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Your favourite decade for horror

10s 5 19.23%
00s 2 7.69%
90s 0 0%
80s 15 57.69%
70s 3 11.54%
60s 0 0%
50s 0 0%
40s 0 0%
30s 1 3.85%
1920s 0 0%

You don't have to go much further than the intro part in Insidious to know the director and writer already understood classic horror well.
The end of the movie might be trippy and lacks the punch it deserved with the reveal of the evil entity but it still nonetheless a classic from this era.

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just gave Under the Shadow a watch, its an interesting Iranian horror film. the film seems to focus much more on the dramatic elements for a large portion of the story with just slight hints to the horror that is much more prevalent in the later part of the film.

Leynos said:
pikashoe said:

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.

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I have some doubts about that, if I'm being honest. I have no issue with not liking them but your reasoning just doesn't add up at all to me.

Honestly it depends when you were young enough (3-7 years old) to be scared shitless which was the best.

As an adult, horror movies arn't really that scary.



another film for the list is The House That Jack Built, a film that I think will really divide opinion, due not only to its violence but also its more arty nature, which is something that is to be expected when talking about a Lars Von Trier film.

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Not part of the 10s but I just saw the new invisible man film today and would highly recommend any horror fans to see it, a very original take on a well known story.

The trailers remind me of the early 80s film called The Entity. Rapist ghost terrorizes a woman in her home. Even with the disturbing invisible rape scene where she's pinned down in the bed and see finger imprints in her breasts being massaged. The practical effects have not held up all that great tho.

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I'm going with the 2010s followed by the 1970s. The 2010s are severely underrated because they're so close to current times. The sheer volume of fantastic horror films from the last decade, is unrivaled at any other decade. I think it's going to take years for enthusiasts to unpackage it all and have a semi-accurate view of how they all rank and hold up to films of other decades.

The 80s were good up until The Thing in 1982 because it was basically the end of 1970s horror films. But then came a wave shitty slasher flicks that were more or less horror-slapstick comedy.

But basically, my favourite horror films of all time are as follows (In reverse chronological order):

* Hereditary
* Conjuring 2
* Conjuring 1
* Insidious
* The Thing
* The Shining
* Dawn of the Dead
* Invasion of the Body Snatchers (78)

But there are A TON of other films I like. The only slasher films I think are good were Candyman, Halloween, and Child's Play. I felt Nightmare on Elmstreet and Friday the 13th as a franchise were terribly overrated, and aged even worse.

Sometimes Silence of the Lambs gets counted as a Horror film - I consider it a suspense thriller; Psycho is another suspense thriller often labeled as horror - although it did have a profound influence on the horror genre. The worse mislabel I have come across is American Psycho as a horror film (and I think it's because of the cover and name alone) when it is a dark comedy that satirizes the yuppie scene, it has much more in common with films like Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, and Natural Born Killers - and is probably more light-hearted than any of them:

Here's the most brutal murder scene in American Psycho, it doesn't show anything except blood splatter and a swinging axe... but first, the setup clip for the context of why Patrick Bateman killed Paul Allen (Paul Owen in the book):

The film isn't horror, but it's still great! And I think horror film fans will enjoy it because we tend to have sick senses of humour =)

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I don't consider myself a horror buff but I can't get enough of them. Midsommar and Hereditary were not only some of the best horror movies of all time but also two of the best movies in general of all time. Cool to see this list and the few that I overlooked.

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80's for me, as someone else said being a kid when these came out has an effect.
Very few movies make me jump and outside of seeing Fall of the house of Usher when I was 3 or 4 (I'm told I had nightmares for a short period after) only one movie has really scared me. That would be In the Mouth of Madness. The special effects weren't good even for their day but something about the twisting of the mass perception of reality really got to me.

Notable mention for the end of Prince of Darkness when he turns over in bed. An 11 year old me and my mother were watching this alone in the house together on the love seat. That scene causes her to scream out, I screamed out, and the dog who had been sleeping on the floor beside the couch jumped up there with us. Wish someone would have been filming that sequence, I'm sure it looked as stupid as it felt.