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Darth Groovy
10-26-2005, 05:44 AM
Here are some short reviews of my top ten single most required Scary Movies to check out for Halloween! Discuss, argue, or post your own top ten lists!

1. Halloween

Though this movie has spawned over two decades of countless mediocre slasher films, this one still works in all the best ways. What happens when an escaped mental patient dones a cheap mask, and terrorizes Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night? Nobody thinks twice about the mask, and nobody expects anything but cheap Halloween pranks. The sheer simplicity of this movie makes it one of the most frightening movies I ever saw as a child, and I still think it is scary to this day. Subsequent "sequals" have involved everything from witchcraft, Satanism, and assorted other psuedo-psychological nonsense which takes all the thrill out of it. However the original still works....it's still scary, and remains a classic to this day. Probably the scariest movie you could get your hands on for Halloween. Local video stores will usually be out of this title on Halloween night, so if you can try to buy it now.

2. An American Warewolf in London

David Naughton and Griffin Dunne are attacked by a warewolf while vacationing in London. David survives the attack, only to find out from his now dead friend that he has until the first full moon to either take his own life, or he will turn into a Warewolf. John Landis makes this Horror movie full of old school gore, and strong tounge-in-cheek humor! This is one of the first movies that ever won any real recognition for special effects from 6-time Academy Award winner Rick Baker. The transformation of warewolf on screen broke new grounds, and made for a frightening and thrilling experience from start to finish. Quite possibley the best Warewolf movie ever made!

3. The Shining

Jack Nicholson takes Shelly Duvall and they're son Danny to spend a winter watching the Overlook Hotel in the mountains of Colorado. Jack's purpose is to spend the isolation in hopes of writing a novel, but what he finds is in fact cabin fever that drives him insane and terrorizes his family instead. This film makes you constantly wonder if he's hallucinating, or if the Hotel itself, which happens to have a history of unfortunate events, is in fact haunted after all. There is just no rest with this movie....it's white knuckles and nail biting from start to finish. Unlike most haunted house style movies, that rely on dark closed spaces....the Hotel's gigantic ball rooms, and long white corridors make this movie a true Stanley Kubrick masterpiece!

4. The Changeling

Most people over look this movie, but they should not. George C. Scott is a composer/music instructor who has just lost his family in an unfortunate car accident. While trying to re-build his life, he accepts a job at a local university and seeks resident in an old historic mansion. Scott not only has to battle the demons of his memories, but also has to tend to the strange noises and supernatural events that seem to stem from one orphan "Changeling" who's spirit inhabits the mansion. No special fx here.....just plain old fasioned spooky noises, and strange events make this movie one that will scare you for the long term effect!

5. Night Of The Living Dead

George Romero's low budget zombie film is the one that started them all. You have to admit to this day that the onslaught of spin offs pail in comparison to this 1968 classic. Nevermind any explanations, the dead are walking the Earth, and feeding on human flesh. The object is survival. This movie was considered quite gory and scary for it's time, and was made just prior to the existence of movie ratings. What people fail to realize is that Romero's films often contail political messages burried in his horror movies. At the time, the casting of African American Duane Jones as the protagonist character, who seems to be the only person with a level head is surrounded by scared white people who consistantly doubt his abilities to survive. This movie is scary enough in Black and white, never mind all the color coded re-makes or re-masters. You can usually find this movie in the bargain bin at your local Best Buy!

6. Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn

Seeing the first Evil Dead is not necessary. This is basically a re-make of Sam Raimi's low budget shlock fest otherwise known as The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell and his girlfriend decide to take over an abandoned cabin in the wooks only to find that it contains the lost pages of The Necronomicron, an ancient book bound in flesh, inked in blood that contains spells which open portals in time, and allow demons to enter our world. The idea of Evil Dead is that anything goes. While the first film was supposed to be serious, this film is a horror film with some of the best tounge in cheek humor I have ever seen commited to film. The events and humor continue to climax at break neck speed and eventually leads to the plot of the ever so famous Army Of Darkness. This movie is gory as all sin, but still fun, and never looses it's warped sense of charm!

7. Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock once said that "The most scariest thing is when you put ordinary people into extraordinary situations". Could anything be a better Expample than Psycho? I assume most of you have seen this, but I refuse to spoil this because everybody HAS to see this film at least once in your life time. Janet Leigh is an ordinary poor worker who decides not to deposit a rather larger sum of cash from her employer and in a panic heads for the hills. She seeks refuge in the Bates Motel. She is met by the Quirky Norman Bates who seems just a little over-powered by his mysterious mother who hides up in a window in a rather large creepy house not too far away from the Hotel. This is a thriller, but scary as hell, and scary in a long term effect. The kind of scary that makes you wonder just how much can make you go Psycho after all!

8. Carrie

Sissy Spacek is Carrie. A troubled Teen who is ruled with an iron fist by her mother, a religious zealot who uses the bible as a crutch for being a poor single mother. When Carrie is taunted by her class mates in school, she discovers a power of telekinesis, and soon begins every youth's journey to rebeling against her parents, only Carrie takes it a step further, only to be countered against her disturbed mother who fights her all the way. Brian Depalma directed this classic, that has some slow moments, but still delivers one of the best climatic moments ever commited to film. And despite the lack of supernatural elements, Carrie is still just plain creepy, and always will be!

9. John Carpenter's The Thing

I cannot stress the effects of "cabin fever". And anyone who lives up north and has ever got "snowed in" knows just what the hell I am talking about. And who would know "cabin fever" better than a research team in glaciers of Antartica? Hellicopter pilot Kurt Russell, and his team come a team of nearby Norwiegen scientists that have unearthed a large UFO burried in a glacier. What they find is alot of dead Norwegians, and a mysterious snow dog. All hell breaks loose as people start to dissapear in Russell's camp. What they discover, is that the Norwegians have discovered an extra terrestrial entity that can replicate any living cell completely, and transform into the being it kills. So now you got a group of isolated people, stuck in a snow storm in Antartica and trapped with a being that can replicate basically any one of them. Now you have paranoia, and cold hard fear. What could be scarrier? This movie is extremely gory....and the kind of gore that makes you want to turn your head and walk away...but it is the kind of movie that leaves you disturbed long after it is over.

10. Bram Stoker's Dracula

And what would be Halloween without Dracula? Every kid at some point has put on a pair of plastic fangs, or gone as Dracula on Halloween, but who has ever read the book? Probably not even Francis Ford Copolla. Although this movie is plauged with flaws....Gary Oldman's performance as Vlad Dracula is very underated. A lousy performance by Keanu Reeves and Winnona Ryder almost ruin this film, but it is saved by Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, and a story that has lasted generations since 1897. This movie is still the best of Dracula movies, and the reason so, is due to Dracula himself. Rather than seeing Bella Lagosi in cape doing that wierd thing with his eyebrows, we see Oldman first as a wire haired mysterious recluse with two things on his mind, Buying up propertie in Carfax Abbey, and Winnona Ryder(ugh!) However, Ryder bears a striking resemblence to Dracula's long departed wife, and we see something that doesn't show up in too many horror movies....compasion. While Dracula is cleary a horrible creature, cursed by God, he still hurts, and we hurt with him. The trendy gothic camera work makes this film look dated, but it is still the best version of Dracula to date. It could have landed some oscars with just a little more effort, and maybe a better cast, but it is still worth a watch, and still fun on Halloween!

toms
10-26-2005, 07:19 AM
They aren't really a horror film, but I'd swap Dracula for either Lost Boys or After Dark... but then I don't think Dracula is really a horror film either.

Am I the only person who never got what everyone liked about "Halloween"? I like most other JC films, but that one leaves me cold.

11. Scream
Bit too postmodern for Groovy's taste I think, but its actually surprisingly gory in places, and the references to all the other horror films make it required halloween viewing. The opening with Drew Barrymore is probably the best bit of the film though.

12 Nightmare on Elm St
All time classic film that is still great now. The sequels were mostly rubbish, so people tend to assume the original was, but its Wes Craven at his best. A few jumps here and there still work, and the central concept of being unable to sleep is a great one. Plus, if all else fails, you get to do a bit of "before they were famous" spotting with Johnny Depp.

13 The Grudge
I know a lot of people didn't like this one, but personally its the scariest film I've ever seen. Guess its all down to personal feelings when it comes to fear. It doesn't do anything particularly new or original, but it does the "jump scares" very well.

