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Old 10-27-2014, 06:40 AM   #1
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Moments in films/entire films that legitimately scare you

To get in the Halloween spirit, I've been seeking out all sorts of horror films/psychological thrillers. Mostly, they're entertaining but don't do much for me on a scare level. For the more seasoned moviegoers in ZS, I'm curious to know what moments/films still really make them jump.

I'm pretty cynical on horror at this point, but a few scenes are still borderline unwatchable for me after all these years:

-The dog/bear/pig creature in The Shining. This mutated mask took me so much by surprise the first time I watched the film that I still can't get over it. That shit is so fucked up looking. The scariest thing I've seen in a film.

-The gangrenous body in the bag in Audition. Holy shit, that is a brilliant jump scare after an hour of fairly innocuous drama.

-The needle scene in Audition. This fucking movie.

-The rotting horse corpses in Un Chien Andalou.

-Any of the imagined rape scenes in Repulsion. The free jazz implemented throughout the film really ratchets up the tension.

Can't think of any more at the moment, but maybe I'll have some films to add to the list over the next week.
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Woody, Buzz et al holding hands as they draw ever nearer to the incinerator in Toy Story 3.
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Old 10-27-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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The shower scene from the original Psycho still freaks me out whenever I see it.

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the death mask in The Exorcist bothers me to this day, I think its the subtle way it's used that still gives me the creeps.
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The part in Blair Witch Project when Heather opens up the bundle of sticks and finds Josh's hair, teeth, and part of his shirt. That part creeped me out so much, just because the thought of teeth getting pulled out freaks me out.


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many of the moments from Blair Witch freaked the shit out of me. The last few minutes, and especially that last shot literally made me not want to go to sleep that night. That's the only scary movie that's had that effect on me.
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I didn't really enjoy Blair Witch much because the characters annoyed me, but that ending is fantastic, particularly the last shot. A lot of tension there too.

I remembered another one: the hallucinations in Jacob's Ladder. That movie is terrifying.
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So I know the Paranormal Activity movies are all about the shock and awe but the underlying story across the 5 movies actually intrigues but also scares the shit out of me.
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YES. omg.

The first two freaked me out. I didn't like the 3rd one as much.
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Oh, on another note, I'm someone who generally doesn't get scared during horror movies and stuff, but the one thing that actually did get to me when I was younger were some of Unsolved Mysteries ghost stories. The way they produced their reinactments were freaky as shit sometimes.
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YES. omg.

The first two freaked me out. I didn't like the 3rd one as much.
The only reason the 3rd one freaked me out was because my daughter whispers in her room sometimes. I of course know she's probably just wispering about ponies or cake or something, but that part of the movie literally sent chills up my spine.
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The Ouija board catching fire by itself in Paranormal Activity was awesome.
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So I know the Paranormal Activity movies are all about the shock and awe but the underlying story across the 5 movies actually intrigues but also scares the shit out of me.

Yeah, I think the story of the Paranormal Activity films is very interesting. Although the first time I saw the original movie, I watched it with the alternate ending that involves Katie getting shot by the police. I thought that ending was great because it made you wonder what was really going on.


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I didn't really enjoy Blair Witch much because the characters annoyed me, but that ending is fantastic, particularly the last shot. A lot of tension there too.

I remembered another one: the hallucinations in Jacob's Ladder. That movie is terrifying.

Blair Witch is great because it's all psychological. The film never shows you anything. Plus the way the tension builds up every day they're out in the woods is fantastic. It just slowly gets worse and worse for them. An absolute classic, even though the characters are kind of annoying.


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