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Tim Burton's Batman.  Zodiac.  Almost anything Fincher.  Tobe Hooper's Funhouse.  Lost Boys

Last edited by PrinceofDarkness (2012-07-08 20:13:34)

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I take things literally so to me atmosphere was literally the atmosphere of where the film is...but I guess I was the only one who saw it that way.  smile

Prince - Good point about the music...hadn't thought much of that, but its huge.

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^^
Oh, yes music is huge for atmosphere.  Can you image JC's The Thing with an 80s pop score?  Stevie Wonders' 'Superstition', being a funky jam, fits in nicely at that point of the movie.  But if you had some synth-rock going- it would be jarring.  Sometime during the 90s/00s there was a trend to make soundtracks from current popular music in an attempt to sell the soundtrack.  (Like the fact that I own Halloween, Thing, F13, Night Breed, and Hellraiser soundtracks but nothing newer.)  The best score is one that you don't really think about while watching, but if you think back after, you realize how it played on you.

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I love the opening to Battle Royale. Now that definitely sets the atmosphere for you.

Last edited by Vasquez (2012-07-09 05:21:36)

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Argento has some nice atmosphere. I like the voyeuristic atmosphere to his films.

I watched Shutter last night and that had an excellent atmosphere. Felt completely menacing throughout and added greatly to the terror. The original The Grudge and The Ring did this too. Seems Asia knows a thing or two about tension and atmosphere.

Insidious is another recent one.

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Vasquez wrote:

I love the opening to Battle Royale. Now that definitely set s the atmosphere for you.

Bloody love BR! Organized Chaos pretty much sums up Battle Royale.

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Swamp Thing.  Invaders From Mars.

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Vasquez wrote:

I love the opening to Battle Royale. Now that definitely sets the atmosphere for you.

Sitting in that classroom, hearing the rules. Tense stuff.

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UltraViolence wrote:
Vasquez wrote:

I love the opening to Battle Royale. Now that definitely set s the atmosphere for you.

Bloody love BR! Organized Chaos pretty much sums up Battle Royale.

I love the use of Mozarts classical Requiem with BR's opening graphics sequence. You just know the film is gonna have a epic impact on u from that short opening sequence, due to the skills of a veteran master of cinema in the films director, just as Mozart was a pure musical artist. Some classic music and a cult classic within the genre produces a Tour De Force piece of art. Bravo!

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other films with atmosphere that haven't been mentioned

In The Mouth of Madness
The Premature Burial
Messiah of Evil
Tomb Of Ligeia
Kill Baby Kill
Fragile
30 days of Night
The Asphyx
Who Could Kill A Child?
The Body Snatcher (1945)

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Here is a list of the films I've watched since I started the thread that fit into this category:

Deep Red
Black Sabbath
The House that Screamed
The Entity
The Sentinel
The Fog (1980)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

I've added quite a bit to my watch list thanks to all of you.

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When I think about what creates an atmosphere in a horror movie, I think about a combination of the lighting, setting, score, and overall tone of the film.  Me?  I love an old fashioned, gothic horror atmosphere that invokes a nightmarish mood of otherworldliness.  For me the following films ooze with horror:

1. Suspiria - Not only does Goblin's nerve-jangling score keep you on edge, Argento's signature lighting and purposeful design of the dance academy give it the feel of a satanic fairytale.

2. Night of the Living Dead - Romero picked just the right creaky old stock music to accompany his groundbreaking zombie epic's starkly frightening black and white photography.  This film permeates the room with an overwhelming sense of doom and fear every time I watch it.

3. City of the Living Dead/The Beyond/House by the Cemetery:  Fulci's loosely related unholy trilogy of Lovecraftian zombie horror are perfect examples of how important sound design is in making the viewer uneasy, as each of these films practically groan with howling wind and the putridly GROSS sounds of rending flesh.  You can practically SMELL the blood and reek of decay wafting from your TV screen.  Additionally, his non-linear narratives add to the dizzying, nightmarish effects these films seem to have.  It's too bad his later films seem to have lost all these traits.

4. The Blind Dead Series (Tombs of the Blind Dead, Return of the Evil Dead, Ghost Galleon, Night of the Seagulls):  de Ossorio's Blind Dead films benefit from that oppressive, demonic chanting and the unforgettable image of his blind Templar vampire-zombies SLLLOOOOWWWWLLLY climbing from their tombs, galloping ghost-like through towns, down beaches, and across fields, then shuffling to find their victims by sound all in simple slow motion.  Though the films vary in quality (the 1st & 4th being my favorites), just the way the Templars are filmed going about their business make each film worth watching just to soak up the spectral atmosphere.

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^^^ Nice.  And good call on the Armando Osorio flicks.  They may not be the greatest horror movies out there but they're definitely drenched with atmosphere.

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LoudLon wrote:

^^^ Nice.  And good call on the Armando Osorio flicks.  They may not be the greatest horror movies out there but they're definitely drenched with atmosphere.

No, they're not, as I believe Return re-uses footage from Tombs and Galleon features a couple of irritating lead characters, BUT they are definitely the kind of films where you absolutely root for the ghouls to have their ghoulish way with the cast.

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damn kill me I for get the name of this flick I watched a few times its a canadian one where he watches his sister gettin laid than he ends up screwein his sister than kills her.. shit I love this flick .comeon help me here its subconcious cruelty fuck I think it came to me.
Anyone see that ??

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I wrote a review of that movie and its stuck here here

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^^
Could it be Subconscious Cruelty?

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I believe so, Az.  And I think DTS answered himself without realizing it. lol

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^^
That's 1/2 the problem!  lol

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I also suggest:

CITY OF THE DEAD/HORROR HOTEL (1960)

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I think that Atmosphere was used as a litteral character in The Shining (the hotel cutting off all ties to the outside world, leaving the family to fester with cabin fever and make Jack a dull boy)...so it takes my vote as the best atmoshperic film.

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Audition.

Although not usually mentioned as being an atmospheric film, I think it is a great example of perfectly executed atmosphere. The stark atmosphere that is created by the sparse use of dialogue and score along with slow pacing and stationary camera work is what makes the finale of this movie so effective.

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The Thing & Dawn of the Dead are always ones that come to my mind.

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Some others

Jacob's Ladder (1990)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJztRnDxdM8

Dead End (2003) - great atmospheric movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOKRauvfkUU

The Mist (2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-NF55EZ5tw

Of course , there's also the famous ones like
Poltergeist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ytjaMfoF2M

The Fog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOZwnivtLbc

Alien
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjLamj-b0I8

Then there's also the foreign horror movies like

R-Point
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcrj0_1F5dg

A tale of 2 sisters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrq1JOiK6Fo

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