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Posted on 6 May 2012 22:19:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012 22:20:40 BDT
Shazzerman says:
There are 5 or 6 genuine jaw-droppers in "Inside" (and one of 'em is quite literal...see it to see what I mean).

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 23:06:51 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
That was a seriously messed up ending!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 23:15:11 BDT
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Posted on 7 May 2012 03:52:43 BDT
In 'Vamp' (1986) where the hip character goes to Grace Jones for some fun and gets his arm broken and we get a massive jump as she turns into a queen Vampire before our eyes. And also later in the street where his mate is surrounded by them, plus when the hotel lift tries to kill him, followed by street punks, one of whom then gets killed by a little girl even scarier than he is!

How can you better 'Poltergeist' not just for never failing goosebump raising, but for jumps when the clown comes to life and tries to strrangle the little boy, and also when the tree brach crashes through the window to grab him out. Plus when the little girl disappears and the fmaily are trying to get to her jumbled up closet, thinking she's behind an ominously blanket-covered and still figure at the back but it's the clown. They laugh in relief, which delivers another shock, they're glad she's not there! But why! Asshe's completely and utterly gone-into the TV!

End of 'Fright Night' when the two red eyes glint on again, you think Mr Sarandon has risen, but you hear a voice and realise how it actually is and that they're not dead.

The remake (not really a remake, an entirely new story with same title) when Colin Farrell throws a motorbike right through the back of the car his neighbour is escaping in! Then a car smashes into theirs a minute later.

'The Howling' when Belinda Balaski is attacked in the cabin and the amazing transformation scene, plus the dog at the start jumping up at the window in an apartment in town.

'Jeepers Creepers'-when the truck at the start hoots its horn after coming up like a rocket from the back when the camera is showing the receeding highway through the car's back window. This film has many others, with the dying corpse, a character slamming into the stationary car window, a straw truck passing that initially resembles the creeper's truck, and the clothes the protagonist has on his back seat in a bag tossed out all over the floor, just after the phone rings in the diner (another jump).

'Dagon' where a man's face is literally sliced off with a knife and pulled off his skull! This film has amny other jumps too.

The ending of 'Jeepers Creepers', the sequel, ending of 'The Mist, ending of 'Dagon', ending of 'Burning Bright'.

The scarecrow films 'Scarecrows' from '88 and 'Husk' are full of jumps and creepy moments, in the former the pithfork through the hand, knife through the face and initial view of Scarecrow jumping out from behind the pole of a motionless scarecrow roaring its head off. With 'Husk', the chargiing through the cornfields, the scarecrows throwing themselves on escaping car, and then trying to beat the window in once it crashes. Eevn worse, the way the victims get up later, go to disusued cabin, looking totally mindless and then start sewing themselves sack-cloth to wear, whilst sticking nails in their fingers. Hearing them thump up the wooden stairs before you see what they are is pretty frightening.

'The Birds'-all the bird attacks but especially when Tippi Hendren goes up alone to THAT bedroom!

'Jaws 1&2' both have great jump sequences-the dead face under the boat Richard Dreyfuss is exploring in he 1st and the burnt body from the boat in the 2nd where its hiding under a wooden panel of the boat until Brody wades in to touch it and up it jumps.

'Long Weekend' (original, though the remake has some scares too) with the mortally wounded Dungong crawling up the beach and next to the man once the morning light shows up the camp! The animal attacks in 'Frogs' and less animal-friendly Italian film 'Wild Beasts'.

Sorry, that's a lot, but it's ok, I don't get paid for each word.

Posted on 7 May 2012 11:26:47 BDT
JONESY says:
The graphic slaying of the small child in "Murder Set Pieces".
ALL of "Hardgore".

Posted on 7 May 2012 15:34:18 BDT
ericbrooke says:
Not so much jaw dropping as stomach turning, the kitchen scene with the blender from "The Giant spider invasion"
Only really hits home once you realise it's one shot with no cuts

Posted on 7 May 2012 20:42:15 BDT
I keep reading alot about exorcist 3 on here !

Is it worth watching ? I've never seen it, I watched the 2nd and thought that was rubbish, so I never bothered with 3. Interestingly exorcist 3 was a completely different film that was made an exorcist sequel at the last minute, after a few tweaks and an addition of Exorcism scene, or so i read.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 21:31:03 BDT
West25 says:
Exorcist 2 was horrible, it took me a few years to build up enough courage to watch Exorcist 3 after how terrible part 2 was. Luckily everybody involved with Exorcist 3 realised how bad the first sequel was, as Exorcist 3 completely ignores the events of Exorcist 2. It was originally called Legion, it was a follow up to The Exorcist but the studio made Blatty shoot new scenes and call it Exorcist 3 for marketing reasons. Even with the re-shoots Blatty was still very happy with the final product, going as far as to call it a scarier film than the original. It isn't, but it is good.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 22:18:22 BDT
Cheers West ive just downloaded it, ill give it ago

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 23:27:21 BDT
Post Soviet says:
That ceiling scene in hospital - classic!

Posted on 8 May 2012 00:03:44 BDT
West25 says:
I hope you enjoy it Bauer, if you don't go into it with massive expectations and compare it to the original then it's really enjoyable. It has a couple of outstanding scenes in it, as Post Soviet has mentioned, the ceiling scene in the hospital is a standout. George C. Scott gives a great performance, The Changeling will always be my favourite film of his but Exorcist 3 isn't too far behind.

