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MKO Halloween Film SUGGEST-O-RAMA
10/13/2016 11:40 AM EDT
HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN CREEPS AND GHOULS!

It's your SPOOKMEISTER Poasty with a SPOOKTERRIFYING Halloween thread celebrating SPOOOOOOOOKY HORROR SPOOK FILMS!

What are your favourites? Any shitty indie flicks you'd like to recommend? What is required watching in this MONTH OF THE SPOOK?

Couple quick suggestions:

John Carpenter's "Halloween" - The most iconic slasher movie of all time!


Neil Marshall's "The Descent" - I love this movie!


Keenan Ivory Wayans' "Scary Movie" - This was a joke suggestion!


Other SPOOKY movies!


What are you watching in SPOOKTOBER, MKO?




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10/14/2016 01:03 AM EDT
Videodrome - The secrets of 3D television revealed!

The Shining - Father's attempts at family vacation go horribly awry!

Event Horizon - Uncharted shortcut leads friends to destination terror!

The Dark Knight - Biased clown pushes medicinal laughter on city healthcare!

Good thread!

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10/14/2016 01:40 AM EDT
Cliche as it may sound, I always cannot wait until this time of year when TCM plays the Universal Monster movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, etc.

They're some of my absolute favorite Halloween movies (and favorite movies in general).

Also The Lost Boys.


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10/14/2016 12:06 PM EDT
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Ginger Snaps, and Hocus Pocus :D
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10/14/2016 03:42 PM EDT
Mick-Lucifer Wrote:

The Shining - Father's attempts at family vacation go horribly awry!
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You and I were talking about Room 237 in the #IRC chat, highly recommended for Kubrick/ Shining Fans. Very silly.

Keeping the ball rolling:


Clown - Fairly good execution on a solid horror premise!
Se7en - Jesus christ, just look at the cast! MY GOD!
Evil Dead (Original) - Straight up low-budget horror with innovative direction!
Antichrist - MUST HAVE A STRONG STOMACH IF A MAN
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10/15/2016 01:36 AM EDT
I'm a classic universal monsters fan and no Halloween is complete without them. Even you're not a fan of old movies, you should at least give one a chance.

Frankenstein (1931) - The story of a monster that defies the laws of nature and what we know about death...and the sad creature he created.
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10/15/2016 04:07 AM EDT
Excellent description, Coltess.

I'm going to suggest one of my fav horror/comedies - Gremlins



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10/25/2016 11:44 PM EDT
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You and I were talking about Room 237 in the #IRC chat, highly recommended for Kubrick/ Shining Fans. Very silly.

A good companion piece. The guy with the theory about there being hidden erections everywhere is definitely worthy of Halloween viewing.

I've been going through the Nightmare on Elm Streets. I don't necessarily suggest others do the same.

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11/08/2016 02:08 PM EST
unleash_your_tounge Wrote:
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Ginger Snaps, and Hocus Pocus :D
Yes, yes and YES! That reminds me, on the saturday before halloween this year i was sitting outside a supermarket using their free wifi to play mkx mobile & there were naturally lots of people going in & out wearing costumes going to parties. I saw four people dressed as the witches of Hocus Pocus in stunning detail... but wait, I hear you ask... there were but three witches in that film. True the other one was dressed as the BOOK. They looked incredible, and i wish i had been quicker on the uptake to snap a pic.
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RE: MKO Halloween Film SUGGEST-O-RAMA
09/26/2017 04:02 AM EDT
So uhh... I'm planning on doing the 31 Days of Horror movie challenge this October. I've probably seen less than 10 horror movies in my whole life. I need suggestions. Who can help? Please, nothing too graphic or disturbing. I'm a lightweight here, but I'm not trying to fill my list with stuff like Ernest Scared Stupid (love that movie, though!) What would you guys recommend?
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09/26/2017 04:41 AM EDT
Bone Tomahawk - Saw this a few months ago and was really blown away. Sparse, but chillingly effective. Wouldn't call it a gorefest, but the violence (and threat) is really haunting in its bluntness.

