It’s the time of year for [Spooks] and pumpkin spice lattes

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I’m tired of losing sleep because of scary things happening in politics. I’m ready to lose sleep because of scary things happening in movies/books/games.

So how about a thread where we talk about scary media we like/hate?

My wife and I just watched Hereditary the other night and hoo doggy those are some quality spooks. It’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, bar none. If you haven’t seen it, don’t look up anything about it and just go watch it. It’s streaming on Prime in America. At some point I want to watch Ari’s other feature length film, Midsommar. It’s also streaming on Prime. The guy is making quite a name for himself!

Another one to go see if you haven’t already is It Follows. That one has a fun premise and some real good spooks but also kind of falls apart a bit when you think about it. I think it’s supposed to be highly metaphorical though, and the nice thing about horror is not everything needs to make sense.

As far as games, I’ve been saving Darkwood for a while now. It’s tradition in my house to play a scary game on my backlog through to completion in the month of October. I’m excited to dig into it!

So come on, forums. Try and scare me, without posting any pictures of Donald Trump’s horrible visage.

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Alien: Isolation is great at spooking you

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    Alien: Isolation is great at spooking you

    I got up to the point that
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    started showing up and noped out

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  • HerrCronHerrCron It that wickedly supports taxation Registered User regular
    edited September 29
    Alien: Isolation is great at spooking you

    Just completed it a week ago. Is good.

    Definitely #1 on my list of hiding under beds simulators.
    And #3 on the exasperated sighing "oh, would you just fuck off, would you?" at the screen simulators list

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  • Havelock2.0Havelock2.0 Registered User regular
    Just got done a few days ago watching Haunting of Hill House

    So good. I haven't seen a good haunted house series in a long time

    I've seen things you people wouldn't believe
  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    I hate all scary media on account of it scaring me.

    Cabin in the Woods is my favorite horror movie.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    Just got done a few days ago watching Haunting of Hill House

    So good. I haven't seen a good haunted house series in a long time

    If I want to freak my wife out I’ll just mention
    the bent neck lady

    Does it every time

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    We have been listening to The Magnus Archives serial podcast and it brings the spoop

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  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    Dug out the Halloween decor today. The Mrs. and I will probably watch a smattering of slasher pics with Halloween 3 and the original Haunting at some point. Also Session 9.

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  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Alien Isolation is the only game that ever legit had me stop playing because I got too scared.

    As for movies, I rewatched Dark Skies the other day and it's a solid horror/thriller that still holds up.


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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited September 29
    The best horror IMO is stuff that has deeper underlying psychological/social themes besides “monster is scary”

    In that regard, Get Out is one of the finest horror films I’ve ever watched

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  • MrVyngaardMrVyngaard Live From New Etoile Straight Outta SosariaRegistered User regular
    Perhaps not quite as scary as other choices, but I've always been partial to revisiting The 7th Guest around this time of year, although all things considered... perhaps it's time for me to ring in The 11th Hour.

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  • SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude Mean Mister Mustard Registered User regular
    I've always held the original Nightmare on Elm Street in high regard. I did first see it when I was 7, so it was pretty formative :) Never had much time for the flanderised wise-cracking Freddy of the sequels, which is probably why I also like Wes Craven's New Nightmare so much - an interesting film that doesn't quite deliver but has some good moments and nifty, creepy Freddy redesign.

    I'm trying to figure out my viewing list for this winter season. Definitely The Hitcher, which I haven't seen in years - it's basically a slasher movie, but Rutger Hauer's John Ryder isn't some faceless, silent killer aux Jason et Michael Myers. He's charismatic, evil, and apparently determined to ruin the life of this poor kid who gave him a ride. Great film.

    I've got a Blu-Ray of Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963) I've yet to watch, so will give that a spin. I've never seen it but it has a great reputation and Scorsese has it on his list of the top 11 scariest movies of all time so I doubt I'll be disappointed.

    Mark Gatiss made an excellent 3-part documentary series for the BBC about 6 years ago called the History of Horror and single episode follow up called Horror Europa. Really worth a watch and all on YouTube (see spoiler box).





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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Finally a CIA thread!

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    For scary content, my favourite horror/_____ would have to be Aliens and Army of Darkness. Give me some action and/or comedy and I'm happy. More psychologically horrifying stuff like Get Out is great. Torture porn like Hostel is out, I'm glad the SFX department can make utterly agonizing things seem real, but I'm good, thanks.

    I'm really enjoying Lovecraft Country (which is probably being discussed in the Streaming thread, but I'm like 3,000 posts behind on that one), and am looking forward to the remainder of the season with the hopes of more to come.

