Blair Witch Project. It's a 50/50 shot, the most divisive movie I can think of. I think it's the scariest movie of all time.
Well, one film to disturb you and freak you out might be David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. (certainly if you're going to smoke some pot beforehand ) Saw it in college and they had to stop the movie twice, once because somebody passed out and once because someone was having a epileptic seizure.
"The Descent", be prepared!
The Descent sucks.
No matter how many times I've seen it, the original Halloween puts me on the edge of my seat.
Riding The Bus With My Sister.
Definitely the original "Halloween", OP, or "Candyman".
Grave Encounters.. fun junk at its best and scary, too. The producers obviously hate the douchy guy from Ghost Adventures. For real kcks and giggles check out Psychosis now playing on TMC..it has everything.. A Jackie Susann look -alike , peen, blood, guts, bad acting and sex, bad sex... its a 2011 movie that plays like the Valley of the Dolls redux in the UK
Linda Blair was never right in the head after that movie
REC - it's in Spanish but even with subtitles, still one of the scariest movies I have seen.
Candyman is good ESP because it was filmed at Cabrini Green.
I always loved Frailty totally creepy.
I've seen the Descent and that wasn't really scary for me. I'm thinking of something along the lines of that French movie High Tension. That scared me. Or the remake of the Hills Have Eyes. Also very scary.
The Changeling with George C Scott and Trish Vandevere!
Really creepy and unsettling.
OP the movie i recomended you (Martyrs) is french and within the same curent of modern french horror, only, well, sicker. You can also try "Inside (A l'Interieur), very disturbing.
[quote]I'm thinking of something along the lines of that French movie High Tension. That scared me. Or the remake of the Hills Have Eyes. Also very scary.
These two are both by the same director - so maybe check out one of his other films.
I wouldn't say that Martyrs is so much of a gore fest and packed with suspense as much as it's profoundly disturbing and depressing. It took me several days to stop thinking about those last 15 minutes of the movie. I do recommend it but it won't be your average horror fan's cup of tea.
Damn, I didn't know that, R23. Thanks!
The Day After
I think it`s on youtube
I'm a huge scardy cat. The remotest hint of someone creeping up on someone else will cause me to clamp my hands over my eyes.
Having said that, I will have to disagree with the Blair Witch suggestion- it was the least scary thing I have ever seen. In fact I was bored.
On the other hand I know some friends who thought it was terrifying and if you're planning to watch it stoned and alone you might find if scary too.
Personally Im planning on watching the Australian film "wolf creek" as it's supposed to be very frightening.
I don't understand peope who like to be scared. Explain, OP. Preferably, smoke your joint and then try to explain.
R28, why do people go on roller coasters?
Not scary, but tense, Buried. A Spanish movie with Ryan Reynolds.
The Wicker Man (1973)
The original "The Haunting" from 1963. Scary as shit, but not graphically violent, if that's what you're looking for.
google the concept "dark ecstasy"
Scream 4 was a great movie.
Eyes Without A Face
"Repulsion" with Catherine Deneuve, directed by Roman Polanski. Very good scare movie.
Mame with Lucy Highball, as I called her.
R6 / R22 is a neo nazi
If you're looking to seriously trip out, then check out Cannibal (2006). You'll sleep with the lights on.
Speaking of warning, this a Youtube link, but it's *extremely* graphic. You've been warned!
You really can't go wrong with Alien. The last 20 minutes of the movie is the most suspenseful, painfully nerve-racking experience I've ever seen in movies.
The original 1986 The Hitcher is another good one; Rutger Hauer was born to play a murderous psychopath. He'll keep you scared.
Not a movie, but "American Horror Story" is scary as hell, and I say that as someone who doesn't scare easily. ("Paranormal Activity" did nothing for me. Ditto "Blair Witch." I liked the "Scream" films only because they were partly satire.) As a bonus, the first season has lots of shots of a buck-nekkid Dylan McDermott.
Here's something with some dark thrills: Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Yes, some episodes are really cheesy-bad and it's nowhere as intelligent as the Twilight Zone, but it does have a lot more hard-core horror-scares than the TZ did.
