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What would you say was the scariest film you have ever seen?

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Initial post: 11 Mar 2012 10:48:23 GMT
Mark Mixture says:
I don't mean blood and gore, I mean hiding behind a cushion, jump out of your skin horror? I haven't seen a decent one for many years and I would guess most of the responses will be for the old black and white movies.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 13:03:01 GMT
It has to be the the exorcist for me! Nothing else has come close to freaking me out the way that movie did!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 20:36:23 GMT
Emma Beckett says:
I agree. I used to watch it in bed as a teenager but then I read the book and it totally freaked me out. Unfortunately all that watching it over and over has drilled Regan's horrible face into my head and I'm completely traumatised by her!
I re-read the book a few years ago and I couldn't sleep in the dark for 3 months :(

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 20:42:22 GMT
Emma Beckett says:
It completely depends on what sort of thing freaks you out. Torture? Scary faces? Possession? The scariest things for me are The Exorcist and Watership down! I'll never watch them again. I do love being scared though and the thing that's bothered me recently is a book called The Ritual by Adam Nevill. I'd advise you to check that out, it'd nasty.

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 21:27:33 GMT
J. Carr says:
The first 45 Minutes of the Japanese Movie Pulse (Kairo) freaked me out like nothing else. Genuinely creepy, although that may be because I was expecting some sort of sci-fi comedy instead of a horror movie.

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 23:20:23 GMT
Rich says:
Kairo is scary. Asian movies are the creepiest. Ringu, Audition, Ju-On from Korea. Then I'ld have to shout up for Suspiria, the original Chainsaw, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead and Alien.

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 23:52:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2012 23:53:08 GMT
The Haunting-1963 original,scared me as a kid and its still sends chills down my spine at 45,or the 1979 version of Salems Lot!

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 09:14:07 GMT
CRS says:
Them [2006] [DVD], and it all really happened, terrifying.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 08:25:49 GMT
It would have to be films I saw as a kid. Films don't seem to have the same effect on me now. "Candyman" terrified my sister and I - the anticipation of Candyman's appearance in the film was excruciating. Hellraiser II was another film that scared me. I saw it again a few months ago and the effect was much the same.
The only film I can think of that had the same effect as a (supposed) adult was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I wouldn't call it scary, but the intensity of it and the feeling of relief when the film was over.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 08:43:40 GMT
pixie says:

Think that's how you spell it, sorry if wrong.

Give you nightmares!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 15:35:53 GMT
I only watched it once lol! i also see Regan`s scary face, it just sticks in your mind! Especially when you go to bed and try and get some sleep lol! I definately woun`t be reading the book! Lols

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 11:54:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Mar 2012 11:57:43 GMT
S Walker says:
nothing as an adult but Lamberto Bava&Argento.s first Demons,me and to school chums about 11 yo when it first came out on vid and it freaked all of us completely despite being cut(pointless,kept covering my eyes so would have missed all the nastiest bits anyway,)it was still so bloody and gruesome and the setting of a dark creepy,still recall scrambling across my mates darkened living room to look down inside chunky VCR to see how far the tape had to go and relaying the news to my two terrified friends that we weren't even half way through,respect to the guy in the video shop who recommended it,older teenager,can't remember his name but think he drives the school bus in The Simpsons :D

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 12:50:05 GMT
Scariest film I saw was as a child and 13 Ghosts - scared the bejeebus out of me. Don't know if it would still have the same effect now, haven't tried to watch it since. It was the Jackal that did it for me in that film.
I'm stupidly easy to scare, but thankfully only have trouble sleeping for a couple of nights before I'm back to normal so still put myself through Hell watching things I know will haunt me lol

Posted on 20 Mar 2012 01:53:57 GMT
Lee says:
There's two films I won't watch on my own.The Haunting and The Shining.
I'm 43 and I still pull my feet back under the covers when I remember 'the hand'.:-)

Posted on 21 Mar 2012 13:29:18 GMT
O Hooligan says:
Watched the director's cut of The Exorcist on blu ray last night and although i've seen the film a few times before, the spider walk scene took me completely by surprise and chilled me to the bone. Stunning.

Posted on 21 Mar 2012 21:54:03 GMT
Film wise the Blair Witch Project scared the hell out of me first time around, although has lost it's shock value now. 13 Ghosts was also a roller coaster ride and I loved it.

Posted on 3 Apr 2012 23:51:34 BDT
When I saw Race with the Devil,years ago, the ending scared me so much that I've never watched it again. It probably wouldn't scare me today, but there's too much new stuff out there to bother.
I agree about 13 ghosts, that's another one I won't be watching again.

Posted on 7 Apr 2012 03:06:10 BDT
I'm most impressed with the ones that grip with a thick and clammy atmosphere of suggestion and unease and then deliver the effective action and gory goods once they've already freaked you out of your skin, that do it all over again. And, though the 80s are absurdly and wrongly remembered as a time of 'cheesy' horror and also of slashers, when they actually made up a thankfully small precentage of what went on, several of the scariest films ever, ones that still produce goosebumps or that bottomless feeling of dread came from there. They are:
*Scarecrows (1988)
*The Howling (1981)
*Poltergeist (1982)
*Hardcover or I, Madman in the US (1989)
*Re-Animator (1985)
*Cujo (1983)
*The Company Of Wolves (1984)
*Hellraiser (1986)
*Pumpkinhead (1988)

For the 70s it was:
*Black Christmas
*Long Weekend
*The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

I don't think the 90s had anything, not for ongoing jump-out, skin-crawly nastiness that endures each time you see it. Very sad.

With the noughties to a couple of times now and again for the now decade, it thankfully returned:
*Dagon (Stuart Gordon's best and a huge hit if released in his 'in period of the 80s surely)
*Jeepers Creepers
*Wrong Turn
*Black Water
*The Mist
*The Reef
*Trick 'R Treat
*Drag Me To Hell
*Burning Bright
*The Woman In Black

Posted on 7 Apr 2012 17:06:35 BDT
Kevin says:
Probaly my top 4 would be Don't Look Now, Insidious, The Woman in Black and The Ring

Posted on 7 Apr 2012 17:11:29 BDT
O Hooligan says:
I really don't know what all the fuss is with Insidious. I thought it was absolute pants.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2012 02:59:59 BDT
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Posted on 8 Apr 2012 09:27:36 BDT
x-effect says:
The original THE THING.
Delivered on many levels.

Posted on 8 Apr 2012 09:37:03 BDT
lovetoread says:
A film which made me jump like I hadn't in years was the sixth sense, went to the pictures to see it when i was heavily pregnant with my son and its a wonder i didt have him there in the pictures. lol Its was one of those films where i didn't get it right till the end.

Posted on 8 Apr 2012 10:02:25 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2012 12:57:35 BDT
O Hooligan says:
ScottPaul, you don't have to take my words literally but to explain further, in the usual forums and websites I visit the general consensus seems to be that Insidious (not Insisdious - maybe another film, i don't know) is great and really scary whereas all I saw was a badly acted pantomime.
However, to put Alien and some of the others you mention into the bag marked 'pants' is a bit silly....
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