Can one of you bitches recommend a movie that will scare the crap out of me?!
I'm pretty jaded when it comes to horror flicks, so if anyone knows of any good ones, feel free to post.
Body of Evidence
Copycat (older movie, i.e. 1995 but totally creeped me out)
I liked copycat, indeed!
SINISTER got under my skin, despite some flaws (too much Ethan Hawke). But those "home movies" are truly disturbing - one in particular (won't spoil it).
Pizza Boy He Delivers. In a good way.
Certain things about Copycat didn't work for me. Hated the actor chosen to play the serial killer and I hated Harry Connick Jr. in it. He was awful.
Only The Exorcist can scare me still, but I also liked the remake of Salem's Lot. Thought that was really good.
The original Halloween scares me.
Wolf creek is scary
Sinister was bad. And the 8mm parts were scary but I did not like the end. Too predictable
The original Halloween was the scariest movie I ever saw.
"The Descent" is also very good. Make sure you see the director's cut, though. There was an American version with a different, really stupid ending. The director's cut ending is perfect.
I also liked "The Others." It was a very well-done, eerie ghost story.
Also check out "The Orphanage." Also very good.
Billy the Kid VS Dracula.
The Purge w/ Ethan Hawke. Ms. Cavill's in Wolf Creek.
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter.
The Changeling (George C. Scott)
The Haunting (60's version with Julie Harris)
Night of the Lepus
Hillbillies in a Haunted House
The sketch called The Drop of Water in the 3-sketches Mario Bava movie from 1962.
Sweet dreams, Op!
She-Devil. To date, it is still M's greatest performance ever. So real. I shudder.
"Primetime at the DL."
Session 9 was very creepy. Watch it in a dark room without any distractions.
You could try one of those "Earth is on it's way down the crapper" movies by Al Gore, those always terrify me.
Wrong Turn is pretty messed up.
Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and Halloween are all iconic horror films for a good reason. Watch them alone in the dark and tell me they don't scare you.
and another vote for Wolf Creek and The Changeling
28 Days Later!
I also enjoyed Copycat but the one thing that bothered me was the scene when the police go to the killer's house and find the hidden alter with burning candles. Such a fire hazard. Do serial killers not think of this when they light candles and leave them to go kill?
Have to echo the scarefectiveness of the original John Carpenter HALLOWEEN. Even after viewing it too many times to count, it still gets me tensed up. Ignore the Rob Zombie reboot. Getting the back story of Michael Myers(hackneyed as it is)robs the story of some of its creepiness. Even though it's nowhere near as good, I like to follow H up with H2. It's all about Jamie Lee.
The Visitors. Really stuck with me. Totally unrelenting.
I'm afraid of starting a soap thread.
Obsession (aka The Hidden Room) from 1949
The Devil's Rejects
Maybe more disturbing than scary but it upset me so much I almost walked out of the theater.
Wait Until Dark.
But you have to be watching it in a pitch black room to get the full effect.
Definitely the scariest movie of all time, imo.
And Poltergeist 2 was damn disturbing, as well.
The original 'Salem's Lot is very scary.
Another vote for the original Halloween.
I also found The Blair Witch Project very unsettling. What ever happened to those actors?
The Exorcist scared me so much that I refused to allow the book to live in my room after I read it. The movie is brilliant and frightening. I would have been far too scared to work on it.
28 Days Later.
I woke up and watched The Exorcist on cable, uncut, in the middle of the night, at age 8. Scared the shit out of me.
The last film I saw in a theater that was scary was the American version of The Ring.
(I'm exempting, of course, the close-ups of SJP and her mole--in digital widescreen--during the first SATC.)
I might laugh at it now, but that night, in the dark of the theater, The Ring was scary.
The Pact. The Grudge.
This video will definitely creep you out, OP.
Warning: this is a real video of a soon-to-be-dead guy after a horrible accident. It is completely fucking insane and totally real.
Do not watch that video. Just the still photo was nauseuating, not scary R51
It would be great if I could find a film that scared me but I never have. I guess I'm just not easily scared. I'm usually only spooked by things that really happened and usually recent unsolved mysteries ( GSK or Golden State Killer scares me). R51 was disturbing. I feel for the victim, what a terrible way to die and have people gawking at you like that.
Not a horror film, but the mini-series The Take was disturbing. Tom Hardy is the star of the show. I can't watch anything he's in because he creeped me out so much
A friend and I saw THE EXORCIST in its first release when we were in our early teens. We started getting scared waiting for it to start because we had heard people on the ads for it saying they were so terrified in the first 10 minutes that they had to leave the theatre. We ended up finding the movie very UNscary, but enjoyable. But we did learn some new curse words.
