I enjoy the other movie thread, but if anyone would like to participate I’d like to get a thread on horror movies going. I’m a huge fan of the genre but I feel 85% of horror movies are crap and cliche, so I was hoping to harvest some solid suggestions from other horror fans.
My personal favorites:
Insidious: legitimate jump scares, awesome music, and solid acting. James Wan knows what he’s doing.
Add to this the fact that this movie was released in the midst of the “beat the shaky camera to death” trend, and it was a welcome change of pace.
Quarantine/Rec: Quarantine is the American version. The original version (Rec) was Spanish. Both have unique sequels that are decent in their own right as well. Interesting story that is fairly straightforward and doesn’t waste time with useless clichés.
Last Exorcism: Not a great movie, but a great performance by lead actress Ashley Bell. Worth it to see just for her.
Some recent good ones I enjoyed were the Witch and the Conjuring 2.
I’m not a fan of gore and torture for their own sake (SAW, Hostel, etc.), though I do think gore and torture can be used to enhance a rightfully scary and disturbing movie (see: Martyrs.)