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2003-10-22 11:54:13 PM  
I gotta go with the clown in the movie "IT".
something about clowns just scare the begeasus outa me... WHAT grown man or woman runs around dressed like that?? also the only move even remotly sacry on the list was the ring, the scene with the girl crawling out of the tv was great. scared the shiate outa me, and i almost never get "frightened"
later farkers.
2003-10-22 11:55:48 PM  
Stir of echoes.
2003-10-23 12:07:37 AM  
Blair Witch had one spooky scene and it was when they found the sticks all over. The rest just sucked.
The Ring farked me up. Scariest movie I have seen as an adult. Not sure why but it just got to me.
6th Sense was totally engrosing and had some great scenes.
The worst thing is I have seen most of the movies listed here and now will be creaped out for weeks remembering all the scary parts.
Scary....Day of the Dead, midnight show and then going out to my car in the empty mall lot and realizing the keys were locked inside.
2003-10-23 12:12:31 AM  
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2003-10-23 12:13:28 AM  
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drop that zero and get with the hero.
2003-10-23 12:30:38 AM  
i laughed my ass off watching the ring, it wasnt that scary
2003-10-23 12:30:42 AM  
How about Fright Night when the guy is spying on the vampire next door, then the vampire glances up and looks directly at him? Heeeeby!

Or Twilight Zone, the part of the little boy with powers. They show just the eyes of his sister, then scan down to reveal she has no mouth!

THere was this movie in the late 70's about a little troll doll that comes to life. Scary at the time. Maybe still is.
2003-10-23 12:35:03 AM  
not a horror flick....but the pounding in the arse shower scene from American History X certainly scared the crap out of me
2003-10-23 12:45:29 AM  
I found "The Ring" to be quite unsettling, more so than "Ringu", but I think that's mostly because of the sound, visuals and the characterization of the little boy, who looks reasonably freaky to begin with. The previous post about the beheading scene in the hospital in "Exorcist III" was right on the money - it's a long, drawn out scene that lulls you into complacency, then WHAM! That snap-zoom is really what does it.

Of everything though, I think the most frightening scene I've seen on film was the TV advertisement for "It's Alive", where it shows a slowly rotating baby carriage during the voice-over, and once the carriage rotates completely around, you see the baby's arm in pajamas hanging out of the carriage, except there are claws where there should be a hand This was in 1974, and when you're six farkin' years old, that scares the hell out of you. :-)
2003-10-23 12:47:47 AM  
The saw is the law if you haven't seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
2003-10-23 12:48:10 AM  
1. the movie 'SE7EN' when the guy strapped to the bed in the hotel room full of air fresheners 'coughs' when the cop is leering over him. Holy crap.

2. the movie 'ALIEN' when the captain is in the air duct, and he turns his flashlight at the intersection and there's the Alien, it spreads its hands and opens its mouth (very quick spilt second shot) that damned Alien has been in my nightmares for 20 years. Man.

Have to agree with rolandofgilead about Pennywise. And that is the truth. Last Gunslinger books this fall.
2003-10-23 12:55:11 AM  
Yeah. I don't scare easily, but the final scene in The Blair Witch Project freaked me out, even though I didn't think it would. Not because of any supernatural fear, but just that creepy shot and realizing, maybe this is nothing supernatural but actually some psychotic serial killer who hides in the woods committing these crimes. I couldn't go down into my basement for weeks without thinking about it.

Se7en. A lot of it was really gross, but some parts of it were quite scary. Definitely one of my favourite movies.

Spoorloos. The original version of The Vanishing. I am claustrophobic enough to fear this particular fate (and if I recall, there was a Twilight Zone episode that was a ripoff of this movie).

IT. I've never liked clowns, and evil clowns are just... wrong.

Alien. All of them are pretty scary, but the first one was the scariest, because you didn't know what they were up against.

The Car. I saw this as a kid with my sister, on TV, and man, it freaked us right out. Beware of black tinted glass luxury sedans.