    For horror themed games, Dead Space 1 and 2 for sure. Half-Life 2 and the Episodes are solid, and honestly, Half-Life: Alyx has some super tense bits as well. I really should finish it at some point.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I’m grateful for this thread even tho it’s the wrong holiday

  • DeadfallDeadfall I don't think you realize just how rich he is. In fact, I should put on a monocle.Registered User regular
    I'm not big into spooky things but my favorite spooky movie is The Thing. I've watched it every year for like 20 years and some of the scenes still make me jump.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    The wife and I just finished rewatching Haunting of Hill House. It was slightly more depressing and less scary the second time (slightly) but we noticed a bunch more ghosts this time around.

    She's huge into Halloween but hasn't seen a lot of horror / scary films so each year I get to have a little fun showing her some for the first time.

  • DeadfallDeadfall I don't think you realize just how rich he is. In fact, I should put on a monocle.Registered User regular
    My usual list;
    The Thing
    Addams Family 1 and 2
    Beetlejuice
    What We Do In The Shadows
    Constantine
    Pitch Black
    They Live
    Hocus Pocus
    The Terminator
    Interview With A Vampire sometimes
    The Mummy sometimes
    And the Halloween Heist episodes of Brooklyn 99

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  • SiliconStewSiliconStew Registered User regular
    Just got done a few days ago watching Haunting of Hill House

    So good. I haven't seen a good haunted house series in a long time

    If I want to freak my wife out I’ll just mention
    the bent neck lady

    Does it every time

    Nononononono

    A fantastic mix of horror and tragedy.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Watched 1981s Evil Dead for the first time and man, that was a thing.

    Understand it took years to make? Which would explain the continuity which is zero, but maybe not the weird acting. Like when the one girl goes off by herself, the two guys hear a scream and crash, then just sort of mosey over to her room and don't care she's gone?

    I know it's a classic, but wow.

    Can see why Ash went into hunting human monsters. A lot easier to shoot.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Watched 1981s Evil Dead for the first time and man, that was a thing.

    Understand it took years to make? Which would explain the continuity which is zero, but maybe not the weird acting. Like when the one girl goes off by herself, the two guys hear a scream and crash, then just sort of mosey over to her room and don't care she's gone?

    I know it's a classic, but wow.

    Can see why Ash went into hunting human monsters. A lot easier to shoot.

    Did it take years? I thought they all stayed on location with like no modern conveniences and got sick, hurt, and mad at each other- I can’t imagine those conditions lasting long

  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Watched 1981s Evil Dead for the first time and man, that was a thing.

    Understand it took years to make? Which would explain the continuity which is zero, but maybe not the weird acting. Like when the one girl goes off by herself, the two guys hear a scream and crash, then just sort of mosey over to her room and don't care she's gone?

    I know it's a classic, but wow.

    Can see why Ash went into hunting human monsters. A lot easier to shoot.

    Did it take years? I thought they all stayed on location with like no modern conveniences and got sick, hurt, and mad at each other- I can’t imagine those conditions lasting long

    I could certainly be wrong; thought I had read that on IMDB. Wiki just talks about the injuries and misery.

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  • SiliconStewSiliconStew Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Watched 1981s Evil Dead for the first time and man, that was a thing.

    Understand it took years to make? Which would explain the continuity which is zero, but maybe not the weird acting. Like when the one girl goes off by herself, the two guys hear a scream and crash, then just sort of mosey over to her room and don't care she's gone?

    I know it's a classic, but wow.

    Can see why Ash went into hunting human monsters. A lot easier to shoot.

    Did it take years? I thought they all stayed on location with like no modern conveniences and got sick, hurt, and mad at each other- I can’t imagine those conditions lasting long

    There was that too, but they had to stop filming for months at a time to raise more money to continue shooting.

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  • NobeardNobeard North Carolina: Failed StateRegistered User regular
    edited September 30
    I saw Gremlins when was five or six and that gave me nightmares for a few years. Even then I loved the movie, though.

    Most recent horror movie to scare me was The Autopsy of Jane Doe. I really liked it because the characters were not stupid. They had good, logical reasons to not be frightened by the wierd stuff at first, but when it became clear something supernatural was going on, they said let's get the fuck out of here. Made the scary stuff more real to me.

    The clown doll and closet scene in Poltergeist can fuck right off. To this day I don't like dolls facing me when I go to sleep.

    I don't remember the circumstances but I saw this scene from the 80s blob movie as a kid. It left me with a phobia of drains that lasted farther into adulthood than I like to admit.