14 The Fog
Another classic John Carpenter film, with more Jamie Lee Curtis. But imho much better and scarier than Halloween.

15 Blair Witch Project
Another one a lot of people didn't like... but i think it was a love it or hate it kind of film. Its kind of become cool to hate it now. Its probably not a film you would want to watch more than once, but as an exercise in "unsettling frights" rather than "jump frights" its excellent and original.

16 The Ring/Ring 0
Watch the original japanese ones. Though the films themselves aren't especially scary, Sadako has to be one of the freakiest "bad guys" in any film ever. Plus its the one that truely started the trend of japanese horror. Ring 2 isn't so hot, and i hear that the US remakes aren't so great either.

17 Audition
I hate this film. Not exactly a horror, but i don't know what you would call it otherwise. But its just far too freaky for me. So, if you want a film that will freak you out then go for this... or probably anything else by Takeshi Miike.

18 Catwoman
Scariest movie ever.... ;)

Prime
10-26-2005, 10:19 AM
Jeez, no Exorcist?

Ray Jones
10-26-2005, 10:33 AM
The Blob. Or of course one of those freaky Star Trek episodes. Aliens might also do well.

Jaja. I know. I'm not that deep into horror movies. But entertainment is important. Ne?

Hey, and look. My p.c. just increased by one. On it's own. How cabalistic. *shudders*

:D :D

*runs*

toms
10-26-2005, 11:35 AM
no Texas Chainsaw Masacre either, but those films didn't move me...

El Sitherino
10-26-2005, 03:18 PM
I disagree with the Ring movies and the Grudge, they're boring and leave me wanting to drink myself into a coma in attempts to escape my own mental suffering.

I'll add "IT" to the list in replacement of those.

StormHammer
10-26-2005, 03:53 PM
I mostly agree with your list Groovy, except I never found Psycho or Carrie remotely scary. So I'd probably swap out Psycho for Dog Soldiers (another werewolf flick, which was very well done imho - not necessarily scary but a good actioner), and The Haunting (the original not the horrid remake) in place of Carrie.

El Sitherino
10-26-2005, 03:56 PM
Woah, can't believe I forgot about Dog Soldiers.
Awesome movie.

Kain
10-26-2005, 04:39 PM
Kazaam. Can't forget Kazaam.*shudder*

Darth Groovy
10-26-2005, 07:32 PM
Jeez, no Exorcist?


Over rated. Over use of green pea soup.

Nalukai
10-26-2005, 11:35 PM
If your choosing a George C. Scott movie, i suggest Ghost Story as well.

and Toms what makes Halloween so scary in its day it was based roughly off a true story about a guy that escaped a mental hosptial, hacked up a bunhc of peeps on Hallows Eve... and disappeared.

my top ten ,which is almost the same as grooves...

1.Halloween
2.The Amityville Horror ( the original not the crappy remake)
3.Hellraiser
4.Nightmare on Elm Street
5.Alien
6. Night of the Living Dead
7.The Shining
8.The Exorcist
9.Scream ( dont hate, you know the very first one was great and brought the element back from the grave so to speak)

and last but certainly not least....

10.Poltergeist

honorable mentions to The Fog(original),Ghost Story and the Thing, just didnt have room for them in a top ten :(

Captain Wilson
10-26-2005, 11:44 PM
Id say thats a fine list there, just needs IT and saw squessed in somewhere.

El Sitherino
10-27-2005, 12:20 AM
... Saw?

Halloween list, not "Watch bad movies and get stoned with your pals" night-list.

Kurgan
10-27-2005, 12:21 AM
At this rate you guys will have no time to trick or treat! ;)

I'd toss in the original Dawn of the Dead in there (though you might want to have seasoned fans first with "Night" heh) and "The Crow" (the original, not any of the abyssmal sequels or remakes!).

The original Alien is a good choice too. ;)

Sabretooth
10-27-2005, 01:20 AM
The Ring should be there, the Exorcist, Dracula, Frankenstein, NotLD, DotD and... uh... yeah, Star Wars: Episode -1: The Adventures of Jar Jar Binks.

Captain Wilson
10-27-2005, 02:12 AM
... Saw?

