I'm a big fan of horror films (intelligent, well-crafted ones; not big torture or gore-fests).
The '70s seemed to have the lock on excellent horror films (Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Carrie, Halloween, Alien).
And there was a brief resurgence in the early '90s of excellent horror flicks (Jacob's Ladder, Candyman, Exorcist III, Silence of the Lambs).
But is there any recent horror (last 5 years or so) that is must-see? Any recommendations?
Albert Nobbs kept me up for weeks!
I've said it before and I'll say it again-I find "The Descent" to be one of the best horror films of the last 10 years (although it may have been longer).
28 Days Later
A Haunting in Connecticut, a ghost story with a plot, very well written and spooky. Elias Koteas had a role as a priest, he is an excellent actor.
I really loved The Pact. The protagonist played the part brilliantly and it's a shame she isn't bigger in Hollywood.
J-Horror is usually pretty terrifying and as expected, vastly different from Western Horror. I never cared for The Ring/Ringu series but I do think the first Grudge movie (even the American remake) is pretty stellar.
I enjoyed Insidious up to the denouement. Watch it, regardless though as it's a well-made horror movie.
I'll reply later if I can think of stand-out ones.
Bump for scares.
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"The Descent" was one of the best horror movies I've ever seen, really excellent. But make sure you see the "director's cut" version. There was a version released in the US that had a really stupid ending. The ending in the director's cut is stunning. It's PERFECT.
And for God's sake DON'T see the sequel. The sequel is a piece of shit, like almost all sequels are.
Ignore those telling you to watch The Pact and The Haunting in Connecticut. Both are extremely tedious. Especially The Pact.
I couldn't figure out why The Pact was called The Pact since there was no pact in the movie.
R4, what kind of priest was Elias Koteas in the film? Did he exhibit a virile protuberance behind his liturgical robe?
I agree with the recommendations for The Descent. I also recommend The Cabin In The Woods and The Road. The former has elements of humor but it's concept is enjoyable and one I haven't seen before and the latter has only elements of horror but it's thought provoking and the horror parts are terrifying.
THE DESCENT is hard to watch at times, but very effective.
SINISTER really creeped me out - some of it doesn't make sense and you have to put up with Ethan Hawke, but it's grim, scary stuff. The "home movie" with the lawn mower will make you jump.
I enjoyed THE CONJURING, but not sure how it would hold up on a second viewing.
The Bleeding House - starts off as a play and then snowballs into a cat and mouse game.
French horror films like High Tension, Martyrs, Ils, and Inside are definite must-see's.
Keeping up with the Kardashians.
High Tension was stellar, until that ridiculous ending ruined everything. Martyrs was just gore/torture-not really horror. Inside definitely had a few jumps, though. I'm also with the guy who stated to avoid "The Descent 2" at ALL COSTS. Kill yourself before you consider watching it.
I'm not a horror fan but Martyrs seriously made me philosophise like crazy and really think about things, so Martyrs gets my vote big time as a great movie.. I get the gore/torture criticism though. But it was scary too.
Who is Albert Nobbs, R1? Do you still have his Grindr name? Or did you keep him for yourself?
THE DESCENT scared the hell out of me and made me chew all my fingernails off.
Hated Martyrs. One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
I recommend "The Howling."
Are there any naked photos of Elias Koteas going around?
Definitely "The Howling", although Rob Bottin's werewolf FX seems a bit dated.
It does, but the actor playing the werewolf is fantastic.
Cher's face in Burlesque gave me nightmares for weeks.
[quote] It does, but the actor playing the werewolf is fantastic.
Yeah, he was good. But 85% of the movie focuses on Dee Wallace Stone and that guy who was in "Halloween III."