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Adeodatus
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There’s the great scene in “Friends” where Joey keeps the novel “The Shining” in the fridge, because the book’s so scary, but somehow less scary when it’s safely in the fridge. But this isn’t about books, it’s about movies. Which movies are so scary, you keep them in the fridge*? Which will you not watch when you’re home alone?

Mine is The Innocents (1961, dir. Jack Clayton). It’s an adaptation of Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw”, a psychologcal horror story involving children, a governess, an old country house, and.... are they ghosts, or symptoms of a psychotic breakdown? From the eerie title song onwards, it’s terrifying, but possible the most terrifying thing is the performance by Martin Stephens, playing the boy Miles.

The dvd is sitting in my table now. Daring me....

*(It’s probably not a good idea actually to keep a dvd in the fridge)

[ 25. October 2017, 09:06: Message edited by: Adeodatus ]

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For reasons not particularly Halloween-related, I would nominate Arachnophobia. It is, by far, the scariest film ever made. It kept me away for several nights after I first watched it.

In terms of more authentic horror films, there has been a new generation within the last few years that are really rather good. Sinister and The Babadook are examples, though the scariest of the lot (at least on first viewing) is Insidious.

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I think the most disturbing movie I can remember watching is The Green Mile. I had nightmares and 'the creeps' from that movie. People can be mean and horrible, but that showed a much more evil side to some folks.

*shudder*

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quote:
Originally posted by Sipech:
For reasons not particularly Halloween-related, I would nominate Arachnophobia. It is, by far, the scariest film ever made. It kept me away for several nights after I first watched it.

In terms of more authentic horror films, there has been a new generation within the last few years that are really rather good. Sinister and The Babadook are examples, though the scariest of the lot (at least on first viewing) is Insidious.

I won’t watch “Arachnophobia”, for reasons I suspect are related to your own. “Sinister” is an excellent movie, and nearly makes it to my keep-it-in-the-fridge list. “Insidious” is also good, but I think the weird dream-like sequence towards the end was a bit odd. I haven’t seen “The Babadook” yet.

Jedjudy, I haven’t seen “The Green Mile” either, but I’ve heard it’s a very good movie.

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The first movie I can remember watching that kept me up at night was Chris Columbus' "Young Sherlock Holmes." For those that haven't seen it, teenage Sherlock and John Watson meet at boarding school, and solve a caper that is two-thirds "The Sign of the Four" and one third "Temple of Doom." Complete with shadowy villains in robes shooting people with blow darts that will cause hallucinations so terrifying that the victim will kill himself, and young girls being boiled to death in a satanic ritual. Great kid's movie, I tell you. My brother had fun reminding me of scary moments for years afterwords.

A few years ago, I tried watching it again, sure that it wouldn't be nearly as scary. Alone in the dark, I started sensing blow-dart armed marauders creeping outside in the dark. I don't think I made it through.

(Nope, I do not do scary movies.)

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The Thing. The original not the remake. Even though the remake was more graphic I think my imagination make the original much more scary. I closed my eyes a lot, but then I was only 12.
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I don't understand the notion of keeping a copy of a movie in a refrigerator.

One of the scariest movies of my acquaintance is "Duel", the first feature-length film made by Steven Spielberg. It is scary because so many people can imagine themselves in that situation.

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quote:
Originally posted by Og, King of Bashan:
..."Young Sherlock Holmes." ... Complete with shadowy villains in robes shooting people with blow darts that will cause hallucinations so terrifying that the victim will kill himself, and young girls being boiled to death in a satanic ritual. Great kid's movie, I tell you. My brother had fun reminding me of scary moments for years afterwords.

A few years ago, I tried watching it again, sure that it wouldn't be nearly as scary. Alone in the dark, I started sensing blow-dart armed marauders creeping outside in the dark. I don't think I made it through.

(Nope, I do not do scary movies.)

Seconded, I remember seeing it at the cinema as a child and loving it, then rewatching it a coupe of years ago and that hallucination scene still stand up.

My classic answer is The Haunting for the sound effects and The Fog for relentless tension (both original, not remakes). It Follows is an excellent newer film with some scenes that stayed with me for days afterward. I'm saving the Babaook for a later date.

I'm rarely scared by films, but a good film makes me caught up in the characters and their outcomes even with repeated viewing.

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Alien.

It is not seeing a full xenomorph until late in the film. It is the tension rather than the action that makes this film so good. Plus Jones was brilliant too.

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