questionsits friday the 13th, what is your favorite scary…

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Vincent Price's A House on Haunted Hill. Or anything by Alfred Hitchcock

...you know, back when things were actually scary and not just gory.

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Aliens. They don't make them like that anymore.

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Scariest movie of all time, hands down? The Day After.

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@loosecannon67: i have to agree!

that movie still scares the bejesus out of me.

in fact, i base almost all 'scary' movies on whether they made me feel like aliens did.

"All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!" -Apone

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I don't watch scary movies. They give me nightmares.

Also since I have been married, I discovered that action and any other type of movie/TV show that is rated above PG-13 gives my wife nightmares. I have to watch all of my shows on my phone now.

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<== Vote here if you've ever had to leave the theatre or turn off a movie because it was too scary. (My parents made me go to bed early when we rented The Fly)

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Agree. Shining managed scare. Like horror film, but many fail scare. Is difficult make afraid. Like Shining, was unsettling. Like Descent, also. Was good filming.

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@theoneill555: Oh my god, THANK YOU for reminding me of that movie (Saturday the 14th). I loved that movie. Everyone should go right out and rent it, buy it, or download it. Such a good time.

For all those naming Aliens as scary, I don't get it. The first one was scary, filled with deliberate and constant gotchas, but Aliens was just brilliant with its attention to detail. The pilot sounded like a pilot, and I was so fascinated with the tech that I had to go back and watch it a second time just to figure out the plot. The hydraulic sounds on the lander were so very perfect.

In addition, it all still had that elegant Heavy Metal sort of feel that the first one did; dark, oily, mechanical, truly surreal. Giger is a genius.

http://www.giger-art.com/giger-movies.html

I see everyone's naming movies that frightened them, and I might as well throw in The Exorcist. That music alone was enough to make me shudder. Then. Doesn't work now.

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@loosecannon67: I was pretty young when Aliens came out, It had made it TV and my Dad jokingly said "Let's all go home and watch aliens!" while we were out a dinner. My little and brother and I thought - oh cool, a movie about aliens and turned it on just in time to see the thing burst from someone's stomach.

I'm pretty sure my Dad got chewed out after they calmed us down...

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@tygerdave: I remember when I was young and my father was watching the Hulk on TV. I must have been 4 or 5 at the time. There was a scene when the green man broke through a wall and screaming ensued. Ever since then, I have not been able to watch a scary movie.

Child abuse I tell you! Child abuse!

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@tygerdave: You just described Alien, not Aliens. Different. Alien was scary (and you should retroactively smack your dad for letting you watch it when you were little). I never found Aliens to be frightening, but then, it had a plot beyond the comic book stage (somewhat).

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@shrdlu: ah I didn't realize the difference. He didn't mean to, but really you can't make a joke like that around kids that have no way of understanding why it would be a joke. Alien came out in '79 - wow, ahead of it's time.

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Sixth Sense it is about the only scary movie I have ever seen. I don't really like them as they give me nightmares.

Although I did like Dracula with Gary Oldman. He was a great Dracula

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I found Biodome to be a terrifying movie, but maybe that's not what you meant...

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@tygerdave: Oh god, you are SO right. Biodome was beyond terrifying, even on television, where I could turn it OFF! In that light, then, my most terrifying movie?

Under the Cherry Moon (starring Prince), which nearly caused me to require 911 assistance. I paid actual money, at the theater, and was one of two people watching it. I was laughing so hard that staff from the place came in to make sure I was all right. Oh, that was just SUCH a bad movie. I recommend it, but it requires beer, popcorn, and friends.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_the_Cherry_Moon

Then again, who can forget the immortal Howard the Duck (same year, too)?

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@shrdlu: There is a classic chest-bursting scene in Aliens as well.

"Kill me...kill me."

Come on! That was super creepy.

I do enjoy The Exorcist too. I consider that movie to be made way before its time and has done a great job of eclipsing the rest of modern horror.

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I'm actually not a fan of horror, but I have been listening to the The Escape Pod podcast (short story SF as a podcast) and they keep mentioning PseudoPod the short story horror podcast http://pseudopod.org/ Sounds like some of you might be interested.

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I don't know if you could classify it as being scared, but I never react to horror movies or the such. The one thing, though, and I guess you could say it evokes fear in me is when I think that it is really true that the dog is the supper, the horse is going to be blown up, etc. I react more to animals being abused and killed more than I do to people. Wonder what that means.

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The original "Halloween." It also reinforced the stereotype: bad things happen to "bad girls."

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@lavikinga: I'd almost forgotten Halloween. Yeah, that one was really frightening. I saw it in a dark theater, and late at night, too, just to make it perfect.

I don't think you can watch a movie like that in later years, for the first time, and grasp what it was to the people that saw it when it was new. Things get discussed, other movies use the most effective bits, and it all gets diluted. One of the things that made it so scary was how strongly Donald Pleasance felt about Michael not ever being released, and that he was purely evil. By the time he was finally on the screen, you were primed to be choked with fear.

I was far beyond being a teenager by then, and I'm not (normally) afraid of the dark, but that sure made me afraid for a while.

Okay, I'm not reading any more of this thread. I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight as it is.

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Scary movie watching Wankers!

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I'm agreeing with @jumbowoot on this one. Normal clowns are freakin' scary, but Pennywise from IT gave me nightmares and had me turning on lights well before dusk every night.

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@luisibarra81: Are you going to hit every single thread with this silliness? Perhaps your mirror holds the real wanker.

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@shrdlu: Ah, he's ok. You see, he's working on his Troll Badge. A work in progress, you know, and a lot more clever than the usual deals Trolls, (usually). Some days, he knocks the goats completely off the bridge.

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@shrdlu: he is better than that other guy kevalkars, who always claims that there is a better deal somewhere else. I actually went to one of the sites where he said there was a better deal.....NOT! ha!

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Favorite scary movie that I could actually watch all the way through: Pitch Black.

Most of them rely on shock/gore too much to appeal to me and I can't watch more than a few minutes.

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@sgoman5674: child abuse would be the couple who let their young sons watch a scary movie, then waited til they were asleep that night so dad could put on a hockey mask, bust open their bedroom door and fire up a chainsaw. This one showed up on "america's funniest home videos" although I'm not sure what was so funny about it.

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The Ya Ya Sisterhood.

Chilled me to the BONE.

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You are all forgetting the scariest scene in any movie EVER...That clown puppet in Poltergeist, UNDER THE BED! I still can't watch that...