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    Hands down the scariest movie I've ever scene was Fire in the Sky. That one left me completely absorbed by terror and I avoided going outside after dark for a long while after it.

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  • Ninja Snarl PNinja Snarl P My helmet is my burden. Ninja Snarl: Gone, but not forgotten.Registered User regular
    We had a copy of The Blob in the house when I was growing up. Not the remake, I'm talking the original 50s blob movie.

    The cassette was wrapped in tape that repeatedly said "DO NOT LET [my brother's name] WATCH". Apparently it freaked him out for weeks after watching it.

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  • SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude Mean Mister Mustard Registered User regular
    We had a copy of The Blob in the house when I was growing up. Not the remake, I'm talking the original 50s blob movie.

    The cassette was wrapped in tape that repeatedly said "DO NOT LET [my brother's name] WATCH". Apparently it freaked him out for weeks after watching it.

    The Blob '58 has probably the greatest theme tune of any horror movie ever made ever.

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  • BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    My wife and I just watched Hereditary the other night and hoo doggy those are some quality spooks. It’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, bar none. If you haven’t seen it, don’t look up anything about it and just go watch it. It’s streaming on Prime in America. At some point I want to watch Ari’s other feature length film, Midsommar. It’s also streaming on Prime. The guy is making quite a name for himself!

    I didn't think Midsommar was quite as scary as Hereditary was, but it's still real good and there are some absolutely gut-wrenching moments in it.

    The Witch and The Lighthouse are two films that tickled similar parts of my brain and may be worth watching if you enjoyed Aster's stuff.

    In terms of games, I don't think anything's ever going to top Silent Hill 2 for spookiness for me. The atmosphere, the characters, the soundtrack... they all just combine to create something that far exceeds the sum of its parts, and it's an absolute crying shame that it seems to be stuck in Konami's vault currently.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited October 14
    Based on MegaMan001's recommendation in the movie thread, I watched The Ritual on Netflix.

    Really quite good movie about a bunch of blokes who go off on a guys weekend where they learn about dangers of alcoholism, make crafts, and show off their field medicine skills.

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  • RickRudeRickRude Registered User regular
    I haven't seen it in years, but the first power scared the shit out of me as a kid.

  • RickRudeRickRude Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Based on MegaMan001's recommendation in the movie thread, I watched The Ritual on Netflix.

    Really quite good movie about a bunch of blokes who go off on a guys weekend where they learn about dangers of alcoholism, make crafts, and show off their field medicine skills.

    If it hasn't been mentioned / you haven't seen it check out the babysitter on netflix

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  • flamebroiledchickenflamebroiledchicken Registered User regular
    I love horror movies but I think I have the same problem as Louise Belcher: nothing scares me. I've watched dozens of horror movies, including many that people described as super scary (e.g. It Follows, Hereditary, Session 9, etc) but I'm always aware that I'm just watching a film, I'm always analyzing the technique, so I never get scared. Still waiting for the movie that's going to really freak me out. So far this October I've watched:

    It Comes at Night
    The Blackcoat's Daughter
    The Endless
    Session 9
    Green Room
    The Invitation
    Fright Night
    Re-Animator
    We Are Still Here
    The Vampire Lovers
    Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

    My favorites out of these have been The Endless and Re-Animator. Neither is particularly scary, but Re-Animator is delightfully gory.

    For games, our DM is planning a spooky one-off session that I'm excited for. He mentioned steampunk and a sanity system, so I think it might be Call of Cthulhu? For video games, Inmost looks like a haunted Gameboy game, I think I'll give that a spin.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I love horror movies but I think I have the same problem as Louise Belcher: nothing scares me. I've watched dozens of horror movies, including many that people described as super scary (e.g. It Follows, Hereditary, Session 9, etc) but I'm always aware that I'm just watching a film, I'm always analyzing the technique, so I never get scared. Still waiting for the movie that's going to really freak me out. So far this October I've watched:

    It Comes at Night
    The Blackcoat's Daughter
    The Endless
    Session 9
    Green Room
    The Invitation
    Fright Night
    Re-Animator
    We Are Still Here
    The Vampire Lovers
    Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

    My favorites out of these have been The Endless and Re-Animator. Neither is particularly scary, but Re-Animator is delightfully gory.

    For games, our DM is planning a spooky one-off session that I'm excited for. He mentioned steampunk and a sanity system, so I think it might be Call of Cthulhu? For video games, Inmost looks like a haunted Gameboy game, I think I'll give that a spin.

