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Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 03:25 PM
It seems that we're on a Top 5 kick in the Pop Culture forums, so I thought WTF, why not keep the tread alive. Plus, it's October, Halloween month. So, what movies do you think are the five scariest? Here' my first thoughts:

Event Horizon
The Ring
Rec/Quarantine
At the Mouth of Madness
Sound of Music
(In No Order)

childeroland
10-08-2010, 05:36 PM
A Tale of Two Sisters -- the sadness of insanity and destroyed family ties, the terror of solitude
Carnival of Souls -- existential horror at its finest, relentless
Suspiria -- despite the annoying rock soundtrack, the evil hidden under everyday institutions, and not that far under either
Mulholland Drive -- sad and creepy in the extreme, particularly the coffee scene and the climax. If someone offers you a little blue box, DO NOT TAKE IT
Inland Empire -- a film I did not particularly like, but if Thomas Ligotti ever made a film it would be something like this. Just to illustrate: Click at your own peril (http://api.ning.com/files/-jTS6W3nJqm58uuppaYSG0nyNTVVOTjcc1HUbl4TWuI_/InlandEmpireScream2.jpg)

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 05:45 PM
A Tale of Two Sisters -- the sadness of insanity and destroyed family ties, the terror of solitude
Carnival of Souls -- existential horror at its finest, relentless
Suspiria -- despite the annoying rock soundtrack, the evil hidden under everyday institutions, and not that far under either
Mulholland Drive -- sad and creepy in the extreme, particularly the coffee scene and the climax. If someone offers you a little blue box, DO NOT TAKE IT
Inland Empire -- a film I did not particularly like, but if Thomas Ligotti ever made a film it would be something like this. Just to illustrate: Click at your own peril (http://api.ning.com/files/-jTS6W3nJqm58uuppaYSG0nyNTVVOTjcc1HUbl4TWuI_/InlandEmpireScream2.jpg)

You know, knock Rec off of my list and replace it with Mulholland Drive. good pick!

shawkins
10-08-2010, 05:52 PM
OK, I'll bite: Sound of Music? W, pray tell, TF?

Let me be clear that this is my 'scariest' list, not my 'favorite horror' list. A couple of these I have no intention of ever watching again.

Dead Ringers
Martyrs
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Evil Dead
Alien

Chris P
10-08-2010, 05:55 PM
I seem to be the only one, but The Blair Witch Project scared the pants off me.

Others that left me feeling scared/weird were The Strangers, A Clockwork Orange, Alien, and It's Alive (about the mutant babies. Babies are terrifying enough, but mutant babies? *shivers*)

Kaiser-Kun
10-08-2010, 06:00 PM
I find some things a LOT scarier than monsters and gore:

Irreversible - If the infamous rape scene scares you, remember: This happens EVERY TWO MINUTES in the U.S. alone.
A Clockwork Orange - Irreversible scared you by showing a woman being raped by a stranger in the street? What about it happening in her own home, in front of her husband?
El Libro de Piedra - Damian has nothing on this creepy kid.
The Passion of Christ - There's a lot to say about the life of Jesus. But let's dedicate two hours to his horrible torture and death.
Hotel Rwanda: A civil war turns into genocide and massive crimes against humanity, one of the greatest atrocities of the last decades. The scariest part: The outer world doesn't cares.

BenPanced
10-08-2010, 06:10 PM
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The Exorcist
A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
Bloodsucking Freaks (my friend and I stopped laughing at its cheesiness about halfway through and stared at the TV in slack-jawed disbelief at what was happening)
The Atomic Cafe

shawkins
10-08-2010, 06:41 PM
I find some things a LOT scarier than monsters and gore.

Good point.

Dead Ringers
Martyrs
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Midnight Express ----------------bump---------------->Evil Dead
Alien


The Exorcist


Also a good point.

Dead Ringers
Martyrs
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Midnight Express
The Exorcist----------------bump---------------->Alien

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 06:53 PM
OK, I'll bite: Sound of Music? W, pray tell, TF?


A joke?

Okay, scratch the Sound of Music, and replace it with... Lord of the Flies.

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 07:05 PM
I find some things a LOT scarier than monsters and gore:

The Passion of Christ - There's a lot to say about the life of Jesus. But let's dedicate two hours to his horrible torture and death.
.

I'm not even Christian, but I can't watch Jesus get his ass kicked for two hours.

You know, Terry Gilliam's Brazil is a scarey f-ing movie too.

monkey see monkey do
10-08-2010, 07:06 PM
I seem to be the only one, but The Blair Witch Project scared the pants off me.

Blair Witch scared me too.
I'll add The Tenant into the mix as well.

ChaosTitan
10-08-2010, 07:22 PM
I'm sure this list will change as I think of more, but here you go.

Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door (because it was based on a true story)
Poltergeist ("They're heeeeeer....")
The Strangers/Funny Games (home invasions are one of my biggest fears)
House (mostly because it scared the pants off me as a kid, and it's still creepy)
Pet Semetary (same reason as above)

Kaiser-Kun
10-08-2010, 07:26 PM
Oops.. I forgot the biggest one: a mexican film called Canoa. Nothing supernatural. The entire movie leads up to the graphic, explicit, very long and extremely disturbing lynching of five innocent young men by an ignorant mob. You can see it in YouTube, if you have the stomach.

I saw it as a kid and got nightmares. I saw it again as an adult, thinking that my young mind had exaggerated it. Wrong! The movie was actually worse than I could remember.

mellymel
10-08-2010, 07:29 PM
Not necessarily the scariest, but my favorites in the horror film genre

Nightmare on Elm Street (the original)
Martyrs
Scream
Poltergeist
The Sixth Sense

Calla Lily
10-08-2010, 07:32 PM
The Stepford Wives (Jason Robards... well, every husband in that: :scared:)
Pulse (the American one)
Event Horizon
Martyrs plus Hostel plus most current torture porn = Lily runs screaming from the room
Evil Dead 1

Of all those, I've rewatched Pulse and Event Horizon the most. Love 'em!

