Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Discussion Of The Week

(Inspiring and creative title, I know)

I'm gonna try something new here and I know I get a somewhat decent viewership every day, so I want to see some participation! No excuses!

Every week, I will ask an opinion based horror related question, which I will then answer and then turn the floor over to you guys to answer. All you've gotta do is leave a comment with your personal answer to the question, which can be as short and sweet or as long and in depth as you're feeling up to. Easy enough, right? Lets get to it!

This weeks question is :

If you were only allowed to watch one horror movie, of your choosing, for the rest of your life, what movie would you choose?

I will kick the discussion off with my personal answer ......

Photobucket

You'd think that the above question is merely a glorified way of simply asking "What's the best horror movie ever made?" but that's not really the way I see it. If you were to ask me that question, Cabin Fever would likely not be the first answer to come to mind and would probably not come to mind at all. This is a different kind of question. Ya see, Cabin Fever is not so much my pick for best horror movie as it is my choice for my favorite horror movie to watch. What I mean by that is that pretty much any time I want to watch a movie, Cabin Fever is the first thing to come to my mind. It's the one I reach for on my shelf whenever I want to watch something that i'm guaranteed to enjoy and thus, if it were the only horror flick I was able to watch for the rest of my days, I think i'd be about as okay with that horrific situation as humanly possible. It's fun, it's funny, it's gory, it's got pancake kid and "The Road Leads To Nowhere", and it provides just about everything one could ever ask for in a horror movie.

I know a lot of people seem to be on the Eli Roth hating bandwagon, which I will never understand, so I fully expect to get shit on for this choice. Bring it on because i'm willing to defend Mr. Roth to the death! As far as im concerned, he hasn't made a less than kickass horror flick to date and i'm not sure what there is to possibly hate or dislike about that, but everyone loves to bash those who are successful I suppose. (I will however agree that he is quite the basterd.) All I want to know is what kind of horror fan could not derive some level of enjoyment and entertainment out of a film like Cabin Fever? What's not to love or at least like?!

Let's get some discussion going on here! Leave a comment with the one horror movie you just can't live without! And if you're feeling up to it, tell me why you picked the movie you picked!

25 comments:

wiec? said...

I'd say Cabin Fever is a good pick. probably my favorite Roth movie.

I'd go with Ridley Scott's Alien myself. I've seen a 100+ times and have it memorized front and back but it's 'comfort food for my brain' and i don't think i could go the whole rest of my life without ever being able to see it again.

i think i'd really miss it when i hit my 50's.

Johnny said...

Would you believe that i've only seen Alien once or twice in my whole life? I love the movie but for some reason I never get the desire to go back and watch it again.

Sauceman said...

Alien and Cabin Fever both good choices....im goin with Martyrs...SIKE...Pump Devils Rejects over and over again and im happy.

Johnny said...

That'd probably be my second choice.

Jason Takes Portland said...

I would have to go with Jaws. Its got great acting, moments of suspense, family drama, gore, and humor. There is not a dull moment in the entire movie. Heck I could even just have John Williams soundtrack running in the background and be happy.

A "guilty pleasure" choice would be Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight. Again there is good acting(Billy Zane is the man!), some black comedy, good scares and gore, and even some great nudity. Very well rounded and underappreciated movie. I can never get enough of it.

Johnny said...

Demon Knight rocks! I also must admit I enjoy Bordello of Blood from time to time.

Nik Holmes said...

Jaws is a classic choice, what I call a movie of quality, so well made in every department it holds up to repeated viewing like a good 'un.

I like Alien, but also it just has never been one of those movies I keep coming back to in the same way Aliens was.

Cabin Fever hit all the right notes for me fail one, it lacked a credible antagonist who I could really sink my teeth into. I wanted a 'villain' of the piece beyond the virus. Even Outbreak had a monkey. which was a shame because I really enjoyed every other aspect. I also wish people would lay off Eli Roth, he has a real passion for cinema and knows how to make a good movie.

Demon Knight fucking rocks! It's just so balls to the wall fun, and Zane is obviously having such fun. It's sits there with Evil Dead 2 and Return of the Living Dead for demented OTT horror comedy goodness. In fact Return was almost my own choice of flick here, but ins the end i went for an American Werewolf in London. Like Return, Werewolf has a killer soundtrack which helps make the movie almost like a fave album. Also like Return it has a fantastic sense of fun about it, but when the horror kicks in it takes things to another level completely. God I love this movie, from the opening shots of the Moors to the closing dedication to Charles and Diana, it just feels so fresh every time. Not to mention it moves along at such a pace it never outstays it's welcome. there's also a distinct lack of meanness about the events it shows. There is genuine compassion by the makers for Davids plight, despite the horrific acts he commits.

