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#1 Edited by TheThirdRLM (145 posts) -

HEEEY!! I need some suggestions for October horror movies (that preferably are on Netflix and Amazon Prime).

These two lists have helped, but I still have 9 spots open.

Old, new, good, bad, scary, funny or kids movies are all valid.

Here's my list thus far (in no particular order):

1. El Superbeasto

2. Night Watch

3. Man-Thing

4. Dead Snow

5. Pontypool

6. Rosemarys Baby

7. Pet Sematary

8. Land of the Dead

9. Tucker & Dale

10. John Dies at the End

11. Slither

12. Stake Land

13. Tales from the Hood

14. Identity

15. The Relic

16. Hellraiser

17. Dead End

18. Poultrygeist

19. The Bay

20. Lost Boys

21. Hatchet 2

22. Ginger Snaps

#2 Posted by Original_Hank (94 posts) -

Rec, Session 9

#3 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

So is John Dies at the End actually worth watching, or is its only novelty in its title?

#4 Posted by TheThirdRLM (145 posts) -

@hailinel: I haven't seen it. All of the above I've either never seen or its been more than a few years... That said!! The reviews I was looking at made it seem pretty worth a watch.

I doubt I'll be blown away, but it seems enjoyable for the dark-comedy/horror genre.

#6 Posted by ShaggE (6331 posts) -

@hailinel said:

So is John Dies at the End actually worth watching, or is its only novelty in its title?

Totally worth it, but only for fans of the book. It would be a confusing mess for those not familiar with the story.

#7 Edited by Fear_the_Booboo (390 posts) -
#8 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1838 posts) -

Noroi. Seriously, duder.

#9 Edited by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

Now for some actual suggestions. Marebito is creepy, weird, and captivating, and House (a Japanese horror film from the 70s with a story conceived by the director's young daughter) is surreal. Just surreal.

#10 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -

Sorry, I don't subscribe to those services. I can't check if my choices are on them. I have a feeling I'll be watching Creepshow, Night of the Creeps, and Return of the Living Dead on BD.

#11 Posted by Raethen (180 posts) -

@shagge said:

@hailinel said:

So is John Dies at the End actually worth watching, or is its only novelty in its title?

Totally worth it, but only for fans of the book. It would be a confusing mess for those not familiar with the story.

I watched it and loved it. I had no idea it was based on a book until recently. There is nothing really that confusing about it that I can remember. There is some of the back story that just gets thrown at you in the beginning, but the movie itself is easy enough to follow and pretty funny to boot.

For other Horror movies, there are so many "bad" horror flicks on netflix. I usually will pick a random one once or twice a week and watch through it. None are particularly amazing, but can have some pretty good scares and tense moments none the less. I've come to really appreciate the Asylum line of movies over the years, a lot of camp, but each movie has a moment of two that makes me think the people making them really understand horror. That aside, these are some of the horror movies that stick out to me right now.

The Innkeepers is pretty good. Its from the guy that made The House of the Devil.

The People Under the Stairs for the classic Craven.

Cabin in the Woods

The Awakening

Silent Hill Revelations. I enjoyed for what it was but I am also a big fan of Silent Hill 3, and it has Jon Snow in it. I'm pretty sure it is his first role. I mention this because I watched this the same day I watched the Awakening, and the actor that plays Bran Stark first appeared in that and I found it a strange coincidence.

Grave Encounters and its sequel are pretty good. The first is better as it rips into the brosephness of the show Ghost Adventures.

Both of the Tales from the Crypt movies are on there and are both pretty good.

Lovely Molly

Ju-on White Ghost | Black Ghost is alright. This is where Patrick got the gif of the old woman ghost with the basket ball from a few Spookin' with Scoops back.

#12 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

@raethen said:


Ju-on White Ghost | Black Ghost is alright. This is where Patrick got the gif of the old woman ghost with the basket ball from a few Spookin' with Scoops back.

Damn. I actually bought the Blu-ray of those movies a while back and haven't watched them yet. I should correct this.

#13 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1838 posts) -

@artelinarose said:

Noroi. Seriously, duder.

I'm telling you, homie. I consider myself somewhat of a horror movie aficionado(though certainly not an expert!) and this is one of my favorites. It's just creepy.

#14 Edited by ShaggE (6331 posts) -

@raethen said:

@shagge said:

@hailinel said:

So is John Dies at the End actually worth watching, or is its only novelty in its title?

Totally worth it, but only for fans of the book. It would be a confusing mess for those not familiar with the story.

I watched it and loved it. I had no idea it was based on a book until recently. There is nothing really that confusing about it that I can remember. There is some of the back story that just gets thrown at you in the beginning, but the movie itself is easy enough to follow and pretty funny to boot.

