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Old August 20th, 2002, 08:49 PM   #1
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Scariest movie you've ever seen

What's the scariest movie you've ever seen. Also, please point out whether it was at home or in the cinema. The right setting makes all the difference. I watched the original Haunting late at night, in my parents old house, out in the country, by myself, and it scared the crap out of me at the time.

What are your experiences and thoughts as to the scariest movie of them all? How about modern vs. classic?
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Old August 20th, 2002, 10:44 PM   #2
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This is tough...

7.) The Shining (home)
6.) Silence of the Lambs (theater)
5.) Jaws (home)
4.) Rosemary's Baby (home)
3.) Alien (Theater)
2.) Psycho (home)
1.) Poltergeist (home)
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Old August 21st, 2002, 03:01 AM   #3
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Dark Horizons in Theatre with not many people during the night
(started at 0.15 am - around 2.00 am or something).... not a fan
of horror or whatever, so this definitely left me with a strange
feeling to say the least.
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Old August 21st, 2002, 07:30 AM   #4
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In no paticular order

Psycho (Hitchock) saw in a small theater, late at night, gave me the creeps.

Jaws (Spielberg) I took a date to see this in the theater. She grabbed my arm at one point and I think I still have the marks. This one scarred everbody, at the time.

Wait until Dark (Terence Young) another one a saw in a small theater. The whole audience screamed at points.

The Birds (Hitchcock) The mass attack of birds on a screen is much different than on a TV set. Some people got up and left, it scarred them so much.

I don't remember anything that has scarred me on a TV set (well, OK the Nightly News).

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Old August 21st, 2002, 11:56 AM   #5
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I was surprised, but I got scared by Resident Evil - long time since I was actually a little scared

Uzumaki was another one
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Old August 21st, 2002, 12:20 PM   #6
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I think modern scary movies are a dying breed - too many special effects and not enough suspense/horror. The Haunting was a good example of that (Catherine Zeta Jones, Liam Neeson)

A lot of dramas also show horror as part of the story line, so that regular horror movies can't keep up, for example, the Normandy beach invasion in Private Ryan was really horrifying to watch, more than any horror movie I've seen.

Like I mentioned above, Resident Evil was a pleasant surprise, Uzumaki gave me the creeps and Jeepers Creepers was okay worth renting just for fun

Otherwise: The Exorcist, The Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hell Raiser

Mothman prophecies didn't do much for me though, I think with Richard Gear, you just knew everything was going to turn out "all right" I never got scared something "really bad" might happen, the mood of the film was pretty good though.

But definitely to enjoy a good horror movie it's all about setting the mood, big screen, nice sound system, dark, dark, dark, and quiet ... shhhhhh ...


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Old August 21st, 2002, 12:24 PM   #7
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Just a couple more new ones: Joy Ride and Donny Darko
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Old August 22nd, 2002, 02:22 AM   #8
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Didn't find Donny Darko scary or anything. Was a nice suspense
movie though. Really like mothman. Nice little weird movie.
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Old August 22nd, 2002, 02:47 AM   #9
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I was particularly creeped out by Dario Argento's "Suspiria."

The first time around was at a midnight screening on Halloween at Hogg Auditorium on the UT-Austin campus back when I was in school. Of course, being in an altered state of conciousness at the time only elevated the fright factor! Would have been much "worse" had I been home alone.
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Old August 22nd, 2002, 12:17 PM   #10
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I agree on Mothman, didn't mean to dis it, the suspense and images were really great, plus the actors did a good job, just that with Richard Gear, he always seems to "live happily ever after" so I expected that of him from this movie ... my problem though.
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Old August 22nd, 2002, 12:22 PM   #11
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Mission Impossible! Scared the hell out of me that anyone would bother to watch it, Rates alongside.
Die hard 1/2/3/4

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Old August 22nd, 2002, 07:53 PM   #12
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In 1951 when I was eight, I saw the original B&W "The Thing from Another World" aka "The Thing." Some of you may be more familiar with the more recent (and far inferior) clone by the same name. It was in one of those big, grand old movie houses that don't exist anymore, where just the flicker of the projector on the screen was damn scarry if there are only 4 people in the house! I thought I would never be able to find enough seats to hide behind that day.

But then when I was well into adulthood, along comes "Alien." I went home and looked under the beds and in the closets before retiring.

Those have to be at the top of my list.
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Old August 22nd, 2002, 09:16 PM   #13
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I think the name is "The Miracle Mile" with anthony edwards, a nuclear missile is heading to L.A. from Russia, the city finally hears about it, looting, people trying to get out of the city. Seen at home on video. If you haven't seen it then don't read any futher since I'll mention the ending***************************

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that stuff wasn't too scary, the scariest thing I found, was in the last scene, they are in the helicopter, it went down, they are sinking into the water, she tries to get them to go out and escape, but he says there is no where to escape to so they stay in the copter and sink down with it. Now that's scarry, no where to run to so you might as well die.
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Old August 23rd, 2002, 01:57 AM   #14
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Here are my pics.
1) The Haunting (see my first postl)
2) Event Horizon (empty theater) This movie scared the **** out of me to the point where I don't want to see it again.
3) The Shining (at home, alone again) I love "All work and no play..." Genius.
4) Jaws (Goddamn you Spielburg, you ruined the ocean for me!)
Jaws might be my pic for movie with the best "jumps" in it. As in "jumps" you out of your seat. I think this might be the best horror movie of all time overall. Preys on our realest fears. Now I want to go rent it again.

Honourable mention "The Others" I can still get goosebumps remember certain parts of this movie. Not as scary as the above movies, but much, much creepier.

Didn't find Mothman scary. Very creepy, but in the end, I found it kind of pointless.
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Old August 23rd, 2002, 06:17 AM   #15
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I see I screwed up... my movie was ofcourse Event Horizon as
well instead of Dark Horizons (which is a website that scares
me too sometimes, but that is a whole different thing... lol)....

I don't think I ever wanna/need to see Event Horizon too.
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