Descent, The Vanishing.
re: The Vanishing - watch George Sluizer's 1988 original (and excellent) "Spoorloos" (haunting but not particularly "scary"), ... definitely not the American 1993 remake with Kiefer Sutherland.
There has been no really scary movie made in the last twenty years. You want something good, rent or stream season one of "American Ghost Story".
The Mirror Has Two Faces
I love horror movies but I don't get scared too easy but here my recommendations: the orphanage (Spanish with subtitles) frontiers (French with sub), the others, the woman in black I found the older version scarier... That's all I can think of at the mom.
The Boston Stanger-- so creepy but really good.
Could someone make a recommandation thread about Movie´s like Angelas ashes, Schindler´s list? with people struggling....
Any of the Paranormal Activity movies scared the shit outta me.
If that's true, R59, you're the pussiest pussy who's ever pussied.
Well then eat me R6.
R61 I meant.
I found the Paranormal Activity movies scary too, R59. I like movies that have a spookiness to them, but that don't resort to gory violence. That's why I like movies like Insidious, too. And I bet the PA movies would probably freak you more when you're stoned than a movie like Martyrs. Not that I'm not saying Martyrs isn't good.
If you like torture porn, you'll like Martyrs. I found it interesting, especially the first part, but ultimately too disturbing. It stuck with me far too long.
My favorite oldies are The Shining and Rosemary's Baby; more recent faves are 28 Days Later and The Ring.
Insidious was really creepy had some good jumped in my seat moments it's now out on video.
yeah I liked insidious myself
"Seed". Don't expect to be okay mentally for a while after, though...my god, that hammer scene. I still shudder when I think of it, and I am a total gore hound.
Snowtown was pretty hard to watch. It's not scary so much as it is unsettling, especially since it's based on a true story. Another one that was unsettling to me was Eden Lake. It stars Michael Fassbender before anyone knew who he is.
[quote]If you like torture porn,
The first Paranormal Activity movie I watched on a red eye flight from LA to Paris and was surrounded by people and it still totally freaked me out.. The rest not at all.. Maybe it was the combo of ambien, red wine and going to France but it scared the shit our of me..
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2002)
Silence of the Lambs
The Blair Witch Project
The ORIGINAL TExas Chainsaw Massacre.
Exorcist III has the most frightening "jump out of your seat" moment in movies
Haunting of Hill House (The Haunting)
Noroi: The Curse (very creepy leading up to a terrifying finale)
Not terrifying but eerie mood: The Innocents, Don't Look Now, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, The Changeling (1980)
Inside or Martyrs if you're interested in bloody French films.
The Howling is really good, I think. Also, the remake of Salem's Lot is pretty good. Better than the original.
Forget "The Strangers". Go to the original French film "Them". Defintely a leave-the-lights-on movie. You can watch the opening scene on YouTube for a taste of the type of movie you're in for.
The Strangers...so really terrifying. And so underrated. Most people I know have never seen it which is so unfortunate.
The French movie is "Ils."
Rose Red was pretty scary....
Blair Witch Project
And another vote for Boston Strangler/Rosemary's Baby and The Shining
Silence of the Lambs
Blair Witch Project (my bf at the time cried in the movie theater). He was that scared.
The Strangers with Liv Tyler
Maybe because I live in the boonies.
Ditto what r31 said--"The Wicker Man" 1973 version with Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.
DO NOT watch the shitty re-make with Nic Cage!
Not really horror as much as psychological thriller, but it's pretty intense.
Fun fact: The great Christopher has stated that--of all the movies he's ever been in LOTR included--"Wicker Man" is his favorite.
Shutter Island was surprisingly scary. I had a hard tie getting to sleep for several nights after watching that.
Another vote for the original Wicker Man.
And of course the grandma of them all: The Haunting with Julie Harris. I think the fact that it's in black and white makes it even scarier. I still can't watch that movie alone at night.
If you haven't seen ROSEMARY'S BABY, you must ...a classic, entertaining & ultimately very scary film.
