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13 July 2012 @ 04:20 pm
Friday The 13th.  
Since it is Friday the 13th, I thought we could talk about movies that scare me. Like really scare me. Because some movies are a little suspenseful or have some good jump-fright moments, but finding a movie that actually settles inside me for awhile is hard to do.

The Hills Have Eyes (original) - This probably scared me because I was watching it when I was 11. I don't remember being that scared while I was actually watching the movie, but my older brother had a poster of it on his bedroom wall with the guy who is going to eat the baby and every time I went into his bedroom, I had to avert my eyes because just looking at the dude creeped me out. Later, that dude was in an episode of The X-Files and he was actually a good guy - (he is the one who tries to save the little boy who has the crucifix hands) - and even though I logically know he is a good guy in that episode, it is one I tend to skip in my rewatches just because that guy will forever want to eat my baby.

The Exorcist - I honestly wasn't scared while watching it, really. I was living on my own at the time and my friend went to leave after the movie and he was like, "Are you going to be okay?" and I tried to assure him that I wasn't scared. He just laughed and said, "You wait for it." He left, I got ready for bed and then I went to turn the lights off. As soon as it was dark, I became convinced that the possessed little girl was standing right behind me. I was like rooted in spot in the middle of my bedroom, afraid to turn around. I managed to get all the lights back on and got into bed and was just going to sleep with the lights on. Thankfully, when he got home, my friend called his girlfriend - (who I was also friends with) - and told her I might need someone to talk to for awhile. So she called and we talked until I was too tired to be scared anymore.

The Blair Witch Project - I was so not scared during the actual movie. I just couldn't get into the way it was filmed for some reason. But you know how they had those weird rock formation things in it? Well, my mom had a 'rock garden' in our front yard at the time. I was night-time nannying for some people down the street and I had to be at work at like 10 at night, well after dark. My sister took me to see the movie and then we went home and I had to go down the street to work then. I went out to my car and there were all these rocks in the yard and it was kind of spooky. Then I got to my work and the street light in front of their house was out and it was really dark. I went running inside the house and my boss was like, "Are you okay?" and I was all, "No. I just saw The Blair Witch Project and now the outside is scary."

White Noise - I barely remember anything about this movie now. It starred Michael Keaton and he was like hearing voices and seeing things in the static on his TV. Or something. I just remember I saw it at the theater and I actually screamed, like out loud, at one point. So did the girl I was with. She was always more of a wimp about such things but there were actual fingerprint bruises on my arm from where she was holding me so tight. I don't remember ever being that scared at the theater before that.

30 Days of Night - This movie is actually scary as fuck. The vampires are not cuddly in any way. They were very well done and even human-Ben Foster was scary in this. There was a couple in front of us at the theater who left 20 minutes into the movie, during the first 'attack' scene. I just remember being freaked out so hard during the scene where the woman is wandering down the empty street, calling for help and no one will come help her. I think I would have been even more scared if the person next to me (my sister) hadn't been making jokes about Zeke Tyler killing vampires in my ear.

28 Days Later - I think I literally almost pissed myself while watching that movie. I didn't know I could hold my breath for that long, but I just couldn't breath right. This may be the most terrifying thing I have ever seen. It hit all my fear buttons. The scene where they are in the tunnel and the rats are fleeing and they can't get the car going again and...yeah. In 'The Stand', there is this scene where Larry is going through the Jersey Tunnel and it freaked the fuck out of me reading it - (every time I read it actually) - and that scene in 28 Days Later brought that same fear out in me but on a higher level. Now 28 Weeks Later was a good movie but it wasn't nearly as good as the first one because sequels never are and because I was too busy discovering the hotness of Jeremy Renner to be truly scared.

And because it is bad luck to end on an even number, The Walking Dead - The scariest fucking TV show I have ever seen. I don't think there was an episode in the first season where I didn't have to cover my eyes at least once. I have never covered my eyes watching a TV show before. Ever. My sister and I literally screamed out loud several times during the first season as well. I knew I was hooked as soon as I saw the remains of Atlanta.

