Please - nothing that is primarily slasher or gore or exploding aliens. I'm looking for supernatural or psychological horror, like [italic] Rosemary's Baby [/italic], or [italic] Psycho [/italic], and ideally films that can be considered masterpieces of the genre.
What are your favorites? TV movies and sci-fi are okay!
The Sixth Sense
The Devil's Backbone
So what you're saying is high budgeted studio pictures.
(in no particular order and more than 10)
A Tale of Two Sisters
Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Don't Look Now
Sex and the city 1 $ 2
A Tale of Two Sisters
Let's Scare Jessica to Death
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (added)
Don't Look Now
I forgot The Shining in my list of "The..." titles
The Exorcist 3, though certainly not a masterpiece, is very underrated and genuinely terrifying at moments.
r7, is that the one woth George C. Scott? If so, I agree with you.
I agree, r7.
Exorcist III has one of the (if not 'the') all-time best short scene shockers as well.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original & 1978 remake)
The Blair Witch Project
Poltergeist (no one seems to think this is scary now but I watched it recently and it's very intense and the action is relentless towards the end).
Everything R5/R6 posted except for The Sentinel/Jessica/Sisters - I can't judge, never seen them.
- The 1979 TV-version of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot', with the ghastly looking
vampire kids hovering behind the window.
- The 1973 version of 'The Wicker Man'.
OH shit, how could I forget Don's Look Now. The Shining out, Don't Look Now in.
From TV - Crowhaven Farm (1970).
Just curious - has anyone here seen [italic] The Screaming Woman [/italic], 1972 TV movie with Olivia de Havilland? A lot of people seem to agree that this was the absolute most frightening thing they ever saw in childhood (me too, and I saw a lot of scary stuff). I understand that its public domain but I haven't got the guts to check it out - lol. Anyone remember this or seen it as an adult? Brrrr!
[quote]Exorcist III has one of the (if not 'the') all-time best short scene shockers as well.
Haven't seen it. What is it? Can you spoil it for me?
here r16 (although it just seems weird out of context when you're expecting a shock)
That's the exact scene I was thinking of as well R17. Scared the hell out of me the first time I saw it.
It's a pity that Blatty basically had to make it into an Exorcist sequel - the scenes trying to tie it into that mythology are the weakest. I haven't read Legion, but it could be interesting to see a remake that isn't trying to be part of the Exorcist canon.
Maybe different kind of horror, but the original French version of Funny Games was full of horror.
"The Tenant" was a mess.
If you haven't seen Jacob's Ladder DO IT. One of the most underrated gems in psychological horror.
R16 .... is "The Screaming Woman' the one where Olivia is convinced her neighbor killed his wife ? And then at the end ..... well, if that's the one, yes ... I remember it and thought it was a good movie and it had a chilling ending. I was a child when I saw it, so maybe it would be different now watching it as an adult.
Add Poltergiest and The Exorcist to R1's list.
I get The Screaming Woman and The Screaming Skull mixed up.
Also known as The City of the Dead.
Try it. Made in England but set in New England. Atmospheric and original.
R26 you might appreciate "Burn Witch Burn" and/or "Night of the Demon."
R23 De Havilland didn't know about the neighbor or what the woman was doing there until near the end. But yes, I think you've identified the same movie. I think I may start a new thread on this movie. Thanks for responding.
You're right R28 ... I went and looked up more of the movie. She hears the woman and everyone thinks she's crazy (because of previous mental illness)
A sketch called The Drop of Water in one of Mario Bava's horror film. The whole film was made of three sketches, but The Drop of Water will make you lock your door if you hear your tap leaking during the night.
That ghost story is very predictable, nothing original there. This is why it's scary: you know exaclty where it is going.
The original Halloween from 1978 was really good. If you watch the "making of" on the Biography Channel, it shows how the low budget led to some choices that made the movie truly creepy, particularly for its time.
When I was a kid, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the original TV movie, scared the hell out of me and my brother. The remake sucked, of course.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The Innocents: Deborah Kerr is fantastic & the kids are so creepy.
Carnival of Souls: Poor Mary.
Insidious: The best of modern horror - pure scares without gore or torture.
