Skip to comments.Halloween Weekend: What is the SCARIEST Movie You Ever Saw?
Posted on 10/28/2011 6:27:39 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
Okay, we are coming into Halloween Weekend leading into Monday. I expect a whole bunch of horror movies on the tube during the next few days. So my question to you is what is the SCARIEST movie you ever saw and why?
I'll lead off by telling you the scariest movie I've seen in the past few years. I found it to be even scarier than "The Exorcist." In this case it was a movie I saw on the tube about a week ago called "The Last Exorcist." It was filmed as if it were a documentary following a Louisiana Preacher by the name of Cotton Marcus who is something of a con artist. He doesn't really believe in possession by the Devil but he will perform exorcisms because he claims the fraud will actually make people feel better. Of course, he also collects money for his phony exorcisms.
The documentary style film starts off low key but ends up with a truly frightening ending that I won't spoil by giving it away. However, the thing that scared me the most is that the 14 year-old girl, Nell Sweetzer, who was supposedly possessed by the Devil draws a picture of the cameraman getting his head chopped off. The cameraman tells the preacher that he doesn't feel comfortable being around a girl who drew such a picture of him but the preacher tries to sooth the camera guy by playing down the idea that a mere girl could harm him. From that point on, you just KNOW that the cameraman had better SPLIT that scene immediately. What really made it scary is the way the girl when demonically possessed kept focusing in her eyes on the cameraman...sometimes with a wicked smile. That really creeped me out. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting to sleep after watching this flick.
We just had this thread a couple days ago...
I’m going back to the 40s here.
“The Beast With Five Fingers.”
I couldn’t sleep for days.
Henry. - scared the hell out me.
“Two On A Guillotine”...saw it when I was 8. Slept with my arms over my head for a year so they couldn’t fit my head into the slot.
Then there’s the original “The Haunting”...when that arm comes out of the wall we all jumped into my mom and dad’s bed!!
I haven’t worked up the guts to see “The Descent.” I’ve heard it’s very intense.
I’ll throw into this thread:
The Thing (Carpenter)
Alien (even though I know it backwards and forwards now)
Silence of the Lambs; Psycho; Jaws; Jurassic Park
But true fear..."JAWS"!
I was a kid that took beach vacations every year with my family..Jaws changed my enjoyment. I never went to the beach the same again after that.
Definitely, the scariest movie I ever saw was the perv Roman Polanski’s “The Tenant.” To me, the scariest thing ever is what goes on in the MIND. Gotta give the pedophile props for this one. It didn’t help that I stayed in a dorm in Paris that looked just like that building.
Just kidding. Seeing if anyone is paying attention.
“Black Christmas” (1974)
I second that. Friggen scary.
Excorcist III has some definite jump-out-of-your-skin moments. Brad Doriff was amazingly out of his mind creepy in that.
“The unrealistic and negative portrayal of hunters was clearly a leftist position.”
Can’t speak to Walt’s politics, but, “Bambi” closely followed a pretty good young adult book by the same name, written by Felix Salten.
The whole story is written from the deer’s point of view, so, of course the hunters are a negative.
Just FYI, Walt didn’t write the story. He merely made it into a movie.
The book was surprisingly good.
The Exorcist and I only saw the TV broadcast never the R rated original version. And did watch in its entirety but I saw start and finish. Seems to have been on CBS in 1980. Never wanna see it again.
While I don’t consider it that scary anymore, the first time I saw ‘Night of the Living Dead’ I was 9 or 10 and I couldn’t sleep, and neither could my dad, and we watched it late one night on local nyc tv.
The movie was absolutely terrifying to me, and as a young kid I enjoyed a steady diet of Universal Horror, Hammer Horror (which I would appreciate much more as I matured), and Toho monster movies throughout my childhood. I never was particularly delicate, but NOTLD got to me.
The 1963 movie, “The Haunting” based on the Shirly Jackson novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”. Close second, “The Thing From Another World” in 1951.
