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Recommend a scary movie that others might not have seen

Discussion in 'Other Movies' started by Holly Gibney, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I thought Manhunter was a way better movie than Red Dragon, though the latter had money stuffed into every crevice and was more faithful to the book.
  2. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    How about this low-budget flick from the 80s called Dawn of The Mummy? I remember it because there were two pretty effective scenes (well, for an 8 year-old anyway): one with a corpse being disembowelled, and another with a groom going to check on his bride only to discover her being munched on.

    I just went on YouTube to look for the trailer and discovered that the entire movie has been uploaded there! I'm going to watch it now. Anyway, here's the trailer.

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  3. Scratch

    Scratch In the flesh.

    "Scream and Scream Again" is likely the strangest Christopher Lee movie and a great movie poster for collectors. Hmmm I'm having a hard time coming up with something both obscure and truly frightening. In honor of Bill Paxton I have to mention "Frailty" even though it isn't exactly obscure it is still one of the scariest concepts ever put on film. Hmmm. Let me think on it awhile.
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  4. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.

    Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain't Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon.

    What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren't meant to see.

    Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club's depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise.

    Sounds pretty good! The above description is from "Rotten Tomatoes"

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  5. Scratch

    Scratch In the flesh.

    Just watched "Dark Waters" and that was an excellent recommendation. Very dark. Very Lovecraftian. Told very visually. No needless explanations here, just the coming together of a horror puzzle piece by piece. Creepy as hell.
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  6. Gerald

    Gerald Well-Known Member

    I think it's fairly known, but might still mention: Tourist Trap. Tourist Trap (1979) - IMDb
    SK mentions it in Danse Macabre, I believe.
    The director later did the better known Puppet Master films.

    It's on region A blu-ray/dvd and YouTube.
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  7. Holly Gibney

    Holly Gibney Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly, Skimom. The fundamental difference between them is that Red Dragon manages to be less than the sum of its parts, whereas Manhunter adds up to a lot, LOT more than them. Red Dragon has a superb cast and all the money and resources of Hollywood to play with, and it is a perfectly good, entertaining couple of hours. But Manhunter - minimal budget, blank sets and all - is genuine sleep-with-the-lights-on terror. Very good stuff, in other words. :)
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  8. Scratch

    Scratch In the flesh.

    Impulse is an early 80's film many may have missed that's a good one. A chemical leak causes people to lose control of impulses with the sort of results you might expect.
  9. CoriSCapnSkip

    CoriSCapnSkip Well-Known Member

    Seriously...if you find any of those movies, please let me know! Someone might try sources for extremely obscure films not available elsewhere. It's a shame how TV-movies, no matter how high the quality (and face it, some are better than theatrical films) are almost never rerun unless they're seasonal, series pilots, or both, and sometimes not then. I have glowing memories of some Christmas movies, or saw reviews of films of which I've only read the books, and wonder why they aren't aired again, or if they are and I'm not looking in the right place at the right time.

    I didn't check dates on the TV-movies, but all should be between 1970 - 1972. Another, from 1971, is A Little Game. Christopher Dylan Shea, the kid who so brilliantly voiced Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas, plays a young teenager who accompanies a friend home for a visit. The friend is heavily into murder mystery scenarios, and convinces the other boy that all is "a little game," until too late when things get too real. I honestly haven't seen any of these movies since they first aired, but the climax of Something Evil and the end scenes of The Screaming Woman and A Little Game are firmly imprinted in my mind.

    One obscure scary movie I literally viewed recently after not seeing for probably that long was The Nanny, starring Bette Davis. It did not fail to disappoint for shock, horror, and memorable scenes, so I don't think my instincts can be that far off regarding these others.

    The Screaming Woman and The Failing of Raymond are both especially significant as they mark the first documented times I ever saw anything by Ray Bradbury or starring Dean Stockwell. Though at that time I didn't know who either of them were, Bradbury became my favorite writer and Stockwell one of my favorite actors and I have met both in person.

    I also command everyone to obtain or view Buster Keaton's main dramatic speaking role, a TV adaptation of Gogol's "The Overcoat." This one I know is on DVD as I have it. This belongs in The Twilight Zone way more than Buster's TZ episode! It has such a modern, relevant feel you will be floored to discover how old the original story is!
  10. Holly Gibney

    Holly Gibney Well-Known Member

    Gather around the fire, children, because Auntie Holly's going to tell you a story... =D I’ve got a truly obscure pick for you today - one that few people outside the UK will ever have heard of, but Brits of a certain age hear the name and look over their shoulders, suddenly wary of the shadows in the corner of the room...

