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pffh
2011-02-24, 03:40 PM
So I'm going to show a girl that hasn't seen any horror movies (she classifies The Mummy as a horror movie) a real horror movie but I'm having trouble finding a good one that's just the right amount of scary.
She's ok with gore though so that's something to keep in mind (although I'd rather not pick a full time splatter/gore movie like Saw or something like that).

Ideas so far:
28 days later: Low on the horror but it's a good zombie movie so it could be good.

Grudge or the ring: Bit higher on the horror

The orphanage: Damn that movie was scary.

So scary is a plus (she cuddles up to me etc) but too scary is a minus (she's to afraid to have any fun watching it).

Any ideas?

arguskos
2011-02-24, 03:45 PM
How's she on old stuff? Nosferatu comes to mind, but it's damn old.

FlashRah
2011-02-24, 03:47 PM
(although I'd rather not pick a full time splatter/gore movie like Saw or something like that).

Have you seen the original Saw? It's pretty weak in the gore department.

pffh
2011-02-24, 03:50 PM
How's she on old stuff? Nosferatu comes to mind, but it's damn old.

Nosferatu might be a little to old for this but Shadow of the vampire could be decent. Been a while since I saw it but I think it was good.


Have you seen the original Saw? It's pretty weak in the gore department.

Nope. So hmm maybe that's something to consider as well.

Vaynor
2011-02-24, 03:52 PM
I'm a big Clive Barker fan, so I'd suggest Hellraiser and Candyman. Both are at least 15 or so years old, so the special effects aren't going to be too scary, but they're both great horror films.

FlashRah
2011-02-24, 04:00 PM
Nope. So hmm maybe that's something to consider as well.

Eh... It's really more of a crime thriller/mystery than a horror. What horror aspects it does have are downplayed. There are very few traps and most of them are simply glossed over. In fact most of them have less than 10 seconds in action.

Dr.Epic
2011-02-24, 04:03 PM
So I'm going to show a girl that hasn't seen any horror movies (she classifies The Mummy as a horror movie)

What?:smallconfused:

Also, Trick 'r Treat is pretty good.

Just a suggestion, you could go for cheese over horror if this is a date movie. Pick and of the dozens of horror films from MST3K.

Bhu
2011-02-24, 04:03 PM
Couple of questions:

How old is she?

Does she like gore or is she merely tolerant of it?

Does she prefer movies with atmosphere or a story? In other words is style as substance okay or does she want a plot?

Does she mind subtitles?

Is there any particular thing that makes her squick?


<Has watched/professionally reviewed many horror filmses

Coidzor
2011-02-24, 04:04 PM
You may want to reconsider this strategy as your in to dating this woman.

pffh
2011-02-24, 04:11 PM
What?:smallconfused:

My reaction exactly.


Couple of questions:

How old is she?
Early twenties


Does she like gore or is she merely tolerant of it?
More on the tolerant side.


Does she prefer movies with atmosphere or a story? In other words is style as substance okay or does she want a plot?
Swings both ways.


Does she mind subtitles?
Considering where I live every movie is subtitled so my answer is going to be no she doesn't mind them :smallsmile:


Is there any particular thing that makes her squick?
Not that I know off.


You may want to reconsider this strategy as your in to dating this woman.

Donīt worry this isn't our first date and she chose it herself.

ZombyWoof
2011-02-24, 04:19 PM
28 days later: Low on the horror but it's a good zombie movie so it could be good.
This is actually a really bad idea. One of the main themes of 28 days later is rape and the abuse of women, and generally these things are not conducive to a date-atmosphere.

Yes, it's an unbelievably good movie. Yes, it is a fantastic Zombie movie.

That being said, it's no more first-date material then "Turgid Pizza Delivery Guys 3."

WalkingTarget
2011-02-24, 04:28 PM
How about the original Alien. Classic, atmospheric, sci-fi horror with a cast that includes at least a few recognizable actors. Very little in the way of "boo!" moments, it's more about the suspense. Other than John Hurt's last scene there's not even much in the way of gore.

Dr.Epic
2011-02-24, 04:56 PM
My reaction exactly.

The third film I can understand. It was terrifyingly awful.

SDF
2011-02-24, 05:18 PM
The 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Great plot, even better actors, and a decent amount of social commentary.

arguskos
2011-02-24, 06:19 PM
The 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Great plot, even better actors, and a decent amount of social commentary.
I can get behind this one. I love that movie. :smallbiggrin:

SurlySeraph
2011-02-24, 06:51 PM
I'd second Alien. You want something suspenseful and jump-inducing, not ridiculously gory, and I'd second ZombyWoof that plausible sexual violence, or sexual violence in a way that's significantly worse to see from a female or male perspective, would be bad. Alien is chock-full of sexual themes, of course, but not in a female-victimization way. Plus the second and third one would also be pretty fun to watch, which is a plus.

REC would also be a good choice, and any of the last 3 you mentioned would work. Of those, I'd go more for The Grudge than the others, since it has more jump scares.

Keld Denar
2011-02-24, 06:53 PM
"Turgid Pizza Delivery Guys 3."

Anyone else think that turgid is one of the best words ever?

Say it out loud. Do it, it sounds freakin awesome!

ZombyWoof
2011-02-24, 07:33 PM
Anyone else think that turgid is one of the best words ever?