Don't go to sleep (1982) Yes, a made for TV horror movie starring Rhoda but that ending: Jesus!
The Haunting (1963): In the dark. In the night.
Dead of Night (especially the Michael Redgrave sequence and the little ghost boy.)
The Others: Nicole Kidman's best role.
Let's Scare Jessica to Death
The Company of Wolves
The Woman in Black (1989): The Daniel Rdacliffe remake was unscary cheese. This is the real deal.
Don't Look Now
Silence of the Lambs
Army of Darkness (not really scary, but great campy fun)
(Original versions only...no remakes!)
oops...I forgot #10, The Shining
All great ones mentioned. One of my favorite movies is 30 Days of Night. Legitimately terrifying.
Is Crowhaven Farm the film where ...
POSSIBLE SPOILERS IF I'M RIGHT
...witches where punished by being put under a plank and then slowly crushed to death by adding stones on the plank?
And the new woman moving to this remoted area was not a coincidence, she was the reincarnation of a woman from that village who had turned in some witches. The reincarnation of these vicitms wanted to exact revenge on her ?
END OF SPOILERS
As for The Woman Screaming, this rings a bell, but unfortunately, I think I was exposed to an edulcorated remake. I remember watching an episode made for TV in the 80s where a little boy heard the screams of a woman buried in the woods. We know from the start he is right, but the stupid adults around him don't believe him because he is a child. It ends well, when the little boy sings a song he heard the burried woman sing and it is a song his father had made especially for that woman. Only her knew it! So the father realise his son is telling the truth and the woman is saved.
It was a bit mysterious, there was some suspense, but scary, it wasn't !
Can you tell me more about the original with Olivia De Havilland ?
I bet it doesn't end that well ?
39 reposnses and no mention of the original Night of the Living Dead or Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
Both were very much of their time, and while Living Dead is gory it is also tense and terrifying; Chainsaw Massacre has surprisingly little blood, but the sense of dread, terror and revulsion it creates is palpable.
SPOILER AHEAD on 'The Screaming Woman'..
Anyone feel free to jump in and correct me if I get it wrong....
As I recall it, Olivia and the woman's husband are fighting furiously outside. He is trying to kill her and suddenly his wife scratches her way out of the ground he buried her in. I think the husband then keels over of a heart attack.
But I may be off base with some of that recall.
Mine would be:
(1) The Haunting (the original) -- best horror film ever made. Absolutely terrifying with the loud booms and the expanding closed door.
(2) The Innocents -- who can forget the moment with the tear on the slate in the classroom? or Miss Jessel glowering in the rushes in the pouring rain?
(3) The Devil's Backbone -- A great setting (a boy's orphanage under siege in the middle of a wasteland during the Spanish Civil War), a scary pool, and a great creepy ghost. Plus, Eduardo Noriega as his studliest.
(4) The Woman in Black -- A great haunted house in a great setting, and a great scary ghost. The sequence where the ghost emerges from a door at the end of a hallway behind Daniel Radcliffe is very scary
(5) The Shining -- The whole film isn;t as scary as the early parts, but the sense of disorientation and menace in the beginning is great, as are the famous Steadicam shots from danny's point of view on his Big Wheel
(6) The Others -- Another genuinely great haunted house, with first rate performers (Nicole Kidman in her best performance to date, Fionnula Flannagan, Christopher Eccleston, and that great child actress). Beautiful sense of atmosphere, and a fine emphasis on character
(7) Session 9 -- The whole doesn't quite come together, but this has the best pre-existing setting for a horror film ever: the crumbling and abandoned Danvers State Home for the Insane (since demolished), which may or may not be the home to either ghosts or to former inmates who have come back to threaten a hazmat team
(8) The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (either version--they are equally good) -- These are usually grouped with sci-fi films, but they are truly horror films, and they both have excellent claustrophobic paranoid atmospheres, and each offers a great hysterical performance--Carolyn Jones in the original and Veronica Cartwright in the remake
(9) The Birds -- Again, although rarely admitted to be a straight horror film, it really is one. The confused family tensions have something to do with the random attacks of the birds, but what, exactly?
(10) Inferno -- The whole movie is not good at all, but the beginning sequence--where the heroine drops her keys into a submerged room beneath her feet, and must dive in for them--is both beautiful and terrifying.
