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(IMDB)   So the "scariest X-files" thread made me think. how do YOU define "scary" in entertainment? and what is your personal scariest watch? LGT my fave   (imdb.com) divider line
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2020-04-08 10:03:04 PM  
i wanted this to be in TF discussion. sory i farked up
 
2020-04-08 10:04:40 PM  
I've been a lifelong horror fan. That's a lot of years, too. The best horror for me is a story or a movie with no blood, gore or guts, but instead a ton of psychological mindfark scare-the-shiat-out-of-you horror. Something you can't see but you know is there and you have no control over. The first horror movie I ever saw, I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend to see The Haunting in 1963. We were 10. Scared me so bad I couldn't sleep with the lights off for six months.
 
2020-04-08 10:14:06 PM  

darkhorse23: I've been a lifelong horror fan. That's a lot of years, too. The best horror for me is a story or a movie with no blood, gore or guts, but instead a ton of psychological mindfark scare-the-shiat-out-of-you horror. Something you can't see but you know is there and you have no control over. The first horror movie I ever saw, I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend to see The Haunting in 1963. We were 10. Scared me so bad I couldn't sleep with the lights off for six months.


The Haunting was great. I try to watch it once a year. I can't tell if The Babadook counts as that "something is there" kind of movie or not. The first time it scared me, the second time was no big deal.
 
2020-04-08 10:16:41 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: darkhorse23: I've been a lifelong horror fan. That's a lot of years, too. The best horror for me is a story or a movie with no blood, gore or guts, but instead a ton of psychological mindfark scare-the-shiat-out-of-you horror. Something you can't see but you know is there and you have no control over. The first horror movie I ever saw, I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend to see The Haunting in 1963. We were 10. Scared me so bad I couldn't sleep with the lights off for six months.

The Haunting was great. I try to watch it once a year. I can't tell if The Babadook counts as that "something is there" kind of movie or not. The first time it scared me, the second time was no big deal.


si! the babadook made me physically jump in my seat. i re-watched it this year and the issues of the mom's mental health were much much closer to heart, but it was still scary. excellent film.
 
2020-04-08 10:19:11 PM  
i'm a big fan of the the netflix haunting of hill house. just rewatched it here in quarantine. that was very well done without shock and gore
 
2020-04-08 10:26:23 PM  
I've never had a movie scare me. When I was a teenager, my sisters and I watched "Unsolved Mysteries" on NBC while my parents were out at something. It was the "ghost" episode. If you saw it, you know which one I'm talking about.

Scared the ever-loving shiat out of me for months.
 
2020-04-08 10:31:53 PM  
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2020-04-08 10:42:28 PM  
 
2020-04-08 11:23:13 PM  
Good call on A Tale of Two Sisters, submitter. I found it more creepy than scary, but definitely a solid film.

The older I get the less I find anything in a movie genuinely frightening, but I'll happily settle for anything that gives off a good eerie vibe. Some exceptions to that are Hereditary, which has some genuinely disturbing moments on a first watch, and nothing beats the first time you watch The Exorcist.

Best movie with an inexplicably eerie feeling, even though nothing supernatural is really happening? Picnic at Hanging Rock.
 
2020-04-08 11:36:19 PM  

Cagey B: Good call on A Tale of Two Sisters, submitter. I found it more creepy than scary, but definitely a solid film.

The older I get the less I find anything in a movie genuinely frightening, but I'll happily settle for anything that gives off a good eerie vibe. Some exceptions to that are Hereditary, which has some genuinely disturbing moments on a first watch, and nothing beats the first time you watch The Exorcist.

Best movie with an inexplicably eerie feeling, even though nothing supernatural is really happening? Picnic at Hanging Rock.


ooooo, if you dig picnic at hanging rock you need to watch lake mungo.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816556/​

seriously, it's great.


but is "creepy" generational?

i was born march 15, 1980, and i have NEVER found "the exorcist" creepy or scary, even though my mom said it was so intense for her she literally ran out of the theater. yes. for real. (she was born in 1952 into a SUPER catholic family).

my entire point is that "scary" is different for everybody.
 
