Thread: The Horror Thread

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    Ok, I know we've all been clamoring for hot new topics, and I've always thought we should have a dedicated Horror themed thread. This thread, and this original "Master Post", will help guide you to discussions about horror in all its forms and genres, find information on upcoming horror releases, and help you browse horror themed articles written by your fellow RetroJunkers. I will also be updating this main post with any new horror articles you cool cats happen to write.

    Being as it's so close to Halloween, I have great hopes we can get some good mileage out of this thread, and people who contribute to it will hopefully provide an even more extensive network of horror's for us all to enjoy. In this thread, I hope to discuss what your favorite horror films/TV shows/books are, what you plan to be and do for Halloween, and what get's you pumped up for the Holiday. Also remember, that there is a Friday the 13th in this October, and it has been named "National Horror Day" (I'll provide a link to that too). I am providing links to some awesome Horror sites, as well as some B-Horror review sites, because I get a kick out of reading them, and hope you will too. By giving all of you these links, I hope you stumble across some interesting info and get a good discussion sparked here. Enjoy!
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    Links


    Horror Sites:

    HorrorMovies.Com
    Horror.Com
    ESplatter.Com
    Fangoria.Com
    Horror Writers Assoc.
    Horror Channel
    HorrorView
    Monsters at Play
    Horror Find Search Engine

    B-Horror Review Sites:

    1000 Misspent Hours
    And you call yourself a Scientist!
    BrainEater
    StompTokyo
    Bad Movie Report
    Teleport City
    Cold Fusion Video

    RetroJunk Horror Articles: **Article links only go back to page 10 of the archive

    Owepar's History of Horror:Slashers
    DG's Zombie Nation
    DG's Horror/Sci-Fi
    DG's In the Mouth of Madness review
    Evil Dr.Spears Horror Art Theater 2
    Evil Dr. Spears Horror Art Theater 1
    Allison SNL Kids Bordello of Blood review
    Owepar's Mad Monster Party
    Mad Dog Tannen's Top 10 Killer Toys
    Spengler's Evolution of the Dead
    Mystie's Monster Squad

    Horror Show Intro's/Info:

    Goosebumps
    Tales from the Crypt
    Monsters
    Tales from the Darkside
    Freddy's Nightmares
    Friday the 13th:The Series
    Are you afraid of the Dark?
    Eerie,Indiana
    Darkroom
    Night Gallery

    Related RJ Thread Links:
    Tales from the Darkside to Re-Air on Sci-Fi
    Evil Dead: The Musical
    Must watch for Halloween
    Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors
    Horror Art Theater 3 Ideas
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    I spent a goodly amount of time arranging this post, so I hope we can get a good thread going.
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      I think hostel was under rated, guess that falls into the Horror cat, thoughts?
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        I agree with you 100% on that Jam, I think Hostel was touted as the "next big thing" in Horror, but it falls short in many aspects. First of all, the entire first half of the film could easily be mistaken for "National Lampoon Goes to Amsterdam" with all the toplessness and drug referencing. It does nothing to help the film advance the story, except for making the audience aware our main characters are total tail-chasers.

        The second half, the "torture half", if you will, isn't even all that bad. I remember thinking to myself, "man, that's weak" while watching parts of the film people I know touted as grisly and horrific. It's really kind of a SAW rip-off if you ask me, and a poorly executed one at that. Dissappointing.

        *EDIT wow I just saw that you had written, "underrated", whereas I read that to be "overrated", sorry man, I guess we don't see eye to eye on this film. I wish I had caught that earlier, I would've liked to have heard what it was you enjoyed about the film.
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          in my personal opinion the scariest movie I ever saw was Event Horizon... that one made me piss my pants at age 10 andf still gives me the willies today.
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            Do you like violence?
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              Alright I'm going to bump this, but with some content:

              Cool Halloween theme for Mozilla users I found:
              https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1360/

              Some cool Halloween sites, including The History of Halloween, to help get you guys in the mood:

              http://www.halloween.com/
              http://wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm
              http://www.halloween-online.com/
              http://www.history.com/minisites/halloween
              http://www.holidays.net/halloween/

              And here are a few sites relating to my favorite Horror writers:

              http://www.stephenking.com/
              http://www.stephenking.com/DarkTower/flash_index.html
              http://www.hplovecraft.com/

              Any of you read any good spooky books lately? Who's your favorite Horror Ficiton writer? I enjoy Stephen King, H.P.Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker,Dean Koontz, and occasionally John Saul. I enjoy Horror novels, but am truly drawn to the short story format. My favorite short collections are King's Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, and Everything's Eventual. I also quite liked Ellison's Strange Wine, particularly his story Croatoan, which is a disturbing tale with a subtle insight into the Author's stance on abortion.

