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Paap28 -> Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 1:50:30 PM)

How many of you love horror movies this is where u can express your love

paul.mccluskey -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 3:58:03 PM)

1. The Exorcist
2. The Shining
3. Dawn of the Dead
4. Halloween
5. The Fog
6. The Omen
7. The Wicker Man
8. Ring
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
10. The Evil Dead

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 6:12:22 PM)

Great DVD collection, you got some true masterpieces in there.
Also a great list of films.


paul.mccluskey -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 8:13:28 PM)

Thanks man [;)].  At least no one has said I'm childish 'cause I have a Disney cartoon DVD (Fables).

dj vivace -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 8:19:57 PM)

Hey Paap28, may i suggest you come and join in the fun on this thread http://www.empireonline.com/Forum/tm.asp?m=1100947

Some of my favourite horrors would have to be
1-The Exorcist
2-Exorcist 3
3-An American Werewolf In London
4-Alien (all of them!!)
7-The Omen (the god damn ORIGINAL!!!!)
9-In The Mouth of Madness
10-My Little Eye

By the way, these aren't in order [:D] Have a look at my dvd collection, follow the link under my signature.

How could i forget this little gem, Session 9!!!

dj vivace -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 8:21:09 PM)


ORIGINAL: paul.mccluskey

Thanks man [;)].  At least no one has said I'm childish 'cause I have a Disney cartoon DVD (Fables).

Nothing wrong with a few cartoons mate, i got some Disney, some Tom and Jerry and some Looney Tunes!!! Classic

paul.mccluskey -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 8:31:47 PM)

Thank God there are people who actually appreciate this kind of thing instead of Neds and Chavs who think you're gay if you like Disney.

PS: Paap28, join this thread:


This director is a Master of Horror.

evil bill -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (6/8/2007 9:01:04 PM)

A L I E N & the rest are great fun too.
EXORCIST 1&3 yes3 belive it or not it's a great sequal.
Tere just a few i could go on and on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 10:10:27 AM)

Has anyone seen that film Misery, it's quite good. Kathy Bates was perfectly cast, what do you think?

clownfoot -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 10:42:42 AM)

The Thing - possibly the greatest of all horror movies. Here's why...


John Carpenter once commented that “you’ll never see anything like The Thing again”. Unless old Johnny boy allows for a remake (the treatment many of his earlier films are now receiving) or a much discussed sequel, this statement is likely to hold true for quite some time. Since its release in 1982, the whole bastion of the horror genre has tried, and failed, to deliver anything as eye-opening, visually perplexing, beguiling, claustrophobic, tense, shocking, horrifying or superbly scripted and acted as Carpenter’s re-imaging of Howard Hawks’ 1951 flick ‘The Thing From another World’. Not bad for a remake, huh?

An alien ship crash lands in Antarctica over a millennia ago and is subsequently dug up by a Norwegian science team, awaking the creature aboard from its deep frozen slumber. But this is no ordinary creature. This alien has the capacity to assimilate any biological organism it touches, producing a perfect copy, and only reveals its true form in a defence mechanism of blood soaked tentacles, sharp teeth and an orgy of gore. After devouring its way through the Norwegian camp, The Thing finds company in the presence of an American team of bored and bickering hippies, including enigmatic helicopter pilot R.J MacReady (Kurt Russell). Following one of the greatest monster reveals ever conceived (involving a dog’s head splitting open) and with paranoia and mistrust beginning to splinter the group, MacReady must work out who amongst his colleagues is The Thing before all are transformed into perfect imitations.

Whilst The Thing owes many a nod to the cold war paranoia and assimilation shared by Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (thanks to the themes of John W. Campbell’s original short story “Who Goes There?”), it’s the addition of an enclosed and desolate Antarctic environment, bickering bored scientists played by a wonderful ensemble cast and an original take on the ‘creature feature’ that makes Carpenter’s movie so highly memorable. The crimson bloodbath on show may seem the pre-eminent factor of The Thing, yet the ease with which it moves from horror, to science fiction, to character drama exposes the film as so much more than your typical bog-standard horror flick. Carpenter ensures scenes swing between set pieces of flying gore and dismembered limbs to themes of paranoia and mis-trust to make for an equally compelling exercise in characterisation and suspense.

Indeed, some of the more intense scenes are delivered as the survivors within the camp argue which of them, if any, might still be human. A good thing then that Carpenter hired the finest ensemble cast of the time to deliver a convincing portrayal of a group going bat-shit crazy in a claustrophobic setting. Allowing enough time for the audience to care for and understand the motivations of characters (Palmer always antagonising Windows is brilliantly understated) it is the skill of the actors when faced by the incomprehensible threat amongst them that ensures the tension is wracked up to ten. And when you have the rugged charm of Kurt Russell on board, an actor of the old-school hero variety where he uses brains rather than brawn, you have someone to root for against the titular beast as well.

Despite the refreshing intelligence of the screenplay (intelligent in that it avoids the usual quagmire of horror clichés), it really does play second fiddle to The Thing. Moving away from the bland and not particularly scary man-in-a-monster-suit, Carpenter revolutionised the way an alien encounter could be perceived on screen. Horror had a new face, so to speak; one that remains hidden and transforms with every new incarnation assimilated. You never know where the damn Thing is! Ironically, Carpenter had created a genre-defining monster-in-a-man-suit horror flick and, with that, scope for a breed of terror reminiscent of Alien’s chestburster sequence.

