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19 October 2009 @ 03:30 pm
"Live or die. Make your choice."  
Okay, so. In the spirit of Halloween traditions, I've been watching plenty of horror movies before the 31st arrives. I am like, a complete horror film junkie. I watch the scariest, goriest and the most fucked up films that are out there, from the deep and psychological thrillers to the mindless, gruesome gorefesty ones. Those are just my thing I guess, and I think sometimes people are mildly freaked out by that.

Right now I am addicted to the Saw films, which is what I received for my birthday. The first three films, extended/unrated and director's cut versions.

I don't know what it is about them, quite frankly. Originally when the first Saw came out I was vaguely fascinated but it didn't capture my interest enough to watch it. Then the franchise grew and grew and suddenly, and very recently, I picked them up and was like "holy shit, these films are fucking awesome." Which in my opinion, they are. There are so many amazing themes that continue from film to film, and it's not like every sequel it's like a different movie altogether (like some film sequels do). Instead, the Saw films are like this continuous huge story. When watching them in chronological order nonstop you get a sense that they aren't just making another film to add to the franchise, they are continuing the story that needs to be told. The more that is unraveled, the more things make sense from previous films.

The films are also so morbidly fascinating and quite unique. Here you have this killer who is teaching his victims morality lessons and how to appreciate their lives by undergoing physical and psychological tests of torture and seeing if they are worthy of surviving by making their own choices deciphering their fates, often which you either die ironically to the sins you've committed or you overcome those obstacles in order to be "reborn". There's something so twisted, demented and disturbing yet very beautiful about that. It makes you appreciate your life and not take anything for granted, and to not treat anyone like shit because you never know. There are some horror films that do this, that make you think, but not as often these days.

And I like films that encourages the audience to think, to really consider the messages being told in the story. It's not all mindless blood and gore, sometimes there is something behind it all.

Other than that, is my line-up of other movies to watch: House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, A Nightmare on Elm Street (the entire film franchise, which I have the entire DVD box set collection), Tokyo Gore Police, The Ring, Children of the Corn, Ab-Normal Beauty, Urban Legend, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Blair Witch Project. And perhaps some others, too. Maybe I'll go horror movie hunting at the rental store or something.

I am truly freaking insane, yes?
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yeah, i live on the hellmouth.vichan on October 19th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
House of 1,000 Corpses really wound up surprising me with how much I enjoyed that one.

I've never seen any of the Saw movies. I might have to check them out.
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 19th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. That and The Devil's Rejects as well.

Saw, especially the first one, definitely has a lot more character-driven stories incorporated into the larger story. I think you'll enjoy it, since I really do recommend them. :)
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on October 20th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
I don't watch many horror movies, I'm a bit embarrased to admit. Let's see, I have Resident Evil 1 and 2, and... that's all I can think of. Unless you count Beetlejuice.

Counting down the days 'til my preorder of The Plan arrives. And I've ordered Firefly.
Renée: Firefly. Big Damn Heroes.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I forgot about Resident Evil. Only I consider those more action/suspense than horror, but nevertheless are awesome.

I love Firefly. You've seen the series or you're just ordering it for the first time?
noybusiness on October 20th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
The latter. I hope it lives up to expectations.
Renée: Six. Relaxation.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm sure you won't be disappointed. :)
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: Y SO SERIOUS?sapphirestar_ on October 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
i've never been good with horror movies. i never liked them much - not because i don't appreciate the genre, not because i don't recognise the sheer talent included in some of the movies, but because i'm so easily freaked out by them.

seriously. i don't get nightmares, but i've such a vivid imagination that after seeing a horror movie, i keep imagining what if it's happening to me, what if there's a psychotic mass murderer hidden in that shadow over there, come to torture and kill me with, idk, PLIERS AND SCISSORS AND SHIT, and after that i get all EW EW CREEPY EW LIGHTS WHY IS IT SUDDENLY DAAAAARK LIGHTS! and ... yeah. xD

it's also why i was so leery of supernatural when i first started watching it, before i really got into it, because it was all BLOODY MARY I'LL NEVER LOOK AT MIRRORS EVER AGAIN also because she reminded me of SAMARA EW CREEPY and EW DEAD IN THE WATER I'LL NEVER SWIM IN A LAKE EVER AGAIN and stuff. :D :D :D

urban legend's not too bad, though, and neither's blair witch project. i think. i don't remember much of them, since it's ages since i last saw a horror movie.

but you know. i'm, like, sitting here IN THE DARK and my computer's making all these WHIRR WHIRR WEIRD NOISES and talking about horror movies isn't helping much. (i may or may not have looked over my shoulder a few times now. er.)

but anyway! happy horror movie watching. :D
Renée: Castiel. Bookish.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I think that's one of the reasons why I enjoy horror films so much, is the vivid imagination bits because some of them really do mess with you psychologically. Like at night you start hearing or seeing things that you normally wouldn't have before watching a scary movie. I also enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared.

