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#1 of 81 OFFLINE   Justin_D

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Posted May 31 2004 - 06:20 AM

I'm starting to get into some of the truly scary movies. I'm not talking about these cheesy ones that come out every other hour, but the movies that really make your heart drop to your stomach and make your blood boil. Here are the ones I would recommend

1) Se7en - Should be at the top of the list from what I have seen
2) Red Dragon/Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal - Anthony Hopkins, enough said
3) Signs - Maybe doesn't curdle my stomach, but the suspense is enough to keep anyone going on top of top notch directing
4) Anaconda - Just checking if your reading :b
5) Stigmada - Holy crap! I don't know if I want to watch this again
6) The Ring - Many people have mixed feelings about this, but I really thought it was done very well, and the sound added a whole new dimention to the movie

As you can see, I have a small list. I need some recommendations!

#2 of 81 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted May 31 2004 - 06:45 AM

I'd recommend May, creepy in that Carrie way.
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#3 of 81 OFFLINE   Steve Lumbert

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Posted May 31 2004 - 07:28 AM

I would add Prince of Darkness to the list, especially for the last scene.

#4 of 81 OFFLINE   Dane Marvin

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Posted May 31 2004 - 07:34 AM

'The Shining' (Kubrick version, of course) absolutely belongs on that list. It's creepy/eerie -- which, to me, is a cut above "scary".

#5 of 81 OFFLINE   Mike Williams

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Posted May 31 2004 - 07:37 AM

Scariest movies I've ever seen:

The Shining (Kubrick Version)
The Exorcist
Halloween (the original, not the retreads)
Psycho
Se7en

#6 of 81 OFFLINE   Al (alweho)

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Posted May 31 2004 - 07:40 AM

The Haunting - original version.

STILL the benchmark of what a good scary movie should be.
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#7 of 81 OFFLINE   Mike Graham

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Posted May 31 2004 - 07:45 AM

Se7en
Sixth Sense/Unbreakable
Jaws
Alien
Cape Fear
Psycho

#8 of 81 OFFLINE   Dave T.

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Posted May 31 2004 - 08:02 AM

"The Vanishing" (the original Dutch version)... not a horror film in the usual sense, perhaps, but no other film ever got under my skin like that one did -- took me days to stop shivering when I thought of it. The scariest thing about the American version is to see how frighteningly bad a remake can be.

My favourite horror movie experience will always be the first time I saw "Alien", back when it first opened all those years ago. There's nothing like that once-only viewing when you really don't know what's going to happen next.


#9 of 81 OFFLINE   Ben JH

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Posted May 31 2004 - 08:07 AM

The Shining (Kubrick).
The Omen.
Alien.
Candyman.

#10 of 81 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted May 31 2004 - 08:07 AM

No movie is capable of scaring me, when I was a child yeah not anymore, but going by my girlfriend's reactions Kubrick's The Shining is certainly up there and was voted most frightening movie ever in a UK poll a couple of years ago, a superb horror film, so that's my pick.Posted Image

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#11 of 81 OFFLINE   Dom

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Posted May 31 2004 - 08:15 AM

I would have to say Casper with Christina Ricci.

#12 of 81 OFFLINE   DannyS

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Posted May 31 2004 - 08:39 AM

why has no one said

Session 9 ?

truly creepy, even the supplementals are creepy!
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#13 of 81 OFFLINE   Scott Burke

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Posted May 31 2004 - 09:16 AM

Session 9 is creepy!

#14 of 81 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted May 31 2004 - 09:27 AM

The scariest movie I've ever been exposed to:

Fatal Attraction

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#15 of 81 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted May 31 2004 - 09:34 AM

The Blair Witch Project- never has a film terrified me so much before. I am always severely effected by it, and still have a hard time bringing myself to rewatch it to this date. Perfect utilization of the fear of the unknown.

Black Christmas- Horrific slasher with the most frightening psycho ever to be committed to celluloid. His insane phone calls get to me like no other.

Prince of Darkness- Carpenter's best film along with The Thing IMO, and there is some severely freaky shit in it. Very unnerving, and always manages to really creep me out.

Kairo- Easily the scariest Asian horror film to date. Extremely atmospheric and grim, not to mention full to the brim with an uneasy sense of dread. The idea of being trapped in your own loneliness is very original, and extremely creepy as well.

Carnival of Souls- Very frightening classic with some very uneasy occurences that just really get under my skin, such as the part where the lead seems to be nonexistant to the townspeople and so on.

Session 9- Danvers is one of the creepiest settings ever, and the film is very frightening at times. The multiple personalities on the session tapes also freak me out, and the score adds so much to the frightening mood.

Rosemary's Baby- Drenched in frightening paranoia, and the film has many freaky sequences, not to mention some pretty unnerving imagery. Love the dream sequence!

The Thing- Another film with a major dose of paranoia. The thing is one frightening organism, and the howls it gives out every now and then send chills up my spine. Major sense of dread throughout as well, and the film is just terrifyingly bleak.

There are more, but those are my top picks.

#16 of 81 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted May 31 2004 - 10:29 AM

The two scariest movies of all time:
The Exorcist
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (yes, Willy Wonka -- he killed those kids!)

Good call on Black Christmas!

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#17 of 81 OFFLINE   Mike Williams

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Posted May 31 2004 - 11:10 AM

Oh, yes! I don't know how I left "Alien" off my list. That movie still scares me. I've seen The Shining (not the Stephen King TV miniseries dribble that was not only not scary, but incredibly boring too boot) countless times and just the music alone from the opening scene of them driving through the mountains makes me turn the movie off if I'm alone.

Jaws was scary (or startling) when I was kid, but I can't call it scary today after 22 years added to the first time I saw it, along with about 25 viewings.

I think I might have to add "Silence of the Lambs" to my list, but I haven't seen it in years, so I don't know how well it stands up on repeated viewings.

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Posted May 31 2004 - 11:34 AM

Justin, I'm with you on The Ring, which I think is great.

Session 9, definitely.


The most frightening movie I have seen in some time... Elephant, though most people seem to completely misunderstand it, which is probably why it is so frightening.

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#19 of 81 OFFLINE   Blaine Skerry

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Posted May 31 2004 - 11:34 AM

Two movies with disturbing seance scenes(for me, anyway) are
THE CHANGELING and THE HAUNTING OF JULIA. I would also highly recommend THE HAUNTING (1963).

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Posted May 31 2004 - 11:36 AM

Double post. Sorry.