Stop trying to make "Wolf Creek" happen.
Zodiac with Jake is scary. I got so scared that my eyes teared up.
Wolf Creek isn't scary in the traditional sense; it's only scary in that some people really are so sick and evil that they would kidnap, torture, and kill, and, even worse, get away with it.
There's a British horror movie from 1971 called "Blood on Satan's Claw" (it's about witchcraft), I thought it was pretty impressive.
The Spanish horror movie "Rec" is pretty damn scary, and is very original compared to most by-the-numbers horror movies.
[quote]I also found The Blair Witch Project very unsettling. What ever happened to those actors?
Heather Donahue's been in a few things, including the Spielberg miniseries "Taken".
I don't believe she could ever achieve fame or stardom, however, as she's pretty much known for two things: an insanely high hairline (seriously, it's disturbing how far back her hairline starts), and that scene where she's crying into the camera apologizing to everybody's moms and has snot running down her face.
I have a soft spot for the remake of the House on Haunted Hill (due to one scene in particular). Over the years I've come to adore Famke Janssen and Geoffrey Rush in their roles; it's a really fun movie with some really neat scares. The ending is a mess and disappointing but if you can overlook that, and appreciate the cheese, you'll really enjoy it.
28 weeks later
[quote]Do not watch that video. Just the still photo was nauseuating, not scary [R51]
You need to watch it, R52.
In particular, pay attention to how the poor guy keeps picking at his no-longer-attached belly, and trying to lift himself up to look. He even seems to be cleaning up his intestines, picking off something and discarding it to the side.
If I saw it in a movie, I'd say it was the shittiest special effects ever seen. Truth really is stranger than fiction.
Don't Look Now with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie shows up on a lot of top 20 supernatural horror films. It is on Netflix streaming.
movies don't really scare me either OP.
The Others was eerie and beautifully done though.
R65 I loved Don't Look Now but consider it spooky and unsettling, save for the last scene. That was more shock but I did jump, even at home.
It reminded me of De Palma's Carrie.
(De Palma must surely have been influenced by Don't, as his film Obsession was set in a gloomy Venice.)
I wonder how they can remake Carrie, even with Julianne Moore. Seriously. She couldn't save Psycho with Gus Van Sant directing and Viggo Morrison's ass.
The Next Best Thing
Dressed to Kill. It really does showcase my best moments.
R71 = likely to be a frequent DL poster
Luka, are you allowed to use the computers in Montreal?
Carrie, the original. Only saw it once when i was a kid Wil never watch it again. Mommy had to sleep in my room for over two weeks.
30 Days of Night. Friggin terrifying.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. You'll be horrified through the chuckles.
I caught The Other on tv as a kid and it scared the shit out of me for weeks. Not sure how it's aged though.
My Little Eye is also creepy if you watch it in the dark. Features a fresh faced Bradley Cooper.
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte also.
Okay, pretty much anything with old lady Bette Davis, like Burt Offerings.
The only time I ever screamed in a theater was at the end of the original Dutch version of 'The Vanishing'
 The original Dutch version's ending was disturbing. I hate it when they change the ending of movies for American audiences.
The Woman in Black wasn't too bad. I also liked The Innkeepers and The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh. They're atmospheric horror though - won't appeal to the torture porn/gore lovers.
Needles in eyeballs, ex-lovers in burlap sacks, and extreme fear of intimacy.
Why is nobody mentioning that you have to pay $10 to register and view the video linked at r51? I can never understand why people fail to mention things like that.
Saw The Strangers in the theatre and could not breathe through much of the movie. The ending is a little doofy (aren't they always?) but the entire movie leading up to it felt like a boa constrictor tightening around my chest. It might make an amazing stage play, in the vein of Wait Until Dark.
I saw the trailer for that One Direction documentary and it scared the shit out of me. LOL, just kidding. I love horror movies but I am not easily frightened but I love the first two "Alien" movies, "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), "The Evil Dead" (1983), "Near Dark" (1987), "The Fly" (1986), "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). I thought "The Cabin in the Woods" (2012) was pretty cool and unique. Of course, the old standby, "The Exorcist", is pretty scary if you're religious (which I'm really not).
I also love both versions of "Nosferatu" (1922 and 1979).
The Hitcher (1986) is great. C. Thomas Howell was young and cute, Rutger Hauer was a scary mofo.
Really scary ghost movies are unfortunately rare. Most of what we call horror movies these days are meant to gross you out, not scare you. I don't think people can suspend their disbelief enough anymore to support a truly scary ghost story these days.
Dead Silence has its moments.
