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Yeah, October is coming and I'm going to be as cliché as I can be. But in my effort to expand my cinephile horizons, I'm looking for recommendations on horror, mystery, or suspense films that you, people, might deem appropriate for Halloween. Classic and essentials, obscure and underrated, personal favorites, throw them at me and I will pick 10 to watch through October, with reviews included.

10 might seem too little, but I'm being realistic considering my usual schedule and the average films I'm watching every month. If I can sneak a couple more, then we'll see what happens.

Come on, throw' em at me! Scare me shitless!!!

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Kill List, a weird British movie that I saw last night which should rattle your soul!


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Kill List, a weird British movie that I saw last night which should rattle your soul!


Saw that one a couple of months ago. Really good film and weird indeed.

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patrick wrote:
Kill List, a weird British movie that I saw last night which should rattle your soul!


Saw that one a couple of months ago. Really good film and weird indeed.


Oh......uhhh, Hellraiser?


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patrick wrote:
Kill List, a weird British movie that I saw last night which should rattle your soul!


Saw that one a couple of months ago. Really good film and weird indeed.


Oh......uhhh, Hellraiser?


Well, I don't know if that was a serious recommendation, but I've always remembered the Hellraiser films to be quite creepy (at least the first two, which were the only ones I saw). Haven't seen any of them in years, although I remember revisiting the first one probably 8-10 years ago. Still don't remember much. Could be a possibility.

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Village of the Damned (1960)
The Innocents (1961)


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Village of the Damned (1960)
The Innocents (1961)


I remember seeing the Village of the Damned remake in the 90's (the one with Christopher Reeve), but I really don't remember anything about it. Do you know if there are many differences?

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Final Destination series
See No Evil
The Descent
Black Christmas remake
Sorority Row(2009)
Hitcher remake
Happy Hell Night
Creature(1985)
Hills Have Eyes Remake and it's sequel
The Purge
Captivity
Hostel(and part 2 also)
Drive Thru
Big Bad Wolf(2006)
Hatchet series
Lake Placid
Piranha 3-D
Snakes on a Plane
Gothika
Wishmaster and it's sequel
Leprechaun
Sleepaway Camp series
Cursed(2005, make sure it's the unrated version though)
Event Horizon
Resident Evil series
Night of the Demons
Night of the Creeps
The Relic
Children of the Corn series
Deep Rising
Deep Blue Sea
Vampires(1998)
Ghosts of Mars
Phantasm series
Urban Legend
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Jack Frost(1996)
Tremors and the first sequel
Carnosaur series
Demon Knight
Bordello of Blood
Species
Xtro
Dr. Giggles
Pumpkinhead films
Watchers series
Warlock films
Candyman series
End of Days
From Dusk til Dawn series
House on Haunted Hill remake
The Rage: Carrie 2
Shark Attack series
Virus(1998)
Dracula 2000
Pitch Black
Bones(2001)
Mimic series
Thir13en Ghosts remake
Blade series
Cabin Fever series
Dog Soldiers
Eight Legged Freaks
Any of the Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm Street films(i'm sure there's at least a few in those series you haven't seen yet)
Dreamcatcher
Sleepwalkers
House of the Dead
Alone in the Dark(2005)
Jeepers Creepers films
Scarecrow series
Underworld series
Wrong Turn series
Alien Vs. Predator series
Club Dread
Frankenfish
2001 Maniacs
The Devil's Rejects
Doom
Hellraiser series
House of Wax remake
Land of the Dead
Return of the Living Dead series
Venom(2005)
Wolf Creek
Joyride series
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Silent Hill films
Vacancy
The 13th Alley
Anaconda series
Midnight Meat Train
Creature(2011)
Primeval
Splinter
Train
Are You Scared?
Laid To Rest
My Bloody Valentine remake
Zombieland
I Spit on Your Grave remake
Bait
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
Detention(2011)
The Thing(1982 and 2011 versions)
You're Next
Maniac(2012)
Mother's Day(2013)
Dark Skies
World War Z
Village of the Damned(1995)


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Check out The Snowtown Murders. It's a tad confusing and very nasty, but that's kindof the point. A genuinely disturbing serial killer film.

Kindof a popular pick, but Pontypool is a lively and clever and menacingly suspenseful. It's a good time, and not what you'd expect from a lower-budget zombie flick.

And you really should check out Ti West if you haven't yet. The Sacrament is a "found footage" film technically, but it's really more of an eerie mockumentary. The Innkeepers and House of the Devil are solid throwbacks.

Finally, if you're really looking to test yourself, Inside or Martyrs will get it done.


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Here are my recommendations


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Since I'm sort of the resident horror movie scholar around here, I think I can help.

