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    Quote Originally Posted by Eluded_One View Post
    I rarely find movies that are disturbing on every level. The imagery of hell as a dimension where the residents are gutting each other and pulling their eyes out with their bare hands and enjoying it, well, that's what I call horror.
    I was raised on 1970s television. If you watched cable channels throughout your childhood then you'll be immune to most horror movies.
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    I have Event Horizon on Bluray, but if I had seen it before I watched it, I wouldn't have bought it.
    For some reason, I found it predictable and laughable rather than scary, which was disappointing.

    I guess "different strokes" and all that.


    ... getting back to Jaws for a second, I actually didn't find the shark believable-looking in most of the scenes. You know the scene that scared the hell out of me? The first one -- where the girl goes swimming alone, and suddenly she's screaming and something under the surface is just jerking her all around the bay. We never see it. We just see what it's doing to her, and her reaction. That's one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen in a movie and the thing that keeps me out of the water.

    There are few monster movies where the monster is believable-looking (another reason why I didn't find Event Horizon credible, it all looked so fake to me). Maybe if I have time, I'll try to think of some where the monster is seen and does look real. But that's how Alien worked for me too. Any of the cut footage that shows a full-length alien isn't that scary. It's only scary when you just see bits and pieces and your mind fills in the rest, or you think the alien might there but can't quite be sure where it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post
    That opening scene in Sinister sent chills up my spine. I'm creeped out just thinking about it now.
    Same here. Creepiest intro to any movie I've ever seen.


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    Sinister has one of the best uses of the "found footage" device that I have seen in a movie. It integrated organically into the picture and was just creepy as hell. The "Yardwork" clip haunts me, I can barely watch it... but STILL FEEL COMPELLED TO, EACH TIME. ARRRG.


    ... Meanwhile, I just tried watching "The Possession" on Netflix and turned it off after ten minutes because it was so silly.


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    Oh, this scares me:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I have Event Horizon on Bluray, but if I had seen it before I watched it, I wouldn't have bought it. For some reason, I found it predictable and laughable rather than scary, which was disappointing.
    I've noticed that you also weren't moved by the Exorcist. The idea of a living hell scares me much more than anything else. It really is different strokes... I almost fell asleep to Cloverfield in the theatre. Did you like Quarantine over [Rec]? I seen the original, never got around to watching the remake.
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    "The Day After" Post Nuclear apocalypse. I saw this when I was quite young and it frightened me so badly I was haunted by it for weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eluded_One View Post
    I've noticed that you also weren't moved by the Exorcist. The idea of a living hell scares me much more than anything else. It really is different strokes... I almost fell asleep to Cloverfield in the theatre. Did you like Quarantine over [Rec]? I seen the original, never got around to watching the remake.
    I don't think I've seen Rec, and it's been awhile since I have seen Quarantine.

    Yeah, The Exorcist was a big let-down for me. I read the book as a teenager (and a few other Blatty titles) and have collected various books about exorcisms... but when i watched that movie around 2000 or so, I was ... bored. It just seemed so fake to me. Neither of those movies leave much to the imagination, and what I see on screen isn't that provocative to me. (Ironically, the one clip that unsettled me from The Exorcist was the one that wasn't in the movie release -- the scene of her scuttling down the steps like a spider.)

    Cloverfield is really more of a relationship story that happens to have a giant monster as a backdrop; that's the heart of the movie, it's really about Rob & Beth finding each other again after their relationship fell apart -- the movie begins and ends with them, it's all very bittersweet. But the scene in the subway tunnels where those things are chasing them but they can't really see them, that's the part that was creepy to me -- although I liked how you can never quite get a good sight of the monster until close to the end of the movie.

    I think movies that try to be explicit are the ones that bore me, I'm not much for Friday the 13th or all the other explicit gore movies out there; the more suggestive they are, as I noted before, or have blank spots with which my mind is trying to fill in the gaps, those are the ones that end up freaking me out. (Like in Paranormal Activity, where someone is dragged into the darkness down the hall and disappears, screaming, and you have no idea what's going on and they're just gone.)

    Just watched The Descent again last night, and the first entire half of the movie doesn't even have the nasties in it, they only show up for the second half... but half the fear comes from knowing there are things in the dark that they're trapped with, yet you don't know where they are or what they are. And since people can't see in the dark, you can only see the things when someone lights a torch or uses the UV camera viewscreen. They just pop up out of nowhere. Would freak me out now to go up camping in the woods at night, after seeing that.
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    I wrote about A Nightmare on Elm Street the other night right before re-watching The Conjuring. Couldn't go to the bathroom alone. Smart!

    Not a horror movie but Labyrinth in 1986 with David Bowie in so many ways was the main inspiration of so many of my nightmares. The dancing leprechauns, the weird party, the stairs, the maze, I can go on and on gosh.

    Shutter in 2004 - the original Thai version was by far the scariest Asian horror film out there. I've watched a good number of Asian horrors, but Shutter is the most satisfying one up until now. The remake version? Urgh!

    I can name a few more:

    - Rosemary's Baby
    - The Ring (US) part 1 (I was convinced that someone would crawl out of my TV, every night)
    - Dumplings (segment 3, "Three Extremes". It took me a while before I ever felt the same way again about dumplings )
    - Saw 1 (the rest of the franchise was just a joke)
    - Paranormal Activity 1
    - Insidious 1
    - Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room ("Películas para no dormir: La habitación del niño". So good! So disturbing.)
    - The X-Files, episode "Squeeze" (that mutant serial killer Eugene Tooms that was capable of squeezing his body through narrow gaps and slipping into hibernation periods lasting thirty years at a time)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
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    Just watched The Descent again last night, and the first entire half of the movie doesn't even have the nasties in it, they only show up for the second half... but half the fear comes from knowing there are things in the dark that they're trapped with, yet you don't know where they are or what they are. And since people can't see in the dark, you can only see the things when someone lights a torch or uses the UV camera viewscreen. They just pop up out of nowhere. Would freak me out now to go up camping in the woods at night, after seeing that.

    This is a good one. One of the few I've seen that worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post

    Just watched The Descent again last night, and the first entire half of the movie doesn't even have the nasties in it, they only show up for the second half... but half the fear comes from knowing there are things in the dark that they're trapped with, yet you don't know where they are or what they are. And since people can't see in the dark, you can only see the things when someone lights a torch or uses the UV camera viewscreen. They just pop up out of nowhere. Would freak me out now to go up camping in the woods at night, after seeing that.
    That's one of the reasons it was so fantastic. I was crappin my pants before I even knew there were subterranean, cannibal mutants.
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