The Day After. farking scary. Saw this one too on TV as a kid, also freaked my sister and I out. Beware of nuclear armageddon. :P

Also, there's one TV movie from the '80s that scared the crap out of my sister and I, but I for the life of me cannot find it on IMDB. I thought it was called Virus, but I did a search and none of them sound like the movie I saw. I'm pretty sure the movie I saw was about a bunch of anthrax spores that, while in the process of being either purchased by terrorists or stolen/jacked, are accidentally unleashed when the plane carrying it crashes, and it kills a large number of an urban population. Meanwhile, there's some government agency which sends a guy (a doctor maybe?) out into the anthrax-infected city to find an antidote (or something like that). I'm pretty sure it was anthrax, not ebola... but I could be wrong.
2003-10-23 01:03:20 AM  
To add to scariest books:

1) "Naked Lunch" - William S. Burroughs - read it as a teen. Made me feel funny inside, but then disgusted and then funny again. Gave me nightmares for weeks.

2) "The Basic Eight" - Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). One of the most grotesque scenes involving a croquet mallet I think I'll ever read. This is one of my fave books too, BTW.

Just hoping Violet, Klaus, and Sunny don't suffer the same fate as Adam State.
2003-10-23 01:08:40 AM  
Both my parents told me the scariest movie they ever saw was "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage" It is an Argento film. I have yet to watch it. I was in college working at a DVD/Laserdisc store when it was released on DVD. All the movie buffs that came in to buy it on release date all told me it was one of the scariest movies as well.
2003-10-23 01:25:48 AM  
thanks guys, now I'm off to bed and looking forward to some weird-ass dreams.
2003-10-23 01:43:58 AM  
osiris679 its Manos: The Hands of Fate. mst3k!

I watched Signs all alone in my house. The part where they were in the basement and the aliens were attacking the house freaked me out. Also when he saw the alien on the roof.

I also remember being really scared by the large marge scene in PeeWees Big Adventure when I was little. Oh and IT was really scary too.
2003-10-23 01:50:14 AM  
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2003-10-23 02:07:20 AM  
Dawn of the dead. Period. Oh, and the very end of Ghost Ship. The guy loading up onto another cruise liner freaked me out. Hey, whattabout Seventh Seal with Demi moore? Just a thought
2003-10-23 02:12:09 AM  
2003-10-23 02:24:48 AM  
They ruined the best scene in 28 Days Later, the one with the infected at the window of the manor house, in the preview.
2003-10-23 02:53:06 AM  
Carrie:When the hand pops out of the ground.

Creepshow:When the hand pops out of the ground
2003-10-23 02:57:36 AM  
The MST3K DVD of Manos: Hands of Fate has the original without commentary on it as well. at least mine does.
What about "The Head That Wouldn't Die"? that one ruled.
2003-10-23 02:59:40 AM  
My list, in no particular order...

~ In POLTERGEIST, when the hand comes out of the TV at little Carol Ann. My sister was babysitting a neighborhood kid who literally shiat his drawers when he saw this.

~ In THE EXORCIST, when Linda Blair has sex with a crucifix...whew.

~ In THE THING remake with Kurt Russell, when they're testing the blood samples to see who is human and who isn', you could cut the tension with a knife...excellent scene.

~ In CHRISTINE when our favorite undead Plymouth Fury comes back to life...Arnie says ' me', and she rebuilds herself on the spot.

~ In AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON when they're lost in the Scottish moors and get attacked by the werewolf...they had that howl down cold.

~ In THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW when the Haitian voodoo guy get's his balls pinned to a chair and dragged down into hell...

~ In PHANTASM when that damn ball came flying out for the first time.

~ In ALIEN when the alien came out of that dudes guts (of course)

~ In THE SHINING. The part that really got me is when Mrs Torrence first came to read what Jack was writing all of that time and saw that he had typed about 1000 pages worth of 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. was immediately thereafter that Jack calmly explained that he was going to bash her skull in.

~ Finally, a very underrated moment as far as I'm concerned. In POLTERGEIST 2, when the family is living in their new home, and that ancient scary ass preacher comes around the hedge, singing that old hymn and moving in slow motion, I think it was raining on him...he tries to get into the house, to try to get at Carol Ann again, and is rebuffed...then he goes on a tirade screaming 'You're all going to die in there!', suddenly regains his composure, straightens his jacket, bids them farewell, and calmly walks away. What I like the most about this is that there were absolutely no special effects in the shot at all, and it got under your skin and freaked you out regardless. Great scene.
2003-10-23 03:14:47 AM  
I don't think any movie ever is scary, but I'm suprised no one mentioned Jacob's Ladder.
2003-10-23 03:17:35 AM  
A lot of you mention Dead-Alive, but did any of you know that it was directed by Peter Jackson? Yes, THAT Peter Jackson.
2003-10-23 03:24:58 AM  
Another vote here for Suspiria- that whole movie is completely nerve-wracking

The freaky dude out by the dumpster in Mullholand Drive was a good bit, but good lord people- why has not a single person mentioned the first half of LOST HIGHWAY? Great googly moogly- Robert Blake is in your house right now!! I was really worried after Firewalk With Me that Lynch was going to one day top himself in the seduction of evil department, and he did with that underappreciated masterpiece.