Halloween list, not "Watch bad movies and get stoned with your pals" night-list.

I thought Saw was a superb film, bloody scary in bits as well so http://www.clancro.co.uk/forums/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif

Kain
10-27-2005, 02:34 AM
The Ring sucked.

El Sitherino
10-27-2005, 02:47 AM
The Ring sucked.
Aye, both the original and the remake were far from anywhere near decent. Even if they were decent, they'd be far from required Halloween viewing.

toms
10-27-2005, 07:54 AM
Is IT the terrible tv miniseries with a guy in a clown suit? Or am i thinking of something else?

Others:

- If you like Dog Soldiers (which i thought was not bad) then I think The Descent is by the same director and is supposed to be it's "sister movie". Whatever that means. I haven't seen it, but I was thinking of picking up the DVD.

- Land of the Dead is pretty cool, if not a classic.

- Saw was ok but got boring.

- Creep is a reasonably good horror film starring Franke Potente as a girl trapped in the london underground at night. Probably more scary if you have been sat all alone on an underground station in a drunken haze yourself though.

- A Tale of Two Sisters is a cool korean horror flick, but probably not for those that didn't like the ring/grudge.

- Wolf Creek is actually fairly harsh. It portrays things in a more gritty, realistic style than a lot of horror films.

- Final Destination 2 isn't exactly a horror film, but its great fun predicting the elaborate deaths. You can skip part 1.

- 28 Days Later is a nice variation on the Zombie theme.

- The Sixth Sense and The Others are both suitably spooky and excellent for Halloween viewing.

- I guess you could class Se7en, Jaws and Alien as scary movies, if not exactly horror.

And after all of that you NEED to watch Shaun of the Dead... ;)

The Grudge freaked me out enough that i stopped watching scary movies for a few months, and the Ring is the only film ever to give me nightmares... so i guess its all personal taste.. ;) *runs screaming*

jon_hill987
10-27-2005, 07:59 AM
You must watch Braindead, best Zombie movie ever (bar Shaun of the Dead), directed by Peter Jackson before he became famous for LotR.

Darth Groovy
10-27-2005, 09:10 AM
The Ring sucked.

You betcha! Also, i've seen Blair Witch Project mentioned more than once in this thread. Don't make me get the hose people...:mad:

lassev
10-27-2005, 09:34 AM
17 Audition
I hate this film. Not exactly a horror, but i don't know what you would call it otherwise. But its just far too freaky for me. So, if you want a film that will freak you out then go for this... or probably anything else by Takeshi Miike.


Damn that was a gross film. But you are right, it's not really horror.

Kurgan
10-27-2005, 10:19 AM
That reminds me I need to watch "Shaun of the Dead."

toms
10-27-2005, 10:47 AM
Can't believe we all forgot Ghostbusters!!! *smacks head*

Haven't seen BrainDead in years but it does rock, i think they must have used gallons of rasberry sauce in that one.

Also try out Bad Taste for Peter Jackson's early attempt at Zombie Comedy Horror.

- Hellraiser anyone? (1 and 3 only to be on the safe side).
the first film is low budget but excellent, the second is dull, the third is a bit generic but ok, then they go pants.
But the Cenobites are up there with the creepiest Horror Movie bad guys.

ps/ you DO need to watch Shaun of the Dead.

Nalukai
10-27-2005, 10:50 AM
I forgot to include these but didnt have any room either: the first 2 Friday the 13ths are great to watch in a darkened room with someone to cuddle and pounce on you when ya scare the piss out of them in the key music heightened areas where nothing actually happens. The acting is beyond teh sux... but the suspense is great. forget about the rest of the 50 they made after those 2.

Ray Jones
10-27-2005, 10:51 AM
How about the Madmax movies?

Kain
10-27-2005, 11:18 AM
Dude, Highlander 2 is wicked scary. But not in a horror sense - more of a 'OMFG I CAN'T BELIEVE I WASTED MONEY!!! WAAAAAAAAAH!!!!' sense.

because whats scarier than wasting money?

Kurgan
10-27-2005, 01:42 PM
Oh yes, you're right Ghostbusters should be up there for sure!

Highlander 2, Halloween material? Yeah right.