Posted on 8 May 2012 02:50:28 BDT
I'm half way through now and it's very good film, George c Scott is fantastic as always

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 13:30:16 BDT
Lazisom says:
One for me is the end of Saw when the guy chained up kills the assumed killer and finds the tape recorder in his pocket, the line "Hello, Mr. Hindle... or, as they called you around the hospital, Zep." always sends a shudder down my spine since its that moment you realise it wasnt him that chained them there and then the man you assumed has been dead for the whole film gets up and walks out. Brilliant stuff just a shame that all of the sequels were terrible.

The dead face in the sunken boat from Jaws got me as a young child aged around 8 watching it on tv when I should have been in bed along with the first time you see Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Masscre, again when I should have been in bed (around 14 this time I think) as I was just thinking to myself "well this film doesnt seem that scary"... Famous last words.

Another one for me is the end of Night of the Living Dead where the guy has made it through the night and survived only to be shot by people assuming he's a zombie

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 13:46:24 BDT
Crixus says:
When the guy goes to resucitate another guy in the thing and his chest opens up AAAAHHH!

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 14:17:30 BDT
"Another one for me is the end of Night of the Living Dead where the guy has made it through the night and survived only to be shot by people assuming he's a zombie"

That's not why they shoot him, mate. 'Night' was a social satire on the Civil Rights Movement and thats the creepiest scene in the film - he survived a zombie onslaught, watched people gruesomely killed and then gets killed by a racist white man who cant see past his prejudices even under the extreme conditions

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 14:51:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2012 15:07:49 BDT
Lazisom says:
Yeah, I knew that but didnt want to turn this into a discussion about racism.

I know that when I first saw it (again as a young kid) the fact that they shot him because he was black didn't even cross my mind... ah the innocence of naivete

EDIT: I'd also like to add that although I have been watching violent films and playing violent games from a young age I have not once car-jacked an old lady and driven down the high street throwing grenades at orphanages and such.... take that statistic daily mail!

Posted on 1 Jun 2012 19:59:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2012 19:59:53 BDT
Shazzerman says:
He wasn't shot because he was a black man; his race is never once referred to in the film. He is shot from a distance because it is assumed - with good reason (he is, after all, inside the house and not part of the posse that seems comprised of every man from miles around) - that he is a zombie. The film received great praise for not "playing the race card".

Posted on 2 Jun 2012 10:28:10 BDT
"He wasn't shot because he was a black man"

Yes, he was. George Romero is a master of social satire and, thus, of course they won't mention race as its all implication : its a zombie film on the surface with racial commentary as a subtext. You don't need to watch zombies spending thousands of dollars in the mall whilst African children lay outside starving in Dawn Of The Dead to see it's a commentary on consumerism

Posted on 2 Jun 2012 21:30:36 BDT
Romero admitted the role was written for a white man and nothing was changed when Duane Jones was cast instead, he had no idea people would react so strongly to the black lead, I think with the racial references being incidental we can still assume the idiots at the end didn't know or care if he was or wasn't a zombie, the message I see is that some people will revel in violence indifferent to who they hurt, I think it was an attack on war and how quickly people lose their humanity and respect for one another under such conditions.

P.S. I know "The Mist" gets a lot of hype for boldness and originality but am I the only one who noticed its a sci-fi tinged rip-off of "Night of the Living Dead"?

Posted on 3 Jun 2012 18:11:29 BDT
Duane Jones' death at the end of NOTLD was not a comment on racism. It was a good old fashioned cimematic kick in the guts for the audience. Our hero survived through a night of hell with us rooting for him only to be shot by a trigger happy zombie hunting party which proved that the out of control living were just as dangerous as the uncontolable dead

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 19:27:21 BDT
Yes and it's sadly been copied beyond death by almost every low-grade to competent horror director out there, who believe a cynical up yours to the last suvivor (nevermind all the others) is the only way to give a 'satisfactory' horror ending. Except it's kind of lost its shock value, nevermind tolerance one, when it's used a hundred times a year.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 19:34:58 BDT
Hey, Anthony, which part are you refering to?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 23:48:08 BDT
THE MIST and NOTLD both share the same very basic premise, a group of people trapped in one place surrounded by "enemies." but that is the basic story for sooooooooo many horror films right up to THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.
Hell take most Westerns where the "good guys" are trapped in a fort, canyon, circle of waggons etc. Heist movies where the gang is boxed in by the cops.
The structure of these films are very similar it's what ever twists and turns the directors etc can bring to it that makes film "original" or just a bad copy

Posted on 4 Jun 2012 00:29:13 BDT
Scottpaul I was talking about the part of lead character in Romero's "Night of the Living Dead".

Gary, totally agree and I do like "The Mist" more than anything else hollywood have done this last decade but the bleak ending, the friction between the white guy and the black guy and the holding up in a building where some characters buckle whilst a few engage in petty power struggles and others try to make sense of a situation they are ill equiped to understand makes me think the film takes very specific influence from Romero's film, its different enough to be appreciated as its own film but I feel credit must be given to the key influence, likewise it should be noted "Night of the Living Dead" borrowed a lot from "The Last Man on Earth" and so the cycle goes on and on and on.

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 13:31:13 BDT
Lazisom says:
Looks like my attempt to avoid turning this into a discussion about racism failed :/

With an attempt at a complete change of direction I'll mention the ending of the film Freaks from 1932 with the woman/duck thing. I only saw this a few years ago and it creeped me out after all the horror movies I have seen, I can't imagine the shock to the audiences from 1932 although I know it was banned and since largely edited.

I saw the recent remake since called Freakshow in which they go into a big detail of the process of making "inside out girl" which was very graphic but didnt have the impact of the original showing that gore is definitely NOT horror.

Also I agree that the "we made it through the night - oh wait actually we didn't" idea has now been used to death and films with more original endings are a relief
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