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Old 06-10-2013, 05:40 PM
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Scariest movie you ever saw

For me, it's either the 1944 version of "Gaslight", starring Ingrid Bergman, or a late 1990s German movie called "Funny Games", which is not funny at all.

I asked this question on another board, and one person nominated "All The President's Men" which I found interesting, to say the least.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:50 PM
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The Shining creeped me out.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:08 PM
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Children of the Corn. Not that I think it's particularly scary now, I was just too young when I saw it for the first time (under 10, exposed to it by the older brother of a friend). Scared the absolute living daylights out of me.

Didn't help that at the time my somewhat remote house was surrounded on virtually all sides by corn fields.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:15 PM
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The Shining creeped me out.
Thought of this immediately upon seeing the thread title. It's my opinion that The Shining may be the scariest movie of all time.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:16 PM
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I can't remember the name of the film. I was about fourteen. Don't think it was supposed to be a frightening movie but in it was a shot at dusk of a graveyard and one grave had a life-sized angel stone. It's face was crazed with cracks. That was the scariest thing I had seen in a film at that time.

I was certain for several years after that that if I opened my closet door at night that angel would be waiting for me in there.

As an adult? The first time I saw "Nightmare on Elm Street" I couldn't take a bath for nearly a year. (And, yes, I do have a shower here.)

Given more thought, both the antiwar films, "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Johnny Got his Gun" are way more terrifying than anything a scriptwriter can concoct totally from imagination.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:30 PM
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Diary of a Madman (1963) with Vincent Price. I saw it when I was a teenager, so it made more of an impression that it would now. Price's hammy acting seemed way too real to me. It's based on a short story by Guy de Maupassant. Price's character is possessed by an alien creature without a physical body that causes him to murder people he loves, and then frees him so that it can enjoy watching his reaction when he sees what he's done. Oh, and without a body, it's unkillable.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:31 PM
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We probably need to differentiate between "Scariest Movie" (which is very hard to pin down objectively) and "Most Scared You've Ever Been by a Movie" (which is, of course, completely subjective).

My list would begin with Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and The Time Machine (1960-ish), but I was just a wee tyke.

More grown up, it would be Psycho and The Haunting, which I first for the first time saw as a young teen and was scared shitless.

As an adult: Alien.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:34 PM
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Away From Her

Seriously. This movie really frightened me, unlike say, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or Hellraiser.

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Old 06-10-2013, 06:58 PM
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The Excorcist when I saw it home alone as a little kid.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:14 PM
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In completely different ways and for different reasons:

Pan's Labyrinth

Silence of the Lambs

The Blair Witch Project

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Old 06-10-2013, 07:17 PM
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:25 PM
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Thought of this immediately upon seeing the thread title. It's my opinion that The Shining may be the scariest movie of all time.
I'm surprised to see people say this, since I find the overacting by all 3 of the principals to be absolutely hysterical. A lot of that tho is probably the Seinfeld is Unfunny effect combined with my perception of the film being colored by that of its numerous parodies (esp. the Simpsons one).
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:45 PM
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The Lost Continent (1968). A completely laughable plot-mishmash with hokey dialogue and cheap rubber monsters, not worthy of the merest passing attention of MSTK3, but I was five years old when I saw it and it was nightmare fuel. I wouldn't swim in the sea for fear of man-eating seaweed-vines.

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Old 06-10-2013, 07:45 PM
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Easy: Play Misty For Me. Much scarier than all the horror films I've seen (and loved), because it's so plausible. The very fact that it could happen (and probably does all the time) makes it vastly more scary than anything supernatural.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:57 PM
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The Ring. I watched this movie outdoors in broad daylight on a 15" laptop screen with 4 other people and it still scared me so bad I slept with the lights on for a week because every time I turned them off, I saw Samara's head coming out of my wall.

I'm really affected by weird/crazy eyes and that movie was full of them.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:28 PM
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The Ring. I watched this movie outdoors in broad daylight on a 15" laptop screen with 4 other people and it still scared me so bad I slept with the lights on for a week because every time I turned them off, I saw Samara's head coming out of my wall.