However, "Manos: The Hands of Fate" and other MST3Kified movies definately qualify (like the Screaming Skull!).

jon_hill987
10-27-2005, 02:07 PM
Who ya gonna call!

I forgot about Ghostbusters, but which one is the best...

Boba Rhett
10-27-2005, 03:12 PM
The first one, of course!. ;)


I fell asleep during the Exorcist. The Evil Dead Trilogy is where the money is at!

Nalukai
10-27-2005, 03:18 PM
wha wha wha??? Peter Jackson mad the movie Bad Taste??? lol even though i thought it ruled he sure did pull a complete 180 turn on his films.

you want something even worse try Blood Sucking Freaks.

you want some gore try From Beyond or Re-Animator <ducks for cover>

Boba Rhett
10-27-2005, 03:26 PM
Peter Jackson's specialty as a young man was over the top movies like that. You should check out his others... which I can't remember the names too right now... They're a hoot!. :)


Check out Frighteners too. It was his first Hollywood movie and it stars MJ Fox.

jon_hill987
10-27-2005, 03:42 PM
which I can't remember the names too right now...

Braindead, and it is brilliant.

the bit where he crashes the zombie "party" at his house with a lawnmower is the best ever

Darth Groovy
10-27-2005, 11:15 PM
because whats scarier than wasting money?

Spending it all on something like tires.

Kain
10-28-2005, 12:22 AM
HA!! I didn't hafta spend a DIME on tires!

Kurgan
10-28-2005, 04:36 AM
So you're the one who stole my tires... dang pranksters!

Ray Jones
10-28-2005, 05:51 AM
Braindead, and it is brilliant.

the bit where he crashes the zombie "party" at his house with a lawnmower is the best ever
Yeah, I remember this scene to be like 1 minute in the cut version and like 15 hours in the uncut.

Darth Groovy
10-28-2005, 02:24 PM
HA!! I didn't hafta spend a DIME on tires!


I could have spent over $200 on so many more wonderfull things than four pieces of lousy black rubber...

It's a horror and a tradgedy.

http://www.themanipulation.com/thehorror.jpg

Nalukai
10-29-2005, 09:13 PM
meh i watched the first 30 minutes of Eraserhead at a bros house he loaned it to me 2 weeks ago... i still havent watched the rest... i think the first 30 minutes was enough for me. Ill take Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, or Twin Peaks instead...

lassev
10-30-2005, 05:53 AM
... watch it late at night (like at 1 or 2 at night) with all the lights out by yourself...

I don't think they recommend watching TV in the dark, with all lights out...

Oh, maybe I missed the point...

Lightsaberboy
10-30-2005, 06:12 AM
ive been watching a lot of amc and bravo since friday since they were doing some kind of horror marathon. they showed a bunch of nightmare on elm streets and friday the 13ths, which i hadnt really seen before, or if i did i dont remember.

after watching my fill, just for the heck of it i rented Freddy vs Jason, which was 'meh' but fun to see them duke it out. I always liked Freddy more than Jason. Jason was kinda dull and had no personality.

acdcfanbill
10-30-2005, 05:36 PM
hrm, heres a few i like but havent seen mentioned...

The Howling (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082533/) - good werewolf flick, matches american werewolf in london for transformation imho
Last House on the Left (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068833/) - craven
In The Mouth of Madness (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113409/) - great overlooked carpenter flick imho
Castle Freak (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112643/) - jeffery combs and stuart gordon reunite outside of re-animator series:)
Session 9 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0261983/) - great overlooked horror/thriller
Dagon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264508/) - mix of two lovecraft stories from stuart gordon again. It was made outside the US, but has a Combs look alike, i guess they couldnt get him for it. This is about the only movie I have ever cringed at the gore on. I cant say what, because it might ruin it for anyone watching :)

most of these arnt for kids or the weak stomached, i love them :)

Captain Wilson
10-30-2005, 09:11 PM
Saw saw 2 ( hehe saw saw :D)

Twas a good film to watch round this time. I was going to see it today, but all showings were booked to the top :(

IG-64
10-31-2005, 12:51 AM
http://207.136.67.23/film/dvdcompare/nosferatu-1/Nosferatu%20Kino%204.jpg
http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/8559/nosferatu0tn.gif

Nosferatu.

