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    What's the #1 Most Frightening Movie you ever saw and why?

    With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it would be a good time for a Most Frightening Movie thread.

    But you can only choose one, and I think it would be fun to hear exactly why it was so frightening to you and for you to add funny, amusing or scary anecdotes.

    I'll kick it off with WAR OF THE WORLDS -- and yeah, I'm talking about the original 1953 film version. Unlike most here on the board, I'm old enough to have seen it in the movie theater. To his everlasting shame, my brother took me to the Avalon Theater on 79th Street in Chicago to see what I will always remember as The #1 Most Frightening Movie I ever saw.

    For me -- a five-year old boy -- the thing that terrified me was those long-necked flying saucers spewing out death rays. But the thing that REALLY terrified me was the stuttering kind of chainsaw sound they made while they were shooting. I can tell you I wasn't the only little boy blubbering and shrieking in the darkened theater on that day.

    I kids you not when I tell you I had nightmares for weeks. The only good part was my mother grounding my brother for a month for taking me to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    What's the #1 Most Frightening Movie you ever saw and why?


    So scary I don't even want to watch it...
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    I will preface by saying I do NOT like horror movies. They give me too many recurring nightmares. With that said, the most terrifying movie I ever saw was "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" back in 2005. I still have nightmares on a weekly basis from watching that movie.
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    Then I guess that movie did its job.

    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    I will preface by saying I do NOT like horror movies. They give me too many recurring nightmares. With that said, the most terrifying movie I ever saw was "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" back in 2005. I still have nightmares on a weekly basis from watching that movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    I will preface by saying I do NOT like horror movies. They give me too many recurring nightmares. With that said, the most terrifying movie I ever saw was "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" back in 2005. I still have nightmares on a weekly basis from watching that movie.
    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Then I guess that movie did its job.
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    That's a tough one, especially since those old ones I grew up with don't effect me as much nowadays.

    But...well I guess right off the top of my head: the TV movie "It." Steven King. My mom is a BIG Steven King fan, so I grew up with those books on the shelf (one of 'em on the end had one of those cymbal banging monkeys that always freaked me out). Then of course, she always caught the TV movies they made from his stories, and I caught them as well. It was a long time before I actually saw the whole thing, though. Back then I caught snippets as I came out of my room to see what all the screaming on the TV was about. I'd watch a few minutes, get horrified, then go back and continue whatever story I was playing out with my toys.

    That one kept me awake for a LONG time! Even into my middle school years; it was a bad idea to remember that existed right when I was going to bed. It was scary for multiple reasons: the standard being the freaky Tim Curry clown Pennywise. But hey, clowns are a common fear, or at least they're cliche. The other level was one I sorta figured out through the years. It's that...well, it's the standard horror-story for kids, actually. The adults-don't-believe you thing. I hated that. No, I feared that. I dislike it now, but it scared the crap out of me back then, though I wasn't fully aware of it. The idea that your life is in danger and no one will believe you. Funny how that's a standard kid story horror - oh no kids, don't tell your parents! Parents never believe anything! What a lesson.

    Now of course the other thing that bothered me was the fact that the scary crap followed them into adulthood. The gift that keeps on giving! No one believes you when you're a kid, and when you're an adult, you KNOW no one will believe you so you don't even try! Never mind the fact that they got the courage to face the demon-clown and take it down...it did the damage already. That and I never actually finished that movie until way later.

    I haven't seen it in years, and I probably still won't. I guess I'm an adult now...but my brain can still run amuck and keep me awake at night. Best not to give it fuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTU_Maniac View Post
    I will preface by saying I do NOT like horror movies. They give me too many recurring nightmares. With that said, the most terrifying movie I ever saw was "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" back in 2005. I still have nightmares on a weekly basis from watching that movie.
    Yeah, I'm not a big horror movie person myself, but two movies that stick out to me are Jacob's Ladder and In the Mouth of Madness. Both of those movies mess with your head on so many levels.... In fact, I had a friend who loved horror movies who said Jacob's ladder is definetly one of the most disturbing horror movies he ever saw too.....

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    Now I absolutely LOVE horror movies because I was brought up on them. One of my fondest childhood memories (and the source of my love and fascination with Werewolves) was watching An American Werewolf in London (when I was about 5) which did not scare me, instead it made me wish I was a werewolf . I also grew up watching such gems as Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th.

    So now I don't find movies (or video games) in the least bit scary. Oh I admit I can find some creepy and / or disturbing, but not actually "scary"
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    Watching An American Werewolf in London at age 5? This explains a lot, wolfy. Heck, I STILL get scared thinking about that film.

    And to FiveofSeven: thanks a bunch. It's 1 A.M. here and I took a break from work to check in on the board only to let you take me on a walk down Memory Lane and recall that scene in The Haunting where she's in bed and thinking she's holding th eother gal's hand and when the lights come on she's alone in the bed. Now I've got every light in the house on and, oh well, it looks like I'm going to be working until the sun comes up. And me a writer of horror novels!

