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marukisu
26-05-08, 02:55
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patriots88888
26-05-08, 03:05
It's all a matter of personal preference. The movie critics give them bad reviews because they are (for the most part) not mainstream movies - meaning they are not movies that attract a large, diverse fanbase. My preference is a movie with many suspenseful moments. An example of this would be the classic Holloween (that would be the original). ;)

Admles
26-05-08, 03:09
Busty hot girls!

duh!

:D

patriots88888
26-05-08, 03:12
Busty hot girls!

duh!

:D

Yea. And that too! Hehe. :vlol:

Hairhelmet12
26-05-08, 03:18
I love zombie movies!

jarekhanzelka
26-05-08, 03:54
A lot of thick suspense for the most of the movie, and mosty I also desire well acting (so I do believe the scare of those characters). When it's meant to be bloody, I desire disgousting gore scenes combined with both elements mentioned. When it's meant to be JUST scary (like films with ghosts) then I expect it to be really scary and the ghosts to be well made. In such a films, I also desire some original story and in best case, explanation of all the events at the very end of it. But it can't be so boring so it would prevent me from watching it to the end. Of course, there are bloody movies with shocking explanations in the end like SAW too - and if a film promises me a shocking ending, then I desire to be shocked as hell once the end comes. Well, that's pretty much all.

Angelx14
26-05-08, 05:47
Definitely not gory stuff (don't get me wrong, I love gore), because seeing how someone loses his head or some other parts of the body, isn't the nicest or scariest thing to see. It's more like disgusting than scary. What frightens me in horror movies are ghosts. Because they always pop up from nowhere. The soundtrack makes it good, the actors and the way they act, and definitely a good story line.

Naomichi
26-05-08, 05:53
I on the other hand invariably find anything with ghosts annoying and pointless, as I'm not what you'd call a believer.

Generally I prefer watching horror movies with human(ish:p) antagonists.

KurtisLonely
26-05-08, 06:24
alot of blood, and alot of scary moments :) every horror/thriller movie that doesn't make me fall asleep is good :)

EgyptianSoul
26-05-08, 06:54
When a horror movie is so scary it makes me horny, then I know it's good. ;) And my man gets to enjoy the consequences.

Admles
26-05-08, 07:07
When a horror movie is so scary it makes me horny, then I know it's good. ;) And my man gets to enjoy the consequences.

I've had that with girls, horror movies get you more "consequences" than pornography!

EgyptianSoul
26-05-08, 07:11
Porn is for losers who can't get any real action. :p

And hey, I'm not just a chick.

Admles
26-05-08, 07:26
Porn is for losers who can't get any real action. :p

And hey, I'm not just a chick.

Porn is good for a laugh; you see all those poorly-endowed guys and I feel sorry for them ;)

kryptonite23
26-05-08, 10:10
The impact of the monsters (suspense) and the music. :)

TR93
26-05-08, 10:15
I'd say the creepy music along with the blood and the Zombies.
The last time I watched a Zombie film ( 28 weeks later)
I was so creeped out and scared that I couldn't sleep for weeks

The impact of the monsters (suspense) and the music. :)

Oh yeah, suspense. The build up then an almighty crash or scream!!! to make it more fun.!

Vertigo
26-05-08, 10:16
Mystery. I hate when they show me main villain/ghost/monster in the beginning OR even in a trailer!

Survival
26-05-08, 11:03
Itīs all down to personal opinion, horror is a very wide genre and dozens of subgenres prove it. What makes one laugh can make other cry with fear and vice versa. Also horror is not only about scary or gory... horror is much much more...

Horr.or: A genre intended to thrill, scare,disturb (...) or entertain people by provoking fear, stress, tension, revulsion (...) or disgust through the depiction of grotesque, violent, creepy, eerie, amospheric (...) or supernatural events.

:wve:

So I canīt really tell what makes a horror movie good for me, I watch all of them :)

Obscure
26-05-08, 11:04
Mystery. I hate when they show me main villain/ghost/monster in the beginning OR even in a trailer!

Yeah I agree with you :tmb:
I love horror movies but I swear they add the most random scenes/sex scenes ever.

"Hey look! Our friends just got butchered by some crazy man wielding a sledgehammer, this would be a great oppurtunity for us to take off our clothes and start having sex in the middle of this haunted house that we know the sledgehammer wielding maniac won't find us in for the duration of this scene"

Also I think that some of the scriptwriters get drunk and decide to carry on writing the script, especially in the 'horror' film, Cabin Fever.

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Survival
26-05-08, 11:06
I love horror movies but I swear they add the most random scenes/sex scenes ever.

