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What’s your favorite Horror themed movie?

BlindAmbition

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With the Halloween season upon us, I felt this entry appropriate. Hope you all participate.

What is your favorite Horror film? Why is it your favorite?

My favorite happens to be The Exorcist. The topic is disturbing. Whether you believe in it, or not. The horror factor stands some 40 years later. The effects and makeup were superb for that period.

There is a backstory on this movie. At 45 years old, I will not watch alone. My mother was on a business trip when I was 14. It was a dark stormy night and I was watching The Exorcist.  I was alone when a tree branch crashed through living room window. That was all she wrote, I’ve never been able to separate that experience from movie.

Please share your movies and experiences for the season.

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What a great question, jp. i have a few for different reasons. i watch most of them and like my nana passed the love of horror movies onto me, i passed it to my son. i loved the Exorcist. i saw it in the theaters when i came out.my dad would take me and my brothers to the movies, but he allowed my older brothers pick and off we went. my brothers almost pissed themselves but i loved it, well to be honest, the spider walk girl did freak me a little.

 

Night of the Living Dead (the original), not because of the movie but because of the family story. again, while we were on summer vacation in PA, went to the movies. but then the heard about a preview  showing of the movie and hid in the theater for the midnight showing. they had to walk home at 2am, through one of the places they shot the movie in. to very scared, teenage boys. we went to bed. thunderclap later, two boys ran for mommy and nana, over their sister-ooff. sitting on their laps, my brother dwarfed them. nana and mom got them calmed down, nana, all 4'10'' of sweetness, asked if the were hungry. both sniffling boys said. nana looked in the refrigerator and said, "do want brains or liver?" baby sister lost it. hehehe

 

"The Brood". stupid movie really, but all those toddlers in snowsuits--creepy. it's why my son never wore one!

 

The House on Haunted Hill (the Vincent Price one) one of my favorites. i love the special effects and how the achieved them. my son went to the 1999 one. he thought i was mad, when i told him it was a remake! he didn't believe me, so i showed him. he liked the 1959 version, but said they should have made it in color. it is amazing how many of "today's" hits are really remakes, more than ones.

 

i have many others, but these are the best to me. i don't really care for the gore fest trend that has been happening in the last number of years.

 

again jp, great question

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My favourite horror themed movie is The Haunting of Hill House. The original from 1963 not the 90’s remake.

 

I saw it for the first time in a history of film class when I was at university. I liked it because the horror was more psychological than blood and gore. Plus, I never guessed the ending, so that upped the “wow” factor. 

 

I was pondering what to watch on Halloween night, would be nice if I could find this one on Netflix or elsewhere....

 

Btw, excellent blog topic, jp! 

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4 minutes ago, mogwhy said:

What a great question, jp. i have a few for different reasons. i watch most of them and like my nana passed the love of horror movies onto me, i passed it to my son. i loved the Exorcist. i saw it in the theaters when i came out.my dad would take me and my brothers to the movies, but he allowed my older brothers pick and off we went. my brothers almost pissed themselves but i loved it, well to be honest, the spider walk girl did freak me a little.

 

Night of the Living Dead (the original), not because of the movie but because of the family story. again, while we were on summer vacation in PA, went to the movies. but then the heard about a preview  showing of the movie and hid in the theater for the midnight showing. they had to walk home at 2am, through one of the places they shot the movie in. to very scared, teenage boys. we went to bed. thunderclap later, two boys ran for mommy and nana, over their sister-ooff. sitting on their laps, my brother dwarfed them. nana and mom got them calmed down, nana, all 4'10'' of sweetness, asked if the were hungry. both sniffling boys said. nana looked in the refrigerator and said, "do want brains or liver?" baby sister lost it. hehehe

 

"The Brood". stupid movie really, but all those toddlers in snowsuits--creepy. it's why my son never wore one!

 

The House on Haunted Hill (the Vincent Price one) one of my favorites. i love the special effects and how the achieved them. my son went to the 1999 one. he thought i was mad, when i told him it was a remake! he didn't believe me, so i showed him. he liked the 1959 version, but said they should have made it in color. it is amazing how many of "today's" hits are really remakes, more than ones.