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsfang View Post
    Now I absolutely LOVE horror movies because I was brought up on them. One of my fondest childhood memories (and the source of my love and fascination with Werewolves) was watching An American Werewolf in London (when I was about 5) which did not scare me, instead it made me wish I was a werewolf . I also grew up watching such gems as Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th.

    So now I don't find movies (or video games) in the least bit scary. Oh I admit I can find some creepy and / or disturbing, but not actually "scary"
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    As a kid I rember my parents buying our first VCR and my sis and I were so excited to watch the newest movies. I remember going to a local video store to rent a couple so we got Poltergeist and of course A Nightmare on Elm St. Scariest movies I had ever watch. Now as an adult I would not get scared watching horror movies until I saw The Conjuring. That is a scary one.
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    It's based on a man's account of being abducted by a interstellar UFO in 1975.
    It's been a long time since I've seen it, so I don't know how well it holds up
    (I saw it when it came out in 1993, I was 14-15 years old then) but at the time
    it had some of the eeriest practical effects, some of the most disturbing pacing
    in a suspense movie. Obviously being a movie I'm sure they took a ton of liberties.
    But it seriously messed with my head a lot. It's one of those movies that makes
    you afraid to go to sleep after you see it, and will probably give you nightmares.
    Or at least if you saw it way back when it came out you would have.
    For all I know I could rewatch it, and find 98 plotholes, and flaws in all of the
    sets, effects, and costumes.
    But I only saw it once, and it's easily the creepiest film I've ever seen.

    Not bad for something that isn't a horror flick.
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    The Exorcist to this day remains the scariest movie for me. I don't know why as by today's standards it's slow and limited in the SFX department but it still scares me. I watch it every Halloween. As for newer movies.....probably Dark Sky. The whole Aliens taking your kid in the night thing really got to me. My boss lives by some woods and when I drop off the company van at 3 am I'm always looking for the Greys now.

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    Necronomicon, a film starring Jeffrey Combs as H.P. Lovecraft. It frames 3 stories, all with the idea that Lovecraft has found the book itself(while claiming his stories are real, despite his publishers insisting otherwise) and the book is giving him glimpses of the future-one story about a man who tries to resurrect his dead family with the book, another about a scientist who used the book to create some sort of immortality serum, and a 3rd about alien beings that eat bone marrow. There are very graphic horror scenes, they pull no punches whatsoever.

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    For me... It varies year to year. When I was young it was "Troll". Then it was "Silver Bullet"... Over the years my expectations and senses have changed. I still get surprised by Horror movies but nothing Scares me like it did when I was young. If I have to choose the most Frightening movie I ever saw... I would have to say "Drag Me To Hell". It had been a long time since any movie got me on the edge of my seat and then shoved me back into it. Even though I now view it as humorous, when I first watched it in the theatre, it made me jump numerous times.
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    No movie ever scare me as much as horror videogames have. After playing Silent Hill, Resident Evil and Eternal Darkness, most horror films seem pretty tame by comparison

    I think the last film that gave me the creeps was The Ring (Japanese version, aka Ringu). Mainly because I saw it very late at night and I was alone in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeviot View Post
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    It's based on a man's account of being abducted by a interstellar UFO in 1975.
    It's been a long time since I've seen it, so I don't know how well it holds up
    (I saw it when it came out in 1993, I was 14-15 years old then) but at the time
    it had some of the eeriest practical effects, some of the most disturbing pacing
    in a suspense movie. Obviously being a movie I'm sure they took a ton of liberties.
    But it seriously messed with my head a lot. It's one of those movies that makes
    you afraid to go to sleep after you see it, and will probably give you nightmares.
    Or at least if you saw it way back when it came out you would have.
    For all I know I could rewatch it, and find 98 plotholes, and flaws in all of the
    sets, effects, and costumes.
    But I only saw it once, and it's easily the creepiest film I've ever seen.

    Not bad for something that isn't a horror flick.
    I only saw the part where the aliens forced the brown... jelly... stuff down dude's throat and then put some type of giant corkscrew in his mouth and kept turning it until there was an audible cracking noise. Then my dad and I changed the channel.

    The original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" scares the crap out of me. I think I was 17 when I saw it and had already watched quite a few gory and scary shows. I was watching it at night and got to the part where that hippie guy in some cut-off jean shorts went running into the house, Leatherface stepped around the corner and hit him a few times with a sledgehammer before dragging him into a room and slamming the door. I promptly turned the movie off, went to my bed and curled up in the fetal position. The whole time I had "Round Here" by Counting Crows going through my head until I finally went to sleep. The next morning I finished watching it. To this date I haven't seen the original TCM all the way through again.

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