Speaking of broadcast television, I was never more terrified than I was as a 10-year old in 1979 watching Salem's Lot as a made-for-TV miniseries. I was terrified for months afterwards, especially if I went to bed and forgot to close my window shades.
Like many horror films, it dated poorly when I watched it again several years later as an adult.
A documentary of the Manson family.
As a kid, “House On Haunted Hill” scared the daylights out of me also. Another one that came out later that gave me nightmares for days was “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte”.
I second that recommendation.
Superb sci-fi/horror flick, starring Sam Neill ("Reilly, Ace of Spies").
LOL! I remember watching that too as a little boy in 1980. It really did scare me too.
Carnival of Souls
I was rooting for the monster. Probably the least sympathetic protagonists in a monster-disaster movie in years.
“Dark Night of the Scarecrow” really creeped me out as a kid.
The Exorcist and because of it I don’t watch scary movies anymore!
Agree. Like I said, I’m not sure why that film creeped me out. Could not have cared less about the protagonists. In fact, all of them would fit right in with the OWS crowd. Hmmmmm, intersplicing OWS and Cloverfield footage ... could be entertaining to portray the whole bunch in that park being devoured by a sky scraper sized monster.
I kept expecting something insightful from Silence of the Lambs... Just B-grade crap with A-List talent.
There are some more realistic movies that disturb me more than scare me....
The original Scanners flick, nothing else is even close.
Now, I’d pay $13 to see that! Or $18 to see that in 3D! :-)
As a child, “Invaders from Mars” (the original). It gave me nightmares for years...
I thought you meant Obama when you typed Bambi.
The scariest imaginable movie would most likely be “I Was a Teenage Earl Warren”—This really was a movie, made by Occidental College students in 1971. However, the title scared me away.
I saw The Blob when I was just a little guy......couldn’t sit on the pot for weeks, thinking about the monster coming up from the plumbing.
For me it was “The Ring”.
If that was the purpose, it didn't work with me when I saw it in 1957. However, when I saw it again for the first time in more than half a century, it made me angry. Disney's version of Bambi heavily distorted and dumbed down Felix Salten's original story. I recommend that before you see the movie, read the book--and make sure you read the translation by Whittaker Chambers--yes, that Whittaker Chambers!
The Exorcist when I was eleven years old. For a couple of weeks, I did not look forward to bedtime. Those nightmares were no fun.
The Blair Witch Project creeped me out, especially at the end. Also, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original) and The Others. It seems funny now but when I saw the original Friday 13th in high school, the last scene where Jason comes out of the water made me almost have a heart attack. I slept in my parents room, on the floor, for a couple of days after that one.
BTW, I read in an interview that the reason people looked so terrified during the chest-burster scene was because Ridley Scott didn't tell anybody that something was going to burst out of John Hurt's chest, and that people would be splattered with (movie) blood!
Yep, that is the one I saw when I was eleven. Watched it with my older brother. So scared I could not stop watching even the commercials. It was brutal.
PJ, I saw that movie, “The Last Exorcist.” It was creepy. Another good documentary style movie is “Death of a Ghost Hunter.” It was very scary.
I had a blessed childhood. In the late 1970s, at great expense, my parents bought a VCR and my mom, a huge horror film buff, had no problems letting me stay up late and watch the stacks of videos she'd rent. Many of these 70s films hold a special place in my heart for scaring the crap outta me as a child. Phantasm is one of them.
Fast forward 20+ years later and I'm a grown man spending some time with my younger teenage cousins. I rent Phantasm promising them a good scare. Instead, they laughed throughout the film, regarding it as one of the stupidest movies they'd ever seen. Sadly, I agreed with them.
Like so many of these films, it just didn't hold up over time. Silly acting, pacing and music. I guess it should've not been revisited as an adult and better left to terrified childhood memories.
I still think Rosemary’s Baby is the scariest... with The Exorcist a close second.
The Blob by the Five Blobs (1958)
This was one of the first chart successes of Hal David and Burt Bacharach.
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