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Your favourite decade for horror

10s 5 20.00%
 
00s 2 8.00%
 
90s 0 0.00%
 
80s 14 56.00%
 
70s 3 12.00%
 
60s 0 0.00%
 
50s 0 0.00%
 
40s 0 0.00%
 
30s 1 4.00%
 
1920s 0 0.00%
 
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Jpcc86 said:

To me this is an easy question to be honest, its the 70s. Its got what I consider the single 2 best horror films in history in Jaws and Alien, which not only are fantastic as horror films - but also fantastic as films, overall, in general - I'd argue they are amongst the best films of the decade.

Add to that its got some cult classic that I absolutely love, like Wicker Man, Phantasm, Eraserhead and Suspiria and absolute classics that have trascended the medium like The Exorcist, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massace, Carrie, Dawn of the Dead, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and many more. 

Not to say there arent that many standouts in every decade, the 80's got Aliens and The Thing, which are amongst my favorites of all time as well, and this current decade has been particularly good to the genre, but the 70's hit my sweet spot.

I agree with you 100%. The 70s is the best for horror films. Plus, it gave us Deliverance, not a horror film exactly - but mighty scary indeed.



Just watched upgrade yesterday, it had an interesting blend of sci-fi, action and body horror, well worth a watch.



I'll keep in mind some of the movies you mentioned and give them a watch but as for the question.

I'd definitely go with the 70's-80's decades as for the best overall content for horror enthusiast. However, I'd say the 2010's gave such rich and new content that I might say we live in a renaissance era of the horror genre after the shallow 00's imo (Not that there isn't great horror movies there).

The Witch, Insidious, Sinister, both the Conjuring movies, Cabin in the Woods and some other inspired Lovecraftian horror flick were amongst my favorite content I've watched since all years long !



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Conjuring films are some of the blandest and most Hollywood horror films out there. I don't get the love. The stupid overdesigned doll. The stupid-looking nurse. It's so overdesigned for something trying to be serious. They are putting shlock in there but acting like it isn't. Everything about them is so hokey and contrived. Insidious was stupid as fuck. Darth Maul is the demon...lol really?! Annabelle films are just pure trash. Conjuring 2 is even goofier as that voice the girl does I can easily do and I have. I did it as a kid for goofs. It's just silly. I'd be ok with these series being self-aware how goofy they are but the fact they pretend to be real makes them so fucking shit and stupid.



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Leynos said:
Conjuring films are some of the blandest and most Hollywood horror films out there. I don't get the love. The stupid overdesigned doll. The stupid-looking nurse. It's so overdesigned for something trying to be serious. They are putting shlock in there but acting like it isn't. Everything about them is so hokey and contrived. Insidious was stupid as fuck. Darth Maul is the demon...lol really?! Annabelle films are just pure trash. Conjuring 2 is even goofier as that voice the girl does I can easily do and I have. I did it as a kid for goofs. It's just silly. I'd be ok with these series being self-aware how goofy they are but the fact they pretend to be real makes them so fucking shit and stupid.

The conjuring 1 and 2 are just two solid horror films in my opinion. They don't necessarily do anything new, but the way they actually make the characters in the films more fleshed out and likable is a big plus in my book. Also james wan seems to have such a great understanding of how to create tension and build up in his films. My favourite example being the clap game from the 1st conjuring, something shown to be an innocent thing early on in the film made into one of the best scares in the film later. I don't consider these films to be the pinnacle of horror filmmaking but they are effective rollercoaster hotter films.

The first insidious is similar but not quite as well done. 

Honestly from the way your speaking horror doesn't seem to be the genre for you.



pikashoe said:
Leynos said:
Conjuring films are some of the blandest and most Hollywood horror films out there. I don't get the love. The stupid overdesigned doll. The stupid-looking nurse. It's so overdesigned for something trying to be serious. They are putting shlock in there but acting like it isn't. Everything about them is so hokey and contrived. Insidious was stupid as fuck. Darth Maul is the demon...lol really?! Annabelle films are just pure trash. Conjuring 2 is even goofier as that voice the girl does I can easily do and I have. I did it as a kid for goofs. It's just silly. I'd be ok with these series being self-aware how goofy they are but the fact they pretend to be real makes them so fucking shit and stupid.

