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post #31 of 422
Perhaps it is from watching far too many movies, or the fact that Hollywood never seems to tire of rewrapping tried and true formulas, or perhaps even having listened to a few too many Director's commentaries, breaking down the dry mechanics of filmmaking into tedious minutia, but variations on the monster movie or slasher-type fare just doesn't much do anything in terms of real potential to disquiet, let well alone, actually scare -- at least me.

I will say however, there was a movie I saw not that long ago which really got under my skin in an almost subliminal fashion. Totally creeped me out -- as I watched, I gathered up a sense of claustrophobic horror, a choking sense of deprivation from any vestige of humanity or warm receptive sentiment. Something almost panic-inducing, like a fit of emphysema, where one struggles to gulp in breaths of enriching oxygen, only to encounter the horror of air-starvation at the end of each increasingly fitful struggle to seize a wheeze of precious life.

The film was BAD BOYS II -- there is something very evil going on in there, something about the cuts, the edits, the dialog, the delivery, that just subliminally takes hold and puts you in the unsavory grip of these diabolical filmmakers, who are evidently devoid of common human traits -- their blood runs very very cold.

Don't know if anyone else might have had a similar experience with that one, or actually know if Michael Bay is an alien sent to spread a sense of unnerving malaise or subliminal disarming disquiet or fretfulness amongst the human population, but there you have my nomination for scariest film I've seen.
post #32 of 422
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I remember Something Wicked This Way Comes was made by Disney, so I saw that when I was really young. Disney isn't supposed to be that scary, but I know there are other kids that got scared to death from watching it at such an early age.
post #33 of 422
Wow, somebody got a thesaurus for Christmas!
post #34 of 422
The movie Stuff
post #35 of 422
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

Curious to know what is the scariest movie YOU have ever seen and why.

NOT THE SCARIEST MOVIE EVER!!!

I don't want to see endless diatribes, rants, and arguments, so I worded it specifically this way.

What IS scary? Something that gave you nightmares or just scared the bejeezus out of you.

My picks:

Nightmare on Elm Street -->Saw it when I was just 14, new idea for death.
Terminator 2 -->The nuclear (not nuk-qular) holocaust still comes back in dreams sometimes.

Anything with Michael Moore!!!
Just kidding.


I have to say Texas Chainsaw massacre.
Halloween really gave me the creeps.
When I was growing up, my folks made the mistake of watching Trilogy of Terror with the little voodoo doll. I was about 8 or so and I wouldn't go into a dark room for months after that movie.


Craig
post #36 of 422
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Wow, somebody got a thesaurus for Christmas!

Psssst....He sleeps with one under his pillow.
post #37 of 422
How about "The Passion of Christ". A true showing of mans inhumanity to man!! I'm just glad it had a happy ending!!
post #38 of 422
The Babysitter. Movies like Friday the 13th or whatnot can scare on a superficial level. But I always know, "that can't really happen". But something like the Babysitter really could.
post #39 of 422
The Blob. I remember not being able to be around misshapen mounds of strange ooze for months after that.

Seriously,

The Exorcist, especially the first time I saw it

Halloween. easy to forget now how scary this was at the time because it was the first of its genre and looks relatively tame now and has been spoofed so much. I was in high school and saw it in a theater sitting between 2 female friends who didn't stop digging their nails into my arms all night. Very memorable experience.

Rosemary's Baby. This still gives me the chills.

The Spiral Staircase. An old black and white movie about a deaf-mute girl stuck in a old creepy house. I just remember it was one of the first truly scary movies I saw. I have not seen it in years to see if it still is scary.

The Shining. The hallway scenes, the mysterious room. A Kubrick masterpiece.

The Day After. With trigger finger RR at the helm, there was a very palpable feeling that this could happen, and I lived near where most of the story took place. Those of you born after 1970 probably cannot appreciate the real fear of nuclear war at the height of the Cold War.

Lost Highway. Trying to peer into those deep shadows in the house, and the Robert Blake character--Lynchian scary.

In Cold Blood. Something chilling about the true story of the Clutter family murders and the way this was shot.
post #40 of 422
Easy. Arachnophobia. Took about three or four showings to get through the whole thing. The last time a movie scared me that much I was three years old watching the Wizard of Oz on TV. Of course, at age 38 it felt a bit more stupid that I was sometimes hiding behind the couch.
post #41 of 422
When I was a kid

Alien: Saw it when I was 10; 'nuff said.