Watch "A Haunting". Some of those episodes scare the hell put of you and they are supposed to be real stories of paranormal activity.
It would be great if they did, R79. That could scare me. Just reading about it at night has me checking my locks and windows.
R88, I watched the video for free. I didn't have to pay anything to watch it. I didn't even see anything that said I had to pay to view it.
If you want extra-creepy, try "Magic" starring Anthony Hopkins as a ventriloquist, at the mercy of his dummy.
Just watch a lady gaga video.
Don't Look Now is the best. Roeg jazzes up Daphne du Maurier.
R100 My parents took my brother (7) and I (9) to see Don't Look Now at the theater in 1973. My brother and I were fine with the horror stuff, though it scared my mom silly. You should have seen my mother's mad rush to get us into the lobby when that extremely graphic sex scene came on. She grabbed us both by the collars and said, "Come on, boys. Let's go to the snack bar and get some popcorn." It was hysterical. As we walked out I kept turning around to see what I could see. After we got the popcorn and Cokes, mom peeped back into the auditorium to ensure that the mating scene was over before we could go back in and sit down. LOL. One of my favorite childhood memories, that movie.
[quote]Why is nobody mentioning that you have to pay $10 to register and view the video linked at [R51]? I can never understand why people fail to mention things like that.
R51 here: You only have to register (and pay) if you want to look at more than 3 thread pages at my link. The video is on the first page of 1 thread, so it's free.
I will say that when I shared that link a few hours later with people on another site, they all got "file can't be found" error messages. So I dunno wtf is up with that site, sorry.
The 1936 version of The Mummy, Halloween and The Exorcist are still the scariest movies I watched as an adult. When I was a kid, there were so many scary horror and sci-fi movies that I loved. Now? Meh. I have high hopes for The Conjuring. The Walking Dead isn't a movie but it is pretty scary at times and well worth the investment. Funny, but I just remembered Midnight Lace with Doris Day and how that one really scared me, especially the creepy voice on the other end of the phone.
Any Jen An movie.
Love MIDNIGHT LACE, R111! It's one of those popcorn movies to pop in the dvd player and kick back with. And the voice IS creepy.
Another vote for A Serbian Film.
I'd like to suggest something that hasn't yet been mentio
ned and available on Netflix streaming. The film , "The Skeleton Key". This film has everything! Ghosts, Hoodoo, scary attics,"remedies", ugly crippled people, southern gothic mansions, candles, hanging Spanish Moss, cajun music, Kate Hudson and the great Gena Rowlands in what is arguably a shouldda-been nominated performance.
My recommendation would be John Frankenheimer's "Seconds".
It's not a horror film exactly but I found it very unnerving in it's bleakness and plausibility.
Rock Hudson's performance is something of a revelation and I would have easily given him the Oscar.
Reportedly, it's the film that may have contributed to the mental breakdown of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
No one has mentioned Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions or Hellraiser, both are good Halloween movies.
Trick or Treat is a scary one with a Halloween theme, don't be fooled by the dvd cover art, this one is not for kids folks.
Just watched "Terror Train" with Jamie Lee Curtis...very stylish and effective little thriller.
Have you considered looking in the anime genre, OP?
There are many genuinely scary and well-written anime movies and series. (And most have been dubbed into English, so no subtitles).
Despite its fame among tweenagers, "Death Note" is pretty scary and quite graphic. It's also an amazing story, gripping and thrilling and utterly mesmerizing.
I also highly recommend "When They Cry" ["Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" in Japanese], it is beautiful and unforgettable.
And if you like zombies, you'll love "Highschool of the Dead". It's better than The Walking Dead tv series could ever hope to be.
Other popular horror anime series include "Darker Than Black", "Monster", "Elfen Lied", "Gantz", "Ergo Proxy", and "xxxHolic".
Oh, and if you enjoy black comedy, look for the re-dubbed version of "Ghost Stories". It's packed full of jokes ("Tell me, do you feel less Jewish than usual?") and meta-commentary, but still manages to provide some scary Japanese folk tales.
"Battle Royale" is a Japanese film that came out around 2000 which is everything "The Hunger Games" wasn't....brutal,intense,disturbing and uncompromising. Quentin Tarantino calls it one of his favorite films if one considers that any sort of recommendation.
No film already mentioned will scare the crap out of you more than the first two minutes of "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work." Anyone who has seen it has been traumatized.
Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom).
Bonus points: Admist all the horror, there is a gay wedding and subsequent banquet.
"Seconds" is a special kind of scary. Extremely well done film.
The most frightening film I've ever seen was the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," but not in a fun way. I had nightmares about it for six months afterwards.