A couple more--
BREAKDOWN (1997)...what sounds like a 'B' movie turns out to be a taut, very creepy thriller. Kurt Russell stars as a husband moving out west, whose wife mysteriously disappears. JT Walsh is masterful as a trucker who may know more than he lets on. Jack Noseworthy provides some eye candy for us boys.
VICTIM (2010)..."A young man is abducted from a night club parking lot by a sinister surgeon and his silent (but brutal) henchman. The duo keeps the man locked up in the basement of their mansion, and the crazed surgeon proceeds to conduct a series of cruel experiments and bizarre surgeries on the poor guy. As the prisoner is tortured mentally and physically on a daily basis for months it appears that he was selected by his captors for a reason and that he isn’t just a random victim who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time." --horrornews.net review [and might i add that the young man is exceedingly good-looking!]
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I don't usually go to horror movies, but for some reason I saw "Final Destination" in the theater. There's one killing in there that just comes out of nowhere and made me jump out of my seat.
Another vote for The Haunting - for me classic chills. I think if they were not so familiar, Hitchcocks The Birds and Psycho could work too. Don't Look Now was good for some chills. None of these are blood and guts movies though, if that's what you are looking for.
Ils (Them) really is much better than The Strangers but it kind of loses it's steam after the reveal of who They are.
Breakdown is relentlessly intense, brutal and creepy. JT Walsh was great playing that evil character and it's one of Kurt Russell's best roles.
"Lunchroom Manners," starring Mr. Bumbles
Pretty much every horror movie before 1975 IS NOT SCARY TO MODERN AUDIENCES -- it's just camp.
Maybe they were scary to some of the eldergays here when they first came out.
But the entire state of the cinematic arts has changed DRASTICALLY since then. Visual and special effects are better, technical craftsmanship is A-list and so is the storytelling quality on many. More modern films have trumped everything that came before the late '70s when it comes to sheer terror.
I am from a younger generation and did not see some of the pre-1975 horror "classics" until the naughts, and believe me THEY HAVE NOT HELD UP.
PSYCHO is the only exception I can think of.
I laughed my ASS off at ROSEMARY'S BABY ("Hail Satan!") and the potty-mouthed Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST, spewing fake, green vomit when her obviously fake, mannequin head wasn't spinning around.
This shit may have terrorized America before America had seen anything better, but the best of today's horror flicks can be MUCH more efficient than obsolete or mere "chilly" movies from history.
I respect the creep of THE HAUNTING and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I love the James Whale FRANKENSTEINS and Bela Lugosi has his charms.
But even these pioneers weren't honed, unlike modern filmmakers who benefit from their collective best parts. They're not relentless, realistic, photographically and editorially efficient fits of pure terror.
Please see JAWS, ALIENS, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, SEVEN, THE HITCHER, PITCH BLACK, THE THING (1982), Spain's [REC] or the American remake QUARANTINE, HOSTEL, WOLF CREEK and CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2003 if you haven't.
That's not even counting the Not-Super-Scary-But-Chilly-and-Artful horror movies like:
28 DAYS LATER
28 WEEKS LATER
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE
THE SIXTH SENSE
THE OTHERS (even though it rips off SIXTH SENSE)
THE THING 2011 (which is a prequel to its original great, not a remake)
THE RING (Japanese)
THE GRUDGE (Japanese)
THE FLY (1986)
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D
THE LOST BOYS
THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN
It also doesn't count the Kind-of-Scary-But-Mostly-Entertaining-Comedies-With-Great-Scripts like:
EVIL DEAD 2
FRIGHT NIGHT and its Collin Farrell remake
DRAG ME TO HELL
BRIDE OF CHUCKY
SEED OF CHUCKY
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
ATTACK THE BLOCK
A CABIN IN THE WOODS
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
The SAW series is more disgusting gore than terror, but richly made and literarily provocative.
Stephen King's stuff isn't the best at sheer terror, but it's always great storytelling with great characters and plenty of creep. Movies based on his work can be artistically beautiful in the right director's hands.
The FINAL DESTINATIONS are neither scary, nor believable nor funny enough.
