Scariest movie(s) ever

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  • twelveways 14 Sep 2010 16:58:46 3,846 posts
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    Im looking for some really good scary movies for my girlfriend.

    The scariest movie she has seen so far is the Exorcist (she is kind of catholic) but Ive also exposed her to the Ring and the Grudge, both of which she liked (American versions). We've also watched the Thing and Alien/Aliens which she liked but didn't really find scary.

    Thanks for any suggestions :)
  • markh 14 Sep 2010 17:00:47 3,598 posts
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    Audition, The Orphanage or the Eye (Korean version)?
  • kalel 14 Sep 2010 17:00:48 86,329 posts
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    Candyman is right up there I reckon. Just something deeply unsettling about that film.
  • pistol 14 Sep 2010 17:01:00 13,019 posts
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    What sort of scary do you think she'll like?

    Atmospheric or out and out gore?

    I prefer the former myself.
  • coastal 14 Sep 2010 17:02:33 5,377 posts
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    Jacob's Ladder made me puke.

    Booze and the smokes may have had to something to do with it mind.

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  • BinaryBob101 14 Sep 2010 17:03:10 22,288 posts
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    [REC] 1 and 2.

    Beautiful tender beings.

  • BCrowe 14 Sep 2010 17:05:18 523 posts
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    I quite liked John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, pretty underrated if you ask me.
  • twelveways 14 Sep 2010 17:06:17 3,846 posts
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    pistol wrote:
    What sort of scary do you think she'll like?

    Atmospheric or out and out gore?

    I prefer the former myself.

    More atmospheric, she doesn't mind gore but she wants to be scared rather than sickened.
  • thedaveeyres 14 Sep 2010 17:08:12 10,686 posts
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    The scariest movie I've ever seen is Communion. I realise it may not be objectively the scariest...

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  • BCrowe 14 Sep 2010 17:10:11 523 posts
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    For good scary atmostphere, I'd say The Ninth Gate.
  • stephenb 14 Sep 2010 17:11:01 2,729 posts
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    I found The Signs quite scary.

    Generally because it's more what you don't see.

    The Happening isn't scary, ever.

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  • RyanDS 14 Sep 2010 17:11:15 9,058 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    pistol wrote:
    What sort of scary do you think she'll like?

    Atmospheric or out and out gore?

    I prefer the former myself.

    More atmospheric, she doesn't mind gore but she wants to be scared rather than sickened.

    The Shining?
  • twelveways 14 Sep 2010 17:11:40 3,846 posts
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    Audition and the Orphanage look pretty good, think i'll check them out.
  • pistol 14 Sep 2010 17:11:45 13,019 posts
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  • ecureuil 14 Sep 2010 17:13:03 76,495 posts
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    Audition is a different kind of scare. Very disturbing/creepy.
  • Jeepers 14 Sep 2010 17:13:14 13,173 posts
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    Don't look now.

    /shudder
  • Load_2.0 14 Sep 2010 17:14:40 18,884 posts
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    People said Paranormal Activity was scary, I watched it on the laptop so maybe it lost a little of its magic, I could see how it might be good.

    Dark room etc.

  • twelveways 14 Sep 2010 17:16:16 3,846 posts
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    I never really found the Shining very scary, maybe I should watch it again, I actually quite liked the Happening, its not scary but there are some creepyish suicide scenes in it. I found Signs quite funny.
  • JuanKerr 14 Sep 2010 17:16:36 36,197 posts
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    The Descent is pretty jumpy and unsettling.

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a must-see for anyone who appreciates horror films.
  • famous_roy 14 Sep 2010 17:17:26 4,098 posts
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    Favouriting this thread! Debatable but Paranormal Activity can be quite disturbing in the right atmos, lights off etc.

    Otherwise I'm a big fan of the Korean and Japanese horror, Ring, Grudge etc. Tale of two sisters and audition are supposed to be messed up.