For fun-scary rather than PTSD-inducing scary, I'd add another vote for "Poltergeist."
I like the remake of "House on Haunted Hill" better than the original. As far as William Castle's oeuvre "The Tingler" is a much superior film.
This episode of "Night Gallery" is a nice piece of filmmaking on the theme of a haunted house.
Valley of the Dolls... you'll never stop talking about it.
Silent House is on Netflix Instant right now. It's an American remake of a Uruguayan film based on a true story. The entire movie is presented as one continuous shot, a la Hitchcock's Rope, so there is no relief from the tension. It's also amazing how much technical planning had to be involved to do so much in one shot, although there are one or two obvious splice points.
I was trepidatious because it stars a sister of the Olsen twins, but she's an actual actress and completely carries the movie.
One caveat: because of the low-light setting, most of the film is dark, so you're almost forced to watch it in a darkened room. A smart cinematography choice, but annoying on a tablet screen.
John Travolta in "The Bathhouse Tapes" - Horrifying!
Who's That Girl
The Tingler will have you screaming, that's what it's reviews said on toys.com anyway.
The Tingler scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. It had the most ridiculous plot but offered up several very scary scenes. All of which took place at the deaf mute's apartment.
Just watched The Conjuring, and it is indeed quite scary and well-done.
And it stars DL fave Lili Taylor!
I normally detest remakes, but John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing" is surprisingly well-done and scary. The monster in his film is a lot more terrifying that the giant carrot that James Arness played in the original.
The Haunting. Not the remake, but the original with Julie Harris.
Cannibal Holocaust or Men Behind the Sun.
I just recently watched The Haunting and I didn't think it was scary at all. The Shining is scary, Session 9 is scary.
The original The Haunting is so boring and not scary. Nothing happens at all. The remake with CZJ and Lili Taylor is better.
R136 is the same moron who keeps popping up on threads like this declaring the execrable remake of "The Haunting" as "better" than the original. It wasn't "better." It was universally panned as being a big budget piece of shit.
The original Haunting definitely - and another vote for the Changeling. Not sure if Freaks (1932)is horror, but stayed with me for days
Any old movie (pre-1950). Those movies scare the shit out of me because all of the cast members are dead now. A bunch of fucking ghosts. That terrifies me.
The Bad Seed, 1956 version. not really scary, but great!!
Eight Legged Freaks. It isn't scary but it's campy and fun. Well written and acted. Better than Arachnaphobia in my opinion. The cast is interesting. Scarlett Johansson. Matt Czuchry. Kari Wuhrer. Eileen Ryan. David Arquette (surprisingly good!) and a kid actor who is a dead ringer for Connor Paolo but a much better actor.
The Uninvited. The black and white version made in 1944. It's a good old fashioned ghost story with a stellar cast. Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Gail Russell and Cornelia Otis Skinner. It's just out on HD DVD. Just in time for Halloween. Also the original When A Stranger Calls with Carol Kane. Intense and very creepy. This one will make you jump. And has a killer twist. Perhaps the original Woman in Black. Much better than the remake with Harry Potter. And a lot scarier. House of Wax with Vincent Price is always camp fun and I always found it scary. I love Technicolor. And last but not least, Midnight Lace with Doris Day and Rex Harrison. A thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the end. As you can see, I like psychological thrillers rather than slash and gore but I do watch the original Halloween every year. And it still scares me.
I forgot about the original Dawn of the Dead directed by George Romero. That's a good one.
Val Lewton/Jacques Tournier made some great low-budget classic horror films in the 40's, maybe not scary enough for today's viewer, but they work for me:
The Leopard Man
Isle of the Dead
The Seventh Victim
I Walked With a Zombie
You haven't lived until you've seen the original DAWN OF THE DEAD at a midnight movie when you're one of THE four white people in the audience. It was a hoot!
Tonight I watched The House of the Devil and now I can't sleep. A diaper might be a good idea when you watch this one. Loved it though...a great throwback to the wonderful "Satanic panic" movies of the 70s & 80s.
Oooooh, LEOPARD MAN, R147! I remember seeing that when I was very young and one scene left a big impression on me. I'm sure you know the one I'm referring to. The scene where the daughter is banging on the door begging her mother to let her in the house. That stayed with me. Wonderfully atmospheric movie!
'House of the Devil' has to be one of the most overrated horror movies of the past 100 years. If the idea of a girl promqueening around a house while listening to headphones for what seems like forever scares you so shitless, make sure you never babysit my niece.
R150, it's coming on tonight on TCM! Yes, that is one of the creepiest scenes in any movie.