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 07:36 PM
My revised list:

Event Horizon
Mulholland Drive
Brazil
Lord of the Flies
At the Mouth of Madness

mellymel
10-08-2010, 07:50 PM
The Stepford Wives (Jason Robards... well, every husband in that: :scared:)
Pulse (the American one)
Event Horizon
Martyrs plus Hostel plus most current torture porn = Lily runs screaming from the room
Evil Dead 1

Of all those, I've rewatched Pulse and Event Horizon the most. Love 'em!

Lily, did you end up seeing Martyrs? I thought I remember you saying No thank you. :)

DavidZahir
10-08-2010, 08:07 PM
Lets Scare Jessica To Death was nerve-racking to me.
Prince of Darkness is not really that good a movie, but in the end it scared the bejezus out of yours truly.
The Haunting, the original black & white version, remains terrifying.
The Silence of the Lambs--OMG yes.
The Ring, a fine example of how to translate horror across different cultures.

ChaosTitan
10-08-2010, 09:47 PM
I'm sure this list will change as I think of more, but here you go.

Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door (because it was based on a true story)
Poltergeist ("They're heeeeeer....")
The Strangers/Funny Games (home invasions are one of my biggest fears)
House
Martyrs
Pet Semetary (mostly because it scared the pants off me as a kid, and it's still creepy)

See? Already changing my mind. :D

Tiger
10-08-2010, 09:49 PM
"The Shining"
"The Stepford Wives"
"Rosemary's Baby"
"The Exorcist"
"Angel Heart"

Lavern08
10-08-2010, 10:09 PM
I saw both of these when I was in my early twenties (seems like a hundred years ago now)


* Rosemary's Baby = Creepy and Scary in a this could happen kinda way

* Texas Chainsaw Masacre = Had nightmares for weeks, WEEKS, I tell ya. :flag:

SirOtter
10-08-2010, 10:16 PM
Targets - Boris Karloff's last great film, loosely based on the Charles Whitman Texas Tower killing spree.
Silence of the Lambs
The Exterminating Angel - Bunuel's surrealistic portrait of a group trapped in a single room for months, with no real reason they can't leave except they just can't
Fermat's Room - a Spanish flick about four mathematicians trapped in a slowly shrinking room, kept alive only by their mathematical prowess
Safety Last - Harold Lloyd dangling from a clock face above a Los Angeles street by his eight remaining fingers. Nominally one of the great silent comedies, but to an acrophobe it's scary as hell.

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 10:18 PM
I

Rosemary's Baby = Creepy and Scary in a this could happen kinda way
.

Well, aside from being a fantastic film, and very nearly on my list, Rosemary's Baby was based on my great uncle Jack Parsons' attempt to create a moonchild or magickal child. He was a Thelemite and not a Devil-Worshipper or Satanist though. There are those that believe I am his moonchild.* I'm not kidding. The process is far more complex than the straightforward method presented in the film, of course. In fairness to the movie, Uncle Jack did like to call himself the Antichrist though.

*(For more details see my blog)

jennontheisland
10-08-2010, 10:21 PM
Evil Dead is scary??

Okay, yes, an old friend posted a pic on FB of us at the age of 9 screaming and hiding under the blanket, but we were 9!

Evil Dead is freaking hilarious!

Poltergeist
28 Days Later
Faces of Death (all of them)
Children of the Corn (though, I will admit I only tried watching it at 13)
...

That's all I've got.

Cella
10-08-2010, 10:24 PM
I seem to be the only one, but The Blair Witch Project scared the pants off me.

No, it scared me, too. Also, The Ring and I Am Legend. That's about all the scary movies I've seen and will ever see.

Chris P
10-08-2010, 10:25 PM
The Exorcist didn't scare me. It was interesting, but not scary.

Tiger
10-08-2010, 10:27 PM
The Exorcist didn't scare me. It was interesting, but not scary.

I was twelve when I saw it.... Not to make excuses or anything.

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 10:30 PM
The Exorcist didn't scare me. It was interesting, but not scary.

When I was still a kid, when the trailers came on TV for the theatrical release of the Exorcist I had to cover my ears and eyes...I was terrified by the commercials.

Shadow_Ferret
10-08-2010, 10:32 PM
Evil Dead is scary??



Yes. In context it was scary when it first came out in 1981. Just like Poltergeist was scary in 1982. And the Exorcist in 1973. Or John Carpenter's The Thing in 1982. That scared the crap out of me when the guy's head came off and became the spider-thing. But as I said, context. I watched it with my son and it didn't even phase him.

The original Halloween was scary in 1978. I believe it was the very first slasher flick, and one of the best.

Night of the Living Dead I saw when it was released in 1968. I was 11. Scared the crap out of me for years.

Hell, because of Jaws I'm still uncomfortable in the water.

Rebekkamaria
10-08-2010, 10:34 PM
I don't really watch horror, but these are mine:

1. Event Horizon
2. The Shining
3. Alien
4. Pitch Black
5. Shaun of the Dead

I watch so very few so this is almost the whole list. Vampires are not horror in my book, unless someone makes them reaaaally scary.

mellymel
10-08-2010, 10:36 PM
Okay, I have to add one more because I can't stand it. It's one of my absolute faves (along with my other five) The Cell. This movie was imaginative, intense, scary and the cinematography was beautiful which made it all the more eerie and scary to me.

Diana Hignutt
10-08-2010, 10:37 PM
Okay, I have to add one more because I can't stand it. It's one of my absolute faves (along with my other five) The Cell. This movie was imaginative, intense, scary and the cinematography was beautiful which made it all the more eerie and scary to me.

