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Ramona Howard
Thriller movies
on Apr 18, 2009 at 8:37:01 pm

So we all like a good scare now and then right? A good jump out of the seat, scream out loud, hide your eyes (peeking thru your fingers of course), kind of scare....

I have to say my top picks that scared the begjesus out of me were.
* Exorcist
* Halloween (the original)
* Psycho
* Eraserhead (yes, you gotta be a little twisted to like this one)
* Texas Chainsaw Massacre (I was a freshman in high school when I saw this gory tale)

and last (which is one of my favorites), the effects in this movie were amazing for the time.

* The Thing

There are lots of movies I have liked and many that made me jump. But the ones that I watched in my younger years seem to have stuck with me the most, and made the most impact on my twisted way of thinking.

So what's yours?

Cheers,
Ramona



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David Roth Weiss
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 18, 2009 at 9:17:21 pm

My former girlfriend probably still bears the scars from my fingernails digging into her arm during the Exorcist, and then there was the first time I saw Aliens, when you don't even know what the darned thing even looks like, that just about frightened the wits out of me.

I refuse to watch those types of films now. I've come to realize that the release of copious amounts of pure adrenaline into my bloodstream is the most unpleasant experience I know. It took me 45 years to realize that BTW.

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Ramona Howard
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 19, 2009 at 1:00:03 am

Yes, old age does take all the fun out of some things, doesn't it :)

I saw something recently (the last few years) that I remember actually letting out a scream in the theatre, and for the life of me I can't remember what movie it was. Another sign of old age.....

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Ramona

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Chris Poisson
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 18, 2009 at 11:01:13 pm

Ramona,

There was a cheap scifi back around 1960 called "The Mask" which scared the bejeezus out of me for many nights. Not the Jim Carey version. Also, another scary movie was the Disney "Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

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Ramona Howard
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 19, 2009 at 1:02:57 am

Sounds familiar. Actually Legend with Tom Crews is up there. Tim Curry was awesome in that role.


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Ramona

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Richard Cardonna
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 19, 2009 at 1:45:36 am

All those films mentioned are tops but i think that 2 particularly overlooked films in this genre that imop should be at least included are" shutter" & "Pulse" In Particular "Shutter" This films horror is mostly done via sharp editing and an intriguing storyline. Why isn't it regarded higher-beats me.

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Jake Williams
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 20, 2009 at 2:02:52 pm

Those thrillers are definitely good choices for a good scare on a stormy monday night. One that really made me jump was The Ring. A monster crawling out of the tv screen at an awkward angle really makes my skin crawl.



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Mark Suszko
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 20, 2009 at 7:02:50 pm

I'm not a big horror movie fan, I guess "suspense" films like Hitchcock would be more my speed. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", the original and the Donold Sutherland remake, I liked, Carpenter's The Thing was good, I liked the original for that too.. I liked the original Dawn of the Dead and the original sequel Day Of the Dead, set in the shopping mall. I just remembered, I really liked the Jeff Goldblum remake of The Fly... a scary tale told with romance and pathos as well, I felt it was really at that time an allegory of people dealing with relationships when the AIDS crisis was new. Cat People was um....interesting. I loved Arachnophobia. Then one weekend I had free cable and watched a trilogy of the Clive Barker movies about that cube thing... And that's about it for me and horror movies, in terms of gory ones. Pretty much got my fill for a lifetime with that.

I believe the general perception in the "indie" film world is that horror films are cheapest and easiest to make of any kind of film, with the least discerning and hungriest audiences, and lowest barriers to entry. A couple gallons of fake blood, some simple props, a gal with good screaming capacity, and you're off and running.... And that's unfair.

A horror audience is no less deserving of well-crafted film making than any other. They deserve good, internally-consistent plots, decent production values, good writing and acting.

There is no special dispensation to the horror genre' that excuses a lack of plot, good character development, skillful storytelling. But those things do seem to get eclipsed perhaps, by the shocking visuals possible in this genre'. What I'm saying is the shocking visual is not enough by itself to make a satisfying movie experience. Without the other elements, all you really have is another kind of pornography, and not even "good" pornography, but boring, mechanical porn.

When I was twelve, I made stop-motion 8mm movies in my basement, using toy soldiers. They were awful, and even then I knew it, because they had no story, no plot, just lots of stuff blowing up and soldiers sliding around in circles. Like something by Michael Bay:-) I evolved past that. But a lot of pitches in the horror genre' have not. The recent trend of the past few years towards "torture porn" movies like "Hostel" and others, ran out of gas, I think, because a wider audience was just not going to "enjoy", if you will, the unrelenting gore, without some kind of meaning at the end of it all.

I say put away the blood buckets and bring back the suspense; the scariest things are what you don't see, but can only imagine. And that's a genre' that's been around as long as men could make a fire to tell tales by.





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Mike Cohen
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 24, 2009 at 1:39:32 pm

Unfortunately the success of a sub-genre like the buckets of blood torture films of recent years, only makes studios make more of the same.

Having talked to a few people working on the periphery of Hollywood, I have heard how superficial the powers that be are. This is why indies often make the best movies because they are not forced to dumb down and sex up their stories.

So much for my screenplay "Dumb Sexy Horror Bloodbath."

I do not like horror movies. I consider a Thriller to be Silence of the Lambs - it has some gore but only to move the plot along, not to be gratuitous.

A recent thriller, Untraceable, in my opinion, went to far in its use of gore as a plot point. In this film, a psycho was posting live video on the web of people being tortured. It crossed the line of good taste with the puppy torture scene. Something like that, in a movie with bottom of the A-List actors(insert Diane Lane jab here), can be implied and not shown. I think a director is disrespectful to the audience when scenes like this are blatantly pushed in your face.

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Ramona Howard
Re: Thriller movies
on Apr 27, 2009 at 6:43:37 pm

That is why I said thriller, not horror.

But every now and then even a bloody mess is a good watch. I usually turn my head, even knowing it is all fake. The Final Destination movies do it so well, at least from what I remember seeing them thru my hands :)

Now a good thriller (like the ones mentioned) seem to catch you off guard which is far better than being grossed out. A Movie like the Others, with Nicole Kidman. That was a bit of an unexpected movie.

Welcome to the top of the page Mike.

Cheers,
Ramona



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