Horror movies I have seen...
225 5.2 4.41. Pet Sematary Two (1992)
Liked this. Was cheesy, but Clancy Brown was awesome- creepy and funny at the same time. What child of the 90s doesn't remember the infamous "No brain, no pain?" line. And every young girl back then seemed to like Eddie Furlong. The soundtrack (especially the song "Reverence| by The Jesus and Mary Chain- "I want to die like JFK; I want to die on a sunny day...") and the really hard to find single "Fading Away" by Jan King.
What do you know, I found a fan-made music video of PS2 on youtube, so maybe it's not that hard to find (in the movie, they play part of this when Zowie is dying- for the first time- after being shot by Drew's abusive stepfather Gus Gilbert)
This is definitely a movie that is dated and if you weren't entering puberty when it first came out, or you see it now for the first time, it will seem lame and hokey. But there are those of us who grew up with this cheesy sequel.
1030 7.1 7.62. The Omen (1976)
This is a classic, and for good reason. A little 5 year old (whose "real" mother is a jackal) is adopted by the wealthy Thorn family- or rather, Robert Thorn adopts the boy the same night his real son mysteriously dies at a hospital in Rome...this is why you don't keep secrets from your wife! This movie might be the ultimate anti-adoption movie, but 35 years later it still works. That nanny at the beginning is so eerie....
It's not Damien you need to be shielding from that suicide, Katherine!
22 6.9 6.93. Careful (1992)
While not technically a horror movie in the true sense of the word, Guy Maddin ranks up there with Lynch and Cronenberg in terms of producing utterly bizarre movies. This was strange and creepy enough that I put it in this list.
819 5.3 5.44. The Omen (2006)
Compared to the original, this was pretty lame. The little boy who plays Damien looks like he is trying to look scary (whereas Harvey Stephens, the original 'Damien" didn't overact)- I kept thinking that this kid was trying to do an impression of evil, as his little brain understood it. However, the dream scene in this movie was nice and artistic. That alone didn't save this movie, but it was better than nothing.
Quick shots of Damien like this in dream form created a bit of an unnerving atmosphere, but the movie on the whole was a flop.
2040 7 7.45. Carrie (1976)
This movie didn't scare me at all... until the end. Sissy Spacek's almost painfully shy portrayal of Carrie White makes you feel more pity for Carrie than anything else... until the end. As soon as the blood hits her, those eyes... *shudder* You know you're screwed. The eyes have it all. I think this is a large part of why the remake failed. That actress couldn't capture Spacek's spacey, almost fugue-like rage at the end. And the actress in the remake didn't have the same creepy stare, either.
If it's been a while since you've seen this movie, here is the awesome climax...
But this photo says it all:
193 6 5.36. Carrie (2002)
Pretty bad remake. 'Nuff said.
405 6.7 6.77. May (2002)
This movie had an original script and fairly good acting, but something was missing for me. I am not sure what, exactly. I still think it's worth watching... I think what turned me off is how fast May starts to lose it. You'd think after growing up with her own version of "Mommie Dearest" she wouldn't have cracked up quite so fast by the rejection of her peers, but I guess everyone has their breaking point. I can see why the chose Angela Bettis to play Carrie White in the 2002 television remake. She is good at being creepy- maybe that's why the remake failed for me.
But yeah, this is about May. Interesting little story. Not the best, but or a low budget indie film, I have definitely seen worse.
286 4.6 4.38. The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
I felt obligated to watch this, because I liked the original Carrie (1976 version). Lame. Lame, Lame, Lame, Lame. But all 90s. If you see it, you'll know what I mean.
I would have to say that Emily Bergl who plays Rachel Lang (Carrie white's little half-sister) does look something like Sissy Spacek... there is something in the face. I can see them being half-sisters. That's pretty much all I can say in defense of this movie.
836 7.5 7.59. Dead Alive (1992)
Hokey, but awesome movie! Star-crossed lovers in New Zealand, a crazy mother (bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey! No, those don't exist!) and... yss, there is even a warped looking little baby zombie named Baby Selwyn (my fave part of the movie). I think Baby Selwyn, although he is a zombie baby, is related to Lionel in some way (I haven't watched this in years!)
Good, campy fun.
Baby Selwyn in 'Dead Alive", the funniest part of the movie for me.
And here is a clip of Baby Selwyn at the park. Lionel is such a good daddy...
Why is it that the few movies I have seen that were made in New Zealand are all completely insane?
734 7.6 7.710. The Wicker Man (1973)
I haven't even bothered to see the remake of this with Nicholas Cage. I am pretty sure I don't want to. This is a Scottish film, I believe, from the early 1970s, and it certainly feels the part. But it's intriguing in a way that current over-blown and over-developed movies are not. You could tell this was fairly low budget, but considering the plot (a druidic cult sacrificing children on an out-of-the-way island) they didn't need a ton of movie. The masks and strange little tidbits on this uber-creepy pagan island were a nice bonus (the eye on the boat, the strange candy in the local candy shoppe, the sick little girl holding a toad in her mouth to take away her sore throat, etc...)
