Movies that aren’t considered horror...but should be.

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  1. maybrick

    maybrick Well-Known Member

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    Every once in a while movies fall though the cracks, and I think that I found one on a random video tape I got for free a few years ago when a semi local rental store went under: MOTHER LODE (1983) Starring Charlton Heston and Kim Bassinger. If it ain’t horror then it sure is borderline. I mean straight up the pre credits sequence is somebody getting stabbed in the heart with a pickaxe! The rest of the film isn’t far off from My Bloody Valentine or Just After Dawn, with plenty of creepy unsettling sequences in an old mine on the frontier. Hands down recommenced!
     
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    I agree with you on MOTHER LODE.A popular film generally seen as a straight western that I think falls into the horror realm is Clint Eastwood's HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER.I don't want to get spoilery but if you've never seen it(or even if you have but saw it long ago), look at it again and pay attention to how it unfolds right up to the end. This is more than a western revenge flick, this is about damnation.
     
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    Maybe because I just saw it this past weekend so it's fresh in my mind, but is JOKER too obvious an answer?
     
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    I watched The Cable Guy yesterday...
     
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    Another early Clint Eastwood movie, Play Misty For Me, I always thought had some pretty strong horror elements too.
     
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    10 to Midnight.
    I may be considered a Thriller, but too me it feels more like a slasher.
     
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    Agreed, I think a lot of crime/thrillers like that border on Horror. David Fincher's Zodiac personally gives me more chills than many Horror films for instance.

    10 to Midnight is labeled as a Horror film on some sites, like Blu-ray.com
     
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    That reminds me of Silent Rage starring Chuck Norris. It feels less like an action film and more like a Michael Myers origin story.
     
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    Never even heard of this one! Thanks for the recommendation! Sounds like fun!
     
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    Really? I don't think it feels anything like a horror. More crime/character study. Also feels much more like a snoozer on re-watches for me.
     
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    Early Kim Basinger is enough for me to check out.

    Did you mean Just Before Dawn?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Before_Dawn_(1981_film)

    That's sounds like a good one too.
     
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    I tried searching for it out of curiosity as I'd never heard of a sequel and can't find anything :confused:
     
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    Can't find it either.
     
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    I think maybe he did mean "Just Before Dawn" but then it turned into a joke about the 1995 Richard Linklater movie "Before Sunrise" (with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) , and about how some may consider those "arthouse" Richard Linklater movies horrifying.

    Or maybe that's all just in my head. :D
     
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    Well if it's a joke about the horror of the so called chic flick then I guess it would work. I tend to stay away from soapy, forced romantic chic flicks. I believe Kate Beckinsale is in a few of them. But she's been divorced a bunch of times too. So I guess the moral of those movies didn't work on her.
     
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    The odd Euro thriller THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS from 1990. Christopher Walken ,the late Natasha Richardson and Helen Mirren star in this REALLY weird film that has a slow ,slow building tension that gives it a sort of arthouse horror vibe. Harold Pinter co-wrote the screenplay. Certainly not for all tastes. For older SNL fans, Walken's Italian accent sounds just like his work on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as "The Continental".
     
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    Finally. Somebody gets my humor.
     
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    Any fans of John Schlesinger's 1975 adaptation of "Day Of The Locust?" It's a bit of a kindertrauma for me as I saw the last 15 minutes on television as a child in the early 80's. The last fifteen minutes are quite grim, but the entire movie is peppered with queasy and disturbing scenes involving things like attempted rape, racism, a scammy evangelist, animal violence, and seedy 1930's Hollywood in general. Some of the film's surrealist touches also push it into horror adjacent territory (in addition to the fact that an adolescent Jackie Earl Haley plays a truly obnoxious wannabe child star/boy version of Shirley Temple.) I've heard "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" has a similar vibe to this and came recommended...might also make a good double feature with "What's The Matter With Helen?" If anyone's picked up the recent Australian region free blu ray, let me know if it's worth upgrading the old paramount dvd.
     
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