The Mist - People are cuckoo for Stephen King adaptations right now thanks to It. The Mist is a pretty grim picture, but a pretty good one. The human horror is probably as bad as what comes out of the mist. May not be a great choice if the state of the world is getting you down (or if you're scared of spiders). Toby Jones is a bad ass.

The Crow - Rewatched this recently after years of not seeing it. Forgot how legitimately good it is. Not strictly horror, but a nice fusion.

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So uhh... I'm planning on doing the 31 Days of Horror movie challenge this October. I've probably seen less than 10 horror movies in my whole life. I need suggestions. Who can help? Please, nothing too graphic or disturbing. I'm a lightweight here, but I'm not trying to fill my list with stuff like Ernest Scared Stupid (love that movie, though!) What would you guys recommend?

I don't really think of Tremors as a horror franchise, but I definitely recommend getting through the first one. Really fun, roller coaster ride with some good cheesy monsters. I don't mind Tremors 2 and 3, but the quality goes down.

The Incite Mill - 2010 Japanese thriller. Not strictly horror, but a fun twist on a common idea. Ten people take the ultimate dream job that pays well and requires no experience. They're taken to a hi-tech underground facility where they soon realize they're being instructed to kill each other. Saw it late last year. Don't remember it being very graphic.

Salem's Lot - OG 1979 mini-series is horrendous and completely unscary. Agonizing tangents. Buck-toothed Nosferatu for a vampire who kills with a Three Stooges routine. Brutal, fun to mock with likeminded friends. A bad Stephen King adaptiation.

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County -- 97/98 found footage TV special. Goes by a few different names, usually variations of "Alien Abduction" or something about Lake County or McPhersons. Pretty cheesy, but I've got a real soft spot for it. Great idea. Some pretty good atmosphere. A little bit more psychological than a lot of modern found footage. Worth a look, if you can find it.

If you haven't seen the classic slashers, those are always worth a look. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween. Probably not as bad as you imagine, but if Tremors is giving you the spooks, I dunno.

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09/30/2017 12:02 AM EDT
Baraka_MK Wrote:
So uhh... I'm planning on doing the 31 Days of Horror movie challenge this October. I've probably seen less than 10 horror movies in my whole life. I need suggestions. Who can help? Please, nothing too graphic or disturbing. I'm a lightweight here, but I'm not trying to fill my list with stuff like Ernest Scared Stupid (love that movie, though!) What would you guys recommend?


The horror genre is sort of a nebulous thing that NEEEERRRRRDSSSS argue on the internet as to what counts. Really it's your call as to what counts, so here are a few suggestions.

If you consider classic monster movies to be horror, like I do, then I would recommend:

Frankenstein (1931) - This is the version to always go with. As much as I love Peter Cushing as Victor in the 1950s Hammer films, the 1931 Universal version is THE Frankenstein film. A masterpiece.

Dracula (1931) - Exactly the same as above, but for Dracula. Christopher Lee is great in the Hammer films, but Bela Lugosi defined the role. If you want that spoopy Halloween feel, go with these two films


If sci-fi horror is more your flavor, but Alien seems a bit too intense then I'd recommend:

The Blob 1958/1988 - Both versions of the Blob have their strengths. The 1958 film has a better cast and as such has superior acting but the '88 version is more disturbing and has the technical advantage of 30 years. The '58 Blob is more of a "creepy" film while the '88 Blob is more directly frightening.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956/1978 - Once again, your choice. Much like the Blob, the original is more creepy and the remake is more frightening. Both are disturbing in concept, but the approach (in particular the endings) are starkly different. I prefer the original, but I think I'm in the minority on that. Unless you like old movies like me or the remake happens to be one of the 10 films you've seen, I'd say you should go with the remake. It has a better cast and is the more frightening of the two.


I'm not really a fan of where the horror genre is at the moment, but thus far I've given you some pretty old films and I can understand if you'd want something more modern. There have been a few I've seen lately that I think may fit your criteria. For modern films I'd recommend:

It Follows - It may seem like your standard jumpscare fair but It Follows surprised the hell out of me. It does have a few jumpscare-ish moments, but the film is actually a lot more. It's dripping with horror movie atmosphere, down to the point where stylistically you can't even really tell what decade you're in. Conceptually it's also a very interesting monster, one that will always have you wondering with a sense of dread. Really the sort of film where you ponder "Shit, what would I do?"

