Saturday, October 07, 2006

Halloween movie: any suggestions?

scary movie

Every Halloween, Wife and I like to get a good horror movie in and find ourselves hiding behind the sofa. Watching horror flicks is not something we do together that often, so if you can't do it on Halloween, when can ya?

Last year we watched Haute Tension (aka High Tension, or Switchblade Romance), which was great. Really bloody (in an extreme Profondo Rosso Argento kind of way) and pretty out there, psychologically speaking. I'd definitely recommend it.

Often we have been known to turn to that old classic The Blair Witch Project. Who knows? On a good night, if we start early enough, we might even throw that into the mix for a double bill...

But what can you guys recommend? A real good scare fest. Come on, bring it on...

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Anonymous cappy said...

got to say, i saw blair witch about six months before the hype hit, when there was very much a sense of "do you know, this might ACTUALLY BE REAL!"
even now, it still has the hairs om the back of my neck going at the end!
heres a thought though. try an "alternative" halloween film night.
you get the idea.

07 October, 2006 14:38  
Blogger Karen said...

Despite the fact that it, at times, is super cheesy and poorly acted, PRINCE OF DARKNESS (John Carpenter) scares the shit out of me every time I watch it...must be that catholic upbringing.

07 October, 2006 15:22  
Blogger Will said...

Just saw Oldboy. Might not be that Halloweeny, but it's gruesome and freaky as hell.

07 October, 2006 15:39  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

The Hills have Eyes is very gory. Horrifying to the point of disgusting.

Also, Cache, a french art-house flick, could technically be classified as horror

Others worthy of consideration are Hostel and Braindead (I know it's not actually horror comedy but ah well)

07 October, 2006 18:02  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

The hostel!

07 October, 2006 20:43  
Blogger Shep said...

Severance! It's the British Hostel!

I like to theme a double bill on Halloween. Usually an original and a remake. This year I may do both versions of The Hills Have Eyes...

08 October, 2006 07:32  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i've heard gruesome (i.e. awesome) things about Hostel... and for an in the theatre movie, consider bugs... just saw the preview tonight... made by the people who brought us the excorcist... looks VERY freaky

(granted, i haven't seen either of these, but i plan to... very soon... i'm still trying to experience my first actually scary movie)

08 October, 2006 07:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy: I saw Blair Witch on video before it opened in the UK. It was a longer version of the film, too, and possibly better. I wish I still had the tape, but I recorded over it once I bought the DVD, not realizing it was an extended cut. Pissed off when I found out... Not sure the alternative version you suggest is quite for me, but thanks anyway :-)

Karen: I don't mind a bit of John Carpernter now and again, so I may look into that, thanks.

Will: Oldboy is great, isn't it? I have it on DVD and have watched it once. I'm looking forward to the second viewing, but it's not quite Halloween enough for me.

Real Batman: So this is your new alter ego, huh? Cool. The Hills Have Eyes (remake) is certainly on the shortlist, if only cos it's the same director as Haute Tension. Cache? The Haneke film? I like Haneke quite a lot, so for sure I will see Cache, but I hadn't realized it was horror-ish. Interesting. Hostel also a possibility; Braindead not so sure. Thanks.

G-Hobbs: On the shortlist, thanks.

Shep: I might look into Severance, though I'm often so disappointed with Brit flicks. Sounds like a cool double bill, but I'm not sure I could watch two versions of the same film in one evening. Be interested to see your thoughts/comparisons if you go ahead with it, though.

Martha: I've heard some okay things about Hostel, too, but mostly people are saying it's nowhere near as grisly as the makers have promoted it and that The Hills Have Eyes is way more gruesome. The Exorcist is a classic, of course, but I've not heard of Bugs. I'll keep my eyes open for when it hits UK shores. You've yet to see a scary movies, huh? Wow...

