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    Scariest Movie Ever..

    i dont think one exists .. hah i bet i got some of you thinking i was revealing something genuine sorry.. but this has come up millions of times in millions of conversations and honestly i dont think there is one.

    many people and critics say The Exorcist is the scariest movie of all time, and i have to disagree with that completely. but maybe thats just me. most 'scary movies' are just eye candy.. crazy ways to kill people, big monsters or zombies and lame acting and always a predictable plot. other 'psycholigocal thrillers' play on messing with your mind and not your eyes.. but usually never really pull it off. ive never seen a movie that really gave me nightmares like some people say. i feel im missing out on something.

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    Although I don't watch horror movies, I'm usually rather amused by them. I tend to jump out of my skin at suspense moments of movies, but that happens in about every film I watch. And I think there's a natural limitation of suspense in our genes. The directors can't climb higher than the top of the ladder. Now that the market is flooded by horror movies, they add the macabre element of absurd suffer, like in Saw (which I haven't seen), the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Devil's Rejects, se7en or Hostel. It goes deeper under the skin, but there's a limit aswell.

    I watched The Exorcist for the first time some months ago and I have to admit it IS by far the scariest horror movie. Mainly due to the camera movement in scenes with more than 1 person. It's like a dream, you know something bad is happening some angles right or left from where you're currently looking at but your sight is too slow and so you stumble into the horror when you're actually right in it.

    If you ask me, one of the most scary movie moments is the end scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey. No gore, no speed, but hell it's scary.

    Oh, and don't forget Jaws. I never liked the sea, but since I watched Jaws when I was about six, I never swam in the ocean again. And will never do. Never ever.

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    Well ... im easily frighten by movies (i cant stand to watch movies like "The Grudge"...they drive me crazy (tho ive seen them in cinema...masochist ?))....but really "scarie" are just a few....Silent Hill (to name a recent example) was such a movie because it was able to soak me up with its rather unique visuals...
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    well,i've gotta say alien again,but only the first time i watched it. that time i shat my pants though (not literally).
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    And again I recommend the Quadrilogy DVD extras. Nice report about test audiences collapsing and the moment in the chest burster scene where not even the actors knew what would happen.

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    The first time i saw The Island of Dr. Moreau, i was so scared we had to leave the theater, although i was pretty young at the time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabo
    And again I recommend the Quadrilogy DVD extras. Nice report about test audiences collapsing and the moment in the chest burster scene where not even the actors knew what would happen.
    hehe yeah...and when they put that scene on a public screen and everyone's like "jesus!"...i'm so glad i own it.
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    I'm really susceptible to movies that let your imagination run away--particularly ghost/spirit movies. The more based in reality it is, the scarier it is for me. I can easily do the gory movies (such as Hostel and Saw).

    I think I'm one of the few that actually thought that Blair Witch was quite scary, the end scene in particular--it made my skin crawl. Of course, it also had to do with the fact that I ended up driving home alone to a dark empty house out in the middle of some woods that have been said to be haunted and with the fog rolling in.

    Another one that had some of the scariest parts I'd seen in a movie, but because it was broken up so much by some lame scenes was The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I was frightened for weeks that I'd wake up at 3:00AM.

    Although it wasn't a movie, and it was kind of cheesy there was a show on A&E or the Travel Channel or something called A Haunting in Connecticut or something similar. There was something about it that was really scary--and I knew I could change the channel, but I kept watching anyway.

    Old SFX from the 50's and 60's are scary in general, too. I remember seeing one episode of Star Trek where some of the crew go on board a 'phantom ship' and are stuck in another dimension or something. They had scenes where one of the characters (let's just say Kirk for familiarity's sake) would fade in and out on the bridge of the Enterprise. That whole concept of "becoming a ghost" has always been frightening to me.

    There were a few scenes from when I was younger that I remember that freaked me out too. One was the truck driver from Pee Wee's Big Adventure--I had to cover my eyes and ears whenever I watched it. I seem to remember something freak me out from the Disney flick The Black Hole--I can't remember specifically what it was now, though.

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    oh man that reminds me of "who framed roger rabbit" -now that was some scary villian.
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    I don't agree that The Exorcist is the scariest film of all time either, but then again, I'm not Catholic. My mother, however, is 50, Catholic, and it still gives her the creeps.

    As far as gore, I'm all about it. I thought Hostel was kind of crap though and Eli Roth just needs to sit down for a hot minute and learn how to make a decent film.

    JAG, and the rest of you I suppose, if you want truly horrific fare, stuff that goes beyond the general slasher or suspense thriller with Ashley Judd, check these out:

    Salo (120 Days in Sodom)
    Cannibal Holocaust (if you aren't unnerved by something in this movie, you don't have a soul. Oh, and it features real death too!)
    Men in the Sun (Japanese biopic about WW2 military camp experiments)
    Irreversible
    Dead Alive (it's actually quite funny in parts, but it's got some gross out gags that still get to me)
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    Aww, poop, JAG. I wanted answers!