I'm really affected by weird/crazy eyes and that movie was full of them.
I was going to, and in fact attempted to post about a movie called "Death Smiles on a Murderer" but it disappeared so many times that I don't feel like typing the post again. I'll go along with The Ring as my second scariest of all time and definitely the scariest I've seen in my adult life. Holy crap, what a near perfect horror movie (if you're into that genre). Perfect photography, perfect score. I thought the opening was brilliant in the way it kind of spoofed your typical horror movie and then turned out to be truly suspenseful and scary. I saw it on a gloomy night on my first night in San Francisco with a virtual stranger (match making through a friend) and had no idea what is was about. The "closet scene" made the whole theater shriek. I swear I saw that nasty face in my minds' eye for months afterward. I finally bought the DVD and made myself watch that scene repeatedly in slow motion to desensitize myself to it. Today, I'll put it on if I want something to watch while I try to take a nap. Something about the blue tint photography and the great music really relaxes me, but there was a time that film creeped me the hell out.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:31 PM
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Paradise Lost, a documentary about three wrongly convicted and imprisoned young men, is one of the few movies that ever gave me nightmares.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:41 PM
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Nightmare on Elm Street came out when I was in high school and it was really scary at the time. I've seen it again recently and it doesn't have quite the effect that it did then.
My wife's older brother let her watch it when she was six and I think she's still traumatized by that.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:49 PM
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The Excorcist when I saw it home alone as a little kid.
I did the exact same thing. I eventually had to turn on every light in the house.

Thinking back on it, I don't know why I didn't just turn the damn channel.

As an adult, I don't get scared, but I do have to give Blair Witch props for giving me the willies.

I enjoy the Paranormal Activity movies for the same reason.

The whole "unseen monster" vibe is the only thing that comes close to stirring up visceral response from me.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:07 PM
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In the theater, Jaws scared me more than any other. But I was 10 and it was the first scary movie I saw in a theater, so that was, umm, a perfect storm of sorts.

The Shining was scarier. The Thing (Kurt Russell version) not far behind.

Hafta add, also, Blair Witch Project. Even though it's a punchline of sorts, it got me in a big way.

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Old 06-10-2013, 10:02 PM
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Roman Polanski's Repulsion was one that made theater audiences jump in its time. I knew people who took the mirrors off their doors after seeing it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:12 PM
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Jacob's Ladder.

I win, case closed.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:17 PM
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When I was a kid, I saw Vincent Price's The House On Haunted Hill, and it scared the hair off me. I had bad dreams for a week afterwards.

I saw it again on TV probably 20 years later on some late night creature feature. I settled in with my popcorn, all ready to be scared again.....only to find out it was one of his "comedy/horror" movies, and a fairly sucky one at that. I still wonder what was going on in my life when I was younger that it scared me so badly.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:42 PM
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No movie has ever scared the hell out of me like Alien did. In a theater when it was brand new. I was 36 but that film turned me into a ten year old.

Edit: add me to the list of people who think Blair Witch was well done.

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Old 06-10-2013, 10:44 PM
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Does anyone remember a movie from probably late 60s early 70s that was several short stories and I want to say starred Vincent Price but I'm pretty sure that's not correct. It was another one of those creature feature type things and the gimmick was when something scary was about to happen they'd sound an alarm and the screen would flash read. After the commercial break they'd show the message "when you see red, turn your head". The only story I remember had some kind of bad guy who was being transported on a train to jail or something. He was handcuffed to some metal apparatus and the train got derailed and he had to hack off his hand in order to escape. I don't remember if the rest of the story was about his disembodied hand going on a murderous rampage or what, but that scene stayed with me a long time. Some kind doper told me the name of it years ago but I have long since forgotten the name. I'd love to watch it again to see how cheesy it actually is.

I'll also second Jacob's Ladder, though I found it more creepy than scary. It's the first instance that I can recall of that fast motion thing that's since become popular, when you see the patients at the hospital with their jerky head movements. Also the scene at the party when Time Robbins hallucinates his girlfriend turning into a demon. Brrrrrrrr.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:10 PM
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Easy: Play Misty For Me. Much scarier than all the horror films I've seen (and loved), because it's so plausible. The very fact that it could happen (and probably does all the time) makes it vastly more scary than anything supernatural.
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Jacob's Ladder.

I win, case closed.
I agree with both of these. Like Play Misty For Me, a few more that freaked me out because I saw them at a young age:

The Other

Tourist Trap

Deliverance

The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane

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Old 06-10-2013, 11:43 PM
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For me, it's either the 1944 version of "Gaslight", starring Ingrid Bergman, .
I thought that version was very well done - and I could really see how that happening to someone could seriously cause mental issues.
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Paradise Lost, a documentary about three wrongly convicted and imprisoned young men, is one of the few movies that ever gave me nightmares.
Truth can be worse than fiction [mainly because it could happen to you or to a loved one.]

