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Scariest Movie?

I have a huge stack of horror novels I’m trying to get through, but unfortunately my Netflix queue has gotten a little skimpy.

To date, the scariest movie I have ever seen, which has rattled me at every viewing, at every year of my life, remains the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It isn’t nearly as bloody as you might guess from the title. What persists for me is the mood. I don’t like what it feels like to watch this movie, even when nothing disturbing is happening. It all manages to disturb me, long before things start moving fast in the final act.

I had a similar reaction to The Exorcist upon my first few viewings, but I watched it again recently and was mostly bored. Most of that movie is very slow for me, and the shocking bits don’t startle me anymore.

How about you? Got a nomination for scariest movie? How long has it been since you watched your choice?

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  • Michael LaRocca October 14, 2013, 1:31 pm

    THE FLY. I had to watch it at least five times before it stopped disturbing the bejeesus out of me. It’s been a while, though, so if I fired it up now it’d probably make me cringe and cry and all that.

    Much more recently, the first hour of PRISONERS disturbed the heck out of me, and it’s not even a horror movie. Just very powerful.

  • Michelle October 14, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Hm, “scariest” is a hard one for me because I love horror movies.

    There’s an independent movie called Shellter that made me squirm a lot.

    Survivor Type (http://survivortypeshort.com/) is a short movie based on the Stephen King story that is a hard one to watch. It’s also an independent movie that’s hard to get a DVD of.

    But the movies that really scare me are ghost flicks. I’m not so scared while watching it, but the next time I’m in the house alone at night, I’ll think of it. Poltergeist is probably my favorite.

  • ksol October 14, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Alien. Hands down, scariest ever for me.

  • Boris Bachmann October 14, 2013, 10:05 pm

    When I was probably 10 or 11, I saw this movie on HBO. Scared the crap out of me (“Thirst”) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080016/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

    Managed to find a copy and watch it in the last 10 years – still pretty creepy but not as terrifying.

  • Jeroen October 14, 2013, 11:24 pm

    The Shining. Red rum.

  • Jack M October 15, 2013, 5:34 am

    The third part of a film called Trilogy of Terror, starring Karen Black. It was about a crude, tribal sort of doll that came to life and terrorized her. Very disturbing.

    • Anne Holman October 15, 2013, 7:35 am

      yes YES yes!!!

    • Boris Bachmann October 15, 2013, 3:05 pm

      Ooooh, that IS a good one!

  • Sharon Kosch October 15, 2013, 5:37 am

    I don’t usually watch horror movies, we weren’t allowed to when I was young. So Creature From the Black Lagoon terrified me. Had lots of trouble sleeping after that one and was sorry I watched it.

    A recent movie that scared me, but it’s not really horror, was Super Eight. Stuck a straw up my nose when I jumped during one scene.

  • Mrs. T October 15, 2013, 7:36 am

    I must say that I was into horror movies in college, but have long since given them up for the most part. Caveat: I did recently come across “GHOST” which I really enjoyed. Don’t know if y’all would consider it a horror movie…

  • Gustavo October 15, 2013, 7:47 pm

    – the eye
    – the ring
    – silent hill
    – the silence of the lambs
    – sixth sense
    – hairspray

  • Dawn October 16, 2013, 12:30 pm

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

    • Josh Hanagarne October 16, 2013, 7:56 pm

      I’ve gotten so many comments and emails about this. And I agree!

  • Wendy October 17, 2013, 11:22 am

    oldies but goodies: No Way To Treat A Lady and Experiment in Terror. Who needs blood and violence? The anticipation scares the you know what out of you!

  • Brittany Fichter October 22, 2013, 8:26 pm

    I’m not a scary movie person, but I do like certain thrillers, and I LOVE action movies with romance in them. To date, I think the scariest movie I’ve seen is Signs. I remember watching it with my dad, late one night. He was in his recliner, and I thought he was asleep until the alien walked out on the television, and he literally jumped out of his seat.

    -Brittany Fichter

  • spencer October 24, 2013, 9:44 am

    When I was younger, the “Night of the Living Dead” movies got to me. There was one in the late 80s/early 90s with undead kids that gave me nightmares for a long time. Something about how slow and plodding the zombies were made them more scary than the more contemporary World War Z style ones around.

    “Children of the Corn” used to scare me, but would probably be laughable now.

    The New “Carrie” looks promising.

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