    I'm never scared by horror movies or thrillers or anything. I loooove the horror genre, but I'm still looking for the one that scares me. Games get closer because you're playing them, I guess, so you're more involved. But movies - argggh. I'm easily scared of real life, though - heheh.

    Oh, by the way, not scary but gorey/porno-festy: Ichi the Killer and a trailer and a fun I-mockery review of it here. (I won't watch it because I'm not into the whole shock/rape/horror thing, but I don't know. Maybe it's "scary" in other ways than what you're looking for.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabo
    If you ask me, one of the most scary movie moments is the end scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey. No gore, no speed, but hell it's scary.
    Do you mean the entire last monolith sequence, or just the starchild shot? Some of the white room stuff is creepy, but I never thought of 2001 as a pariculary scary movie.

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    Audition was fun--not really scary, but definitely some gross-out/cringe stuff going on....(mmmmm vomit)...

    The description of Men in the Sun reminds me of how the Metallica-One video always creeped me out. I guess those are clips from a movie "Johnny Got His Gun"--never saw the movie, always wanted to though...just kept forgetting.

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    In a weird way, you almost kind of root for the girl in Audition, but then you think...well, no one really deserves to eat vomit.

    If anyone here picks up Men in the Sun, and you don't speak Japanese, get the subtitled version. I had the displeasure of watching it with subtitles that were in Japanese. I didn't have a damn clue as to what was going on, but damnit if there isn't some sick stuff that happens in that film (apparently, they also used real corpses in some of the scenes too, like the autopsy scene.)
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    I'm still not quite sure why, but for some reason "Eye2" freaked me right out. I think I might have just been a little oversensitive that day, but generally I find a lot of those recent Asian horror flicks quite creepy.

    Not scary, but definitely creepy.

    "Alien", I don't find scary but I certainly did the first time I saw it.
    Note to parents- do not let your 9 year old children watch that, I was sleeping with the light on for about a week..

    Watching "Salems Lot" at such a tender age was not a good idea either.

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    heh all great responses.. ive seen the audition and ichi the killer and they BOTH aggrivated me cuz they were so hyped up by friends of mine, that i really expected something spectacular. all i got was big fat sloppy disappointment.. and more aggrivation than anything. it was the same with both Grudge movies. sooooooo lame. it was just sfx, nothing really scary, and nothing i hadnt seen before. ill admit there were some parts where i thought "ok thets just creepy, id get the shit outta there now if i were you cuz somethins about to happen".. but out of a two hour movie, maybe only happend once or twice.

    maybe im numb to it. been a horror fan all my life and i guess ive seen it all. even went past it to see the entire collection of Faces of Death [actual footage of people dying] and that wasnt so much scary as it was just gross.. but it didnt really bother me.

    some documentaries are scary as hell cuz its all REAL stuff happening.. and nothings as scary as real life. but im talking MOVIES here.. something to watch as entertainment that actually scare you.

    the last time i remember being scared, was after watching all 3 'living dead' films when i was about 6 or 7. THAT kept me up for days thinking any moment zombies would attack me in my sleep. but i out grew it, and i guess i miss that sensation. scray movies now-a-days are so lame and predictable... especially slasher flicks.

    i LOVE the Saw series.. cant get enough of that stuff

    Oh! SIgns was the only semi-recent film that made my skin crawl.. but again, didnt have nightmares or anything. - JAG

    PS. for something rather disturbing yet kinda dumb, watch wes craven's the last house on the left. some strange happenings in that one, wonder how it got past the sensors??
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    Quote Originally Posted by blakboks
    One was the truck driver from Pee Wee's Big Adventure--I had to cover my eyes and ears whenever I watched it.
    Hehehe, I was the complete opposite. I used to rewind that scene and watch it over and over in slo-mo. It fascinated the hell out of me.

    I remember watching Communion when I was young, and there was one scene in particular that freaked the crap out of me. I was a big believer in all that UFO and alien abduction stuff when I was a kid, so that made it all the more frightening. That and Fire In The Sky were some of the scariest movies I'd seen as a kid.

    I've been grossed out a lot, but it's been a while since a movie has actually frightened me. Signs was probably the last one that had me spooked too.



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    Elwell, it's more that I don't understand the movie, and no one seems to be capable of understanding the starchild sequence. Thus, it's scary, opening one's mind to a new level that one will never reach completely. It's scary, in a philosophic way. I'm not a big Kubrick fan, so it's probably just me not understanding what's going on.

