Carl the Critic's Top Ten Psychological Horror Films

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There are many sub-genres of horror, ranging from the modern day "gorno" films to the slasher films. Some films have a monster, some take place during a post-apocalyptic world, and some have dark religious themes. If I was to pick my favorite genre, it would be the horror films where all the scares do not come from a concrete, physical being, but instead comes from the depths of ours psyche. You don't really see a lot of good modern psychological horror films, so if I am to make one of my own, where do I look for guidance, and/or inspiration?

To answer this question let's take a look at what I feel are the top ten psychological horror films.

10

To start off, I decided to talk about a film that I don't particularly like. Is it a bad film? Not really, it just really wasn't my thing. However I can not deny the impact that this film made in the film industry, particularly the independent film industry. This is a film that had a budget of literally nothing, but yet it made about $248,639,099. It started off as a bunch of kids with cameras who went off into the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 in search of a legend. Who is this legend you might ask?















"The Blair Witch Project"

Some of you are wondering, "Carl, if you don't like this movie, then why is it on your list?"

Well this is an important movie for horror film students to watch at least once, just so they can see what was responsible for so many films like "Cloverfield", "The Last Exorcism", and "Paranormal Activity". "The Blair Witch Project" is a type of film that I like to call a "Shock-u-mentary", a film that has a realistic feel (as if it were a documentary) that is made to scare you! What makes "The Blair Witch Project" an interesting specimen is the fact that there is all this build up to a witch that we never actually see. For some this is quite clever because think about it, when does a monster stop being scary? The very instant you see it! So for many, the fact that we never actually saw the Blair Witch, meant that she is the perfect monster. We don't know if she is real, or if she is only just a myth, or if all of this is inside of the three kid's heads, it's a film that really plays with your mind. I am one of the few people who finds the film both annoying, but acknowledges that it did make a huge impact on horror film making.

What the Film Teaches:

  • The possibilities of creating a horror film with zero budget
  • The history of "Shock-u-menatry" film making


9

I initially didn't like "Black Swan" the first time I saw it. Again it's not a bad movie, but it just took some getting use to. I don't mind the film as much, and that was actually initially supposed to be on this list, however there is another film that is quite similar that I feel is much better, and is in need of your attention. In fact, after I saw "Black Swan", I immediate thought that it blatantly copied the film I'm about to talk about. After all, Darren Aronofsky had owned the rights to making an American version of this film (that was never actually made, but he used this privileged to steal a scene involving a woman screaming in a bathtub in his film Requiem for a Dream). What film am I talking about you might ask?















"Perfect Blue"

For those who are not familiar with the Satoshi Kon animated film, it's about a retired pop singer who wants to become an actress. After she becomes an actress, she constantly receives threats to end her career as an actress, which is making her go crazy. She also sees a ghostly figure who is constantly stalking her, making her life a living hell. In many ways, if you watch both films, you can see many connections between the two. Even Darren Aronofsky confesses that both films are indeed similar, and that he is a fan of Satoshi Kon work, but he ensures that he didn't really mean for it to seem like he copied the great animator's work. If you have never seen the film, go check it out, Satoshi Kon is one of my favorite animators. It's a shame that the man died of pancreatic cancer, I was hoping to see more films like "Paprika", and/or "Tokyo Godfathers".

Though "Perfect Blue" is more of a Psychological Thriller as oppose to Psychological Horror, it still has many moments that were legitimately scary. I won't go into too much detail just in case you plan to watch the film yourself, but it is very graphic, violent, and often surprising. But this is also why I love Satoshi Kon work because he always did stuff like this.

What This Film Teaches:

  • You can make an animated psychological horror film.
  • Animation techniques that create clever transitions into gags, jump-scares, etc.
  • Satoshi Kon's work is awesome!
  • Animation can create horror effects that seem impossible to accomplish in the real world.

8

Somewhere in the early 2000s, Nichole Kidman started to fade from the silver screen. After staring in the surprise hit "Moulin Rouge!", she starred in a strange little film that hardly anyone went to go see. It was a story with an ending so twisted that I was surprised M. Night Shyamalan didn't direct it. It was instead directed and written by Alejandro Amenábar, who I honestly have never heard of. It's a shame because he's not half bad, and his 2001 film staring Nichole Kidman actually gave me nightmares as a child... I saw the film recently and thought it wasn't as scary as I remembered it to be. But enough banter, let's dive into...