I know that it's not everyone's cup of tea for being scared, but for some reason I am addicted to that feeling. Perhaps I'm just a random freak. ;p

it's also why i was so leery of supernatural when i first started watching it, before i really got into it, because it was all BLOODY MARY I'LL NEVER LOOK AT MIRRORS EVER AGAIN

Hee, I think that's one of the reasons that attracted me to Supernatural in the first place. Their takes on urban legends and ghost stories and such, some of them can be pretty terrifying. The Blood Mary episode is certainly on the top of my "very scary episodes of SPN" list because it still is creepifying!

urban legend's not too bad, though, and neither's blair witch project. i think. i don't remember much of them, since it's ages since i last saw a horror movie.

I think Urban Legend goes along the same category as Scream, kinda mocking itself but still being slightly scary at the same time. And The Blair Witch Project was more psychologically terrifying than anything else, because nothing was seen, but it's just the "what wasn't seen" that really gets the hair on the back of your neck standing up. It's the mystery of the entire thing (and I still remember when it first came out, people actually thought the film was A REAL DOCUMENTARY! LOL)

But yeah. Me, horror film junkie. I'll watch anything if I think it'll be good/scary. But sometimes I get letdown by some things that are labeled as scary but turn out to be so freaking corny and hilarious, or just downright painful to watch because the acting/dialogue is so bad and the entire story is predictable. Believe me, I have suffered through so many bad scary movies. lol
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: you're the essence in my Isapphirestar_ on October 20th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
most of my rl friends love horror movies, too, and so does my sister. one of my friends is particularly fascinated by the saw movies, but idk, it's just never been my thing, even though i used to watch them quite often when i was about eleven to fourteen years old.

i'm lucky that supernatural didn't have as many creepy episodes in season four, though, let alone season five, as opposed to seasons one and two where pretty much every episode was scary. :D

and yes! i don't mind the blood and the gore and the monsters, those aren't all that scary, but the pyschological aspects of some of the horror movies, oh man. i always find it creepiest when you've no idea what's going on, who the bad guy is - exactly the "what wasn't seen" kind of thing is what's really terrifying.

one horror movie that's never managed to scare me, though, is the first friday the 13th. could also be because the picture quality was terrible and most i saw was the random yellow raincoat. (even though i did check under my bed that night, just to see that no one was going to stab me in the neck while i slept, lol.) :D
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
even though i used to watch them quite often when i was about eleven to fourteen years old.

Oh my God, me too. You have no idea how many times I had to sneak around to watch R-rated scary movies when I was that age, and mostly it was because I wasn't supposed to do that so I found loopholes, but that's probably when I got seriously addicted to them. XD

SPN does a great job at mixing the scary with the funny, it's a great balance I think.

Honestly, I don't think I've actually seen the original Friday the 13th, at least not all the way through.
strawberry's, amazingness, oats, and steroids: Pure iron.valiant on October 20th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
The Ring and The Others are my favorite scary movies (I would not term either of them as horror). Sleepy Hollow is up there, too.
Renée: Echo. Save Dollhouse.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I love The Others. I remember being so amazed at the end at how well it was all constructed into this suspenseful mystery. My mother, who isn't much of a scary movie watcher, actually enjoyed it too. I find myself interested in psychological thrillers more so than just the gorey ones, but I kinda love them all if they're well-made and there's a story to follow.

I haven't seen Sleepy Hollow in like forever. That needs to be changed.
Just a story in the end.: SPN- Castiel SRS BSNSwingsunfurled on October 20th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
I haven't been very interested in watching the Saw movies because I just assumed that it was mindless blood and gore but now I really am interested.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Personal space.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think when taking the films face-value it does seem like endless, mindless gore. But there are many themes running through these films such as corruption, redemption and forgiveness. And they've very cleverly pieced together, too. There are subtle things that happen throughout them that are clues to the big reveal near the ending. What's more is that these movies are more character-driven, something that isn't done much in regular gorefest films, which is why I think they're unique in that way.

I mean sure, there is gore and these horrific traps the victims endure, but there's that other thing of a morality message behind it all that can only be seen if you understand the story of what is going on.

(I, of course, have watched the commentaries of the first three films and just hearing the background of how everything was made, what was intended and how it all turned out, it really places things into perspective of these films creatively and for the story itself, and I think that's why I enjoy these films more now than before)
nesdy on October 22nd, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I usually don't like horror films, but I really liked the first Saw movie. I found it very original. It creeped me out, though *lol*
And I love the first Nightmare on Elm Street one.