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tgoyetteScary movies2013-10-15 07:10:50
tgoyetteWhen I was young I would never walk up to my bed. I'd take two steps and jump to avoid the monster under the bed. It started after some old horror movie. Now I consider most Horror movies funny an good heckling material. What movies has had the longest effect on you?2013-10-15 07:11:15
mark211Not a movie, but nevertheless in the same vein, there was a TV series in the UK when I was growing up called 'Sapphire and Steel'. It's quite hard to summarise what it was about to anyone who's never seen it, but it was basically a Horror-SF series in which a group of angel-like beings (or possibly aliens?) in human form with names like copper, jet, emerald, and, of course, sapphire and steel, travelled around the UK exorcising ghosts (which may have been in fact aliens or demons). The most terrifying episode(s) involved a rural railway station deep in the countryside at which a handsome, young soldier in World War I battle dress would habitually turn up, wandering the platform while whistling the tune to 'Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag (and Smile, Smile, Smile)'. His whistled tune, the deliberate crunch of his boots on the concrete and the echo of both in the pitch dark together with the knowledge that he was a long-time dead were genuinely scary as hell - ghosts that basically do nothing very much are often more frightening than those that scream and wail, I find. Later in the same story, the ghosts start to multiply and possess the bodies of the people living nearby. In one scene, Sapphire also becomes possessed and is then seen descending a stair case inside the station house, followed by a 19th C. Whaling sailor, the WWI soldier and some other ghosts - the eyes of each one of them had turned empty and pitch black. It's hard to put into words now, but it completely blew my (7? 8?) year-old mind so much that I remember both scenes vividly to this day (though strangely, I'm sure if I was to see the episode again it would be laughably low budget).2013-10-15 09:40:19
mark211Naturally, it's free on YouTube ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9VVYRrrtOY2013-10-15 09:52:53
Pippin91The scene in Alien when the creature popped out of the man's chest shocked me more than any other scene in any movie. That was truly scary! There was tremendous tension all the way to the end of the movie as the alien hunted down and killed the crew one by one. That's got to rank as the scariest movie I ever saw!2013-10-15 19:03:07
delziggioWhen I was growing up I used to watch old Amicus and Hammer horror films on the New York City stations on TV (There was no HBO in those days--at least not for my family). The movie that really stuck with me was an anthology called "Asylum" with, among others, the great Peter Cushing. I would also watch the movie-of-the-week on network television and the telefilm "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" always held a special place in my heart for scaring the bejesus out of me. Horror or the 1970's relied much more on atmosphere than anything else and was much better for it, in my opinion.2013-10-16 06:48:13
micheledutcherAlien was shocking certainly. My scariest was a Dracula movie in the 60s where the brides had dragged a baby inside of Castle Dracula - the child was crying and its mother was outside the gate banging on the metal doors. I thought Dracula: Love Never Dies was an excellent, artful, erotic adaptation on the story as well. 2013-10-17 06:42:48
GordonRowlinsonI'm not making this up. Several days ago, I was in a store and casually looked at the new DVD World War Z. I thought it was an interesting idea for a movie and figured someday I'd get around to seeing it. That night I had a nightmare that zombies were taking over the world. I woke up in the middle of the night and thought it was a crazy dream. Then I went back to sleep and dreamed part two of the nightmare-something about running in the woods with zombies after me. I vote for World War Z as the scariest movie. I'm getting crazy nightmares from it and I haven't even seen it yet. 2013-10-18 15:18:26
micheledutcherIt's interesting that with all the slasher movies out there - Pinhead, Freddy, Texas Chainsaw - what is still considered the scariest aren't chop-em-up films. I'll always pick mind-bending, mind-expanding horror flicks over the slasher trash. 2013-10-26 08:00:04

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