Was that the one where the guy pulled Vince Vaughn's guts out on a spit?

Zoombie
10-08-2010, 10:48 PM
Shaun of the Dead was a comedy!

shawkins
10-08-2010, 10:51 PM
Evil Dead is scary??

Okay, yes, an old friend posted a pic on FB of us at the age of 9 screaming and hiding under the blanket, but we were 9!

Evil Dead is freaking hilarious!

Fine, mock my childhood trauma. To this day I have nightmares about the amorous tree roots.

Tiger
10-08-2010, 10:54 PM
When I was still a kid, when the trailers came on TV for the theatrical release of the Exorcist I had to cover my ears and eyes...I was terrified by the commercials.

Forgot why I saw it. The gore didn't bother me so much as did the insanity of it.

Rebekkamaria
10-08-2010, 11:07 PM
Shaun of the Dead was a comedy!

I know. :) But it's a horror comedy. It is, it is. :) Maybe not scary, though.

I could put The Cell on my list, too. I forgot that one. No Shaun of the Dead, then.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
10-08-2010, 11:17 PM
The Changeling
The Haunting (Julie Harris version... the later version was a joke.) "Whose hand was I holding?!"
The Exorcist (To this day, I cannot bear to see the kid's rotted/rotting face or see those eyes... those EYES! And Ol' Boy knows better than to mimic THAT VOICE. And don't EVER invoke the spirit of Captain Howdy, y'all hear me?)
Jaws (If Ben Gardner had just STAYED in his boat...)
Silence of the Lambs

Perks
10-08-2010, 11:19 PM
The Ring
The Descent
The Exorcist
Paranormal Activity
Poltergeist

Perks
10-08-2010, 11:26 PM
The Exorcist (And Ol' Boy knows better than to mimic THAT VOICE)

Lol! I saw that film for the first time when I was fourteen. Somehow the vacuum cleaner reached the exact timbre and pitch of Mercedes McCambridge's voice. No one ever asked why, for the next six months, it took me half an hour (and a dozen starts and stops) to sweep a 10X12 room.

clockwork
10-09-2010, 12:39 AM
These films scared the crap out of me at one point or another but don't necessarily do so now. The Shining, for example, doesn't scare me at all but when I was a kid... uh, yeah....

In no particular order...

The Shining (unsettling, bloody, maniacal)
Blair Witch Project (watched it at home, alone, on DVD before it was out in cinemas here. bad idea)
The Vanishing (the Dutch one, and one of the most horrific keep-me-awake-at-night endings)
Paranormal Activity (another watch at home alone big mistake)
Ghostwatch (BBC Halloween special that completely fucked up the entire country, including me at the supernaturally impressionable age of 12)


Like I said, they don't all necessarily scare me now but there was a time when they royally did. The Vanishing still haunts as does Ghostwatch which is damn effective for a crappy-ass TV special.

Honourable mentions:

Don't Look Now
Paperhouse
Hour of the Wolf
Ring
Dawn of the Dead
The Tenant
Repulsion

Perks
10-09-2010, 12:53 AM
The Vanishing (the Dutch one, and one of the most horrific keep-me-awake-at-night endings)
Oh! That one was terribly scary. The American version was dreadful.

Aldrey
10-09-2010, 01:33 AM
1. The Exorcist
2. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte w/Betty Davis. I'm dating myself. Actually, today is my 50th birthday!
3. Rosemary's Baby
4. Wait Until Dark w/Audrey Hepburn
5. Candy Man

Not necessarily in that order.

Zoombie
10-09-2010, 01:40 AM
Fine, mock my childhood trauma. To this day I have nightmares about the amorous tree roots.

The first evil dead was actually pretty damn scary.

The SECOND evil dead was a mix of horror and comedy.

The THIRD evil dead was HILARIOUS.

I love them all.

mellymel
10-09-2010, 02:06 AM
Was that the one where the guy pulled Vince Vaughn's guts out on a spit?

YES!!!!!! HAHAHA. That would be the one. Honestly, I think that movie didn't get the credit it deserved.

mellymel
10-09-2010, 02:08 AM
1. The Exorcist
2. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte w/Betty Davis. I'm dating myself. Actually, today is my 50th birthday!
3. Rosemary's Baby
4. Wait Until Dark w/Audrey Hepburn
5. Candy Man

Not necessarily in that order.

Awww...crap. How could I forget Candy Man??? That movie probably scared me more than any movie ever. I mean to this day I can not and will not look in a mirror and say "Candy Man" 5 times. If I even start to think it mentally, I have to look down at the sink. Stupid I know, but that movies scared the shite out of me!

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
10-09-2010, 02:40 AM
I sort of obssessively see all horror movies that come out (never seen Mulholland Drive though--is that really a horror film?). I think because I saw The Exorcist as a lad it has always maintained its power to unnerve me. I did not see The Haunting (1963) until I was an adult. I think that it is the greatest horror film ever made, altho not the scariest. I sat next to Robert Wise at a birthday party once and couldn't even bring up the movie I was so star-struck (we talked about West Side Story instead).

A similar film I saw when younger that sacred me was Legend of Hell House (the one with Roddy McDowell). Also, Beyond the Door (with Juliet Mills--"Nanny"!!!) which I have not seen since my childhood so I suppose it could be utter crap.

More recently, I enjoyed Paranormal Activity and my imagination is such that sometimes I can be falling asleep and wonder if I just looked over at the side of the bed might a dark shadow be standing there. I think the movie is flawed tho (where did that cross come from? And why was burning it the catalyst for the climax? Made no sense at all).

The Ring was decent; the sequel not so much.

As a twelve year old, The Omen scared the piss outta me too--and ruined forever the number six. It has not aged quite as well as The Exorcist though.

NewKidOldKid
10-09-2010, 06:08 PM
Blair Witch scared me too.