 

i have many others, but these are the best to me. i don't really care for the gore fest trend that has been happening in the last number of years.

 

again jp, great question

Thanks Moggy. For participating and backstories.

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6 minutes ago, Reader1810 said:

My favourite horror themed movie is The Haunting of Hill House. The original from 1963 not the 90’s remake.

 

I saw it for the first time in a history of film class when I was at university. I liked it because the horror was more psychological than blood and gore. Plus, I never guessed the ending, so that upped the “wow” factor. 

 

I was pondering what to watch on Halloween night, would be nice if I could find this one on Netflix or elsewhere....

 

Btw, excellent blog topic, jp! 

Thanks Reader. Haven’t seen this in ages. Love this movie. I remember watching on a Sunday Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

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Need to add another one. No real back story, but it did scare the crap out of me.

 

When a Stranger Calls. Also a psychological vs. blood and gore movie 

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Just now, BlindAmbition said:

Thanks Reader. Haven’t seen this in ages. Love this movie. I remember watching on a Sunday Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

I remember Elvira. I wonder if she’s still around...

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15 minutes ago, Reader1810 said:

I remember Elvira. I wonder if she’s still around...

I think Cassandra Peterson  does still dress and do film conventions.

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2 minutes ago, BlindAmbition said:

I think Cassandra Petersen does still dress and do film conventions.

i think you are correct. your lucky jp. you had Sunday Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, whereas nana and i watched the midnight shows of Chilly Billy! :rofl: (ROFL)

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1 minute ago, BlindAmbition said:

The one with the house and psychic investigators. Good choice.

thank you jp ... i think i have copy of it here somewhere .. now i want to watch it again

 

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I saw this back around the early 70's, which would have me at 11 or 12 years old. I watched this movie on a black and white television while my dad and mom played poker in the kitchen with family at their farmhouse just outside of town. My brother who was only 2 years younger than me had fallen asleep just like my much younger sister and all of my younger cousins. It was just me and a blanket curled up in a chair watching 'The Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show' which played late night creature features back then. Island of Terror (1966) scared the crap out of me. I had nightmares about the "turtles."

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5 minutes ago, Ron said:

 

I saw this back around the early 70's, which would have me at 11 or 12 years old. I watched this movie on a black and white television while my dad and mom played poker in the kitchen with family at their farmhouse just outside of town. My brother who was only 2 years younger than me had fallen asleep just like my much younger sister and all of my younger cousins. It was just me and a blanket curled up in a chair watching 'The Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show' which played late night creature features back then. Island of Terror (1966) scared the crap out of me. I had nightmares about the "turtles."

It's amazing what scares us when young. I remember this one. Think I'll add to list of watch again.

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@BlindAmbition I just bought the damn thing! I checked on Amazon and it was $19.99 (updated for Blu Ray) for a slice of nostalgia. Well worth it, I think!

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4 hours ago, Mikiesboy said:

My fav is The Legend of Hell House .. from 1973 (yes, before i was born).  But it is nice and creepy.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pacLdQdJJpY

 

 

Well aren’t I embarrassed. :*)

 

@BlindAmbition this is the movie I was remembering - only mixed up the words and was 10 years off the date. Oops.

 

Knew it was this one as soon as I saw Roddy McDowell in the trailer. He was such a cutie...

 

I did think it was Hell House and not Hill House, and I couldn’t figure how I got that wrong. Now I know. 

 

Thanks tim, I’m going to look for this one for Halloween night. 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Reader1810 said:

Well I aren’t I embarrassed. :*)

 

@BlindAmbition this is the movie I was remembering - only mixed up the words and was 10 years off the date. Oops.

 

Knew it was this one as soon as I saw Roddy McDowell in the trailer. He was such a cutie...

 

I did think it was Hell House and not Hill House, and I couldn’t figure how I got that wrong. Now I know. 

 

Thanks tim, I’m going to look for this one for Halloween night. 

