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In keeping with the season, can you just list some of the scariest films you ever saw either as a kid or adult. The kind of movie you just dont want to see by yourself. :ph34r:

How about top 5?

1. Toby Hooper's - Texas Chainsaw Massacre (had nightmares for weeks)

2. The Tingler

3. Asylum

4. Frogs

5. The Exorcist

bet I can think up more at 2:00AM in the morning. :unsure:

The movie posters still freak me out even 30 plus years later.

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Well, "Poltergeist" for me I guess. I think we had a similar thread last year?

I've mentioned this before as well, but there is one movie that is not a horror film, though the main plot is sort of macabre. It's not gruesome or scary or anything of that sort, but there is about a four second scene in this movie that is the most unsettling scene I've ever witnessed in a movie. I'm sure everyone would disagree, because it isn't that big of deal, but I avoid this movie like the plague because of that one scene. I think I've seen it twice. Once when I was about 10 and again when I was a teenager and that scene had the same effect on me each time. I will not watch it.

And no, I won't name the movie because as soon as I do, sure enough someone will find a picture and post it here, and I'm serious about this.

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I don’t suppose the shower scene from Psycho scared anybody, did it?

There were some monster movies that were kinda scary for me as a kid. But there is one movie above all that made me want to jump out of my skin. It was just one scene from the whole movie, and it wasn’t so much as a scene as it was just the sight of someone’s face.

The face belonged to Jessica Walter, and the movie was Play Misty for Me. Of course, it was only frightening the first time I saw the movie. I saw it again, and I knew what to expect, so it was no big deal.

But that first time totally scared the shicaca out of me!

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For me, it was The Shining. I was a kid when that came out and the first time I watched it was from behind a couch. Even to this day, almost 30 years later, I have not found its equal. The music....the twins....the elevators....the old lady in the bathroom....and of course, Jack. Although I know the movie by heart, it still elevates my blood pressure each time.

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Well, "Poltergeist" for me I guess. I think we had a similar thread last year?

I've mentioned this before as well, but there is one movie that is not a horror film, though the main plot is sort of macabre. It's not gruesome or scary or anything of that sort, but there is about a four second scene in this movie that is the most unsettling scene I've ever witnessed in a movie. I'm sure everyone would disagree, because it isn't that big of deal, but I avoid this movie like the plague because of that one scene. I think I've seen it twice. Once when I was about 10 and again when I was a teenager and that scene had the same effect on me each time. I will not watch it.

And no, I won't name the movie because as soon as I do, sure enough someone will find a picture and post it here, and I'm serious about this.

The Exocist

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That other movie with the funny little ball that would whiz through the house and hit you in the skull, drilling a hole in your head...

Forget the name.

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For me, it was The Shining. I was a kid when that came out and the first time I watched it was from behind a couch.

That is hilarious! :):mellow:

It seems that in the mid 70's when Chainsaw 1st shocked audiences there were numerous copy cat films that were equally scary. most in the B horror film genre.

The Toolbox Murders

Madhouse

The House on the Hill

Murders in the Rue Morgue

I dismember Mama

Heres a bizarre link but not dirty as it may imply.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture_porn#Torture_porn

Then after Halloween with (Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis) there were hundreds of more teen slasher films....too many to name. :lol:

http://www.hollywoodteenmovies.com/TEEN%20...R%20FLICKS.html

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Although they aren't horror movies, there are two films I've seen that (1) I will never, ever, ever watch again and (2) scared the ever-living daylights out of me:

Trainspotting

Requiem for a Dream

I felt dirty for literally weeks after watching Requiem for a Dream. I have nightmares about certain scenes in that movie to this day. *shudder* They scared me so badly that sometimes I think they should be mandatory viewing material in schools to scare kids away from drugs. :ph34r:

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That other movie with the funny little ball that would whiz through the house and hit you in the skull, drilling a hole in your head...

Forget the name.

The Phantasm series? That was the one where the metal balls were in the dudes head.

No idea why, but the part in Superman 3 where the big computer/machine pulls the old ugly lady in and turns her into a robot has always freaked me out.

