Continuing from Part 1 of Let's Ask #3 on this fine Halloween day, Greg asks creators about their favorite horror movies.
(Image Comics' The Light
and Who Is
): THE BIRDS
because its execution is flawless and its viewers are left clawing after, but at the mercy of the mystery in the end. THE SHINING because those halls will never lose their dread.Jimmie Robinson
(Image Comics' Bomb Queen
): This is harder [than books] because, and I'll be honest... I'm pretty desensitized to horror films. Nowadays I search for the most obscure, extreme and
surreal horror because it takes a lot to get my motor running. It's not that I need to see the knife going into the eye without cutting away, I also want to see and feel something unique and horrible. Most horror is made for an audience that already knows the rules. Sure, some films have bent those rules but not many have completely broken them and replaced them with a new language of horror.
But if I must pick something perhaps the French film, MARTYRS
could float my raft off a deserted island. Not just for the violence, but for the deeper meaning found in the twist ending -- which makes an impact after sitting through an hour of torture porn. It's an interesting take on the subject of gore, plus the horror aspects dwell in the extremes that some people justify for *their* cause -- whatever it may be. It also keeps you guessing to the end and that's brilliant.Erik Larsen
(Image Comics' Savage Dragon
): PLANET TERROR
(Marvel Comics' Shadowland: Powerman
): I think I'd go for THE RING
Verbinski. Although I watch a lot of horror movies and have many favourites, The Ring was really a movie that terrified me especially came at a time when I gave up on the horror cinema. Great visuals, lots of atmosphere and that said I do enjoy a wide variety of horror films from the likes of ROSEMARY'S BABY
to NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
to THE DESCENT
(Image Comics' Screamland
): It's hard to have a single favorite horror movie, especially for a horror movie fan. So I am breaking it down into subcategories, as the Horror genre really is much too diverse. I am a HUGE fan of certain subgenres of horror, like Creature Features and Magical Realism, whereas I do not care at all for others, like Torture Porn or Slasher flicks... and then there are the ones that could go either way: Vampires, Haunted House, Dark Fantasy, etc.
SO, favorite Creature movie: THE HOST
(2006) by Joon-ho Bong- A giant walking fish monster that swallows its victims whole only to vomit them up again later back in its den for slower enjoyment? A 10-year-old girl survives regurgitation and tries to escape? There is nothing not-awesome about this movie. Plus, it has the most realistic, freakiest, grossest creature I've seen yet, and just enough slapstick humor to keep you from being completely traumatized. If all creature movies were this good...Tomm Coker
(Marvel Comics' Daredevil Noir
and Image Comics' Undying Love
): THE EXORCIST
is the scariest film ever made. William Friedkin approached the subject matter with an almost documentary style, playing the situations as real rather than fantastic, and in doing so grounded the story in a way that was believable and relatable and therefore more frightening.David Hine
(DC Comics' Azrael
and The Spirit
, Image Comics' Bulletproof Coffin
, and Radical Comics' Ryder on the Storm
because it's the most innovative and disturbing film ever made. The Radiator Lady alone would have made it a classic, or the embryo/baby, the chicken dinner, Jack Nance's hair!Harold Sipe
(Image Comics' Screamland
and IDW's Garter and Ghouls
): My favorite horror movie in forever was THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE
. There are such horrifying subtleties in that film. The scene where you first see the ghost still gives me chills to think about.
(Image Comics' Firebreather
and Top Cow's The Darkness
and Boom! Comics' The Anchor
): I find NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
to be the scariest, mostly for the matter of fact presentation, newscasts, and claustrophobia. For newer stuff, I really dug THE RING
, but not the sequels and knock offs. I should also add that my favorite monster movie is AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
. Perfect blend of horror and humor.Alex Grecian
(Image Comics' Proof: Endangered
) : I'm gonna go ahead and be
conventional and say that THE EXORCIST
is still the scariest film I've ever seen. I saw it when I was a little kid and it kept me awake for weeks afterward, terrified that I might end up possessed by a demon. (Or worse, visited by a priest in my bedroom.) On the other hand, I also saw the first HALLOWEEN
film and Kubrick's THE SHINING
when I was a kid and thought they were great. The Shining was amazing fun and Halloween was just the right amount of creepy. Speaking of creepy, there was a scene in SALEM'S LOT
with a little boy vampire hovering outside another kid's window that prompted me to keep my curtains closed at night. More recently, THE RING
gave me goosebumps. (I
know a lot of horror fans make fun of that film, but who isn't scared of little girl ghosts?) And LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
was a wonderful movie on nearly every level.
(Marvel Comics' Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of our Fathers
): Hmmmm, I guess 28 DAYS LATER
because it felt really logical and totally terrifying.
(Image Comics' Bulletproof Coffin
it comes t
o movies it changes all the time. Although saying that as far as impact goes it would be hard to beat THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE.
Its a 'once in a life time' idea, and what a great character Dr Heiter is.
Visionary and fucked-up I loved every thing about this movie.
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