I stand corrected, then. To me, it felt like a collection of assorted scenes from the book. Large swaths of the story were cut out, so maybe I found it less accessible for newcomers just because I knew how it was "supposed" to go, and kept comparing it to the book. Kind of like the later Harry Potter films, where I can't imagine that the plot makes sense to people who only watched the films.

Edit: I also second Grave Encounters. Not only were the scares pretty solid, but it was also a spot on parody. I'd almost call it a black comedy if it weren't so serious in the second half. But then, Breaking Bad is a black comedy, so hey.

#15 Posted by Raethen (180 posts) -

@hailinel: I was doing work while watching it so I wasn't fully attentive, but I remember so pretty good moments, but also some pretty dopey ones. But that is how the horror genre works. If you like the original movies I would recommend it though.

@artelinarose: Do you know of a place to stream it or am I looking at purchasing the dvd or nefarious options. The synopses on IMDB sounds interesting.

#16 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

@raethen said:

@hailinel: I was doing work while watching it so I wasn't fully attentive, but I remember so pretty good moments, but also some pretty dopey ones. But that is how the horror genre works. If you like the original movies I would recommend it though.

Well, if I could sit through the entirety of The Grudge 2 (talk about horrible sequels), I'm up for this.

#17 Posted by Raethen (180 posts) -

@shagge: It does feel a bit rushed, like it would have been better as two movies or maybe a mini series. It seemed like the movie ran to it's conclusion, while I would have enjoyed being in that world a lot more.

@hailinel: Was it the second one that jumped around in time a whole bunch? It's been a long time since I watched either.

#18 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

@raethen: It's been forever since I saw The Grudge 2. I don't remember if it jumped around in time. I just found the whole thing silly because they had to somehow justify an American coming to meet Sarah Michelle Gellar's character in the hospital and end up getting cursed, and then the curse somehow spreading to an American apartment building. Also, there's apparently an international high school in Tokyo where everyone speaks perfect American English. It was like, after they did a really good job of putting American characters in the Japanese setting of The Grudge, they just got really lazy and stupid with mixing characters and settings in the sequel.

#19 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

I need some suggestions for October horror movies

What is an "October horror movie?" Is that a genre I'm apparently not familiar with?

#20 Posted by ShaggE (6331 posts) -

@raethen said:

@shagge: It does feel a bit rushed, like it would have been better as two movies or maybe a mini series. It seemed like the movie ran to it's conclusion, while I would have enjoyed being in that world a lot more.

You should definitely give the book a shot, then. If for no other reason than for the scene where they fight a bunch of tiny wig demons in a casino using the power of rock music and chair puns.

The sequel (This Book Is Full of Spiders, Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It) is great as well, although slightly less silly.

#21 Edited by Raethen (180 posts) -

@hailinel: Oh, I thought you were talking about Ju-On: The Grudge 2. Yeah, the second in the American movie was pretty lame, except for that scene where the girl shows up without a lower jaw (I think that is in the sequel). The only thing that the first one has going for it for me is that the atmosphere feels more oppressive than any of the other Japanese or American, and I like Sarah Michelle Gellar because I'm a huge Buffy fan. There is also a direct to VOD The Grudge 3 that I started watching and stopped. I may go back to it soon. From where I left off the curse followed someone to America. I kind of lost interest there as I like that house.

#22 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

@raethen said:

@hailinel: Oh, I thought you were talking about Ju-On: The Grudge 2. Yeah, the second in the American movie was pretty lame, except for that scene where the girl shows up without a lower jaw (I think that is in the sequel). The only thing that the first one has going for it for me is that the atmosphere feels more oppressive than any of the other Japanese or American, and I like Sarah Michelle Gellar because I'm a huge Buffy fan. There is also a direct to VOD The Grudge 3 that I started watching and stopped. I may go back to it soon.

No, the lower jaw scene was definitely in the first one. The sequel had Gellar leaping to her death with a smile on her corpse-face afterward. I've seen both Ju-On and Ju-On 2 and liked both substantially more than their American counterparts, but the first American one was at least entertaining.

#23 Edited by TheThirdRLM (145 posts) -

@officegamer: Its a very small indie sub-sub-genre. You've probably never heard of it. *scarf flip over shoulder*

@raethen: I can vouch for Grave Encounetrs. The premise seems very cliché, but they did it in a VERY interesting way that hooked me. The sequel, though, I've heard not so much.

#24 Edited by Raethen (180 posts) -

@hailinel: That makes the first one way better than, as that is one of my favorite scenes in a horror movie. The way the tongue flops around make me laugh as an animator. Whoever did that must have had so much fun. Thinking back, the second one also had the scene where in the woman comes out of the photo developer in the dark room. Man, I really enjoyed The Ring, but the series of American remakes of Japanese horror that followed was kind of disheartening. So much of what made those movies great were completely lost.