The conjuring 1 and 2 are just two solid horror films in my opinion. They don't necessarily do anything new, but the way they actually make the characters in the films more fleshed out and likable is a big plus in my book. Also james wan seems to have such a great understanding of how to create tension and build up in his films. My favourite example being the clap game from the 1st conjuring, something shown to be an innocent thing early on in the film made into one of the best scares in the film later. I don't consider these films to be the pinnacle of horror filmmaking but they are effective rollercoaster hotter films.

The first insidious is similar but not quite as well done. 

Honestly from the way your speaking horror doesn't seem to be the genre for you.

Nah, man. I grew up on horror and grew to admire Rick Baker and Stan Winston. Tom Savini. I worked in haunted houses behind the stage and in front. I have dabbled in some film and TV. I fucking love horror but those films are bland and boring. They have no psychology to them. Cheap tricks. Overdesigned ghosts and props. The regular Raggedy Ann doll would be better for Annabelle. When you can't trust an everyday innocent-looking object, it's even more frightening. When big scary doll that looks like big scary doll comes to life...it's a well no fucking shit. Chucky looked like a kids toy and looked very innocent.(talking just the first film) When Andy kept saying Chucky says,  they had a build-up where mom thinks her kid is just having an imagination. When he came to life cussing and screaming in an adult man's voice that was some good horror. Insidious...again it's Darth Fucking Maul from Star Wars as your demon. It's so god damn goofy looking I burst out laughing. I love horror, I'm just immune to the tricks but that does not mean I don't know when something is done well.  Why I didn't flinch at all during Until Dawn the game. I went in blind but I knew the timing they wanted for jump scares. The oldest and cheapest trick in the book. Another cliche was trying to trick me into chopping off my own character's finger or killing one to save myself. A lot at that point did not add up and it felt like a setup. I got everyone to live.

I love horror in general but modern horror relies on cheap shit. Easy to predict. Stuff a very casual person would fall for. There is no build-up anymore. No looming sense of dread. No set up that makes you feel safe then removes it. Poltergeist 1982 or Excorcist. They did well making you feel safe and slowly pulled it away but not too much. When they hit with something big or just enough of something you felt uneasy. Not jump scares. Not giving away too much too soon. Even Evil Dead did this well and it's over the top batshit insane but it's well made despite the low production values. I love my Jasons and Freddy's but those films are self aware they are shlock and know what those fans want and deliver. Accidental shlock like Annabelle or Darth Maul is just shit.



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Leynos said:
pikashoe said:

The conjuring 1 and 2 are just two solid horror films in my opinion. They don't necessarily do anything new, but the way they actually make the characters in the films more fleshed out and likable is a big plus in my book. Also james wan seems to have such a great understanding of how to create tension and build up in his films. My favourite example being the clap game from the 1st conjuring, something shown to be an innocent thing early on in the film made into one of the best scares in the film later. I don't consider these films to be the pinnacle of horror filmmaking but they are effective rollercoaster hotter films.

The first insidious is similar but not quite as well done. 

Honestly from the way your speaking horror doesn't seem to be the genre for you.

Nah, man. I grew up on horror and grew to admire Rick Baker and Stan Winston. Tom Savini. I worked in haunted houses behind the stage and in front. I have dabbled in some film and TV. I fucking love horror but those films are bland and boring. They have no psychology to them. Cheap tricks. Overdesigned ghosts and props. The regular Raggedy Ann doll would be better for Annabelle. When you can't trust an everyday innocent-looking object, it's even more frightening. When big scary doll that looks like big scary doll comes to life...it's a well no fucking shit. Chucky looked like a kids toy and looked very innocent.(talking just the first film) When Andy kept saying Chucky says,  they had a build-up where mom thinks her kid is just having an imagination. When he came to life cussing and screaming in an adult man's voice that was some good horror. Insidious...again it's Darth Fucking Maul from Star Wars as your demon. It's so god damn goofy looking I burst out laughing. I love horror, I'm just immune to the tricks but that does not mean I don't know when something is done well.  Why I didn't flinch at all during Until Dawn the game. I went in blind but I knew the timing they wanted for jump scares. The oldest and cheapest trick in the book. Another cliche was trying to trick me into chopping off my own character's finger or killing one to save myself. A lot at that point did not add up and it felt like a setup. I got everyone to live.