No one mentioned Videodrome here, wtf?

But the most chilling 45 seconds I've ever seen was the bouncing basketball/ severed head hallucination in The Tenant by Polanski
2003-10-23 03:29:24 AM  
Hmm, let's see.

The Shining. I haven't seen this one in a while, but I remember enough to remember it being great. I'm trying to get my girlfriend to see it, but she hasn't been in the mood for a scary movie lately.

The Ring. I was horrified for seven days after seeing it. It was just so friggin' eerie.

The Poltergeist. Another one I haven't seen in a really long time, but when I was a kid it was always on those Saturday afternoon matinees and it scared the everliving feces out of me.

Event Horizon. I love the final scene when you THINK everything is all right, and then the door slams shut...

Blair Witch Project. This movie holds the distinction of being horrifying the first time around, and incredibly lame very other time you watch it.

The Exorcist. Like The Ring, all around creepy. I need to see it again to refresh my memory as I don't even remember the spider-walk down the steps. I remember "LICK ME" and the head-turning-backwards and the soup and some other bits, but it's fuzzy.

The Blob. Another frequent Saturday Afternoon Matinee that scared the crap out of me, isn't there a scene or two when you get a look at a bunch of people who were sucked into the blob?

Audition. Not many movies I know can go from being light and humorous to "deeper, deeper..."

Outbreak. Not scary anymore, but I was in a phase when viruses that killed you in a painful way and could not be cured scared me.

28 Days Later. Turns from eerie scary to "BOO!" scary to "there's nobody left alive" scary to "mean army men" scary. Although each turn is less scary than the last, it's still overall good.

That is all!
2003-10-23 03:32:39 AM  
Hahaha, Kathy Bates in "About Schmidt." You know, that was the first movie that made me cry since I was 10 and saw "Dances with Wolves".
2003-10-23 03:59:54 AM  
ontherocks, bingo (never saw Joyride, though):

- Exorcist III: The white-cloaked figure, also the old lady crawling on the ceiling.
- The Ring: Watched that one alone, at night, last week. The first dead-face-in-the-suddenly-opened-closet got me, fair and square. (Probably the worst that movie had to offer, though).
- I also watched Sixth Sense for the first time alone, at home, at night. Barfing girl, girl under the bed, hangers in the school ... ole Bucky slept with the lights on that night.
- The Shining: The twins. Period.
- Night Gallery: The Doll. Goosebumps thinking about it, actually.

Honorable Mention to:
- The Devil Doll segment from Trilogy of Terror, with crosseyed Karen Black - hey, I rememember that one too!
- The stacked chairs in Poltergeist was a nice touch.
- Jaws, the underwater, dead-center-screen head flash GAAAAHH
- Deliverance, that hand rising out of the water at the very end. Then a long shot of the calm, peaceful water...

On the "Huh? Scary? Really?" list:
- Blair Witch: Annoying like crabs, not scary (liked The Bare Wench Project on Skinemax better.)
- Halloween/Elm Street/Friday/Chainsaw/Critters/etc: Oh, come on. Comedies.

And, frank2, fark you. Sleeping with the lights on again tonight...

2003-10-23 06:16:39 AM  
The Exorcist:

While the walking down the stairs like a spider disturbed me, I believe the image of Satan on the wall/door when the bedroom door was closed definitely freaked me out.
2003-10-23 07:12:46 AM  
Mother's Day, I was trashed while watching it, but scared the bejeebers out of me.

