TRTSM Recommends: Horror and Science Fiction Movies

Laz

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Re: TRTSM Recommends: Horror/Science Fiction Movies

Are we now officially adding sci-fi recs with horror?
 

HarleyQuinn

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Re: TRTSM Recommends: Horror/Science Fiction Movies

Sure, why not. We're already blurring the lines with Frankenstein and The Fly so go nuts (or mad scientist as the case may be).
 

Jingus

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Re: TRTSM Recommends: Horror/Science Fiction Movies

My Hero Ronald Reagan said:
I would like to recommend Vacancy. Hitchcockesque, intelligent heroes, first 40 mins or so are pretty suspenseful.
Even though I've only seen it once, Vacancy lingers in my mind long afterwards. It really is an interesting flick, a completely different take on the "home invasion" genre. (Yeah, it happens in a movie, but it's still basically a home invasion flick and mostly follows the exact same beats as stuff like The Strangers.) The addition of the video tape was an extra-creepy layer of foreshadowing, the battle of wits between the heroes and villains was much more realistic and plausible than in most movies like this, and I loved having Check Out The Big Brains On BRAD as the lead antagonist.
 

KingPK

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Re: TRTSM Recommends: Horror/Science Fiction Movies

I guess since sci-fi is fair game, I'll bring up how I finally watched The Martian and fucking loved it. I think Drew Goddard speaks to me personally.
 

Laz

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Re: TRTSM Recommends: Horror/Science Fiction Movies

Definitely need to add to this.

Baskin (2015), directed by Can Evrenol - Creepy locations, religious, cult
The Void (2016), directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski - Creepy locations, supernatural, mad scientist, cult
 

Laz

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We should be adding to this with the glut of sci-fi alone from the past few years.

Upgrade (2018, dir. Leigh Whannell) and Hardcore Henry (2015, dir. Ilya Naishuller) are fun near-future cyberpunk actioners.
 

HarleyQuinn

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Still updating the list. Trying to add a mixture of modern day fare with 'classic' heavily played TV fare such as Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Addams Family, etc. for added variety and depth. Note that this isn't necessarily just a 'Best of' because if you want that, go elsewhere. This list is more aimed at merging the classics with some under the radar stuff and even schlocky fare such as Man's Best Friend or Witchboard 2 you can just throw in and have some dumb fun with. Also been trying to add more to some genres - help me out on Religious stuff(!) along with spreading options from the 1950s - Modern Day.
 

Gary

Getting Down to Business.
Might as well make a few suggestions

Impetigore (2019) directed by Joko Anwar (Ghosts and Haunted Houses)

The Slayer (1982) directed by J.S. Cardone (Killer Stalkers aka "Slashers"

Vampyros Lesbos (1971) directed by Jess Franco (Vampires)

The Cat O' Nine Tails (1970) directed by Dario Argento (Thrillers)

The Dead Pit (1989) directed by Brett Leonard (Zombies)

May the Devil Take You (2018) directed by Timo Tjtahjanto (Possessions)

The Plague of the Zombies (1966) directed by John Gilling (Zombies)

All the Colors of the Dark (1972) directed by Sergio Martino (Satanic Cults)

I'll add some more recommendations somewhere along the line
 

Gary

Getting Down to Business.
I feel like I should verify my recommendations, as some are admittedly films I like but some may not.

-Vampyros Lesbos is from a director I usually find boring, and it may bore those looking for a more "traditional" genre film. That being said, if you want an off kilter, sexually charged exploitation film with a great soundtrack, then you may or may not want to dig in.

-The Slayer (in no way related to the poster) tends to get a mixed reaction when it comes to slasher movies (most of the performances are pretty bad) but I dig the slow burn nature of it-and man oh man the kills are nasty.

-The Dead Pit is admittedly a guilty pleasure, as it isn't particularly well made or acted (the acting in particular is abysmal). Nonetheless, if you like your horror cheesy and gory, you may (or may not) enjoy this.

Oh, and a few more recommendations

-Ringu (1998) directed by Hideo Nakata (Ghosts and Haunted Houses)

-I Walked With a Zombie (1943) directed by Jacques Toueneur) (Zombies) granted, this is pre Romero, so...