I love horror in general but modern horror relies on cheap shit. Easy to predict. Stuff a very casual person would fall for. There is no build-up anymore. No looming sense of dread. No set up that makes you feel safe then removes it. Poltergeist 1982 or Excorcist. They did well making you feel safe and slowly pulled it away but not too much. When they hit with something big or just enough of something you felt uneasy. Not jump scares. Not giving away too much too soon. Even Evil Dead did this well and it's over the top batshit insane but it's well made despite the low production values. I love my Jasons and Freddy's but those films are self aware they are shlock and know what those fans want and deliver. Accidental shlock like Annabelle or Darth Maul is just shit.

Only thing I agree with is the Annabelle doll (even though its barely in the conjuring film) they could have toned it down, although old dolls often do look creepy, i think the chucky doll was the right level of creepy and realistic. Although childs play isnt what i consider good horror, its cheesy fun 80s schlock. But not really scary in the slightest. There's no tension at all because there is never any doubt that the doll is alive, they show how it happens in the first scene of the movie. But the film then tries to act like it isn't alive for the audience, even though we are clearly shown that it is. The demon from insidious isn't particularly goofy looking, it's design is kinda meh to me. I can't understand you championing 80s horror when that's full of the goofiest stuff in horror cinema. I love it but let's not kid ourselves.

I mean it feels like you haven't watched many modern horror films at all, because so many that I mentioned do exactly what you want. Take for example the colour out of space, that film starts off with just showing the family living normally, shows us how they interact how they get along then the inciting incident happens and things slowly start to change and keep escalating till the climax. I'd say a vast majority of the films I mentioned have great build up and payoff.

The exorcist never makes you feel safe at all, that film from the beginning has a creepy atmosphere and makes you aware that something is wrong from near the beginning. Which isn't bad, it just doesn't match up with what you said. Poltergeist is a good example, with it starting out like a Spielberg film, like ET, then slowly adding horror elements, although it could be said that certain aspects like the clown have the same issues as Annabelle. Also the scene when the guy starts tearing his face off looks pretty bad. 

I'm sorry to say the first few Friday the 13th films take themselves quite seriously, it's only really part 6 when the series becomes self aware. 

Just give some modern horror films a shot. Watch some that I listed, there are so many truly great horror films from this decade that any horror fan would be doing themselves a disservice to dismiss.



Jpcc86 said:

To me this is an easy question to be honest, its the 70s. Its got what I consider the single 2 best horror films in history in Jaws and Alien, which not only are fantastic as horror films - but also fantastic as films, overall, in general - I'd argue they are amongst the best films of the decade.

Add to that its got some cult classic that I absolutely love, like Wicker Man, Phantasm, Eraserhead and Suspiria and absolute classics that have trascended the medium like The Exorcist, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massace, Carrie, Dawn of the Dead, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and many more. 

Not to say there arent that many standouts in every decade, the 80's got Aliens and The Thing, which are amongst my favorites of all time as well, and this current decade has been particularly good to the genre, but the 70's hit my sweet spot.

70s would be my second place, so many masterpieces that defined the genre in that decade. Only thing holding it back is that it doesn't quite have the same quantity of decent horror films from this decade. For me this decade has a number of horror masterpieces along with a huge amount of solid horror films. 80s are great as well, but I feel like horror became very trope heavy in that decade and mostly felt dumber. The 80s I think are a great decade to introduce people to horror. The films are entertaining and easy to consume, then you can move onto the meatier classics of the 70s and 60s that are slower but a bit smarter.



pikashoe said:
Leynos said:

Nah, man. I grew up on horror and grew to admire Rick Baker and Stan Winston. Tom Savini. I worked in haunted houses behind the stage and in front. I have dabbled in some film and TV. I fucking love horror but those films are bland and boring. They have no psychology to them. Cheap tricks. Overdesigned ghosts and props. The regular Raggedy Ann doll would be better for Annabelle. When you can't trust an everyday innocent-looking object, it's even more frightening. When big scary doll that looks like big scary doll comes to life...it's a well no fucking shit. Chucky looked like a kids toy and looked very innocent.(talking just the first film) When Andy kept saying Chucky says,  they had a build-up where mom thinks her kid is just having an imagination. When he came to life cussing and screaming in an adult man's voice that was some good horror. Insidious...again it's Darth Fucking Maul from Star Wars as your demon. It's so god damn goofy looking I burst out laughing. I love horror, I'm just immune to the tricks but that does not mean I don't know when something is done well.  Why I didn't flinch at all during Until Dawn the game. I went in blind but I knew the timing they wanted for jump scares. The oldest and cheapest trick in the book. Another cliche was trying to trick me into chopping off my own character's finger or killing one to save myself. A lot at that point did not add up and it felt like a setup. I got everyone to live.

I love horror in general but modern horror relies on cheap shit. Easy to predict. Stuff a very casual person would fall for. There is no build-up anymore. No looming sense of dread. No set up that makes you feel safe then removes it. Poltergeist 1982 or Excorcist. They did well making you feel safe and slowly pulled it away but not too much. When they hit with something big or just enough of something you felt uneasy. Not jump scares. Not giving away too much too soon. Even Evil Dead did this well and it's over the top batshit insane but it's well made despite the low production values. I love my Jasons and Freddy's but those films are self aware they are shlock and know what those fans want and deliver. Accidental shlock like Annabelle or Darth Maul is just shit.

Only thing I agree with is the Annabelle doll (even though its barely in the conjuring film) they could have toned it down, although old dolls often do look creepy, i think the chucky doll was the right level of creepy and realistic. Although childs play isnt what i consider good horror, its cheesy fun 80s schlock. But not really scary in the slightest. There's no tension at all because there is never any doubt that the doll is alive, they show how it happens in the first scene of the movie. But the film then tries to act like it isn't alive for the audience, even though we are clearly shown that it is. The demon from insidious isn't particularly goofy looking, it's design is kinda meh to me. I can't understand you championing 80s horror when that's full of the goofiest stuff in horror cinema. I love it but let's not kid ourselves.

I mean it feels like you haven't watched many modern horror films at all, because so many that I mentioned do exactly what you want. Take for example the colour out of space, that film starts off with just showing the family living normally, shows us how they interact how they get along then the inciting incident happens and things slowly start to change and keep escalating till the climax. I'd say a vast majority of the films I mentioned have great build up and payoff.

The exorcist never makes you feel safe at all, that film from the beginning has a creepy atmosphere and makes you aware that something is wrong from near the beginning. Which isn't bad, it just doesn't match up with what you said. Poltergeist is a good example, with it starting out like a Spielberg film, like ET, then slowly adding horror elements, although it could be said that certain aspects like the clown have the same issues as Annabelle. Also the scene when the guy starts tearing his face off looks pretty bad. 

I'm sorry to say the first few Friday the 13th films take themselves quite seriously, it's only really part 6 when the series becomes self aware. 

Just give some modern horror films a shot. Watch some that I listed, there are so many truly great horror films from this decade that any horror fan would be doing themselves a disservice to dismiss.

You're wrong and I  have seen them. Bye.



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Leynos said:
Conjuring films are some of the blandest and most Hollywood horror films out there. I don't get the love. The stupid overdesigned doll. The stupid-looking nurse. It's so overdesigned for something trying to be serious. They are putting shlock in there but acting like it isn't. Everything about them is so hokey and contrived. Insidious was stupid as fuck. Darth Maul is the demon...lol really?! Annabelle films are just pure trash. Conjuring 2 is even goofier as that voice the girl does I can easily do and I have. I did it as a kid for goofs. It's just silly. I'd be ok with these series being self-aware how goofy they are but the fact they pretend to be real makes them so fucking shit and stupid.

Been a while since I saw the first Insidious of Conjuring, but both films really got me back into horror movies after years of meh horror movies.  Sometimes it can be who you watch it with and when you watch it that effects if you will like it.  I remember Insidious in particular giving me goosebumps and some legit scares.  Agreed with some of the sequels, and the nun movie.  I haven't gotten around to watching the Annabelle movies.