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(Onion AV Club)   To the left, nine genuinely frightening documentaries. To the right, our additions/retractions (Warning: Slideshow)   (film.avclub.com) divider line
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2020-10-26 11:23:46 AM  
That one documentary of the Zuni warrior doll coming to life is one of the most frightening. I used to wonder how they got that footage. I mean, without the Zuni warrior doll killing the cameraman.

It must be the same as how they capture up-close footage of sharks and octopuses and lions. I don't really know how they do that magic either, but I'm guessing it's the same.
 
2020-10-26 12:03:43 PM  
Terrifying:

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2020-10-26 12:11:13 PM  
Quest for Fire was pretty scary.
 
2020-10-26 12:24:57 PM  

Uncle Eazy: That one documentary of the Zuni warrior doll coming to life is one of the most frightening. I used to wonder how they got that footage. I mean, without the Zuni warrior doll killing the cameraman.

It must be the same as how they capture up-close footage of sharks and octopuses and lions. I don't really know how they do that magic either, but I'm guessing it's the same.


Are you sure that was a documentary?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilogy​_​of_Terror
 
2020-10-26 12:27:54 PM  
Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.
 
2020-10-26 12:39:14 PM  
We used to think "Faces of Death" was real. But we were kids.
 
2020-10-26 12:41:03 PM  
I didn't find "Dreams of A Life" scary, just sad and depressing.
 
2020-10-26 12:50:22 PM  

Combustion: We used to think "Faces of Death" was real. But we were kids.


I remember going into the local video store one day and horrifying the counter person by renting "Faces of Death" "Pink Flamingos" and "Caligula". I also think I was put on a government list.
 
2020-10-26 12:51:13 PM  
The Gatekeepers sent up a chill up my spine (same with the wife - she didn't expect that). Shin Bet are some scary gents.
 
2020-10-26 12:51:38 PM  

HawgWild: Terrifying:

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Came here specifically to say this. I watched it in 2011 and it scared the shiat out of me. It still does.
 
2020-10-26 12:58:33 PM  

yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.


I've seen it. It is every bit as disturbing an experience as you may have heard.
 
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2020-10-26 1:07:27 PM  
The Act of Killing is pretty chilling. What humans will do to each other with little provocation is astounding.
 
2020-10-26 1:12:02 PM  
I don't know about frightening, but it made a lot of people uncomfortable

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originally aired the day after Thanksgiving, 1960
 
2020-10-26 1:12:10 PM  

yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.


It used to be nearly impossible to find.  For reasons that are obvious if you've seen it, the state wasn't thrilled about people seeing it.

It's available on Kanopy, which is a service that's free with a library card number.  Lots of great documentaries, Criterion Collection, old horror movies, etc on there.  The kind of things you'd expect to find at an excellent city library.

About 20 years ago, I had to do some work at the hospital/prison (Bridgewater State by then) where it was filmed.  Place was unbelievably creepy, and that was *before* someone loaned me an old VHS copy of this movie (wasn't available on DVD).  Couldn't wait to finish the work I had to do there.

I've seen 5 of the movies on this list, but Titticut is the movie that I immediately thought of when I saw this headline.
 
2020-10-26 1:17:53 PM  

HawgWild: Terrifying:


LaBlueSkuld: HawgWild: Terrifying:


Came here specifically to say this. I watched it in 2011 and it scared the shiat out of me. It still does.


I don't see what's so terrifying about it.  I went to one of those camps every summer for much of the 80s.  It was fine.  I turned out fine.  I'm fine.
 
2020-10-26 1:21:34 PM  

HawgWild: Terrifying:

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I found it more depressing than terrifying.
 
2020-10-26 1:27:28 PM  

yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.


That movie helped kill off the US mental health care system.
 
2020-10-26 1:38:48 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.

That movie helped kill off the US mental health care system.


Nonsense.  I have it on good authority that President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1989) was responsible for the emptying of the mental institutions during the 1960s and 1970s.
 
