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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted October 29 2007 - 10:00 PM

List of the top X films are always subject to disagreement. But this may be a new low in ridiculousness. Time magazines Top 25 Horror films includes that woodland terror who puts hell's other creatures to shame:

http://www.time.com/....676840,00.html
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#2 of 23 OFFLINE   David Forbes

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Posted October 30 2007 - 01:37 AM

While I wouldn't classify it as horror, per se, I would consider that moment to be shocking and scary, especially for the movie's target audience. I remember how horrified I was when I saw Bambi, and that was more than 30 years ago.
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#3 of 23 OFFLINE   Brian D H

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Posted October 30 2007 - 02:09 AM


Am I the only one who thought he was going to debate the inclusion of a movie called "Bambi" on a top 25 list of "X" (Porno) films? Posted Image
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#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted October 30 2007 - 03:00 AM

My guess the horrifying part of the movie was when Bambi's mom was shot?
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#5 of 23 OFFLINE   Brian D H

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Posted October 30 2007 - 03:39 AM

Yes. The point Time magazine is trying to make is that that moment, coming from no where, is truly terrifying to the 3 or 4-year-old target audience who watches it. It is arguably the first movie-going "horror" moment that many people experience in their lives (I know it was mine). As such, I think it's OK to include it. What was your first movie horror moment? The first movie scene that scared you?
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Posted October 30 2007 - 03:45 AM

I completely agree with Brian. I suspect a lot of movie viewers, at least over about 30, had their first truly terrifying moments(s) watching a movie with either Bambi or The Wizard of Oz. The same "complaints" have been levied against Bridge to Terabithia, both the movie and book. In fact, when it was first published, an English class I was in (7th grade, I think) was reading it, and one of the students was so traumatized by an event (I guess he or she was reading ahead) that a parent stormed in to the school Principal and insisted it be removed from the class, and it was.

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#7 of 23 OFFLINE   Brian D H

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Posted October 30 2007 - 03:57 AM

Also... I just followed the link and it specifically is the Top 25 Horror films OF ALL TIME. With certain rules: 1) A director's work can appear on the list only once 2) Maximum of one movie per year 3) The list is from the beginning of film - starting with the very first film intended to create fear; Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1896). A list like this continues with Nosferatu (1922), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Frankenstein (1931), Freaks (1932) and then logically includes Bambi (1942). Very few of these would scare modern adult audiences, but were terrifying at the time.
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#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted October 30 2007 - 05:30 AM

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Posted October 30 2007 - 07:23 AM

I agree with what John and others have said. It's doubtful parents were taking their kids to see (put any horror movie in here) but they probably did take them to see THE WIZARD OF OZ or BAMBI and these films "scared" the little kids. The first film I remember watching as a child was E.T. when I was around two years old. I still remember the film being VERY scary when the kids were being chased by the government guys, when Elliott first went outside to see what was going on and a couple other scenes.

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Posted October 30 2007 - 07:36 AM

When I was 5 or so, I think I got through 20 minutes of E.T. and freaked out after the barn scene. I finally watched the entire movie when I was a teenager.

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Posted October 30 2007 - 08:10 AM

I'm not disagreeing that one small part of Bambi might scare little kids. But that doesn't make Bambi a 'horror movie', and certainly not one of the top 25 horror films of all time. Why not classify The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as horror films, since they all have at least one such scene. And if one scene is all it takes, then why not classify the following as comedies, since they all have at least one funny moment: Jaws, The Birds, Alien?
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Posted October 30 2007 - 08:18 AM

Which part are you talking about in The Sound of Music? The one where Rolfe points a gun at Captain von Trapp?

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Posted October 30 2007 - 09:31 AM

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Posted October 30 2007 - 09:44 AM

If I was going to pick a Disney movie for a best horror list, I'd probably go with Snow White.

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Posted October 30 2007 - 08:07 PM

I actually think "Pinocchio" qualifies as a horror film. Think about it for a second. Once Pinocchio leaves for his first day of school, all hell breaks loose (not least of all the donkey scene)

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Posted October 30 2007 - 09:56 PM

The whole scene in the graveyard, with the rattling of the cages, etc., certainly scares little kids. But then again, I'd never classify it as a horror film, but it certainly qualifies as much as Bambi, IMO.
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Posted November 05 2007 - 07:50 PM


My Grandfather was a bit of a movie buff, and I remember being at his house when I was a kid, and we watched the original "Planet of the Apes." After the last scene, I was absolutely mortified. I couldn't sleep that night, and my parents had to stay with me to keep me from crying.

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Posted November 06 2007 - 12:46 AM

I remember my 6 year old nephew demanding we turn Wizard of Oz off after the monkeys appeared. I remember parts of Snow White scaring me a little. But Bambi? I'm not buying it!
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Posted November 06 2007 - 01:04 AM

I'm still confused by "top X films" what does that mean.
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Posted November 06 2007 - 04:15 AM

While not the earliest scary movie I saw, the zombies from Creepshow (both Father's Day and Something To Tide You Over)were pretty traumatic. I was probably in the 5-7 range.
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