-Bone Tomahawk (2015) directed by S. Craig Zahler (Mutated People and Shapeshifters)

-What Have They Done to Solange (1972) directed by Massimo Dallamano (Psychological Thrillers)

-Fade To Black (1980) directed by Vernon Zimmerman (Killer Stalkers aka "Slashers")

-Absurd (1981) directed by Joe D'Amato (Killer Stalkers aka "Slashers") I'd hesitate to call it good, but man oh man is it gory

-Next of Kin (1982) directed by Tony Williams (Ghosts and Haunted Houses)

-Night of the Werewolf (1981) directed by Paul Naschy (Werewolves)

-A Lizard in Woman's Skin (1971) directed by Lucio Fulci (Psychological Thrillers)

-Magic (1978) Directed by Richard Attenborough (Killer Dolls)
 

Brocklock

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All Of The Colors Of The Dark has been in my head for like three years.

I'll throw in some too that I don't see on the list, unless I missed some. I'm gonna have a spoiler free vague description to sell the movies.

Razorback (1984) - It's Jaws with a giant pig which should sound like trash, but it's handled with a seriousness that really works. Also, it's set in The Australian Outback which really makes it stand out. The Outback is almost a character in itself. There are some tense sequences and the way they handle the pig is done amazingly and it's about as scary as a movie about a giant pig could be. It's also directed by Russell Mulcahey right before he made Highlander and it has a very 80's Metal feel to it. There's also some incredible imagery and cinematography. I don't think it's streaming anywhere sadly

The Battery (2012) - Ultra low budget Zombie movie about a pitcher and catcher of a baseball team stuck in the zombie apocalypse. Has a very indie mumblecore style, but the relationship between the two characters is pretty fascinating and touching at times. It doesn't sound like horror, but it is a horror movie and has some interesting zombie scenarios. It's streaming on Prime I believe.

Tesis (1996) - Directoral debut of Alejandro Amenabar who has also directed movies like The Others, Open Your Eyes (which was later remade in America as Vanilla Sky), and The Sea Inside. Very ahead of it's time as it's a Psychological Horror about a student discovering a snuff tape and her investigation of what happened behind the tape. There's little to no gore and the disgusting scenarios are mostly hinted it. It's an amazing movie that is in the style of Se7en, Zodiac, or Silence Of The Lambs as it's quite long and it's one of those movies that sucks you in. Unlike those movies, there's some offbeat humor that actually works and doesn't take away from the grim subject matter. Not streaming anywhere sadly.

Banshee Chapter (2013) - Found footage movie about a college student studying the effects of MKUltra and what happened to her missing boyfriend. Has some terrific jump scares and well I'll just say this: Ted Levine plays a Hunter S. Thompson type author and is ridiculously entertaining. It's streaming on Tubi for free.

Lake Mungo (2008) - A mockumentary about a dead teenager trying to reach her family. Has some of the most haunting and chilling imagery that will stick with you long after the movie. About as realistic a portrayal of grief I've seen in a movie. Hugely recommended and it's streaming on Tubi for free.

The Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976) - Psychological horror about a mentally unstable woman, but is filmed and told in a psychadelic 70's type way. Has some very disturbing subject matter and is another movie that has stuck with me for a bit. Streaming on Prime.
 
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HarleyQuinn

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In the future if you can add the directors, that helps me add them to the list quicker without having to use IMDB to look them up :)
 

HarleyQuinn

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Updated the list with the above movies. Also added an 'Animated' category for 'families' but also because I wanted to throw stuff like Coraline or the recent Addams Family in too. I'm not too well-versed in Japanese (or Korean) horror but I added Ringu 2, The Grudge, Ju-on: The Grudge, The Eye (Japanese version), and Shutter (the non-US version) from memory.
 

Brocklock

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In the future if you can add the directors, that helps me add them to the list quicker without having to use IMDB to look them up :)

Noted. I'm gonna take a look at some of my big best of horror decade lists I made on Letterboxd and add a few more with the directors and year a little later.
 
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