 

 

LOL! The first was good too. Based on a 1959 book classic by Shirley Jackson. The Haunting of Hill House is also being turned into Netflix series.

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13 minutes ago, Ivric said:

I will answer this question however I have two answers.

My favorite Horror movie that scares the bejesus out of me is 'IT' with Tim Curry.  When I was around 8 or 9, my family would watch any Stephen King movie that was on VHS from the video store.  (I know I have dated myself but ask me later if I care!!). My grandma, aunts, and mother would read the books first then watch the movie.  Then 'IT' was released, we as a family had movie night at my grandparents house and watched the movie.  We waited until it was nice and dark outside, so it felt more like a movie theater, we made popcorn and stayed up viewing movies.  I was fine until Pennywise smiled bearing his rows and rows of teeth.  I ran to my Mom's side and buried my head in the sofa.  To this day I cannot watch this movie by myself or at night.

My favorite movie that is quintessential Halloween and I love is 'Beetlejuice'.   I have fond memories of 'dancing calypso' and 'deadly cobra, black tarantula', coupled with dark humor, crude jokes, and limbo how could you go wrong?  You cannot, that is the thing.  Even now watching the movie this many years later it still evokes happy times with the family.

Good choices. IT also scares me... I watched because I love Tim Curry. However; I’m afraid of clowns. This is not a joke!

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38 minutes ago, R J Drew said:

The original 'The Exorcist' is my favorite. I can still remember going with my sister, and best friends to see it in a "real" theater. You know...before the multiplex theater craze.  The Regent Theater had the old school marquee, sticky floors, and a balcony. lol I was very young, and impressionable, and had never seen anything like it before. Being raised in the church, I was terrified, and didn't complain once about getting up Sunday morning to go to Sunday school. lol 

 

I really love the movie 'Beloved,' which is based on a book by Tony Morrison. A good Southern ghost story always gives me goose bumps. My father used to tell us ghosts stories about when he was a boy growing up in North Carolina, and I always found them scary, but fascinating. 

 

Naturally I'm a big fan of Stephen King. The man can take the ordinary, and spin it into a tale of horror. 'The Shining' is definitely a classic that I put at the top of my list.

 

All truly wonderful. The Exorcist doesn’t just scare the piss out of me, just unsettling topic. The Shining... Jack Nicholson is a genius.... Here’s Johnny! I can also see the kid... REDRUM... Murder backwards.

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17 minutes ago, MacGreg said:

I wouldn't say it's my favorite horror movie, because it was genuinely unsettling and adversely affected my psyche when I was a young kid, therefore "favorite" is not a word I would associate with it, but I will go with The Amityville Horror (1979). The fact that a man in real life had murdered his entire family in cold blood was bad enough, but then for the next occupants of the house to experience the lingering bad juju and all of the supernatural occurrences that came with it put it over the edge of scary for me. 

 

My actual favorite is probably The Shining. Just enough mystery, creepiness and suspense without too much blood and gore. And Jack Nicholson... well, that goes without saying.

 

Side note: I've stayed at The Stanley Hotel. No hauntings that I myself experienced, but the person whom I was with got a shock of electricity every time he touched a doorknob or pressed an elevator button.

Thank you for sharing Sir. Both are good choices for this blog.

You visited The Stanley, I visited the Amityville house. I was a junior in HS. Some friends and I drove to Ocean Ave. The street in LI where house is. My friends all got out of car, I wouldn’t. When we parked, the hairs on my body were standing. The murders were in 1974, this was in 89.

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3 hours ago, Reader1810 said:

Well I aren’t I embarrassed. :*)

 

@BlindAmbition this is the movie I was remembering - only mixed up the words and was 10 years off the date. Oops.

 

Knew it was this one as soon as I saw Roddy McDowell in the trailer. He was such a cutie...

 

I did think it was Hell House and not Hill House, and I couldn’t figure how I got that wrong. Now I know. 

 

Thanks tim, I’m going to look for this one for Halloween night. 

 

 

i've seen  it a lot of times... very creepy ... 

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