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Although they aren't horror movies, there are two films I've seen that (1) I will never, ever, ever watch again and (2) scared the ever-living daylights out of me:

Trainspotting

Requiem for a Dream

I felt dirty for literally weeks after watching Requiem for a Dream. I have nightmares about certain scenes in that movie to this day. *shudder* They scared me so badly that sometimes I think they should be mandatory viewing material in schools to scare kids away from drugs. :ph34r:

I know there are movies that just "creep" you out opposed to scaring.

I recall the flop film Sliver was very odd and weird. People peeping in windows and junk. Censors must have had a field day. It was really teetering on XXX.

The one I never cared to see in full length was Silence of the Lambs. Just too bizarre and weird. I just lost in complete interest in the main actor forever after he made that one. Just creepy... Clarice

Opps ! had to take out the Sliver clip on Youtube as it was very risque as I described above. ^_^

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I liked the science fiction horror of Alien and Aliens. The first time I saw the creature come out of the guys stomach just totally freaked me out.

Yeah! Those were quite freakish. I once got food poisoning and I thought that little creature was in me trying to bust out too!

Many people thought the orginal JAWS was very scary. I know I was leery of swimming in the Gulf for a long time. :o

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Halloween and Halloween 2 those were great and the musical score was great too. It was down hill after that for that series.

As a kid, of course, Poltregeist and I think in the sequel, although I haven't seen it for years, there is this really creepy old guy dressed like a priest that scared the .@#% out of me.

The Shining (for the reasons mentioned above)

Also, Salems Lot is a great one, very creepy.

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and for a newer movie The Ring was done pretty well.

To this day, I enjoy even the worst low budget movies as long as it's horror. It's all worth the cheap thrill.

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For several years around Halloween, some friends & I dressed up as the victims in the 62 Hitchcock film

The Birds, but with fake birds we bought at garden ridge. Strapped to our bodies and ripped the shirts/pants all over with that real looking theatrical thick blood and would go to contests at clubs and other parties and it freaked out everyone each time. My all time fav get up.

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Actually any film that has someone being chased after is frightening when ya think about it. Even by little dolls (as in Puma's other topic). :o

I guess younger viewers freaked on the Chuckster! They actually sold these once, I should have bough one! "Give me the power! I beg of you"!

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Videodrome, with Debbie Harry.

I think this is the movie which contains a scene where a guy sees a sore on his face in the mirror. He starts picking at it and it gets larger and larger. Pretty soon he's clawing chunks of his face off, and they fall, splat!, into the sink. Ewww!

Reservoir Dogs went over the edge. It is the only movie I could not watch through to the end.

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Videodrome, with Debbie Harry.

I think this is the movie which contains a scene where a guy sees a sore on his face in the mirror. He starts picking at it and it gets larger and larger. Pretty soon he's clawing chunks of his face off, and they fall, splat!, into the sink. Ewww!

Reservoir Dogs went over the edge. It is the only movie I could not watch through to the end.

Videodrome was good, however you described the scene from Poltergeist when the ghost buster group was trying to videotape the ghosts within the house. It was getting to the twilight hour and one off the tech guys gets hungry and gets the drum stick out of the frig and it spurts maggots, he then tries to wash his mouth out and starts ripping away.

PS, I loved the scenes where Jobeth Williams is tossed around the room like in a big washing machine. I want a house like that!

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Videodrome, with Debbie Harry.

I think this is the movie which contains a scene where a guy sees a sore on his face in the mirror. He starts picking at it and it gets larger and larger. Pretty soon he's clawing chunks of his face off, and they fall, splat!, into the sink. Ewww!

Is that a Cronenberg film? This is weird, but I occasionally have dreams like that, where the growing sore on my head bigger and bigger and starts coming apart. I never sorted out whether those dreams are a result of permanent emotional scarring from that movie, or other issues.........

Marathon Man. Now there's a torture scene I absolutely cannot watch. Ugh.

Ugh, ugh, ugh.