When I was a teen

Halloween/The Excorcist (tie): sufficiently addressed in the other posts.

Here and Now

The Ring/Grudge/Blair Witch Project: suffocating, mind-bending, horror.

Most Off-Beat Scares

Deep Red: Italian director Dario Argento's classic; the camerawork is masterful.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow: Scared the hell out of me when I was a youngin'.

All-Time Scariest Move for Me

The Grey Zone: A little-known movie about the Holocaust. Human evil portrayed for what it is without any embellishment. Scary because it happened. Out of all the movies I have seen this one left me feeling the most uneasy. More horror exists here than in most "horror" moves. If you found "Shindler's List" or "The Pianist" too much to handle don't even bother watching this movie.

Z
post #42 of 422
The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I was a pre-teen and had creepy dreams where I slowly realized my parents weren't themselves and had been replaced.
post #43 of 422
"The Alien Factor". 1977. (I was 5)

The basement scene with a guy groping around in the dark, looking for the little pull string to turn on the basement light (which of course we had at our house) will stay with me forever. All i remember is that of course, the monster was there waiting, and it was hairy.

I'm quite positive this movie is a 100% turd, so I don't want to watch it again and ruin the memory! (Much like others have said about Salem's Lot - which scared the hell out of me as a youngster, but was a terrible yawner when I watched it again a couple of years ago.)
post #44 of 422
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All-Time Scariest Move for Me

The Grey Zone: A little-known movie about the Holocaust. Human evil portrayed for what it is without any embellishment. Scary because it happened. Out of all the movies I have seen this one left me feeling the most uneasy. More horror exists here than in most "horror" moves. If you found "Shindler's List" or "The Pianist" too much to handle don't even bother watching this movie.

Z

I am still suffering from PTSD from the woman engineer getting shot in the head in "Shindler's List" so I should probably avoid "The Grey Zone". On the other hand it may be that that scene triggers my memory of seeing the execution of the kneeling vietnamese soldier that I saw on TV (which I saw when I was a kid I think). What bothers me in movies are things that are likely to be close to something horrible that has really happened. I remember seeing some odd movie where they come upon an accident of a convertible with a dead guy and a dying woman that keeps saying that she forgot her purse and he needs to turn around so she can get it. That scene bothered me because it just seemed too realistic somehow. Mostly I don't like it when a movie assaults me with scenes like that; it really ruins the experience for me.
post #45 of 422
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I am still suffering from PTSD from the woman engineer getting shot in the head in "Shindler's List" so I should probably avoid "The Grey Zone". On the other hand it may be that that scene triggers my memory of seeing the execution of the kneeling vietnamese soldier that I saw on TV (which I saw when I was a kid I think). What bothers me in movies are things that are likely to be close to something horrible that has really happened. I remember seeing some odd movie where they come upon an accident of a convertible with a dead guy and a dying woman that keeps saying that she forgot her purse and he needs to turn around so she can get it. That scene bothered me because it just seemed too realistic somehow. Mostly I don't like it when a movie assaults me with scenes like that; it really ruins the experience for me.

I don't think "The Grey Zone" had anything at all to do with entertainment. Movies like "Shindler's List" and "The Pianist" are great movies, but they didn't deliver the shock I remember when I first saw wartime clips of the the real concentration camps. Too much of a side story takes away some of that horror. But those movies weren't just about the Holocaust. They were mainly about how two people's lives were affected by the war.

As one of the most horrible human events in history this subject deserves no embellishment if it is to remain a horror of epic proportions. "The Grey Zone" is the closest thing to being there I would ever want to get. Just like the first fifteen minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" was the first time I saw it...raw, without apology, an assault on the senses and mind, and utterly effective. Leaves you exhausted, and emotionally drained. Those are some of things I remember about "The Grey Zone". More frightening than horror because it was reality; and that's scary.

Z
post #46 of 422
Thread Starter 
Good to see so many people got the point. There are things that are scary because of the "BOO" factor, things that frighten us because of the "creepiness" of it, and things that are disturbing or disconcerting because of the human attatchment and reality that atrocities of real life hit hard and close-to-home. The ones that really scare with me aren't the "BOO" films, but the ones that leave a spooky, creepy, uneasy feeling for years to come.

