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Reply #25 on: October 29, 2009, 02:24:18 PM
What about Juon vs. The Grudge? I only saw the latter.  I'm not a big Sarah Michelle Geller fan, but I thought it had some great images.  I saw it in Japan and then we stayed at my parents-in-law's creepy, Japanese-style house.  "We're going to bed.  Wakela, can you lockup and turn the lights off?"

Haven't seen either; I don't usually go for horror films (and my wife hates them so she won't watch with me). 

But talking of Japanese horror, have you seen Audition?  Watch that one for a really fucked-up trip.

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Reply #26 on: October 29, 2009, 02:43:50 PM
What about Juon vs. The Grudge? I only saw the latter.  I'm not a big Sarah Michelle Geller fan, but I thought it had some great images.  I saw it in Japan and then we stayed at my parents-in-law's creepy, Japanese-style house.  "We're going to bed.  Wakela, can you lockup and turn the lights off?"

Haven't seen either; I don't usually go for horror films (and my wife hates them so she won't watch with me). 

But talking of Japanese horror, have you seen Audition?  Watch that one for a really fucked-up trip.

I liked Audition. I also liked Uzumaki, which was waaaaaay weirder than Audition.

Have you watched any of the Guinea Pig films? I've been tempted, but never got around to seeking them out.

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Reply #27 on: October 29, 2009, 06:34:09 PM
28 Days Later scared the crap out of me when I saw it in the theatre. Pity the sequel sucked so much (although the first 10 minutes of the sequel were pretty scary).

I liked Blair Witch Project but wasn't terribly frightened by it.



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Reply #28 on: October 29, 2009, 08:49:39 PM
I liked Audition. I also liked Uzumaki, which was waaaaaay weirder than Audition.

I'll have to see if Netflix has Uzumaki.

Have you watched any of the Guinea Pig films? I've been tempted, but never got around to seeking them out.
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Reply #29 on: October 29, 2009, 09:43:14 PM
I liked Audition. I also liked Uzumaki, which was waaaaaay weirder than Audition.

I'll have to see if Netflix has Uzumaki.

Have you watched any of the Guinea Pig films? I've been tempted, but never got around to seeking them out.
I have no idea what you're talking about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_(film_series)

I asked about these films because you seem to be a font of Japanese cultural/pop cultural information :)

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Reply #30 on: October 29, 2009, 09:56:38 PM
I just remembered another horror movie that I remember being very good: Mother Lode starring Charlton Heston as a scary old miner.  Kim Basinger was also in this movie.  I think it was one of her first.  It was from 1982.

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Reply #31 on: October 29, 2009, 10:30:33 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_%28film_series%29

I asked about these films because you seem to be a font of Japanese cultural/pop cultural information :)

Not really ... I'm more like "Otaku-Lite"  :D


[edit, after viewing wikipedia page on Guinea Pig films]

Doesn't sound like anything I'd be interested in.
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Reply #32 on: October 29, 2009, 10:51:12 PM
I liked Audition. I also liked Uzumaki, which was waaaaaay weirder than Audition.

I'll have to see if Netflix has Uzumaki.

Have you watched any of the Guinea Pig films? I've been tempted, but never got around to seeking them out.
I have no idea what you're talking about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_(film_series)

I asked about these films because you seem to be a font of Japanese cultural/pop cultural information :)


I heard about them, but haven't seen them.  Not a big fan of TorturePorn as horror, though I did like Urotsukidoji when it came out in America, not sure if it would stand the test of time.  Maybe because it's too believable that it can happen IRL.  Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies all have that layer of disbelief available to them, but Human based horrors not so much.



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Reply #33 on: October 29, 2009, 11:07:01 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_%28film_series%29

I asked about these films because you seem to be a font of Japanese cultural/pop cultural information :)

Not really ... I'm more like "Otaku-Lite"  :D


[edit, after viewing wikipedia page on Guinea Pig films]

Doesn't sound like anything I'd be interested in.

They definitely occupy a weird little slice of the manga/film universe. I have never been sufficiently interested in them to really seek them out either. I'd rather my Japanese horrors were of the giant and radioactive variety.

