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April 02 2012

Joss Whedon's favourite horror movie. "To celebrate the release of The Cabin in The Woods on Friday 13th of April, Joss Whedon talks about his favourite horror movie".

Yep. Mine, too.
Ha! I guessed it. :-)

Also I can't believe that I get a Whedony movie in theaters this month ... followed by another one in theaters next month. How awesome is that?
How does he always manage to come up with a new insight?
Good choice, but I guess I've never thought of it as a horror movie, exactly. So much is going on that the horror aspect is just part of the whole.

However you classify it, still a great movie.
Excellent choice. And because you didn't ask, my favorite is John Carpenter's The Thing. :)
John Carpenter's The Thing is my favorite as well :)

Still a great choice with Alien, I love his reasoning and insight as to why.
My favorite is Ravenous.
I would have thought he's fond of Evil Dead.

I love Alien. It's horror like Aliens is a war movie.
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I would like a category for "horror films with minimal or no special effects". E.g, Village of the Damned, Right At Your Front Door.
The Haunting, Janef? (And I mean the original)
i haven't seen that but if you recommend, I will look for it on the On Demand section of my cable provider, which carries a large horror catalog.

Most of the horror films I've seen either were seen more or less by accident or because they overlapped with one of my more favorite genres. E.g., The [original] Wicker Man is technically horror but is interesting for its depiction of a European pagan culture, some vampire flicks are also costume dramas, Village of the Damned is based on a classic science fiction story.
In terms of a contemporary favorite, I'd have to go with Triangle, starring Melissa George and written & directed by Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Black Death). Not only do I believe it to be one of the more original and emotionally intense thrillers I've seen in years, but it became my favorite film overall of 2010 (released in October 2009 in the UK, but January 2010 in the US), bumping Inception.
Alien is also my favorite, I watched it with my hand in front of my mouth to keep from screaming.
I think it's very telling that his reasoning behind why he found Alien so scary is that he didn't believe the characters would help each other. So much of the way Whedon shows construct goodness comes from the willingness to help each other, to be part of an intentional community, to come together to fight to save the world. I love the idea that an absence of community in Alien terrified him at an early age, and helped plant the seeds of "community + helping each other = good thing!" in his head. Didn't he say elsewhere something along the lines of "without Ripley, there'd be no Buffy?"

[ edited by Mare on 2012-04-03 14:38 ]
electricspacegirl, yay, someone else who's actually *seen* "Ravenous"! (Not my absolute top horror pick, but I do like it and love the score.) Hope you are getting a chance to watch Robert Carlyle on "Once Upon a Time" - he's not playing exactly the same sort of character, but it's an equally original performance. And Jane Espenson is one of the writers/producers, so it's got some Whedon-related goodness as well.
I'm going to third The Thing. John Carpenter is one of my all-time faves, and you can't do much better horror-wise than this.

I guess Joss's pick is a kinda okay movie too though. :p
Alien is definitely the best of the franchise. Wouldn't say that it was my absolutely favourite horror film (or probably even in my top 10,) but that could just be down to invading so much of popular culture that nothing came as much of a surprise when I watched 6 or so years ago.

My favourite is such a tough call. If we are looking at the best horror "film" then I would probably go with The Exorcist. It may not have the impact it once had (although the crucifix scene is still one of the most shocking things on film,) but it tells a fantastic story about faith, that even I, as an atheist, love.

On the other hand, if we are talking best "horror" film, then I would pick Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There is nothing big or clever about it, but it is just down right sadistic and horrifying. A real masterclass in how to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

But then there is also, Evil Dead, Devil's Backbone, The Orphanage, The Wicker Man, Night of the Living Dead, Lost Highway, etc, etc.
Janef, if you've never seen The Haunting, you're missing something. Watch it in a nice quiet, dark room. And run in the other direction if you realize you have the crappy remake. You want the one with Julie Harris.

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