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Old June 28 2009, 03:38 AM   #1
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Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

People tend to think of the 80s as the last great period for horror films... Have there been truly great horror films since the 90s? I would definitely claim SILENCE OF THE LAMBS as one...
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Old June 28 2009, 03:41 AM   #2
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

People seem to love THE RING, even though it's as bullshit as any supernatural horror movie is.

I can't comment on "TORTURE PORN", as I've never seen one. Well, I mean what they call that, not the actual cool torture porn with Jewell Marceau and shit.
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Old June 28 2009, 03:50 AM   #3
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

Silence of the Lambs came out in 1991...it's pushing 2 decades.

I'd say The Sixth Sense is one of the more important horror movies of the last decade...it ushered in the twist ending and the PG13 horror movie.

I guess I would also include Saw on that list as it launched a seemingly unending stream of sequels...probably the first "big" horror franchise since A Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddie.

Edited to add: I would consider these to be important horror movies, although I don't consider either to be particularly good...certainly not great.
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Old June 28 2009, 03:53 AM   #4
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

For me it's been Saw, Hostel and Wolf Creek. Those probably all qualify as torture porn but to me their relevant because they moved away from the mystical/magical enemy, and restored other people as man's greatest predator.
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Old June 28 2009, 04:19 AM   #5
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I think horror is in a pretty sad state at the moment. Those torture porn movies don't impress me at all, but I appreciated the first two Scream movies for half being decent standard horror movies and half taking the genre in a new direction with their self-aware, post-modern quality.

Of these new directors called "The Splat Pack" and considered the possible future of horror who are supposedly keeping the genre alive and well (James Wan, Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall, etc.), only Marshall and Zombie have really impressed me so far with "The Descent" and "The Devil's Rejects", which both seemed to draw inspiration from classics of the past while bringing something new to the table.

I think the key to a good horror movie is interesting characters, not just innovative gore and sadism, which is why I prefer their movies over the currently more popular stuff. I'm not sure about Zombie, though...it sounds like he's kind of ruining his career with his Halloween rebootquels.
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Old June 29 2009, 05:22 PM   #6
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

Too Much Fun, thanks in particular for your feedback.

What have you guys thought of the Texas and Fri 13th reboots?
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Old June 29 2009, 05:36 PM   #7
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Not very influential, but pretty much the only horror film I really like is The Others.
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Old June 29 2009, 05:55 PM   #8
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david g wrote: View Post
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I'm reasonably sure there is no such thing.
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Old June 29 2009, 06:09 PM   #9
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I'd go for 'The Blair Witch Project' as an example of what can be done with a low budget and a smart internet campaign.
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Old June 29 2009, 06:19 PM   #10
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

28 Days Later
The Descent
Devil's Rejects
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Old June 29 2009, 06:29 PM   #11
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned 28 Days Later until ten minutes ago.

This film both popularized the fast zombie and encouraged a boom in zombie-related films of all kinds.

Surely that makes it just as important as other trendsetters like Saw and The Ring.
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Old June 29 2009, 06:48 PM   #12
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

I'd say the Scream movies, just because they introduced characters who are aware of horror movie cliches, call them out and then do them anyway. And they injected humor into horror movies, which has led to a whole string of "smart, funny" horror ripoffs.
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Old June 29 2009, 07:23 PM   #13
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Re: Most Important Horror Films of the Past Decade?

Most important? Probably either The Ring or the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Neither one of those films are particularly good (I think the remake of TCM is awful), but both established two of the biggest horror movie trends of the 2000s. Saw created the third with the whole torture-porn thing, so I guess you'd have to include that as well.

Blair Witch is an interesting one, though it really didn't seem to create anything significant in its wake. I guess it including that would have to be a personal call.

Best horror movie of the past decade? That's a whole other thing, and I'd probably have to go to either a Japanese horror movie (Audition or Pulse) or something like 28 Days Later, The Descent, Devil's Rejects.
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Old June 29 2009, 11:53 PM   #14
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david g wrote: View Post
Too Much Fun, thanks in particular for your feedback.

What have you guys thought of the Texas and Fri 13th reboots?
The remake of TCSM was terrible on pretty much every level. But the new Friday the 13th was actually one of the better movies of the series.
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Old June 30 2009, 01:49 AM   #15
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Mr. B wrote: View Post
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Most Important Horror Films
I'm reasonably sure there is no such thing.
That's just ignorance. It's debatable whether there have been important horror films in the last decade, but there's no doubt to the importance and influence of horror films from the golden age of Hollywood.
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