2020-04-08 11:45:51 PM  

luna1580: Cagey B: Good call on A Tale of Two Sisters, submitter. I found it more creepy than scary, but definitely a solid film.

The older I get the less I find anything in a movie genuinely frightening, but I'll happily settle for anything that gives off a good eerie vibe. Some exceptions to that are Hereditary, which has some genuinely disturbing moments on a first watch, and nothing beats the first time you watch The Exorcist.

Best movie with an inexplicably eerie feeling, even though nothing supernatural is really happening? Picnic at Hanging Rock.

ooooo, if you dig picnic at hanging rock you need to watch lake mungo.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816556/

seriously, it's great.


but is "creepy" generational?

i was born march 15, 1980, and i have NEVER found "the exorcist" creepy or scary, even though my mom said it was so intense for her she literally ran out of the theater. yes. for real. (she was born in 1952 into a SUPER catholic family).

my entire point is that "scary" is different for everybody.


Heh. I was born around the same time as you, but then my dad showed me The Exorcist when I was like eight. The old man, whose only use for his native Catholicism was as a means of pranking others, never broke character as he told us all about how this was an accurate depiction of real exorcisms blah blah, so of course it was nicely terrifying. Maybe it's a contextual thing.

Also, Lake Mungo was definitely my jam :) Another good call.
 
2020-04-08 11:48:18 PM  

luna1580: i'm a big fan of the the netflix haunting of hill house. just rewatched it here in quarantine. that was very well done without shock and gore


That was so beautifully done it made me cry at the end.
 
2020-04-09 12:07:44 AM  

darkhorse23: luna1580: i'm a big fan of the the netflix haunting of hill house. just rewatched it here in quarantine. that was very well done without shock and gore

That was so beautifully done it made me cry at the end.


i rewatched it a week ago. i also cried. not just for their loss of nell, and imagining it being my own family, but for imagining people dying without funerals in the age of COVID-19.

yeah, i cried a bunch more than when i watched it the week it was first released...
 
2020-04-09 12:45:39 AM  
I love the X-Files. I love horror. Horror made me want to grow up to be an artist. I make terrifying art but it's often scifi or has some fantasy elements.

The one movie that nauseated me to the point where I had to stop it and take a break was the 2007 remake of Funny Games. I rewatched the trailer and it's now WORSE/MORE NAUSEATING in 2020 because a lead actor looks like Eric and Baron Trump's long lost brother. There's nothing supernatural in Funny Games just horrific human assholery.
Funny Games - Trailer HD - 2007 - High Quality
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2020-04-09 12:48:18 AM  

luna1580: darkhorse23: luna1580: i'm a big fan of the the netflix haunting of hill house. just rewatched it here in quarantine. that was very well done without shock and gore

That was so beautifully done it made me cry at the end.

i rewatched it a week ago. i also cried. not just for their loss of nell, and imagining it being my own family, but for imagining people dying without funerals in the age of COVID-19.

yeah, i cried a bunch more than when i watched it the week it was first released...


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2020-04-09 3:21:56 AM  
It was not a great film but one part of "sighns " scared the ever loving shiat out of me, inexplicably. The fingers coming through the vent..
Gah, even  now that makes me twitchy anxious check there is nothing behind me
 
2020-04-09 3:48:23 AM  
I've been watching horror since I was like two years old so simpler things like the little girls in The Shining or the old preacher in Poltergeist 2 are scarier than some asshole with a machete.

Of course I have a snake phobia so there's that but since most movie snakes are CG nowadays, that's not all that scary either.
 
2020-04-09 3:48:45 AM  
Lately?

Reality.
 
