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I need something new.
Topic by: EmpressStephanie
Posted: March 5, 2008 - 11:01 AM PST
Last Reply: March 12, 2008 - 4:31 PM PDT

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author topic: I need something new.
EmpressStephanie
post #1  on March 5, 2008 - 11:01 AM PST  
I do through phases of things that I love. For awhile it was books, then anime, then horror, right now it's nail polish but seeing as how nail polish is becoming an expensive I want to move back into horror. I've by no means seen everything but what I really need right now to pull me back in is something totally mind blowing - i had that feeling watching Mothman Prophecies, or The Ring, even the Others. I want a movie that gives me the WTF feelings with very little sexual horror and a lot of plot depth

- is there anything like that.
kaream
post #2  on March 5, 2008 - 2:47 PM PST  
> On March 5, 2008 - 11:01 AM PST EmpressStephanie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
I want a movie that gives me the WTF feelings with very little sexual horror and a lot of plot depth
>
> - is there anything like that.
> ---------------------------------

You mean something like David Lynch's Mulholland Drive? You want plot depth, it's got it. (Sex too, but no horror to speak of.) People argue endlessly over what actually happened in the movie. I haven't yet seen his Lost Highway, but it's reputed to be even more confusing.

Or try to puzzle out the motivations of the characters (and of the director) in Antonioni's L'Avventura. In fact nearly all of Antonioni's work is ambiguously plotted. BlowUp is pretty straightforward, but give The Passenger a try (and toward the end, watch the right-hand window very carefully.) For that matter, exactly who is 'the passenger', and in what sense? And what's with the driving school 'Learner' car, driving in circles in the plaza?

(About L'Avventura, there's a marvelous review posted online, saying in full, 'What adventure? Our Greater Swiss Mountain dog, Oscar, has more adventures sniffing out deer and chasing squirrels.' In fact, even the title is ambiguous, translating equally well as 'the adventure' or 'the sexual fling'.)
hamano
post #3  on March 5, 2008 - 11:44 PM PST  
How about Les Diaboliques? Unless you've already seen it or one of the remakes....
kaream
post #4  on March 6, 2008 - 4:26 AM PST  
The original Clouzot Diabolique -- good suggestion.
hamano
post #5  on March 6, 2008 - 4:49 AM PST  
> On March 5, 2008 - 11:01 AM PST EmpressStephanie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I want a movie that gives me the WTF feelings with very little sexual horror and a lot of plot depth

This film is very HIGH on the WTF and low in "sexual horror" (I think... what does that mean to you exactly? S&M?) plus there's a pretty deep pit in the cellar.
hamano
post #6  on March 6, 2008 - 4:56 AM PST  
This is still my favorite Stephen King adaptation... It deals with a pretty deep-seated fear effectively and entertainingly, IMHO
Vanamonde
post #7  on March 6, 2008 - 5:25 AM PST  
Being John Malkovich?

Donnie Darko (Director's Cut)?

Adaptation ?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ?

Memento (Special Edition)?

Now, all of them should be view with a condom on your head and that last one, you will definitely want to see more than once.

This films would even make Anno or Goddard scratch there heads.
underdog
post #8  on March 6, 2008 - 9:20 AM PST  
You could check out Cinenaut's Puzzle Movies list for more WTF?! movies.

Have you ever seen Session 9? Interesting and creepy, atmospheric... Or some of the other works by Guillermo Del Toro, like Mimic (giant cockroaches in the subway!, but it's more than that) and his creepy Spanish revolution era orphanage ghost story, Devil's Backbone. I also highly recommend diving into some Italian horror - read Cheryl Eddy's primer on the subject - and even the creepier Italian crime films called Giallo.
hamano
post #9  on March 6, 2008 - 9:38 AM PST  
> On March 6, 2008 - 9:20 AM PST underdog wrote:
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> You could check out Cinenaut's Puzzle Movies list for more WTF?! movies.

Oh, yeah, that list reminds me of the early films of Peter Weir, that had all those very elegant and pretty WTF moments... Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, even The Year of Living Dangerously...

