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Seven Best Modern Horror Movies

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19th April 2006 18:31  #1

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Seven Best Modern Horror Movies
I got this link from IMDB, but makes a good read.  From the LA Times Seven Best Modern Horror Movies.

Interesting, though that there is only one movie from the last 20 years.

19th April 2006 18:34  #2

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
what do you think are the best horror films in the last 5 years?

I personally think Devils Rejects,Hostel,Land Of The Dead

19th April 2006 19:02  #3

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I don't think that there has been many good horror movies in the last 5 years.  I didn't care for either the Devil's Rejects or Hostel.  Land of the Dead was okay, but somewhat disappointing considering how long we have waited for Romero's followup.

Personally, I liked the American version of the Ring.  28 Days Later was good, if not classic horror.  The Devil's Backbone (out of Mexico) was also very good.  I liked the Others and Skeleton Key as well, but those are more suspense than horror.  Audition was good, but from 7 years ago.  Below was an underrated horror movie.  Dog Soldiers was effective for a low budget horror, as was Blair Witch, but only if you saw Blair Witch before the hype got out of hand.

Sorry, a bit stream of conscience there.

19th April 2006 19:13  #4

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Past 5 years?  That's pretty easy.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Ring
High Tension
Dawn of the Dead
Saw

19th April 2006 23:10  #5

P O Hara Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: Ireland Posts: 93
Off the top of my head I cant think of any that really struck a cord with me in the last 5 years or so. Maybe the Dawn of The Dead remake, but nothin else beyond that. I think its a shame coz no-one really seems to push the boundries in the horror genre anymore. I saw Hostel and was really hoping to be blown away givin the amount of "gore" and "intensity" it was supposed to have. All I'm gonna say is I hope theres an un-rated dvd release, because what I saw was neither gory or intense. I suspect heavy censoring, so I await the dvd release before I pass judgement.
The Exorcist, now there was a horror movie, The Thing, and I'll even go out on a limb and say The Entity (it scared da c**p outta me as a kid!) the Evil Dead, man, they sure dont make em like they used to............

19th April 2006 23:40  #6

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I've enjoyed a lot of modern horror films, but I can't think of too many classics. Probably Audition. I wouldn't consider Devil's Rejects to be a horror film really. I loved Land of the Dead, but wouldn't call it a classic. I finally saw Hostel last night and was surprised how much I liked it, really dig the way Roth shoves the last 30 minutes with so many great images and ideas, it makes of for the obnoxious characters and frat-boy humour. I though High Tension and Wolf Creek were great for what they were, but too dirivative to be classics.

Thinking...

I'll get back to you on this one, and PS, I can't read that link cos I don't belong to the LA times, could you give me a rundown of their picks?

19th April 2006 23:59  #7

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
The closest to classic real horror films we've gotten in the last 5 years:
A Tale of Two Sisters
Three Extremes
Land of the Dead
and had it not been for the twist, Haught Tension

20th April 2006 0:53  #8

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Franchise wrote: Past 5 years?  That's pretty easy.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Ring
High Tension
Dawn of the Dead
Saw
I'd agree with most of that, but replace The Ring with Red Dragon.

20th April 2006 1:11  #9

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
No Tony, no. The Red Dragon was not a horror movie.

And it was pretty bland IMHO....then I kind of hated the Chainsaw and Ring remakes...

20th April 2006 6:28  #10

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The reason I liked the both is because they were quite stylish and worked well to not contradict anything that previous movies in the series set up.  And I know you're going to think they're remakes, but to me they stuck with the themes and didn't alienate the fans they had of the originals.

20th April 2006 8:18  #11

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I thought Dawn of the Dead was a solid remake that used the same themes in it's own way and developed on its own (which is saying something because I wanted to hate it with every fiber of my being). Though there are differences, the Chainsaw and Ring remakes felt like sort of moot monetary updates. Both were well made, but I didn't see the point in either. However, you're comments are valid, and I can appriciate your opinion here, it bugs me when youg'uns just hate the originals because they're 'old'.

20th April 2006 8:29  #12

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lol  Being a 29 year old man, I can appreciate exactly what you say.  I'm just as happy watching Halloween or Dawn of the Dead (78 version) as I am with High Tension or Hostel.  Some people don't seem to understand that all movies have roots in something.  There may be fresh ideas, but they all have origins elsewhere.

20th April 2006 17:14  #13

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I can't believe that people really liked High Tension and to a lesser extent Hostel.

I was so p**sed off after watching High Tension.  If it was made as a straightforward horror movie, it would have been one of the best horror movies made in the last 5 years.  (It would have even made up for the fact that my theater was showing it dubbed.  There isn't a lot of dialogue and most of it occurs with the characters not looking at the camera, so you don't get the audio/visual synchronization problems of most dubbed films.)  But no.  They had to put a twist in.  A twist that is patently impossible and defies all reason.  Ugh!

I've got Tale of Two Sisters on the DVR from IFC.  I'm looking forward to seeing it, though I have been disappointed with most Japanese horror that I have seen lately.

Anyone seen Ghost Actress (aka Don't Look Up).  It's been awhile since I've seen it, but from what I remember I loved it.  The only disappointing thing is that it is only 75 minutes long.

Remake mania continues as they are remaking both Black Christmas and Don't Look Now.  I'm not opposed to remakes.  The remakes of Dawn of the Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were both enjoyable.  The others, like Amityville Horror, were just as bad as the originals, but what can you expect.  As long as they don't take good source material and make a bad movie out of it.