I find the "found footage" movies to be cheap, unscary gimmicks for the most part.
OP, you may not like THE DESCENT as much as me, but I do share your liking of the HILLS HAVE EYES remake and HAUTE TENSION.
Since you liked HILLS/TENSION, stay away from that director's boring mess MIRRORS.
I have a feeling you will like HOSTEL and last year's THE COLLECTION because like HILLS, they're hugely entertaining "Revenge Violence on the Monster," action-porn movies.
Very entertaining but you may be tempted to watch COLLECTION's predecessor THE COLLECTOR, which is ludicrous and nowhere near as satisfying as the sequel. Same thing goes for HOSTEL's sequels -- avoid!
Woman In Black and Insidious are good recent ones.
R98, you just talk too much! Not to mention, your taste is very suspect.
You sound like an entitled younster with no ability to discriminate, except to make empty pronouncements about how today's movies are sooooooo scary - notwithstanding all their fake-looking CGI.
Lemme guess, you thought THE AVENGERS was EXCITING - when in fact all it looked like was a boring oversized video game.
But your critical career really took a nosedive with your snarky dismissal of ROSEMARY'S BABY. No taste! In spite of that handicap, if you'd just drop your childish preconceptions & the catty snark, you might have some promise.
The Human Centipede
Ichi the Killer
Salo: 120 days of Sodom (this one will scar you for life)
R98's ruling out movies before 1975 is just ludicrous.
OP, get stoned and watch Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. You won't be sorry.
Insidious has some really scary stuff in it.
Thinking of a relatively recent movie, "the 4th kind" was very disturbing (especially if you know nothing about it before viewing). Took a few days to get that out of my head.
The Lost Boys? Bride of Chucky? Oh please.
American Werewolf in London had a few scary moments, but what I remember most is laughing at David Naughton's friend's appearance and deadpan demeanor as the movie went on.
I'll give you Pet Sematary, though.
I'll co-sign The Strangers any day. The American version of Funny Games is great (if you haven't seen the German version already).
Just don't let anyone tell you that Suspiria is good. It can eat a peanut-butter-jelly-and-asshole sandwich.
And another vote for Session 9.
Scared the bejezus outta me!
What really makes a good horror film is good storytelling, so unless you're a gore aficionado or you're one of those people who can't stand old movies, classics like "The Haunting" or "The Wicker Man" are definitely worth your while.
Marathon Man (1976)
So what movie did you choose, OP?
What did you think of it?
BRIDE OF CHUCKY and AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON were intentionally funny, r108.
That's why I listed them as non-scary horror comedies that OP should avoid until he's in a different mood.
You need to see an oldie. but a goody: the equally trippy and scary "Vampire Circus". It is a Hammer film from the early seventies.
Children of the Night
Another vote for Session 9. That's a good one.
Great choice, R112! i love Marathon Man - very strange & fun & yes, scary. Dustin Hoffman is tremendous, as is Roy Scheider as his brother who seesm to be mixed up in something dangerous.
Vacancy is a lot of creepy fun while stoned.
Let the Right One In, the Swedish original that was remade as the American Let Me In. The Swedish version is really creepy and atmospheric, and the Swedish children actors are so much better than their American counterparts. Totally worth the rental.
I think the American version of "Let the Right one in" is way better than the original.
[quote]But even these pioneers weren't honed, unlike modern filmmakers who benefit from their collective best parts. They're not relentless, realistic, photographically and editorially efficient fits of pure terror.
[quote]I think the American version of "Let the Right one in" is way better than the original.
It actually is, very surprisingly. The cgi at the end is unfortunate, though.
The acting in the American remake is very good. The original Swedish is, um, unfortunate. They even had to dub the actress who plays Eli she's so awful.
Both films are beautiful.
Really R120? Was it too hard to read the subtitles? There is no way the American version was better.
Perdita Durango from Alex de Iglesias
with Javier Bardem and Rosie Perez. Bloody, violent, nudity, sex, dead people being chopped up - AND deliciously devilish and funny as hell. Good luck on getting the uncut version, btw.
Sadako of "Ringu" (The Ring) continues to be my worst nightmare.