2020-04-09 4:06:54 AM  

bekovich: It was not a great film but one part of "sighns " scared the ever loving shiat out of me, inexplicably. The fingers coming through the vent..
Gah, even  now that makes me twitchy anxious check there is nothing behind me


Uncanny Valley.
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Downright soothing to behold compared to Funny Games. The Vengeance Trilogy I can stomach but Funny Games looks like where I live and has actors that look like people I know.

Anything abnormal like the hand in Signs, my brain just breaks down into various art supplies and how to mix that particular color pallet. Blue + orange = grey. CGI gets broken into meshes. All that noise obliterates the scary.

When there's no noise for my brain to chew on, then I get scared.
 
2020-04-09 4:31:34 AM  

darkhorse23: I've been a lifelong horror fan. That's a lot of years, too. The best horror for me is a story or a movie with no blood, gore or guts, but instead a ton of psychological mindfark scare-the-shiat-out-of-you horror. Something you can't see but you know is there and you have no control over. The first horror movie I ever saw, I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend to see The Haunting in 1963. We were 10. Scared me so bad I couldn't sleep with the lights off for six months.


Yeah, this.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend the british TV special Ghostwatch, as a good example of this. It's basically one long mindf*ck played on the audience by the BBC drama department.
 
2020-04-09 5:44:47 AM  
I saw Jaws in the theater in its first run, when I was all of six years old.  I still remember popcorn and soda raining down from the balcony during the opening scene, and again during several other scenes.  I know that I wasn't the only one who was afraid to go into the water after that experience.
 
2020-04-09 5:53:21 AM  
It's weird, when I was young I went through a phase of liking "extreme" films, like Ichi the killer and baise moi. I tried to re watch them the other day and couldn't, they're horrific. Needs to be said, sometimes human cruelty is the most scary thing.
 
2020-04-09 6:14:17 AM  

bekovich: It's weird, when I was young I went through a phase of liking "extreme" films, like Ichi the killer and baise moi. I tried to re watch them the other day and couldn't, they're horrific. Needs to be said, sometimes human cruelty is the most scary thing.


Same here, although for me it was 70's and 80's slasher/serial killer films. Now i have no patience for boring garbage like that, i find it lazy and unimaginative horror, not scary at all. Torture porn for closet sociopaths.

For me, scary can be just flies, a disembodied voice, and imagination:

The Amityville Horror (1/12) Movie CLIP - Flies Attack Father Delaney (1979) HD
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2020-04-09 8:36:13 AM  
The scariest thing I've seen on TV was the last minute of the second episode of Chernobyl.

I think we should distinguish between fear and merely being startled. Fear is hearing something odd in the other room and not wanting to get up and check it out. Being startled is the cat jumping on your head. Far too many horror films rely on the latter.
 
2020-04-09 10:19:39 AM  
The scariest thing I ever saw on TV was a serial. The villain had set up a booby trap with a disintegration ray. The cliffhanger, of course, was the hero coming thru that door. For a whole day I had to imagine someone getting ERASED. My four-year-old brain couldn't deal with it.
 
2020-04-09 10:36:39 AM  
luna1580:

i was born march 15, 1980, and i have NEVER found "the exorcist" creepy or scary, even though my mom said it was so intense for her she literally ran out of the theater. yes. for real. (she was born in 1952 into a SUPER catholic family).

my entire point is that "scary" is different for everybody.


Similar age to you and I thought the exorcist was dumb as a kid, we are not a religious family so the devil and catholic crap just came of as ridiculous.

I really dont get scared nowadays I enjoy horror movies. I do remember as a kid getting spooked by the gremlin on the plane in the twilight zone and the ghost in the library in Ghostbusters but it wasnt life changing or anything.
 
2020-04-09 10:40:15 AM  

Sid_6.7: Lately?

Reality.


This.  I have zero appetite for watching shlocky horror films when I can just watch/read the news.
 