20th April 2006 18:02  #14

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Adrian wrote: I've got Tale of Two Sisters on the DVR from IFC.  I'm looking forward to seeing it, though I have been disappointed with most Japanese horror that I have seen lately.
A truely excellent film, although bear in mind it's Korean, not Japanese. Happy

20th April 2006 18:10  #15

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Mal wrote: Adrian wrote: I've got Tale of Two Sisters on the DVR from IFC.  I'm looking forward to seeing it, though I have been disappointed with most Japanese horror that I have seen lately.
A truely excellent film, although bear in mind it's Korean, not Japanese. Happy


Oops.  Very Happy

20th April 2006 19:06  #16

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I'm burnt out on the Asian movies that deal with cell phones, long haired girls, and ghosts in general.  A Tale of Two Sisters is my kind of movie, but it's one of those that I had to not watch anything Asian horror for a week to finish it up.  The one that I was talking about a while back was 3 Extremes.  Great movie.  3 shorts by amazing directors with Chan-wook Park doing the best with Fruit Chan turning up the amazing Dumplings.  Takashi Miike was good, but it wasn't Audition good.

20th April 2006 20:00  #17

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I agree that Haute Tension was undone by the twist and said so in my review here. As a reviewer who's covered both Artsmagic and Tartan Asia Extreme releases, I'm burned out on Asian horror to the freaking max. That said, Tale of Two Sisters was still a wonderful film.

I don't know how long you all have been reading the site, but last year I did a piece on my picks for most disturbing films here, and I plan on doing a follow up this Halloween.

20th April 2006 20:13  #18

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Cool.  My only claim to fame is the interview I did with Tony Masi, the webmaster of http://www.halloweenmovies.com.  And I did read that.  I just registered a few weeks ago, but I've been coming here for a while.  Your article was good in the fact that it went nontraditional and not even in the horror genre.  That's always impressive.  I can't say I like the comments on Halloween though.  lol  I personally don't care.  You've got your fanatics though that will argue you to death on why Child's Play or things like that are great.  My personal favorite articles are the year in reviews that people here do.  I read yours on that as well.

One day I'll have time to develop an article, but right now, I'm a new father, new homeowner, husband for a year, and trying to keep up with my own website.  It keeps me busy.

20th April 2006 21:14  #19

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
What did I say about Halloween? I LOVE Halloween!

21st April 2006 6:47  #20

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I think Halloween is a "time and place" scary movie. In the right time and place it is scary. On TV, 30 years after the fact and after scores of immatations, is not the right time or place.

I do believe that's you that said that in the comments unless there's another account for you.  Wink  I don't care either way.  When I watch it, I watch it on a disc that was made for me with both Halloween and H2 on it with the TV scenes edited in.  Better effect.

21st April 2006 9:17  #21

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,477 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I was trying to explain to one of the young'uns why he didn't think it was a scary film. Halloween lost it's power to frighten me a long time ago, but Carpenter's technical prowess makes it a film I can still enjoy to this day.

21st April 2006 22:00  #22

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Not bad for an independent movie that grossed more than anything independent until a few years ago.  Let's get back on the topic.  lol

22nd April 2006 2:16  #23

Edgeworth Member Join Date: July 2004 Location: United States Posts: 256 Send a message via AIM to Edgeworth Send a message via MSN to Edgeworth
Anyone check Slither? I know it's a comedy, but I thought it was a great movie. I agree with pretty much everything else that was mentioned.

22nd April 2006 21:58  #24

MrStayPuft Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United States Posts: 146
In my opinion:
1)Saw
2)Bubba Ho-Tep (not real horror, but one of my favorites)
3)High Tension
4)Devil's Rejects
5)Scream

I'm hoping to replace some of these, and 2006 looks to be a promising year so far for horror. I still have yet to see Slither, but there's also Silent Hill, Saw 3, new Friday the 13th(hopefully out in 2006), Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequal,The Omen remake, and a questionable Nightmare on Elm Street prequal.

22nd April 2006 22:41  #25

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F13 will be out this year.  NOES won't be out til next year at the earliest.

23rd April 2006 1:48  #26

Arellium Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 136
IMO, there have been no good horror movies released in the past 5 years.

23rd April 2006 8:43  #27

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
I liked quite a few of the horror films mentioned above, but I think I'm a bit partial to the Final Destination movies.  

23rd April 2006 16:54  #28

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
MrStayPuft wrote: 2006 looks to be a promising year so far for horror. I still have yet to see Slither, but there's also Silent Hill, Saw 3, new Friday the 13th(hopefully out in 2006), Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequal,The Omen remake, and a questionable Nightmare on Elm Street prequal.
Well, you can mark Silent Hill off that list; saw a preview screening Thursday evening and came out of it with the conclusion that it's neck and neck with Sony's other turkey, The Pink Panther, for worst movie of the year.

23rd April 2006 17:26  #29

MrStayPuft Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United States Posts: 146
Matt wrote: Well, you can mark Silent Hill off that list; saw a preview screening Thursday evening and came out of it with the conclusion that it's neck and neck with Sony's other turkey, The Pink Panther, for worst movie of the year.
Really? That bad? I absolutely refused to see Pink Panther, but was looking forward to Silent Hill. So far from other reviews, they tend to agree that it's a better movie if you played the games. I havn't played any of the games myself, so now I'm a bit worried. What didn't you like about it?

23rd April 2006 18:16  #30

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
MrStayPuft wrote: Matt wrote: Well, you can mark Silent Hill off that list; saw a preview screening Thursday evening and came out of it with the conclusion that it's neck and neck with Sony's other turkey, The Pink Panther, for worst movie of the year.
Really? That bad? I absolutely refused to see Pink Panther, but was looking forward to Silent Hill. So far from other reviews, they tend to agree that it's a better movie if you played the games. I havn't played any of the games myself, so now I'm a bit worried. What didn't you like about it?
Yeah, and IMDb gives it a 7.4 rating with over 1,100 votes.
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