I also favor the Swedish, original version of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
It's scarier, funnier and more entertaining all around.
The American version sucked the emotion right out of it like a vampire to its victim, turning in a slow, understated meditation with some truly preposterous-looking CGI at times.
Hollywood usually INCREASES the entertainment quotient and believability when it remakes foreign genre films. That a tiny, European art film has more heart, life, character and voice is really saying something.
That said, either version is worth seeing.
There's nothing funny about Rosemary's Baby, what happened to her and the ultimate outcome of it is all very disturbing.
The Exorcist is quite scary indeed, but for me it's the opening scenes in Iraq with the dig, what's dug up and that ominous standoff in the desert with Max Von Sydow and that devil/gargoyle statue. Those initial sounds in the attic, Chris finding the Ouija board, hearing Regan talking about "Captain Howdy" and watching her gradually be taken over by the demon are the scariest aspects of this movie for me.
Paranormal Activity 4 horrified me!
What R126 said.
WHAT MOVIE DID OP CHOOSE?
'Wolf Creek' is scary, because that kind of stuff happens probably all the time in Australia. Ivan Milat is the perfect example. I think they even based it on him.
I think my scariest was 'The Strangers' and i love scary movies - so it is hard for me to actually get scared anymore.
Isn't REC the film where someone pooed their pants in the cinema out of fright?
"Eden Lake" was really scary!
There was this bizarre movie with Amanda Plummer as this crazed lesbian who goes on a murder spree in England. IIRC, she is hitchhiking, then kills one of the men and takes his care.
I don't remember the name of tnhis film. I can't even find it in her listings at IMDB! This film was so creepy! She's wearing this heavy bicycle chain across her naked body under her clothes. During her murder spree, she manages to pick up some innocent woman, a cashier at some roadside convenience store, who joins her on her mission. I only saw this film once on either IFC or Sundance, it was never shown again, it was quite disturbing and very scary.
Yes, the French version of "The Strangers", "Them" was excellent. "Audition" was just plain creepy. The orginal "Funny Games", excellent!
"Wolf Creek" was great, the original "The Hills Have Eyes," which I saw in a movie theater when it first came out. Last year I saw the Antonio Banderas film "The Skin I Live In" on cable, it was an excellent thriller!
"The Last Broadcast", was basically the blueprint for "The Blair Witch Project".
Most of the Asian horror movies are excellent: I really enjoyed "The Eye", "Ringu" etc.
There was one Asian horror film with a tallish handsome Asian man playing a police detective, that was excellent, of course I don't remember the name of this film either.
I do remember, most of these films were on IFC and Sundance.
Anyone figure out the name of the thriller with Amanda Plummer?
I wanted to add, it reminded me a lot of "High Tension", as far as being very dark and claustrophobic, re the style of the film.
r134, it's called 'Butterfly Kiss", I looked it up from your description. I just typed in "Amanda Plummer movie where she's a bisexual hitchhiker" and it popped up. I didn't look on her IMDB but it must be there. I just wanted to see if it was really difficult to find, it wasn't. It sounds interesting and I will watch it if I ever see it on.
Scary/disturbing: Wolf Creek, Saw, Hostel
Black Water- about killer crocodiles
Those stupid J-horror films have me convinced that every single Japanese person comes back as a vengeful spirit after they die.
They are all about thte same thing
'The Skin I Live In' was slow to start, but really disturbing as the story unfolded. Not really "scary", but a really good film to see.
I wonder why OP never told us which movie he chose?
I guess Datalounge judgment is the scariest movie of all!
Loved Drag Me To Hell.
I think it had a 90 or something on Rotten Tomatoes which made me go.
I think about the movie every time I'm in a parking garage which isn't too often.
Check the backseat -and bring a stapler!
[quote]The Changeling with George C Scott and Trish Vandevere! Really creepy and unsettling.
I just got done watching this movie, and I found it cheesy and not scary at all. The director and actors were trying way too hard. Definitely a waste of time.
I saw "Sinister" recently. Very creepy. I recommend it. Available through Netflix.