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Old 10-28-2014, 11:55 AM   #21
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#1 would be the grainy dream transmissions in John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness. The way they reveal a bit more each time, that ghostly telephone voice, and the idea that various characters are sharing the same experience.

#2 Father Karras' dream in The Exorcist, particularly the shot of his dead mother descending the subway steps.

#3 Definitely have to Gimli the final shot of Blair Witch Project. That is beyond unsettling.

#4 The underwater scene near the beginning of Dario Argento's Inferno

*I haven't seen Candyman in ages, but it's one of the few horror films I remember scaring the hell out of me

*The underrated Exorcist III has an abundance of scary moments, but one I'd single out has to do with the lobby and a nurse wielding a scissors IIRC
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:10 PM   #22
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I can't put a finger on why Camdyman scared me, but Travis suggested watching it, the other day, right before I would've gone to sleep and I was just, 'no,' about that one.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:12 PM   #23
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Not many films truly scare me, though I'll never forget watching The Exorcist alone as a teenager at night on cable and just about the end of the film one of my friends knocks on the front door of the house and that scared me.

The Exorcist and The Omen both have a number of disturbing and frightening scenes. Probably the 2 films I would point to as answers to the question with regards to the entire movie.

Individual scenes, the scene in Alien where the alien busts out of John Hurt certainly ranks up there.

I couldn't stand the Blair Witch Project. The whole shaky camera thing annoyed the crap out of me and ruined the film for me well before the climax.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:37 AM   #24
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OK, on rewatch, The Shining is absolutely the scariest entire film I can think of. Fuck, everything about it feels disturbing and disorienting, right down to the building itself and the eerie soundtrack that pervades every scene, even the innocuous ones. I just can't look away once it's on. It's a masterpiece of atmospheric horror.

It's also worth mentioning that the first time I saw the movie, it was the dead of winter on top of my isolated hill in the Maryland sticks. My dad often calls that house The Overlook when it starts getting cold.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:50 AM   #25
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The moment when the demon appears at the end of The Exorcist, the demon we saw a staute of at the beginning.

Obviously any scene with the twins in the shining.

The Blair Witch projecy in it's entirety.

I loved the first 3 paranormal activity films, the scariest scene is in the 3rd one, where there is a camera on an oscilating fan, and as it slowly goes left to right, in the space of 5 seconds everything in the room goes from being totally normal, to upside town and piled intricately balanced on top of eachother.

Amityville Horror 2 is fucking disturbing, freaks me out everytime i watch it.

Pretty much every David Lynch film has a few terrifying moments, in no particular order they are:

The scene in Twin Peaks FWWM where Laura enters the photo of a wall she was given by Mrs Tremond.

The scene in Mulholland Drive where the man having a panic attack sees a fucking weird monster behind a pizzeria.

Last but not least the scene in Lost Highway, when that weird little man approaches the protagonist at a party saying "we've met before", he replies" i don't think so, where?" At your house, in fact I'm there now", and proceeds to pull out a phone and says" call me, dial your home number" and when he does the weird man does indeed answer from his house.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:04 AM   #26
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The Shining and The Exorcist as mentioned. Ringu also freaks me the fuck out (that close up of her eye near the end seals it).

But Pinnochio reigns supreme. The shot of the kid transforming into a goat (in silhouette) with a final cry of 'MAMA' still haunts me. And all those kids turned into donkeys are sent to the mines for the rest of their lives, crying. Bleak and memorable.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:36 PM   #28
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I simultaneously can't believe and am glad that nobody has mentioned either Jacob's Ladder or 28 Days Later, as it gives me a reason for this post.

Jacob's Ladder (not strictly a horror film but whatever) partly for the creeping mood of escalating confusion, partly for the then-new effect of 'really fast moving/spinning' of people's bodies and heads. That's just scratching the surface of the film's bigger story, but I remember watching parts of it many years ago and genuinely not being sure I could stick it out. Just like being in a nightmare.

28 Days Later is not a zombie film. But if it were, it would be the best one ever made. Those scenes when their car breaks down in the tunnel while hightailing it out of London, and you see the infected coming, shadows in the distance. They're running real, real fast.
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I remembered another one: the hallucinations in Jacob's Ladder. That movie is terrifying.
Seriously, that movie
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I guess I wasn't the only one, must have overlooked that.

"But if you've made your peace, the devils are really angels, freeing you..."
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Laz's list is pretty spot on. Jacob's Ladder is amazing though, yeah. Also Altered States.

Blair Witch really is one of the all time greats. But generally I'm a sucker for found footage horror even though most of them are just horrrrrible. A couple ones I especially like, with mainly cheap scares to be fair, are The Last Exorcism, Paranormal Activity 3, Grave Encounters, and recently Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek, though the latter shares more of the legitimate qualities of Blair Witch, with some truly virtuoso filmmaking decisions at times.
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Vanessa Redgrave going totally bonkers in Ken Russell's The Devils, too. The level of physical torment she's going through is unbearable.
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I haven't seen it since but I seen Phantasm when I was wayback. The scene of the ball drilling someone's head. And that undertaker grabbing my shoulder and introducing me to U2
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Phantasm is one movie I just keep hearing about this year. I'm taking a break from horror for a bit, but as soon as I'm back on the wagon, I'll have to check it out.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:23 PM   #35
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They're supposedly releasing the long-awaited fifth film next year, it was completed in secret and a trailer debuted like 6 months ago out of nowhere:




I highly recommend watching the whole quadrilogy. The first is so creative and eerie, and totally out of step with its contemporaries (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.). Phantasm II is a hell of a lot of fun, and while the third installment is merely ok, the fourth is a very strange and divisive concoction: it combines new footage with outtakes from the original film. But it has one of the most poetic endings I've ever seen in a horror series.

The blend of horror/sci-fi/fantasy is pretty damned ambitious, especially for a series that's always been so low-budget.
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Well, you've just about convinced me to just watch it now.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #37
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The Tall Man is a good creepy character.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:10 AM   #38
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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 just watched The Marked Ones last night, and maybe it was the wine, well it was probably the wine coupled with the fact that this entry in the series was a bit more light hearted.. but I thought it was actually kind of fun and a good entry in the series and it was interesting how it furthers the story and ties some things together. The whole time travel aspect is kind of meh. But I am a fan of Doctor Who.
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