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  • twelveways 14 Sep 2010 17:21:17 3,846 posts
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    Is the remake of TCM any good and/or has the original dated well?

    I found paranormal Activity a bit meh, she liked it though.
  • Deleted user 14 September 2010 17:22:39
    twelveways wrote:
    I never really found the Shining very scary, maybe I should watch it again, I actually quite liked the Happening, its not scary but there are some creepyish suicide scenes in it. I found Signs quite funny.

    The Shining isn't scary. Jack Nicholson's character downfalls into fantastical, comical madness. Not scary. It's fascinating if anything.

    One of the scariest scenes in a film is actually in a kids film from the 1970's, anyone guess?
  • RyanDS 14 Sep 2010 17:23:56 9,058 posts
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    AltCtrlDelete wrote:
    twelveways wrote:
    I never really found the Shining very scary, maybe I should watch it again, I actually quite liked the Happening, its not scary but there are some creepyish suicide scenes in it. I found Signs quite funny.

    The Shining isn't scary. Jack Nicholson's character downfall into fantastical, comical madness. Not scary. It's fascinating if anything.

    One of the scariest scenes in a film is actually in a kids film from the 1970's, anyone guess?

    Return to Oz?

    Scared the shit out of me as a kid.

  • Deleted user 14 September 2010 17:24:47
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    Return to Oz?

    No, but that was scary. The heads in glass boxes and the wheelies (or wheelers)!
  • wizbob 14 Sep 2010 17:25:17 768 posts
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    BCrowe wrote:
    I quite liked John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, pretty underrated if you ask me.

    I can also vouch for this. I would recommend The Antichrist as a recent horror movie (although it's not about an actual antichrist, sadly). Add the Omen to that list and you have a veritable triptych of catholic horror.
  • mal 14 Sep 2010 17:25:27 22,334 posts
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    The Shining and Candyman are very good suggestions. Both got great atmospheres for American films.

    See also The Haunting (b&w version) and maybe the Orphanage (not that the latter is American) - both proper ghost stories.

    I didn't find Audition very scary or creepy, but pretty disturbing.

    Oh, and Dark Water might be worth checking out. I don't think it reviewed particularly well, and it's not as good as the Japanese original of Ring, but it's still very good IMO.

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  • richardiox 14 Sep 2010 17:26:30 5,541 posts
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    Blair Witch gave me the willies but that was back in 98 when that style was still fresh

    Texas Chainsaw original has a horrific atmosphere throughout and the remake is decent in an MTV horror gorefest way

    Original Elm Street still creeps me out

    Event Horizon and Alien for sci fi

    Candyman, original Asian version Ring and Dark Water

    Hostel is a hard watch but certainly horrific. Wolf Creek in same vein also Severence more of the same but heavy on the (black) comedy.
  • wizbob 14 Sep 2010 17:26:51 768 posts
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    AltCtrlDelete wrote:
    ryandsimmons wrote:
    Return to Oz?

    No, but that was scary. The heads in glass boxes and the wheelies (or wheelers)!

    And the electroshock machine in the asylum with the face.

    Is it the scene with the Dad in Paperhouse? That's pretty frightening.
  • psychokitten Moderator 14 Sep 2010 17:31:36 7,794 posts
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    The original version of The Ring is scarier IMO (and just better in general).

    I'd go with REC 1 and 2 and the Orphanage too.

    For Asian horrors, Audition isn't a horror or scary, but very unsettling, all kinds of messed up.
    There are some parts of Kairo (Pulse) that are just messed up and scary.
    The Eye has some creepy bits as well.
  • Lukus 14 Sep 2010 17:32:16 18,996 posts
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    I remember watching Candyman as a kid and finding it pretty hard going. Not sure how I'd tackle it as an adult. Im guessing it probably hasn't aged very well.

    Generally I don't find films at all frightening anymore. I think it's to do with letting yourself go and getting completely engrossed in the atmosphere. I tend not to be able to do that very well anymore with any genre.

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