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    These movies in entirety scared the shit out of me. I am a wimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    No, of course not. But I'd just like to note it's unfair to poo-poo a moment when all the context you have is a very short clip.
    I thought the production values were cheap, and the cut over to the statue (which I will avoid describing) was handled sloppily in terms of timing and pacing. That leads me to believe the rest of the movie was kind of sloppy too, which means I don't really expect the scene to be as powerful as it could be even in context. That's where I am coming from and partly what my comment was based on, which I don't think you have yet understood.

    If the nuances had been tighter, then maybe I'd think the additional viewing time would make a significant difference. There are clips I can watch and immediately see how, in the context of something just as polished, could be very effective within context of the larger work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I found the clip from Exorcist 3 on YouTube. It didn't do as much for me. The problem is that it was so fast that if you blink you might miss it, and I kind of blinked right as it happened.
    This one? [YOUTUBE="zH8ynu0jRvY"]UGH[/YOUTUBE]

    EDIT: DON'T WATCH IT OR YOU RUIN IT FOREVER

    WTF? They butchered it! Earlier in the movie you learn about the shears which are used to decapitate bodies during autopsies. That clip only contains the last minute of a 5 minute long scene. The nurse goes around and checks on patients, even receiving a pretty good scare halfway thru that ratchets up the the tension for the audience. The youtube clip has an ending so one expects something to happen at the end, in the movie you have no idea when the scene is ending, you think you're going to follow the nurse some more.

    UGH UGH UGH RUINED

    ZPowers has seen the movie, he knows what I'm talking about. I watch tons of horror movies, that scene is easily in my top 5 of all-time. I'm not scared watching that clip at all. It's also one of those scenes you can only see once, so you're screwed forever if you watch that clip.

    Re: Exorcist III: I also liked the old woman in the confessional, when her voices changes as she talks about murdering people to the shocked priest. Oh, and the ceiling crawl....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    WTF? They butchered it! Earlier in the movie you learn about the shears which are used to decapitate bodies during autopsies. That clip only contains the last minute of a 5 minute long scene. The nurse goes around and checks on patients, even receiving a pretty good scare halfway thru that ratchets up the the tension for the audience. The youtube clip has an ending so one expects something to happen at the end, in the movie you have no idea when the scene is ending, you think you're going to follow the nurse some more.
    Okay. I can accept that and will just concede the point, although I was expecting something else with the clip.

    (Note: I cannot see the clip above right now, but it was the 2-3 minute one of the nurse's station and the long hallway shot.)

    I'll just say also that I finally saw The Exorcist around 2000 or so, after all the years of hype... and I found it really boring. I mean, I had already read the book years before too, so that didn't help, but it just did not do much for me emotionally. And I watched the whole thing from start to finish, so it wasn't like I missed the pacing or setup or anything; it just was old hat compared to things I had seen since then, and books I had read, and ideas I had confronted. Then again, I guess it was 25 years old or something by then.

    I actually found the "spider scene" (which isn't really in the original movie but released online and/or in the extras) creepier than what was in the movie.

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    I also need to say this thread now has whetted my appetite to be creeped out again. I went online and saw a bunch of "Scariest Moments in Horror Movies" compilation clips; I ended up watching Silence of the Lambs last night; and I might watch a few of the movies mentioned here this week. I just really like feeling unsettled.

    Oh, and I ran across this really horrible clip of someone being pulled inexorably by zombies through a jagged wood opening, while she is watching a long piece of wood slowly move toward and then pierce her right eye and go into her brain. Crazy Hostel like stuff. Another clip showed someone cutting through car windows and windshields with a large rusty circular saw, to kill the people inside. Gaaa. Not sure if that is creepy or just crazy gross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Okay. I can accept that and will just concede the point, although I was expecting something else with the clip.

    (Note: I cannot see the clip above right now, but it was the 2-3 minute one of the nurse's station and the long hallway shot.)
    It reminds me of the end of the Blair Witch Project. I found that ending extremely creepy and horrifying. If you just show the ending to someone, even if you tell them the significance of "standing in the corner", it won't really impact them much.

    One of my brothers that I saw it with actually forgot the story the guy told that explained the "standing in the corner" and so he was all "Huh?" afterward. I explained it, and then he got it, but by then it is too late.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I'll just say also that I finally saw The Exorcist around 2000 or so, after all the years of hype... and I found it really boring. I mean, I had already read the book years before too, so that didn't help, but it just did not do much for me emotionally. And I watched the whole thing from start to finish, so it wasn't like I missed the pacing or setup or anything; it just was old hat compared to things I had seen since then, and books I had read, and ideas I had confronted. Then again, I guess it was 25 years old or something by then.

