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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

I guess I do enjoy some parts of Halloween.

 

I was never a fan of horror flicks, but do enjoy some fun Halloween specials (Peanuts Great Pumpkin, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.).

 

I also like to see Halloween decorations and sculpted Jack-O-Lanterns. And the renewed availability of many chocolates and candy treats (though I know I shouldn't).

 

And I wouldn't say no to a friendly costume party.

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55 minutes ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

I can't really chose just one. Moviewise, the original Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman along with their various sequels have atmosphere that can't be beat. Nosferatu falls into this catagory as well. Of the newer stuff, Bram Stoker's Dracula was excellent and so was the 2010 Wolfman. John Carpenter's Vampires is also one of my favorites. I have sung the praises of The Witch before, and I do so again. It is the most accurate to classic folklore as I ever seen on screen.

Bookwise, the collected works of Montague Summers hold a high place, as he put together an impressive collection of legends, folklore, and cases on the subjects of witches, vampires, and werewolves, that I wish movies and books would tap into more often. (I'm rather tired of humanized monsters, it's been overdone by now, and removes most actual horror from the works.) 

M.R. James' ghost stories can seem cliched at the current time, but that is largely because he is the one who created them. So I like to go back to the source every now and again. Algernon Blackwood and Arthur Macken bring wonderful atmosphere as well, and one can see their influence on Lovecraft. Lovecraft is another I reread at once a year, and Robert Howard's horror fiction as well. 

Stephan King's Pet Semetary is in my opinion his best work as far as horror is concerned, he perfectly balanced the human drama/horror elements perfectly and in such a way that when the reader is done, asking oneself the question "what if that happened to me?" is likely to keep one awake at night in a way his other works don't. (The Shining came close, but was over heavy on the human elements)

Music wise the Classics from the Crypt never goes out of style. 

 

33 minutes ago, Chris Palmer said:

 

 

The classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"!   It's a Halloween tradition.  And the origin of the great quotable line, and perennial Reaper trick: "I got a rock!" ::):

 

 

I've been ninja'd!

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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

 

Not too much into Halloween, but I do like reading nice horror books. 

 

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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

 

Let's see here... If I want to feel a bit of actual fear I'll read a scary book, nothing is as scary as what I can imagine in my own head when reading something creepy (I highly recommend reading Amityville Horror alone at night for this). Movies are my go to for monster themed Halloween madness, preferably giant monsters eating cities, slasher flicks and torture stuff just doesn't do it for me. Costume parties are always entertaining for getting into the Halloween spirit and our city hosts a giant outdoor costume ball every year that I enjoy (not this year though). There's a bunch of other stuff I like to do to get in the Halloween mood, but I think this is it on the entertainment front.

 

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1 hour ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

 

Not really a fan of horror but love books and movies with horror elements. Don't like being scared or creeped out and honestly most media doesn't do either for me and when it does, well then it's back to not liking the feeling. Don't like torture porn. Not against seeing a pair of nice young things running through the woods. Halloween was never a big deal for me as I could never do a decent costume but the wife loves it. Not sure if we'll be allowed to have it this year. Guess we'll need to go back to the old ways and do something in the hills where the govment don't know bout it!

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2 hours ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

 

I like a good movie or tv show, but not solely focused on horror. For a cute Halloween show, I like the Garfield Halloween special, but it's been years since they've shown it on tv.

 

Common movies that get watched this time of year are Shaun of the Dead and Rocky Horror Picture Show. I haven't read a horror book in a while, but several of the Dresden Files novels take place around Halloween (Dead Beat is one of my favorites, has necromancers).

 

1 hour ago, Crowley said:

I've sadly discovered that cheap candy day is not celebrated in NYC.... :down:

 

Well, it IS the place that also tried to eliminate large sodas being sold (anything over 16 oz/half liter)...

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2 hours ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

For a very long time, I was not a fan of horror but that's changed recently. I can't do jump scare and torture/gore but I can enjoy some good (or so bad it's good) horror with a good story. Or zombies.

I usuallu pick a zombie movie (or three) to watch. Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (original or remake, for different reasons). I'll sometimes watch Jennifer's Body or Aliens. It really depends on what I'm feeling like. But, October is for horror/scary things in my house.

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3 hours ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

 

All of them! I'm a Halloween baby after all. We went to Salem, Mass on Halloween for my b-day a few years ago. It was amazing. 