So, how about you all? Movies that scared you?
Shirebound: Quack - slightlytookishshirebound on July 13th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Without a doubt, the scariest movies I ever saw were Halloween, Alien, and Poltergeist. I saw them first-run in the theaters and came home from each one to check under the beds and in the closets to make sure nothing was lurking there.

dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
I love Halloween! I don't know that I was ever that scared by it, but I think it is one of the great classic horror movies of all time. It hits every mark in a way that horror movies just don't anymore.

I do remember being scared by Poltergeist actually, now that you mention it. Man, that was a good movie - I am just remembering all the great scenes in that. Poltergeist is also a classic horror movie that I love.

I still have never seen any of the Aliens movies but since the prequel just came out, there has been a lot of talk in with liptonrm about marathoning the first two movies.
lizibabeslizibabes on July 13th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
This post remined me of something. Do you remeber when I said JDM was in a kind of horror film? It's calle the resident, they put it on this week and I meant to message you, but forgot until I saw this!!

I love most the movies you listed. I couldn't get in to blair witch, the filming style drove me crazy.

I am a classic horror girl, halloween, friday the 13th, nightmare on elm street(the first, the others are more what I call good bad horror, but I still own all seven, the remake wasn't too bad either, even though I missed Robert englund)

I don't really find horror films scary, I just love watching them and yelling at the stupid characters and guessing the killer.

I need to watch some horror films seen as it is friday the 13th :D
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
The Resident! It actually popped on my Tivo (because you know for damn sure that JDM is in my Tivo list) and I wondered if that was the movie you were telling me about. Then I decided not to watch it with commercials and was going to put it into my Netflix and I forgot. So I'll go do that now. :)

I also could not get into The Blair Witch really and it was because of the filming style for me as well. It jarred me out of the moment, I think. Which is why I was so surprised later when I got freaked out that night - it was just a weird combination of going right from the movie to the rock garden in my mom's yard to a pitch black street outside of work.

I have seen Halloween (love this! It is such a classic horror film and they just don't make them anymore) and Friday the 13th but I can never watch Nightmare. I have this terrible fear about getting stuck in my nightmares - anything about dreams and horror is just a no-go for me. I actually almost talked about that in this post because I distinctly remember some Dennis Quaid movie where he gets stuck in his own nightmare that I watched when I was like 10 and the concept of it freaked me out so hard. Probably because I used to have screaming nightmares as a kid, the thought of getting stuck in one was too much.

Mostly I don't find horror movies scary either. I think it is hard to scare those of us who grew up on scary movies the way we did.

So, what gets your adreline pumping more - a classic scary movie like Halloween or a classic natural disaster movie like Twister? (because I know you like the natural disaster movies!).
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and better times are coming still.13chapters on July 13th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
The Exorcist scared the shit out of me. I watched it my freshman year of college - someone rented it and a bunch of us all watched it together in the dorm lounge. For the first 45 minutes or so we were like "lol this movie is supposed to be scary?" but by the time it was over, we were all afraid to go back to our rooms and walk down hallways alone. We all just sat around in the lounge together for awhile going AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Fortunately my roommate was watching with us so we could walk back to our room together. :D

The Ring scared the shit out of me too. Later, I rented the Japanese original and was happy to have the ability to fast forward through certain scenes.
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
For the first 45 minutes or so we were like "lol this movie is supposed to be scary?" but by the time it was over, we were all afraid to go back to our rooms and walk down hallways alone.

Yeah, that's kind of what happened with me. At first I was actually bored during The Exorcist. But then it started to get really interesting. I just didn't realize how scared I was by it until I was all alone and had to turn of my lights.

Oh yeah, The Ring! I saw the American version. I wasn't scared after it was over, but while I was watching it...oh yeah, I was scared. Besides the creepy ass little girl - (always a sure way to get me freaked out - creepy little girls) - I was also quite freaked out by the lead's son and everything going on with him. Have you seen the American version as well as the Japanese one? I just wonder what the comparision is on how much alike they are.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on July 13th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Your top two are my top two! I saw The Hills Have Eyes at a drive-in with a bunch of friends while I was in high school and had a total cathartic breakdown in someone's car because I was so scared and horrified. Then we all drove to a cemetery located near a prison out in the boonies. TRAUMATIZED, I tell you, I was TRAUMATIZED.