Me too. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

mscelina
10-09-2010, 06:33 PM
1--The original Halloween. John Carpenter can do more with music than Rob Zombie can do with gore.
2--The Shining. Again, the original.
3--The Exorcist.
4--Paranormal Activity.
5--The Blair Witch Project

about Prince of Darkness--yes, it was a cheesy film overall but the whole 'dream' sequence thing...man...after I saw that movie, I dreamed that damn thing. *shudders* Just way too insidious.

The original Nightmare on Elm Street was pretty wicked too. So was The Ring. And the original The Omen.

Perks
10-09-2010, 07:31 PM
The Ring was decent; the sequel not so much.

What? You don't think zombie deer are scary? Lol!

jennontheisland
10-09-2010, 07:56 PM
Yes. In context it was scary when it first came out in 1981. Just like Poltergeist was scary in 1982. And the Exorcist in 1973. Or John Carpenter's The Thing in 1982. That scared the crap out of me when the guy's head came off and became the spider-thing. But as I said, context. I watched it with my son and it didn't even phase him.

The original Halloween was scary in 1978. I believe it was the very first slasher flick, and one of the best.

Night of the Living Dead I saw when it was released in 1968. I was 11. Scared the crap out of me for years.

Hell, because of Jaws I'm still uncomfortable in the water.
So the context being the 80s? Um, yeah, the 70s and 80s were very scary in some senses... ;)

A number of people have admitted to being scared by movies as kids, (Poltergeist and Children of the Corn for me) but what's scared us as adults?

28 Days Later - I wouldn't go to the bathroom alone mid-movie, and for weeks afterward, every sound I heard at night, and even when I was home alone during the day, was some kind of zombie outside the window. The sound those things made, that scrabbling, gurgling sound - anything remotely like it makes my skin crawl and causes an almost instant fight or flight reaction. My gut is rolling just thinking about it and typing it.

If those were all scary for the time, what's scary now?

Jcomp
10-09-2010, 08:03 PM
Subject to change, but.... here's my unordered list.

A Tale of Two Sisters
The Ring / Ringu
The Woman in Black
Alien
John Carpenter's The Thing

When I was a kid, even before it came out Candyman traumatized me like no other film before or since. The fact that the Bloody Mary legend already terrified me didn't help. The fact that for a solid week I kept seeing commercials while none of my friends at school nor anyone else I talked to about it had seen commercials really didn't help.

Kaiser-Kun
10-09-2010, 08:26 PM
Candy Man


Awww...crap. How could I forget Candy Man??? That movie probably scared me more than any movie ever. I mean to this day I can not and will not look in a mirror and say "Candy Man" 5 times. If I even start to think it mentally, I have to look down at the sink. Stupid I know, but that movies scared the shite out of me!


When I was a kid, even before it came out Candyman traumatized me like no other film before or since. The fact that the Bloody Mary legend already terrified me didn't help. The fact that for a solid week I kept seeing commercials while none of my friends at school nor anyone else I talked to about it had seen commercials really didn't help.

You guys know about the sure way to summon Bloody Mary? =D

Turn off all lights, grab a mirror in one hand and a lit candle in the other, and start spinning, watching over your shoulder with the mirror. Then you need to chant "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary" six times until her face appears behind you.




Trick: With the very low light and your head getting dizzy with the reflection and the spinning, it's easy for your mind to think about seeing a face, specially if you're expecting it.

xitomatl
10-09-2010, 08:27 PM
You know, Terry Gilliam's Brazil is a scarey f-ing movie too.

My absolute favourite movie of all time. Scary and funny and brilliant. Scary especially because you watch it, and besides some of the more obvious fantastical elements, you're all like, "holy shit... this isn't that far off...".

But, my top five would be (and mostly because I was so young when I saw them, but I can still remember the original fear so the memory of that still makes me shiver):

The Omen (10 yrs)
A Clockwork Orange (11 yrs)
Psycho (9 yrs... I couldn't take a shower without the door locked for two years)
Dawn of the Dead (12 yrs)
Blair Witch Project (okay, obviously older when I saw this one, and despite everybody and their dog trying to ape this movie now, they did it first, they did it well, and despite some slight motion sickness in the theatre, it did scare me when I was sitting outside having a smoke that night all by myself at 3am in a rural area)

Belle_91
10-09-2010, 08:28 PM
#1. "JAWS" - this movie has always haunted me and always will. I know its not a Halloween/ghost movie, but in the ocean I can only go about up to my waist. Sometimes, after motivation from friends and family, I go in a little deeper. However, even if a little fish brushes against my leg I kinda flip out.

Rest are in no particular order

"Halloween" - the dude can't die it seems and he wears that creepy mask.
"Exorcism on Emily Rose" - based off of a true story, so its like 10 times more scary
"A Haunting in Connecticut" - aside from Twilight, it was the worse way to spend $7.50 on movie tickets
"The Shining" - the two guys in the bedroom where one of them is wearing a bunny or a bear suit...that's all I need to say.

Oddly enough I want to watch something scary now lol

Schu
10-09-2010, 08:55 PM
1) Paranormal Activity: I left the theater shaking and had to sleep with the lights and TV on because the moonlight was coming into my window and lighting my room EXACTLY like the damn movie. It wasn't a good night.

2) The Exorcist: Just...fffffff...I can't pinpoint exactly why, but holy crap I'm scared of this movie.

3) The Shining: The twin girls and the flashes to them dead with blood everywhere? Yeah. Nightmares for a week.

4) Anaconda: DON'T ASK! I DON'T EVEN KNOW!

5) Twilight: This is popular and girls are all over that creepy stalker Edward. And that keeps me up at night. Horrifying.

shawkins
10-09-2010, 10:28 PM
4) Anaconda: DON'T ASK! I DON'T EVEN KNOW!

