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As you've probably already noted from the title of this thread, this bi-monthly installment of the INTL Film Festival has to deal with "Classic Modern Horror" films. What exactly does that mean? Well, I'm not sure what *everyone else* thinks it means, but I tend to think of it as movies that have inspired and influenced current horror, whether it's good or bad. I decided to place an arbitrary limit on the years from 1965 to 1985.

These are the movies that paved the way for today's horror movies. These movies are the ones that will live forever, whether you like them or not, once all the crap from yesterday, today, and tomorrow is looked over and forgotten. They may not be scary in today's context. They may even be downright laughable and campy. But they will always be remembered, always used for inspiration, always quoted and parodied and satirized.

These are the one's worth watching.

Okay, so now that I've set myself up as a pretentious asshole, let's go ahead and actually present the movies. There's a lot of them. I figured it would be better to list as many movies as possible, instead of limiting the Film Festival to 3-4 movies, simply because not everyone has the resources, time, or willingness to go out of their way to find and watch movies. So by including a bunch of them, I reduce the "you asshole, you should've included ______" factor, while also giving much more room for conversation and discussion.

This is by no means a complete, comprehensive list, but merely just a few movies I came up with off the top of my head. Feel free to add your own if you want.

These movies are listed in chronological order of when they were made.


Rosemary's Baby (1968)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063522/
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 (29,262 votes; #225 on top250)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rosemarys_baby/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rosemarys-Baby-Bill-Baldwin/dp/B00003CXCF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204312658&sr=1-1
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Rosemary_s_Baby/60002403
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary%27s_Baby_%28film%29
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment in a building with a bad reputation. They discover that their neighbours are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and Guy begins to spend a lot of time with them. Strange things start to happen: a woman Rosemary meets in the washroom dies a mysterious death, Rosemary has strange dreams and hears strange noises and Guy becomes remote and distant. Then Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbours have special plans for her child.
Fun Fact: This movie was filmed in the same apartment building that John Lennon lived when he was murdered.


Night of the Living Dead (1968)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 (25,442 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1015052-night_of_the_living_dead/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Living-Millennium-Chilly-Cardille/dp/B00005Y6Y2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204313371&sr=1-2
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Night_of_the_Living_Dead/17017662
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_living_dead
Directed by: George A. Romero
Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea
Language: English
MPAA Rating: Unrated
IMDb Plot Summary: The dead come back to life and eat the living in this low budget, black and white film. Several people barricade themselves inside a rural house in an attempt to survive the night. Outside are hordes of relentless, shambling zombies who can only be killed by a blow to the head.
Fun Fact: The word "zombie" is never used, instead the "zombies" are described as "those things."


The Exorcist (1973)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 (66,744 votes; #203 on top250)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exorcist/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Exorcist-Version-Youve-Never-Seen/dp/B0000524CY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204313840&sr=1-1
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Exorcist/14546619
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exorcist_%28film%29
Directed by: William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: Based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist marries three different scenarios into one extraordinary plot. A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
Fun Fact: Stanley Kubrick originally wanted to direct and produce this movie, but the studio turned him down.


Black Christmas (1974)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071222/
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 (4,476 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1002484-black_christmas/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Christmas-Special-Carlson/dp/B000IMUYJM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204314212&sr=1-2
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Black_Christmas/70057846
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Christmas_%281974_film%29
Directed by: Bob Clark
Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: The story is simple: right before Christmas break, an unseen psycho sneaks into the attic of a Canadian sorority house, menacing the girls with obscene phone calls, and starts to kill them one by one.
Fun Fact: When NBC showed the film during prime time (under the title "Stranger in the House"), it was deemed 'too scary' for network television and was pulled off the air.


Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 (22,060 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1021112-texas_chainsaw_massacre/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre-2-Disc-Ultimate/dp/B000FS9FE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204314570&sr=1-1
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Texas_Chainsaw_Massacre/15815343
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Texas_Chain_Saw_Massacre
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
Fun Fact: A family was actually living in the house that served as the Sawyer family house in the later half of the movie. They rented out their house to the film crew and continued to stay there during the entire shoot.


Suspiria (1977)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076786/
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 (10,032 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1020662-suspiria/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Suspiria-Eva-Ax%C3%A9n/dp/B00005ASOI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204314876&sr=1-2
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Suspiria/60037424
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspiria
Directed by: Dario Argento
Starring: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini
Language: Italian/English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: A young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. As she arrives, the camera turns to another young woman, who appears to be fleeing from the school. She returns to her apartment where she is gruesomely murdered by a hideous creature. Meanwhile, the young American is trying to settle in at the ballet school, but hears strange noises and is troubled by bizarre occurrences. She eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for a much more sinister organization.
Fun Fact: This movie was number 24 on the cable channel Bravo's list of the "100 Scariest Movie Moments".