That leopard man programme was not scary at all and i stayed up to watch last night.
I agree that House of the Devil was overrated. It had potential with Mary Woronov, Dee Wallace and the whole tribute to 80s horror thing but the story fell flat...
Either Tori Spelling's or Dustin Diamond's sex tapes.
My Little Eye starring Bradley Cooper
Another vote for 28 Days Later
Identity starring John Cusack
The Exorcist - Director's Cut
The Man in the Iron Mask
Eden lake is the only movie in years that truly gave me nightmares.
Student Bodies, R156??? Isn't that the one with horsehead bookends?
NO to the Director's Cut of The Exorcist. Bah! Stick with the original. You don't need those awkward deleted scenes or the added cellos. Friedkin's attempt to appeal to the "scary movie"-going dopes of the early 2000s who'd never seen it before. Lame.
The House of the Devil is great. The tail-end is what let me down, but the suspense, man. The mundanity. Very nicely done. The Innkeepers, Ti West's followup, is the one that sucked, HARD.
The Changeling with George C. Scott scared the shit out of me. The seance scene, the banging that interrupts Scott's early-morning crying fit. The little room upstairs. Ugh.
Wait Until Dark has a highly effective and totally underrated score by Henry Mancini. Two pianos slightly out of tune with each other. Alan Arkin is great in this.
A Tale of Two Sisters was confusing as hell, not particularly scary, but really engrossing and nicely done.
Brian De Palma's Sisters (1973) starts out weird and just keeps getting weirder. In my Top 10 all time film favorites. I'm planning to buy an all-region Blu Ray player with a NTSC/PAL converter just so I can get the UK's Arrow Video release in 2014. Totally far-out score by Hitchcock's favorite composer Bernard Hermann. Gory, suspenseful, quasi-psychedelic, hilarious.
Zodiac is one of the best and creepiest movies ever. Saw it three times in the theater. I love it when people say it's overlong and boring.
Anyone seen The Evictors from 1978? It's on Netflix now.
The Strange and Deadly Occurrence -- 1974 TV movie available on YouTube. Odd title, surprisingly engrossing. Vera Miles and Robert Stack. Along the same lines as The Evictors (and The Ghost & Mr. Chicken, for that matter).
I need to finish watching Don't Look Now on Netflix, you all have convinced me.
Salo: 120 days (Director killed himself after filming this)
The Human Centipede (I&II)
Bumping in the hopes of new recommendations.
Your mom's ass!
"Magic" starring Anthony Hopkins.
"No One Lives" starring DL favorite Luke Evans.
And I echo the calls for "The Descent." That was a scary one.
"The Conjuring" is very, very scary; especially because it is TRUE!
"The Others" with Nicole Kidman is very scary, too!
The Descent was definitely fun. Insidious gave me lots of goosebumps, even watching at home during the day. The Conjuring is one of the best haunted house movies ever.
Another vote for 28 Days Later
Jacob's Ladder (Tim Robbins gives a,great performance)
r136's favorite author is Dan Brown and his favorite gourmet restaurant is Chili's.
John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness. It's from 1987, if I remember correctly. Anyone else seen it? Alice Cooper has a few scenes as a homeless guy.
"Salo: 120 days (Director killed himself after filming this)"
Pasolini was murdered by a hustler. He didn't take his own life.
Just watch that 'A Haunting' show next time Discovery Channel does a marathon of it...
Rosemary's Baby, the Exorcist and the Omen -- think of them as an unofficial trilogy. You'll not sleep again, OP.
The original Rosemary's Baby... not the upcoming follow up with Ronan Farrow...
You would think Hollywood would make more good horror films since they seem to always make huge money at the box office. They seem rare though.
I know a lot of people didn't, but I saw Oculus this weekend and I liked it.
I didn't think The Conjuring was that scary. It was creepy in parts but I wouldn't watch it again. The Descent, however, was great. I can watch that over and over.
I saw Oculus this weekend and was pleasantly surprised but I wouldn't watch it again.
R120, thanks for these recommendations! I LOVED High School of the Dead. I'm bummed that it's not on Netflix anymore.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I will never watch that again by choice.
The Innocents -scare the crap out of you? Maybe not, but very good film that's creepy as hell.
Lake Mungo - Engaging, creepy, somewhat sad docu-style Australian sleeper. One scene made me jump. I don't scare so easily anymore so that was significant.
The Haunting of Julia - 70's movie with Mia Farrow. Has no one else seen this but me? I never see it mentioned. It scared the crap out of me when I saw it as a youngster. Not sure how it's aged tho. Farrow made my blood run cold.
Another vote for The Changeling. Scared me as a kid and adult.