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post Mar 30 2016, 09:23 PM
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A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality




It's been years since I did any sort of movie countdown, and i've never attempted to rate horror as a genre before but i've done my best and here it is. Horror is my favourite genre - that sounds a totally grandiose claim to make but for me it is the genre that generates the most feelings when I watch a film; feelings of dread, terror, humour, shock, intrigue, suspense and everything in between. The films I have included here are my personal faves - they are not necessarily ranked in order of how scary they are, but how technically good I think they are as horror films (there is one film featured which has fallen a few places because it branches across every genre known to man, when really it should be higher but i'll discuss that in more depth when it comes). For most other films I have ranked them on how much I enjoy them as films and the gravitas they have as works of art.

I hope you enjoy the countdown and can discuss the films back with me - I also hope you make some discoveries out of it! Many of the films will be well known but there are some much lesser known ones that are well worth a viewing. Though not all technically "traditional" horrors, I will attempt to explain some of the more obscure genre-bending inclusions. I am not sure how long this will take me to get through, so apologies in advance for any delays that may occur but please hang with me.

All that's left to say is turn down the lights, lock all the doors and enter the Haunted Haus of Horror...
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:24 PM
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HausofKubrick's Top 30 Horror Films

11. The Shining
12. A Clockwork Orange
13. [REC]
14. Peeping Tom
15. The Wicker Man
16. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
17. Martha Marcy May Marlene
18. Alien/Aliens
19. Drag Me To Hell
20. The Silence of the Lambs
21. Kill List
22. The Evil Dead
23. The Birds
24. Pan’s Labrinth
25. Let the Right One In
26. No Country for Old Men
27. Scream
28. Shaun of the Dead
29. Night of the Living Dead
30. The Orphanage
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:25 PM
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Incredibly hyped for this! Not seen too many of the older/classic horrors so I may be persuaded to finally get round to watching them wub.gif (though at like 2pm in the afternoon because if I watch a horror later than that I'd probably scream the road down!!)
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:36 PM
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Oh yes hyped for this! ohmy.gif Looking forward to getting a few new horrors to watch from this as well kink.gif
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:38 PM
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QUOTE(princess_lotti @ Mar 30 2016, 10:36 PM) *
Oh yes hyped for this! ohmy.gif Looking forward to getting a few new horrors to watch from this as well kink.gif

We should maybe watch a few on Rabb.it and try and get a few more people to join us so they can scream and be scared have fun!
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:42 PM
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QUOTE(Ultraviolence1989 @ Mar 30 2016, 10:38 PM) *
We should maybe watch a few on Rabb.it and try and get a few more people to join us so they can scream and be scared have fun!


oh yes please!! wub.gif I really enjoyed our 'It Follows' session
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:42 PM
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Rosemary's Baby is my personal favourite, so that to slay please.
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post Mar 30 2016, 09:54 PM
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^ stay tuned to see if it features ohmy.gif

QUOTE(Ultraviolence1989 @ Mar 30 2016, 10:25 PM) *
Incredibly hyped for this! Not seen too many of the older/classic horrors so I may be persuaded to finally get round to watching them wub.gif (though at like 2pm in the afternoon because if I watch a horror later than that I'd probably scream the road down!!)

laugh.gif Thanks UV! Some of the films are very FUN horror and play on their scares while some others are very deep psychological horrors so having a glance at the list now there should be something for everyone.

QUOTE(princess_lotti @ Mar 30 2016, 10:36 PM) *
Oh yes hyped for this! ohmy.gif Looking forward to getting a few new horrors to watch from this as well kink.gif

Yay thanks Lotti! A good mix of obscure and very well-known I think so hopefully some good discoveries along the way biggrin.gif
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post Mar 30 2016, 10:03 PM
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Believe and you will see.