Say it out loud. Do it, it sounds freakin awesome!
That's why I used it :smallbiggrin:

Coidzor
2011-02-24, 09:45 PM
Donīt worry this isn't our first date and she chose it herself.

Ok, that's good, not quite so vulnerable then... In that case, while 28 Days Later isn't exactly horror (and what... really is anyway), it's still one you should see but probably not in a date context so much.


Anyone else think that turgid is one of the best words ever?

Say it out loud. Do it, it sounds freakin awesome!

Juffo-Wup fills in my fibers and I grow turgid. Violent action ensues. :smallamused:

Jack Squat
2011-02-24, 10:18 PM
Dead Snow, Black Sheep, or Army of Darkness. :smalltongue:

So far as "real" horror movies, Alien is a pretty good choice, so is Silence of the Lambs. Both are more suspenseful than anything - I'd pretty much just avoid the more gore-porn movies like the Saw series or Hostel.

ZombyWoof
2011-02-24, 10:19 PM
Ok, that's good, not quite so vulnerable then... In that case, while 28 Days Later isn't exactly horror (and what... really is anyway), it's still one you should see but probably not in a date context so much.
Exactly. I'd actually be rather scared of a girl who wanted cuddly times after watching that movie. I know I wanted to go fetch a cleaver and castrate the house >.>

Candle Jack
2011-02-24, 11:39 PM
By all the unholy tentacled fiends that rule the cosmos, how has no one here suggested Shaun of the Dead?

Granted, it's more of a romantic comedy than a horror film, but you could hardly do better than as a starting point for those unfamiliar with horror films. And did I mention it was a romantic comedy?

ZombyWoof
2011-02-25, 12:25 AM
If we're going that route, I'd recommend How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days. That movie is pretty frightening... and demonstrates an NBA finals between the Kings and the Nicks.

Amiel
2011-02-25, 12:48 AM
Drag Me to Hell is a return to form for Sam Raimi, but has a rather despairing end. The movie also freely involves phobia-inducing and nauseating things (insects, shadows et al).
It could potentially be a movie to cuddle up to though.


Another one is Chakushin Ari (transliterated as One Missed Call; avoid the remake like the plague). I really like the movie; the horror in this movie is quite subtle but terrifying.

Candle Jack
2011-02-25, 12:50 AM
If we're going that route, I'd recommend How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days. That movie is pretty frightening... and demonstrates an NBA finals between the Kings and the Nicks.

While Kate Hudson looks decidedly gaunt and pale, she's no flesh-eating zombie. Shaun of the Dead has some good zombie gore in it.


Drag Me to Hell is a return to form for Sam Raimi, but has a rather despairing end. The movie also freely involves phobia-inducing and nauseating things (insects, shadows et al).

Too much gross-out humour in that one.

Moff Chumley
2011-02-25, 01:04 AM
Cuddle up with a lappy and watch Marble Hornets. :smallcool:

Bhu
2011-02-25, 01:35 AM
My reaction exactly.



Considering where I live every movie is subtitled so my answer is going to be no she doesn't mind them :smallsmile:


What country are you in that might limit the selection I can recommend.

pffh
2011-02-25, 04:31 AM
What country are you in that might limit the selection I can recommend.

Iceland but that hardly limits the selection.

Bhu
2011-02-25, 04:38 AM
Does she prefer drama or comedy?

Also: nudity/sex: does it offend?

Serpentine
2011-02-25, 04:47 AM
I recommend steering clear of really gore-heavy and torture-porny type horrors. Adrenaline may be condusive to romance, nausea not so much.
Also, Trick 'r Treat is pretty good.Second that one.
The 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Great plot, even better actors, and a decent amount of social commentary.I prefer the original, 1956 version.

SDF
2011-02-25, 08:10 AM
Really? The McCarthy era red scare themes never really resonated with me. I even prefer the 90's version to the original.

Serpentine
2011-02-25, 08:11 AM
I only saw it once and a long time ago, but I remember absolutely adoring the ending - both of them.

Ashtar
2011-02-25, 08:51 AM
Seven, is quite horror filled. Has the advantage that it's not horror movie (I mean if she thinks The mummy is...), good cast, good acting. Decent movie.

Black sheep is horror and comedy. Good laughs.

Evil dead, is also a candidate?

Barbin
2011-02-25, 09:08 AM
I think Psycho (1960) movie. Barely any gore, suspense, chilling characters. All in all an amazing movie with the added bonus of terrifying your girlfriend by standing on the other side of the shower curtains.:smallbiggrin:

Cyrion
2011-02-25, 10:04 AM
Check out Ghost Story.

The Chowder Society is a group of old men who get together and tell each other ghost stories. Then a ghost starts killing them one by one in revenge for something from their past. There isn't any gore, and it goes for scaring you with suspense. It's well-acted and has a real plot.

Bhu
2011-02-26, 12:54 AM
Two possible thoughts:

Dark City or The Devil's Backbone. Both are mystery type horror films with little gore and not much nudity I remember, and a story that draws you in. They aren't so disturbing that they'll freak her out, there isn't enough gore/sex to be repulsive if thats her thing, and they have nice stories. Devil's Backbone moves a lil slow though. WIll be back with more later.