Speaking of The Others, I also like The Other (1972).
I had the ending of 'The Screaming Woman' as being MUCH more dramatic than it was.
Just watched it on YouTube. Link below.
Still would've traumatized a little kid though.
The Entity with Barbara Hershey
The Woman in White - Lukas Haas. Creepy as all hell. Creepy uncle, creepy settings, kinda cheesy ending, but overall hit some keys.
The Keep with Scott Glen, because Nazis and Scott Glenn.
American Werewolf in London.
Warlock with Julian Sands. Because Julian Sands.
The Woman In White was a GREAT, GREAT creepy movie. Very effective and haunting
R30 Thanks for mentioning the Mario Bava from [italic] Black Sabbath [/italic]! This and the aforementioned [italic] Screaming Woman [/italic] were the two great terrors of my childhood. Bava was maestro supremo!
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Dressed to Kill
Theatre of Blood
I can't believe I forgot Halloween!
From the past 10 or so years:
28 Days Later
Drag Me To Hell
House of Wax (yeah, the one with Paris Hilton)
Ringu (1998), so tense, weird and creepy.
Dark Water (Japanese original - another creepy, moody film)
And another vote for Wolf Creek, The Birds, The Woman in Black, Dressed To Kill, Suspiria and Carnival of Souls.
R39, you have it right about Crowhaven Farm.
Quatermass and The Pit- English horror flick about martian spaceship found when expaning subway. Very comfortably British and then NOT comforting at all.
The Devils - by Ken Russell with Vanessa Redgrave. Over the religious sadism, IIRC.
Phantasm. You WILL cover your eyes watching this movie.
Dr. Who episodes "Are you my Mummy" and "Don't Blink".
The Dead Zone with Christophe Walken. The sense of rushing to the inevitable.
The Night Stalker tv series with Darren McGavin. Low budget horror, with good acting.
The Thing, first one with Kurt Russell.
The Fog with Adrienne Barbeau.
This thread is giving me such awesome ideas on what to watch. :)
Olivia de Havilland looks so weird in that clip from The Screaming Woman--she looks like Newt Gingrich if he were dressed as Zaza from La Cage aux Folles.
Thank you R41, R45 and R54.
I agree with you about Mario Bava, R49. And thank you for the movie title: Black Sabbath, yes.
The other sketch about the family that got gradually vamparized, while not as scary, had its eery moments.
R 56 I was hoping to help get everyone started planning for Halloween :-)
Some I've haven't seen named:
1) The Collector (60s)
2) The Island of Lost Souls
3) I Walked With a Zombie
4) Terror Is A Man (Philippines)
5) The Blood Spattered Bride (Spanish)
6) Corruption (Peter Cushing)
7) Matango (Japan)
8) Diabolical Dr. Z (Spanish)
9) Scream of Terror (Susan Strasberg)
10) Last Man on Earth (Vicent Price)
The "Telephone" segment of BLACK SABBATH always scared me as a kid. The scene in WOMAN IN WHITE when Lukas sees what happened to the girl is very unsettling. Same with the ending of THE OTHERS.
So glad someone reminded me of this movie, but it's called The LADY In White.
Trailer below. MUCH better than the trailer. It has real spooky parts
Halloween - The original
Witchfinder General aka The Conqueror Worm
Masque of the Red Death
The Snowtown Murders
Kill List - British film made in 2011 that I didn't know was a horror film until the last 15 minutes. Totally unexpected and shocking ending.
The Lady in White had indeed frightenning scenes for the kid I was (hag-looking ghost at the window always worked for me when I was young) and unsettling ones for anybody (evocation of a little girl being sexually abused, as re-lives by her ghost? shudders).
Still, it is all defused by the happy end, ghost-wise.
It's stange that this film, Lady in White and Woman in Black were made at about the same time. There is a similar scene with a rocking chair and a hag-ghost appearing in the bedroom/at the window of the bedroom.
The film with the ghost dressed in white ends well, because she was not really evil, just sad. The film with the ghost dressed in black ends differently: she is angry and vengeful.
"The Changeling"...one of the creepiest,chilling ghost stories/murder mysteries ever filmed.