    Today’s pick is the heart-stoppingly frightening Ghostwatch. For Brits of my generation, Ghostwatch was the defining moment of terror from our childhoods, and I cannot watch it now without my heart pounding and that awful, icy hand of fear gripping my guts…

    Ghostwatch - Wikipedia

    So what is Ghostwatch? Ghostwatch was a fake documentary which was broadcast on BBC 1 at Hallowe’en 1992, and claimed to be broadcast live. The premise was simple: A BBC camera crew would spend the evening in a haunted house and broadcast whatever occurred. “Big deal”, you may think. There are a hundred programmes using the same set-up now, and they are usually silly, sensationalist and offer nothing but a few laughs for the cynical. But the BBC version was different in a few big ways.

    First, this was a fake, scripted programme that was presented as a genuine live broadcast from a haunted house. Most people who watched it believed that what they were seeing was happening for real. The script and the performances were subtle, well-crafted and chillingly believable. There was no gory over-the-top horror here; this was more like the genuine terror of seeing a toddler reach for a boiling hot kettle.

    Secondly, most programmes of this type are set in ancient mansions, castles, or centuries-old inns with colourful histories of murder and highwaymen. Ghostwatch was set in a modern, ordinary house in an everyday suburb. Immediately, the audience started to get unsettled. No Hammer horror and cosy scares here - the programme had brought horror to our own homes, where we all secretly know it lives, and the effect was very uncomfortable. The house belonged to a single mother and her two teenage daughters - ordinary people who lived in the same world as us.

    Thirdly, the presenters were among the most trusted and “serious” faces on the BBC. Michael Parkinson was the nation’s gentle, quietly humorous wise old uncle, a man who had been a formidable journalist in his day and had progressed, via current affairs programming, to upmarket middle-class chat shows without a trace of elitism. The two younger presenters were Sarah Greene and Mike Smith, a married couple who were the clean, respectable face of children’s and teenagers’ programming throughout my childhood. Serious-minded and never talking down to their young viewers, they led me by the hand through such issues as bullying, puberty, peer pressure, drugs and parental divorce, like the twenty-something children of Mr Rogers or the best church youth group leaders in the world. Remember, too, that this was a time before fake reality TV and a hundred “pranked” shows, when people were much more trusting towards what they saw on TV. Parkinson, Smithy and Greene - you trusted these people more than you trusted your doctor.

    The final stroke of genius was the phone number in the corner of the screen which they urged you to call if you saw something odd on-screen or if anything correspondingly odd was happening in your own home. The phone number - 081 811 8181 - was the standard number used for any BBC show that required viewers’ participation, and added to the belief that what you were seeing was real. 081 811 8181 - I can still sing the jingle in my head now. :)

    Then the programme began, with much laughter and suppressed nervousness. Sarah Greene bobbed around the nice suburban house, playing with the girls and interviewing the family in her inimitable "tell Mummy and I’ll make it better" manner. They told her stories of knocking on the walls, of violence and bloody scratches appearing on the young girls’ bodies. They told them with chilling verisimilitude, and the effect was creepier than any horror film could manage. Back in the studio, Michael Parkinson held calm chats with paranormal investigators and listened to their anecdotes with the air of an incredibly polite neighbour listening to your holiday stories. And then a knocking was heard on the walls…

    Within an hour the girls were screaming in what all the viewers believed was genuine terror. Ornaments were smashing or being knocked off shelves. Bloody scratches appeared on faces. Sarah Greene went into a room to investigate a noise, the light bulb blew, the door slammed shut behind her and could not be opened. And everyone watching at home (including my very young self) believed that what they were seeing was real. Viewers’ calls came in (faked, as we now know) reporting similar things happening in their own homes, cats going mad and hissing at shadows, etc, etc, leading you (me) to fear that this thing could somehow leak out and infect your home. Watching this at 15, I was utterly paralysed with fear. I was beyond terror, and I slept with the light on for weeks afterwards. Throughout the next couple of years, a creak on the stairs at night would turn me into a whimpering child again.

    The public’s response was enormous, primarily outrage. People just did not expect tricks of this kind from the TV in those days, which was largely responsible for the incredible shock and fear which it caused. Programmes had to be broadcast quickly in which BBC executives apologised indirect by explaining the artistic effect they had been aiming for. The newspapers spoke of nothing else, and one poor, intellectually disabled young man actually committed suicide, unable to quite believe that it had been fake.

    At school on Monday morning, my friends were all saying that they had “known it was fake all along” and “hadn’t been scared at all.” I said so too, which was the biggest lie I had ever told! At the time, I thought I was the only one of my friends who had been fooled. Now, older and wiser, I look back and realise that most, and probably all, of them had been lying too. It is tempting to say that this was my generation’s equivalent of the notorious War of the Worlds radio broadcast, except that nowadays we are told that stories of people’s reactions to The War of the Worlds were exaggerated, created by journalists after the event, and that most people at the time knew they were listening to a play. How much truth there is in this, I couldn’t possibly begin to say. What is certain is that Ghostwatch fooled millions, and gave them the type of fright known only to the victims of the most horrendous crimes. Which is really what I look for in a good film, you know? :)

    I wish I could give you a link to Ghostwatch. You deserve to see it; every true horror fan should see it, and few ever will. It appears on Youtube periodically, so keep looking, and don’t miss your chance when it appears.