The Exorcist is probably the scariest movie I have ever seen, though. I think it was that constant sound of bees buzzing in the background that put it over the top for me -- raised my anxiety level way higher than the movie content probably warranted.
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Your top two are my top two!


You know, when the remake of Hills Have Eyes came out, I convinced my sister we should watch the original first. I was surprised at how bad it was - like it didn't make any sense. Here were these people living out in the middle of the desert and they were wearing bear fur. And yet I remember being so terrified of it when I was a kid (why I was allowed to watch it at age 11, idk) because even though it is full of plotholes, it is graphic as hell. (although now having seen the remake, which may be the most graphic horror movie I have ever seen, the original seems like child's play). So I'd be interested if you tried watching it as an adult, to see if it scared you as much. Although, it may help if you don't folow up your viewing by GOING TO A CEMETERY!!

constant sound of bees buzzing in the background that put it over the top for me

Wait, was that in the movie? Either I didn't pick up on it when I saw it or I have just forgotten now. I swear, I wasn't that scared during the movie and yet, once I was home alone in the dark, I was terrified.
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dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Pretty much every scary movie I've ever seen sticks with me for a time, even the ones I love like The Others or The Sixth Sense--I'll have a stray thought and suddenly, shudder, did I just see Samara from The Ring in the TV screen?

That's true, that does happen to me often as well. I think there is also always one moment in every horror movie that scares me, even if the movie as a whole does not.

The Woman in Black? The one with Daniel Radcliffe? My sister saw it at the theater and said it is maybe the scariest movie she has ever seen.

There was a Doctor Who episode that scared me - (I have only seen a handful of them so far) - but a friend made me watch the one where they go back to the blitz and Jack harkness is there and the little boy keeps asking, "Are you my Mommy?" and that was kid was freaky!

I love scaring myself and yet I hate being scared. Tis a quandary.

Ikr. What is that inherent thing inside us that makes us love to scare ourselves? It has been that way forever, since our method of storytelling was purely vocal.
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Ironlily - Making My Marque: WalkingDeadvikingprincess on July 13th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that movies have scared me, per se, but there are definitely three that I have no interest in ever watching again. Frankly, I saw them so long ago that now I'm not sure if they were that scary or just disgusted me.

1. and 2. Seven and Blue Velvet nauseated me. Like, 'wow, I just might puke right now' nauseated. Maybe the overall movie experiences made me both so uncomfortable and unhappy that it came out as nausea? I don't know. I just know I don't want to see them again. Also, everyone in BV had really weird noses. (I know, wtf, brain?)

3. I also hated Fight Club, but I don't think it was because it was scary. I think I thought it was too stupid to be good and too mundanely violent to be fun. Plus, lots of crappy plot holes annoyed me throughout. Maybe if it had been billed as a descent into madness movie I would have had more fun with it. Anyway, no interest in seeing that again, either.

4. Silence of the Lambs was some awesome suspenseful stuff, but turned into one my most effective "I"m so depressed that nothing else will cheer me up" go-to movies. So I watch it when things seem hopeless and awful, which I haven't had to do for many years now.

5. As I told you last year when I started watching The Walking Dead every week with religious fervor (after discovering the first six eps and devouring them in a couple of big bites), it was because I needed nightmares about something BESIDES school work - and that is the one show that reliably gave me nightmares of awesome fear and dread. Until they wasted half a season looking for Sophia, that is! But I still got my anti-school nightmare on every now and then, mainly because my brain had something to chew over that wasn't work, which meant I got to sleep. I sort of hope that it starts giving me nightmares again this year, because sixteen episodes will go a long way toward combatting too much focus on school for me to sleep through the night!

6. My most recent "oh shit" movie moment came from The Avengers (shut up don't judge me :P ), smote me in the heart with a sledgehammery fist of fear, and basically recreated Natasha running like hell from the Hulk. I woke up panting and sweating and terrified.

I'm fairly sure that happened because she and I have one big trait in common: we use words to get what we want. I might have even said something along those lines as The Awesome Husband (tm) and I headed home from our first viewing. Or he did. He likes to say to me, when we argue, "Stop using logic!" And my reply is always, "But it's my primary weapon" or "But it's my weapon of choice!" And I saw that in her when she convinced Bruce (but was also terrified when he slapped the table) and then when she played Loki. So her pure terror when The Other Guy showed up was something that really affected me: how do you survive when your best weapon is TOTALLY INEFFECTIVE?

