Scariest movie you've ever seen?

In honor of the passing of Wes Craven, let's talk about the scariest movies we've seen...

Too much stuff to keep track of.

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  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,043
    I have always found suspense more intriguing than gore. With that in mind, The original Alien film is one of the all-time scariest movies I have seen. Honorable mention to The Grudge as well....
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  • drumminmandrumminman Posts: 3,368
    Second the first Alien movie. I knew nothing about it when I went to see it at the theater. When the guy started having what appeared to be convulsions, and the creature burst out of him . . . well, I think the everyone in the place jumped out of their seats. Couldn't relax for the rest of the movie.
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  • chumliechumlie Posts: 8,602
    Exorcist still gives me the willies.
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,471
    The Exorcist, followed by The Ring. Psychology over gore.
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  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 2,161
    Depends on which age I was. When I was about 12, I watched the original The Thing on the 11PM Friday night movie, by myself, and it scared the carp out of me. So did Dracula, Prince of Darkness when I was 14.

    Later in life, I thought The Exorcist was pretty darn scary. And Psycho, of course.

    One movie a lot of people might dismiss, that I found very scary the first time I saw it, was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I am not into gore, but there were a few scenes in that movie that were just downright chilling, including the one where the old man is too frail to wield the hammer to crush the skull of the captive girl but kept weakly trying while the son holds her still.

    Stephen King wrote a book about scary movies called The Danse Macabre. In it, he says that he could find something scary or chilling, in even the worst horror movies. One example he gave had to do with a terrible, cheesy 50's horror flick (I don't remember which one) which was really bad except for one scene where a big spider crawls into a blender and gets blended up in a milkshake that someone drinks.
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,170
    The Exorcist, I wouldn't sleep in my bed for a week!!!!!
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  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,939
    When I was a kid. Dawn of the dead
  • +1 for The Exorcist. As for something more recent, The Conjuring made me jumpy for quite a while.
  • JhaymanJhayman Posts: 1,555
    The Car, starring James Brolin..the opening scene where it run two cyclists peddling as fast as they can for their lives of a High Bridge..
    Watched it by myself long ago at night..
    The Evil Dead the original starring Bruce Campbell, watched it with a bunch of friend on a dark rainy night, after it was over I RAN as Fast as I could home..lol
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  • oldmodmanoldmodman Posts: 745
    "The Crawling Eye"
    Saw it on a foggy night during the time that every other car parked at the curb was a Beetle. Which in the fog looks just like a crawling eye. Plus this was the very first time I was allowed to stay out late at a friend's house. I was seven years old and I walked home by myself in the dark and the fog after seeing that movie.

    I was terrified. The mind does play tricks on you.
    This was in the 50's
  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,427
    Exorcist +many

    I always found Nightmare on Elm Street a good one - kills you in your dreams and it's real - I mean come on man - that's a good concept - Kudos to Craven!
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  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 2,117
    Alfred Hitchcock did some very good ones that made you use your mind against yourself..
  • HermitismHermitism Posts: 2,536
    I've had many movies make me jump out of my seat when something unexpected happens, but I have only had one movie literally scare me because of the age in which I saw it. Ready? The Wizard of Oz. The witch and the flying monkeys traumatized me. How is that Rated G for all ages?

    Now that I'm older I find the munchkins to be the scariest thing I've ever seen.

    I am also a fan of suspension over gore. I would prefer a movie like Deliverance over a Friday the 13th sequel.
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  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,909
    Coltsfan#1 wrote: »
    +1 for The Exorcist. As for something more recent, The Conjuring made me jumpy for quite a while.
    I agree on Exorcist and Conjuring, which reminded me a lot of the Exorcist's building suspense and dread.

    The Conjuring was made here in town. The paranormals' house, where Annabelle is kept, is like 5 houses down the street from us and the parents' house where bad stuff happens is next to it. The studios looked at our house for one of those locations, but wanted more of a 70's look. Thank goodness they didn't film here - I don't think I could have stayed after seeing the movie. hehe

    "Annabelle's House" went into foreclosure and has been gutted. Hmmm...

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    This is the real Annabelle, which is even creepier but not as cinematic I guess:
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,248
    The Omen...

    The Exorcist...

    And I knew nothing about it when I rented it a few years ago But SAW (the first one) was pretty freaking insane IMO...
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,282
    edited August 2015
    For me @ the age of seven,about the year 1962 it was the Gill Man, aka The Creature From The Black Lagoon.
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,170
    Hermitism wrote: »
    The Wizard of Oz. The witch and the flying monkeys traumatized me.

    They always scared me too, especially those freakin' monkeys!!!!
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  • Strong BadStrong Bad Posts: 4,217
    The Exorcist and Nightmare on Elm Street (the original).

    RIP Wes Craven!
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  • scottyboy76scottyboy76 Posts: 2,935
    edited August 2015
    god, I love this stuff, and a great time to ask the question daddyjt, cooler weather, the sun is lower in the sky, a little fall color, football less than a week away, you can almost taste Halloween, leaves in the street, the Halloween carnival and scary poster contest at elementary school.

    For me, the exorcist, after waiting through 2 showings, and hearing the screams inside the theater and watching 2 crowds walking out, some crying, most clearly shaken, all impressed.

    Man when we sat down in our seats, we were primed, the only time I have ever closed my eyes during a movie, I just could not take one scene.

    To convey how important suspense is, the scene I could not watch was not gory or even visually horrific, it was a simple shot of the priests going back up to her room and were just about to open the door again.
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  • George GrandGeorge Grand Posts: 12,272
    Alien, The Exorcist, and a little known gem, The Changeling w/George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. All great edge of the seaters with minimum gore. Great stuff. Even Jaws is a great edge of the seater.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,430
    Of all the Exorcist movies, I think the one where they go back to the beginning is the best of the series. Creepy.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,190
    The Blair Witch. Seriously. The first time I saw it I was scared. At the end when they go down to the basement and the guy is standing in the corner...

    The second time I saw it, not as scary.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,430
    Nightfall wrote: »
    The Blair Witch. Seriously. The first time I saw it I was scared. At the end when they go down to the basement and the guy is standing in the corner...

    The second time I saw it, not as scary.

    Blair Witch ??

    Think I was more scared the first time as a kid when I got a hard on and didn't know what was happening.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,190
    tonyb wrote: »
    Nightfall wrote: »
    The Blair Witch. Seriously. The first time I saw it I was scared. At the end when they go down to the basement and the guy is standing in the corner...

    The second time I saw it, not as scary.

    Blair Witch ??

    Think I was more scared the first time as a kid when I got a hard on and didn't know what was happening.

    I know, I know. I don't know what it was about the first time I watched it but I was scared.
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    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • Poee7RPoee7R Posts: 903
    edited September 2015
    Only two movies have ever had me sleep in my parents room when I was a kid.

    The Changeling as Mr Grand has stated, that movie stuck with me for years. The other, if I remember right, was called The Boogens... I was warned. Had me blinking into the dark many nights.

    Was fun stuff for a kid.


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