    I actually found the "spider scene" (which isn't really in the original movie but released online and/or in the extras) creepier than what was in the movie.
    lol, I thought the spider scene was dumb.

    I think horror movies are most effective when one only has a vague sense about the movie. Knowing too much lessens the effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    One of my brothers that I saw it with actually forgot the story the guy told that explained the "standing in the corner" and so he was all "Huh?" afterward. I explained it, and then he got it, but by then it is too late.
    Well, yes, at that point. That story was important to grasping what was going on later.

    lol, I thought the spider scene was dumb.
    Well, my one main phobia is spiders. I can't even bear to stand touching pictures of them in books, watching "Fear Factor" with the tarantulas coating the contestants was terrible for me, and I barely dealt with Harry Potter 2 and the whole "spider chase" scene, which was not even as realistic as the scene in the King Kong remake with all the creepy-crawlies. MMOs all use big spiders as monsters in their games, and my skin crawls anytime one skitters toward me on screen.

    If you want to just freak me out, toss a spider in my hair. It doesn't even have to be a big one.

    I think horror movies are most effective when one only has a vague sense about the movie. Knowing too much lessens the effect.
    I agree. It's why I didn't post details about Paranormal Activity, although I guess someone else eventually did. It's one of those movies that is best on the first pass, before you know anything. a lot of the action is mundane when described, but in context and with pacing, watched in a dark room, made my skin crawl when I didn't know what was going to happen next.

    Quarantine is another of the "fake documentary" spookers, though I don't think quite as good.

    I really liked Cloverfield. That's kind of a mix of horror/drama, but it's another "fake documentary" pic, it has a strong human element... and it's full of spookiness because you never really know what the monster is nor can you really see all of it (it's always shrouded by darkness or debris clouds or hidding behind parts of buildings). And then there's the whole "chase in the darkness" in the sewers by the mini's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Well, yes, at that point. That story was important to grasping what was going on later.



    Well, my one main phobia is spiders. I can't even bear to stand touching pictures of them in books, watching "Fear Factor" with the tarantulas coating the contestants was terrible for me, and I barely dealt with Harry Potter 2 and the whole "spider chase" scene, which was not even as realistic as the scene in the King Kong remake with all the creepy-crawlies. MMOs all use big spiders as monsters in their games, and my skin crawls anytime one skitters toward me on screen.

    If you want to just freak me out, toss a spider in my hair. It doesn't even have to be a big one.



    I agree. It's why I didn't post details about Paranormal Activity, although I guess someone else eventually did. It's one of those movies that is best on the first pass, before you know anything. a lot of the action is mundane when described, but in context and with pacing, watched in a dark room, made my skin crawl when I didn't know what was going to happen next.

    Quarantine is another of the "fake documentary" spookers, though I don't think quite as good.

    I really liked Cloverfield. That's kind of a mix of horror/drama, but it's another "fake documentary" pic, it has a strong human element... and it's full of spookiness because you never really know what the monster is nor can you really see all of it (it's always shrouded by darkness or debris clouds or hidding behind parts of buildings). And then there's the whole "chase in the darkness" in the sewers by the mini's.
    The subway chase was the best, as was the demise of Lizzy Caplan's character.

    Speaking of spiders... the entire movie Arachnophobia was one long creep-out fest. I had my feet off the floor most of the movie.

    I also remember that scene in the bedroom with the two boys in Something Wicked This Way Comes with the spiders.... GET IT OFF ME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    The subway chase was the best, as was the demise of Lizzy Caplan's character.
    Poor Lizzy.

    Speaking of spiders... the entire movie Arachnophobia was one long creep-out fest. I had my feet off the floor most of the movie.
    Thanks. I'm sitting here at WORK now with my feet up on the chair base rather than on the floor. ARG!

    I also remember that scene in the bedroom with the two boys in Something Wicked This Way Comes with the spiders.... GET IT OFF ME!
    Why do I tell you these things?

    Even the big spider mech that dumped Neo out of his pod in the fields when he woke up in Matrix just creeped me out. (I did like the creep elements to Matrix, btw. I tend to like creep both in my scifi and/or fantasy.)

    Other creep moments:
    1. The scene near the end of Harry Potter's "Goblet of Fire" where Wormtail comes out with fetus Valdemort and dumps him into the pot and then the ritual continues...
    2. Sunshine -- lots of scenes, most of them involving Pinbacker, but even exploring the abandoned ship was creepy, as well as Kaneda's and Searle's encounter(s) with the sun/fire.
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    I guess posting a picture of Shelob would be bad form?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    I guess posting a picture of Shelob would be bad form?
    Has there been enough build-up?

    ... I thought that spider was stupid.
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