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2003-10-23 07:47:05 AM  
Bit late but the guy in the link isnt referring to Night of the living dead where the teens are trapped in the house...
He was watching "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things"
2003-10-23 08:24:48 AM  
For me, it was "Transformers: The Movie". I was ten at the time and I was used to the cartoon where no one and I mean no one got so much as a scraped knee and when did, it was a two part maybe a week long special on if they were going to make it or not. In the first 15 minutes of Transformers, Megatron kills at least 5 Autobots, and blows Wheeler away at point blank range. Again, being ten, that scared me.
2003-10-23 08:49:58 AM  
In the Mouth of Madness freaked me out pretty bad.
2003-10-23 09:02:50 AM  
Blair Witch - The last scene

Salem's Lot - The pig in the window

Ghost Ship - A dumb movie but the scene where shes looking down in the hold and sees the little girl startled me GOOD

The opening scene in The Ring and the girl coming out of the TV... the rest sucked

The opening scene of the first Scream, when Drew Barrymore gets butchered..
2003-10-23 09:07:24 AM  
I know you gentlemen have been through a lot today, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS farkING COUCH!
2003-10-23 09:19:29 AM  
A couple of people think Maasgarid's picture is from "The Ring." I dunno, it looks a lot like sister Zelda from Pet Sematary to me. A lame novel-to-movie effort, but Zelda was one of the creepiest things EVER.
2003-10-23 09:31:04 AM  
I can't believe only one other persons said this, but that movie 'Magic' with the evil ventriloquist (sp?) dummy. I saw it when I was only 3 and it scared the living hell out of me.
2003-10-23 09:40:53 AM  
The Thing - by John Carpenter when the blood jumps out of the petri dish

Candyman - A good horror flick

Prince of Darkness - another John Carpenter great

Willy Wonka - the scene where the machine they're riding on goes faster and faster and faster - scared the crap out of me when I was 10.

Dead Calm

The Blair Witch Project - but it's only good the first time

Creepshow -had some good scary bits, remember the thing on the pond (it may have been in Creepshow II) or the crate ?

2003-10-23 09:43:51 AM  
"Don't you understand?"

*whisper* "She never sleeps..."

THE RING (that line gives me chills)
2003-10-23 09:45:50 AM  

The oil slick in the lake turns into a wave.
2003-10-23 09:46:55 AM  

Lots of scary moments, but the most chill-inducing is that grainy video of Satan in the doorway. Oooooooh...
2003-10-23 09:53:05 AM  
So few mentions of The Changeling! Great great scary movie. Lots o' good scenes.

The one that creeped me out as a kid was the medium endlessly scribbling on paper and occasionally writing the answers to questions.
2003-10-23 10:04:32 AM  
NoAssemblyReqd That wasn't Satan. It was the red headed girl who jumped through the mirror doorway to hell taking the antichrist/son of satan/transformed chick with her to save the world. Her retrun in the future was never explained as to whether she was posessed or transformed herself. They just left you hanging in shiatty cliffhanger with no option for a sequel style of the time.
2003-10-23 10:05:26 AM  
Maasgarid's picture is only in THE RING for a split second as the camera zooms in on the cousin.
2003-10-23 10:07:22 AM  
That wasn't Satan. It was the red headed girl

Oh, right, I remember now. There's that one closeup of her at the end. But I like to remember it as Satan :-)
2003-10-23 10:15:45 AM  
The red pig eyes in The Amityville Horror.
2003-10-23 10:15:57 AM  
Guy gets stuck under the frozen lake.

THE THING (Carpenter)
The dogs (wolves?) get massacred.
The blood-testing scene.
Man's stomach opens up and becomes a mouth.

Mom is crucified by kitchen knives.
Any scene with Piper Laurie.

The toy clown is alive!

The dead guy who's not really dead.

The tar man.
The barking half-dogs on the store shelves.

Isaac: "He wants you too, Malachi. He wants you too."
2003-10-23 10:19:40 AM  
"I'm in your house... I'm there right now..."

If you haven't seen it, rent it. Right now.

another good creepy movie: The Devil's Backbone
I don't know it there is a dubbed version, but the subtitled version was very very good.
2003-10-23 10:55:51 AM  
The scariest movie is the remake of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with Donald Sutherland.

However, in all this debate about THE RING and RINGU, I enjoyed THE RING because of the reason everyone else hates it - everything is explained, step-by-step what happened and why things happened and why Samara was bad and puts in a real world setting. They explain the horses, they explain how the images get on the videotape - maybe its too subtle for people to get.

RINGU, however, is all based on magic and ESP and "feelings". The main characters get "premonitions" and discover things by "feeling" them. When they find Sadako's well, it's not like they did research and discovered it, instead it was, "I knew this would be here."

Maybe it's my "American-ization", I just felt a lot of RINGU was explained away by simply saying, "This guy has ESP and feels things, so we don't have to have a back story or a mystery."
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