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addicted to watching horror films on
netflix instant viewing. over the weekend,
saw shiver, st. ange & the marsh.
the first two were quite good; all three had creepy children.
st ange was lovely, great pacing and very little to see
in terms of things jumping on people - just a girl, tired, quietly
breathing, looking in mirrors and such.
what else? can you recommend horror films?
i really like eerie, atmospheric films...
like susperia, the sentinel, the haunting, the changeling,
a tale of two sisters, sisters, gingersnaps
; really
anything to do with haunted houses. i had a class in
undergrad on horror films: my favorite moment was watching the
frankie goes to hollywood relax scene from body double
with the singing vampire and melanie griffith dancing in a whore
house in leather bondage gear.

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aslant.livejournal.com
wendigo! definitely see this if you haven't already. kirk and i loved it.

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porcygloworm.livejournal.com
you and me both! I've been on a real scary movie kick lately too. I asked for recommendations: http://porcygloworm.livejournal.com/505424.html

I watched Shiver recently, it was pretty good! It looked really nice and was pretty tense. I really want to see Suspiria, it was the most-recommended. The Orphanage was really good. There is a Korean Hansel & Gretel movie that wasn't super scary (I wanted it to be scaier!) but had great visuals. I'll have to check back on this post for more movies to watch!

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Date: 2009-05-04 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anonymousblack.livejournal.com
we might have some similar tastes in horror--maybe film in general, i saw you mention secret of the beehive not too long ago, and that's one of my absolute favorites.

for horror, i also am drawn most to eerie/atmospheric, and especially anything from the 1975-77ish era.

roeg's don't look now is very important to me, as is rosemary's baby (which you've probably already seen.) let me think about this a bit, i can come back with a more comprehensive list when my head clears from some of these other issues.

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Date: 2009-05-05 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
i loved don't look now, so yes!

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Date: 2009-05-05 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murmur.livejournal.com
'phenomena' is a good argento film. i recently saw 'to the devil a daughter', also good 70s horror. i also remember liking 'lenora: a child's tale of the supernatural' too.

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Date: 2009-05-05 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murmur.livejournal.com
also, the 70s wicker man.

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Date: 2009-05-05 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murdermystery.livejournal.com
atmospheric & experimental horror is "my shit" so to speak. i'll recommend the following:

institute benjamenta (quay brothers)
la belle captive (robbe-grillet)
day-dream (tetsuji takechi)
delirium (renato polselli)
reincarnation of isable (renato polselli)
fata morgana (vicente aranda)
footprints (bazzoni)
fascination (jean rollin)
iron rose (jean rollin)
lips of blood (jean rollin)
female vampie (jess franco)
macumba sexual (jess franco)
blood of dr. jekyll (borowczyk)
inland empire (david lynch)
last house on dead end street (roger watkins)
corruption (roger watkins-- this is pornography, but it is very creepy and atmospheric)
sombre (philippe grandrieux)
the beyond (lucio fulci)
the sentinel (can't think of the director off the top of my head)
haunting of julia (richard loncraine)
kairo (kiyoshi kurosawa)
loft (kiyoshi kurosawa)
marebito (shimizu)
possession (andzrej zulawski)
reflecting skin (philip ridley)

i also imagine that you would like the films that val lewton produced, particularly mark robson's seventh victim

i should probably clarify that i like a generous helping of eroticism and sexuality with my horror, so most of these fulfill that quality. i've got reviews of a lot of these up on my blog as well (though god knows there is nothing all of my film website content needs more than proofreading)

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Date: 2009-05-05 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletgeryon.livejournal.com
OMG WE HAVE THE SAME TASTE so many repeats from my own rec list eee! the jean rollins and lucio fulci in partics!

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Date: 2009-05-05 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murdermystery.livejournal.com
i always forget that not everybody i know on el_jay i know from movie communities... have you seen my internet legacy?
http://esotikafilm.com

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Date: 2009-05-05 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
these all look exciting, thank you!! i think i have only seen the sentinel & inland empire from this list. hopefully i can find some of them!

