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July 28 2015

Twenty five films which will haunt you with only one viewing. The Cabin in the Woods features on this great Den of Geek list about films that get under your skin.

I would replace watership down with plague dogs, that is much more disturbing
'Haunting' is an odd word. I suppose technically Cabin is 'haunting' in the technical definition of the word ("remaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten"). However, 'haunting' is almost exclusively used to describe horror these days, and I don't find Cabin all that scary. Thought-provoking, meta, mind-boggling, yes. Scary, not so much.

[ edited by libradude on 2015-07-28 10:42 ]
Yeah I didn't find ět scary. My sis did but then again she's no judge as she skipped thru scenes...
I now have ten more movies to watch!
Kudos for including Jacob's Ladder.

I'm not sure it's fair or accurate to assign the socio-political impact of Orwell's 1984 to the movie, rather than the book... as noted in the article, the film came out in 1984 but that impact was evident long before. Even people who have neither read the book nor seen the movie are capable of understanding references to its themes and implications.

No mention of Ken Russell's The Devils?!
I've seen most of these. About 5 or 6 of them are not forgettable. The rest of them were "meh" to me. I would put movies like "Johnny Got His Gun,""Catch-22," and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" on the list.

This list was made by someone born after these movies came out.

The Cabin In the Woods was one of the 5 or 6, though calling a satire/homage of/to horror movies "haunting" doesn't quite fit.
I noticed that most of the movies I didn't recognize were relatively recent, so yes, @Nebula1400, I agree the author was fairly young. One film that should have been on the list is Apocalypse Now, which ranks well with Sophie's Choice for a chilling ending.
Agree re: Apocalypse Now and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. And I definitely felt a generational difference between myself and the author--to the point that I was a little surprised about the listing of some of the older films. A couple of the films unfamiliar to me might be worth a watch, but the doc on cruelty to animals is not one I would choose. Just cannot watch torturing animals. Showed Capturing the Friedmans to a college class on documentary film, once. Got an interesting variety of responses, and I think it was the only film I showed that semester that everyone had some response to in class discussion.
Definitely 'Sophie's Choice' is one of the most haunting movies ever. (I used to live two blocks from the house in Brooklyn that was used in it, so it still kind of feels like it happened in my neighborhood.)

I've seen 'Apocalypse Now,' but I felt, compared with some of the films that came out during the Vietnam war, it wasn't as memorable or to the point. It's not to say it wasn't a good film, but in my experience, I had seen better.

Of course, people from generations before mine will also recall titles of haunting films that preceded my birth, but there weren't a whole lot of years of movies before my parents were born! There are lots of truly great films prior to those of the 70's, but of the ones I have seen, I can't recall any that would be particularly haunting.
Based on the movies among that list that I know, I would definitely have included 'Grave of the Fireflies'.
Damn, a "move on" for Martyrs?!?

Animal cruelty movies are bad, bt Earthlings is a must to see, since it shows what happens every day, in all the world, just for human pleasure.

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