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Name your fave modern horror movies and why

The Dark and The Wicked



Dark as fuck. No punches held back. Modern day classic.

Stopped watching at night as it gets really scary/intense. A very, very effective movie, I'll give it that!
 

Cobbet

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Hereditary - by far…

Reminded me of the The Exorxist - a lot. 3 halves of the film are about a very personal family tragedy. It’s domestic drama at its finest. All inside a house with shots of corridors and doors and an impending doom that you can’t quite put the finger on.

Last 30 minutes all hell brakes loose and the family drama turns into pure horror. One of the most scary films I’ve ever seen in a film theatre.
When I saw it almost all in the audience was laughing. It was not good at all. Overacting, predictable and not scary. I would rate it 1,5 out of 5. But we all have different taste. :)
 

tommib

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When I saw it almost all in the audience was laughing. It was not good at all. Overacting, predictable and not scary. I would rate it 1,5 out of 5. But we all have different taste. :)
More than taste I think it’s sensibility as well. How old are you? Really curious to know if it’s a demographic thing.

To me it had the old horror vibe. Slow, domestic, tragic. It even reminded me of Kubrick here and there.

The only bad thing I would point is that it follows Rosemary’s Baby too much in its revelations.
 

billyxci

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When I saw it almost all in the audience was laughing. It was not good at all. Overacting, predictable and not scary. I would rate it 1,5 out of 5. But we all have different taste. :)
what does it matter what the audience were like? when i went to see it everyone went silent during that scene in the car. acting was not bad. when the nut allergy was mentioned of course yeah you knew something was going to happen but it was done well and i loved the build up. it's not scary as in boo i made you jump. it's more unsettling and gets stuck in your head.

i'd give it a 4.5/5 :)
 

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A few modern, as in the past couple of years I've enjoyed.

Incantation
The Night House
Gonjiam: Haunted Assylum
You Are Not My Mother
The Maid (2020 Thai film)
Possesor
Saint Maud
Antlers

Anyone seen Crimes Of The Future yet?
 

Clear

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How people can rate It Follows is beyond me. I fucking HATED it.

Mainly because it starts off really strongly and proceeds to do... nothing.

Sorry, but it seems to me that way too many modern horror movies are cursed with shitty, underwhelming, underwritten third-acts. They typically try and excuse it with artiness, or nihilism, or whatnot when the reality is they've just written themselves into a corner and have no idea how to get out of it.

You need a satisfying pay-off, and THEN if you want to shock the audience you pull the rug out from under them at the last. You do not threaten no avenue of escape and simply follow through, because its undramatic and risks the audience emotionally checking out before they reach the end.
 
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How people can rate It Follows is beyond me. I fucking HATED it.

Mainly because it starts off really strongly and proceeds to do... nothing.

Sorry, but it seems to me that way too many modern horror movies are cursed with shitty, underwhelming, underwritten third-acts. They typically try and excuse it with artiness, or nihilism, or whatnot when the reality is they've just written themselves into a corner and have no idea how to get out of it.

You need a satisfying pay-off, and THEN if you want to shock the audience you pull the rug out from under them at the last. You do not threaten no avenue of escape and simply follow through, because its undramatic and risks the audience emotionally checking out before they reach the end.
Girlfriend used to get annoyed with me on this one...

...after the first viewing (Cinema!! £25 later) I had called it Shit Follows. I'm not wrong am I?!

Shit Follows!
 
How people can rate It Follows is beyond me. I fucking HATED it.

Mainly because it starts off really strongly and proceeds to do... nothing.

Sorry, but it seems to me that way too many modern horror movies are cursed with shitty, underwhelming, underwritten third-acts. They typically try and excuse it with artiness, or nihilism, or whatnot when the reality is they've just written themselves into a corner and have no idea how to get out of it.

You need a satisfying pay-off, and THEN if you want to shock the audience you pull the rug out from under them at the last. You do not threaten no avenue of escape and simply follow through, because its undramatic and risks the audience emotionally checking out before they reach the end.
As I said.

Shit Follows.
 
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Cobbet

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More than taste I think it’s sensibility as well. How old are you? Really curious to know if it’s a demographic thing.

To me it had the old horror vibe. Slow, domestic, tragic. It even reminded me of Kubrick here and there.

