head that got under my skin:
Ringu didn't do much for me but The Ring (remake) did.
Several films by David Croneberg.
Hellraiser. particularly when guy is growing back his body.
Several Dario Argento films.
Neil Marshall's The Descent.
Cabin Fever.

Rojo
04-22-2010, 03:55 PM
The list-maker wanted to burnish his iconiclast cred by putting Blair Witch 2 but not Blair Witch and including the remake of Dawn of the Dead but not the other Dead movies.

So why then did he include Alien and not the superior Aliens? Why not the Spielberg remake of War of the Worlds? And, yeah, why not Poltergeist?

TRF
04-22-2010, 05:08 PM
wow a little harsh maybe?

I personally enjoyed it, and that it was a nice change of pace from the typical modern horror film, where creatively producers have interpreted, gore = scary.

No offense, but after seeing it I said it was Blair Witch for stupid people. My wife and I watched it together and we couldn't stop laughing. I thought it was a parody movie.

Blair Witch, once I got used to the shaky cam thing, scared the crap out of me. And not one scene of gore or violence. Every bit of the horror was implied.

Joseph
04-22-2010, 07:50 PM
Very much like how i felt at PA. A lot of cheap pop, to steal a wrasslin' term. It was like the gore fest people decided they wanted to make a thriller and couldn't figure out a way to get anything truly scary so they just added a lot of slamming doors and footsteps in the hallway.

I kept waiting and waiting and waiting and then it was over.

Poltergeist should be on a list. It was very good and creepy.

Will M, some good things on your list there. Cabin Fever was fairly under rated/appreciated in my opinion.

Blair Witch was a solid film for the 'reality' time we live in now, and all the specials they had on Sci-Fi did enough to misdirect and confuse viewers into believing it might just be real. It was a great marketing campaign around that film.

Romero's zombie films [sorry gore haters] were fantastic, particularly Night of the Living Dead [shout out to my girl Kyra!] and Dawn of the Dead. They were both fear inducing and painful, not to mention the political and social agendas weaved within.

Dario Argento had some hits, but I found Suspiria to be lacking sorely. Maybe I was just too young to get it, I don't know. I sure do have a crush on Asia though.

All told there is a lot better horror out there than this list.

SeeinRed
04-22-2010, 08:08 PM
It was like the gore fest people decided they wanted to make a thriller and couldn't figure out a way to get anything truly scary so they just added a lot of slamming doors and footsteps in the hallway.


Thats another thing that bugs me about horror movies. I really think people confuse being startled with being scared or horrified. Its a common and annoying thing to have the movie be quiet then have some loud noise like a slamming door or something shattering. While watching paranormal activity, I kept going back to South Parks spoof of Cloverfield with Randy whispering, "I'm so startled."

SeeinRed
04-22-2010, 08:26 PM
Took me a while, but i thought some people here would enjoy this. Gives you and idea of what was going through my head during Parnormal Activity. this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p83CMofE7Zg).

marcshoe
04-22-2010, 08:30 PM
Yeah, Poltergeist is another one that should be on there, but I think overexposure has watered it down a bit. It's still one of my favorites, and I have a memory of watching it in my college student center when, during a particular jump scene, a passing girl ended up in my lap...:cool:

And I loved the Hammer films when I was growing up.

Falls City Beer
04-22-2010, 09:42 PM
Pretty hot and cold list. Big props for The Brood but garbage like Cloverfield need not apply.

Johnny Footstool
04-23-2010, 12:21 AM
Paranormal Activity suffered from too much hype. If you went into the theater expecting the scariest movie ever, it was a failure. If you went in with moderate expectations, it was a spooky, atmospheric film with some forgivable flaws.

Scrap Irony
04-23-2010, 01:10 AM
No love for Army of Darkness means no respect for the list.

Remember, shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

Will M
04-23-2010, 02:26 AM
No love for Army of Darkness means no respect for the list.

Remember, shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

I love Bruce & love Army of Darkness but IMO it isn't scary nor is it really a 'horror' film. i would call it more of an action/comedy set in a horror/dark fantasy setting.

It had in its cast on of my favorite actors of all time: Ted Raimi. I saw him at Dragon Con years ago. very humble. very funny even in real life. He even agreed to sing the 'Joxer the Mighty' song as long as the audience sang it with him.

919191
04-23-2010, 08:10 AM
I saw From Dusk Till Dawn. That was a fun horror film.

Jack Burton
04-23-2010, 01:28 PM
The Shining is a masterpiece in the horror genre.

bucksfan2
04-23-2010, 03:44 PM
Don't really like horror movies. I can say I have only see two on that list, Seven and Silence of the Lambs.

OnBaseMachine
04-23-2010, 05:10 PM
I watched Jeepers Creepers for the first time last night. It's not the scariest movie I've ever seen but it was scary at times.

Will M
04-23-2010, 06:44 PM
The Shining is a masterpiece in the horror genre.

agree. some of the early King adaptions were very good. I would count The Shining, Carrie, Salem's Lot & The Dead Zone as the best of the King adaptions.

GAC
04-24-2010, 04:18 AM
That list stinks big time.

Willy Wonka?

redhawkfish
04-24-2010, 11:25 AM
That list stinks big time.

Willy Wonka?

Oompa loompas don't scare you?

savafan
04-24-2010, 06:08 PM
Oompa loompas don't scare you?

I'm a hardcore horror fan, and they scare the crap out of me!

GAC
04-25-2010, 05:16 AM
Oompa loompas don't scare you?

I didn't read the entire list, but is Wizard of Oz on there then? Because as a kid, Margaret Hamilton and those flying monkeys gave me nightmares! :D