    What I can give you a link to is one of the “BBC executives hastily explaining to an angry nation what they were trying to do” programmes, which will at least let you feel the ripples of the terror and sense how real they were.

    Much love to one and all! :biglove:
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  11. Scratch

    Scratch In the flesh.

    The original BBC "Woman in Black" was really creepy too.
  12. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I would LOVE to see this one! I've been keeping an eye out for it, but it's never shown up for US consumption in my time.
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  13. CoriSCapnSkip

    CoriSCapnSkip Well-Known Member

    One I've never seen, but heard described several times as being one of the scariest ever, is a 1973 TV movie called Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
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  14. Holly Gibney

    Holly Gibney Well-Known Member

    I'll send you a quick private message, Skimom... :) In the meantime, I can heartily recommend watching the video in the above post. It will give you a very good flavour of the main event!

    Described several times as one of the scariest ever? Now you've got me listening! I'll begin searching for it, and if I ever find it I will be sure to let you (and other forum members) know!
  15. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Not completely obtuse

    One that I remember from my Saturday afternoon matinees of B-movie horrors when I was 12 years old, that always stuck with me... Island of Terror (1966)

    An isolated remote island community is threatened by an attack by tentacled silicates which liquefy and digest bone and tissue.
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  16. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    How about Bad Ronald? I remember really liking that one when I was young--it was creepy!
  17. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I found it on DailyMotion :) Nicely done show, and VERY creepy! I can see why it freaked people out--it's easy to forget you're watching a TV show. No wonder the BBC hasn't shown it again!
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  18. CoriSCapnSkip

    CoriSCapnSkip Well-Known Member

    A number of scary titles readily available and even quite well-known in print were made into films that perhaps even some of their fans don't know exist. One which is supposed to be good is a 1992 TV movie of the book The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright, titled Secrets in the Attic. It seems to be available in several places online. I can recommend the book, and comments on the late great Internet Movie Database message boards, now preserved elsewhere, rate it highly.

    One of which I can heartily recommend both book and movie are Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, who has a cameo in the Lifetime Movie titled Little Girl's Secret. The book being set in the 1980s, I expected the movie to update it and somewhat to my surprise it didn't--the movie is set even earlier in the '80s than the original publication of the book--rather a nice touch, as if several years later the main character published her own story. Although the movie makes a number of additions and changes to the book's characters and events, I found the movie well done, and in places more scary than the book. In fact, it's one of the recent movies, based on a book, to which I most looked forward and in which I was for the most part pleased. A lot of people's favorite scary kids' book. I would recommend someone who watches a lot of horror movies to view this and give their opinion of whether it seems at all cliched or you consider it well done. I have perhaps not seen enough such movies to make an absolute judgment but was overall impressed.

    Another movie of recent years based on a classic children's book is titled From Time to Time, based on a book from the Green Knowe series by L. M. Boston titled in the U. K., The Chimneys of Green Knowe, in the U. S., Treasure of Green Knowe. Not exactly horror but it has a big creepy house and ghosts or time travelers or things along those lines--scary enough! Watched with my uncle and mom who were quite impressed, and they are hard to impress. With a few significant changes, the movie mostly preserves the book's characters, setting, and plot. After viewing, gave Mom the book and she hands-down declared the movie better. The setting is fabulous--they filmed at a really awesome old English estate--the acting is well done, the characters appealing, and Mom felt most of all the special effects set the film above the book. If for no other reason, watch if for Maggie Smith as the grandmother. They could not have done better! Wish I'd known about her when I read the books. Of course, over forty years ago she would not have been old enough! I really wish they would also film The River at Green Knowe, because the subject of refugee children is currently particularly relevant and if nothing else the giant would be way kewl on film. An Enemy at Green Knowe is the scariest book in the series. A Stranger at Green Knowe won the Carnegie Medal, the highest British children's literary award.
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  19. Holly Gibney

    Holly Gibney Well-Known Member

    It is GREAT, isn't it, Skimom? Uniquely creepy - it has an atmosphere that I have never seen a horror movie recreate. Now imagine what it would be like if you believed it was real!
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  20. Holly Gibney

    Holly Gibney Well-Known Member

    Very nice to hear you mention the Green Knowe books, CoriSCapnSkip! I loved them as a child, and they are in a beautiful little area just outside of horror, where ghosts mingle with magic and the eternal fears of children (the deaths of parents, being sent away, etc)... I haven't seen From Time to Time, but the BBC produced a TV series of The Children on Green Knowe when I was little, and it was lovely! Here it is -

    Wait Till Helen Comes sounds like the type of thing I would enjoy too, judging by your description. ("A lot of people's favourite scary kids' book..." Superb!) Thank you for letting me know about it! I'll watch it and make a full report. :)

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