Crap, that's six. Um.

7. Oh! Someone below me said Alien. It scared the SHIT out of me when it first came out, but isn't it a lot more suspense than horror? Anyway, I agree with that. The second Alien was much more action/adventure, and I liked it much better. For aaaaages, horror wasn't something I bothered to watch.

There you go!

dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
I have never seen Blue Velvet (I've actually never heard of it). 'Seven' was messed the fuck up but oddly I think I'd watch it again. It's been 15 years (can that be right?) since I saw it - there is probably my 19 year old self inside yelling, "Noooooo."

You hated Fight Club? But, it was awesome! The idea behind it that they were the same person and that he was just this guy who lived this normal mundane life and then just...broke. I don't know, love that movie. I have always wanted to read the book, just to compare.

I enjoyed Silence of the Lambs but it ruined Anthony whathisname (Hopkins?) for me in everything else because he will always be Hannibal to me now. But for some reason, Lambs just didn't stick with me the way it seemed to all my friends. (btw, did you ever hear the story of Hopkins going to the theater to see 'Hannibal' in disguise? The girl in front of him was so scared - he said he couldn't help himself and he lenaed forward and whispered in her ear in his Hannibal-voice, "Enjoying the movie, Clarice.")

I hope you get some zombie nightmares soon then!! Did you watch American Horror Story last year? That might give you some nightmares, if you want. I love that TV is coming up to the level of film more and more and that they aren't afraid to try some horror.

Avengers gave you nightmares? Isn't it weird how some things get to us when others don't? Well, I will say that the moment where Bruce is starting to turn and he looks over at Natasha and she just looks so utterly terrified - it was the most suspenseful moment in the whole movie.

lol "Stop using logic!"

Alien counts if it scares you. Anyways, any movie that had people passing out in the theater is allowed during a Friday the 13th discussion for sure. I haven't ever actually seen the Alien movies but there has been some talk about changing that with a marathon.
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Kate: Hiding Catceitfianna on July 14th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of horror movies as I'm a very jumpy person and don't like gore a lot.

The Blair Witch Project freaked me out when I saw it in the theaters and The Sixth Sense. Other than those two, I don't know. There's a scene in Spaceballs that always gives me the shudders, their Alien parody.

Generally I just avoid horror movies if I can or watch lighter one likes The Faculty.
dodger_sister: the facultydodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Using my Faculty icon because you know how I feel about that movie! That is one of those classic teen movies that can't really be scary but is still so good.

I'm not a fan of horror movies as I'm a very jumpy person and don't like gore a lot.

Ha! And my sister wanted us to watch 28 Days Later that one night. That would have been a terrible idea.

I loved The Sixth Sense but it was definitely freaky. The scene where they are in the school and the kid looks up and sees all the ghosts of the people who had been hanged. /shiver/ But as scared as I was during it, as soon as it was over, I was fine.

Spaceballs is awesome! My dad was a huge Mel Brooks fan so we watched a lot of his movies as kids but Spaceballs is a family favorite. But I do remember when I was a kid that the alien-stomach scene freaked me out too. Maybe that is why I never got around to watching the actual Alien movie.
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: SuperSimpsons Maggie and Castielrhymephile on July 15th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
I hate gory movies and slasher films. But I do like scary movies like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, both of which I saw in the theatres. I had trouble sleeping after I saw Paranormal Activity. Have you seen that one? That didn't scare you? I couldn't sleep with the bedroom door open the way I normally would after that damn film because I kept expecting to have something standing over me or breathing in my ear like in the movie. *shudder*
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I much prefer 'suspense' and 'thriller' over 'gore' any day. Unless it is a zombie movie. But like "The Saw" movies - my little cousin was really into those and she always wanted me to watch them and I just had no desire to.

