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Vote for your favorite horror movies (no limit):

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original)
6 (12.2%)
Nosferatu
9 (18.4%)
Ginger Snaps
1 (2%)
Amitiville Horror (original)
1 (2%)
The Lost Boys
7 (14.3%)
Black Sabbath
1 (2%)
The Mummy (original)
3 (6.1%)
The Shining
17 (34.7%)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
2 (4.1%)
The Howling
2 (4.1%)

Total Members Voted: 22

Voting closed: December 11, 2009, 09:54:17 AM

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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2009, 04:38:32 PM »
^lol.

um I don't think those are spoilers... I mean... come on, famous-ass-scene first of all, second of all, the movie's been out for... forever.

and who here is NOT highlighting the friggin spoiler black boxes?  anyone? raise your hand and we shall continue with the CIA report.

Actually, I wasn't since I haven't seen a lot of this stuff. Well but yeah I have seen the Shining.

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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2009, 07:41:11 PM »
Glad that Nosfertau is getting some love.  I happened to stumble across this article on it written by Roger Ebert.

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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2009, 09:25:34 AM »
I made the poll period for two weeks because I wanted to give you time to check out some of the movies you may not have seen.  I thought about allowing you three weeks for this purpose, but didn't want to drag out the poll too long for those who don't plan on reviewing.  Most of the links I provided come with trailers so that may help as well.  Let me know what you think.

So, just a check.  Is anybody trying to watch the movies before they vote?  Should I continue to give the poll a two week voting period, or should I shorten it to a week per group?

One day left for voting on Group 1
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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2010, 01:26:08 PM »
LOL... I was warned that this thread was over 120 days old. Talk about a resurrection!

Nosferatu... I have no words. Simply a beautiful movie. I don't know why so many films went on with such horrible attempts at makeup jobs afterward, but this one was great. The black and white is kiss-my-fingertips good. It adds to the authenticity of the film. Just good movie, right there.

But cluck me till I cry, y'all. The Shining? Really? Most of the story wasn't even there! Not to mention that awful little finger-wiggling-croaky thing they had going on. WTF? That was not, in any way, even close to Tony. Tony was supposed to be an older version of Danny, for Krispy-Creme's sake! Not a wiggling finger! *shakes head* Even as a stand alone film, without the comparison to the novel, it's a sad horror film that doesn't even begin to seep into my top 100.

Oh well. As the late, great Swayze said in Road House... opinions vary.

ETA: I don't know how to do the spoiler cover thingy... that's new to me. If someone will explain, I shall cover the little tid-bit in here up. Please and thank you so verra much.
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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2010, 01:55:25 PM »
Well, since my love for The Shining is really what started this whole mess, I should at least stand up to defend it here.  ;D

First off, full disclosure, I have not read the Stephen King book, so maybe having nothing to compare it to has a lot to do with it, but I think Kubrick really put together a masterpiece.  Its patient, disturbing, from-your mind, not in-your-face horror.  Of course, at the end, you have the chasing with an axe, trapped in a room, will-they-make-it kind of action, but it is in no way a slasher movie.  We see the development of madness and understand the dreadful history of the setting.  With a small cast, closed quarters, and the errie music throughout made for absolute creepy.  And yes, Nicholson really sold the crazy guy, but I don't think it is just him.

Like say, I'm sure the book does a much better job of getting into the history and immersing the reader into the madness even more, but for me, the movie did a great job.  I've said this before, but the trailer for this movie alone made my little sister cry and shake with fear.

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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2010, 02:00:26 PM »
*nods* This is true. :) The film just made me so mad. The Shining was my very first horror novel that I read, at the tender age of 9. I am a little biased to the book; But I do understand that not everyone has read the book. But if you haven't... I implore you to read it. You'll know then why the film just holds no candle. If I didn't love that book so, I'd offer you one of my copies (yes, I admittedly have more than one), but... mine, mine, mine!
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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2010, 05:28:22 PM »
I finally reconciled my issues with The Shining after I accepted that Kubrick made a great movie called The Shining and King wrote a great book called The Shining. Although one might make a (wrong) argument that they are related, they are two entirely different pieces of work for two different mediums and one cannot be used to judge the other. 
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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2010, 09:32:10 AM »
Excepting the fact that the film was based on the novel. Which I can't do. Why? Because it was marketed as a King film adaptation... King's name is all over the darn thing and they bastardized it to the highest degree. If it were made as two separate entities, I might have been okay with that approach. But I even have a paperback copy of the novel with stills from the Kubrick film in it, which was released around the same time as the film as a promotional venture. The two were advertised as related, and sadly, Kubrick's film does nothing for the novel and doesn't even resemble the book on any level. *shrug* It's a film I'll never reconcile with. I think it's sad hackwork and shameful.
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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2010, 11:27:35 AM »
For my one of the english classes I took this year I read Linda Seger's "The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact and Fiction Into Film".  What was revealed to me, and should be revealed to everyone, is that literature inherently resists film in multiple ways, mostly concerning the flow of time, etc.
The other thing, and in my opinion the most important thing, to consider is that the point of a film adaptation is to create a 'second original'.  The idea is to use the material that is already there to make something that will be enjoyable, not to stay true to the book.  You want to keep the same themes while editing the plot and directionality to better suit a movie.  Now, I haven't read The Shining, but I'm guessing that's what they did.  After all, it IS a highly successful movie.  Another thing an adapter has to consider is feasibility.  What can be shown and not shown due to budget.  Also, you have to try to fit every theme into the movie while still maintaining a fairly simple plot if you want to hold most audiences.
I guess what I'm trying to really say is that you shouldn't base opinions on a movie or even really consider a movie in relation to it's original form, be it book or older movie.  You have to consider it as a 'second original'.  Nowadays, adaptations are trying to be too much like their original material, and they are hurt for it.  And even when they stay true to the material, people STILL complain about the differences.  It's aggravating.  Love the book for the book, love the movie for the movie.  Don't try to love the movie for the book.


Oh, and OF COURSE they'd advertise the film and novel together!  Why wouldn't King want some extra book sales out of that?  An awesome movie would definitely help, so why not package them together?  It's all about money in the end.
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Re: Best Horror Movie Ever Poll - Group 1 of 10
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2010, 06:32:18 AM »
The Amityville Horror was scary to me at the time because I think it was advertised as "based on true events".  Now that we know it was fiction it just isn't as scary. 
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