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    I have some computer access today and will try to get a movie list up. It's kind of tough, but I think there will be a documentary on it. I'm not into slasher movies at all, but the first Halloween was great. If I go with one-movie-per-director, though, it won't be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    I'm really not into the gory slasher movies.
    I'm the same way. A lot of it is basically pornographic. A well made horror movie that doesn't have to lean on that is a great thing though.

    Also the Wizard of Oz didn't bother me as a kid, but that weird 80's sequel led to tons of of nightmares.

    I came across this earlier this year, and had to laugh. Hard to believe some of this stuff was in a movie made for kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assembly Hall View Post
    I can believe the Wizard of Oz...I had no problem with it, but my kids sure as hell did.
    I did. The witch and the flying monkees did me in. I had never watched the entire movie until after I was married. My wife couldn't believe I had never seen it all and made set through it. I did and got over that fear
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    I did. The witch and the flying monkees did me in. I had never watched the entire movie until after I was married. My wife couldn't believe I had never seen it all and made set through it. I did and got over that fear
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    So you are telling me that you are now wearing ruby slippers? LOL
    They are better than the pink ones.
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    but the first Halloween was great
    I thought it was great. Said the same thing about Friday The 13th. The initial premise/concept was solid. Then they decided to turn it into an on-going series .... when they should have left it alone IMO ... and all those sequels, IMO, ruined the basic premise of the original and were ridiculous IMO.

    I went to see the first Halloween with a GF when it premiered. I made the mistake of nodding off with a group of teenage girls sitting behind us. Something sudden happened in the movie, they all screamed, and if my GF hadn't grabbed my arm they would have had to peel me off the ceiling (LOL).

    I'm one who finds just as much enjoyment, as far as a scary movie goes, in the older classics. Especially a good Hitchcock movie. I don't have to be shown everything in graphic detail. Leave something to the imagination.

    I did watch The Conjuring a couple years back. I have to admit this grown man shielded his eyes, looked away, at various moments when I knew something was about to happen (LOL). That was a scary movie. I also liked Orphan. Creepy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    I thought it was great. Said the same thing about Friday The 13th. The initial premise/concept was solid. Then they decided to turn it into an on-going series .... when they should have left it alone IMO ... and all those sequels, IMO, ruined the basic premise of the original and were ridiculous IMO.

    I went to see the first Halloween with a GF when it premiered. I made the mistake of nodding off with a group of teenage girls sitting behind us. Something sudden happened in the movie, they all screamed, and if my GF hadn't grabbed my arm they would have had to peel me off the ceiling (LOL).

    I'm one who finds just as much enjoyment, as far as a scary movie goes, in the older classics. Especially a good Hitchcock movie. I don't have to be shown everything in graphic detail. Leave something to the imagination.

    I did watch The Conjuring a couple years back. I have to admit this grown man shielded his eyes, looked away, at various moments when I knew something was about to happen (LOL). That was a scary movie. I also liked Orphan. Creepy.
    I agree with you in what you don't see sometimes is more scary than what you see. We went to see the latest version of Halloween Friday evening. While being pretty good for a sequel it didn't really scare me. All the blood and gore in a movie like that gets tiresome and you begin to wonder why are they showing all of that?
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    I will take those old suspense movies all day over these "scary" movies of today. I love Hitchcock.
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    Okay, here's the poor, incomplete list I have. Some of these are technically not "good", and some of them are supposedly inferior to similar movies, but this is what scared me. And none of them are on Hallmark.

    1. The Exorcist/Exorcist 3

    You know why the first one's there. Exorcist 3 should have been marketed as Legion, the book it was based on. Directed by the author and starring George C. Scott. Also, an important role by Ed Flanders, who shows up again. A couple of scenes made me not want to re-watch this for a while.

    2. Burnt Offerings

    Cheesy, yes, but a favorite, with Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, and this guy:



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    3. The Nightmare

    A documentary about sleep paralysis, and the only non-supernatural one on this list. Terrifying (I'm a sufferer).

    4. The Thing

    The John Carpenter version. You should know this one.

    5. Dark City

    Creepy science fiction movie that presaged the Matrix, with Richard O'Brien in a role that made Riff-Raff look like a schoolteacher.

    6. Let Me in

    Yeah, I know. The original's better. Well, I haven't seen it, and this one has one of the best atmospheres of recent movies. And Vampires.

    7. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark


    Either version. If two Del Toro productions bothers you, go for the '73 version. Kind of cheesy, but still creepy. I would imagine John Wayne enjoyed seeing Kid Darby get what was coming to her.

    8. The Witch

    This one's been talked about here a bit. I'll only say that as a kid, nothing scared me as much as dreams of (slight spoiler) talking animals. Mr. Ed was never like my nightmares. This was.

    9. Salem’s Lot

    Limiting myself to one Stephen King, I had to go with the vampires. Creepy, with James Mason and a Nosferatu-like vamp. Also, Ed Flanders, again. Could have used better leads, but still scary.

    10. Fire in the Sky/Communion

    For reasons I prefer not to examine too closely, "true" alien abduction movies can terrify me. I don't believe in alien abductions. I do have a true ghost story that ties in with Communion, but I don't believe it either. It's all in how we perceive things, but I like to bring it out around Halloween.

    11. Poltergeist

    I hesitated here, because what was once scary is now mundane.

    12. The Conjuring

    Cheesy, with an eye-rolling paranormal investigation scene, particularly knowing how much of a con Ed Warren is, but genuinely frightening. Viewed purely as fiction, it belongs here.

    13. The Orphanage

    Proof that I'm not averse to including foreign language films. Atmospheric, haunting.

    Many, many others should be here. I'm thinking now of Picnic at Hanging Rock, but I'm not sure why it's so creepy.
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    Re: Scariest short stories, novels, and movies

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    6. Let Me in

    Yeah, I know. The original's better. Well, I haven't seen it, and this one has one of the best atmospheres of recent movies. And Vampires.
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    The original is kind of cheesy/cartoonish at times and shabby, not in a way I thought was endearing, and the remake was actually very well done. Very slick and mainstream American film but I thought it was the better presentation of the story between the two.

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    Dark City was so good even though it really wrecked me. Deserves to be better known than The Matrix.
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    The Pit and the Pendulum always freaked me out, especially the first time I read it.
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    Re: Scariest short stories, novels, and movies

    I just remembered this. "The Amityville Horror" was one of the most intriguing novel turned movie just because of the history of the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Assembly Hall View Post
    I just remembered this. "The Amityville Horror" was one of the most intriguing novel turned movie just because of the history of the house.
    The movie really scared me the first time I watched it.
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