I'd add some early Jane Campion (like Sweetie and The Piano) and some Greenaway. Not really "puzzle" films, more like karmic WTF films...
shiftless
post #10  on March 6, 2008 - 10:22 AM PST  
It's not out on DVD I think or out of print but The Reflecting Skin is amazing and very f-ed up.
EmpressStephanie
post #11  on March 6, 2008 - 11:49 AM PST  
Thanks for all the suggestions, I will look into these but I was thinking more of things in the horror genre, that are particularly horrifying in a wtf kind of way. Although I do like most of the movies suggested that I've seen (Eternal, Lynch's stuff, Memento) it's not really what I mean. By sexual horror I mean, like hmm... like in a slasher movie where characters have gratuitous sex or have characters walking around naked for no cognizable reason.
EmpressStephanie
post #12  on March 6, 2008 - 12:02 PM PST  
Everyone should check this out:

Avalon
doozer
post #13  on March 6, 2008 - 12:16 PM PST  
I agree with Underdog, giallo is one of my favorite genre's. It's good if you want a good slasher flick that's still psychologically mortifying.

Alice, Sweet Alice is a great film, unfortunately it is out of print. If you can come across a copy though don't pass up the chance to watch it.

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key is one of my favorite movies of all time. I'm a big fan of Sergio Martino so I would suggest any of his films. Also you can't go wrong with anything from Mario Bava, including what some consider the foundation of giallo: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Another one of my faves in the genre is The House with Laughing Windows

Also, if you're looking for something a little newer you can't go wrong with Dario Argento's comeback Sleepless, though I would also pick up some of Argento's older flicks just because they're important to the genre.


Save for giallo, I personally go for Asian horror for my less sexy and gory/more psychologically horrifying fix. Two of my favorite categories on GreenCine are Asian Horror and Silent Horror.
hamano
post #14  on March 6, 2008 - 12:16 PM PST  
How'bout Spirit of the Beehive? Better'n Pan's Labyrinth...
kaream
post #15  on March 6, 2008 - 1:46 PM PST  
Any or all of Michael Haneke
kaream
post #16  on March 6, 2008 - 2:32 PM PST  
The Vanishing

Make sure you get the 1988 original, not the remake. No violence at all, but you'll have nightmares for a very long time.
DLeonard
post #17  on March 6, 2008 - 2:45 PM PST  
You gotta check out Mario Bava's Lisa and the Devil. Actually, any Bava film would be worth watching, including Shock which some people suggest was really directed by his son Lamberto.

I also really enjoyed Horror Hotel (it's also called "City of the Dead") which had a very nice Lovecraftian feel to it.

Carnival of Souls - 1962
I agree with the Session 9 suggestion.

Finally, I would highly recommend Private Parts (from 1972 - not the Howard Stern thing) which is horror, comedy, and twisted drama, BUT it's a Request only title at this point.

Not sure if any of these are real mind blowers, but they are all certainly a little different and more than a little spooky.
Vanamonde
post #18  on March 7, 2008 - 3:03 AM PST  
I was afraid you were gonna say that...

Now, John Carpenter has made some bad movies, but this is not one of them"

The Thing (1982)

Interesting trivia from Kurt Russell on the comment track, K-Y jelly actually does come in 5-gallon buckets.
hamano
post #19  on March 7, 2008 - 6:14 AM PST  
> On March 6, 2008 - 2:32 PM PST kaream wrote:
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> The Vanishing

Oh, yeah, that was a good one! Those Haneke films sound really interesting.... I guess I haven't been going to enough film festivals...
hamano
post #20  on March 7, 2008 - 6:17 AM PST  
Not related to horror, but maybe underdog can link this to his blog or something... it was on NPR this morning.

Kasi Lemmons Loves 'Harold and Maude,' 'Tango'

Asked to name her favorite movies to watch, Talk to Me director Kasi Lemmons offers a variety of genres in three personal categories. They range from a French crime thriller to an odd American love story, with a musical biopic thrown in for good measure.
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