The VVitch - Warning! This film is slow! If you're willing to accept that, you'll enjoy it. It's the type of movie to put in on a crisp Autumn evening and watch as dusk yields to night. The VVitch is ALL atmosphere and characterization. The setting makes you feel isolated, paranoid, and cold while the characters make you (through the protagonist) feel oppressed, guilty, and fearful. This is not Friday the 13th, it is a slow burn that pays off once you've digested the whole film.



Finally, here are a few films that I think are must sees:

Halloween (THE ORIGINAL) - I know you may be thinking that the father of all slasher films may be too graphic, but Halloween really isn't all that graphic, at least by today's standards. Carpenter wanted the film to be more atmospheric and invoke a sense of dread in the audience. In fact, many people were greatly upset when Halloween II was more graphic due to studio meddling.

Rosemary's Baby- This is not the Exorcist. Is it disturbing? Yes, very much so, but in a foreboding way. This film isn't full of gore and grossness, but rather a distinct, almost existential dread. While the exorcist makes us see the evil, Rosemary's baby makes you wonder about having that evil inside.

The Birds - I love Hitchcock, a lot. The Birds is one of those films people argue if it's horror or not. Horror-suspense fits best, I suppose, but it creates fear and that's what counts. It takes something common, omnipresent, and frequently unnoticed and makes it a threat. The idea that tomorrow, something so common could become a true threat to your life is truly frightening.

Psycho (THE ORIGINAL) - Again, people argue. Again, doesn't matter if it counts to you. Psycho is frightening and disturbing with minimal blood and with a villain that is very real, or at least could be. The acting in this film is sublime, and the directing is, well it's Hitchcock.

The Shining (FILM NOT MINISERIES) - There is a reason this movie routinely tops lists of best scary movies. This film is intense in a psychological way, you can feel the characters emotions, due in no small part to the amazing cast. There is some minor gore, if you can call it that, and one particular "icky" part, but unless you're very averse to those things, which are relatively minor, then I'd say you gotta see this one. Great cast, and for direction- it's a Kubrick film!

JAWS- What can I say about JAWS? Big ass, nigh unstoppable shark, shit ton of suspense, not a huge amount of gore, great cast, and a great score. I give this one a small asterisk, as I myself have never really thought of it in the Horror/Scary genre. It most certainly is, and routinely makes lists, but I've always felt different about it and I don't know why. I sort of lump it in with Tremors or even Jurassic Park where there is a monster, there are frights, but it just doesn't fall into the class for me. In any case, if scary is what counts, then the deep, visceral fear invoked by JAWS belongs on any viewing list.

Night of the Living Dead (THE ORIGINAL)- God, I love this movie. The birth of the modern concept of the zombie, and it's not even that gory. The fear of the monsters is augmented 10 fold by the feeling of claustrophobia created by being holed up in an unfamiliar space, besieged by monsters, with strangers who may or may not be a threat.

Evil Dead II- Alright, this one is pretty gory and intense but the comedy elements may get you through it. If you really don't care for that stuff, I wouldn't force it upon you, but this film is spectacular. As is the original Evil Dead but it's more straight up horror while Evil Dead 2 has more comedic elements and gives Ash his machismo. Evil Dead 2 is kinda sorta a remake of Evil Dead (which led to a humorous nod to the confused canonicity in the TV series), so it's not like Evil Dead is required viewing beforehand. If you think you can stomach it, then this one you gotta see.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch- Ok, hear me out, I love this movie. This film has NOTHING to do with the rest of the Halloween series and can be viewed without watching any of the others. It's an amazing bit of 80s horror cheese, combining ancient pagan magic, microchips, and mask manufacturing. The movie is too goofy to be intense, but is engaging if you go with the in-universe logic. It's not very gory either, unless you count turning into bugs as gore. Seriously, watch this movie.
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