08 October, 2006 12:35  
Blogger Milla said...

I would say...
-Carnival of Souls (great classic)
-Alien (first one)
-Anything by Dario Argento as long as it's pre-1984
-Shaun of the Dead (for a larf)

08 October, 2006 14:25  
Anonymous a weasel said...

I go with "Night of the Demon" every time, with Dana Andrews and Niall Mcginnis.(Dir. Jacques Tourneur.

Unfortunately it is not available on DVD or Video in European format.

08 October, 2006 14:29  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Tod Brownings FREAKS.

I love John Carpenter movies too.
And all Hammer Films, super cheesy and buxom.
Altered States
Nightmare On Elm Street
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.

Can you tell I'm kicking it old school here :)

08 October, 2006 14:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Rosemary's Baby, 1968 film directed by Roman Pulanski.

08 October, 2006 16:59  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

oh no no... i've seen "scary" movies... i just meant, i'm waiting for one that actually scares me

i didn't get into watching scary movies until a few years ago, so i've a long list to see before i claim to be any sort of expert

but, i do love the ones i've seen... excoricst is probably the scariest i've seen so far (as far as being actually scary)... and i really loved 28 days later

08 October, 2006 19:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw The Exorcist way back when I was a wee little brain-washed good Catholic school girl. I'm still not over it.

08 October, 2006 23:59  
Blogger Adam said...

Last House on the Left
Rosemary's Baby
The Exorcist
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (for you, ha)
Nightmare On Elm Street (2 is the best)
Army of Darkness (haha)
Little Shop of Horrors

09 October, 2006 04:25  
Blogger Tanya said...

There's always Hellraiser

Halloween is a classic and so is American Werewolf in London.

Alien? Always a crowd pleaser. And I quite liked The Ring and The Ring II (Japanese). Blair Witch Project is definite fave.

This Hallowe'en, my pal Erika is coming over and we're watching Corpse Bride. A lot of the Tim Burton flicks could be good Hallowe'en watching if only for a little light relief.

Mars Attacks would be a fab suggestion.

09 October, 2006 10:25  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: I've been meaning to watch Carnival of Souls for years. Good suggestion. I know it's a classic, and I had in on tape once... Maybe I still do. If not, I might just buy it, specially for Halloween. Alien I like, but I've seen it too many times already. Argento might be difficult to find where I am... And Shaun of the Dead won't work at Casa AsteRed...

A Weasel: That's going to be tough to find then...

Candy: I saw Freaks years ago and would possibly consider it. The Hammer stuff is a bit too old skool for me, I'm afraid, even though they look great. A couple of interesting suggestions there, thanks.

Lee: I saw Rosemary's Baby years ago, but I think we want something with more scres per minute, if you know what I mean.

Martha: Yeah, I kind of knew what you meant, but I'm still surprised. The Exorcist is great. I real good horror movie that gets you on every level. Must say I was disappointed in 28 Days Later, though.

Lee: Hello again. I'm no Catholic, indeed I'm no anything, but it still works just fine on me too.

Adam: I've already seen everything on your list, and I think ideally I'd like to see something new, with possibly an old fave as a backup/double feature. Come on, boy, put some minge around it!

Tanya: Ah, Hellraiser is a good scare. Should have it in my collection, really... Halloween is great, too, and I do have that to hand, but I'm not a fan the Ring films. In fact, I could add that to my eBay list perhaps... Sounds like you have a fun night planned.

09 October, 2006 10:38  
Blogger Cynnie said...

13 ghosts ..
the original or the remake..
the original is kind of campy..
but it was my favorite as a kid.

the remake was pretty good

09 October, 2006 15:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The legend of Hell House.....An old English Hammer film. 10 out 10 for me.

09 October, 2006 21:57  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cynnie: I'll look it up on IMDb. I remember it coming out, but I thought it looked a bit hokey. May be worth considering, if for no other reason than it being easy to find in the shithole I live in.

RD: Not likely I'll find it here, but thanks for the tip.

11 October, 2006 08:30  

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