Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by chicken balti, Apr 3, 2002.
OK, be honest now, what is the most frightening film you ever saw and why?
Got to be Carrie - I know it is not that scarry but I watched it when I was about 10 and when that hand shot out of the grave at the end I shot about 2 feet in the air. The amazing thing about that was, I was lying down on the floor at the time.
Good one. I reckon I would have reacted in the same way if some sod who'd already seen it hadn't told me what was about to happen.
What about Jaws, when the head floats out of the hole in the bottom of the boat, that's a belter. Even now it gives me the willies, made all the more intense because I know its coming!
Haven't b666666n frightened since......
Exorcist - brief glimpses of the Devil in Karras' dream sequence *shudder*
Pet Sematary - Zelda, his wife's disabled sister in a flashback scene....totally scared the poop outta me....what's weird is that particular bit was the scariest in the book too - never thought the film version would be as nasty.
Phantasm when I was really! young. That one had me leaping into bed from 5 feet with enough lights on to drain the national grid.
I actually watched Carrie with my Mum and she knew the hand out of the grave bit was coming and did not tell me about, she found it highly amusing and does to this day, 17 years latter.
What loving parents I have
I know I'm gonna get hammered by certain people around here but The Blair With Project is the scariest film I've ever seen - no doubt about it. 2nd would be The Shining and 3rd, Jaws.
When there's a jumpy bit that I know of and my GF doesn't. I can't resist in quickly grabbing her arm and making a silly 'boo' noise. She jumps a mile and hates me for it. Personally I think it adds to the effect
My brother used to do this on my sister and I'll never forget when he did it to her at the end of Friday 13th (boat scene)..I've never seen anybody scream so much or so loud in a film.
She was in tears and wouldn't speak to him for days !
not sure about scariest entire film but one bit that still gets me is Jaws, when the body appears from under the boat, makes me jump every time (even more so now with DTS soundtrack)..
You won't like my Avatar then.
To be honest I don't get scared by many horror films..
but when I was (much) younger watching the incredible hulk on TV when he changed from Brucie into the Hulk it used to make me run behind the settee!
Much younger though!
Evil Dead, a classic horror film.
I know it's not exactly an oscar winner but the original candyman made me jump several times...most recently I jumped out my skin at the hand grab bit from Jeeper's Creepers even though it was obvious it was coming...(in case anyone thinks I'm a spoiler!) shame about the rest of the film - once you know what the baddie looks like it's just not the same is it...or is that just me?
When I was 11 I started watching An American Werewolf In London. I got about twenty minutes in and then I couldn't watch it anymore! Funny though, cos when I got round to watching it again a few years later I thought it was lightweight nonsense and not at all scary!
Films (unfortunately) never really scare me - I found Se7en a little disturbing when I first saw it, but that's about it!
Oh, and in the Omen when *spoiler* he dug up Damien's mother's grave to find not a woman, but a goat. That was unnerving!
For me, some of the scariest cinema moments for me, are:
"Aliens" - when the Marines first arrive on LV-426 and discover the science lab with the dead alien foetus' in the storage jars. Carter Burke (actor Paul Reiser) takes one very close look.... and then we all jump.... very, very high! Still scares the crap out of me now, having seen that film, and that scene umpteen times!
"Ring" - When the deceased women comes crawling out of the TV set into some poor saps' living room, as he's watching the videotape! Now that is really, really freaky, and I'm still trying to work out how they did that effect.
"Jaws" - when the body/head appears. Pretty shocking, to say the least!
And Tee, you're right, we will mock you for saying that "Blair Witch" was scary! It's bloody terrible, and about as scary as finding out that the tooth fairy doesn't exist! Sorry mate!
Lex, it was a Jackal wasn't it?
You're probably right Skanky. I can't remember - I just know it wasn't human!
Not a film I know but the Cybermen in Dr Who used to scare the bejesus out of me. Was never bothered by Daleks 'cause they cant go upstairs
Wha... wha...... what do mean! I had no idea..... Well at least Santa Claus is real..... right??
Seriously though, each to their own I guess. I'm just being honest, I really found Blair Witch to be genuinly terrifying and I know others did too. Maybe because I bypassed the hype and wasn't expecting much? Anyway, it scared the sh*t out of me me.......
My girlfriend at the time nearly had a nervous breakdown after seeing the Blair Witch Project - it scared the bageezers out of her. She couldn't sleep for days afterwards... which was nice!
For a film, Aliens
but the comments about Dr Who are well made, I only got through my first 10 years with the help of the rear of the sofa.
That is such a cliche, but it's so true! It was the robotic monsters that used to terrify me the most - the one in the first Tom Baker episose that chased the doctor round a room until he threw his wide-brimmed hat over its eyes, the Robots of Death (I couldn't go into the Dr Who exhibition in Blackpool because there was one of them just it the entrance - nice man let me in through the exit), and the robots in Pyramids of Mars.
And, yes, I did literally hide behind the sofa
Ah, nostalgia ain't what it used to be...
As a kid, films didn't get any scarier than Snowbeast. Anyone old enough to have seen it as a kid in the late 70's/early 80's will know exactly where I'm coming from. That one gave me sleepless nights for a week.
The Alien still at the end credits of the original Star Trek series always used to spook me.
I remember seeing The Fury late one night when I was too young and supposed to be in bed. (i was about 12).
Because it had Kirk Douglas in it I wasn't expecting it to be scary. I don't even remember the film! Anyway, I was so scared that I didn't dare leave my seat to switch the telly off and I had to call my mum who eventually (I called quietly because I was so scared) came and took me up to bed.
It's hard to imagine now (honest)
Recently, I was terrified by the first rear speaker action in The Others on dvd. I just didn't know my speakers (or dd) were capable of such effects!
It doesn't help when my wife grabs me at the same time.
We have a staircase behind the listening position and it sounded exactly as if someone was running down them!
The 1st time I watched the Haunting was in DTS, on my own in the house with all lights off.
I actually went walkabout the house twice armed with a golf club 'cause I thought something was in the house, needed a change of underwear too
I swear the noises were not coming from in the room!!
For shear edge of seat though it has to be Alien
Bensons currently have a sale on 'Asian Extreme'. It's not Asian porn as it sounds, but it does have 'Ring', 'Ring 2' and 'Audition' - three extremely scary Japanese horrors that beat any of that special effect polluted garbage Hollywood sends our way.
'Ring' especially, is the scariest film I ever saw. It's just a shame that films don't actually scare me.
I remember watching 'The Pit and Pendulum' (1961 version) as a kid on TV. In the very last scene the camera pans round to reveal Barbara Steele's character still trapped in the room/vault as it is being sealed off. Scared the crap out of me at the time, and have never been able to get the image out of my mind ever since. I have never managed to watch it all the way through a second time!.
Also the image of Pazazu that is subliminaly cut into Father Karras's dream in The Exorisist (Juzminator has mentioned this already) which scared me to death also as a kid, I watched it as an illegal video nasty in the 80's. (my mum & dad went nutty when they found out!).
I now use this image as my avatar.
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