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SUPERNATURAL MOVIES - THE SPI RECOMMENDED LIST

 

From Hell  (2001)

The Omen (1976)

Warlock (1991)

The Others (2001)

Session 9 (2001)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow (2001)

The Prophecy (1995)

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2002)

The Frighteners (1996)

Scanners (1981)

The Exorcist  (1973)

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The Mummy 1 & 2 (first was a little better) (1999 & 2001)

The Changeling (awesome haunted house movie) 1980

The Haunting (1963)

Haunted (1995)

The Legend of Hell House (one of the best haunted house parapsychology films out there) (1973)

The Shining (1980)

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

The Serpent & the Rainbow (1988)

The Haunted (1996)

Carnival of Souls (1962)

The Storm of the Century (one of the better Stephen King adaptations) (1999)

The Invisible Man (1933)

 

SCIENCE FICTION HORROR MOVIES

Aliens 1 & 2 (the rest suck) 1979, 1985

Pitch Black  (2002)

Screamers (1995)

 

 

And of course, a special honorable mention goes to 

Ghostbusters (1980)

While I'm afraid paranormal investigators will never get away from the tag this movie engendered, it was a damn funny film. 

 

TV SHOWS

Jonny Quest - I liked the original and the latest version done in 1996 the best. Their presentation of paranormal activity was always interesting and well done with good animation for it's time. One of my favorites is the New Orleans episode. 

Scooby Doo - The original series has a campy charm all it's own. If it seems a little goofy, keep in mind that the original concept for the show was quite a bit grittier and darker. So much so that it was deemed too frightening for children. I understand where they are coming from, but it makes me wonder what could have been. My guess the result would have been the TV movies they made a few years ago which are pretty decent in my opinion. The Secret of Voodoo Island had some real good scenes, as did The Witches Ghost. I confess that I like the Hex Girls when they jam. :)

 

NOT RECOMMENDED

 

Rose Red - Over the top production values with a number of elements borrowed from the much more excellent "Legend of Hell House" listed above.

Underworld - All style and no substance; dull and hackneyed.

Van Helsing - How Hollywood could take a cool concept and through the use of special effects completely put the viewer to sleep is an amazing achievement.

Resident Evil - Walked out on this one.

Dracula (1992) - The original was better.