As an aside, anyone remember the name of the movie about a ventrilloquist that had a dummy that wanted to kill him (or was it his friends?) that came out around the late 1970s? I saw it as a kid and it reeeaaalllly messed with my head.
post #47 of 422
Was that movie MAGIC? -- early Anthony Hopkins.
post #48 of 422
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Was that movie MAGIC? -- early Anthony Hopkins.

Hell, yes, it was! Thank you for remembering. That screwed me up BAD! About the time I let it go, I saw Poltergeist and that damn clown made me revert back to nightmares about MAGIC again. Now I gotta sleep with the light on this week!
post #49 of 422
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

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As an aside, anyone remember the name of the movie about a ventrilloquist that had a dummy that wanted to kill him (or was it his friends?) that came out around the late 1970s? I saw it as a kid and it reeeaaalllly messed with my head.

I don't think this is the movie you are thinking of, but it's along the same lines. And that is Child's Play... has Chucky in it.

But the one movie that still messes with my mind is The Exorcist. Yikes!

Jim
post #50 of 422
My memory would not have been that good perhaps, but was recently refreshed when the Golden Globes gave Hopkins their Cecille B. DeMille Award (was it?), for lifetime achievement. During the reprise of career highlights via clip montage, to my surprise they dug up MAGIC -- I just watched and fast forwarded through my tape of this last night. The Anthony Hopkins award was the one thing I watched all the way through.
post #51 of 422
What does everyone think of "Last House on the Left"? I saw the re-release DVD last year and was not impressed. Actually, I thought it was kinda stupid, to be honest, and not nearly as disturbing as is it's reputation. I believe Wes Craven directed...

Z
post #52 of 422
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Originally Posted by spyder696969 View Post

Good to see so many people got the point. There are things that are scary because of the "BOO" factor, things that frighten us because of the "creepiness" of it, and things that are disturbing or disconcerting because of the human attatchment and reality that atrocities of real life hit hard and close-to-home. The ones that really scare with me aren't the "BOO" films, but the ones that leave a spooky, creepy, uneasy feeling for years to come.


to that extent, this will generate many similar responses to my previous "weird" films thread, but that's alright, I know you are getting me back for bringing that Breakfast Club debate into one of your worst/greatest threads.
post #53 of 422
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.....And there was an older flick that I have forgotten but it had one scene where an alien was peeking out from behind a bedroom dresser while the couple were sleeping. That image is burned into my mind to this day. Can't remember the movie, it might have been Communion?

Yep! If your image is the same as mine, it is "Communion", and the alien is actually slowly opening the bedroom door and peeking out from behind it
while the couple (Christopher Walken) is sleeping. That scene alone still scares me to this day!
post #54 of 422
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Miracle Mile-- little seen thriller about an impending nuclear war.


This is one of my favorite scary films, basically due to the subject matter and it's
chance for reality. I've watched this movie over a dozen times and have shown it
to others every chance I get. I especially like the ending (in a scary kinda way)

As for other nuclear war theme movies that scare me, how about:
Testament
The Day After
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post #55 of 422
In order to be the scariest, it would have to be a movie I watched when I was a kid still living in a world full of monsters and imagination. The one movie that gave me nightmares and had me running to Dad in the middle of the night was: "The Giant Behemoth" (1959)

Having lived near the ocean, the idea of a dinosaur-type monster emerging from the surf on a fog-shrouded beach absolutely petrified me (and still does)
post #56 of 422
Miracle Mile - That's a good movie.

I saw The Exorcist in 1973 when I was 5 (37 now) at the drive-in, scared the crap outta me.

muncey
post #57 of 422
Carrie,

The hand coming out of the grave at the end nearly gave me a heart attack.
post #58 of 422
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Miracle Mile - That's a good movie.

I saw The Exorcist in 1973 when I was 5 (37 now) at the drive-in, scared the crap outta me.

muncey

Your parents took you to The Exorcist at the age of 5? Wow.
post #59 of 422
As a kid: Salem's lot! Especially the scene (yeah you know it), where the brother is "floating" outiside the window and scratching the glass.

PF
post #60 of 422
For me it is The Exorcist. I saw it when i was like 7 or 8 and man was i scarred for life. I cant look at still shots from it for very long. To make it worse I saw it on CBS on a Sunday night, so you know it was edited to hell and back.




I saw it again when i was 16 or so and after having been to church and having a better understanding of life in general was still horrified by this film. I havent seen anything truly horrifying since this movie.





oh yeah and it had subliminal shots that got it banned and stuff.
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