Best Debut Horror Film from a "Master of Horror"

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What was the best debut horror film from one of the "Masters of Horror?"

  1. Phantasm (Don Coscarelli)

    8 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Re-Animater (Stuart Gordon)

    4 vote(s)
    7.7%
  3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)

    19 vote(s)
    36.5%
  4. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento)

    2 vote(s)
    3.8%
  5. Critters 2: The Main Course (Mick Garris)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Piranha (Joe Dante)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis)

    3 vote(s)
    5.8%
  8. Halloween (John Carpenter)

    15 vote(s)
    28.8%
  9. Scared to Death (William Malone)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. May (Lucky McKee)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. It's Alive (Larry Cohen)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton)

    1 vote(s)
    1.9%
  13. Audition (Takashi Miike)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (Ernest R. Dickerson)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Session 9 (Brad Anderson)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Fright Night (Tom Holland)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. The Changeling (Peter Medak)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground (Norio Tsuruta)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Kolpitz

    Kolpitz Purely and Simply Evil

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    We've all had time now to debate the merits of the individual episodes of both seasons of Masters of Horror. Now, I ask, what was the best debut horror film from one of the "Masters of Horror?"

    I've taken some liberties with the choices. For example, some may consider Schlock to be a horror movie but I went with An American Werewolf in London for John Landis. Also, I chose May as Lucky McKee's debut because All Cheerleaders Die has yet to be released (theatrically or to home video).

    My choice: Halloween (John Carpenter)
     
  2. Spitfire

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    I like your choice in Halloween and that would have been my choice had it not been for Argento's Bird with the Crystal Plumage. I find that one movie and Argento, of course, to be the best in all of the entries. :D
     
  3. DeathDealer

    DeathDealer I Inhale Horror

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    Halloween. He hit straight on target the first try. AMAZING.
     
  4. onebyone

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    Halloween. Duh.
     
  5. Reverenddave

    Reverenddave New Member

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    Some great movies there. But in the end, I find it hard to pick the excellent HALLOWEEN over the masterpiece TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. An interesting question would be, which of those two influenced more movies.
     
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    bwana the clown Supreme Ruler Of Sados

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    Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
     
  7. Cujo108

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, of course.
     
  8. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    It's hard to choose between Halloween and The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, but since I'm an Argento nut, the vote goes to him.
     
  9. I hate most of Hooper's stuff, but TCM gets my vote. Oh, Dario, how I wanted to vote for you...
     
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    I also went with Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's amazing to me the impact that Halloween and TCM had on horror movies, yet both films are practically bloodless. It just goes to show you how good of directors Carpenter and Hooper are.
     
  11. baggio

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    Wow, what a tuff pick, many great ones to choose from.

    I went with Phantasm from Don Coscarelli. I was going to pick Halloween(which is excellent) but it's really just a slasher film that was brought to light with Black Christmas a few years before. Excellent slasher film, but slasher none the less.

    Phantasm is quite something special. I can't imagine Don stitting down and writing that movie. Its a wild story. Out of all the films, that one is the most bizarre IMO. Most of the other films(not all most) come from stories in the news, werewolf movies, evil babies, mutant animals, vampires, etc... All things that at one time or another have been done before.
     
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    Same here. Love Halloween, and it's a close second, but I can't help but champion PHANTASM. There's simply nothing else like it. Nobody can copy it, and no one has even tried.
     
  13. DopeChamberX

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    Halloween

    Looking at this poll though, it just reminds me of that Robot Chicken sketch about "The World's Most One-Sided Fistfights". :p
     
  14. satans-sadists

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    Tobe Hooper's Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I would say Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Halloween, and Phantasm are all very close behind.
     
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    Henry. I don't usually like sadism, but this was a great character-driven film. It's what Maniac tried to be, and wasn't.
     
  16. Mok

    Mok Family is Forever

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    There's really only two options here, let's not kid ourselves otherwise. Hooper get's the prize for me because the impact that movie had on me as a kid was greater than seeing Halloween for the first time. Also, look at how many times other directors have tried to make Texas Chainsaw all over again.
     
  17. baggio

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    I don't think I would agree with that.

    That, I would agree with you. Seeing a film like that as a younster can leave a lasting effect.
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Bingo. Phantasm was just simply *original*. It was mind blowing exercise in surreal horror then, and it still is now. I'm still amazed by this film, and I was *never* amazed by Halloween no matter how well crafted I admit it was done.

    Slasher films for me have always been a tired genre, despite my being old enough to remember when it was considered "original". TCM impressed me because it was so bizarre in its shocking visuals. May, Psycho, Audition, and a few others have impressed me because it made the slasher killings so personal. Somehow the (basically) unemotional, motivationless psycho killer genre never clicked for me.

    For me, the other contenders were Re-Animater, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, It's Alive, and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.
     
  20. MrVess

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    Tough choice, but it comes to boy love. Specifically, "BOOOOOOOOOOY!" love.

    (The sound which I hope never to hear in that remake that's been threatened to happen for a while...)
     

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