"Hey look! Our friends just got butchered by some crazy man wielding a sledgehammer, this would be a great oppurtunity for us to take off our clothes and start having sex in the middle of this haunted house that we know the sledgehammer wielding maniac won't find us in for the duration of this scene"

Youīre talking only about slashers here I hope you know that ;). Thereīs much more to horror than this little popular subgenre ;)

Vertigo
26-05-08, 11:08
Eli Roth is an idiot!
I understand this is trash but what the **** is pancakes? And when your friends dead, of course you must have sex with someone and then shave your legs because there is nothing to do in the deep forest :confused:

Obscure
26-05-08, 11:09
Youīre talking only about slashers here I hope you know that ;). Thereīs much more to horror than this little popular subgenre ;)

I know :) I've been watching horror films since I was nine years old when I got my first taster with A Nightmare on Elm Street. I thought it was more funny than scary. I've seen so many horrors, that you don't tend to get surprised at anything anymore. My favourite psychological horror would have to be the Blair witch project :tmb:

Lara Croft Fan Joe
26-05-08, 11:10
I think when it can scare you, but without slahing and blood and guts. I really enjoyed 'What lies beneath' for this reason, it created tension so well.

Survival
26-05-08, 11:18
Eli Roth is an idiot!
I understand this is trash but what the **** is pancakes? And when your friends dead, of course you must have sex with someone and then shave your legs because there is nothing to do in the deep forest :confused:

Cabin Fever is a movie that forces the scenes and not the content. Eli Roth is known for his love for low budget italian horror cinema and he took the narration tactics from these movies. Thatīs the reason the movieīs just a bunch of more or less random scenes. The movie had NO budget, everyone involved either worked for free or payed everthing from their own pockets.

This review sums up my feelings completely:
http://www.horrordvds.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=5

I hated the movie at first but it somehat grew up on me.

I know :) I've been watching horror films since I was nine years old when I got my first taster with A Nightmare on Elm Street. I thought it was more funny than scary. I've seen so many horrors, that you don't tend to get surprised at anything anymore. My favourite psychological horror would have to be the Blair witch project :tmb:

Talking about NOES the only ones I enjoy are the first one and the last one, the rest has sometimes too much comedy (Especially parts 4 and 6).

Vertigo
26-05-08, 11:23
Nah, I still hate this film XD

Survival
26-05-08, 11:27
Nah, I still hate this film XD

Yup me too... only now I can watch it and not break the disc into millions of pieces :vlol:

Vertigo
26-05-08, 11:29
Well I`ve seen it on TV and my reaction was :yik: wtf? Pancakes and country music in the end killed me

peffect
26-05-08, 11:36
I think, what that really matters in a good acting.
I'm talking about actors that know how to express sadness/horror. actors that scare, that make you cry.
See, in nowadays' horror movies, you see a girl crying out the loss of her parents and, two miutes later, dancing with her bf like nothing happened.

Shrantellatessa
26-05-08, 11:37
To be truly scary without being disgusting and too bloody and sexual.

Survival
26-05-08, 11:37
Well I`ve seen it on TV and my reaction was :yik: wtf? Pancakes and country music in the end killed me

Yeah but the whole last part of the movie was totally random :vlol:

But I loved the homages to classis horror films :)

remote91
26-05-08, 11:38
Suspense, mystery surrounding the main villain, some good bloody gore/action, brutal and realistic fights, good chase scenes and probably setting the audience of with a false start.

Vertigo
26-05-08, 11:40
But I loved the homages to classis horror films :)

Didn`t notice anyone:o

Survival
26-05-08, 12:00
Didn`t notice anyone:o


Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
- Redneck musical horror scene at end.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- SPOLIER: At the end of the film, the only survivor of the main characters is tragically shot, killed and his body is burned on a fire.
Deliverance (1972)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
- Simularities , camera angles.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
- The handyman has a screwdriver shoved through his right ear, like the zombie handyman in the department store in the mall.
Halloween (1978)
The Shining (1980)
- In the hospital when Rider Stong sees the bunny operating, it is a reference to The Shining where Shelly Duvall sees previous hotel guests in creepy fancy dress as she goes past some rooms.
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Thing (1982)
- Karen is unhappily banished to a tool shed by the group, because of her disease, such as Dr. Blair was unhappily banished to the tool shed by the group because he was suspected to be the Thing
Creepshow 2 (1987)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
- The "log" stab scene. It seems to echoe exactly the stacking scenes in From Dusk Till Dawn win the leg of wooden chairs are used.
Rabbits (2002)
- another David Lynch reference when the viewer sees the bunny costume in the hospital. Many see this as a "Donnie Darko" reference, but it is directly from "Rabbits"