2020-10-26 1:40:27 PM  

HawgWild: Terrifying:

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You beat me to the punch period this thing is absolutely terrifying
 
2020-10-26 1:44:41 PM  
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2020-10-26 1:47:02 PM  
That last one gets me.  I mean, if I died NOW, you all would notice...

right...?

But there were definitely times in my life where it would have taken people a bit to notice, and that's weird.
 
2020-10-26 2:21:32 PM  
"Dear Zachary" was not creepy enough, I guess.
 
2020-10-26 2:25:19 PM  
Is 'Wormwood 'on the list?
 
2020-10-26 2:28:55 PM  
The most horrifying thing is that subby wanted me to click on a slideshow.
 
2020-10-26 2:29:06 PM  

yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.


As I understood it the Superintendant of the institution in the film had power of attorney over all of the patients. He gave the filmmaker, Fredrick Wiseman, permission to film there and essentially signed a release for him to use all of the patient's likenesses. Then the film was previewed for some audiences and the critics and public who saw it were horrified. So the Superintendent suddenly backtracked his position, saying he didn't actually have the right to sign releases for his patients and appealed to the state government to stop the film's release. The state government agreed, saying that Wiseman didn't have a signed release from every patient. Wiseman appealed through the courts, but lost the case and as a result the film became one of the few films to ever be banned in USA by the government. This is why most poeple haven't seen it.

The funny thing is, is that Fredrick Wiseman showed the Superintendent his finished film before he had any public showings and the Superintendent didn't see anything bad or wrong in it. It is only after the Superintendent learned of reaction of the general audiences when he took Wiseman to court.
 
2020-10-26 2:30:29 PM  

dittybopper: Marcus Aurelius: yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.

That movie helped kill off the US mental health care system.

Nonsense.  I have it on good authority that President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1989) was responsible for the emptying of the mental institutions during the 1960s and 1970s.


I think the idea is that Follies led to treating the mentally ill like human beings, then Reagan decided they were being coddled.  That's the narrative.

All I can tell you for certain is that people weren't being coddled much in Follies
 
2020-10-26 2:39:36 PM  
Nine titles
Conveniently displayed
Across 10 web pages
I mean
What a deal
I'd hate to waste
A lot of time
Reading through all of that
In just nine lines.
 
2020-10-26 2:53:42 PM  

Rocket To Russia: "Dear Zachary" was not creepy enough, I guess.


Not creepy, but definitely upsetting as hell.
 
2020-10-26 3:10:23 PM  

Naido: dittybopper: Marcus Aurelius: yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.

That movie helped kill off the US mental health care system.

Nonsense.  I have it on good authority that President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1989) was responsible for the emptying of the mental institutions during the 1960s and 1970s.

I think the idea is that Follies led to treating the mentally ill like human beings, then Reagan decided they were being coddled.  That's the narrative.

All I can tell you for certain is that people weren't being coddled much in Follies


My impression is that penicillin (tertiary syphilis) and modern psychoactive drugs (schizophrenia) made the vast institutions used to treat  mental disease redundant. Today a few secure wards in hospitals can manage the people who are a danger to themselves and others. Being a nuisance or an embarrassment is not considered a grievous enough offense to warrant incarceration.
 
2020-10-26 3:15:44 PM  

Rocket To Russia: "Dear Zachary" was not creepy enough, I guess.


Oh God. I did manage to watch that, but never more than once
 
2020-10-26 3:46:27 PM  

HawgWild: Terrifying:

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This must be what the RaptorJesus gif is from!
 
2020-10-26 3:53:52 PM  
 
2020-10-26 4:58:47 PM  
I watched Don't fark with Cats last week - kind of creepy, but interesting as hell.
 
2020-10-26 5:37:08 PM  

yakmans_dad: My impression is that penicillin (tertiary syphilis) and modern psychoactive drugs (schizophrenia) made the vast institutions used to treat  mental disease redundant. Today a few secure wards in hospitals can manage the people who are a danger to themselves and others. Being a nuisance or an embarrassment is not considered a grievous enough offense to warrant incarceration.