I haven't seen Paranormal Activity! I really wanted to and usually I can talk my sister into going to most scary movies that I want. But her bff went and saw PA on opening weekend and as soon as she got home from the theater, she called my sister and made her talk to her for awhile until she had calmed down. She still says it is the scariest thing she has ever seen in her life. So naturally, my sister was like, "Uh no, I am not going to see that movie with you." I still keep trying to talk her into it but she is standing firm. It's no fun to watch movies like that by yourself.

I couldn't sleep with the bedroom door open the way I normally would after that damn film because I kept expecting to have something standing over me or breathing in my ear like in the movie. *shudder*

You know what? I should be embarrassed by this but I watched that new show, "School Spirits", about haunted schools and colleges. It was the only episode I saw and it got me so freaked out that the thing in that (they did a reenact type thing and they had this ghost-thing in it) and it was fucking scary and I was terrified that the ghost was in my room, that I was going to wake up and find that thing standing over my bed like it did to the guy on the show.
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ranuaranua on July 16th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
I'm more of a psychological horror fan than gore, but for the life of me I can't come up with any horror movies that I've seen since the early 90's.

In high school my friends and I watched all those squeal/jump/laugh movies like Halloween and the Nightmare on Elm St series and the Hellraiser films. But I don't think I've watched a modern horror flick all the way through, only bits and pieces as I decide, 'no I'm not gonna court nightmares'

That being said I saw this movie: V/H/S, come up on my twitter feed and thought it looked really good. Mind you, I'll most likely never see it, but it looks deliciously scary.
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on July 16th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I like suspense and thrillers more than just straight up gore films. Like I never have any desire to watch the Saw movies, but even with their kind of cheesiness I love the Final Destination movies because you spend the whole time like biting your nails, "Is that going to kill him? How about that? Is that thing over there?" I also like movies where the monster is right around the corner and the person doesn't know, but you as the viewer do.

So many modern horror movies are standard and cardboard cutouts and they just don't resonate as well with me as the old classic stuff. What about like 'teen' horror flicks - like have you seen Urban Legend? It has a lot of jump scare moments but is a 'teen' flick and not overly scary like some other things I would recommend. Plus, awesome cast - Josh Jackson, Michael Rosenbaum, Jared Leto, Loretta Devine. It's fun and not overly scary. I can't think of anymore off the top of my head.

I just went and looked at V/H/S and I totally saw something for that the other day and thought it looked freaky scary. Let me know if you watch it.
wolfrider89: Em hugs?wolfrider89 on September 5th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Well, you already know about The Cabin in the Woods, but I have another one, now that you mention it. What was is called? Oh, yeah, The Village. (I think. I seem to have misplaced my memory)

I was kind of young when I watched it, and it was the first really "scary" movie that I saw. I just remember having to stay and talk to my cousins for two hours afterwards, because I was so wound up on adrenaline I couldn't think straight.

Other than that, there aren't many movies that have really scared me. Could be because I don't watch all that much horror. (except when it's a TV show, apparently. Then bring on the horror! Maybe I should try The Walking Dead?)
dodger_sister: horrordodger_sister on September 13th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I loved Cabin in the Woods! But we talked about how I wasn't really that scared from it. I jumped a few times for sure, but I didn't have trouble sleeping that night.

The Village! My one true husband, Joaquin Phoneix, is in that! In general, I love M. Knight Shamamamamalyn <--sure, that's how you spell that. But of his movies, 'Signs' is my favorite, though I think 'The Sixth Sense' is his scariest movie ever. Have you seen The Sixth Sense? I enjoyed The Village but I wasn't that scared by it, mostly because I figured out the 'twist' pretty early on.

It's weird how you and I are scared by such different things. 8)

You shoud definitely try The Walking Dead! They spare no expense on the zombies and everything is so gritty and raw looking and creepy and your heart gets to pumping pretty damn hard. Plus, it has great characters and realistic human reactions to the zombie apocalypse. First season is especially scary and creepy.

I also recommend the first season of American Horror Story - did you watch that? It was about a house called The Murder House, which was full of ghosts who keep fucking with the minds of the new homeowners. It was awesome and scary as shit. Or you could just check out the new season which starts in like October and is about a completely different set of people so you don't have to have watched the first season at all. The second season is set in an insane aslyum, if that scares the shit out of you (which I suspect it just may). I love this new trend of scary TV shows that has popped up lately!
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