Halloween (1978)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077651/
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 (40,302 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1009113-_halloween/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Brian-Andrews/dp/B000RIWAVW/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204315212&sr=1-12
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Halloween/569090
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_%281978_film%29
Directed by: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: Michael Myers has been in an institution since he was a young boy, after murdering his sister. Now he's escaped and is heading back home to terrorise the quiet community which still remembers him.
Fun Fact: Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a Captain Kirk (William Shatner) mask. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes.


The Shining (1980)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 (109,772 votes; #55 on top250)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/shining/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shining-Two-Disc-Special-Jack-Nicholson/dp/B000UJCALI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204315530&sr=1-3
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Shining/959008
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_%28film%29
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: Jack Torrance becomes the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel up in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Jack, being a family man, takes his wife and son to the hotel to keep him company throughout the long and isolated nights. During their stay strange things occur when Jack's son Danny sees gruesome images powered by a force called "The Shining" and Jack is heavily affected by this. Along with writer's block and the demons of the hotel haunting him Jack has a complete mental breakdown and the situation takes a sinister turn for the worse.
Fun Fact: The book that Jack was writing contained the one sentence ("All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy") repeated over and over. Stanley Kubrick had each page individually typed.


The Evil Dead (1981)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083907/
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 (29,215 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/evil_dead/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Dead-Ultimate-Bruce-Campbell/dp/B000WC3864/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204315951&sr=1-1
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Evil_Dead/484369
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evil_Dead
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss
Language: English
MPAA Rating: X (original rating), NC-17
IMDb Plot Summary: Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.
Fun Fact: Most of the demon POVs that glide across the ground were shot by mounting the camera to a 2X4 while Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell ran along holding either side.


Poltergeist (1982)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084516/
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 (21,427 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/poltergeist/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Poltergeist-25th-Anniversary-Craig-Nelson/dp/B000V4UFZK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204316353&sr=1-1
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Poltergeist/864808
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poltergeist_%28film%29
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R, PG (after appeal)
IMDb Plot Summary: A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.
Fun Fact: The skeletons that emerge from the swimming pool while Diane searches for help are actual skeletons. JoBeth Williams didn't know this until after the scene was shot.


A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087800/
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 (27,269 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/nightmare_on_elm_street/
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94% Fresh
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Elm-Street-John-Saxon/dp/B00000JQTT/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1204316589&sr=1-2
Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street/806456
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street
Directed by: Wes Craven
Starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp
Language: English
MPAA Rating: R
IMDb Plot Summary: Nancy and her friends are having violent nightmares which all feature one common element, a disfigured serial killer with a glove made of razors on his right hand. When one of the group is murdered in their sleep. Nancy realises that she must stay awake and try uncover the truth behind this phantasmic killer Freddy Krueger.
Fun Fact: Director Wes Craven claims to have named Freddy Krueger after a kid who bullied him in school and to have based his appearance on a disfigured hobo who scared him as a youth.


So there you have it. Watch and enjoy, comment, and respond. Exploit the medium of the Internet and the free exchange of ideas.
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Reply 1 of 6 (Originally posted on: 03-04-08 10:02:10 PM)
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I didn't really like Evil Dead very much. I just thought it was really slow and hokey. Now, after seeing the 2nd and 3rd movies, I realize that this isn't meant to be taken very seriously, but I simply didn't get the impression when I first saw it. Also, Ashe was a huge bitch most of the time. The 2nd movie gets out of control with some of the crazy shit that happens, and that's awesome.

I've seen some more of these movies, but I'll save them for a little later. I just wanted to get the ball rolling because I couldn't believe no one said anything about any of these movies.
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The Evil Dead is pretty cool as a creative low/no-budget (independent) film. I didn't enjoy it past it's inventiveness, paying attention to the way it was made, opposed to the story, which kinda bored me. Part two fixes that and is a lots of fun on all levels.



On Poltergeist, I read recently about the controversy that Steven Spielberg was actually the director (he was the producer). I think it's a solid movie, and pretty horrific.
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I'm pretty upset that this thread is so dead....no one like discussing movies?

I loved Halloween. I don't really know why...it's just always been one of my favorite horror movies. I don't get really scared or anything (but movies don't normally scare me. I'm not trying to be macho...just a fact) but I always enjoy watching it. Obviously the music is fantastic. For some reason, watching the original Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street weren't that exciting for me, but I've always enjoyed Halloween.
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I really intend to watch these and comment on them soon, but I've been swamped with work. I promise I will soon though.
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Anyone wanna give me some feedback on the Shining? I think I saw the last like 30-45 minutes a while ago on TV. Still worth seeing?
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You can't watch a Kubrick movie in pieces, and all Kubrick films are worth seeing, so, yes, go see it. It is, however, one of his weaker films, in my opinion. Weak for Kubrick is still way better than most people, though.
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