I have not really been frightened by most movies, but Misery and how real it could have been bothered me enough that I had to actually stop watching it. The secret nut cases that are all around us [sort of, anybody could turn out to be the psycho next door, like Ed Gein] make a movie like that very uncomfortable. Having been an abuse victim makes me understand how easy it is to be injured or tormented in private. In the same vein, I would not be able to watch Gerald's Game or Rose Madder if they were made into films.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:10 AM
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It wasn't a theater movie, just one third of a made-for-TV flick called Trilogy of Terror, with Karen Black being terrorized by a Zulu doll. Might seem a little tame now, but for its time it was pretty terrifying. The doll was like a little Terminator, if the Terminator was a ball of razor-sharp teeth.

Even now, the still images make me feel a little sick. No way I'm watching that video.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:26 AM
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Thirding The Ring for an entire movie.

I do admit that the scene in Blair Witch Project where the high-pitched shrieking voices start and the sides of the tent start to shake is the worst for me in terms of long-term effect. We camp a lot, and inevitably when I wake up in the middle of the night, my mind snaps to that scene (where I SWEAR if you look closely enough you can see the outline of little tiny hands beating on the sides of the tent) and I have a very hard time going back to sleep.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:28 AM
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When I was a kid, I saw Vincent Price's The House On Haunted Hill, and it scared the hair off me. I had bad dreams for a week afterwards.

I saw it again on TV probably 20 years later on some late night creature feature. I settled in with my popcorn, all ready to be scared again.....only to find out it was one of his "comedy/horror" movies, and a fairly sucky one at that. I still wonder what was going on in my life when I was younger that it scared me so badly.
In general, that movie didn't scare me, but there was that ONE SCENE that I'm sure you remember. When the female ghost comes gliding across the screen, claws outstretched and face twisted into a grimace. I nearly jumped out the window!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:48 AM
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The Excorcist when I saw it home alone as a little kid.
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I did the exact same thing.
Ha! So did I! How strange. I was actually home alone, after dark, in the basement when I saw the movie. I have scars.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:54 AM
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Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte...viewed as a little kid. And a great cast too.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:53 AM
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Not so much the movie, but my age. I was 6 when I went with my older brother and his friend to see "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," which I found terrifying. At one point I was so scared, I had to pee, but my brother wouldn't get off his lazy ass to take me to the men's room. Ultimately I peed in my pants.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:10 AM
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The Ring is certainly up there for me. I saw it as a teenager in the theater with my father who was wholely unimpressed. But it was honestly just a super fantastic mystery movie that happened to have maybe 2 or 3 truly extremely frightening scenes (flashing to that girl in the closet, as already mentioned, has to be one of the most effectively scary and gruesome things any movie has ever done; I still close my eyes ahead of time when I rewatch The Ring when I know that part is coming because I can't stand seeing that face and I've effectively blocked it out of my memory now).

As a kid I saw Evil Dead and that scared the bejeezus out of me.

ETA: this doesn't quite fit the spirit of the OP, but the most scared I've ever been in my life from something artificial (ie, I wasn't in any actual danger), was one of those dumb internet screamer things. It had very low playing middle-eastern music, and you had to turn your volume WAY up to hear it well. Then it was posting the lyrics along in english so you could read them phonetically but not understand them of course. Then BAM evil demon face and horrible scream. I nearly had a heart attack. I think it took 20 minutes for my heart beat to come back down.

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Old 06-11-2013, 04:25 AM
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Threads. Watched it's original BBC airing when i was 13. Didn't sleep that night, had nightmares for a week.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:27 AM
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Oh for those unfamiliar, it's basically the British version of "The Day After", but its bleakness makes that film look like the Wizard of Oz.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:35 AM
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I'll fourth The Shining. It scared me when I was little, and it still makes me feel uneasy all day long if I watch it now. I know why it scares me, because Nicholson's doing the sort of thing people actually do, with Kubrick turning the visuals up to 11.

Alien also scared the bejeezus out of me when I was young. These days I'm just not that scared of alien monsters. If I were in a spaceship these days, I'd be far more frightened of pulsars and the vacuum of space.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:43 AM
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I've been watching horror movies since I saw Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 5, back n 86. I never was scaredby a movie until Blair Witch. That thing had me terrified to go into the woods for months. It didn't help that I bought into the whole found footage bit as well.