Never seen it, but it looks damn creepy. :p

(previously mentioned by Chase)

Darth Groovy
10-31-2005, 01:15 AM
http://207.136.67.23/film/dvdcompare/nosferatu-1/Nosferatu%20Kino%204.jpg
http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/8559/nosferatu0tn.gif

Nosferatu.

Never seen it, but it looks damn creepy. :p

(previously mentioned by Chase)

If you can, try to snag the copy that has the Type O' Negative soundtrack. I got that one, and it ads to the effect in a good way.

GUNNER
10-31-2005, 06:25 AM
Ok, so it might not be a holloween/horror flick but it will creep the shait out of ya. Well it did to me anyways....

EVENT HORIZON!

Mike Windu
10-31-2005, 07:14 AM
haha, Nosferatu made an appearance in Spongebob.

That would kill any sort of horror that the movie would make for me. :p

Lightsaberboy
10-31-2005, 07:21 AM
he was also in an episode of Angel i believe. Angel staked him rather quickly.

acdcfanbill
10-31-2005, 01:01 PM
nosferatu is a very good film, excellent use of shadows.

Cmdr. Cracken
10-31-2005, 01:37 PM
Has anyone said Alien? I mean, if your a sci-fi horror person, Alien, and the sequal, Aliens, is really creepy.

the other 2 movies suck though. Ressurection was more action flickey, and 3 was like.... wtf?

Lady Jedi
10-31-2005, 02:44 PM
The first two Alien movies creeped me out. Totally. *shudders* The third was good, but not as creepy and Ressurection does suck. :xp: But, yeah for some creepy hopeless chases you gotta get the first two. :D

AvP is great, but not quite as dark....

Gothika was pretty creepy, too. Those darn flickering lights really got to me. :o

Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon are just plain unsettling. Goood movies.

toms
11-01-2005, 07:04 AM
Manhunter always trumps Red Dragon... ;)

Ray Jones
11-01-2005, 10:14 AM
Aliens is my personal fav, Alien is pretty good though and Alien³ still cool, however the three books are all equally excellent and give you a real Alienosphery picture of the story. Also, I'd prefer Alien vs Predator as 4th movie of the trilogy as Ressurection rather was like staring into a litterbox full of used condoms for one and a half hour. I mean, an Alienqueen having a womb?

Yeah, and I said Alien(s) first. But is that of importance? No. <_<;

Something else?? Ehhmm. Mel Brook's Dracula?


:)

toms
11-01-2005, 11:36 AM
Well, now that Halloween is out the way and Bonfire Night is fast approaching, we need a list of the top ten films in which things get blown up! (especially with gunpowder):

1 - A New Hope (whole planet!)
2 - Mask of Zorro (only a mine, but with gunpowder so thats bonus points)
3 - Two Towers (helm's deep, again with gunpowder)
4 - Die Hard (Nakatomi Plaza)
5 - Mars Attacks (almost everything, but including the houses of parliament, so thats bonus points)
6 - The Rock (alcatraz)
7 - Speed (a bus)
8 - Goldfinger (secret base, but with style!)
9 - Independance Day (the white house)
10 - The Seige (new york?)
11 - Die hard 3 (new york again?)

Oddly can't think of that many films where london or the houses of parliament get blown up :(

Cmdr. Cracken
11-01-2005, 01:29 PM
Independence day also blows up entire cities, not just the White House.

If i recall, the first three cities to go in America are Washington D.C, New York, and Los Angeles. granted they start at important monuments, but i think Id4 should rank a bit higher on your list. :D

PoM
11-02-2005, 05:46 AM
I'll add "IT" to the list in replacement of those.
Insane Sith is afraid of clowns!!!:D.


Dude...That movie is freaky.

Also, another necessary movie is The Nightmare before Christmas.
Not scary at all, but it freaking owns! Who can resist Tim Burton?
(Maybe better as a christmas movie? Or both? I can watch it on halloween and christmas!)