If you haven't seen it, then check out Audition by Takashi Miike. But don't read anything about it before you watch it; a cold viewing is essential.

The 1980 film The Changeling with George C. Scott is an incredibly underrated film, much more deserving of a wider audience. Check it out.

If you've never seen The Howling, do so. It is another really underrated film.

On a goofy note, check out Paul Morrissey's Blood For Dracula. It is one of the most hilarious B-movies ever, and I guarantee you'll never look at Dracula the same way again.

Even if you have seen it, revisit Saw. It was a major film in the development of what they call torture porn, but it's worth noting how much it is unlike later torture porn films. I personally think it's a very tense horror film.

Finally, I'll recommend what I think is one of the most terrifying films ever made - John Boorman's Deliverance.

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Two ghost stories that I thought were pretty decent:

JU-ON: The Grudge (2002) - Japan
The Awakening (2012) - UK/BBC


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Sexual Chocolate wrote:
Since I'm sort of the resident horror movie scholar around here, I think I can help.

If you haven't seen it, then check out Audition by Takashi Miike. But don't read anything about it before you watch it; a cold viewing is essential.

The 1980 film The Changeling with George C. Scott is an incredibly underrated film, much more deserving of a wider audience. Check it out.

If you've never seen The Howling, do so. It is another really underrated film.

On a goofy note, check out Paul Morrissey's Blood For Dracula. It is one of the most hilarious B-movies ever, and I guarantee you'll never look at Dracula the same way again.

Even if you have seen it, revisit Saw. It was a major film in the development of what they call torture porn, but it's worth noting how much it is unlike later torture porn films. I personally think it's a very tense horror film.

Finally, I'll recommend what I think is one of the most terrifying films ever made - John Boorman's Deliverance.

I second the Howling, i'd also recommend the sequels(except for New Moon Rising, which was just terrible)


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Check out The Snowtown Murders. It's a tad confusing and very nasty, but that's kindof the point. A genuinely disturbing serial killer film.

Kindof a popular pick, but Pontypool is a lively and clever and menacingly suspenseful. It's a good time, and not what you'd expect from a lower-budget zombie flick.

And you really should check out Ti West if you haven't yet. The Sacrament is a "found footage" film technically, but it's really more of an eerie mockumentary. The Innkeepers and House of the Devil are solid throwbacks.

Finally, if you're really looking to test yourself, Inside or Martyrs will get it done.


Hadn't heard about any of those, except Martyrs. Thanks!

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Here are my recommendations


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Seen all three. Love all three. The Exorcist is probably on my Top 3, and Dawn would probably be close.

That said, Rosemary's Baby might be due for a rewatch. Haven't seen it in 10 or more years.

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Sexual Chocolate wrote:
Since I'm sort of the resident horror movie scholar around here, I think I can help.

If you haven't seen it, then check out Audition by Takashi Miike. But don't read anything about it before you watch it; a cold viewing is essential.

The 1980 film The Changeling with George C. Scott is an incredibly underrated film, much more deserving of a wider audience. Check it out.

If you've never seen The Howling, do so. It is another really underrated film.

On a goofy note, check out Paul Morrissey's Blood For Dracula. It is one of the most hilarious B-movies ever, and I guarantee you'll never look at Dracula the same way again.

Even if you have seen it, revisit Saw. It was a major film in the development of what they call torture porn, but it's worth noting how much it is unlike later torture porn films. I personally think it's a very tense horror film.

Finally, I'll recommend what I think is one of the most terrifying films ever made - John Boorman's Deliverance.


I saw Audition last year. Liked it, but wasn't a huge fan of it.

I remember seeing The Howling several times when I was a kid, but haven't seen it since. I do remember the special effects/the transformation scene to be great, but don't remember much else about the story. A rewatch is a possibility. I do remember not liking the second one. Pretty weird-ass film, particularly when you are a pre-teen.

I've seen Saw several times (first in theaters) and I'm quite fond of it, precisely for how different it is to the films/genre it spawned. It even pisses me off how different the sequels are, trading good psychological horror for the stupid gore and torture porn it devolved into. I gave up after the third one.

I'm a huge fan of Deliverance. Own it and watch it frequently.

Thanks for the other recs.

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Never cared for any of the Saw films including the first, as much as I HATE the term "torture porn"(I still think it's a lazy term made up by critics who hate horror films), I can understand why people say it in regards to the Saw series, some of the traps are certainly inventive and interesting, but aside from that the films suck, the series got particularly stupid when

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Jesus, Vex! :lol:

Anyway, I've seen these...

