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Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project #14 – Horror Movies – 10/24/2012

Adam, Norm, and Will discuss the many sub-genres that encompass horror movies, ranging from slasher flicks to Japanese horror to The Cabin In the Woods. They also discuss Adam’s feelings on Halloween.

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20 thoughts on “Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project #14 – Horror Movies – 10/24/2012

  1. Is this not in podcast for any more? is that why I haven’t seen it in forever?

    Eh, either way, time to listen and play some XCOM!

  2. Strange. I can get really disturbed by some horror movies but I’ve never seen The Shining as being that scary. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic movie, but not scary in my opinion. Maybe I need to re-watch it. Now Ringu, there’s a disturbing movie.

    I recently watched Session 9 (with David Caruso) and Grave Encounters and can happily recommend those to anyone who like horror (though the latter one is a bit budget).

    Great podcast guys, thumbs up.

  3. I think I just don’t understand “horror” movies. When I watch things like Evil Dead 2, all I think is, “Man, this movie is bad.”

    And the only zombie movies I like are parodies like Planet Terror. Didn’t like 28 Days Later at all (it was boring).

  4. hoorayyyyy.

    i had a dream that i was norm/will and was taking a tour of adam’s high rise manhattan condo, he was showing off his ferrari f1 car that was sitting in his dining room…also his neighbor was giada de laurentis… hmm…i think ive been watching too much food network and top gear

  5. I’ve never been able to take The Shining seriously since The Simpons did such a spot on parody. “No TV and no beer make Homer go something something.”

  6. I used to have an over-active imagination as a child, and spent many a night absolutely terrified of monsters, boogeymen and serial killers, until it got so bad that my dad had to sit me down and talk through what I was afraid of and why. Needless to say, horror movies were completely out of the question for me (after watching the American Ring, I couldn’t go to the bathroom for a week for fear of the woman in the mirror staring back at me) for a long time until it dawned upon me that everyone in the movie is an actor who undoubtedly had a great time making the movie and laughing off-camera.

    Now that I am older, I don’t feel threatened by stories of ghosts or vampires anymore, and it’s been a long time since I felt scared to the core of my being. In a weird way, I miss feeling truly unsafe as the result of a film/book/story, and in recent years I’ve gone hunting for a movie or story that might be able to bring that sensation back, and I’ve really just found disappointment at every turn, even in horror classics like The Shining or The Exorcist, which are creepy but don’t do enough to make me feel unsafe in my own home. I watched Insidious the other night and the shot where the demon randomly appears behind someone’s shoulder did haunt me for a bit, but the end got so stupidly contrived and cheesy that it didn’t have any lasting power. Cabin in the Woods was entertaining but not at all frightening, and Let the Right One In was a great story (I love vampire lore, and I wish there were more good vampire flicks out there) but again didn’t leave me feeling haunted. Has my imagination gone completely dead? Can anyone recommend any truly unsettling films? I just find it odd that in the Horror genre, there just aren’t many films that do much to horrify me. Jump scares only go so far and I find it a bit disappointing that Horror films these days rely so heavily on the same tropes to scare people. Maybe you can only do so much on film. Maybe books would be able to use my imagination against me more effectively?

  7. My favorite scary movie is David Lynch’s Lost Highway. I remember the very first time I watched it. I must have been 13-14-years old and I was up late at night without my parents knowing so my tv was muted. Now I don’t want to spoil anything but there’s a scene where the main character (or the FIRST main character) wakes up in the middle of the night next to his wife and and all you can see if her silhouette, and as he gets in closer to her something, that I don’t want to spoil, happens, and it freaked me out so much that I jumped up, turned off my TV and went straight to bed.

    Even now, 13 years later, that scene still gives me goosebumps. The same goes for Lynch’s Mulholland Drive… man, that guy in the alley… ffffffuck…

  8. Love Mulholland Drive. Lost Highway was too weird for me.

    Now on the topic of The Shining; that movie is forever ruined for me due to how much I enjoyed the book. I read the book when I was young, maybe twelve or thirteen or so. Did not see the movie until years later. When you see a movie adaptation of a book you were really into and continue to see through nostalgia glasses, you cannot help but nitpick the changes to death. Even though I understand and appreciate the quality of direction and cinematography, I hate the movie. Cannot stand it.

  9. Guys, FYI, not that it really matters but, Rob Zombie remade Halloween not Textas Chainsaw, that was Marcus Nispel produced by Michael Bay. But it really does not matter.

  10. I already figured out what you could do for a sequel to Cabin in the Woods right after I saw the movie. Just make a Hellboy movie more in line with the Mignola comics, which are horror comics but with a main character who is also a monster in form if not in mind.

  11. For me, one of the best things about Cabin in the Woods (apart from the fact it’s an excellently made film) is that it cheekily retcons every horror movie ever made. Also, I convinced my lass to come with me – she’s normally averse to scary movies – and she loved it, too. I need to get the DVD for the commentary.

    I’ve been a horror fan for as long as I can remember. I used to listen to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in the dark to creep myself out with Vincent Price’s voice, and even made up some paper cat eyes (with pinholes to see out of) to look like MJ in the video. When my family visited the video shop I would disappear to the horror section and force myself to look at the gruesome VHS covers (The Incredible Melting Man really did a number on me). Once, when staying at a friend’s place overnight, I snuck out of bed while everyone in the house was asleep to watch Nightmare on Elm St by myself, alone in the dark.

    But I’m at a place in my life where, after years of bludgeoning my terrified psyche with them as a child, horror movies don’t “scare” me anymore – I can’t seem to detach myself from looking at them from a mechanical level, and appreciating how the scares are built. Sure, I’ll still get ambushed by a jump scare, but on the whole they don’t really get under my skin.

    My favourite zombie movie: Zombi 2 / Zombie / Zombie Flesh Eaters. I’ve loved that movie since high school, when I hired a VHS devoted to the best bits of a bunch zombie flicks. Great FX, great tone, lovely grubby B-movie feel, and one of the best horror theme tunes. Is it a perfect film? Nope, far from it. But it has a zombie fighting a shark, and that’s pretty damn rad.

  12. Zombie directed two films which are based loosely on John Carpenter’s Halloween not Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  13. John Carpenter’s Vampires, for me, is by far one of the most entertaining vampire movies ever made. also eXistenz is an epic film. I have it on VHS somewhere

  14. Another great one, guys. I’m really becoming a fan of Adam more and more, despite, ya know, that awful, tasteless header.

  15. should have a list of the movies mentioned in the conversation. I listened to the podcast while driving, i dont want spend another 30 min to listen again.

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