The only bad thing I would point is that it follows Rosemary’s Baby too much in its revelations.
I'm 47 and a big horror fan. I've seen soo many horror movies through my life, maybe that's the reason I tought it was predictable? And I like slow paced horror. Slasher movies goes more to shock you with the gore but it almost always turns to slashstick.
 
I just watched The Signal after seeing this post and thinking the subject matter sounded interesting. I really wanted to like it, but I think I needed about 30% less "Lost"-style storytelling of introducing more questions than answers.

One of my pet peeves is a filmmaker introducing questions when you get the impression they don't have satisfactory answers to them. My lack of faith in them being able to answer the big questions are reflected in missing some basic stuff. Such as
Why didn't Nic, a genius, ask basic questions like, "Who are you, Laurence Fishburne, and why should I listen to you?" How did Nic go so long without noticing his legs were replaced with alien tech? Why didn't Jonah involuntarily explode the human part of himself when he used his new robo-hands to create smash-quakes on the ground? What was up with Haley? Drugged up enough to hop in a semi-truck to forward the plot but also cognizant enough to recognize she needed to pull a gun on the driver when required?

I got the broad strokes of the story and twists, but it left out crucial information for the sake of keeping the audience in the dark.
Fundamentally, they are in shock and it tends to sideline intellect and kick in primal instinct. To question an authority which is practically an urban myth and their place in the world would require knowing what to ask or previous interactions. Even geniuses have a field they excel at (like computer science) and can be completely oblivious to something outside of their experience (like medicine). Many answers are revealed across the film instead of just being stated.
 
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Grildon Tundy

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Many answers are revealed across the film instead of just being stated.
Which is a cool idea, and they definitely kept you guessing the whole time. I just feel like the "tuning"/"rate" of answers given to questions raised over time was off for me. Personal taste, is all. I admire the movie for trying something unique
 
The 90’s had a good mix of creepy horror and fun horror. Here’s a few I think stand out from the decade..
Misery, Tremors, People under the Stairs, Scream, Silence of the Lambs, Sleepy Hollow,
 

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The VVitch
Berberian Sound Studio
Under the Skin
The Neon Demon
 
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Doom85

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90's was probably on of the worst decades for horror in the last 60 years imo

I’d give that to the 2000’s. I love the Blair Witch Project (but that was 1999), but most of its imitators (including the Paranormal Activity films) were garbage to me and I felt that dominated horror in the 2000s, along with torture porn which barely counts as horror to me (I do like the first two Saw films, just never got around to 3 and beyond).

Honestly the only good or better horror films of the 2000s for me were The Mist, The Others, 28 Days Later, Silent Hill 1, and I’ll slightly count Trick r Treat (great film, but not scary) and The Strangers (great suspense, STUPID characters even by slasher standards). And okay, I did like 2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and the Dawn of the Dead remake but there were more shitty remakes overall (looking at you Halloween 07 and its sequel) and it’s not the best sign if I have to start listing remakes this soon.

Now if we go foreign, then yeah things VASTLY improve. Tons of countries outside of the US were popping out great horror movies then, and I think the US’s lack of good horror movies of that decade is why it seemed passionate movie fans began to seek out options outside of the US. But foreign horror film fandom has seemed to die down over the years, and while that could be due to their general quality, I think it’s because the US has gotten back on track with their own horror films in the last 10 years or so so movie fans feel less of a need to seek options. There was a great YouTube video that went into this but sadly I can’t seem to find it now.

In terms of the 90’s though:

Blair Witch Project
Jacob’s Ladder
Scream 1 and 2
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
In the Mouth of Madness
Event Horizon
Halloween H20 (flawed, but hey better than the 3 installments of the 2000’s)
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Cube

And I might argue Silence of the Lambs though some might say that’s far more of a thriller/suspense than horror. And hey, since I did mention Trick r Treat for the 2000’s, then I feel justified in listing Army of Darkness for the 90’s, not scary but a TON of fun.

It’s not like the 90’s is vastly better than the 2000’s for American horror, and for me the 2010s, 1980s, and 70s each obliterate both decades in horror quality, but I personally give the edge to the 90’s over 2000s. Pretty much no remakes and there just felt there was a bit more interesting stuff being done. But again, it is close.

