Tell me about the best horror film you've ever seen.

United States
August 10, 2009 2:03pm CST
Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with horror movies. I really don't like blood and gore, but at the same time find myself drawn to them. Zombie movies, especially. The most disturbed I have ever been by a horror film was the remake of Dawn of the Dead. It is so intensely gory, the zombies are fast and not the slow, shambling horrors you've come to expect and the end of the movie leaves you with a real sense of hopelessness. It all works together to leave you very unnerved at the end of the film. So tell me, because I love to scare myself, what horror films left you jumping at shadows?
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Well let me tell you that Horror/scary movies are my favorite ones. The ones I have really enjoy are the Saw Series. Omg if you haven't seen this ones, you should they are great; but there is a lot of blood on all of them. Belive me once you get to watch the first one, you will fill the necesity to keep watching the next of them.
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• United States
10 Aug 09
Mine is definitely Session 9. It isn't outright horror, but it creeps up on you. It's an indie movie by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) and Stephen Gevedon, who plays one of the main characters, "Mike." It is about an asbestos cleaning crew who strikes a sweet deal to clean up an abandoned asylum (Danvers Mental Institution, before its demolition not too long ago). Things go awry right from the beginning, as is to be expected of a team of guys like this: one has marital issues and a new baby, one is deathly afraid of the dark, one who could've been a lawyer, one who has a back-up plan to go to Vegas, and the other lost his girlfriend to the guy on the team who loves to gamble. Tensions arise as "Mike" finds and plays through a series of nine recorded sessions he finds in the building between a doctor and a woman named Mary who has been diagnosed with three different personalities ("Billy," "Princess," and "Simon"). The film ends with moderate bloodshed and a huge revelation as the final session, Session 9, plays, and the final personality makes itself known. There are some jump scenes and a few that are known to make viewers cringe. I think the location itself lends to the eerie atmosphere. Anderson and Gevedon did a lot of research and made visits to the abandoned hospital, which stood on the grounds of Old Salem in Danvers, Massachusetts. Also, the character "Gordon" is loosely based on a real-life person who lived in Boston. Won't give away more than that though. The music is amazing. It is experimental instrumentals all done by the Climax Golden Twins. It perfectly fits the scenes in the movie. It took me a few times watching the movie to figure most everything out, but it was well worth it. I own the movie and watch it whenever I feel like having a good creep-out fest.
• United States
11 Aug 09
Um, you're my new hero. I love this kind of movie! After reading your description I had to go look this movie up, and I have to say, it's now #1 on my list of must-see horror movies. I'm a sucker for an honest-to-god suspense thriller that actually makes you think and can catch you off guard. From your write up here, it sorta reminds me of Identity, which had that whole multiple personality thing going on in it, too.
• United States
11 Aug 09
I'm glad I got you interested in it. XD I remember watching Identity! I knew it was about D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder, as they used to call it). Quite interesting. I think I'm fascinated by a person having more than one personality. Then again, I'm a psychology student, ha ha.
• United States
11 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing that; now I'm very interested in seeing that movie. I'll have to look it up on Netflix. I love indie movies and horror movies. This one sounds really good.
• United States
10 Aug 09
I saw the haunting in Conniciut and the unborn and those made me a little jumpy. but they have been the best so far
• United States
11 Aug 09
I'll have to add those to my list!
@shhheila (1847)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
i've seen UNBORN... kinda bad for me... i dont like the movie... have a nice day! unborn did not make me jump... DRAG ME TO HELL is much better.
• United States
11 Aug 09
I like campy horror more than anything. My favorite horror movie is probably The Blob, still. It certainly won't scare you (unless you're like 7), but it's definitely worth watching. I would love to see a Blob remake!
• United States
11 Aug 09
OH MY GOD A SLOW MOVING MASS OF JELLY WHAT WILL WE DO?!!? You could try stepping out of the way? No, really, you don't even have to move fast, just take like, 5 steps that way. You know I love old campy horror films. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, House on Haunted Hill, The Birds, Them!...I could go on and on.
@dawndawn (23)
• United States
11 Aug 09
My favorite horror movie is The Exorcist. I love scary movies of all kinds, but the best ones to me are the ones with less gore and more supernatural, spooky moments. I guess because I'm a nurse seeing blood and body parts doesn't shock me that much! The first horror movie I ever saw was Children of the Corn - I accidently watched it when I was seven years old and it scared the crap out of me. Even now as an adult it creeps me out.
@panjababu (226)
• India
11 Aug 09
hi... I really love to watch horror movies. Sometimes i feel fear when i watch these kind of movies alone. I especially liked the movie Vaastru Shastra and after seeing this movie i was very scared at that night. The scenes and sounds of this movie are very scary... its a good horror film... what about others... frankly discuss...
• United States
11 Aug 09
That's interesting. I love hearing about horror/suspense/thriller movies from other countries. I think I enjoy psychological thrillers the most...movies that really get your brain going and that twist and turn along the plot as it goes on.