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Reply #34 on: October 29, 2009, 11:10:37 PM
I liked Audition. I also liked Uzumaki, which was waaaaaay weirder than Audition.

I'll have to see if Netflix has Uzumaki.

Have you watched any of the Guinea Pig films? I've been tempted, but never got around to seeking them out.
I have no idea what you're talking about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_(film_series)

I asked about these films because you seem to be a font of Japanese cultural/pop cultural information :)


I heard about them, but haven't seen them.  Not a big fan of TorturePorn as horror, though I did like Urotsukidoji when it came out in America, not sure if it would stand the test of time.  Maybe because it's too believable that it can happen IRL.  Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies all have that layer of disbelief available to them, but Human based horrors not so much.



I saw Uroskowhatever in college, that was my first exposure to hentai, or hentai light or whatever... While I was a huge fan and booster of Akira, I never liked the OVAs of the time. I still dislike almost all anime now, a consequence as the anime reviewer/editor job at horrorview.com. Aside from it being impossible to keep up with the three dozen various releases I'd get in the mail every week (or the hate mail that came from the distributors when I didn't keep up), I very easily picked out which of the three typical anime storylines was going to be used in any given series.

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Reply #35 on: October 29, 2009, 11:22:12 PM


I saw Uroskowhatever in college, that was my first exposure to hentai, or hentai light or whatever... While I was a huge fan and booster of Akira, I never liked the OVAs of the time. I still dislike almost all anime now, a consequence as the anime reviewer/editor job at horrorview.com. Aside from it being impossible to keep up with the three dozen various releases I'd get in the mail every week (or the hate mail that came from the distributors when I didn't keep up), I very easily picked out which of the three typical anime storylines was going to be used in any given series.

So you know the horror that is Project A-ko or more to the point the horror that is C-ko and her annoying voice/crying.


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Reply #36 on: October 30, 2009, 12:05:15 AM


I saw Uroskowhatever in college, that was my first exposure to hentai, or hentai light or whatever... While I was a huge fan and booster of Akira, I never liked the OVAs of the time. I still dislike almost all anime now, a consequence as the anime reviewer/editor job at horrorview.com. Aside from it being impossible to keep up with the three dozen various releases I'd get in the mail every week (or the hate mail that came from the distributors when I didn't keep up), I very easily picked out which of the three typical anime storylines was going to be used in any given series.

So you know the horror that is Project A-ko or more to the point the horror that is C-ko and her annoying voice/crying.

Project A-Ko was like Akira compared to Stellvia. Stellvia broke the camel's back for me.

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Reply #37 on: October 30, 2009, 01:21:19 AM
I heard about [the Guinea Pig films], but haven't seen them.  Not a big fan of TorturePorn as horror, though I did like Urotsukidoji when it came out in America, not sure if it would stand the test of time. 

I love Urotsukidouji; I have the "Perfect Collection" DVD set which contains the first two OVA series.  But I think only the first series "Legend of the Choujin" is really good; with "Legend of the Demon Womb" the series starts to decline; I haven't seen the third or fourth series but from what I hear it becomes a confused mess that doesn't even try to tell a coherent story.

[edit]
And the chronology is a bit messed up ... "Legend of the Demon Womb" takes place somewhere between parts 2 and 3 of "Legend of the Choujin".
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Reply #38 on: October 30, 2009, 02:02:36 AM
Wow what a fun thread. 

I have no single answer to this question, but I have probably seen "Se7en" more times than any other single film, so take that as you will.  I often answer "Jacob's Ladder" just because I like how it mixes up real and hallucinated threats -- the brilliant use of an unreliable POV character.  A lot of people short change it, I think, by using the Owl Creek Bridge ending as an excuse to neglect sorting out the intricacies of the very realistic alternate reading that much of the film carefully preserves -- the experimental drug causing hallucinations while government agents attempt to assassinate the vets as part of a cover up.  OTOH, my wife thought the pace was too slow, and I guess I can see that too.

I will agree also that "Alien" is an impressively terrifying film even after all these years.