Then you should love this: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1523413/big_snake/

Schu
10-09-2010, 10:35 PM
I...I honestly don't know why I clicked on that. :e2cry:

RayC
07-21-2011, 06:14 PM
The Predator (only movie to ever keep me up at night...i was like 7)
The Shining
Exorcist
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
Funny Games

Alice Grace
07-21-2011, 06:29 PM
I would have to divide my list accordingly.

As a teen and adult:
1. Shutter (the original version)
2. The Ring (the American version
3. Blair Witch Project

As a child:
4. The Fly (with Jeff Goldblum) - the memory of the horror I felt still haunts me
5. The Hulk (the series) - I insisted to watch it but ran and hid in my room when he turned in to the green monster.

DionS.
07-21-2011, 07:53 PM
For me:

28 Days later (the set-ups are fantastic)
Event Horizon (I think Lucipher actually directed this movie)
The Ring (her movements are too creepy, will not watch alone)
Trilogy of Terror (no dolls allowed in my house since)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre [original] (scene where theyre all at the table, too disturbing)

Victoria
07-24-2011, 08:16 AM
28 Days Later: Just felt real
Rosemary's Baby: Devil rape...and that haircut
Last House on the Left: This shit actually happens
The Hills Have Eyes (original and remake) Beyond suffering
Friday the 13th (first one) Saw it as a kid and didn't sleep for a week.

Bartholomew
07-24-2011, 09:18 AM
My top 5 scariest movies:

1. Earnest Scared Stupid (I saw it when I was like, 7. It terrified me and I still have nightmares about turning around and seeing a giant, slimy muppet.)
2. But I'm a Cheerleader! (I love the movie, but my father started watching is 5 or 6 times a day toward the end of his life, so I get the jitters when I even hear music from it.)
3. Gone With the Wind (The fire scene! All those wounded people! o_o)
4. How to Train Your Dragon (I... I refuse to explain.)
5. The Princess Bride (Holocaust Cloak. Oh God, Holocaust Cloak!)

nighttimer
07-24-2011, 12:50 PM
5. The Birds: Two terrible leads in Tippi Hendren and Rod Taylor, but birds pecking out your eyes? Day-yum!

4. Alien: The chestburster or Sigourney Weaver in panties. Eek!

3. Audition: Cruel to be kind. The ultimate bad date movie. See it with someone you want to stop calling you.

2. Irreversible: A rape and beating scene shot in a nearly ten-minute scene that is the most brutal, cruel and terryifing thing I've ever seen and I never want to see it again. (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-new-cult-canon-irreversible,2497/) Ditto for the fire extinguisher to the head shot as well. This movie nearly made me physically sick.

1. Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer: You can take all your Freddys and Jasons and Michaels and Jigsaws and line 'em up and I'll just yawn. Gore galore might make me blink, but it won't make me think. This grimy and grim little movie does. Henry isn't some boogeyman with razor bladed gloves. He's a soulless killing machine who kills prostitutes, entire families, and good Samaritans with the same cold dispassionate disdain you'd kill a bug crawling up your arm. The MPAA refused to give the movie an "R" despite the cuts director John McNaughton said he would make so it was released without a rating.

I rank Henry over Irreversible only because I could watch Henry again. Irreversible makes me feel like I've watched technically professional, but otherwise repellent pornography.

Mello Matsuri
07-24-2011, 06:00 PM
5. The Grudge: I was too scared to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. It didn't help that the house I was living in at the time had Japanese sliding doors that looked like the ones on Kayako's house. *shudders*

4. Dawn of the Dead: Zombies scare me silly. Please don't laugh.

3. Remake of 28 Days Later: A zombie movie with better makeup and more dark-hallway zombie running scenes? AAAAAHHHH!

2. Akira: ...that scene with Tetsuo exploding is scary. It is.

And the worst most scary scary movie is!!

1. Ringu (American remake): Do I have to talk about it? Thankfully I managed to block most of it out of my mind, but if I see this thing again I don't think I'll be able to watch TV ever again.

Bracken
07-24-2011, 06:08 PM
I don't know about "top five", but I thought The Ring was very scary, even though it was only rated PG13.

I notice that The Ring often gets mentioned on "scariest movie" lists. I'm not sure what made it so scary, exactly... maybe it was simply the lack of a full explanation for everything. I mean, it was explained how the little girl got in the well, etc (her mother pushed her), but much was unexplained. Why was the little girl evil? What was the deal with her? Why did all the horses go crazy and jump into the ocean? Etc.
All of that was left unexplained (until the sequel, which sucked).
It was creepier, for being left unexplained.

In general, I find that PG13 movies are scarier than R-rated movies. PG13 movies contain storylines (however weak) and have elements of suspense. They feature actual monsters, ghosts, animated rotting corpses, etc (which is scary to me).

R-rated "horror" movies these days are mostly just gore-porn. Torture-porn.
Yes, it's gross watching someone having their intestines ripped out and being strangled with them. It's upsetting and difficult to watch.
But it's not scary.

rhymegirl
07-24-2011, 07:02 PM
1. Jaws
2. The Exorcist
3. The Silence of the Lambs
4. The Thing (Kurt Russell version)
5. Alien

rhymegirl
07-24-2011, 07:10 PM
And for those who listed Paranormal Activity. Really?

My husband and I did not think it was scary at all. Mostly silly.

Well, I don't know if silly is the word. It was just not very interesting. And I didn't care about the characters.

Another thing wrong with this flick: blocks of time when NOTHING happened. Boring.

Jcomp
07-24-2011, 07:39 PM
Paranormal Activity was some of the most fun I've had in a movie theater. Saw it with a great, lively crowd that was thoroughly into it, so that colored my experience / opinion of the flick. Plus I dug the "nothing happened" moments, like when ol' girl just climbed out of bed and stared at her boyfriend for hours on end at night while the camera showed it in time-lapse. That, to me, is creepy as hell.

