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seun
04-29-2011, 04:31 PM
OK, people. Here's the deal. My wife is going out tonight, leaving me in charge of the cats, a fridge full of beer and my choice of whichever horrible film I want to watch. So place your votes and decide which one I go for. All votes have to be in by 6pm (GMT)...mainly because I'll be in the bath with a book by then.

Suspiria
Scanners
Last House On The Left
The Thing
Zombie Flesh Eaters

Sarpedon
04-29-2011, 04:45 PM
The Thing

seun
04-29-2011, 04:48 PM
That's one for Kurt Russell's beard. No love for exploding heads or funky Italian 70s music?

I'm going out on a limb here - Last House will get the least votes. Although to be fair, it is an extremely nasty film.

brainstorm77
04-29-2011, 04:57 PM
The Thing

seun
04-29-2011, 05:12 PM
Two for the beard. I may have to throw Escape From New York into the mix at this rate.

Grrarrgh
04-29-2011, 06:23 PM
Suspiria

seun
04-29-2011, 06:32 PM
The Thing is still in the lead but Argento is coming up from behind. Last House, Scanners and Zombies are yet to make their move.

movieman
04-29-2011, 06:41 PM
Is Zombie Flesh Eaters the one where the anthropologist lady strips off to go and make friends with the jungle tribe they run into? There are too many Italian zombie movies for me to remember exactly which is which :).

Edit: ah, no, I just checked IMDB and it looks like I'm thinking of Zombie Creeping Flesh.

Summary:

Suspiria - pretty but a bit dull by modern standards
Scanners - somewhat shocking for its time, not as much today
Last House On The Left - interesting characters and ending, but the first third is very bad
The Thing - most well-made movie on the list, hard to fault
Zombie Flesh Eaters - I'm sure I've seen it but don't remember it

Gravity
04-29-2011, 07:31 PM
The original The Thing is the thing I would see. :D Great Howard Hawks direction, with his trademark "overlapping" dialogue. And it stars the 50's go-to guy for monster-busting, Kenneth Tobey!

maestrowork
04-29-2011, 08:14 PM
The Thing.

It's classic and scary!

TudorRose
04-29-2011, 08:18 PM
I :heart: zombies

SirOtter
04-29-2011, 08:24 PM
The original The Thing is the thing I would see. :D Great Howard Hawks direction, with his trademark "overlapping" dialogue. And it stars the 50's go-to guy for monster-busting, Kenneth Tobey!

Yup, me too. I remember getting up early on a Saturday morning when I was about five and flipping through the three available channels (this would be about 1963) until I came across The Thing. Scared the beejabbers out of me. I can handle it a little better now, and watch it whenever I come across it on TCM or whatever. In addition to the virtues mentioned, it's so well paced you don't miss the hour and a half you spend with it, which I can't say about most of the OP's list.

HarryHoskins
04-29-2011, 08:25 PM
The Thing. Kurt Russell's response to his computer beating him at chess should be the deal maker.

alleycat
04-29-2011, 08:30 PM
All votes have to be in by 6pm (GMT)...mainly because I'll be in the bath with a book by then.

I see you're planning a really wild night. I hope your wife doesn't find out.

seun
04-29-2011, 08:43 PM
The original The Thing is the thing I would see. :D Great Howard Hawks direction, with his trademark "overlapping" dialogue. And it stars the 50's go-to guy for monster-busting, Kenneth Tobey!

That would be a possibility except I watched it just a few months ago.

seun
04-29-2011, 08:43 PM
I see you're planning a really wild night. I hope your wife doesn't find out.

As wild as always. ;)

maestrowork
04-29-2011, 08:53 PM
Watch any Adam Sandler's movies. They're real horror.

alleycat
04-29-2011, 08:54 PM
Uh, you could forget the horror flicks and, you know, watch a movie with an adult rating. Just saying.

I hear Naughty Nurses of Norwich is pretty good.

alleycat
04-29-2011, 08:55 PM
Watch any Adam Sandler's movies. They're real horror.
Maybe one with Ben Stiller?

seun
04-29-2011, 08:57 PM
Watch any Adam Sandler's movies. They're real horror.

ARRRRRGHHHHHHHH!!!!!


Uh, you could forget the horror flicks and, you know, watch a movie with an adult rating. Just saying.

I hear Naughty Nurses of Norwich is pretty good.

Good Lord. I say. Etc.

maestrowork
04-29-2011, 09:02 PM
Uh, you could forget the horror flicks and, you know, watch a movie with an adult rating. Just saying.

I hear Naughty Nurses of Norwich is pretty good.