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Now here is one that is bound to bring back pleasant memories. :wacko:

They used to always show these good old movies..what happened cable? This is the days when all the woman would do is scream to scare off the monster. The men always ended up eaten or having gooey alien junk splattered on them. :lol:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/213777/day_of_the_triffids/

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Scary movies haven't scared me since I was about 12. I love some really disturbing films (lots of Cronenberg, and "Anguish" comes to mind), and I enjoy the humor in a lot of modern horror films ("Shaun of the Dead", "Brain Dead", "Evil Dead", etc.), but the most frightened I've ever been in a theater wasn't at a horror film. In the early 80s, Hitchcock's "Rear Window" was re-released to theaters.

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I saw it at UT in a packed house. When Grace Kelly is in Raymond Burr's apartment and Jimmy Stewart can see ol' Ironsides coming home, you could feel everyone in the theater freaking out. It was a pure experience of cinema. Everything in the film up to that point had led us to believe that she was in terrible danger, but we were unable to communicate with her. We weren't just empathizing with Jimmy Stewart, we were in the same situation he was in. We couldn't communicate with her. We could only watch.

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I will add another one, that didn't so much scare me as it was quite a mindf---. Angel Heart. Robert DeNiro, Mickey Rourke, and one naughty Cosby girl. Very disturbing movie.

Your right! that one actually won some great reviews at the Sunrise Film Festival when it premiered.

http://sunrisefilm.org/

Cronenberg film's have always been noted for their heavy drug themes or rather the directors bizarre reputation for using scary stuffsuch as heroin as the cuplrit for his main actors troubles. One that really was noticed was 91's Naked Lunch, very unusual to some but perfectly cool for others. The main actor becomes engulfed his addictions and as film prgresses he has wild illusionsof type writers turninginto creatures, etc. This is as underground as it gets people!

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Cronenberg film's have always been noted for their heavy drug themes or rather the directors bizarre reputation for using scary stuffsuch as heroin as the cuplrit for his main actors troubles. One that really was noticed was 91's Naked Lunch, very unusual to some but perfectly cool for others. The main actor becomes engulfed his addictions and as film prgresses he has wild illusionsof type writers turninginto creatures, etc. This is as underground as it gets people!

"Naked Lunch" was pretty tame compared to the book. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. The best American prose of the 20th century.

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Psychotics or rather somewhat disturbed people, have always been great fanfare for movie goers.

We probably can't name all of them, they range from Norman Bates to Baby Jane Hudson, but in the case of Hitchcock he can make it quite realistic in 72's Frenzy the rape scenes were just unbearable. I am sure censors had a field day. I find it very distrubing to watch even today even though Hitch is my fav director. Now the main nutcase in this flick was truly f-d up. Hell of an actor though to pul it off. As he put it..."Lovely, lovely"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuoBprPGpzA

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The Brit's have an equally great list of film shocker's.

We saw this as kid's on regular TV and it was freakish.

1960's Village of the Damned!

I'm reminded of the Gary Larson cartoon, captioned:

They weren't the best people. They weren't the worst people. The were the Village of the Darned.

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and what about when rodents take over the world!

1971's - Willard and the sort of sequal Ben! I felt sorry for the rat getting smushed and poisoned at the end. :(

Synopsis

Willard is a social misfit with a strange affinity for rats. He lives alone in a large mansion, accompanied only by his cranky and decrepit mother. His best companion is a white rat he finds and later names Socrates for his wisdom; numerous other rats come to him, one of which is a giant specimen he names Ben. Willard's talking to his rats, however, leads to his mother's death and further pressure from the banks to give up the house. When his boss bludgeons Socrates to death, he trains his rats to follow his commands and kills the man. Ben, however, jealous of his favoritism towards Socrates, eventually turns on Willard.

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1972's BEN

Plot

A lonely boy befriends the rat that leads the swarm of trained/telepathic rats found in Willard. This rat, whom the boy names Ben, becomes the boy's best friend and keeps his spirits up in the face of bullying. However, the balance of power between the human and rat begins to shift, with Ben beginning to control the boy and the swarm becoming increasingly irrational and violent. Eventually, the police destroy part of the rat colony, while others are sent to testing labs but Ben survives.

Who can forget the song?

