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« Thread started on: Jun 14th, 2012, 3:26pm »

Hi guys,

These past couple of days I have grown a fascination with scary movies. I want to experience a film that keeps me frightened the entire way through or at least a big part of its running time.

I have not had much luck, to be honest. I started with movies I never watched as a kid but always wanted to see (Stephen King's It, Poltergeist) and some more recent ones that rank high in the 'scary lists' (REC, A Tale of Two Sisters). None of these films scared me (no one even dies in Poltergeist! Why didn't I see this as a child?) and some of them are just plain boring (It has the first personal encounters with Pennywise for all seven main character, and then once more in present day; A Tale of Two Sisters has about 10 or 15 tense minutes in a feature that lasts almost two hours).

Help me out here, please. I just want to watch a film that has creepy suspense. I have already seen The Shining several years ago but I feel as if I need to watch that one again just for lack of anything else. I might try The Ring or The Grudge again but I've seen the originals and the US remakes years ago as well.

I guess I should try and stay away from nineties horror and try and find some sick, borderline psychotic Japanese director or something...

Do you have any scary movies that actually scared you? If you have, please share it with me.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 14th, 2012, 6:23pm »

It's a very fine line between being scared and being disturbed by a film. At least for me.

King's stuff is cash-run schlock. HP Lovecraft at a lower level. I don't know if I've found any of it scary. Though I like The Shining, I think of it as Kubrick's. And I'm not particularly scared by it.

It's the Rorschach syndrome. What I find scary you may find amusing, on a good night.I also understand unsettling concepts better than the slasher movie stuff, so...

I mentioned it in the Prometheus post, but Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers has always been tense and frightening to me. There's a great sense of dread in Carpenter's version of The Thing. The only monster I've found consistently horrific is the alien from Scott's original film (Cameron's sequel doesn't really count for me).

I thought Proyas' Knowing had a genuine creepiness to it. The sense of inevitable and predictive death in specific scenes, and as general tone, left me unsettled.

Moon, Duncan Jones' initial entry, is tense. Is it scary? Again, I find that to be a fine line.

I don't watch many slasher flicks. Though I find the first half of 28 Days Later has some kick.

Have you seen Sex and the City 2?
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 15th, 2012, 07:16am »

on Jun 14th, 2012, 6:23pm, Will wrote:
Have you seen Sex and the City 2?


Now Will is along the right lines. Haven't there been films/'documenteries' in recent years based on Glee and Justin Beiber? In the Mid-1990s the UK had this horrible bubblegum pop girl group called The Spice Girls, and they had a cinematic abortion called Spiceworld. Watch at your own risk...

As for films that are supposed to be scary, I can genuinely say I have never seen one that has scared me, and I have seen hundreds that are supposed to be. I would say the most bizarre and unsettling film I've ever seen is Jane Arden's The Other Side Of The Underneath. Watch that at 3am while in a state of exhausted delirium and that film does strange things to your mind.

I also find that the format of films makes a significant difference. Watching films on Blu-Ray on a large television in a dark room with some decent sound has completely changed my opinion of certain films. Two of the most overated horrors are obviously The Exorcist and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I had seen both films multiple times on TV/VHS/DVD and had always found both very boring. But watching them on Blu-Ray I found myself rather captivated and have to admit to liking the films for the first time ever. Not scared, but compelled.

You're shit out of luck if you're looking at Post 1990s horror I'm afraid. I'm certain I can count less than ten horrors I have enjoyed that have a post 1999 release date.

Maybe I'm not the best person to ask. I look at lists of 'the most disturbing films ever made' and shrug off films like In A Glass Cage or A Serbian Film (Uncensored of course) as not particularly shocking - and films such as Cannibal Holocaust to lack much artistic worth and find myself bored.

I genuinely feel that for a horror to have a good creepy atmosphere it needs to suggest more than it shows. That's why I loved the original Night Of The Living Dead, and a particular modern favourite of mine is a ghost story called Dead End (starring Ray Wise)!

Another pretty decent one I saw this year was a Spanish film called The Silent House. I know the USA recently did an Elizabeth Olsen remake of that using the same title. I haven't seen the remake, but obviously go for the orginal if you want to watch it.

If I think of anything else I'll return. I can think of numerous great horrors I could recommend, but that's not exactly what you're asking for. You want genuinely scary, and I'm afraid I can't help there... Unless of course Sex And The City is the perfect horror for you - because in that case I bet we can come up with a lot of far more horrifying films!
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 25th, 2012, 08:24am »

on Jun 15th, 2012, 07:16am, Nick wrote:
Now Will is along the right lines. Haven't there been films/'documenteries' in recent years based on Glee and Justin Beiber? In the Mid-1990s the UK had this horrible bubblegum pop girl group called The Spice Girls, and they had a cinematic abortion called Spiceworld. Watch at your own risk...


Let me play the trump card: The Vagina Monologues. If a woman wants to sit through this, and expects you to go, she better be putting out in the way a U.N. buffet does; all-you-can-eat with lots of diversity.

It's the Fight Club standard. How many years can you go without getting your balls in a vice?

That said, I know enough about Vagina that I can tell you whatever assumptions you have about its misandry, you likely are under-shooting. The fucking thing takes cultural cliches -- literally steals male sexuality for Butch Lesbians to use on femmes -- and imputes anything phallic as not only violent but, altogether, evil. The fascinating thing is that every bit of it pushes the vagina as some sort of center of creation (get the play-on...? Ugh), while the raging feminists involved create narratives that do little more than rip on and rip off male social mores. It's probably the greatest accidental-admission of phallic-want/envy I've ever seen.

It's hilarious. Until you realize you're surrounded by a bunch of women who take it completely seriously. Which is even funnier. It's like a closed-circuit, ready to explode.

In the end, it's almost a fifth column against what it preaches. basically confirming everything Arthur Schopenhauer ever wrote about women.

Also, fuck you, Janine. Fuck you.

On the plus side, it gave me greater respect for Hitchcock's Vertigo. which itself is a love letter to Wagner (think Tristan & Isolde), Schopenhauer and Hitchcock's own doubts about the inner-world of women.

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I also find that the format of films makes a significant difference. Watching films on Blu-Ray on a large television in a dark room with some decent sound has completely changed my opinion of certain films. Two of the most overated horrors are obviously The Exorcist and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.


The former is just another fuck you to hillbillies. Deliverance does that far better, and actually makes it somewhat uneasy.

I haven't seen the latter in years. But I admit that I find parts of it disturbing. Particularly the spider-walk, which I don't think is in the original cut. In a dark theater it is extremely grotesque.

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I had seen both films multiple times on TV/VHS/DVD and had always found both very boring. But watching them on Blu-Ray I found myself rather captivated and have to admit to liking the films for the first time ever. Not scared, but compelled.


Yeah, that's how I feel about The Exorcist.

More suggestions? Franju's Eyes Without a Face is definitely compelling and disturbed, if not disturbing.
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