This is from imdb... I would have to watch the movie agan to spot the others... and I donīt really want to :vlol:

Vertigo
26-05-08, 12:03
So many homages to great films and so.... mmmmm.... bad movie! Don`t re-watch it, I`m afraid you`ll be dead by laugh after that

Devilian
26-05-08, 12:08
I think good horrors must have SOUL. It don't need have litres of blood to be good. I like horrors like Psycho, Birds, Misery, The Shining, Aliens...these are horrors for me! I don't like ,,new era'' ,,horrors'' like Saw, Texas chainsaw massacre, Wrong turn...They are funny. I laughed when I saw them. Where is some ,,scary'' factor? Nowhere...everywhere is only ketchup. Ugh :D

Vertigo
26-05-08, 12:17
By the way I hate Hills have eyes. Haven`t seen original one but the remake was horrible. I can`t believe people like to watch this ******** and even eat pop-corn while watching

Survival
26-05-08, 12:25
By the way I hate Hills have eyes. Haven`t seen original one but the remake was horrible. I can`t believe people like to watch this ******** and even eat pop-corn while watching

Personal prefferences I guess... HHE is not a popcorn movie by any means though :D.

digitizedboy
26-05-08, 12:27
movies like "The Thing" really creeped me out, because you don't exactly see what it is that is taking over them. And also it's in an isolated place with a group of people and no one can trust each other. I kinda like that paranoia feeling in horror movies.

I don't really go for gore and stuff in movies unless it has a meaning or a good storyline.

Ikas90
26-05-08, 12:34
Movies like The Ring and The Grudge are the ones that are scary. In my opinion, what makes a horror movie good, is the suspense, the story-line, and anything supernatural.

The scariest movie I've seen is Exorcism of Emily Rose, and mainly because it's a true story.

thecentaur
26-05-08, 12:56
music


if you watched the suspenseful parts without the music, you would....... laugh :D

Devilian
26-05-08, 13:25
music


if you watched the suspenseful parts without the music, you would....... laugh :D

oh omg these weird sounds everytime in The Shining *gets heartache* :D Its so scary!

a_pok
26-05-08, 14:20
not knowing who or what is the big dangerous scary thing till the end of the movie or not even knowing at all, let your imagination run free.
like in when a stranger calls you don't know who is this dude or why is he doing this.

remote91
26-05-08, 14:30
Oh and music of course, music is the key to any good scene.

And also extreme locations or dangerous environments, always creates tension.

Vertigo
26-05-08, 18:14
Personal prefferences I guess... HHE is not a popcorn movie by any means though :D.

Yeah I just don`t like all those meat-bones films.

By the way has anybody seen Creep? Some people call it ****, some love it:confused:

Survival
26-05-08, 18:22
Yeah I just don`t like all those meat-bones films.

By the way has anybody seen Creep? Some people call it ****, some love it:confused:

I call it **** for horrible plot holes but I love it for atmosphere and direction :).

Vertigo
26-05-08, 18:25
I call it **** for horrible plot holes but I love it for atmosphere and direction :).

Survival, do you live in all the horror threads? XD What is so horrible about that? Every movie should have nice story actually but horror could be just scary, it doesn`t need TOO intelligent screenplay I guess:p

Survival
26-05-08, 18:31
Survival, do you live in all the horror threads? XD What is so horrible about that? Every movie should have nice story actually but horror could be just scary, it doesn`t need TOO intelligent screenplay I guess:p

Well... yes :vlol: I grew up on horror and X Files... and to this day I love both endlessly :).

But I agree... some horror movies donīt need to be smart or inteligent if they can pull off tha scary stuff... and imho Creep is just like that... itīs full of plotholes but the actual bacstory for the killer is very well done. Also the atmosphere, scares and music... all very well done :). (And it was filmes in real Aldwych).

EDIT: Trailer here...
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Vertigo
26-05-08, 18:34
Well thank you I guess I`m gonna buy it ;)
By the way you can check this guy`s http://uk.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9B13911077669509 horror reviews. Pretty helpfull and fun :D

By by the way I grew up on X-Files too XD Fan since 11 :D

Survival
26-05-08, 18:38
Well thank you I guess I`m gonna buy it ;)
By the way you can check this guy`s http://uk.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9B13911077669509 horror reviews. Pretty helpfull and fun :D

By by the way I grew up on X-Files too XD Fan since 11 :D

Thanks I will check it out... looking at some of his reviews I disagree with some but most of the time he has the same taste as me... :p