30. The Orphanage (2007)

We start the countdown with this recent slice of Spanish horror. The Orphanage or El Orfanato tells the tale of an orphaned girl, now grown up and re-opening an orphanage to care for disabled children. But of course the building is not what it seems and it seems the disturbed presences of lost souls are still haunting the place. It's a film full of huge frights and brilliantly suspenseful moments, all beautifully acted and shot by Juan Antonio Bayona (with production from Guillermo del Toro). The film just makes the countdown here because I have fond memories of watching it in the cinema at the time of its release and being totally immersed in the atmosphere that is created. A very standard horror in many ways, but the story is brilliantly woven and it never once feels tired or over-done.

Best scene: THAT bus scene with the old lady. Watch it and you'll know what I mean mellow.gif
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post Mar 30 2016, 10:11 PM
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ooh, this should be fun! I wasn't particularly taken by The Orphanage but it had its moments.

(Rosemary's Baby is my face too so it best be high! tho I fully expect it to be tbh)
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post Mar 30 2016, 10:22 PM
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I watched The Orphanage at uni and was initially disappointed because it had Pan's Labyrinth's legacy attached to it, and it just wasn't anywhere nearly as good. (though I see now that was just a marketing ploy GDT wasn't really that involved). But, while I've never found it very scary (though very creepy, that mask...shudder), it's quite heartbreaking.
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I remember watching The Orphanage once a few years ago, but I definitely feel like I need to give it another watch, from what I remember it was absolutely fantastic wub.gif
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I debated between a few films to take the 30th place but really this film grabs me the most. It's everything I need in a standard horror film with a touch of the EMOTIONAL as Joe touches upon.
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post Mar 30 2016, 10:51 PM
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There's one of them now!




29. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Most films are here because I rewatch them over and over again, but this is one I don't return to as much but it's still up there for LEGACY alone. Night of the Living Dead begins a tremendous trilogy of zombie-infested horror and despite the shoddy make-up and effects in this, the sheer terror comes from the isolated farmhouse and the panic stricken faces of the poor, endangered escapees. It's a film that doesn't really need a whole heap of special effects to generate horror but it helped to ignite a trend of zombie flicks that we feel right up to this day. A political and satirical film (each of the sequels too dealt with issues plaguing (for want of a better word) America during the time and it's therefore already much better than any remakes that came because it's very much a film OF ITS TIME). A cheap film that went on to make it big and its clear to see why; the richness comes from Romero's expert trickery of space and presence to create a sense of dread wherever you turn.

Best scene: The opening cemetery scene leading into the first zombie appearance mellow.gif No amount of money or flash graphics could make that scene more terrifying than it is.
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post Mar 30 2016, 10:56 PM
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That's one I've never seen ohmy.gif I don't watch a lot of older films, but this one looks quite interesting from that trailer!
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Not seen either movies yet, the orphanage however is one I do want to check out at some point!
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I haven't seen either of these but 'The Orphanage' is one I have always meant to watch. Excited to see the rest of this list!
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As a fellow Horror fan I'm VERY interested to see this countdown.

I've never been overly fond of The Orphanage although I do rate its atmosphere and ambition.
Night of The Living Dead however is a stone cold classic that has done more than most to define the genre. For me though the scene that stands out is the very final one. Gut wrenching and a huge socio-political statement
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Not seen these yet but interested in Night of the living Dead *.*
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post Mar 31 2016, 03:10 PM
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28. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Seems a bit silly having this one directly after Night of a Living Dead, given it is a clear parody of it but for it's huge laughs and entertainment value it is the one I actually prefer to watch more slightly. From a quick glance there are two other Horror-Comedy films but Shaun of the Dead is the one that gravitates most towards comedy - it's utterly hilarious. Between this and Hot Fuzz, the team concocted a brilliant formula of dread and hysterics while at the same time owing a lot to the earlier films it parodies. It's the tale of a hard-done by gentleman where life continually takes a bite back and it's a raucous laugh in the process. The lightest moment in the countdown, consider this a BREATHER before things take a prolonged turn towards the dark, deadly and macabre.

Best scene: The garden scene and the onslaught of knick-knacks having no affect on the two zombies "fast" approaching mellow.gif (but obviously not throwing their Prince albums at them *.*)
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