@shagge: Thanks for the recommendation man. I'll definitely check it out now.

@thethirdrlm: I didn't like the second one as much either, but they do some really interest stuff with the asylum itself that is somewhat reminiscent of Cube, but has it's own mind and has a weird sort of schedule it keeps. There's another, more famous, movie that does it, but I can't remember what it's called.

#25 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

@raethen: I know what you mean. I think that the American version of The Ring is on par with the Japanese version, and I thought that the American version of Dark Water is actually better than the original in some ways, but by and large, the American attempts at Japanese horror fall flat. And even the sequels to those that did do well (The Grudge 2, The Ring Two) were just embarrassing.

#26 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1838 posts) -

@raethen said:

@hailinel: I was doing work while watching it so I wasn't fully attentive, but I remember so pretty good moments, but also some pretty dopey ones. But that is how the horror genre works. If you like the original movies I would recommend it though.

@artelinarose: Do you know of a place to stream it or am I looking at purchasing the dvd or nefarious options. The synopses on IMDB sounds interesting.

I don't know about streaming and I'm honestly not even sure if it ever got a foreign release. Totally worth watching though! It's a very smart movie that appreciates being watched multiple times.

#27 Edited by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

The House of the Devil! One of my favorite horror movies from the last few years.

#28 Edited by TheThirdRLM (145 posts) -

For anyone else looking for suggestions, Trick R Treat restored my faith in the modern horror anthology. It used to be on Netflix Streaming, but I can't vouch for right now. It has an excellent cast and some really great stories with a loose thread tying them together. Good modern dark comedy/horror/camp.

#29 Posted by Raethen (180 posts) -

@thethirdrlm: It isn't on there anymore which is a shame. That is a great horror movie, and perfect for Halloween viewing.

#30 Posted by Junkerman (253 posts) -
#31 Edited by CashBailey (799 posts) -

The House of the Devil! One of my favorite horror movies from the last few years.

Brilliant movie, but a very slow burn that does not appeal to a lot of people.

I recently saw the Norwegian slasher COLD PREY and its sequel. Excellent stuff. Two of the best slashers I have ever seen.

#32 Posted by Sinusoidal (1289 posts) -

I watched Martyrs a few days back. Overall recommended. It's a unique experience to be sure. Best watched knowing absolutely nothing about it.

#33 Posted by benpicko (1997 posts) -

@hailinel said:

So is John Dies at the End actually worth watching, or is its only novelty in its title?

The book is almost unreadable and the trailers looked awful so I'm guessing not

#34 Posted by Damodar (1301 posts) -

Well you're doing right by having Hellraiser on the list. I love that movie <3 Up there with The Exorcist and The Fly as my favourite horror movies, I think.

Somebody suggested The Orphanage and A Tale Of Two Sisters, I really enjoyed both.

Since you're doing a Halloween thing, if you're after stuff that's a bit more fun, Cabin In The Woods is great if you haven't seen it. I also ended up really quite liking the new Evil Dead, more than I expected to.

#35 Posted by Kidavenger (3509 posts) -
#36 Posted by Danteveli (1160 posts) -

I'm preparing another of horroctober and this time its Asian themed I go for everything from classics like a tale of two sisters, tomie, ring, up to some smaller productions from Thailand and China. I may post the list later.

#37 Posted by Lazlow (108 posts) -

I suppose it depends on the kind of horror movies you're after. But you've already got some great stuff on there. I'll just throw out some suggestions that most other people have covered.

Cabin in the Woods - obviously great to watch with a bunch of friends who haven't seen it.

Apartment 143

Hellraiser

The Innkeepers

Grave Encounters - the first one atleast.. and if you enjoy that see the second one too

V/H/S - I really liked the premise for this but some of the 'tales' if you want to call them that were hit-or-miss for me.

Blair Witch Project! (yeah I'm a sucker for found footage - sue me)

Tucker and Dale - pretty great horror comedy

Evil Dead 2 - I have a huge soft spot for the original Evil Dead movies. I enjoyed 2 more than the original but I have yet to see the remake which from what I hear is a serious gorefest. But if you want a good horror comedy with ridiculous 80s special effects and bucket loads of fake blood this is a must.

Creepshow 1/2 - someone mentioned this too somewhere. Another great compilation of campy horror tales - get a real 'mature' kind of Goosebumps vibe from these.