Indeed for the film to really work it is vital that the tension built up in previous scenes is provided with the release it deserves. So, when The Thing bursts open from its warm human hiding place in a hideously twisted mutation of blood, gore, slime, puss and tentacles, it’s unlikely to disappoint. In the assured hands of Rob Bottin, the effects are both shocking and original, serving to illustrate not only how realistic prosthetics and fake blood are compared to the elaborate and over-done CGI employed today, but also why The Thing has stood the test of time as a sci-fi classic. What really makes The Thing unique within the vaults of horror are the sequences that have come to transcend the movie and take on a reputation of their own, for which Bottin is mostly responsible. A revered film usually contains at least one such sequence. The Thing contains three…

When Doc Copper (Richard Dyshart) pushes the heart paddles against Norris’ (Charles Hallahan) chest for the second time, the sequence that follows will leave your jaw dropping. Palmer’s (David Clennon) response of “You’ve got to be fucking kidding” only adds to the extremity of one of cinema’s greatest visually realised scenes. The now often copied blood test scene (recently spoofed in The Faculty) produces one of the biggest jump out of your seat moments, as a seemingly dialogue driven moment is suddenly injected with another of Bottin’s twisted concoctions (this time with a venus fly-trap styled head). A masterclass of slow-burning intensity resulting in a terrific pay-off! These are sequences most other films would struggle to recover from, so just how do you end a film following such excess? With no real conventional ending, just a final beautifully scripted sequence ending with probably the greatest final line from any film, ever…

For a film that plays its hand right from the start by showing the titular monster near enough at the beginning of the film, The Thing certainly has some balls. When you add a brilliant opening shot of the wide, desolate expanse of Antarctica (the antithesis of the claustrophobic action that will later take place), a fantastic and haunting synth score by Ennio Morricone and some fine tuned action set pieces, one starts to recognise the genius encapsulated throughout The Thing. That its influence stems as wide as Predator (which re-uses Carpenter’s opening shot) and Reservoir Dogs (essentially the same film – bickering men in an isolated warehouse where not everyone is who they seem) is a timely reminder of how far reaching the film has proved in cinema lore. Indeed, The Thing has many faces to its name – not only is it Carpenter’s best film, it’s also the best remake ever produced and one of the best films ever crafted. They simply don’t make them like this anymore.

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 10:51:04 AM)

I agree with you The Thing is really a great movie but there more better films out there such as Alien and The Descent

rikkie -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 10:54:36 AM)

The Descent, as good as it is, is sincerely not a better film than The Thing.

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 10:57:12 AM)

Yeah but you have to agree that Alien is.

rikkie -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:00:26 AM)

Erm, no I don't, but considering both Alien and The Thing are easily in my top 20 favourite films, I don't need to differentiate between them.

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:02:46 AM)

What are your top 20 films?

clownfoot -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:03:50 AM)



I agree with you The Thing is really a great movie but there more better films out there such as Alien and The Descent

The crowd at the recent Stella Screening double bill of The Descent and The Thing at Somerset House are very likely to disagree with you. The Descent is a quality little shocker - short, sharp and claustrophobic - yet it fails to generate anything of the visual class or quality of characterisation that seeps from every pore that The Thing has available, and it verges on cliche on a couple of occasions, most obviously with the ending. A solid horror, but nowhere near The Thing for the reasons mentioned in the above review.

And whilst Alien is also a classic, I prefer The Thing...

Captain Black -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:04:43 AM)

One of my favourite element contained in many horror film (and something that's carried into different genres) is that classic extended ending sequence. You know, when you think the chief villain has been beheaded/crushed/burned/generally vanquished, then BAM! There is again, only for the heroes to resort to ever drastic (or y'know do the same thing again) methods to get rid of him.

rikkie -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:05:17 AM)

1 Blue Velvet
2 Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
3 Taxi Driver
4 Casablanca
5 Annie Hall
6 The Shining
7 Pulp Fiction
8 Apocalypse Now
9 The Thing
10 Se7en
11 Blade Runner
12 The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Ring
13 Jaws
14 Fight Club
15 One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
16 Alien
17 The Empire Strikes Back
18 Lost In Translation
19 The Truman Show
20 Die Hard

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:06:48 AM)

Any of you guys seen Scream, or any other Wes Craven film?

rikkie -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:07:16 AM)

Wes Craven is, I'm afraid, a complete hack...

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:08:51 AM)

Nice list but wheres Aliens

rikkie -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:09:29 AM)



Nice list but wheres Aliens

Hey, I've got Alien in there - what else do you want.  Variety is the key, y'know...

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:10:23 AM)

Come on his films aint all that bad..

A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Hills Have Eyes
The Last House on The Left

clownfoot -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:11:59 AM)



Come on his films aint all that bad..

He's no John Carpenter or Sam Raimi...

Still, I've always had a misguided fondness for The People Under the Stairs! 

rikkie -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:12:10 AM)

No, I agree that not all his films are terrible, but he's not the "auteur" some make him out to be, and A Nightmare On Elm Street has dated horribly.  Scream's fine, but got quickly tired.  For every Scream, there's a Shocker...

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 11:16:34 AM)

Here's my top 10 films

1. The Shining
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Toy Story
4. The Empire Strikes Back
5. The Godfather
6. Scream
7. Aliens
8. Halloween
9. From Russia With Love
10. Shawn of the Dead

coolstar -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 12:38:58 PM)


coolstar -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 12:57:36 PM)

Sorry but am not a horror fan [:o]

Paap28 -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 2:00:01 PM)

What's your favourite Alien film

rubadub -> RE: Horror Movie Apreciation Society (7/8/2007 2:28:28 PM)

My Stepmother Is An Alien.

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