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What is the best horror movie of the century?


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This link here connects to a Criticwire survey of the best horror movies of this century, i.e, since 2000:  I raise the question because two of the last contemporary movies I've seen are A Girl Walks Alone at Night and It Follows.  Both are competent, but not especially brilliant.  I'll say more about the latter at the end of the week, but right now, I'll say my horror movie of the century is The Others, followed by Under the Skin.

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During a drive back home last night, as I often do I was listening to the classic rock radio show "Nights with Alice Cooper", and he happened to mention "It Follows" during his broadcast. The old rocker said he thought it was well made and especially "eerie".

 

(...and who would know better about "eerie" than Alice, right?!)

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I read a lot of good things about "A Girl Walks Alone at Night" and "Snowpiercer" but I haven't seen either one so I don't know if they are among this century's best (it would be extremely difficult, if not impossibe, to pick the last century's best :)) but I do want to see them.  I was very impressed with "Let Me In" (adapted from "Let the Right One In") so that would be my pick right now.

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Let the Right One In was very good. I liked the original over the American version. I also really enjoyed Cabin in the Woods...it was a great send-up of the many cliches and character types (both human and otherwise) of the last 30 years of horror films. But the past decade and a half has been a little lackluster in the horror department. First the seemingly unending string of J-Horror remakes and rip-offs, then the Saw/Hostel torture porn fad. I read an article recently that posited that we are in a new horror renaissance, and they listed films like Insidious, Sinister, The Conjuring, You're Next and It Follows as examples. I have yet to see the last two, but the previous three did nothing for me.

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 the exorcist :)

 

No.

 

It is clearly INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.

 

It’s a film about Dr. Miles Bennell, who winds up being the last Republican in the small California town of Santa Mira.

 

By the end of the movie, all of Dr. Bennell's friends and neighbors have joined the Pod Party and have turned against him, and they try to kill Dr. Bennell, including his lovely girlfriend.

 

Dr. Bennell’s last warning is to the theater audience, when he shouts directly into the camera: “You’re Next! You’re Next! You’re Next!”

 

It's so horrible, sometimes I wake up late at night Screaming "You're Next! You're Next!"

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIvH2dPolsM

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I think the OP was looking for films released just since 2000. If they meant during the last century, then I would have to second The Exorcist and add The Shining, The Haunting, Night of the Living Dead, and the original Halloween as the best.

 

As for Body Snatchers, it's always been one of my favorites, but it enters that thorny issue of what genre to classify it as. I've always put it in the SF category.

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In chronological order:

 

1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers - the best storyline, and the most lasting contribution to the vernacular in "pod people"

 

1960 The Housemaid - the most terrifying, simply because it seems all too real, with no special effects necessary

 

1968 Night of the Living Dead - the one that often makes you jump out of your skin

 

Not that there aren't plenty of others, but these three really stand out.

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In chronological order:

 

1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers - the best storyline, and the most lasting contribution to the vernacular in "pod people"

 

1960 The Housemaid - the most terrifying, simply because it seems all too real, with no special effects necessary

 

1968 Night of the Living Dead - the one that often makes you jump out of your skin

 

Not that there aren't plenty of others, but these three really stand out.

I've been hoping to see The Housemaid for some time, hopefully I can get a hold of a copy soon.

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Regarding the 20th Century the best horror films were the original classic Frankenstein and Dracula during the studio era.  More modern within the same century are "Phantasm" and "Evil Dead".

 

Can't hardly name any for the 21st Century but even though I don't consider them horror, the "Final Destination" series is OK and "Cloverfield" for some reason has a chilling aspect to it. (guess how it's made)  

 

Haven't been anything made during this century that actually scares me - how I miss those days.  Must be that I'm getting older.

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Don't understand why people are listing films from the 20th century.  I love THE FINAL DESTINATION series, and think that THE CONJURING is appropriately creepy and CABIN IN THE WOODS is a blast.  I liked THE WOMAN IN BLACK, but prefer the original TV movies from the 80s.

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Don't understand why people are listing films from the 20th century.  I love THE FINAL DESTINATION series, and think that THE CONJURING is appropriately creepy and CABIN IN THE WOODS is a blast.  I liked THE WOMAN IN BLACK, but prefer the original TV movies from the 80s.

 

I have noticed that many people only read the title of the thread and not the original post that goes with it.  (which in this case clearly says movies released in the 21st century).

 

It is understandable since sometimes one has to scroll way back to get to that OP.

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I've not seen many post-2000 horror movies, but of the ones I've seen the 2001 film "SESSION 9" gave me the creeps.  And that's the one that gets my vote from the years 2000-2014.

 

      I did watch when TCM aired the Nicole Kidman movie (THE OTHERS?) very late one evening and enjoyed it.   

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I have noticed that many people only read the title of the thread and not the original post that goes with it.  (which in this case clearly says movies released in the 21st century).

 

Yep, and also a little understandable because the OP in this case might have been better served had they stated "of THIS century" instead of "of THE century" as their thread title.

 

 

 

It is understandable since sometimes one has to scroll way back to get to that OP.

 

And yep again, AND the very reason I STILL do not understand why this website was ever programmed(and even after the so-called 'upgrade' a while back) to present the latest post first in threads instead of the more logical manner most other websites I've ever frequented present posts...the earliest ones first, and then reading from the top to bottom of each page in order to see the progression of the conversation.