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    I love horror movies but I think I have the same problem as Louise Belcher: nothing scares me. I've watched dozens of horror movies, including many that people described as super scary (e.g. It Follows, Hereditary, Session 9, etc) but I'm always aware that I'm just watching a film, I'm always analyzing the technique, so I never get scared. Still waiting for the movie that's going to really freak me out. So far this October I've watched:

    It Comes at Night
    The Blackcoat's Daughter
    The Endless
    Session 9
    Green Room
    The Invitation
    Fright Night
    Re-Animator
    We Are Still Here
    The Vampire Lovers
    Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama

    My favorites out of these have been The Endless and Re-Animator. Neither is particularly scary, but Re-Animator is delightfully gory.

    For games, our DM is planning a spooky one-off session that I'm excited for. He mentioned steampunk and a sanity system, so I think it might be Call of Cthulhu? For video games, Inmost looks like a haunted Gameboy game, I think I'll give that a spin.

    Re-anaimator has some of the best scenery chewing ever

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  • SyngyneSyngyne Registered User regular
    We had a copy of The Blob in the house when I was growing up. Not the remake, I'm talking the original 50s blob movie.

    The cassette was wrapped in tape that repeatedly said "DO NOT LET [my brother's name] WATCH". Apparently it freaked him out for weeks after watching it.

    The Blob '58 has probably the greatest theme tune of any horror movie ever made ever.


    I see your Blob and raise you one Green Slime

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  • mRahmanimRahmani DetroitRegistered User regular
    I picked up a 4K version of Alien because I haven’t seen it since I was like ten but my wife doesn’t want to watch a scary movie

    And I don’t want to watch a scary movie alone

    Halp

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    mRahmani wrote: »
    I picked up a 4K version of Alien because I haven’t seen it since I was like ten but my wife doesn’t want to watch a scary movie

    And I don’t want to watch a scary movie alone

    Halp

    Don't worry, a xenomorph is probably in a duct above you, you're not alone.

    Have to check that out, wonder if the grainyness adds to the atmosphere.

    Less scary but more singing, I watched 'O, Brother' on Amazon and it looked really good. Not 4k over Roku but could almost smell the Dapper Dan.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    mRahmani wrote: »
    I picked up a 4K version of Alien because I haven’t seen it since I was like ten but my wife doesn’t want to watch a scary movie

    And I don’t want to watch a scary movie alone

    Halp

    Oh don’t worry it’s there with you

    Always watching, waiting

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  • SchadenfreudeSchadenfreude Mean Mister Mustard Registered User regular
    edited October 14
    Well, my Spooktober viewing has gotten underway. Looks like Ireland is barrelling headlong into another lockdown and Hallowe'en is effectively cancelled so I've ordered a shitload of Blu-Ray's and intend to watch them all!

    First on the list was Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963). I really enjoyed this. It's a simple ghost story about an anthropologist who wants to prove that ghosts exist so invites a mentally ill woman (and others) to a supposedly haunted manor. The main event is Julie Harris's performance as a woman who is desperate for something to actually happen to her, but the supporting cast (including a young Russ Tamblyn and the original Miss Moneypenny, Lois Maxwell) are fun, the sets are great and there's some excellent kinetic camerawork. There's a section near the end of the movie that had to have inspired Sam Raimi.

    Great film. Not scary.

    Next on the agenda was The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) on Disney Plus - specifically the second half, a twenty-five minute retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with songs and narration by Bing Crosby. This is a Hallowe'en classic that I've watched every year since I was a kid. It's funny, got great tunes and its Headless Horseman is legit terrifying. If you have twenty-five minutes then do yourself a favour and give it a watch.

    Great cartoon. Sorta scary.

    And finally we watched Nic Roeg's Don't Look Now (1973) starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie based on Daphne du Maurier's short story. This is a strange film - the title makes it sound like B-movie schlock, and a certain element of the conclusion is b-movie schlock but really what it is is a drama, mostly set in beautiful Venice, about grieving parents trying to get over the death of their daughter - complicated when Christie runs into a blind psychic. The movie is notorious for its opening, its ending, and the love scene between Christie and Sutherland which was rumoured to be unsimulated (it's not). The most terrifying thing about this film is the standards of health and safety on Italian building sites in the 1970s (spoiler! There wasn't any!).

    Amazing film! Not scary. Unsettling and kind of weird though.


    Next up is Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse (2019), which I know isn't strictly speaking a horror movie but between a fresh baby and Coronavirus I never got around to seeing it and the VVitch is one of my favourite films so looking forward to it.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    I should really just bite the bullet and watch The VVitch and Midsommar.

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    Oh also I really enjoyed Don’t Breathe, if you like less supernatural horror and more “realistic” stuff

    There’s some things that require some suspension of disbelief and some really gross scenes but it did in fact spook

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