(edit: and upon posting this, I just noticed you said “one of the worst decades” and not “the worst”, so this might have been preaching to the choir)

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The 90’s had a good mix of creepy horror and fun horror. Here’s a few I think stand out from the decade..
Misery, Tremors, People under the Stairs, Scream, Silence of the Lambs, Sleepy Hollow,

Misery- Haven't watched this, on to watch list

Tremors- Got to see this recently and I loved it. The Creature design is A+. Sad that one actor who played the sidekick to Kevin Bacon died recently though

People Under The Stairs- Haven't seen it yet

Scream- Hated it due to two of the actors being super annoying

Silence of The Lamb- Good movie but nothing great. I give this movie a B

Sleepy Hollow- Favorite Tim Burton flick

The VVitch
Berberian Sound Studio
Under the Skin
The Neon Demon

I love the VVitch. I haven't watched the rest of those films listed. They are on my to watch list though :p

A few modern, as in the past couple of years I've enjoyed.

Incantation
The Night House
Gonjiam: Haunted Assylum
You Are Not My Mother
The Maid (2020 Thai film)
Possesor
Saint Maud
Antlers

Anyone seen Crimes Of The Future yet?

Possessor- Good Body Horror from the son of the King of Body Horror

Saint Maud- I never get creeped out by a horror film but man this film is creepy

Antlers- Huge fan of Keri Russell and huge fan of Wendigos. I loved this movie


I’d give that to the 2000’s. I love the Blair Witch Project (but that was 1999), but most of its imitators (including the Paranormal Activity films) were garbage to me and I felt that dominated horror in the 2000s, along with torture porn which barely counts as horror to me (I do like the first two Saw films, just never got around to 3 and beyond).

Honestly the only good or better horror films of the 2000s for me were The Mist, The Others, 28 Days Later, Silent Hill 1, and I’ll slightly count Trick r Treat (great film, but not scary) and The Strangers (great suspense, STUPID characters even by slasher standards). And okay, I did like 2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and the Dawn of the Dead remake but there were more shitty remakes overall (looking at you Halloween 07 and its sequel) and it’s not the best sign if I have to start listing remakes this soon.

Now if we go foreign, then yeah things VASTLY improve. Tons of countries outside of the US were popping out great horror movies then, and I think the US’s lack of good horror movies of that decade is why it seemed passionate movie fans began to seek out options outside of the US. But foreign horror film fandom has seemed to die down over the years, and while that could be due to their general quality, I think it’s because the US has gotten back on track with their own horror films in the last 10 years or so so movie fans feel less of a need to seek options. There was a great YouTube video that went into this but sadly I can’t seem to find it now.

In terms of the 90’s though:

Blair Witch Project
Jacob’s Ladder
Scream 1 and 2
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
In the Mouth of Madness
Event Horizon
Halloween H20 (flawed, but hey better than the 3 installments of the 2000’s)
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Cube

And I might argue Silence of the Lambs though some might say that’s far more of a thriller/suspense than horror. And hey, since I did mention Trick r Treat for the 2000’s, then I feel justified in listing Army of Darkness for the 90’s, not scary but a TON of fun.

It’s not like the 90’s is vastly better than the 2000’s for American horror, and for me the 2010s, 1980s, and 70s each obliterate both decades in horror quality, but I personally give the edge to the 90’s over 2000s. Pretty much no remakes and there just felt there was a bit more interesting stuff being done. But again, it is close.

(edit: and upon posting this, I just noticed you said “one of the worst decades” and not “the worst”, so this might have been preaching to the choir)

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Jacob’s Ladder- Good movie but it's a B rating for me

Scream 1 and 2- I hated the first one, but second one was enjoyable

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare- Hated this one

Event Horizon- Excellent film


I Know What You Did Last Summer- Terrible. Only good thing was seeing Jennifer Love Hewitt fine ass 😏

Cube- On my Watchlist

You mentioned Trick R Treat. That's in my top 10 Horror Films of all time. I wished there was a sequel but I'm guessing it wouldn't be as great as the first one
 

SpiceRacz

Member
More than taste I think it’s sensibility as well. How old are you? Really curious to know if it’s a demographic thing.

To me it had the old horror vibe. Slow, domestic, tragic. It even reminded me of Kubrick here and there.

The only bad thing I would point is that it follows Rosemary’s Baby too much in its revelations.