Bracken
07-24-2011, 07:46 PM
And for those who listed Paranormal Activity. Really?

My husband and I did not think it was scary at all. Mostly silly.

Well, I don't know if silly is the word. It was just not very interesting. And I didn't care about the characters.

Another thing wrong with this flick: blocks of time when NOTHING happened. Boring.


Agreed.
My husband and I didn't get the hype. At all.
This movie sucked.
We could've made a scarier movie at our house.
"The Blair Witch Project" did what "Paranormal Activity" was trying to do, and did it much more effectively, and a decade earlier.

Snowstorm
07-24-2011, 07:54 PM
Alien (the only movie where afterwards I headed straight to the frickin' bar for a drink)
Jaws
The Silence of the Lambs

I must not see many movies because I can only think of three.

Bracken
07-24-2011, 08:09 PM
My husband would say his scariest movies are the Evil Dead movies, and the Jurassic Park movies.
He has recurring nightmares about being chased through familiar settings by both zombies and velociraptors (although never at the same time).
He thought The Ring was stupid and boring.

It's weird how different things strike different people as scary.

Bartholomew
07-24-2011, 10:01 PM
Ya'll are scared by the strangest stuff.

Jehhillenberg
07-25-2011, 02:08 AM
In no particular order from scariest to least.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - Romero 60's classic, I enjoy that still keeps me on edge. This film gave birth to the zombie trend.

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - the original one from the 70's was just too fucking weird for words or to watch, but the 2003 remake was awesome!

QUARANTINE - the '08 american one, so realistically suspenseful and scary. I was like, wow this could actually happen.

FINAL DESTINATION - the first one was awesome, the seconds one not so much, the third was great, the fourth was stupid, and I'm rolling my eyes at the latest one but I'll keep an open mind.

SAW - 'nuff said.

Honorable mention: BLACK SABBATH - '64 Italian horror trilogy, really good. And HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL - '99 remake, funny thanks to Chris Kattan and great scary movie.

Bracken
07-25-2011, 02:15 AM
QUARANTINE - the '08 american one, so realistically suspenseful and scary. I was like, wow this could actually happen.The scariest thing about this one was that it starred that creepy girl from "Emily Rose".
Just looking at her gives me the creeps; she's got a scary face.


A Tale of Two SistersWe're planning on watching this one tonight.
I've seen it listed on Netflix a few times but passed it by; I just told my husband it made somebody's "Top Five" list of scariest movies, and now he wants to watch it, lol.
I'll let you know how scary I think it is afterward.

bowiefan1970
07-25-2011, 03:50 AM
John Carpenter's "The Thing" is amazing and the most suspenseful movie I've ever seen. "Alien" is pretty scary, too.

shelleyo
07-25-2011, 03:56 AM
Trilogy of Terror (no dolls allowed in my house since)

I watched this as a kid and ended up completely freaked. The whole movie didn't scare me, just the part with that little damn unga-bunga doll. And not even the whole thing, mostly the end. Her expression while she's stabbing the floor. It wouldn't scare me now, maybe a mild creep (though I'm betting I'd laugh at least a little), but it did then.

There aren't any movies that really scare me now--mostly they did when I was a kid, and I can remember how that felt. I'm a huge horror fan and have seen so many, I guess I'm kind of jaded.

John Carpenter's The Thing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Exorcist
The Amityville Horror
The Omen

And frankly, Deliverance disturbed the shit out of me when I saw it. Maybe it's not technically a horror film, but I was on edge and horrified through the whole thing. Phantasm also freaked me out at the time, but I can't remember much of it anymore. Psycho is a lifelong favorite, with the creepiest moment for me, by far, the end that focuses on his face. That was an eerie expression--he was so good at that.

I'm much more apt to be disturbed than scared anymore. I did think Quarantine was adequately chilling, mostly because I think if it was going to happen, it would happen just like that. Jennifer Carpenter does realistically hysterical better than anybody I've ever seen. That made The Exorcism of Emily Rose pretty good. The Haunting in Connecticut was all right, though I have to admit I didn't like it nearly as well as the little documentary program that was done about it a few years ago. Though I didn't entirely believe some of the things the people were saying, I got the honest creeps a few times. That's really rare for me.

I preferred the original Japanese Ringu to The Ring, though they were both pretty good. I thought Session 9 was pretty effective, too.


Paranormal Activity was some of the most fun I've had in a movie theater. Saw it with a great, lively crowd that was thoroughly into it, so that colored my experience / opinion of the flick. Plus I dug the "nothing happened" moments, like when ol' girl just climbed out of bed and stared at her boyfriend for hours on end at night while the camera showed it in time-lapse. That, to me, is creepy as hell.

I'm so glad I saw it in the theater, because it really was like a fun, shared experience. The theater workers started lining up against the wall during the last few minutes of the film, a few of us noticed them (I was there with a group of family), so I knew something was coming. The man in front of me squealed like a trapped mouse and almost ended up in my lap. :D Had I watched it on video, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it quite as much.

Shelley

Darren Frey
07-25-2011, 06:53 AM
5. Suspiria
4. High Tension
3. A Nightmare On Elm Street
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1. The Shining

Bracken
07-25-2011, 06:57 AM
We watched A Tale of Two Sisters just now.
I didn't think it was all that scary. It had a few creepy images in it, but mostly it was just confusing.We had a hard time following what was going on.

After reading the Wiki entry on it, I realized that there is an American remake which I've actually seen, called The Uninvited.
That one was a little easier to understand, but also not terribly scary, at least to me.

I liked Ju-on (the original Japanese version of The Grudge). I thought it was better than the American remake.
I thought the opposite about Ringu, though... I thought the remake was scarier.