Forget the derivative counterparts in "The Others" and the absolute piece of puerile trash that was "Insidious"...from the music and sound recording,the lighting and camera work and the unmannered performances THIS is how you present a proper seance scene:
Another vote for The Innocents and the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Other favorites: Frankenstein: The True Story, The Others, The Devil's Backbone, The Wicker Man (1973 version), Dark Secret of Harvest Home, Alien, and Rosemary's Baby.
28 Days Later (minus the last fourth of the movie)
My Little Eye
"Nightmare" (1964) scared the crap outta me when I was a kid--not sure it would anymore, but it was the first movie that did.
The Changeling was epically scary in the theater. I'll never forget that ball bouncing down the stairs to George C. Scott.
Magic was another one that freaked me out in the theater in the late 70s. The first evil talking doll/dummy...yikes.
The "Prey" (third) part of the Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black with the Zuni doll.
OP, as long as you said sci-fi's ok, I'd have to include John Carpenter's The Thing and Ridley Scott's Alien.
Some fantastic horror and suspense in both those films. Two of my all time faves.
If you want to be scared to death, watch parts 1 & 2 of this movie. It's terrifying.
After I saw "The Ring" I slept with the lights on for a year.
I don't think anyone's mentioned "Let the Right One In," yet, a recent Swedish vampire masterpiece with a queer twist (really!) The scenes that don't involve any of the children are tedious, but the rest of the movie is excellent. Avoid the English language remake. And another vote for "The Orphanage". At one point (if you've seen this movie in a theater you'll know which one) my then-partner turned to me and said, "I don't know if I can take any more of this!" Most of it is not especially gory, but is incredibly scary. Don't see it if you live in an old house with lots of unexplained noises.
Did Anyone mention The Strangers? It scared the fuck out of me every time someone would knock on my door. (There's a fucking doorbell for a reason!)
Funny Games (Austrian AND American versions)
Event Horizon (Especially the uncut version!)
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (FREAKED ME OUT!)
...and the usual suspects (except Suspiria and Jessica)
Yeah, The Strangers is the first movie that legitimately scared me since I was a kid. The beginning is a little slow to get through, but the rest is well worth the wait.
R7, did you know that Exorcist 3 was Jeffrey Dahmer's favorite movie?
Not really horror, but a great psychological thriller--"Seance On A Wet Afternoon"
The 1973 version of "The Wicker Man". Christopher Lee even admitted this was his favorite of all the movies he ever made. Avoid the shitty Nic Cage re-make.
Agree w/ others on "The Innocents" "Repulsion"
and the under rated gems "Horror Hotel" and "Burn, Witch, Burn"
Please DO NOT confuse "Horror Hotel" with "Motel Hell". The latter is a pretty funny, campy gore fest starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons( aka Beulah Ballbricker from "Porky's")
WITCHBOARD was a spooky little supernatural horror flick from 1986.
r76: Jeffrey Dahmer also ejaculated into the hollowed eye sockets of his victims. So... that's probably worse than his taste in movies. (One would think?)
Could we please keep this thread on track? This is not the place for gore-porn, thank you.
What about Les Diaboliques? Wonderfully scary French classic.
Even though it is sci-fi Alien is kind of haunted house in space.
Another vote for ALIEN. Extremely well made, and at the time I first saw it ALIENS also worked extremely well.
Ditto for the 1978 BODY SNATCHERS and ROSEMARY'S BABY. The final scenes of both upset me more than anything I can remember.
I'd add the 1979 DRACULA with Langella for the scene where he crawls the wall and scratches on the window. As a kid I saw this and didn't sleep for a long time. NOSFERATU and the Herzog remake are equally creepy.
PSYCHO still works for me, especially due to the last 15 minutes.
I'd say THE DARK KNIGHT qualifies despite the last 20 minutes or so. It should have ended up with a horrifying Arkham Asylum sequence and The Joker breaking out of there (maybe with Two-Face's help) but up until the Joker's capture it's as dark as they come.
I can't believe nobody's mentioned Wait Until Dark. But you have to have the room in absolute darkness when you watch it...