    Speaking of Kubrick, I think "Shining" was another one of those childhood horror movies I should better not have watched. Actually, it's not the original, but the mini-remake from 1997. I was... 12 back then and I watched it with my little brother. We both had nightmares for weeks because of the scene with the drowned woman. I never watched the original because of that (or at least switched channels when the scene would come up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG.
    heh all great responses.. ive seen the audition and ichi the killer and they BOTH aggrivated me cuz they were so hyped up by friends of mine, that i really expected something spectacular. all i got was big fat sloppy disappointment.. and more aggrivation than anything. it was the same with both Grudge movies. sooooooo lame. it was just sfx, nothing really scary, and nothing i hadnt seen before. ill admit there were some parts where i thought "ok thets just creepy, id get the shit outta there now if i were you cuz somethins about to happen".. but out of a two hour movie, maybe only happend once or twice.

    maybe im numb to it. been a horror fan all my life and i guess ive seen it all. even went past it to see the entire collection of Faces of Death [actual footage of people dying] and that wasnt so much scary as it was just gross.. but it didnt really bother me.

    some documentaries are scary as hell cuz its all REAL stuff happening.. and nothings as scary as real life. but im talking MOVIES here.. something to watch as entertainment that actually scare you.

    the last time i remember being scared, was after watching all 3 'living dead' films when i was about 6 or 7. THAT kept me up for days thinking any moment zombies would attack me in my sleep. but i out grew it, and i guess i miss that sensation. scray movies now-a-days are so lame and predictable... especially slasher flicks.

    i LOVE the Saw series.. cant get enough of that stuff

    Oh! SIgns was the only semi-recent film that made my skin crawl.. but again, didnt have nightmares or anything. - JAG

    PS. for something rather disturbing yet kinda dumb, watch wes craven's the last house on the left. some strange happenings in that one, wonder how it got past the sensors??
    I can understand your aggrivation with 'Audition'; it did have it's share of tedium, but I think it's finale paid off, and it had some really original ideas going for it. I look at Ichi the same way I would Dead Alive, not necessarily horror, but entertaining gore nonetheless.

    I'm like you, I grew up on horror. I watched Tales from the Crypt religiously every Thursday night (followed by Dream On) and the OG Faces of Death (only the first few were real death, everything after them was faked dramatizations save the occasional news clip or something.)

    It sounds like you're not even entertained anymore, which I think is the purpose. I've only been creeped out genuinely by 2 films, Night of the Living Dead (which still bugs me to this day) and Phantasm (damn Jawas!) There's a difference between a film unnerving me like Cannibal Holocaust or I Spit on Your Grave and Night of the Living Dead. The former two being shocking, and definently imprinting my subconcious, but they didn't necessarily draw me in the way NoTLD did.

    Personally, I think too many people go into horror films trying to be big and bad, instead of letting themselves go. Granted, if it's not a good and scary film, you're not going to be drawn in, but I think too many people resist because it makes them look less superior or something. I for one, love to be spooked out by films. It lets me know I'm getting what I paid for (if I even paid for it at all!)

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    heh.. i love night of the living dead now.. and its stell creepy but im not scared of it anymore. Dead Alive is just freakin hilarious, i love that movie! but heres my problem.. i WANT to be scared. i go whole-heartedly to any 'scary film' hoping maybe this will be the one that makes me pee my pants. but no, never happens.. always a repeat of what the last one did, maybe just a step further and its usually eye candy anyway.

    its like movie producers think "lets kill this guy in the most absurd and extravagant way possible!! who cares if its ridiculous and ha cnt act worth a damn!!" and i think thats what kills it for me, its like they're not even trying to scare you, just trying to come up with wilder ways of killing people.

    i dont need speciall effects to crap myself. get my mind in the movie, atmosphere, situations, suspense. for crap's sake SCARE me!! if i wanted to see nonsense id watch cartoons.

    the video game Silent Hill [all of them] scare the crap out of me. i loved playing those games and both during and afterward i wuold seriously leave on all the lights and turn up the tv really loud to calm down before bed. but i think it was well stated that the game is more involving.. it draws me into that world and im hookerd. why cant movies do that??
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    there are some small flash games you can play online that are wicked scary.. especially if you have the lights down and you listen to the music... lemme see if I can find them...

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    hah yeah good call..

    speakin of creepy.. anyone seen that Salad FIngers shit?! man wtf?? its so retarded but i cant help but watch them anyway..

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    I think meet the feebles is one of the scariest, or probably the film that has freaked me out more than any other film.
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    yeah its another peter jackson film.. wudja expect? - JAG
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    jabsinthe- are shock and gore flix.. i never saw that first one but, I know its banned in many countries and I heard its part of a three part movie.. If im not getting that one mixd up.. but, im pretty sure its the same one... ive seen all the others except men in the sun, irreversible, and the cannibal one... Irreverisble I heard of.. anyway...

    Scariest... I would have to say is the original Texas Chainsaw Masacre. Do to the gritty quality and no bullshit style...

    Ive always gotten freaked out by the Mothman Prophecies... Creepy fucking flick.. and theres one more... Which was a psycological mind fuck.. but, cant remember the name.. I'll post the name when I remember...
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    Mothman, yeah. This one is eerie. The voice on the phone, the strange frequencies, the flashback camera moves, and the wonderful and creepy acting of Will Patton... And nothing happens. I love this movie.

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    The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is still a riot for me. It's such an engrossing movie, very few films have made me feel like I'm there, and that definently made me feel like I was in Texas.
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    Creepy seems to be abundant. Invasion of the Body Snatchers [any version] is creepy.. the idea that everyone around you is becoming another lifeform and they're all out to get you. guess its a similar concept of the zombie films. body snatchers creeped me out as a kid.. great films though

    and the search continues for the scariest..
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