Some recs:

Date: 2009-05-05 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myglock-yrface.livejournal.com
Anything by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, particularly Cure
Buio Omega
I think you'd adore Mario Bava, if you don't already...especially his last, Shock
Wyler's The Collector, Terence Stamp was never hotter/creepier
Daughters of Darkness, duh, lesbian vampires + Delphine Seyrig
Lucile Hadzihalilovic's Innocence, which isn't really horror but I think you'd like
Sion's Strange Circus, which is probably one of my favourites OAT right now
The Uninvited, th Korean one from 2003 - Ghosts and dead kids

Re: Some recs:

Date: 2009-05-07 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
loved daughters of darkness & innocnce :)
thanks! adding to my queue.

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Date: 2009-05-05 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roxstarred.livejournal.com
you've probably seen 'let the right one in' but yeah, that one.

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Date: 2009-05-05 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
in the theatre! but funny, we were just watching it in the english department this afternoon.

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Date: 2009-05-05 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tweeling.livejournal.com
i'm sure you've seen shining and rebecca, but i love both and both come to mind.

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Date: 2009-05-05 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poojapooja.livejournal.com
i recently shamefacedly watched (also watchitnow) "skeleton key" on netflix early one morning when i couldnt get to sleep. it was very satisfying, and i am getting over my embarrassment at having thoroughly enjoyed it. haunted house.

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Date: 2009-05-05 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mischiefmydear.livejournal.com
I was living in New Orleans when I saw it, and I loved that they kept some aspects of it very true to life. Like locals riding the streetcar to get to work, dancing at bars on Magazine St., and nar a Bourbon St./Mardi Gras scene.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
i will join you in yr shame.

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Date: 2009-05-05 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marc-e-heuck.livejournal.com
To add to the good suggestions already made above me...

THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER - a TV movie that ostensibly is a ripoff of ROSEMARY'S BABY (in fact made by the same studio) that still has some very effective chills, thanks to an underrated script by HAROLD AND MAUDE screenwriter Colin Higgins. The ending scared me deeply as a child.

THE OTHER may play a bit predictably, but it's still got great atmosphere thanks to Robert Mulligan's (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) direction.

WHISPER I have not seen, but is reportedly a good new addition to the "creepy child" subgenre.

Any film by Larry Fessenden (besides WENDIGO, he also directed HABIT and THE LAST WINTER). He also acts in the excellent SESSION 9, directed by THE MACHINIST director Brad Anderson.

I heartily second LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL. Sadly, the actress who portrayed the seductress, Leslie Gilb Taplin, who was also a big local champion of the arts and the Downtown revitalization, recently died in a car accident in L.A. And as I once wrote before, I was an unplanned pallbearer at star Rainbeaux Smith's funeral. So this movie has special, albeit morbid, meaning for me.
I also recommend all works by Mario Bava, including SHOCK, which I actually told you about previously because its DVD artwork ripped off a classic Shirley Jackson book cover. You can get budget-priced box sets of his work that include his classics BLACK SUNDAY, BLACK SABBATH, KILL BABY KILL, and others.
I would second THE HAUNTING OF JULIA, but so far there is no good version to watch - it was shot in Cinemascope and there's no proper DVD presentation available, not even overseas. The same problem dogs LA RESIDENCIA, a/k/a THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED, a great "girls school" thriller that both Guillermo del Toro and ORPHANAGE director J.A. Bayona cite as influence; there is an unlicensed version on one of the "Elvira's Movie Macabre" DVDs that is letterboxed, but it's a clumsily married bootleg of a foreign picture source and the U.S. dub track.

MESSIAH OF EVIL has been stuck in pan-scan PD hell for a long time too, but there will be a clean widescreen DVD of it in the fall, and I eagerly urge you to pre-order it when you can.

