Top 5 Scariest Movies of All Time ~ Do You Agree?

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skimom2

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Just rembered the name of Argentos effort. Suspiria. And i think the name of that rumanian(orwas it french and was located in rumania?) was called Them in english. Probably Ils in rumanian. Im referring to my earlier post by the way. Another good early Cronenberg is Scanners. And i can't look at a bird without thinking about Hitchcock and The Birds so it must have made an impression.
I KNEW it would be Suspiria! I was going to suggest that, and then read down the thread. That really was a creepy one.
 

skimom2

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I think that's what bothers me the most . . .a child saying such things . . .But, still --that damn demon gets me . . .
That movie also makes me very uneasy. But the silliest part is that I didn't realize that a demon face appears in three or four different places until my daughter pointed them out just this Halloween. I'd never seen them before, but now that creepy Captain Howdy face has shown up in a couple of my dreams.

Stupid kids. lol.
 

swiftdog2.0

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Can you describe what is scary to you?
A world without beer, that would be scary!

Sorry, got side-tracked. What do I find scary film wise? I mentioned the films that would be in my top five. As I said, these things are subjective. But I will elaborate on my point of view for the six films I listed:


Jaws- Because this was inspired by a true story (Jersey Shore attacks at Matewan Creek in 1916) And it's not like sharks don't exist and attack people. It happens. This film works so well because you don't see the shark for the majority of the film. Just like in a real-life attack. You wouldn't see Mr. White until he attacks from below. Good-bye leg! Crunch! Crunch!

Alien- The chest burster scene alone puts this in the top five. Look at the faces of the people in that movie when it happens. The only people who knew what was going to happen in that scene were the guy playing Cain and Ridley Scott (the director). Those screams and looks of horror are the real deal. Plus the HR Gieger Alien is frightening.

The Thing- the best modern horror movie IMHO. Why? Isolation. Can't trust anyone. Nothing is as it seems. Freaky monster dogs. Alien that can assimilate whatever it touches. The list goes on.....

The Exorcist- Religious beliefs and overtones aside, this film and novel are basically about the corruption of the innocent. What is more frightening than evil personified in a sweet little girl?

Halloween- The blue-print for the 80's slasher movie. Minimalist approach to the violence, excellent score, doesn't try to over explain the reasons behind Michael Myers actions.

Night of The Living Dead- It's almost documentary like or a found footage type of film. The zombies aren't even the scariest part. The people are. And the stills during the end credits? Chilling.

This is just off the top of my head. And just my opinion :)
 

skimom2

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So, for me the eternal question remains: are there movies, or other works of art, which shouldn't be viewed by a given individual (try to ignore parental influences)?
Fair question, and I think the answer for me is a qualified yes. As long as the person is judging for him or her self (and leaving kids out of the mix--parents are responsible for them until they get older), there are definitely movies that tip each person's 'NO' meter. I will never watch The Strangers or Funny Games again. I've seen them once apiece (twice for Funny Games, if you count the German and American versions separately), and there are scenes that still stick with me and terrify/horrify me. STILL. Years later. I don't actively seek out home invasion stories; I now know they are in my 'NO' zone.
 

Rrty

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I have to agree with those who highlighted "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Omen." Those are two films with some scary scenes. "The Omen II" is particularly scary in the opening, with the two archaeologists (?) getting trapped deep below a dig via a cave-in. The third "Omen" has that scene where the guys get trapped in a descending stairway (I think that's what it was, sort of hard to tell exactly what is happening in that scene) in a castle that has been blocked by bars on top and a wall in the front -- that always bothered me (then again, the scene with the hunting dogs in that film is also disturbing).

But, as the article said, if you can call a movie scary just because of a scene, then one that comes to mind that is particularly scary is "Marathon Man."

By the way, happened to see the remake of "The Omen" from 2006 (I believe that was the year) the other day. I had seen it before, but upon seeing it again, I remembered how superb it was. They didn't try to do anything different, just present the film once again as it was for a new generation to enjoy.
 
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