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Yep, and also a little understandable because the OP in this case might have been better served had they stated "of THIS century" instead of "of THE century" as their thread title.

 

 

And yep again, AND the very reason I STILL do not understand why this website was ever programmed(and even after the so-called 'upgrade' a while back) to present the latest post first in threads instead of the more logical manner most other websites I've ever frequented present posts...the earliest ones first, and then reading from the top to bottom of each page in order to see the progression of the conversation.

 

I think there should be an option a user can select that determines how the post are sorted,  but I like the newest to the oldest like it currently is.     Now when I see a new thread I make sure I read the OP so I have a good understanding of what the creator of said thread is getting at,  but after that I like to see the most recent post since that is the most recent 'activity' at this forum.

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The "guitar player" forum I belong to also does the oppposite of this place....First post at the "top" of the thread, newest post last...but,

 

When yo click "on" to the thread, it WILL take you to that last post, unless there are multiple pages, then it WILL start at the beginning.

 

 

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I think there should be an option a user can select that determines how the post are sorted,  but I like the newest to the oldest like it currently is.     Now when I see a new thread I make sure I read the OP so I have a good understanding of what the creator of said thread is getting at,  but after that I like to see the most recent post since that is the most recent 'activity' at this forum.

 

Okay, but why do you think having the first move one must make in order to "catch up" with the latest progression of discussion in any given thread should be to first move down a page in order to find the last posting you've previously read and then to move back up the page to read each successively new posting?

 

(...sorry James, but while I have perhaps "grown accustomed" to doing this around here, I still feel it's "counter-intuitive" to do such, and as I earlier stated also counter to almost every other website's forum boards I've ever frequented...not to mention in the case of these boards, having to constantly scroll down while reading a rather lengthy posting and then scrolling back up to read the next successive posting) 

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Okay, but why do you think having the first move one must make in order to "catch up" with the latest progression of discussion in any given thread should be to first move down a page in order to find the last posting you've previously read and then to move back up the page to read each successively new posting?

 

(...sorry James, but while I have perhaps "grown accustomed" to doing this around here, I still feel it's "counter-intuitive" to do such, and as I earlier stated also counter to almost every other website's forum boards I've ever frequented)  

 

I have a great memory (really it is something I'm lucky to have),  so I only have to scroll back one time to read the OP.   From than on when I go back to that thread I just wish to read the post I have yet to read.   This is why I always use the 'view new content' feature.

 

So my routine each time I enter this forum is to;

 

Click on View new content feature

Go to threads I'm interested in and read the post I haven't read yet (and there has to be at least one since I'm using the view new content feature)

After doing the above I go to the sub-category forums I'm NOT interested in (e.g. games and trivia) and click on 'mark all post as read'.   This clear out all 'new content' I'm not interested in.

 

Rinse and repeat!

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I have a great memory (really it is something I'm lucky to have),  so I only have to scroll back one time to read the OP.   From than on when I go back to that thread I just wish to read the post I have yet to read.   This is why I always use the 'view new content' feature.

 

So my routine each time I enter this forum is to;

 

Click on View new content feature

Go to threads I'm interested in and read the post I haven't read yet (and there has to be at least one since I'm using the view new content feature)

After doing the above I go to the sub-category forums I'm NOT interested in (e.g. games and trivia) and click on 'mark all post as read'.   This clear out all 'new content' I'm not interested in.

 

Rinse and repeat!

 

You may have missed it James, but I added another reason for my reasoning in this regard to my previous post as you were replying to it...the idea of reading a lengthy post and the necessity of scrolling down to read it in entirety, and then having to "switch gears"(lets say) and then scroll back up to read the next unread post. And thus in this case, would it not simply be more "convenient" to just be able to scroll down, read those longer postings and then continue down the page to the next unread posting? 

 

(...and so, what say you to that?)

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You may have missed it James, but I added another reason for my reasoning in this regard to my previous post as you were replying it...the idea of reading a lengthy post and the necessity of scrolling down to read it in entirety, and then having to "switch gears"(lets say) and then scroll back up to read the next unread post. And thus in this case, would it not simply be more "convenient" to just be able to scroll down, read those longer postings and then continue down the page to the next unread posting? 

 

(...and so, what say you to that?)

 

Yes,  when I go to a thread and there are say,  5 unread post, I need to scroll back to read the 'oldest' unread post to follow the conversation (so to speak).   So it would be great that when one uses the 'view new content' feature it takes one back to the oldest 'new content'.    Great idea Dargo.

 

BUT if given the choice of going back to the newest post or the oldest (regardless of if the content is 'new' or not),  I would rather go to the newest posts,  especially for threads that have many pages of post.

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Yes,  when I go to a thread and there are say,  5 unread post, I need to scroll back to read the 'oldest' unread post to follow the conversation (so to speak).   So it would be great that when one uses the 'view new content' feature it takes one back to the oldest 'new content'.    Great idea Dargo.

 

BUT if given the choice of going back to the newest post or the oldest (regardless of if the content is 'new' or not),  I would rather go to the newest posts,  especially for threads that have many pages of post.

 

In those other websites I've mentioned, they're programmed that if you're signed into the forums it reads your view history, and so all you have to do is click on the last page number shown of each thread and then will automatically show "New"(as in "new to you") on the top of the postings you have not yet read in each thread, and with the earliest "New" posting at the top of your screen. This then only requires you to scroll down to read each of your successive unread posts.

 

(...sorry but I still think this kind of viewing format is much more "convenient" all-around)

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