Quanthor said...

Great question!

I'd hate to pick a Jason flick for my pick but I've probably seen this film more than any other horror movie in my life and you know what?.....It never gets old!

And that movie is...Friday the 13th part V: A New Beginning.

It has the greatest slasher cast and perhaps even horror cast I've ever seen. Every character is uniquely distinct, hilariously quotable and each one dies an awesome creative death!

Second to that would have to be Pumpkinhead!

Ok, I gotta get back to my werewolf marathon now :D

Johnny said...

So glad to see so much discussion going on here. I will definetly continue asking a new question every week!

Nik - I loved the fact that the "villain" in Cabin Fever was the virus and not a person like most horror movies out there. Roth also threw in those hillbillys that were out to kill the kids, so that was cool too.

American Werewolf, awesome choice.

Quant - Friday Part 5 is indeed kickass. Some of my favorite kills in the series are from that one.

Zacery Nova said...

Black X-Mas '06.




Don't you judge me!

Johnny said...

Is that a joke?!

EyeloveMetal said...

One came to mind immediatley:
Fear and Loathing...

Then I realized it was a horror movie I was supposed to be mentally searching for.. and without putting too much thought into it, I think I have to go with Evil Dead! Always fun, sometimes funny, hilariously awesome "gore" if you can even call it that with the demons melting in the end.. and theres a chick getting raped by a tree, I mean CMON! fuckin classic horror movie, and i'm pretty sure it blew minds when it came out.

Johnny said...

Can't ever go wrong with Evil Dead! How bout Army of Darkness, I know ya love that one!

Brad said...

This one was an easy choice for me.

Halloween..and I mean the 1978 original, of course! It has everything you could possibly want in a horror film really. The acting isn't too shabby, the music is the greatest of all-time (imo), the directing is top notch, Michael is terrifying, and it really encompasses everything I admire about the horror genre.

Carl (ILHM) said...

My vote goes to American Werewolf in London for its perfect blend of comedy, horror, and uhh.. romance?

Close seconds are Jaws, Aliens, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

I fully back Black Xmas too though, that film is so much damn fun despite how absurd and bad it really is. I love it!

Johnny said...

I completely hated the Black X-mas remake! Now the original, that's one of my favorites.

Bjornabo said...

I`m With "Brad" om this one. I`ve seen Halloween about 40 times and I haven`t gotten tired of it yet.

Shaun S said...

Tough call and a number of classics rolled through my brain. Halloween, Evil Dead 2, Zombi and Dawn of the Dead could have all been good choices, but I think I would have to go with Psycho. I have such respect for Hitchcock and this film that I am always enthralled by it. A "guilty pleasure" choice would be Friday the 13tt Part VI, for some reason, I love that flick!

Johnny said...

Friday 6 is definetly one of my favorites in the series, so i'm definetly with ya on that one!

The Warfreak said...

I know I'm late to the party, but I'd go with Evil Dead II. It's got shocks, gore, humor, and tenacity.

My favorite "splat-stick" film of all time, and one that I could watch from now until the sparrows start flying again.

Zacery Nova said...

" I completely hated the Black X-mas remake! Now the original, that's one of my favorites."

I'll hold your eyes open clockwork orange-style and play it for seven hours straight.

Then you'll like it!

And yeah, I do love that movie. It never fails to make me laugh.

- Zac

Soap Magic said...

[REC] would be my choice. I think it's the scariest movie of all time. My runner-ups would be Inside, The Beyond, The Descent, Night of the Living Dead '90, Ghostwatch, The Innocents, and Faust.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Incredible as it may seem if i was only allowed to watch one horror movie for the rest of my life i would choose the now almost completely forgotton 1974 semi-cult item "HOUSE OF THE SEVEN CORPSES" its odd because the film is laughable, amateurish, not very scary, and pretty crappy but for some reason i never get tired of watching it, it always has an incredibly soothing effect on me (although i will admit that it is a bit strange to want to be soothed by a horror film as opposed to being scared or horrified), "HOUSE OF THE SEVEN CORPSES" is just so magical and cosy (in a pathetic and indescribable kind of way) whenever i watch it i just want to watch it again straight away (always a good sign), it stars john ireland, faith domergue, and john carradine, i thought i`d tell you the cast just in case you went looking for the film and bought another movie with a similar title by mistake because i think there are quite a few films with house, numbers, and corpse in the title.

Anonymous said...

Probably the Hostel because it starts off with the guy movie, then turn into a mystery/ suspense, ending in a torture porn type of film. Plus it has such a satisfying ending, I mean the one guy survives gets his vengeance by basing the bad guys face in. Actually the fact that the main character dies in Hostel part two was the reason I hated it so much.

Ayla Miller said...

mine would have to be childs play 2.