View Full Version : Top Ten Horror Films

12-10-2005, 10:36:33
From a Toal Film poll - this list was compiled:

1. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
2. Halloween (1978)
3. Suspiria (1977)
4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
5. The Shining (1980)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. The Wicker Man (1973)
8. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
9. Don't Look Now (1973)
10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Horror is a strange genre for me. I really love the films but I can't stand to watch them because they make me so scared. Sometimes they can effect me for weeks - so it's not worth the effort! I think it's because I have a really vivid imagination.

I've never seen The Ring but I can always imagine a scary little girl succeeding in scaring me to the point of death.

12-10-2005, 10:56:57
Halloween and Dawn of the Dead are classics.

Micheal Myers the unstopable killing machine of a small midwestern town was great.

DOTD was also great, even though it has crummy music and worse special effects, the story is great. Can't beat flesh eating zombies trying to get a few people who take over a mall.

12-10-2005, 11:06:12
I've seen TCSM and it's very eerie. The worst part was the old man trying to slaughter the woman with a hammer!

Halloween I don't really like - at the time it may have been original but I've seen too many films that imitate it.

Dawn of the Dead is great, not very scary so I wouldn't put it in my top ten.

The Shining is a classic!

Psycho is a great classic also; it shows it's age but it's still very disturbing.

I've never seen the Wicker Man - mainly because of Laz's posts on how scary it actually is :D

Never heard of the other films.

12-10-2005, 11:24:45
I just noticed that 6 of the top ten were made in the 1970s, one in the 80s, three in the 1960s, it appears this was the golden age of horror films.

Halloween is played out now, but back then, we had never seen a movie like that.

12-10-2005, 14:04:27
John Carpenter was the man

12-10-2005, 14:36:15
Bloody hell - I did a search on IMDB for Cannibal Holocaust (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078935/usercomments) that sounds seriously disturbing. I want to watch it!!

12-10-2005, 15:00:25
The Exorcist didn't make the list...!

12-10-2005, 15:01:04
The Exorcist was lame

Nills Lagerbaak
12-10-2005, 16:37:28
I am surprised blair witch didn't make it. Some people found that fooking scary.

12-10-2005, 16:40:42
It was shit - FACT

12-10-2005, 16:58:44
my freinds were scared by the grudge


12-10-2005, 16:59:39
Originally posted by Funko
It was shit - FACT

Only beaten by the second, which was apalling. -FACT

12-10-2005, 17:14:41
Apparentely Cannibal Holocaust is the original BWP. Except it's far more gory and the plot is superb. 4 animals were slaughtered for filming (including a turtle getting eviscerated :vom: )

The director was taken to court as people believed that he had actually killed humans in the film! (not too sure about this as it was from the IMDB)

Nills Lagerbaak
12-10-2005, 17:21:24
Oh yeah, I read about this one. No humans were killed but several animals were beaten to death :D

Lazarus and the Gimp
12-10-2005, 19:22:33
"Alien" should have made the ten, as should "The Exorcist". That would mean losing "Psycho" (a great film, but not really a horror) and "Rosemary's Baby" (a grossly overrated film- not even the best horror movie by Polanski).

12-10-2005, 19:55:12
Alien was great


12-10-2005, 21:50:57
I have to agree with The Exorcist. That movie scared the crap out of me.

And, though you'll deride me, in its first run, Poltergeist was damned scary too...until it started to get a little thin at the end.

The Deep had some great tense moments and the original The Fog was very suspenseful.
I guess gore trumps tension???

13-10-2005, 05:29:42
Once again "Sleepaway Camp" is overlooked. :cute:

Walrus Feeder
22-10-2005, 23:29:28
There have been a few too many Ring-a-likes recently, especially The Grudge, and Dark Water.

My favourite horror films would be:

* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
* The Ring
* Saw
* The Woman in Black (terrifying TV movie based on Susan Hill novel)
* Scream
...and just for good measure The People Under The Stairs by Wes Craven!

Has anyone seen the Phantasm series? Totally incoherent, low budget, films about a sinister mortician called 'the Tall Man' (who wears trousers which are too short for him to make him look taller!) who turns the dead into little Jawa like creatures and is accompanyed by flying silver spheres which drill into people's heads. Bloody weird, but fun in a way!