"The Others"

This was a strange film, that is underrated. It might not be a great movie, or even a good movie for that matter, it is definitely a fun/so-so movie that I can only watch once in a while, otherwise it would be annoying. The twist ending was something that I wouldn't have guessed as a child, but seeing it now I can't help but wonder if he ripped off of an M. Night Shyamalan film. The film does know how to keep up suspense, and how to create an atmosphere perfect for a psychological Horror film. Like I said before, it's not a great film, but anyone who is interested in going into psychological horror film making needs to watch this film at least once.

What This Film Teaches:

  • How to create a great atmosphere for a psychological horror
  • How to create and maintain suspense for just the right amount of time

7

Haha! Oh Hollywood! You and your crazy re-makes to movies that were already good.



















"The Uninvited"

"The Uninvited" is a horror film that is based on a Korean Horror film (otherwise known as K-Horror films) called "Tale of Two Sisters" (which I'll talk about later). Though this film it's much slower than it's Korean counterpart, "The Uninvited" has this great energy from the actors, atmosphere, and character development that every good psychological horror film should have. I think this was a film made for people who saw the original, because this film is very slow, and it starts slightly different from the K-Horror film. I wouldn't call it a "great" movie, but it's one every film student should watch if they are interested in making a psychological horror film.

What This Film Teaches:

  • How to pace your horror film (you can either pace it slow like the film or faster if you felt it was too slow).
  • How to strongly develop your character's psyche.
  • How to successfully structure your psychological horror film.
  • The use of misleading narrative, and/or the characters Ally-Opponents or Opponent-Allies.
  • How atmosphere affects your movie.

6

We all know of M. Nigh Shyamalan right? Believe it or not he use to be one of Hollywood's hottest young directors. Around this time he created what many considered the greatest twist ending of all time. So what's the name of this controversial and most well known movies of his career?

"What a twist!"
"What a twist!"

Haha! Just kidding! It's actually...

"The Sixth Sense"

This film's twist ending is some what of a legend. Whether you liked the ending or not, "The Sixth Sense" is probably the film that many will tag as M. Night Shyamalan's best work (though to be fair I feel "Unbreakable" was a much better film.) I feel that "The Sixth Sense" is a hard movie to watch more than once, the only real thing that keeps it going is trying to figure out the twist ending, and once you learn what it is, then you find it hard to concentrate on anything else. Also, there are some plot holes with the twist ending that many can point out, but I don't want to spoil the film, just in case you haven't seen it yet.

I'm not a huge fan of the film but there are a few things one can learn from it when attempting to making a psychological horror film.

What This Film Teaches:

  • Story/Structure
  • Careful editing choices
  • Character development
  • How to create a misleading narrative
  • Critical thinking and analysis

5

Stanley Kurbrick is probably one of the strangest film makers of all time. He is a film maker that you either really love or really hate. One things for certain though, he never does anything half-assed. Every movie he makes has so much thought, care, development, symbolism, camera angles, plot devices, character developments, etc. that they all make great textbook films. Since we are on the subject of psychological horror, there is one iconic horror film that he made that I have no choice but to put on my list.










"The Shining"

Do I really have to explain why this movie is on the list?

Even if you do not like Stanley Kubrick's films, if you are to get into film making, you need to watch his movies. They all make great text book films because there are so many good/bad elements from his movies to choose from. From beginning to end, "The Shining" is the perfect psychological horror film that is rich with stunning visuals, a scary story, memorable moments, interesting editing choices, creepy music, stunning cinematography, and an ending that will just... confuse the ever loving crap out of you.

Some of you are wondering, "if this film is so good to watch, why is it at #5 on your list?" Well, because I feel there are much better psychological horror films. In addition to that, in my opinion Shelley Duvall's acting throughout the film was just awful.


What This Film Teaches:

  • Story/Structure
  • Editing choices
  • Character Development
  • Film making in general*
  • How to and how not to act.

4

This next film is one of my favorite movies ever made. Although it is more of a thriller, than an actual horror film, there are some horrific elements to it. In addition to that, it creates one of Hollywood's scariest characters ever created.