The bar for horror is really low and Hereditary stands out because of that. It's above average, but by no means a great film.
 

iPaul93

Member
I always have a hard time remembering all the movies I've watched to make a list but off the top off my head here are a few :
The Ring
The Grudge
The Wailing
Hereditary
Aliens
 

AV

We ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space
Hereditary was great because Ari Aster was making a movie that teeters on the very very fine line between horror and comedy, to the point where some scenes that should be heart-wrenching are edited with evidently comedic cuts. People thought I was crazy when I said this originally and then Midsommar came out and it was very obviously a comedy horror, and he's outright said his next one will be a long nightmare comedy film. He's well aware of what he's doing in daring people to laugh and then question whether they should be.
 

Fools idol

Member
Saint Maud is definitely worth a watch.

I personally enjoyed it a lot and would give it a solid 8/10. The story is quite well written, the descent into mental health hell and guilt over sins for a woman that believes deeply in god.

When true believers are pushed to their limits of belief some real demons come out, and this film portrays them well. It has some very creepy and surreal scenes which my wife found amusing more than scary, but I found quite captivating.

It's well acted too for small budget. Has flaws, is not particularly scary but a thunbs up from me.
 

jufonuk

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Just the news on tv these last couple of years is more than enough horror and madness for one day sometimes it makes brass eye and black mirror seem almost twee in comparison
 
90's was probably on of the worst decades for horror in the last 60 years imo
Are you considering the Japanese classics Ringu and The Audition? They’re right up with the all time greats 🤷🏻‍♂️. I know there were some stinkers in the 90’s but I’ve seen sooo many crappy 80’s horror movies I don’t think any decade is truly safe 😄
 

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Are you considering the Japanese classics Ringu and The Audition? They’re right up with the all time greats 🤷🏻‍♂️. I know there were some stinkers in the 90’s but I’ve seen sooo many crappy 80’s horror movies I don’t think any decade is truly safe 😄
Actually I wasn't considering Japanese films but even though the 80's had alot of stinkers they had many more classics than the 90's. The Thing alone makes the 80's > than the 90's
 
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Actually I wasn't considering Japanese films but even though the 80's had alot of stinkers they had many more classics than the 90's. The Thing alone makes the 80's > than the 90's
I agree there. I was never saying 90’s was better than 80’s (most of my favs are from that decade), just trying to point out it wasn’t too shabby for what it had to offer. I do remember the 2000’s trying to copy paste a good amount of Japanese horror that didn’t translate as well, but Hollywood 💰, Right?! 😄
 

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I agree there. I was never saying 90’s was better than 80’s (most of my favs are from that decade), just trying to point out it wasn’t too shabby for what it had to offer. I do remember the 2000’s trying to copy paste a good amount of Japanese horror that didn’t translate as well, but Hollywood 💰, Right?! 😄
I don't even remember the 2000's they might have been worse than the 90's
 

Labolas

Member
The Sadness, a Taiwanese film, is probably my new favorite horror movie. Legit had a blast watching it.
The Cursed was pretty good.
The A24 horror movies are a mix bag for me. I liked the Witch and Hereditary but did not like Black Coat's Daughter and Midsommar.
Malignant was a trip.
I know people are going to hate this movie because of the main character but I liked Dashcam. I started hating the character but by the end, I got what they were going for and it was a fun time.

Older Classics like The Thing, Aliens, and Fright Night, I can watch multiple times.
Also I love Jason Goes to Hell, and I think it's better than some Friday the 13 movies.
Dead Alive is comedy gold. So is Evil Dead series.
Love Demons 1 and 2 by Dario Argento. Scarred me as a kid but love as an adult.
Some of the Zombi movies are fun as well.
Audition, Dark Water, and Pulse are great Japanese horror as well. But I can't for the life of me figure what was the name of horror movie with the creepy old lady killing people? If someone can figure that out much would be appreciated.
 

Doom85

Member
While not one of my favorite modern horror films, I do feel The Wretched barely got any notice due to being released in theaters in the summer of 2020.




It’s not amazing or anything, but I have a real soft spot for it.

