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rhett
11-04-2008, 12:35 PM
Well folks, it's time to vote. If you're American, anyway. The "political thriller" has more or less been dominated by political films over the years, but there are a few that deliver the sort of horror thrills we've come to love about the genre. Which is your favorite?

Matt89
11-04-2008, 12:45 PM
Shit that's a hard list. Not sure how much of a political thriller Escape From NY and LA are, but I'd probably have to go with The Manchurian Candidate (1962). (Although All the President's Men comes in a close second.)

Where's Three Days of the Condor? :D

~Matt

Matt89
11-04-2008, 12:48 PM
...Or WarGames?

~Matt

Cujo108
11-04-2008, 01:13 PM
Munich.

rhett
11-04-2008, 01:18 PM
...Or WarGames?

~Matt
I'll add Condor, but no movie with a hacking kid is making a horror list. ;)

If it were a kid getting hacked, then maybe we'd have something...

Matt89
11-04-2008, 01:21 PM
hahaha, true enough. :lol:

~Matt

Mutilated Prey
11-04-2008, 03:15 PM
Escape from New York it is.

satans-sadists
11-04-2008, 04:43 PM
Escape From New York and Donald Pleasance both get my vote today. Taxi Driver ranks a close second.

thrashard76
11-04-2008, 05:14 PM
They Live

bigdaddyhorse
11-04-2008, 05:18 PM
Easily Escape From New York here.

What about Primeval though? That was as political thiller as it gets, plus it had a big fucking croc in it! The more I watch that flick, the more I like it.

Mitbox
11-04-2008, 05:52 PM
I was blindly going to vote for They Live, until I saw Taxi Driver. So for me is Taxi driver and coming in second, They live, then Escape from NY. Anyways, that's a tough list. They are all good.

Mok
11-04-2008, 06:01 PM
Run baby run escape L.A.!!!

Anaestheus
11-04-2008, 07:14 PM
Poor little Parallax View getting no love. Easily my favorite political thriller and one of my favorite films in general. And, if you haven't seen it, you'd be amazed at how often it gets "borrowed" from. A truly terrifying film.

rhett
11-04-2008, 08:03 PM
Poor little Parallax View getting no love. Easily my favorite political thriller and one of my favorite films in general. And, if you haven't seen it, you'd be amazed at how often it gets "borrowed" from. A truly terrifying film.
I didn't love it or anything, but that ending was truly memorable. Back when Hollywood had some balls.

fceurich39
11-04-2008, 08:31 PM
escape from new york then they live hopefully house of re animator gets made i am sure that will definitly be funniest political thriller ever

The Chaostar
11-04-2008, 08:51 PM
The Parallax View. DAMN that was BLEAK.

Katatonia
11-04-2008, 08:56 PM
The Parallax View is indeed a bleak film. Not for all viewing tastes, but highly original.

The Chaostar
11-04-2008, 08:57 PM
However, Rhett, you should add PEOPLE I KNOW. This dark gem was almost unreleased in the US (despite Al Pacino's great central performance). I suggest you check it out, if you haven't.

Harry Warden
11-05-2008, 12:49 AM
All The President's Men - I never grow tired of watching this film. Hands down the best and most suspenseful, as far as political fare goes.

Copyboy
11-05-2008, 09:05 AM
Love ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE but went with MC as Angela Lansbury totally steals the show. BLOW OUT is another great one not on the list.

fattyjoe37
11-06-2008, 02:52 AM
They Live

Shock Waves
11-06-2008, 03:56 AM
OLd School: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Newer: Munich

MorallySound
11-06-2008, 06:28 AM
Taxi Driver.

_pi_
11-06-2008, 12:36 PM
JFK, the director's cut. One of my all time favorite films. Amazingly directed and edited. There's soooooo much in that film!

zompirejoe
11-06-2008, 02:07 PM
The Dead Zone, it poses a lot of interesting questions. If you could kill Hitler before his rise to power, even if it meant you dying yourself, would you ? Greg Stillson is a great character. A politician in the truest sense, who just happens to believe his destiny is to bring about the end of the world.

DVD-fanatic-9
11-06-2008, 05:48 PM
Blue Sunshine is definitely a horror movie. And it's the only movie on that list I found the slightest bit tolerable.

(AWT, sorry, missed The Dead Zone, but still Blue Sunshine was better for me)

Matt89
11-06-2008, 06:19 PM
LOL really? Any reason why you can't stand movies like Taxi Driver, All the President's Men, The Manchurian Candidate, The Parallax View or Three Days of the Condor ?(which is possibly one of the greatest political thrillers ever made)

It's a great list of films. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is one of the greatest (I'd say top 10) movies to come out of the 1960s. Possibly in the top 5.

~Matt

spawningblue
11-06-2008, 08:22 PM
It's a great list of films. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is one of the greatest (I'd say top 10) movies to come out of the 1960s. Possibly in the top 5.

~Matt

Damn really? I almost bought the special edition used not that long ago for a couple bucks. Will have to see if they still have it next time I'm there.

Angelman
11-06-2008, 09:17 PM
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is one of the greatest (I'd say top 10) movies to come out of the 1960s. Possibly in the top 5.

~Matt

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) for me. I agree with you, Matt. I know it is a debate-able point, but Manchurian Candidate is one of my all-time fav's from that era.

indrid13
11-07-2008, 05:30 AM
The Manchurian Candidate, havn't seen the remake.