"Silence of the Lambs"

The idea of finding a serial killer, with the help of a serial killer is just absolutely genius. It's a great film to watch for directing a horror film. Jonathan Demme's careful choice of camera angles, and directions to the actors are 100% perfect. The way the film is shot, edited and scored, there is a lot of hard work put forth in this film, and is a must see for all who want to be horror movie film makers.

What This Film Teaches:

  • Misleading narrative
  • Story/Structure
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Directing
  • Character Development

3

Japan's horror films are some of the greatest horror films ever made. This is predominantly why Hollywood continues to try to remake every single one of their movies. J-Horror films are dark, suspenseful, perfectly paced, carefully shot/edited, and sometimes have characters who are not really developed well enough. Why are the character's not developed enough? Because they are all going to die anyway, and so what's the point of developing a character who has 10 minutes of screen time. One of the greatest examples of text book movies is this classic 2002 J-Horror film about a house, that is inhabited by very vengeful spirits.










"Ju-on"

Though I didn't really like this film as much as I hoped I will say that this film's cinematography, and creepy characters kick ass! Even if I didn't really care about the characters in the movie, all it did was heighten my interest about how they were going to get killed (if they do get killed). A psychological horror film that really messes with your mind, "Ju-On" is an important film to watch! Even if you don't like it that much, like me, there is so much one can learn from this film about cinematography, and character design.

What This Film Teaches:

  • J-Horror Film Styles
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Design: How it is used to heighten the audience's fear
  • Story/Structure
  • How to make your main monster scary both physically and psychologically
  • Less you know about the monster, the scarier they tend to be.

2

Remember when I mentioned "The Uninvited"? Well I decided to put the original film on this list as well, mostly because I feel that you need to compare and contrast the differences between the original and the American remake. "The Uninvited" is okay, and it's one of the best remakes Hollywood has ever made, but the original film is just so much better. It's confusing as hell because it's much faster paced, but it completely miss guides you in a direction until the very end. It builds up the characters very well, and when the twist ending occurs you are just completely blown away!










"Tale of Two Sisters"

The title says it all. It's about two sisters who have to deal with their evil stepmother. Although this at first sounds like your typical Disney movie, this film keeps you guessing the twist all the way up to the very end. There are some great scary moments, character development, well told and structured story, and is paced at a rate that doesn't insult the intelligence of the viewer. Though the film is confusing the first time you watch it, my suggestion is to not just watch it once, but multiple times. Watch it with "The Uninvited" to do a comparison of old vs new, and see what elements you like from both if you decide to make psychological horror films.

What This Film Teaches:

  • Comparisons between old vs. new
  • Misleading Narrative
  • Symbolism in horror films
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Story Structure
  • Acing in Horror films
  • K-Horror Film Styles
  • Elements to K-Horror Films
  • Directing Horror Films
  • Developing a Critical Understanding for Horror Films

1

This is the film that perfected the entire psychological horror sub-genre. It is one of my favorite horror films ever made, where the horror is in what you don't see rather than what you do see. The 9 films that I have listed above all have bits and pieces of elements to making a great horror film but this film has all of them. Though this film is over 50 years old, and parts about it are a little dated, it is a must see psychological horror film for all film makers, not just ones who go into the horror genre, but ALL film makers! I am of course talking about a film about a small group of people who are invited to a house in search of ghosts.






Ladies and Gentlemen...





"The Haunting"

The original 1963 horror classic that has so many great elements about it that I don't know where to begin. I guess I could begin by talking about the story, which is simple, original, subtle, carefully photographed, edited, suspenseful, shocking, twisted, and over all just a great reference to all who are interested in making psychological horror films. This was the movie that perfected how to scare the audience without showing us anything. It's a great character study, is full of enriching details, and inspired most of the movies on this list in one way or another.

To be fair the film is a little dated, and although it was re-made in 1999, it just wasn't the same. No remake can beat this Robert Wise masterpiece!

What This Film Teaches:

  • Everything We Need To Know About How To Make A Great Psychological Horror Film !