PrincessofPersia
07-25-2011, 08:00 AM
Really, the only two movies that actually scared me (the way a horror movie is intended to scare you) were Ju-on and The Ring. The Ring didn't even scare me in the cinema. I saw it alone in an empty theatre, and I was only mildly impressed. But for a week after I saw it, I was creeped out about being alone in the dark. And 7 days after I saw it, I have to admit that I was a little concerned.

Ju-on, on the other hand, freaked me out while I was watching it, but its creepiness was left in the theatre.

Ari Meermans
07-25-2011, 08:05 AM
A Nightmare on Elm Street is the only movie that ever scared me and I couldn't/wouldn't let myself fall asleep for a while after seeing it. The number of books, on the other hand, that have scared me spitless are too many to list.

Her Dark Star
07-25-2011, 11:29 AM
A few films have grossed me out but not many have ever really scared me or disturbed me. I enjoyed things like 28 days later, but it wasn't the zombies that bothered me at all, it was the soldiers.

Films that genuinely creeped me out though:
1. Event Horizon. (so glad to see this on other people lists, I've never known why this film got to me so much but it really did).
2. Donnie Darko. (not scary in a classic way but I tend to be left with a disturbed feeling for days after watching it)
3. Wolf Creek.
4. The hand that rocks the cradle (probably wouldn't scare me now but certainly did at the time).
5. 8mm (more a thriller than a horror, but it got to me quite a bit).

Oh and The Hitcher. The Rutger Haur version.

rhymegirl
07-26-2011, 03:15 AM
Ya'll are scared by the strangest stuff.

I'm scared by your avatar. :)

xitomatl
07-27-2011, 03:07 AM
And for those who listed Paranormal Activity. Really?

My husband and I did not think it was scary at all. Mostly silly.

Well, I don't know if silly is the word. It was just not very interesting. And I didn't care about the characters.

Another thing wrong with this flick: blocks of time when NOTHING happened. Boring.

I have to agree with you. It was one of the most boring "scary" movies I'd ever seen in my life. And I've seen a lot of really, really bad scary movies. It wasn't even camp enough to have some value. Just... boring.

druid12000
07-27-2011, 04:30 AM
I have to equate 'scary' with 'creepy' for my picks, because since seeing 'Friday the Thirteenth' at age 7, on Friday the thirteenth, I have not seen a movie that actually scared me. Startled, yes. That seems to be the way Hollywood has gone. Maybe I'm just desensitized at this point.

'The Shining'. The original version, because those creepy twins still make me shudder.
'Let's Scare Jessica To Death'. I saw the movie when I was in my early teens and though it wasn't a great movie, it creeped me out.
'The Changeling'. George C. Scott. The ball bouncing down the stairs after he tosses it in the river...chilling still.
Any Pauley Shore movie....Gaaaa!
'Alien', the original. That was brilliant and terrifying.

Bracken
07-27-2011, 04:34 AM
'The Changeling'. George C. Scottyeah, I remember seeing this one when I was a kid, maybe on HBO or something.
It was scary.
Wasn't there a creepy old wheelchair or something?
That's the image I'm coming up with, that scared me.
Other than that it was scary, I really don't remember anything about the movie.
The plot was about a guy who killed his crippled son a long time ago or something, right?

druid12000
07-27-2011, 04:53 AM
Yeah, the scene with the old wheelchair chasing the woman down several flights of stairs...brrrrr, still gives me chills. And maybe it's just because I'm old enough to remember this stuff from when it was in theaters, but the barely audible voice of the dead boy on the reel to reel was very disturbing.

nighttimer
07-27-2011, 11:10 AM
5. Suspiria
4. High Tension
3. A Nightmare On Elm Street
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1. The Shining

No big disagreement with your list (though A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Shining didn't scare me at all), but while I really wanted to like High Tension, that "twist" ending was such a "Oh, come ON!" buzzkill, I went from digging to dismissing the movie just like that.


A few films have grossed me out but not many have ever really scared me or disturbed me. I enjoyed things like 28 days later, but it wasn't the zombies that bothered me at all, it was the soldiers.

Films that genuinely creeped me out though:

3. Wolf Creek.

Wolf Creek is one of the ugliest experiences I've ever had the misfortune to endure. It's simply sadism for the sake of sadism.

oneiro
07-27-2011, 11:34 PM
Martyrs.

That is all.

LoLo
07-27-2011, 11:49 PM
1.The Exorcist
2.The Shinning
3.Rosemary's Baby
4.Nightmare on Elm Street
5.The Exorcism of Emily Rose
6.The Omen
7.The Collector, not a horror film but, it scared the heck out of me.

Horror is my favorite genre. I have many favorites.

pbook
07-29-2011, 09:28 PM
The Omen
Halloween
Last exorcism
can't think of 2 more??

telford
07-30-2011, 12:43 PM
I don't scare easily and frankly was bored to death by Blair Witch. However two movies from the late seventies hit the mark. The first, as heavily mentioned here, Alien, artfully directed by a young Ridley Scott.
But no one has mentioned a movie guaranteed to soil your socks. The original, late seventies: When A Stranger Calls. What? No one thinks that's scary? Well then, I guess I'll slink back to SYW. Telford sobs.

Jehhillenberg
07-31-2011, 02:01 PM
I don't scare easily and frankly was bored to death by Blair Witch. However two movies from the late seventies hit the mark. The first, as heavily mentioned here, Alien, artfully directed by a young Ridley Scott.
But no one has mentioned a movie guaranteed to soil your socks. The original, late seventies: When A Stranger Calls. What? No one thinks that's scary? Well then, I guess I'll slink back to SYW. Telford sobs.

I'll have to check that out because the remake of WHEN A STRANGER CALLS was stupid.

