The annual "What's your favorite horror movie?" thread

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by imatlas, Oct 29, 2012.

Choose your favorite first-film-in-a-horror-movie-franchise:

  1. Alien

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
  2. Friday the 13th

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Night of the Living Dead (1969)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Child's Play

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. The Howling

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  7. Halloween

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  8. Hellraiser

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  9. Leprechaun

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    The Troll movies were pretty goddamn terrible. Also the Amityville Horror series ate rhino nuts. The first Children of the Corn movie wasn't terrible but all it's sequels/remakes were.
     


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    imatlas Senior member

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    That is a different question, and one that has had its own threads in years past. The Omen (1976) and The Shining (1980) are both excellent films, but as I've said before I am baffled by the love for Cemetary Man. One of these days I'll give it another try to see what all the fuss is about.

    Suspiria has a brilliant soundtrack, weirdly surreal set design and lighting, and some brain-searingly horrific set pieces. It is the pinnacle of Italo-Horror.
     


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    imatlas Senior member

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    You, sir, are a walking encyclopedia of schlocky horror. Respeto!

    Edit: the first Amityville Horror actually scared the shit out of me, but I was about 12 when I saw it.
     
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    Exorcist III is awesome. Some awesome visuals. The old lady crawling around in the background on the ceiling? The guy with the shears running after the nurse? Badass.
     


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    It isn't even close to being the only reason, but Anna Falchi certainly doesn't hurt the film. NSFW
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    I don't know if it's my favorite, but I teach Candyman with some regularity and I've come to think it's really, really clever.
     


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    Good lord, another vote for Leprechaun? What the hell is wrong with you?!? Stop huffing pesticides, people!
     


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    I have to agree, it's a highly underrated movie, that has stood up well to multiple viewings.

    How do you teach it?
     


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    I might get some hate for this, but I feel the same way about The Blair Witch Project. I found the final shot, in particular, very disturbing. It only had a single sequel so I don't really think it deserves to be called a franchise film.

    A couple of other memorable franchises that have come to mind while considering this topic are Basket Case and It's Alive. Do either of these have any partisans?
     


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    I voted for Halloween....The Omen would give it a run!
     


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    Argento is God.
     


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    That certainly would explain the Old Testament.
     


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    There's only one thing wrong with the Davis baby, IT'S ALIVE!

    I remember rather enjoying the third one with Michael Moriarty. The mutant babies were placed on a deserted island by the government so they have to create their own mutant baby society and then Ben Stone from Law & Order fights to save them. Pretty hilarious. Reminds me a lot of the Troma films of the '80s. Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuk'em High among some other high points. But these types of films are really comedies instead of horror films. Same with the Evil Dead series, although the first one was an attempt to make a horror film the rest just turned to horror/comedy.
     


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    Such a great tag line! I never got past It Lives Again - I'll see if I can track down the third one. However, Larry Cohen is high on my list of Best Schlock Horror Directors, with Q, The Stuff, and It's Alive being the high points of his body of work. God Told Me Too is a lot of fun as well.

    My high school drama teacher and his wife had small parts in The Toxic Avenger, so I have a warm spot for that one, but most of the Troma movies are flat out awful, and not in a good way.

    I don't really get why people love The Evil Dead series as much as they seem to. The first one is a passable low budget indy, the second one is a remake of the first with better production values, and the third is just awful.
     
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