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Horror Suggestions
Topic by: Brockton
Posted: January 9, 2004 - 8:10 AM PST
Last Reply: May 10, 2004 - 7:09 PM PDT

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author topic: Horror Suggestions
Brockton
post #1  on January 9, 2004 - 8:10 AM PST  
Here's the "challenge". I have a twelve-year old daughter who is getting really interested in horror flicks. She has thrown down the gauntlet, saying that she wishes to watch a film that will really scare her. So far we've watched things like Black Sunday, Horror Hotel, Suspiria, The Omen, The Ring, The Sixth Sense... No frightening as of yet.

I won't show her anything like the Exorcist yet (just way too nast--she's just not ready to watch a little girl masturbate with a crucifix). And nothing too overtly "smutty" or perverse--which disqualifies most of the teenage horror movies of the eighties and beyond. A modicum of gore would be O.K.

What scared you when you were twelve?
dpowers
post #2  on January 9, 2004 - 8:21 AM PST  
what kinds of things scare her in reality?
dh22
post #3  on January 9, 2004 - 8:25 AM PST  
Considering what she has already seen, and the fact that modern kids (including myself) are farely well desensitized to blood and gore, I would suggest something with ghosts. They are pretty much the only things that scare me nowadays. Films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre are great, but it may not scare her, and you may not want to show it to her. Films with creepy little things also work. And the less special effects the better. At least computer effects. CGI just isn't scary.

The only films that always stick in my memory as scaring the hell out of me when I was a kid were A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Child's Play.

By the way, half the films you mentioned aren't even horror films!

P.S. Try Hellraiser, or Halloween, but I don't know how far you want to go with this.
dh22
post #4  on January 9, 2004 - 8:31 AM PST  
Also...

Jaws and Aliens. Though not true horror films, they do have some good freightening moments. Also, I thought Blair Witch was pretty damn creepy. People like to knowck it, but I was pretty creeped out when I saw it in the dark of the theater.

That reminds me, watching the movies in total darkness is a MUST. Don't let her watch any in the middle of the afternoon with all the curtains open. And don't let anybody talk during the showing.
dh22
post #5  on January 9, 2004 - 8:32 AM PST  
And The Shining. How could I leave that out. Extremely high on the creep-o-meter.
dh22
post #6  on January 9, 2004 - 8:33 AM PST  
> On January 9, 2004 - 8:31 AM PST dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Also...
>
> Jaws and Aliens.
> ---------------------------------

Actually I meant Alien, not AlienS, but they are both good.
dh22
post #7  on January 9, 2004 - 8:41 AM PST  
And...

Children of the Corn - more creepy than scary
Poltergeist - That clown doll!
Amityville Horror - Serious ghostness
The Thing - John Carpenter's versions is one of the best alien/monster movies for scaring you like crazy.
Cinenaut
post #8  on January 9, 2004 - 9:08 AM PST  
The Haunting (1963), directed by Robert Wise.

Turn down the lights, turn up the sound.
Brockton
post #9  on January 9, 2004 - 9:35 AM PST  
> On January 9, 2004 - 8:21 AM PST dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> what kinds of things scare her in reality?
> ---------------------------------


Nothing, as far as I know, except her embarassing parents and spiders.
Brockton
post #10  on January 9, 2004 - 9:37 AM PST  
> On January 9, 2004 - 8:31 AM PST dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ... Also, I thought Blair Witch was pretty damn creepy. People like to knock it, but I was pretty creeped out when I saw it in the dark of the theater.

Agreed. I think Blair Witch got a bad rep because of their marketing campaign. I think that both the movie and the campaign were inspired... And it scared the crap outa my wife!
dh22
post #11  on January 9, 2004 - 10:05 AM PST  
According to some reviewers at Amazon.com The Brave Little Toaster is "highly disturbing," and "too scary for children." Maybe you want to try that.
Brockton
post #12  on January 9, 2004 - 10:07 AM PST  
> On January 9, 2004 - 10:05 AM PST dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> According to some reviewers at Amazon.com The Brave Little Toaster is "highly disturbing," and "too scary for children." Maybe you want to try that.
> ---------------------------------


Only if I want to be disowned by my own child.
DLeonard
post #13  on January 9, 2004 - 12:30 PM PST  
As a 12 year old I saw silly horror movies like The Devil's Rain. They didn't scare me, but I still enjoyed them. What did scare me (and still does) is Night of the Living Dead. I think I was 14 before I could watch the whole thing. Dawn of the Dead would also be highly recommended. For whatever reason, these 2 movies aren't really available here ?????!!!!! A special edition of Dawn comes out soon, and the version of Night that GC has is the much maligned 30th Anniversary edition. Find the Millenium Edition.

Jaws and Alien were also high on the scare meter back then.

Sometimes the biggest problem with horror or scary movies is that we don't really care about what happens to the characters, so sure, take the chainsaw to 'em. Yawn.

These are ones I liked with good scares, some gore, and probably some adult language:

The Believers
Dog Soldiers
The ThingJoy Ride
Session 9
28 Days Later

And for fun, why not check out Creepshow?
DLeonard
post #14  on January 9, 2004 - 12:39 PM PST  
There is no such movie called The Thing Joy Ride. I just didn't pay attention to what I was doing. Here's the way it should have looked:

The Thing
Joy Ride
dpowers
post #15  on January 9, 2004 - 12:44 PM PST  
i can't think of a recent scary spider movie. i wonder if bugs are off-limits in big releases now - does anybody else remember people going out and wacking at wasp nests because they were afraid of "killer bees"? spiders are spooky but generally, pretty helpful to have around - could be hollywood has taken pity on t'rantulas
dh22
post #16  on January 9, 2004 - 12:59 PM PST  
> On January 9, 2004 - 12:30 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> And for fun, why not check out Creepshow?
>
> ---------------------------------

Actually the episodes with the blob and the roaches are pretty freaky.
Cinenaut
post #17  on January 9, 2004 - 1:16 PM PST  
The Thing Joy Ride is that one where the Thing steals your car and Arctic researchers find it years later buried in the ice, full of empty beer cans and Cheetos bags.
dpowers
post #18  on January 9, 2004 - 2:06 PM PST  
i was thinking of it as a drunken sequel to this
DLeonard
post #19  on January 9, 2004 - 3:25 PM PST  
> On January 9, 2004 - 1:16 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Thing Joy Ride is that one where the Thing steals your car and Arctic researchers find it years later buried in the ice, full of empty beer cans and Cheetos bags.
> ---------------------------------

Actually, some Hollywood type is probably right now trying to pitch a project that's a cross between The Thing and Joy Ride. "Kids are being pursued by an alien that can assume anyone's identity. Every car on the highway could potentially be their hunter."

The real The Thing Joy Ride is this.
dpowers
post #20  on January 9, 2004 - 3:36 PM PST  
including their own car

mwaahahaha
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