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I'm thinking about things too much! Good thriller/scary movie recommendations?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23981points) February 28th, 2016

I need a distraction so I can stop thinking for a while and I’m in the mood to be freaked out, like with a good haunting movie, but I have no idea what to watch. Most suck horribly, so if you know of a ghost/thriller movie that’s also funny (like the New Zealand movie “Housebound”), I’d welcome those as well. Preferably newish movies, if you know of any. Thanks, guys.

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Cruiser's avatar

Since you used the word “funny” as a requisite anything from the Evil Dead series would IMO fill that bill and even the new series Ash vs Evil Dead is a hoot so much so my son and I clear our schedules every Sun Night to watch an episode or two together. Nothing puts horror, gore and a few knee slappers together better than Sam Raimi and now his son.

Seek's avatar

I agree with Cruiser. Evil dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, then Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Yes, Evil Dead 2 is the same story as the first, but you seriously have to see it on a broke college kid budget.

Many of the jokes in the TV series reference the films, so it will be funnier if you’ve seen them first.

flutherother's avatar

The Orphanage
Ring (the original version)
The Others.
These aren’t funny, but they will send a shiver down your spine.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Not really funny, but Perfect Blue is a gripping thriller that will keep you guessing. It switches between the everyday life of the protagonist and her state of mind. Maybe the everyday part may have something you find funny.

marinelife's avatar

If you have not seen it yet, our local PBS station is rerunning the series Afterlife, which was originally a British production. It is intensely scary and very well-acted.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@DrasticDreamer, I wasn’t really enthralled by it, but many people said they liked the Babadook.
There was also The Enfield Haunting – that was pretty spooky!
Deliver us from Evil was spooky too.
There is 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later too.

I think I saw an episode or two of Afterlife and really liked it. I must have caught the last episodes and haven’t seen it on since @marinelife. I’ll have to go looking for it again.

Pachy's avatar

“Sinister.” It scared the pants off me.

Pachy's avatar

Not only was it scary and very well done (I watch anything with Ethan Hawke in it), it was—for me—downright disturbing.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Because you’re looking for something that’s both scary and funny, I recommend “Fright Night,” a 1985 gem starring Chris Sarandon and the late, great Roddy McDowall. The movie is a fun spoof of campy, low-budget horror films, yet it has some really horrifying scenes.

There was a 2011 remake. I haven’t seen it and have no opinion. I really do recommend the original, though.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@Cruiser and @Seek I’ve seen Evil dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness multiple times, but I haven’t seen Ash vs. Evil Dead yet, so I’ll definitely give it a go. If you guys are big Bruce Campbell fans and haven’t see it, I also recommend Bubba Ho Tep. :)

@flutherother I’ve seen all of those, but thanks!

@Mimishu1995 I haven’t seen that one yet, so I’ll add it to my list. Thanks for the suggestion.

@marinelife No, I haven’t seen that yet, but I love PBS, so that’s probably the one I’ll watch first. I see that the main woman in the show played in the creepiest Doctor Who episode I’ve ever seen, so I have even more of a reason to watch now. :D

@Earthbound_Misfit I wasn’t impressed with Babadook, either. It had potential, but it just didn’t do much for me. I also thought it was kind of unnecessarily drawn out. I haven’t heard of The Enfield Haunting. When I google it, it shows up as a TV series – is that correct? I’ll add it, though.

@ragingloli Seems different, but interesting. Added.

@Pachy Thanks! I hadn’t heard of that one, either. It has surprisingly good ratings, so I’ll give it a shot.

@Love_my_doggie Doesn’t have to also be funny, it can just be scary, too. I’ve seen Fright Night! :)

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@DrasticDreamer Did you enjoy “Fright Night”? I think the film’s a classic in its own right.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@Love_my_doggie I watched it a few years ago now, I think, but yeah, it cracked me up in a few places. It’s hard not to love some 80s horror in general.

rojo's avatar

Not sure of your political proclivities but you could try watching one of the debates of the opposing party. That’s some scary caca there!

AshlynM's avatar

How about…

House of Voices 2004
Idle Hands 1999 – horror comedy
Otis 2008 horror comedy

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@rojo I tried to watch the first Republican debate, but it got a little too scary for me.

@AshlynM I haven’t seen House of Voices or Otis. I think I remember seeing a trailer for Otis and thinking it might be worth it, so thank you for the reminder! :)

augustlan's avatar

These aren’t new, but if you haven’t seen them, I think they might be right up your alley. Sean of the Dead, Zombieland, and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@augustIan I’ve seen them. :) I really liked Sean of the Dead and Zombie land.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

I was going to ask this same question Saturday night. How funny.

What We Do in the Shadows is another film from New Zealand. It’s a horror/fantasy/comedy mockumentary about vampires and it’s won many awards for best indie horror film of 2015. I watched it not knowing anything about it and I was pleasantly surprised. It was one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time.

Seek's avatar

Have you seen Dead Snow? It’s Norwegian Nazi zombies in the mountains.

Misspegasister28's avatar

“Shutter” is a Thai horror film. It’s pretty good! The ending is insane.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@dammitjanetfromvegas Great minds! :) Definitely sounds like that’s up my alley, so I’ll be looking for that one immediately! Thanks for the suggestion.

@Seek Is it on Netflix? I think I added that to my watchlist. Unless I’m thinking of a different movie, but that would be a huge coincidence. The imagery of the cover that I’m recalling is a Nazi’s head on snow. If it’s the same one, I totally forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder!

@Misspegasister28 Thanks, I’ll look into that one, too. :)

Misspegasister28's avatar

@DrasticDreamer I hope you don’t mind reading subtitles!

Mimishu1995's avatar

How are you enjoying your movies @DrasticDreamer? Any review?

Roberta77's avatar

Watch The Fourth Kind.

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