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Old 29-01-2007, 20:43   #1
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I wanna be scared!

Ok guys, I really want to be recommended a film that will actually scare me. I've seen Saw, Hostel, all the modern ones, but I want to be reminded of the time when films scared the living daylights out of me - unfortunately the modern ones don't!

Any suggestions?
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Old 30-01-2007, 09:15   #2
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you want a foreign film? - you have posted in world cinema forum you know.
I'd recommend Spoorlos for its fabulous ending alone.
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Old 30-01-2007, 10:38   #3
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Watch the thai horror - 'Shutter'.

It always manages to scare me. The dvd is rather cheap now at cd-wow.
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Old 30-01-2007, 11:34   #4
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I know it's a terrible cliché to suggest this title nowadays, but if you haven't seen it, I recommend to rent/buy the original Japanese Ringu, turn all the lights out and crank that volume up high.

I find the sound design to be extremely important with horror films, louder is usually better and also if you're sitting in a pitch black room with sound blaring out the speakers it can give you a sense of dislocalisation that can help create a good mood for creeping you out - particularly with a moody, ambient film like Ringu.
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Old 30-01-2007, 11:50   #5
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the only film that has genuinly freeked me out in a look time is the grudge.
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Old 30-01-2007, 13:14   #6
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Suspiria. Creepy italian horror from the master Argento.
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Old 30-01-2007, 13:37   #7
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These are not foreign, but I recommend the ORIGINAL The Haunting and The Haunting of Hill House.
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Old 30-01-2007, 16:03   #8
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IMO the greatest, most chilling horror film of them all is The Shining.

Highly influential on the recent J-horrors too, surely? i.e., ghosts + explain very little. There's a bit more to it than that of course...

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Old 30-01-2007, 23:13   #9
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This seems to be more suited to the Modern Cinema Forum than just the World Cinema one
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The Descent is the only film in recent memory that is actually quite scary
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Old 30-01-2007, 23:35   #11
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Tourist Trap
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Exorcist
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Wolf Creek
Ringu
The House on Sorority Row
Child's Play
Audition

...have all creeped me out in one way or another.
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Old 31-01-2007, 01:45   #12
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Session 9 - the best movie David Caruso will ever be in, with an incredible performance from Peter Mullan. Take a look at the extras too, Peter mullan's interview is almost as terrifying as the movie.
The Beguiled - more than just a Clint Eastwood Civil War era western, a really unsettling creepy film.
Picnic at Hanging Rock - beautiful and haunting. Really stays with you.
Don't Look Now - a masterpiece. So unsettling, my wife won't watch it again.
The Haunting - not the remake (never the remake) - the only film to make me scared in broad daylight.
Suspiria - another masterpiece. Beautiful and dream-like.
Carnival of Souls - just allow yourself to be drawn in.
Audition - a simple, bittersweet human drama. Then it's not.

Then there's the usual suspects that always deliver.

The Exorcist - a true classic, if the supernatural story doesn't get you, then the human elements and the more realistic parts will.
The Shining - I am still frightened by hotel corridors. Seriously.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - never bloody or gory, but the sheer intensity just leaps from the screen. Again, not the remake.
Night of The Living Dead - claustrophobic and tense. The closing shots make me cry. The remake is really good too, but has a different feel to it.
Ringu - seriously, watch it in the dark.

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Old 31-01-2007, 07:01   #13
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Haute Tension made me feel pretty uneasy and I don't scare that easy any more.
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2 mins of the Exorcist 3 You know the 2 im talking about.
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2 mins of the Exorcist 3 You know the 2 im talking about.
Certainly do - hospital corridor anyone? Unfortunately, the rest of the film is utter crap.
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The House on Sorority Row
Didn't think i'd find anyone else that had seen that..pretty obscure title. Not bad though, has a great theme tune.

Oh and thanks everyone for your suggestions so far - keep 'em coming!
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Another vote for Session 9 - could only watch it once.
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Agree...Session 9

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The Changeling ***** me up evey time!
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Certainly do - hospital corridor anyone? Unfortunately, the rest of the film is utter crap.
Can't agree with this glib dismissal at all. Exorcist III may be a flawed film (mostly due to studio imposed reshoots) but it's very atmospheric and considerably more intelligent and ambitious than your average scarefest. I always found it much more frightening than the original. From the priests murder in the confessional, to Brad Dourifs monologues to the little old lady crawling around on the ceiling it's full of unsettling moments.

It's difficult to recommmend a scary film as everybody finds different things frightening. Roman Polanski's The Tenant is a film that gets to me everytime.

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