              ***EDIT to reply to the above-

              DieYuppie- man, I totally dug Event Horizon as well, what an awesome Sci-Fi/Horror flick, with a very solid cast and good writing to boot. Certainly a more underrated scary flick. Do you watch it on Halloween?

              Electropeach- whom are you asking? If it's me, then yes, I like violence just fine, as long as it's in the fictional sense. Actual violence IRL does nothing for me, I just like watching movies with over the top violence and gore.
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                A bad movie but a scary one to see in the theatres was Boogeyman(the new one)
                Starscream: Megatron?! Is that you?!
                Galvatron: Here's a hint!
                (Zaps Starscream into dust)
                Galvatron: Will anyone else attempt to fill his shoes?

                -Transformers The Movie
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                  Yeah, IMO the movie was okay, but I was kinda disappointed in the end, whatever happened to guys in costumes/great makeup over so much CG?

                  I thought the "boogeyman" design was kind of hokey, but the atmosphere and feeling of dread worked wonders in the movie's favor.
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                    I'm addicted to zombie type movies(Romero Ruless)...or preferably any sorta cliched movie that has hundreds and hundreds of crazy/freakish/etc. human type monsters and what not all eating & killing the human race while a small group of survivors try to survive the post-apocalyptic nightmare...

                    I heard that they were to make a Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash(army of darkness) but the movie was turned down for some reason? anyone got info on this?...I'm pretty sure Ash would own em!
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                      I watch it whenever I feel like being scared
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                        H.P. Lovecraft has rapidly become one of my favorite horror writers. I've got a couple compilations of his works and will probably look for more (Library of America has one out). The thing I love about his works is how much detail he puts into his monsters' backstories, and how everything links together so perfectly, you'd swear he was writing about something real. The first one I read, "At The Mountains of Madness," is probably my favorite.

                        I also love werewolf movies-- although there haven't been too many good ones over the past few years apart from Dog Soldiers, unfortunately-- and pretty much anything with Vincent Price in it.
                        "Preserving the old ways from being abused,
                        Protecting the new ways for me and for you.
                        What more can we do?"
                        --The Kinks, "Village Green Preservation Society"
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                          Quote by mr.funky
                          I'm addicted to zombie type movies(Romero Ruless)...or preferably any sorta cliched movie that has hundreds and hundreds of crazy/freakish/etc. human type monsters and what not all eating & killing the human race while a small group of survivors try to survive the post-apocalyptic nightmare...

                          I heard that they were to make a Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash(army of darkness) but the movie was turned down for some reason? anyone got info on this?...I'm pretty sure Ash would own em!


                          Oh Yeah, a man after my own heart. I love Zombie flicks, and have to maintain my position that Dawn of the Dead 2004 is the best zombie movie out so far, and that Land of the Dead was incredibly disappointing. HOWEVER, there is another Night of the Living Dead remake on the way, and this one is going to be in 3-D, as well as a Day of the Dead remake AND a new Romero zombie flick entitled "Diary of the Dead". It's going to be a Blair Witch inspired docufilm chronicling a group of teenagers with cameras trying to survive undead hordes. I'm pumped. Does anyone have an XBOX 360? Have you played/did you like Dead Rising?

                          So far as the Triple Threat Jason/Freddy/Ash film goes, as far as I know it's currently speculation, but I would love to read any info you could drudge up on it.


                          VideoJukebox- hell yeah, Lovecraft is great. I have "Best of H.P. Lovecraft:Bloodcurdling tales of Horror and the Macabre", which includes classics such as "The Dunwich Horror", "Call of Cthulhu", and "The Colour out of Space". I dug "The Picture in the House" alot, it's only 7 pages long, but dang its creepy.