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Oh this is a GREAT list! You chose such great titles for the rest that I am going to take your word for it and get the two I have not seen (tale of 2 sisters and perfect blue). And then I am going to get the rest of these to re-watch :)


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

You have a great list of movies here, particularly, "The Shining," "Silence of the Lambs" (also great books), and "The Haunting" with Julie Harris...very good and scary movie. "The Sixth Sense" is really good too. Thank you.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

@Ardie: LOL well thank you Ardie for your kind words, and I hope you enjoy "Tale of Two Sisters" and "Perfect Blue". They are both great movie :) Always great to hear from you :)

@ytsenoh: Thank you very much for your kind words. If you haven't checked out the other films on the list I highly recommend you do because they are all good in their own way :) Thanks for your comment and insight, it's great to hear from you :)


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

I also emailed separately. I remember when the Blair Witch Project came out and honestly, I was impressed it was on a budget and it was a huge success and I thought, in part, because it was unique. I didn't see it because I was pretty sure I was really going to get scared. I'll check the others out.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I didn't really like the film personally, but it's an important one to watch because despite not really liking it, it has a huge impact on the genre, and it shows how to make a film successful at a very low budget. Thanks again for the comment :)


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Der Meister 4 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

And my Netflix queue gets even longer.


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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

This is a great hub. I haven't seen the Tale of Two Sisters or your No.1 so I shall buy them. Thanks for the reviews a super read. Vote up!!!


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Garlonuss 4 years ago from Saratoga Springs, Utah

Nice list. While I may take issue with your opinion of some of the movies (I clearly liked The Others more than you did, for instance), they are influential in their genre.

When I review movies I try to distinguish between movies I simply don't like and movies I recognize do have cinematic value despite my opinion.

I don't particularly care for The Shining, for instance, but I recognize its influence in the field of psych-horror.


thatmovieguy71 4 years ago

I loved this hub! A great selection of films for this topic. The Others, Blair Witch Project, The Haunting are among my favorites. I think I would add The Exorcist to this list as well - much more psychological horror than in your face horror.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

@Der Meister: LOL thanks for the comment :)

@one2get2no: Thank you very much for the votes and comment. Hope you enjoy the movies :)

@Garlonuss: We do seem to disagree a lot don't we :) That's perfectly fine. "The Others" isn't a bad movie, I just felt like it wasn't as scary as I thought it was when I was younger. The initial purpose of the list was to talk about movies that I use as a reference when I think about making my own psychological horror movies, and to share my opinion about why the movie is important for aspiring film makers who wish to make the same kinds of films as myself. As you say, even if you don't like "The Shining" (which many people don't) it was a film that really influenced the genre, and same with "The Blair Witch Project", or really any movie on this list. I'm glad you made that comment because many people feel the same way, and I value your opinion very highly. Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you.

@thatmovieguy71: Thank you for your kind words :)"The Exorcist" is one of my all time favorite horror movies ever made. The reason that it isn't on the list is because though you're right it has some psychological elements, I feel that the real horror came from Regan being possessed, and how being possessed affect her physically. I guess you could argue that this was all in Father Karras's head, but I feel that it wasn't as psychological as the other films on this list. It's still a great horror film, but this falls under the "demonic possession"/"from hell" sub-genre rather than psychological, but you made a great point, and for that I thank you very much for it :) Always great to hear from you!


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi Carl; Some very good films here. I've seen them all, except for Tale of two sisters. "Perfect Blue" is an awesone film. However, one point I wanted to make: I think some of these are technically supernatural horror, rather than psychological horror.Perfect Blue is definitely psychological horror. The stuff with ghosts is sort of a different genre, isn't it? Otherwise, good list.

Rob


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Hey Rob, Thanks for the comment. Almost all of these movies were on a list of "Psychological horror films", but with the only exception being "Perfect Blue" (which is technically more psychological thriller than horror, but I found it to be horrific so I added it to the list). I can see what you mean though, with the film "The Sixth Sense" and "Ju-on" which are indeed supernatural horror films, but also psychological. In "The Sixth Sense", we are going through the mind of Cole Sear never sure if what he is really seeing is truly there or just in his mind (until of course the very end). As for "Ju-On" because there isn't a lot of character development, we can't be too sure if what we are seeing is actually in the character's head or if there are real ghosts (until the very end). The rest of the films are mostly psychological horror, because we are never quite sure what to believe because the audience is introduced to and follow the perception of the character's psyche and never really see any supernatural events really occur. It leaves you guessing all the way to the very end.