The first couple of paranormal activity movies creeped me out as well.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:50 AM
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I never watched any of the popular horror movies that all my friends watched growing up. I've never seen Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elmstreet or Halloween. But somewhere in high school I got into psychological thrillers (not all 'scary' movies, some just intense dramas). My nomination will be for Silence of the Lambs. It's the only movie that ever made me say "Hmmm, maybe I'll just sleep on the couch so I don't have to get up and move around in the house".
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:09 AM
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When I was a kid, I saw Vincent Price's The House On Haunted Hill, and it scared the hair off me. I had bad dreams for a week afterwards.

I saw it again on TV probably 20 years later on some late night creature feature. I settled in with my popcorn, all ready to be scared again.....only to find out it was one of his "comedy/horror" movies, and a fairly sucky one at that. I still wonder what was going on in my life when I was younger that it scared me so badly.
I was also a kid when that came out, and I was convinced- without ever seeing it- that it was the scariest movie of all time. I was was also convinced (also without seeing it) that Rodan must be the scariest monster movie of all time. Must've been effective advertising.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:26 AM
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II have not really been frightened by most movies, but Misery and how real it could have been bothered me enough that I had to actually stop watching it.
I have a terrible time watching Misery, but it's mostly because Kathy Bates looks a great deal like my mother.

I thought Blair Witch Project was brilliant when it came out, but I would say now that most of the brilliance had more to do with how it was marketed. Still get the shivers every time I think of that last shot of the guy standing in the corner, though.

When I was about 20, my friends and I thought it would be a great idea to get cataclysmically stoned and watch In the Mouth of Madness. I cannot remember a single detail of the movie, but to this day, the trailer scares the shit out of me.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:26 AM
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A lot of movies have given me starts and surprises, but only one movie has ever kept me up all night, even after I had taken 3 showers.

Arachnaphobia just scared the bejezus out of me and I swear there were little spiders all over my body.

The second scariest was The Awakening from the early 80's. It was the first horror movie I saw at a sleep over and I don't know how much of the terror was from the film and how much was from the group, because we did everything we could to creep each other out.

The only movie I couldn't finish watching though (Gross not fear) was The Human Centipede. That movie really disturbed me.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:03 AM
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Dinosaurus. I was seven at the time. For a few weeks afterwards, I would look out my window at night to see if any tyrannosauruses were out there.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:26 AM
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It's probably a tie between the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Paranormal Activity.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:47 AM
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Requiem For A Dream - it's an outstanding movie in almost every possible respect, but I can never watch it again.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:16 AM
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The Ring is certainly in my top three, along with The Descent (the sense of claustrophobia is about as bad as the monsters for me) and, strangely perhaps, A Stir of Echoes. I think that last one is partially because I first saw it after a few (lot) of beers and in the opening sequence, where the kid is facing the camera and talking to a ghost, asking "does it hurt to be dead?" I could have sworn he was talking to ME. That, and the flashing red sequences freaked me out a bit.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:24 AM
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The 1979 version of Salem's Lot scared me so much as a kid that for years I couldn't go to bed without imagining that floating vampire kid scratching at my window.

Duel, one of Stephen Spielberg's first movies, also scared the bejeezus out of me because you never saw the psychotic truck driver's face, and because it could so easily happen in real life.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:33 AM
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30 Days of Night
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:53 AM
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There's a scene in Caltiki, The Immortal Monster that gave me nightmares for many, many years. An unfortunate scuba diver is attacked by the monster and frantically tugs on his safety rope...to no avail. His lifeless body is pulled to the surface and his buddies are greeted by his horrible fleshless skull.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:53 AM
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The Haunting (1963) still holds up - that demonic pounding on the door puts my heart in my throat no matter how many times I've seen it.

Poltergeist REALLY freaked me out. A snowy TV even today gives me the creeps.

And of course, The Exorcist. A girl I used to wait at the bus stop with before and after work one night said, why don't we go up to the university section and see it? OK, sez I, what a capital idea!....Jeez. Louise....We went to the bar across the street, shaking. I had to call my mother to come get us (mother was not pleased driving across town to pick up two tipsy girls and then take one of them across town the other way and drop her off at her home.) Can't ever watch that ever again.
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