Vexer wrote:
Final Destination - It was ok. Saw the sequel as well. The films are good fun and I've been curious to check out the others.
The Descent - Probably my favorite horror film of recent.
Hills Have Eyes Remake and it's sequel - See above reply to Rock. The sequel was pretty bad, though.
Snakes on a Plane - Meh. Could've been better.
Wishmaster and it's sequel - I think I saw the first one. Didn't care for it.
Leprechaun - I probably saw the first 2 or 3. Meh.
Sleepaway Camp series - I think I saw the first 2. Been meaning to rewatch the first one.
Event Horizon - Haven't seen it in years. Been meaning to rewatch it.
Resident Evil series - Saw the first one. It was ok, but I really didn't care enough to check out the others.
Night of the Creeps - I think I remember seeing this one a lot when I was a kid
The Relic - I remember it being ok, but I haven't seen it in years.
Deep Rising - Saw it. Don't remember much about it.
Deep Blue Sea - I think this is a really solid film. Every time it's on cable, I end up watching it.
Vampires(1998) - Meh, don't remember anything about it.
Phantasm series - Saw the first one a looooooooong time ago. Don't remember much.
Urban Legend - Meh, not that great.
Tremors and the first sequel - The first one is a classic. I think I saw the sequel, but don't remember anything.
Species - Saw this a lot when I was a teen, if you know what I mean :lol:
Dr. Giggles - I'm pretty sure I saw this, don't remember it at all.
End of Days - Meh, didn't care about it.
From Dusk til Dawn series - First one is good. Haven't seen the rest.
House on Haunted Hill remake - Saw this back in the day. Thought it was average.
Virus(1998) - Ugh, horrible, horrible film. I always bring it up as one of the worst films I've seen.
Pitch Black - I liked it, but I remember being pissed off by it in the end. Haven't seen it in years though.
Mimic series - Saw the first one. Pretty solid.
Thir13en Ghosts remake - Ugh, like Virus, another film that I've always considered one of the worst films I've seen. Horrible, horrible.
Blade series - Saw the first two if I'm not mistaken. They're ok.
Cabin Fever series - The first one is great. Haven't seen anything else.
Dog Soldiers - Pretty good, but not as good as The Descent.
Jeepers Creepers films - First one starts pretty good, then shoots itself in the foot after an hour. The second one was pretty bad.
Underworld series - Saw the first one, didn't like it. Haven't seen the others and I'm really not drawn to them.
Wrong Turn series - Saw the first one about a month or two ago. Didn't think it was that good.
Alien Vs. Predator series - Saw the first one. Meh.
Hellraiser series - See above post to patrick.
House of Wax remake - Mediocre.
Joyride series - Saw the first one. Average film.
Silent Hill films - Saw the first one. Pretty good sets, cinematography, and Sean Bean. Other than that, forgettable.
Anaconda series - I've seen the first two. I actually liked both.
The Thing(1982 and 2011 versions) - First one is one of my favorite films. The 2011 was better than I expected, but not to the same level as the original.
World War Z - Saw this a couple of months ago. It was ok.
Village of the Damned(1995) - Saw above post to peng


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Any of the Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm Street films(i'm sure there's at least a few in those series you haven't seen yet)


I've seen all Halloween, except for Halloween: Resurrection and the two remakes.
I've seen every single Friday the 13th, including the remake
I've seen every Nightmare on Elm Street, except for the remake
I've only seen the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (actually my favorite horror film) and I also saw the remake, which I thought was quite solid.

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In that case I would recommend TCM 2, Leatherface: TCM 3, TCM Next Generation, TCM: The Beginning and TCM 3D(also Piranha 3DD).

Also all the films in both the Alien and Predator series if there's any of those you haven't seen yet.

The third Sleepaway Camp film is the best IMO, so you should definitely check that one out, Return was also pretty good.

For serial killer thrillers, i'd recommend Glimmer Man, Murder By Numbers, and Kill Switch

You should definitely check out the Underworld sequels(though you should avoid the dreadful prequel Rise of the Lycans)

The Resident Evil series gets better with every film(my favorite being Revelations) so those are definitely worth a watch.

The second AVP film is a lot better then the first one as it uses the R rating to it's full advantage.

Definitely disagree with you on 13 Ghosts and Virus, there's WAY worse films out there then those(like all those dreadful remakes of foreign horror films like Shutter and One Missed Call)

Final Cut is interesting in that it only has one minor character from Urban Legends returning(the security guard), so you might like that one more.

It sounds like Phantasm, Vampires, The Relic, Deep Rising, Wishmaster, Tremors 2 and Dr. Giggles are in need of a rewatch.

I would also recommend the Species sequels if you haven't seen them already.


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