Since you brought up Argento, some amusing timeliness has come about involving his great thriller TENEBRAE, which is more of a BASIC INSTINCT style mystery versus his supernatural films. It features an actress named Veronica Lario, who is currently married to, but is likely to divorce, the current prime minister of Italy, media magnate Silvio Berlusconi; she called him out on his philandering in the press, and he demanded that she publicly apologize to him. It was all over the "other news of the world" reports on the news this weekend. TENEBRAE is a bit notorious as supposedly, when she first married Berlusconi, he tried to have her nude scenes (and her graphic murder) cut from the film; the current DVD had to be sourced from existing prints because the negative was missing those scenes.

Not quite a haunted house but more of a "haunted mind" movie is the little-known THE NOAH, about an officer on a desert island who, as is gradually revealed, is the last man on earth after a full nuclear war. He creates other people in his head to keep him company, but loses control of his thoughts as he believes them to be plotting against him. It's a one-man show that is very compelling, and sad as it details the classic stages of the grieving process, not just for one person but for the whole of human existence.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
thank you for all of these, i haven't seen any of them, except the last winter (good, but cld've done without the cgi).

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Date: 2009-05-05 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletgeryon.livejournal.com
HEART OF MIDNIGHT! i can recommend many many others, but i don't want to clog your comments. maybe i'll send a rec list?

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Date: 2009-05-05 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
i added this after you posted about it :)
From: [identity profile] scarletgeryon.livejournal.com
don't deliver us from evil- joel seria
agnes of god- norman jewison
alucarda- juan lopez moctezuma
santa sangre- alejandro jodorowsky
the last theft- jiri barta
moju (blind beast)- yasuzo masumura

i could recommend more films specifically in the lesbian vampire vein and the guro horror vein if you are interested...i need to see more haunted house movies.

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Date: 2009-05-05 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletgeryon.livejournal.com
also, importantly- these are all films that i've watched online or bought very cheaply. i hate when people recommend things that are impossible to find/expensive.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
i love agnes of god & sante sangre. thank you! ♥

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarletgeryon.livejournal.com
if you like sante sangre, you'd probably really like alucarda. it is a beautiful film. :)

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Date: 2009-05-07 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
yes, i loved alucarda. devil goats and girls in nightgowns, what's better than that.

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Date: 2009-05-05 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mordicai.livejournal.com
"The Mothman Prophecies" is under-rated.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
noted!

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Date: 2009-05-05 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mordicai.livejournal.com
Oh, & "The Descent" is pretty good for a...what, gore-spattered sneak-fest.

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Date: 2009-05-05 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slowbob.livejournal.com
I recently watched Mario Bava's "Kill Baby Kill" (http://slowbob.livejournal.com/53298.html)" during a high fever, and found it wonderful.

Also, the original "Legend of Hell House" is pretty great haunted house fare.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
i just watched legend of hill house on uhh monday or sunday :) the ghosts that roll by on wheels are so great.

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Date: 2009-05-05 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruth-the-sleuth.livejournal.com
Dressed to Kill (which you've probably seen if you like de Palma...but MAN it is good), Strait-Jacket, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (though I'm sure you've seen that too) and April Fool's Day are all awesomer than awesome, although in very different ways.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
thank you! i haven't seen a couple of these.

have you seen

Date: 2009-05-06 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] project-self.livejournal.com
the orphanage? you would probably like it.

Re: have you seen

Date: 2009-05-07 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
yes! i loved it.

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Date: 2009-05-07 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbminx.livejournal.com
I don't have any suggestions, but the last little bit of St Ange (after the girl goes behind the mirror in the bathroom, I think, and finds -- you know) really bothered me.

Have you tried The Devil's Backbone? I haven't seen it, but I'm told it's good.

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore.livejournal.com
not yet! it has been in my queue. i wish everything was watch it now, i'd get through a lot more movies.