That's so 1995. There's the Interweb, dude.

alleycat
04-29-2011, 09:04 PM
There's porn on the Internet now?

seun
04-29-2011, 09:06 PM
There's porn on the Internet now?

Apparently so.

Looks like The Thing is the winner. I shall enjoy.

Aaron Wilder
04-29-2011, 09:43 PM
Suspiria.

If the choice is between anything and Argento, then Argento is the correct choice. You can watch Deep Red or Trauma after that, or get Masters of Horror episodes "Jenifer" and "Pelts".

Goblin FTW! :)

Celia Cyanide
04-29-2011, 09:56 PM
Sorry I'm late.

I am a huge fan of Cronenberg, as well as Argento. Neither of those films I would recommend as their best. I love Deep Red, as well as the underrated Trauma, and for Cronenberg, I would recommend Videodrome, at least as far as his horror stuff goes.

I love both the original and the remake of Last House. I find both to be disturbing and heartbreaking in their own way.

seun
04-29-2011, 10:11 PM
Well, I'm sure I could force myself to watch two films. :D

maestrowork
04-29-2011, 10:26 PM
Your friday night is so exciting...

bettielee
04-29-2011, 10:32 PM
I also vote Last Houe on the Left...

GothamGal
04-30-2011, 12:08 AM
The Thing...
Close second is 'Last House on the Left.' Both are great!

HarryHoskins
04-30-2011, 03:01 AM
Can we get some closure on what films were watched or do we just have to sit around and see what happens? :)

Bmwhtly
04-30-2011, 03:15 AM
Watch any Adam Sandler's movies. I hate you and I want you to die.


what films were watchedI agree, entirely, with this.

Matthew Colville
04-30-2011, 04:15 AM
The Thing is Carpenter at the height of his powers. It's an incredibly Hawksian film, all men, all making hard decisions about life and death. Carpenter would never make a better film, alas.

It also boasts a very un-hollywood ending full of ambiguity and paranoia. The only possible ending. I think people underestimate the movie because it's horror. The script is all killer, no filler. And Carpenter knows how important humor is to a real horror film. A+

childeroland
04-30-2011, 04:20 AM
I know this is late, but for future reference, from that list always go with Suspiria. Unless you've just seen it, then maybe The Thing. Though you should probably just watch Suspiria again.

seun
04-30-2011, 03:17 PM
Can we get some closure on what films were watched or do we just have to sit around and see what happens? :)

I went for The Thing, followed by Scanners. Fun family viewing, I'm sure you'll agree.

dgaughran
04-30-2011, 04:13 PM
The Thing! The Thing! The Thing!

Old school horror where the fear comes from suspense and atmosphere rather than shlock and gore.

Celia Cyanide
04-30-2011, 04:17 PM
I went for The Thing, followed by Scanners. Fun family viewing, I'm sure you'll agree.

well, what did you think?

seun
04-30-2011, 04:47 PM
well, what did you think?

I've seen The Thing before but it's always worth watching. Scanners was interesting. I think if it'd been made now, it would have had a larger scope with government conspiracies and double crosses etc. At times, it felt like such a potentially huge plot was a little small but by the end, it worked well and I'd recommend it to anyone who's not seen it.

Lady Ice
05-01-2011, 01:01 AM
Well, Last House on The Left was infamous for ending up on the video nasties list- 72 films that were banned in Britain in the eighties and nineties. If you're into horror, you might want to check them out, although they're pretty low budget and a lot of them seem to include rape. (I could only manage to read the imDB info- I'm terrible with horror)

Bmwhtly
05-01-2011, 04:06 AM
I went for The Thing,Good Lad!

You can't beat that.

HarryHoskins
05-01-2011, 04:33 AM
Can we get some closure on what films were watched or do we just have to sit around and see what happens? :)

Can I get some pun points, at least? :)

movieman
05-02-2011, 05:09 AM
At times, it felt like such a potentially huge plot was a little small but by the end, it worked well and I'd recommend it to anyone who's not seen it.

Scanners was one of Cronenberg's tax writeoff movies, wasn't it? So he was probably limited in time and budget when he made it.

maestrowork
05-02-2011, 05:14 AM
The Thing is Carpenter at the height of his powers. It's an incredibly Hawksian film, all men, all making hard decisions about life and death. Carpenter would never make a better film, alas.

Amen. Have you seen Carpenter's latest? They are unwatchable.

I can't believe the same person made The Thing.

seun
05-02-2011, 01:07 PM
Amen. Have you seen Carpenter's latest? They are unwatchable.

I can't believe the same person made The Thing.

Is The Ward that bad? Shame. I've been looking forward to that.