                          BTW, how was Dog Soldiers? I've yet to see it. As a werewolf fan myself,I have lost all faith in the Howling series, man has that gone downhill. As a werewolf fan,did you like the Lycans in Underworld/Underworld:Evolution? How did you feel about An American Werewolf in Paris?
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                            I myself love werewolves and thought the lycans in underworld were a fresh attempt at both creating them, and thier history and personalities. They seemed more human then the Vampires did.
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                              Quote by Cigarette

                              VideoJukebox- hell yeah, Lovecraft is great. I have "Best of H.P. Lovecraft:Bloodcurdling tales of Horror and the Macabre", which includes classics such as "The Dunwich Horror", "Call of Cthulhu", and "The Colour out of Space". I dug "The Picture in the House" alot, it's only 7 pages long, but dang its creepy.


                              Yep, I have that exact same collection. It is now yellowed and beaten up, as I took it with me everywhere for about two months. "The Rats In The Walls," "Pickman's Model," "The Dunwich Horror," "The Thing on The Doorstep," and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" were probably my favorites out of that one. What a shame that they've yet to come up with a decent film version of any of Lovecraft's works. Some of the movies I've seen based on his short stories are laughably bad.

                              BTW, how was Dog Soldiers? I've yet to see it. As a werewolf fan myself,I have lost all faith in the Howling series, man has that gone downhill. As a werewolf fan,did you like the Lycans in Underworld/Underworld:Evolution? How did you feel about An American Werewolf in Paris?


                              I have a soft spot in my heart for Scottish dudes-- I've lost track of the number of times I've seen Trainspotting-- so I enjoyed Dog Soldiers a lot. The only down side was that they didn't put in a transformation scene; that's not necessarily a bad thing, though, given how that sort of thing can either make or break a werewolf film depending on how well it's done. As for Underworld and AAWIP, I've come to the conclusion I really don't like CGI werewolves. They just don't convince me half the time. I still love the original Howling, but even the almighty Christopher Lee couldn't save Howling II, and the ones that followed were worse still. The most recent one I saw focused more on country line dancing than it did on the werewolf.

                              I miss the old Werewolf: The Apocalypse RPG that White Wolf used to put out. That was fun to play, and I loved the back story; I thought they did awesome stuff with the werewolf legend.
                              "Preserving the old ways from being abused,
                              Protecting the new ways for me and for you.
                              What more can we do?"
                              --The Kinks, "Village Green Preservation Society"
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                                Quote by Cigarette
                                I agree with you 100% on that Jam, I think Hostel was touted as the "next big thing" in Horror, but it falls short in many aspects. First of all, the entire first half of the film could easily be mistaken for "National Lampoon Goes to Amsterdam" with all the toplessness and drug referencing. It does nothing to help the film advance the story, except for making the audience aware our main characters are total tail-chasers.

                                The second half, the "torture half", if you will, isn't even all that bad. I remember thinking to myself, "man, that's weak" while watching parts of the film people I know touted as grisly and horrific. It's really kind of a SAW rip-off if you ask me, and a poorly executed one at that. Dissappointing.


                                i think they were trying to do a "from dusk 'til dawn" thing...it's one movie for the first two acts and then they pull a 180 on you. this fails when you advertise it as gorefest...everyone just wants to get to the killing.

                                borefest
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                                  Quote by DieYuppieScum
                                  in my personal opinion the scariest movie I ever saw was Event Horizon... that one made me piss my pants at age 10 andf still gives me the willies today.

                                  i saw this movie everyday at the theater for a week straight...messed with my head for a bit.
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                                    I still like The Lost Boys.
                                    Narrator: Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But... there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a Darkside [img]http://www.danasoft.com/sig/mcluvin.jpg[/img]
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                                      i love all horror older than the scream series

                                      esp.:
                                      dario argento
                                      lucio fulci
                                      george a romero
                                      tobe hooper

                                      poltergeist is still the scariest ...saw it when i was 6... s*** my pants then. still very scary.

                                      anyone ever see a kinda lame but gory/funny b movie called truth or dare?
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                                      no time for love doctor jones
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                                        I consider Salems lot to be the movie which has scared me the most!
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                                          I love certain B-Horror Movies...

                                          I read on imdb that Bruce Campbell is making a movie called "My Name Is Bruce"
                                          where a monster hunts the "Real" Bruce and think he's the guy from the Evil Dead movies
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