 

The scariest book I ever read was "Into Thin Air" by John Krakauer. I actually had nightmares from that one. I have a fear of hypothermia, though and won't go whitewater canoeing this time of year. 

 

I like the documentary ones, except mom ruins them for me. I'm totally into them, then she walks in and says "That's all made up. They hear whatever they want in the static. They say it sounds like something then everyone else thinks so, too." Ah, the power of suggestion... for them and me. I could've swore my laundry machine said congratulations the other day. We watched Skinwalker Ranch a few nights ago and I said the reason weird things are happening there is because that's where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.  

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3 hours ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

I love found footage horror, but it's tough to find it done well. But even mediocre FF is better (for me) than most studio-produced stuff. It can get too slick and produced, which makes it not scary (because I'm then thinking more about the sound engineering and cinematography and taken out of the moment). I like suspense, not gore. My favorite higher production horror stuff would be Session 9, the first Ring was pretty cool, and Night of the Living Dead (though those aren't really all that scary, more man-vs-himself kind of thing). 

 

I'm currently deep into season 1 of Dark on Netflix, it's AMAZING. Definitely stick with the original German audio, though. The dub is terrible (and I dislike subs, but this one is an exception, though I know enough Deutsch to get through a lot of it). Crank the volume as much as your living conditions allow, the score is unsettling.

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4 hours ago, Crowley said:

October 1st - The spooky season is upon us! What is your favorite horror/supernatural/Halloween themed entertainment? Can be anything... tv, movie, book, comedy special, burlesque show... Don't limit yourself!

Not really a big horror buff, but I do like Dark Comedy. I'll enjoy Sci-Fi horror as well, if the theme grabs my attention.

 

Dark Comedy:

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

Ash Vs. Evil Dead series.

 

Sci-Fi Horror:

Aliens

Underwater

Virus

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2 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

 

I like a good movie or tv show, but not solely focused on horror. For a cute Halloween show, I like the Garfield Halloween special, but it's been years since they've shown it on tv.

 

Common movies that get watched this time of year are Shaun of the Dead and Rocky Horror Picture Show. I haven't read a horror book in a while, but several of the Dresden Files novels take place around Halloween (Dead Beat is one of my favorites, has necromancers).

 

 

Well, it IS the place that also tried to eliminate large sodas being sold (anything over 16 oz/half liter)...

I like Dead Beat too. It's one of my favorite Dresden stories. The short story set in the Dresden universe A Fist Full of Warlocks is good too. 

 

 

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Oh, other horror movies I'd recommend that I just remembered:

 

Hell House LLC (2015)

As Above So Below (2014)

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Grave Encounters (2011)

 

I don't recall any of these being too gory (YMMV) or particularly reliant on jump-scares, and the found-footage aspects aren't nausea-inducing jumpy cam fests.

 

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43 minutes ago, CashWiley said:

I love found footage horror, but it's tough to find it done well. But even mediocre FF is better (for me) than most studio-produced stuff. It can get too slick and produced, which makes it not scary (because I'm then thinking more about the sound engineering and cinematography and taken out of the moment). I like suspense, not gore. My favorite higher production horror stuff would be Session 9, the first Ring was pretty cool, and Night of the Living Dead (though those aren't really all that scary, more man-vs-himself kind of thing). 

 

I'm currently deep into season 1 of Dark on Netflix, it's AMAZING. Definitely stick with the original German audio, though. The dub is terrible (and I dislike subs, but this one is an exception, though I know enough Deutsch to get through a lot of it). Crank the volume as much as your living conditions allow, the score is unsettling.

Dark is amazing. I need to finish it off. Though it's a show where I have to pay attention, so it's slow going. I can't have it running in the background while I paint or game or I get hopelessly lost. Also, I have to watch it subbed, because I strongly dislike any movie that isn't Studio Ghibli dubbed. 

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22 minutes ago, Illithar said:

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

Ash Vs. Evil Dead series.

 

EXCELLENT choices. Both with a fantastic duo/cast.

 

10 minutes ago, Loim said:

I like Dead Beat too. It's one of my favorite Dresden stories. The short story set in the Dresden universe A Fist Full of Warlocks is good too. 

 

I've read that short story, it is a good one. I need to get that anthology in my collection.

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