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Reply #39 on: October 30, 2009, 06:08:07 AM
Oh man I completely forgot about Jacob's Ladder!  That movie freaked the shit out of me on multiple occasions.  Se7en was great, but mostly played on the gore/fucked up shit factor, tho the ending was ridiculously good.  I would pick Jacob's Ladder over Se7en in respect to horror, and I don't know about Jacob's Ladder vs. The Shining... I want to say I enjoy The Shining more, but Jacob's Ladder probably scares me more, it's a more intense psychological horror IMO.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
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Reply #40 on: October 30, 2009, 12:17:12 PM
what about identity?  That ending where it turned out the serial killer personality, plus it turning out that each person in the hotel was a personality was unexpected too


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Reply #41 on: October 30, 2009, 12:44:04 PM
Se7en really disturbed me. Still does, when I think about it. I watched that one way too many times :)


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Reply #42 on: October 30, 2009, 03:23:21 PM
Also, listening to Al's outro in the last episode reminded me that the Mothman Prophecies really unnerved me. Absolutely chilling because of the way it messed with your mind. It was like an excellent X-Files episode, and I'd always hoped that I Want To Believe would be something more along the lines of that movie.


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Reply #43 on: October 30, 2009, 05:54:32 PM
Mothman prophecies was weird... Didn't scare me, kinda creeped me out, but... I dunno... It was ehhhhhh to me :P

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #44 on: November 04, 2009, 05:12:07 AM
batoru rowaiaru (battle royale) isn't really horror but it has its moments.

it's a rare movie that elevates a b movie plot, this manages it with great style.  any fan of b movies should check it out even if subtitles usually isn't your thing.



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Reply #45 on: November 04, 2009, 05:31:11 AM
batoru rowaiaru (battle royale) isn't really horror but it has its moments.

I've wanted to see that one for a while -- my local video store doesn't seem to have it. It looks great.


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Reply #46 on: November 04, 2009, 08:10:14 PM
Oh, and just for grins...  Other movies I say are horror movies, but that weren't marketed as such:

Jurassic Park - No really.  Look how it's shot, and even plotted.

Requiem for a Dream - Ditto.

The Little Mermaid - Okay, now I'm kidding.



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Reply #47 on: November 04, 2009, 08:23:55 PM
Another mismarket for Speilberg was War of the World.  Say what you want, but I thought it was a pretty intense flic.  My wife said that it was the scariest movie she'd ever seen at the time.  Just the Tim Robbins character was creepy enough.

How about Cloverfield in the subway tunnels?  You knew it was coming, but...

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Reply #48 on: November 04, 2009, 09:23:56 PM
As a 14 year old, Jurrasic Park had me ready to fall off the edge of my seat. T-Rex scene and the Raptors in the kitchen. I totally thought those kids might get eaten. Twice.

War of the Worlds - I agree. And I watched some of it again - it was so close to being a GREAT film. I really wish Spielberg hadn't copped out in that final scene.

Requiem for a Dream was incredibly disturbing. Hrm. I need to watch Pi again, for that matter.

I LOVED Cloverfield but I don't know if I was ever really scared in it. Except for the (SPOILER) scene where the head explodes behind the sheet. That made me go "Oh SHIT!" in the theater  :)


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Reply #49 on: November 08, 2009, 01:29:51 PM
I saw The Shining young- probably while being baby sat. I don't remember seeing it. I remember the nightmares it gave me for YEARS. (The twins in the hallway, the blood.) When I was older I went looking for this movie this horrible movie that gave me such potent nightmares. I FINALLY found The Shining and watched it. Although disturbing and awesome, it couldn't live up to the absolute terror it had inspired in me as a child.

I have problems with most horror movies. They're either going for the gore or too darn long. I tend to enjoy horror/comedy (slither comes to mind, as does Fido) more then streight up horror. Mostly beacuse the tired plotlines of most horror movies make me bored, and the sheer gore dosn't work for me. Idle hands got me happy, as did the First Final destination. The clasics are Good, but their time is generally past and now they're almost always more giggle worthy then truly terrifing.

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