@piya84 (2591)
• India
11 Aug 09
I love Grudge ,saw and ring series.THey are most horrible movies yet i have seen.Those ghost in saw and in Ring just make me cringe.I too have love hate relationship with horror films.I cant stop myself from watching those films.Then latter i get annoy as i get scary dreams.
• United States
11 Aug 09
I can't stop myself either. I'll be sitting in the dark, alone, watching a horror flick and thinking to myself "you know this isn't smart, you know you're gonna be freaked out later, why are you even doing this?" Doesn't stop me though!
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
I love horror movies, although sometimes it's scary when I'm alone in my room at night. I like The Grudge as well as The Ring series. Sadako is the best villain of all time.
• United States
11 Aug 09
You know how different television channels will do huge horror movie marathons during Halloween? Yeah, I'll sit alone in the dark watching scary movie after scary movie until I realize what I'm doing is completely insane and I'll never sleep again!
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I used to like horror films a lot when I was younger, now when I watch them it's like - just another story. I particularly like The Ring, the Japanese version, I had goosebumps and felt really scared when I saw the lady in white with long hair covering her face come out of the TV screen - oh, nothing like it. Even now when I see it it still has an effect on me. I also like the the Sixth Sense, this one is a great movie, not just scary. I don't like films with zombies and other ugly creatures, I find them too gross.
• United States
11 Aug 09
The Japanese take horror films to a whole different level. They do things in their films that really make you think "Holy crap, did that just happen?!". If you've ever heard of the Guinea Pig series of films, you'll know what I mean. And no, they're definitely not about sweet, furry guinea pigs. Hehe, zombies and monsters are fun because they're so gross! Brainsss....Braaaainssss!
@sagnik42 (3599)
• India
11 Aug 09
I liked Psycho, The Exorcist and Halloween. I do not watch horror movies much but have seen my fair share and these 3 are the best. I have not watched a horror movie in a long long time. Is there any recent movies worth watching?? Please let me know.
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
The best horror movie I'd seen is The Shining. It really gets down to my nerve. The story is very terrifying and you can actually imagine yourself to be one of the characters there. It's an old movie but still I recommend you guys to see it. You will not go wrong with this. One of the best!
• United States
11 Aug 09
I love The Shining! Wow, you guys are bringing up all these awesome movies I hadn't thought about in ages. What's with the scene where there's a guy like...um...having relations with a man in a bear suit? And the woman from the bathtub that's all rotted and grossified? Awesome book, awesome movie.
@android (895)
10 Aug 09
Sorry, I can't think of one single horror movie that I thought was any good. None of them have ever scared me, most of them are just silly and even my children laugh at them thinking they're more funny than anything. I reckon I could make the scariest horror film ever if they let me direct it. It would probably get banned though and nobody would ever get to see it! The scariest thing that I can think of is real life experiences from the past.
• United States
11 Aug 09
Well, I'd totally watch your film, given the chance! I do agree with you that real life events are much scarier than anything that happens in a horror movie. I sincerely believe that the reason for that is because everyone knows in the back of their mind that a movie is just fiction, while, you can watch the news and it hits you that horrible things really are happening every single day in our world.
@kykidd (6824)
• United States
10 Aug 09
The Freddy Krueger movies, Nightmare on Elm Street have always been my favorite. I remember as a teenager, a bunch of us teens got together at one friends house and watched it. Ew, it was so scary, that I had nightmares of the movie that night. I know there were more than one, but I can hardly remember the others. But the first one was extremely scary. And of course, who could forget Psycho. They brought it back during my day, and had it showing at the theatre. I still haven't figured out why they brought back such an old movie, unless a part 2 or something was about to come out. But, from time to time, when I am home alone, I am still paranoid to open the shower curtain. LOL
• United States
10 Aug 09
Did you see the Psycho remake? I actually really liked it. As far as remakes go, it was very true to the original, nearly scene for scene. I tend to laugh at the teen slasher movies more than anything! That's what makes them fun, though. Nightmare, the Halloween movies, and the Amnityville movies are all a blast to watch for their campy-goodness! Also, it's absolutely hilarious to me that Johnny Depp was in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. He's the kid who gets sucked into his bed which then explodes in a torrent of blood. What a way to start a career, right?
• United States
12 Aug 09
Im not really a fan of new horror movies. I find the excessive gore to be repulsive, and somewhat boring. I prefer older physiological thrillers. There is nothing like an old Alfred Hitchcock movie. You should all check out LIFEBOAT. The entire movie takes place on this little life raft, and its sounds like it would be horribly boring, but the mind games Hitchcock plays are awesome, and make the movie fly by.
@jaizhi (260)
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
The others... it was a movie about a family trying to get spirits out of their house soon to find out thery are the real goes and the ghost that they are trying to scared are the real people. Its so scary and at the same time it makes you think.
@skye86 (57)
• India
11 Aug 09
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET that's my favourite.