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The film's title theme song, "BEN" performed by Michael Jackson, became a #1 pop hit single. Later included on Jackson's album of the same name, "Ben" won a Golden Globe ward for best orginal song & was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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We used to think these were real scary as kids seeing late at night. :( That was the only time they would show them on the LATE SHOW. They just dont makle good scary movies like this any more. The more dated they look the better! It's the mid 60's alright!

1965's "I saw What You did and I know who you are"

When two teenagers make prank phone calls to strangers, they become the target for terror when they whisper "I Saw What You Did, And I Know Who You Are!" to psychopath Steve Marek (John Ireland) who has just murdered his wife. But somebody else knows of the terrible crime that was committed that night, the killer's desperately amorous neighbour Amy Nelson (Joan Crawford).

Two teenage girls occupy their time by randomly calling strangers, whispering "I saw what you did," and hanging up. When one of their victims turns out to be a man who has just murdered his wife, he thinks they witnessed the crime and sets out to find the girls and kill them.

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We used to think these were real scary as kids seeing late at night. :( That was the only time they would show them on the LATE SHOW. They just dont makle good scary movies like this any more. The more dated they look the better! It's the mid 60's alright!

1965's "I saw What You did and I know who you are"

When two teenagers make prank phone calls to strangers, they become the target for terror when they whisper "I Saw What You Did, And I Know Who You Are!" to psychopath Steve Marek (John Ireland) who has just murdered his wife. But somebody else knows of the terrible crime that was committed that night, the killer's desperately amorous neighbour Amy Nelson (Joan Crawford).

Two teenage girls occupy their time by randomly calling strangers, whispering "I saw what you did," and hanging up. When one of their victims turns out to be a man who has just murdered his wife, he thinks they witnessed the crime and sets out to find the girls and kill them.

I watched that for the first time last year. For a while channel 55 would air old "scary" movies from the '50s and '60s on Saturdays and Sundays. Like everything else, they now air '80s and '90s films.

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When I was little, the one that freaked me out was the movie with that swinging pendulum, in Translvania, or somewhere like that, and there also was a lady in a cage. Anyone know what the title was? Scared me to death...I avoid watching scary movies now. :ph34r:

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When I was little, the one that freaked me out was the movie with that swinging pendulum, in Translvania, or somewhere like that, and there also was a lady in a cage. Anyone know what the title was? Scared me to death...I avoid watching scary movies now. :ph34r:

I'm going to guess it's Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum", written by the great Richard Matheson and starring Vincent Price:

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When this thing started moving we kids ran out of the room...a little too realistic. :o

Thanks to Harry Harryhausen's perfected special technical achievements which won him numerous awards and for several more similar sif-fi films. Jason & The Argonauts was a real trailblazor and was magnificent on the W I D E Cinemasope screen (further adding to the realism) at The Broadway Theater. The music score was also perfect for the film. Check it out.

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When this thing started moving we kids ran out of the room...a little too realistic. :o

The music score was also perfect for the film. Check it out.

Bernard Herrmann! One of my favorite film composers along with Michael Giacchino.

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Those skeletons would have absoultely given me nightmares as a child. Skeletons were my big hang-up. I remember even being afraid of some funny cartoon skeleton stickers that my teacher passed out.

Speaking of swinging pendulums, I recently mentioned my favorite "Night Gallery" episode, "A Question of Fear". It has a spooky swinging pendulum scene as well. The story also has a great Hitchcockian twist at the end. I wish I could find it online.

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On a related note:

50 scariest moments

The 50 Scariest Moments In Science Fiction

Young man, I am afraid you nailed it! Got them all in one clean swoop!

Isn't it strange how we noted most of them. Lest we for get that AFI (American Film Institute) also had a great segment and clips of the 100 best suspense films ever. Worth buying too.

I knew Psycho was numero uno! Way to go Norman! :)

http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0882205.html

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and of course way before the Stephen King's got into the act Agatha Christies novels were being made into good films. I recall one called was it Ten Little Indians? Must see again was quite suspensful.

No mentioned Carrie!

The scariest scene, the end when the hands come up out of the grave and grab hers as she lays down the flowers, ends up in the nuthouse. :lol:

Scary, Carrie, scary Carrie!

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