2020-04-09 10:52:23 AM  
darkhorse23:

Same here but mine was The Omen. Saw it as a kid when it first came out. There was blood but it is the psychological aspect that terrified me.
 
2020-04-09 11:25:18 AM  
Just watched "Home". It was more gross out horror than scary. Looked like something Eli Roth would direct.
 
2020-04-09 11:25:21 AM  
IMHO, 'Scary' comes in multiple flavors.

There's 'intellectually' scary, where thinking about something for a minute and considering the ramifications terrifies me.  Best example is the ID Monster from Forbidden Planet.  That thing was scary enough, but when you stop and think for a minute - 'Take the greedy, selfish, vicious brute at the back of everyone's mind, give it the power of 8,000 cubic miles of fusion reactors, and release it from all control' - the true scale of its horror really hits you.

Then there's 'viscerally' scary - the kind that hits you right in your hindbrain, paralyzes you with fear, and makes you void your bowels.  For me, one of those was the depiction of the alien monster from the original version of John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?" (basis for the movie adaptations, 'The Thing').  I found the print version more terrifying than any of the movie versions.  The implacable, unstoppable, sheer evil of it, and the completeness of its disguise, down to making a fake shell around its cell nuclei to mimic the original and its 'telepathic' ability to impersonate its victims with their memories and mannerisms - yeah, that thing scared the shiat out of me.
 
2020-04-09 11:29:19 AM  
For me, another good 'scary movie' was 'The Lady in White'.

Neat twist - there actually was a bonafide ghost in there, but the real hair-raising, terrifying monster in the film was a normal (if deranged) human being.
 
2020-04-09 11:29:22 AM  
The Hypnotic Eye sent me screaming from my friend's living room all the way home.
 
2020-04-09 12:49:39 PM  
Spoorloos
Repulsion
The Tenant

Pretty much everything else is just *boo!* melodramas. Those three got into my psyche.

That's as an adult. As a kid, The Screaming Skull terrified me silly.
 
2020-04-09 12:51:28 PM  

Iggie: I saw Jaws in the theater in its first run, when I was all of six years old.  I still remember popcorn and soda raining down from the balcony during the opening scene, and again during several other scenes.  I know that I wasn't the only one who was afraid to go into the water after that experience.


I went into the water, a lake only, and I kept my feet reeeeeallllly close to my body. No dangling down into the dark.
 
2020-04-09 12:53:34 PM  
I need to modify that list from childhood. I just remembered that there was a day time TV version of Dracula that I saw one day when I was home from school sick. NOT Dark Shadows. Waaay before Dark Shadows. It was set in suburbia and I was a suburban kid. I've never met anyone else who remembers it. Which is scary in its own way.
 
2020-04-09 1:17:39 PM  
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
 
2020-04-09 1:26:46 PM  
The Tingler (1959)
It's black and white, it's sets look cheap, and the monster is made out of rubber. But it stars Vincent Price and was directed by William Castle. It was magnificent.
 
2020-04-09 2:18:37 PM  

Coelacanth: The Tingler (1959)
It's black and white, it's sets look cheap, and the monster is made out of rubber. But it stars Vincent Price and was directed by William Castle. It was magnificent.


Agreed.

And as an extra bonus, it was one of the chief inspirations that gave us the excellent Joe Dante / John Goodman film, "Matinee".

That thing was a real love letter to that particular era / genre of cheesy movies, set against the tense, anxiety-filled background of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
 
2020-04-09 2:48:27 PM  
The only thing that really scares me is aliens. No matter how cheesy the effects, no matter how ridiculous the plot lines, movies with aliens scare me shiatless. If I watch one, particularly at night, I'm unable to go into my basement until the next day (and have had to re-wash several loads of laundry as a result.) The original "Alien" movie came out when I was in college and I went to see it with my mother and brother while I was on spring break. It terrified me to the point where I made my brother check my room for me before I went to bed that night.
 
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