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-10-2005, 08:27:15
My 10.

1- The Wicker Man.
2- Don't look now.
3- Les Diaboliques
4- Alien
5- Nosferatu
6- Repulsion
7- The Exorcist
8- The Thing
9- Night of the living dead
10- The woman in black

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-10-2005, 08:29:31
Originally posted by MattHiggs

I've never seen the Wicker Man - mainly because of Laz's posts on how scary it actually is :D

If you see it expecting shocks, you'll be disappointed. It's very much a film of creeping unease that gradually builds to a very disturbing crescendo.

Walrus Feeder
23-10-2005, 11:23:21
Apparently they are doing a Wicker Man re-make, with Nicholas Cage being the lead character. I think it's going to be set in Maine in America though.

Hurrah, Laz Gimp has seen the Woman In Black too!
"Nathaniel, Nathaniel?"

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-10-2005, 11:55:12
Seen the film. Bought the video. Bought the book. Seen the stage play (which is great).

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-10-2005, 11:56:25
Originally posted by Walrus Feeder
Apparently they are doing a Wicker Man re-make, with Nicholas Cage being the lead character. I think it's going to be set in Maine in America though.

I think it's going to be fucking awful.

25-10-2005, 12:26:28
children of the corn
I sa'h
children of the corn izz very scary... damn film gives me nightmares

Nills Lagerbaak
25-10-2005, 12:41:28
I suppose you find pumpkin head scary? That film is shit!

28-10-2005, 13:12:12
1. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Seen
2. Halloween (1978) Seen
3. Suspiria (1977)
4. Dawn of the Dead (1978) Seen
5. The Shining (1980) Seen
6. Psycho (1960) Seen
7. The Wicker Man (1973) Seen
8. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
9. Don't Look Now (1973)
10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Can't comment on the ones I haven't seen, however I am surprised that Alien and The Thing didn't make the grade - perhaps they are thought of more as Sci-Fi movies? Alien is the scariest movie I've seen the first time around, probably because I was quite young when I saw it compared to the others.

DOTD is one of my favourite films, TCSM was the first movie I rented on video - I certainly wouldn't rate it top and actually remember being disappointed there wasn't much gore, I think it was overhyped and I was only 16 then.

I've also seen The Woman in Black at the theatre as well - brilliant!

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
29-10-2005, 04:18:45
Again, I have to vote Battlefield Earth.

Sir Penguin
29-10-2005, 04:24:41


31-10-2005, 01:42:15
I watched the Wicker Man just today. That shit was retarded.

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-10-2005, 17:06:16
Originally posted by Venom
I watched the Wicker Man just today. That shit was retarded.

I've never heard "retarded" used to denote "a genre-busting and thoughtful classic" before, but there's a first time for everything.

"Don't look now" is on TV later this week. Can't remember which channel.

31-10-2005, 17:15:02
the true fear is x-fear! :shoot:

31-10-2005, 21:54:58
You can use whatever film critic lingo you want. It was still retarded.

04-11-2005, 14:45:01
Originally posted by Japher
John Carpenter was the man

agreed :coolgrin:

but also the exorcist was very scary.

Mr. Bas
04-11-2005, 15:21:21
It's a bit odd that The Exorcist isn't on the list, it'd be in the top of my list. I agree that Alien should probably in it as well.

I never understood why the hell the TCSM is rated so highly. It was hugely disappointing when I saw it a few years ago, and it wouldn't even come close to making my list. I've only seen about half of the films mentioned in here though.

Lazarus and the Gimp
13-11-2005, 08:42:20
"Don't look now" is being screened on ITV this week.

13-11-2005, 09:07:04
The first 2/3rds of 28 Days Later was brilliant. The end with the soldiers was toss. Should have kept them in the city the whole movie.

Lazarus and the Gimp
13-11-2005, 09:37:26
Very true. They totally lost the plot on that one.

13-11-2005, 09:46:50
What's most disturbing to me is I'm using English slang with ease now and have nearly forgotten how to spell like an American.
You bastards.

14-11-2005, 03:14:03