You do make a great point and thank you very much for pointing that out!

Great to hear from you :)


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi; I see your points. Makes sense. I just did a hub review about "the Woman in Black" so I guess I'm thinking in supernatural mode.

Rob


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Adrian Lavelle 4 years ago from Galway, Ireland

Cool Hub man, I've seen most of the films on the list, but I'm not afraid to say the one that scares the absolute bejesus out of me in recent times is the Japanese movie 'Premonition', I can't watch it, I've even tried to give my copy away, which puts people off, because they think it's either a bad film or I'm crazy. That girl in the car...and the premonitions...can't watch it...


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Der Meister 4 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

Now I am going to have to give "Premonition" a watch.


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

I love good horror movies. (Not those trashy ones) This was great. Because you didn't just make it about what you, personally like. (Guess that's why you're a critic.) "The Shining" " Silence of the Lambs" were classics...at least in my book. Voted up, and interesting.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

@Robwrite: lol no worries :) That too could technically count as both supernatural and psychological, but that too was mostly supernatural. Thanks again for stopping by :)

@Adrian Lavelle: I have yet to see the Japanese movie "Premonition", though I saw the movie with American one with Sandra Bullock and wasn't impressed. However after doing thorough research into the Japanese version, I might have no choice but to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation :)

@Der Meister: Me too :) lol

@Albertsj: lol thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you like my list and hope you watch the films on here that you haven't seen yet :) Thanks again

@ALL: Great to hear from all of you and look forward to reading your works as well :)


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great list Carl, my fav being "The Shining"

Voted up

John


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Thanks John. I'm glad you liked the list. If you haven't checked out some of the movies on the list, I highly recommend doing so.

Thanks again for your comment and votes,

Carl


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mattdigiulio 4 years ago

Great great list. I'm a sorry excuse for a film buff, as I've only seen TWO movies on this list (Shining and 6th Sense), both fantastic horror flicks. Thanks for these, well thought out, and I now have more to add to my Netflix queue. Voting up. Matt


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

LOL thank you very much Matt. Thanks for stopping by :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great list! I keep forgetting to watch Black Swan. Very cool!


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

"Black Swan" is good, but "Perfect Blue" I felt is better. Check out both when you can. Thank you for stopping by tammyswallow, it's great to hear from you :)


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

I never wanted to watch horror movies, but after reading this Hub, I will try to watch few of them. Great Hub.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Thanks jainismus, I appreciate your comment, and hope you enjoy some of the films I've listed :)


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fromMarkHall 4 years ago

The Innocents. Diabolique. Blow-up. Psychologically as horrific as the 50's and 60's themselves. I almost clicked to the next hub when I saw 'Blair Witch' on your list; that movie is pure exploitive trash. No thrills or terror. Humorless junk. Fake-u-mentary. And you DO see the witch--steal your money if you pay to see it.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Those are also film that many have told me about, but I have not seen them yet. You should note that this list is from an amateur filmmaker's point of view, and the reasons why I allowed films like "The Blair Witch" on my list is because even if I did not like it as much as the film critics of the day did I did gain some knowledge about film making from it. Also just because something is a "Fake-u-mentary" does not make it bad, films like "M*A*S*H*" and "Best In Show" prove that, both are films that are shot in a documentary style to add a sense of realism. As for me I didn't see the Witch steal my money, because I didn't have to pay to see "The Blair Witch". I remind you that this list is purely subjective, and if you ever feel the urge to "click to the next hub" please don't feel the need to tell me.

There are hundreds of psychological horror films, some good, some bad, and if you wish for me to discuss one of the films you enjoyed please do so in a less aggressive manor.

Thank you for your comment.


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fromMarkHall 4 years ago

I read Blair Witch had the largest number of 'request for refund' of any film in history. And Fake-u-mentary refers to the film within the film marketing, the idea that a movie exists solely to take somebody's money, not MASH or Best In Show. As for hopping (clicking) hubs, I thought this was encouraged.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

You are encouraged to hop hubs, but don't feel you have to tell the writer that you were going to move on to the next hub just because you didn't agree with them, that is not what Hubpages is about. If you don't agree, move on and don't feel that you need to bash the writer's own opinion. You can talk about why you don't like "The Blair Witch" sure, but saying "I almost clicked to the next hub when I saw 'Blair Witch' on your list" is an insult to me, because you only judged my writing based on one film on my list, as opposed to my writing style, or my view as a whole. You seem to really have a strong hate against this film, which is fine I encourage people to say these things about movies, but you don’t even mention the other films on my list, or even my writing. If you think my list sucks, then move on.