The Strangers - if you're into home invasions

Rosemary's Baby

Dead Birds

#38 Edited by SunBroZak (1016 posts) -

Was that "VHS" film any good? It popped up on Netflix the other day and I figured it might be a good watch come October.

#39 Edited by Teoball (575 posts) -

@sunbrozak: I remember liking one of the short films. The rest was just embarassing. I have no idea why Patrick liked the forest one cause that was the worst of all of them.

#40 Posted by TheThirdRLM (145 posts) -

@sunbrozak:
I've heard its "meh". Gets a lot more credit than it deserves. That said, if horror anthology is your thing, it never hurts to watch some not so great ones. Whatever you do though, do NOT watch From A Whisper to a Scream. Possibly the most abysmal excuse for a movie/anthology I've ever seen... which the worst tragedy is they somehow managed to get Vincent Price as the narrator. He is SO much better than that movie.
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Sorry for the lack of replies! I forgot the notification thing is busted. Thanks for all of these suggestions. Keep them coming. My list is filled up now, I think. I have to update it.

But keep this going as a service to all others!!!

#41 Posted by Raethen (180 posts) -

@sunbrozak: I enjoyed it, but I went in with no expectations. There are a couple of pretty good parts, and I kinda dug the interconnection bits some what, though the characters are really disgusting, it has some good moments. Overall it is way better than most of the crap horror movies out there, but isn't even close to getting to the top tier. If you are good watching bad horror movies, give it a shot and it could have something you like in it.

I would like to make a non-recommendation. Everyone should stay away from Episode 50. It is pretty bad, and not in the good way. Episode 50 is reality show based fictional movie riffing on Ghost Hunters. I don't know why I stuck through it other than I was play Binding of Isaac at the same time.

#42 Posted by SunBroZak (1016 posts) -

@teoball @thethirdrlm @raethen

Ah, thanks for the info. I suppose it'll go on my list of horror films of which I'll watch once I'm done with the better stuff.

And since we're throwing suggestions out there, I thought the film Shutter was alright.

#43 Posted by CashBailey (799 posts) -

I watched Martyrs a few days back. Overall recommended. It's a unique experience to be sure. Best watched knowing absolutely nothing about it.

Amazing movie. For another great blast of French ultra-gore check out INSIDE. It's not as artsy as MARTYRS but for me it's a near-perfect horror movie, and one of the most distressingly violent movies I have ever seen.

#44 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

OK, one I have to recommend, just for the sake of how utterly bad it is, is Cursed. Not that American werewolf movie (though that's not exactly a good movie either), but a low-budget Japanese horror flick that was released on DVD some years ago. I don't know if it's on any streaming services; I found the DVD in a second-hand video/music store. And it is amazing.

First off, when I say low-budget, I mean straight-to-video quality writing and special effects. But beyond that is the ridiculousness of the premise. A cursed mom and pop convenience store kills people that make purchases in the shop with totals valuing 666 yen. (Or, if you're really unlucky, 444). How do these cursed people die? That's the best/worst part. There is no rhyme or reason to how the victims are killed off. One falls prey to a pretty standard Japanese ghost. Another is killed in her apartment by a generic slasher movie villain. Yet another is killed after slipping on the tile in a bathhouse (and whose head is subsequently slammed into the tile by the bathhouse proprietor, because he apparently really wanted the guy's meat bun).

Why is the convenience store cursed? Because the contractor responsible for the building's construction apparently had a grudge against the guy commissioning it (or something like that) and made the foundation out of crushed tombstones. It is both one of the dumbest and most amazing things I have ever seen, just for the sheer hilarity of it all.

#45 Posted by Raethen (180 posts) -

@hailinel: Along those lines (so bad it's actually kind of amazing), you should check out Death Bed: The Bed that Eats People.

In fact everyone should see that movie. It is the best bad Horror flick I have ever seen from any country. So good.

#47 Edited by Apparatus_Unearth (3105 posts) -

Just watched Lords of Salem and it's pretty good. Great atmosphere and Zombie hasn't disappointed me yet.

#48 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

@raethen said:

@hailinel: Along those lines (so bad it's actually kind of amazing), you should check out Death Bed: The Bed that Eats People.

In fact everyone should see that movie. It is the best bad Horror flick I have ever seen from any country. So good.

With a title like that, how could it possibly go wrong?

#49 Posted by sawtooth (429 posts) -

Not particularly "horror" but I use every opportunity to watch Shaun of the Dead. Attack the Block has a lot of the same people involved in its production, and is a pretty solid creature feature.

#50 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3105 posts) -

@sawtooth said:

Not particularly "horror" but I use every opportunity to watch Shaun of the Dead. Attack the Block has a lot of the same people involved in its production, and is a pretty solid creature feature.

Attack the Block is a creature feature?