Gargoyles (1972) with Bernie Casey, Cornel West, Jennifer Salt and Scott Glenn, AND Grayson Hall, one of my favorites from TV's Dark Shadows. Anthropologist stumbles into confrontation with gargoyles, of course bringing his daughter along. Melting green candle wax titles aside, it had some truly terrifying moments and was actually poignant. Special effects on the gargoyles was extremely good, Stan Winston was pat of the makeup crew, went on to Aliens, Predator, Terminator and Jurassic Park. The makeup was what made this movie move out of the camp arena into a movie I will always remember.
I am not sure this is classified as horror but this classic is griping and scary: The Exterminating Angel
I thought the original 'The Descent' was a good movie with some startling scenes. Worth a look.
MANOS THE HANDS OF FATE
THE CREEPING TERROR
THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR Z
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE PART 2
TWO THOUSAND MANIACS
Carnival of Souls
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th
The Stepford Wives
and the list goes on and on
1. The original "The Haunting"
2. "Bobby" from Trilogy of Terror 2
"Bobby hates you, Mommy, so he sent me instead"
3. Blair Witch Project
4. The Orphanage - the only horror movie that ever made me cry
5. Pan's Labyrinth
6. John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness"
for the "this is not a dream..." sequences alone
7. Mouth of Madness
Closest anyone ever came to getting HPL right
Does anyone remember a British anthology where a babysitter keeps getting a phone call from a child who says "I'm so cold, I'm so cold". It is during a thunderstorm, and at the end you see a downed telephone wire on top of a grave. Really creeped me out as a kid.
I think Kwaidan (Japan, 1964) could fit well in your list.
It's elegant and classy. Some would complain the pace is too slow, but I enjoyed it.
It's a movie made of sketches that first appear to be your traditional historical Japanese stories, but each time, there is an eery twist that makes it unsettling.
Spoiler Request? - IFC showed 1972 "The Wicker Man" last night and I recorded it but my DVR cut the last minute off (fuck!). Would someone kindly tell me if something shocking ended the movie? I only got to the point where he is getting into his plane and it won't start. He called back for the man in the boat to come back and that's where my DVR fucked off. Thanks.
[quote]Does anyone remember a British anthology where a babysitter keeps getting a phone call from a child who says "I'm so cold, I'm so cold". It is during a thunderstorm, and at the end you see a downed telephone wire on top of a grave. Really creeped me out as a kid.
That sounds similar to a Twilight Zone episode about a grandmother who dies and calls her grandson on a toy phone. There's a downed phone line across her grave.
THE WICKER MAN:
You can watch the end on Youtube. Still want the spoiler? Okay, here it is:
The Sgt. ends up getting sacrificed in the wicker man.
[quote] Does anyone remember a British anthology where a babysitter keeps getting a phone call from a child who says "I'm so cold, I'm so cold". It is during a thunderstorm, and at the end you see a downed telephone wire on top of a grave. Really creeped me out as a kid.
[quote] That sounds similar to a Twilight Zone episode about a grandmother who dies and calls her grandson on a toy phone. There's a downed phone line across her grave.
You're both mixed up. There were two separate TZ episodes: one including a child who talks to his grandmother on a toy phone. The other has an old woman whose dead husband is calling her from the grave into which the downed phone line is running. I have no idea where the babysitter came from (maybe "When a Stranger Calls").
The Omen (original) and Prince of Darkness
I wouldn't categorize Pan's Labyrinth in the horror genre so much as fantasy with dark/horror elements.
No doubt one of the best fantasy movies ever made though.
I haven't seen this remake, but the original spanish film "[Rec]" is honestly one of the scariest films i've ever seen. Saw it with friends and we had a really fun time screaming our heads off at the last scene.
I saw [Rec] after Quarantine and did not like it as much. It's more or less the same movie but they were able to take what was so well done in [Rec] and make it scarier. But I'm sure the people who saw [Rec] first disagree.
Don't look now
Day of the Dead (1985) was excellent. Probably the best of the three (Night and Dawn).
So far no mentions of Val Lewton's productions for RKO? They were low budget with lurid titles, but were well written and filmed to suggest terror and evil. Class productions. Cat People, Curse of the Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, The 7th Victim, Ghost Ship, Leopard Man, Bedlam, Isle of the Dead, and The Body Snatcher.