-the “my next door neighbor is a monster/alien/vampire/etc.” plot is one I felt hasn’t been in a film for a long while
-I dug the setting of summer and spending time by the marina. I don’t mind horror films being set in one typical surburban house primarily but I appreciate every time they mix it up setting-wise
-plenty of the characters don’t always make the best decisions but usually in believable ways and remain likable. Only ones I would have cut out were the one bitch girl and her bully friends. They added nothing (the lead skipping his dad’s dinner could have been handled another way) and I’d rather more focus be put on the lead with his dad and the co-worker girl who legit liked him
-the twist is pretty good. Would have liked a little more foreshadowing of it, though the writer(s) might have feared making it too obvious

I know plenty of people who actually did see it said they either didn’t care for it or thought it was just okay, but I really enjoyed it and will probably always give it a rewatch every summer. Again, nowhere near the best of modern horror, not even that scary, but I just have a good time with it.
 
While not one of my favorite modern horror films, I do feel The Wretched barely got any notice due to being released in theaters in the summer of 2020.




It’s not amazing or anything, but I have a real soft spot for it.

-the “my next door neighbor is a monster/alien/vampire/etc.” plot is one I felt hasn’t been in a film for a long while
-I dug the setting of summer and spending time by the marina. I don’t mind horror films being set in one typical surburban house primarily but I appreciate every time they mix it up setting-wise
-plenty of the characters don’t always make the best decisions but usually in believable ways and remain likable. Only ones I would have cut out were the one bitch girl and her bully friends. They added nothing (the lead skipping his dad’s dinner could have been handled another way) and I’d rather more focus be put on the lead with his dad and the co-worker girl who legit liked him
-the twist is pretty good. Would have liked a little more foreshadowing of it, though the writer(s) might have feared making it too obvious

I know plenty of people who actually did see it said they either didn’t care for it or thought it was just okay, but I really enjoyed it and will probably always give it a rewatch every summer. Again, nowhere near the best of modern horror, not even that scary, but I just have a good time with it.

It's hard finding a good Cult horror movie like Rosemary's Baby and Midsommar
 

Fools idol

Member
Just watched MEN by Alex Garland for the second time.

What a ride this movie is... I like it for how different it is, and it captures the fact that this world is still very much unsafe for women to travel alone in.

More of a thriller than a horror, but lots of interesting symbolism and a weird ass ending. 7/10
 

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Just watched MEN by Alex Garland for the second time.

What a ride this movie is... I like it for how different it is, and it captures the fact that this world is still very much unsafe for women to travel alone in.

More of a thriller than a horror, but lots of interesting symbolism and a weird ass ending. 7/10
I watched this at the theater. Loved the acting and atmosphere, plot wasn't great imo. I understand the underlying theme of mysogyny and abuse but still. Id give it a 7.5 out of 10 for the body horror.
 
I just watched The Dark and The Wicked based on recommendation from this thread. It was pretty decent, but I wish I hadn't watched the trailer first. I feel like horror movies really suffer when you watch the trailers, unfortunately.
 

Fools idol

Member
Has anyone found any movies similar to Eyes Wide Shut? I just watched it for the first time and totally enamoured by it. What a masterpiece. Kubrick the god.
 

Grildon Tundy

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Has anyone found any movies similar to Eyes Wide Shut? I just watched it for the first time and totally enamoured by it. What a masterpiece. Kubrick the god.
What did you like most about it? The secret society aspect? The filmmaking? Something else? Might help narrow down what other movies you'd like.
 
Has anyone found any movies similar to Eyes Wide Shut? I just watched it for the first time and totally enamoured by it. What a masterpiece. Kubrick the god.
I think it is one of his biggest stinkers after A Clockwork Orange. First half of the movie is hung up on sex through the lens of the upper class, and the second half is hung up on a secret society conspiracy, but just when that plot line is about to hit its climax Kubrick backs out and everything goes back to the status quo.

However, there are a number of films with sexual overtones and a secret society conspiracy. Most of them are not so well shot or directed, but here is a short list:

Hardcore (1979)

Society (1989)

The Two Jakes (1990)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Hostel (2005)

Tell No One (2006)
 
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Labolas

Member
Rewatched the 2012 Evil Dead movie. And holy shit, I think I liked it more than I did when I first watched in theaters. Man, I really appreciated the practical effects in this especially nowadays where we get CGI garbage for movies/tv shows. Surprised this is getting a sequel as well.
 

MHubert

Member


Not a movie, but a series and a guilty pleasure. The third season is currently being screened in Venice. It's dark, funny and everything you would expect from Lars. Give it a go.

 

Laieon

Member


Slashers are my favorite genre, I like horror comedy, and I miss Friday the 13th.
 
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