The ending was creepy for me. Maybe I am gullible, or maybe I have just lived in too many rural towns run by religious fundamentalists, but I can see this happening.
84 6 5.911. Motel Hell (1980)
Campy, lame movie. The little twins at the beginning made me smile (dressed like two bad seeds and running around with toy guns). I watched this drunk, and it was hokey, but what the heck. I like hokey.
1149 6.3 6.412. Friday the 13th (1980)
I know this is a classic, but it didn't scare me and I felt bored. Oh well.
42 6 6.713. Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1989)
Eerie little independent flick (not really a horror) by Canadian film maker Guy Maddin. Very surreal and strange, the entire movie reminded me of a nightmare of sorts anyway.
I have actually been to Gimli, Manitoba and this actually fits with what I saw... if everyone in Gimli was high on acid.
42 6.4 5.814. Home Movie (2008)
61 6.2 5.615. Communion (1989)
Not really a true horror movie, either, but it's got it's creepy elements. Plus, Christopher Walken as Whit Strieber is hilarious. This movie has the best one-liners.
Whitley StrieberCrack the whip! Drive the slaves off to another cocktail party. Make them babble about Glasnost, I've lost another day here!
Anne StrieberYou think I don't know what you do? If it's not the Crystal in the Sky, you're flying around the room! Little people, and some of them are blue. This is such bad material it's MAGAZINE writing! So who's been working on your stuff? You get to a certain age and blah, blah, blah? You know what I think? I think you're laughing to my face.
Whitley Strieber(as an alien readies a rectal probe) Can we talk this over? It looks like you're going to sing White Christmas...
Yup, worth watching for the dialogue alone.
277 6.9 6.816. The Brood (1979)
1012 5.5 5.317. Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
507 6.5 718. Stir of Echoes (1999)
Snorrrrre. And to think this was based on a Richard Matheson novel. So sad...
280 7.4 7.219. The Changeling (1980)
Yeah, a creepy haunted house movie from 1980 with George C. Scott.
19 7.4 6.820. The Flight of the Innocent (1992)
I should have listed this list as "potentially scary movies" instead of Horror movies. This isn't true horror either, unless you were one of those kids that had repeating dreams about being chased every night by enigmatic monsters who never, ever gave up. And nowhere is safe.
285 7.3 7.521. I'm Not Scared (2003)
Similar in style to The Flight of the Innocent. Creepy, but not horror in the Freddy Krueger slasher flick sense.
42 6.4 6.222. God Told Me To (1976)
This movie is...nah, I am not even going to try.
3183 7.2 7.623. The Others (2001)
Predictable ghost movie that could have been penned by M. Night Shyamalan. If you like ghost movies, it has it's moments, but it's no masterpiece.
571 5.6 5.924. The Invasion (2007)
The latest re-make of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". It was cool that Veronica Cartwright had a small role in this. But this movie had no soul.
2666 6.6 6.625. Hannibal (2001)
Hannibal being extravagant for the sake of a tax write off for Harris (Ooops) in Rome. Clarice is no longer played by Jodie Foster but Julianne Moore. If you like Hopkins as Lecter then you'll want to see this, but it feels like it was made to make money, as opposed to being made because it was such a great, original story. It does have some mildly entertaining scenes, but overall I was disappointed.
133 6.2 6.426. Fire in the Sky (1993)
150 5.6 5.827. Body Snatchers (1993)
The third version of Jack Finney's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" on film. Pod people are scary (to me anyway) so you could do worse.
1038 5.3 5.728. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
I actually liked this more than I thought I would. But that's not saying much.
465 6.6 6.829. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
365 7.1 7.330. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
I know this is probably more of a sci fi flick than true horror, but it scared the bejesus out of me when I was about 7. Ugh.
83 5.7 5.631. It's Alive (1974)
A movie preying on people's fears of genetic mutations and the problem with pollution. Evil little baby with claws and teeth. What's not to like?
I could never figure out why they tie the mother's hands down and velcro her legs into the stirrups though... I don't think they do that when most people give birth, do they? (And no, the docs didn't know what she was giving birth to...)
1768 6.3 6.832. 1408 (2007)
45 6.5 6.833. The Other (1972)
980 6.2 6.136. Hannibal Rising (2007)
5237 8.1 8.737. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
2075 6.7 7.238. Red Dragon (2002)
2936 7.3 7.639. 28 Days Later... (2002)
70 5.9 5.841. The Puppet Masters (1994)
160 6.2 642. Basket Case (1982)
68 7 6.543. Pin (1988)
1773 7.4 7.944. Halloween (1978)
343 6.2 6.145. The People Under the Stairs (1991)
38 5.7 5.146. Basket Case 2 (1990)
1294 7.9 847. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
1211 7.8 848. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
467 7.1 7.250. Manhunter (1986)
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