THE LAST HOUSE OF THE LEFT from the 70's was very disturbing and gritty. That scared me in that sense, not the typical horror-y kind. Grind-house films, huh! Speaking of which...Tarantino, Rodriquez, and Roth's.

akaria
08-15-2011, 07:57 AM
I don't get scared but movies that creep me right out?

Martyrs
Inside
The Girl Next Door

Each left me curled up in the corner in a quivering mess. Then I told all my friends to go see it!

harmfulsweetz
08-16-2011, 01:29 AM
The exorcism was funny. Me and my friend watched it when we were fourteen, and couldn't stop laughing. Her Dad came in to find out what was so funny, so we pointed to the tv and he just gave us the funniest look saying that was the scariest film he ever saw, and we were in creases at it! Other than the funny bit, it bored me.

I don't scare easily, if at all really. There's only one film I won't ever watch again, and that's mainly because it was so well-acted that it was too believable and that is Exorcism of Emily Rose. Laura Linney does a superb job.

I hated Blair Witch Project, laughed at it, and ended up reading a book through it. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is awesome. I love Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave, Paranormal Activity, but I'm more amused by those than scared. Although the rape scenes in both Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave (especially the 2010 remake) really left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I'm just the type of person who sits and watches horrors with an evil grin on my face. I remember watching the Unborn in the cinema with my boyfriend and it was packed. One bit came on (sorry for the Spoilery-ness) and an old man climbed from his wheelchair, did a crab thing, and his head turned around so it was at an impossible angle. The whole theatre was silent, and I just burst out laughing. Loudly. Needless to say, I garnered a few looks. Even my friend told me later on that that bit creeped her out the most.

Yet, if there's any cruelty/killing of animals, I turn it off straight away.


I'm going to recommend a really good one, and I know a lot of people were disgusted when this came out but Eden Lake. It's brilliant. Sure, it's gross, and there's a part I choose to forward but it is a horror that is unapologetic, and it spares no feelings. It's fantastic.

voltair111b
08-16-2011, 09:40 PM
My top five are:

1. Exorcist (I didn't sleep the night I saw this because I was afraid I would be possed, should have waited til I was past age 12 to see this lol.)
2. Alien (Nice and creepy)
3. Session 9 (an excellent little Indy horror movie that will freak you out)
4. Jaws (sure more of an action film but I did not swim in the ocean for years after this)
5. Poltergeist (Tapped into my fear of clown dolls... who actually gets those for their kids gah!)

nighttimer
08-20-2011, 08:32 AM
I don't get scared but movies that creep me right out?

Martyrs
Inside
The Girl Next Door

Each left me curled up in the corner in a quivering mess. Then I told all my friends to go see it!

The A.V. Club does a good job of explaining why Inside is such a cult favorite (http://www.avclub.com/articles/inside,60565/?utm_medium=promobar&utm_campaign=recirculation).

I'm still too much of a wuss to watch this movie. :scared:

Switch-Phase
08-20-2011, 08:52 AM
1. The Shining
2. Wolf Creek
3. Quarantine
4. 28 Days Later
5. The Ring

DavidZahir
08-21-2011, 04:39 AM
1. The Haunting (original b&w version)
2. Jaws
3. Candyman
4. Alien
5. The Ring

I'm showing my age, aren't I?

Mclesh
08-21-2011, 04:53 AM
1. The Haunting (original b&w version)
2. Jaws
3. Candyman
4. Alien
5. The Ring

I'm showing my age, aren't I?

The original The Haunting is a GREAT movie. Edge-of-the-seat suspense. No slasher blood and gore there.

I judge how scary a movie is by whether I'm able to sleep at night. These were the movies that kept me up. (I'm a baby.)

1. The Shining
2. Blue Velvet (More distubing than scary.)
3. The Lady in White.
4. The Haunting
5. Frenzy

Bracken
08-21-2011, 04:55 AM
"The Ring" is on a lot of our lists, and "Poltergeist" is on the lists of many of us in our 30s and older.
That proves that a movie doesn't have to be rated R to be terrifying ("Ring" is PG13 and "Poltergeist" is PG).

Day O'
08-22-2011, 07:48 AM
Movies don't usually scare me, but Something Wicked This Way Comes just about scared the sh*t out of me when I was a kid. And yeah, Disney made it.

One of these days I'm going to have to watch it again.

BryanTann
09-19-2011, 09:48 AM
Return Of The Living Dead scared the hell out of me as a kid and even to this day creeps me out. It took until I was an adult to realize it was suppose to have some comedy to it. Its still not super humorous. I gotta watch it with people to find the humor.

Camilla Delvalle
11-17-2011, 06:12 PM
Recently I saw Uzimaki (Spiral), a weird and eerie horror movie with a great atmosphere, based on the manga by Junji Ito.

victoriajakes
11-18-2011, 01:36 AM
I love Uzumaki! I own the DVD and took it out recently because I though we were going to watch it. But we never got around to it and now it's just sitting on my kitchen counter, creeping me out.

Camilla Delvalle
11-18-2011, 02:25 AM
Yes, it's really creepy and disgusting. I would not keep it visible in my kitchen. It reminds me of Lovecraft and Silent Hill, and maybe some old horror movies from about 1920 or so with the superpositions of different images. I read the manga before I saw it. There are three books, but they only filmed the first one and changed the ending, so it felt abrupt, but it was a cool ending anyway. The third book is really weird.

Vince524
11-18-2011, 06:37 AM
5) The Thorn Birds

4) The old weird Al Yankovic movie Uf1 or something like that.

3) Any and all of the Lifetime movies that I've had to sit through with my wife multiple times because she insists she has never seen them, even though I can recite the dialog along with them!

2) That Justin Beiber movie. And any and all future movies that have him, reference him, use one of his songs or has an actor (or actress) that reminds me of him.

1) Pretty Woman (Scares the hell out of me!)