There are still state mental hospitals, but only the people who are so bad that they can't be out in public stay there. The rest of them get stabilized, cleaned up, and get sent back home again. Or back to the streets.
Most of them are getting care, but they stop taking their meds (and lie about it), or have a bad episode. Then off they go to the state hospital. They don't have a whole lot of beds there. Not even for the whole state.
 
2020-10-26 6:35:28 PM  

cryinoutloud: yakmans_dad: My impression is that penicillin (tertiary syphilis) and modern psychoactive drugs (schizophrenia) made the vast institutions used to treat  mental disease redundant. Today a few secure wards in hospitals can manage the people who are a danger to themselves and others. Being a nuisance or an embarrassment is not considered a grievous enough offense to warrant incarceration.

There are still state mental hospitals, but only the people who are so bad that they can't be out in public stay there. The rest of them get stabilized, cleaned up, and get sent back home again. Or back to the streets.
Most of them are getting care, but they stop taking their meds (and lie about it), or have a bad episode. Then off they go to the state hospital. They don't have a whole lot of beds there. Not even for the whole state.


I worked in that field for a year, with elementary aged kids and teenagers.  I saw some awful shiat. Some of the kids had been hurt and abused so badly they might never recover.  We had many that suffered drug exposure in utero.  We had three units of reactive attachment disorder kids too.
 
2020-10-26 6:51:26 PM  

yakmans_dad: Titicut Follies. (1967) Care in a state institution for the mentally impaired and damaged.

Apparently it's so disturbing, few people have ever seen it.


any film by Weisman is disturbing, but that one is off the scale
 
2020-10-26 10:48:49 PM  

buckybear: I worked in that field for a year, with elementary aged kids and teenagers. I saw some awful shiat. Some of the kids had been hurt and abused so badly they might never recover. We had many that suffered drug exposure in utero. We had three units of reactive attachment disorder kids too.


I never worked with kids much, it would be too heartbreaking. I have met a few kids that you knew would end up in a psych ward. One was arrested for rape. He was so messed up, you could barely hold a conversation with him. He told me a lot about incest in his family.

So rape? Right up his alley. I guess he'd been raped by his family from a young age. I felt so sorry for him. I doubt he even really knew what he'd done wrong. So he'll be institutionalized in the state prison.

Naido: It's available on Kanopy, which is a service that's free with a library card number.  Lots of great documentaries, Criterion Collection, old horror movies, etc on there.  The kind of things you'd expect to find at an excellent city library.


Thanks for that. I just found a documentary on there I've been looking for awhile.
 
2020-10-26 11:02:32 PM  

cryinoutloud: buckybear: I worked in that field for a year, with elementary aged kids and teenagers. I saw some awful shiat. Some of the kids had been hurt and abused so badly they might never recover. We had many that suffered drug exposure in utero. We had three units of reactive attachment disorder kids too.

I never worked with kids much, it would be too heartbreaking. I have met a few kids that you knew would end up in a psych ward. One was arrested for rape. He was so messed up, you could barely hold a conversation with him. He told me a lot about incest in his family.

So rape? Right up his alley. I guess he'd been raped by his family from a young age. I felt so sorry for him. I doubt he even really knew what he'd done wrong. So he'll be institutionalized in the state prison.

Naido: It's available on Kanopy, which is a service that's free with a library card number.  Lots of great documentaries, Criterion Collection, old horror movies, etc on there.  The kind of things you'd expect to find at an excellent city library.

Thanks for that. I just found a documentary on there I've been looking for awhile.


I had one shift that finally broke me.  I got through the day but when I got out to my car I punched my dash until my knuckles were bleeding and then pulled it together and drove home.  I didn't last much longer on the job after that
 
2020-10-26 11:12:32 PM  
Gimme Shelter
 
2020-10-27 12:51:14 AM  
"something's wrong with Aunt Diane"... Yeah. She got drunk and high and killed a bunch of people. Genuinely frightening, indeed.
 
2020-10-27 11:14:45 AM  
The Vice documentary about Liberia is so farked up. Hearing a 12 year old that just smoked heroin talk about how he raped a pregnant woman was so disturbing.
 
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