Kurgan
11-02-2005, 07:43 AM
Well, now that Halloween is out the way and Bonfire Night is fast approaching, we need a list of the top ten films in which things get blown up! (especially with gunpowder):

1 - A New Hope (whole planet!)
2 - Mask of Zorro (only a mine, but with gunpowder so thats bonus points)
3 - Two Towers (helm's deep, again with gunpowder)
4 - Die Hard (Nakatomi Plaza)
5 - Mars Attacks (almost everything, but including the houses of parliament, so thats bonus points)
6 - The Rock (alcatraz)
7 - Speed (a bus)
8 - Goldfinger (secret base, but with style!)
9 - Independance Day (the white house)
10 - The Seige (new york?)
11 - Die hard 3 (new york again?)

Oddly can't think of that many films where london or the houses of parliament get blown up :(

What's "Bonfire Night"?

And yeah, I've seen Nosferatu. It was basically a rip-off of Dracula from the silent era. Nice. ;)

As for silent horror, there's also "The Golem" and "Phantom of the Opera" (Lon Chaney). Toss in the classic B&W horror flicks (sound era) in there, with Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as the Mummy or Frankenstein's monster, and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman. Now moving into color... The original War of the Worlds movie (1950's). And toss in Christopher Lee as Dracula...

Hermie
11-02-2005, 07:47 AM
I would say for fathersday, so ESB. >_>

toms
11-02-2005, 08:07 AM
If i recall, the first three cities to go in America are Washington D.C, New York, and Los Angeles. granted they start at important monuments, but i think Id4 should rank a bit higher on your list. :D

Hmm. Maybe. I was torn between putting the good movies at the top, and putting the ones with lots of stuff being blown up. Independence day suffered because its pants. (and because I only remembered it at the last minute and couldn't be bothered to re-number all the list...) ;)

Nalukai
11-02-2005, 10:47 AM
If you are making a "blow up " list then you have got to have Rock and Roll High School on it. It Stars The Ramones plus the kids blow a school up.

toms
11-03-2005, 08:08 AM
Cool, I'll have to watch that.

Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night, or Fireworks Night) is the 5th of November.

It remembers the plot by Guy Fawkes and some other conspiritors to blow up the Houses of Parliament. They smuggled loads of barrels of gunpowder into the basement, but got caught before pulling it off. They were then hung, drawn, quartered and killed in a number of nasty ways. Its also known as the Gunpowder Plot.

In the UK its probably a fair bit bigger than Halloween, although in most people's minds they are always linked because they are always a week apart. Its celebrated by making huge bonfires upon which you burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, and by massive firework displays. Sparklers, Toffee Apples and Candy Floss are also associated with bonfire night.

Usually a lot of people go to huge organised displays (each town will have at least one), but this year i'm off to a friends house with a lot of people from work and we are going to do our own bonfire/fireworks in the garden.

What with the festivals of Eid and Divalli falling nearby as well they sometimes get rolled in as part of a big "festival of light" type event.

Kurgan
11-03-2005, 10:11 AM
Ah yes, I was thinking of "Devil's Night" in Detroit, but that's not an official holiday (just thugs doing arson and vandalism) and has been declining in recent years thanks in large part to community activism.

PoM
11-04-2005, 06:49 AM
the Grudge

I feel like agreeing with you.
I watched it yesterday...And guess what.
When i wasn't laughing because a bloody The Ring-girl was burping in whats-her-names phone, i was either bored or really confused.
I guess i don't really find a the ring-girl who sounds like a frog and a cat-guy that scary.
That movie can't have scared a 7 year old.

Darth Groovy
11-05-2005, 07:00 PM
I feel like agreeing with you.
I watched it yesterday...And guess what.
When i wasn't laughing because a bloody The Ring-girl was burping in whats-her-names phone, i was either bored or really confused.
I guess i don't really find a the ring-girl who sounds like a frog and a cat-guy that scary.
That movie can't have scared a 7 year old.

Burping girl scared me alot more than Ring girl. Cat-guy didn't scare me either, but I hate cats, so yeah. Ring was just totally stupid, I laughed through the entire thing. Grudge had your all inclusive stupid post gen x ending, and pissed me off the same, but at least there were moments in The Grudge where hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Any horror flick that wasn't made in the late 70's that can do that, deserves a few points.

toms
11-07-2005, 07:46 AM
The bit that made me jump most in the Grudge was the bit where the the guy slipped in the blood on the floor. That was class. :)