You only said “Fake-u-mentary” and I wasn’t sure what aspect of filmmaking you were referring to, I only thought you meant style (which would include “M*A*S*H*” and “Best In Show”). I think you mean “F***-u-mentary”, which would make more sense to me (since the definition you provided was “the idea that a movie exists solely to take somebody's money”).

As for your data on “request for refund” I'm glad you’re keeping track of that, but that doesn't make it a bad movie, because there are plenty of people who enjoy "The Blair Witch". I may not be a fan of the film, but there are things that some people can gain by watching it, and that was the focus on this hub.

Again, this is just my list, and though you may not agree with it, I hope we can all get along. This is just one hub, it’s not perfect but I’m sincere and put a lot of thought and care into it. I hope you and I can be friends and I look forward to reading your work.

Thanks again for the comment.


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fromMarkHall 4 years ago

Fakeumentary was not coined by moi. I came it across it somewhere in a local paper...probably the SFWeekly...or Entertainment Weekly. The style of film your talking about is 'mockumentary' which 'Blair Witch', again, isn't. Nothing can be gained by watching it. Project 'movie' is like bad law. It has to be overturned to preserve the integrity of film.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I never said that it was coined by toi, I believe you (even if you don't know where you've heard it from), I've just never heard that term used before. I didn't learn that term in any of the Film Language, or Film Theory classes I had to take. I called the genre that was started by "Blair Witch Project" a "Shock-u-mentary", because it is meant to be a horror film (not a comedy like a mockumentary, or an emotional like a Docudrama) (even if we both seem to agree that we didn't find as scary as most), and as I provided in my reasoning of this hub, there can be particularly for those who wish to go into filmmaking: "The possibilities of creating a film with zero budget, and the history of 'Shock-u-menatry' filmmaking". So that is what I gained from it as a filmmaker. It wasn't for the story or enjoyment it was more of a learning experience, how can this element to this film be used for my own projects? And I also disagree with your opinion that it is a bad law that has to be overturned to preserve the integrity of film, if the film industry really cared that much all of the Pauly Shore films would be the first to go, or even "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2".


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fromMarkHall 4 years ago

When theater owners placed ads offering audiences their money back it wasn't because they knew where to find me; they knew even the catch phrase 'shockumentary' was just MORE crap.


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fromMarkHall 4 years ago

Fakeumentary... google my 'aggressive' literary browser.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I hope you keep writing these trivial comments they are very entertaining for me to read.


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fromMarkHall 4 years ago

....cut to Urban dictionary definition...it's there...really.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I'll take your word for it. Thanks again for the comment.


SassySue1963 4 years ago

A great list here! I've seen all of these choices. I also did not particularly like the Blair Witch project but can understand it's inclusion here as it has spawned a wide range of movies using the "lost footage" theme.

One missing here, a personal favorite of mine, is an older movie called The Changeling starring George C. Scott. No slasher movie here, its strength is solely the great use of suspense. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend it highly.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I have heard great things about "The Changeling", and I love George C. Scott. I have only seen the ending of the film but I do plan to watch the film in its entirety when I can. There are tons of great psychological horror films that aren't on this list, not because they are inferior, but because I probably either didn't see them or remember them well enough. Thank you very much for your comment SassySue1963, it is greatly appreciated.


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priley84 3 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

Very good list. Personally, I thought Silence of the Lambs was the best, although The Haunting was itself a very good movie. I would also consider The Exorcist as well. That movie got under my skin in ways few movies can! O_O


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UndercoverAgent19 3 years ago

I love both excellent and awful horror movies, so I'm excited to give some of your recommendations a try! I'm glad you included both Silence of the Lambs and The Others, because I think these two truly emphasize the terror of psychological unease. Voted both funny and useful!


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CarltheCritic1291 23 months ago Author

Thank you priley84 and UndercoverAgent19 for your votes and awesome comments :)

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