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    LalaboxLalabox Registered User regular
    The only "horror" film I think I've ever seen is The Host. Which gets pretty light at times. But at the same time, Bong Joon-ho is pretty good at building a sense of dread.

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    Crimson KingCrimson King Registered User regular
    i had to watch eyes wide shut for my film studies group the other day

    eyes wide shut fucking sucks

    just a boring, shitty movie that everyone goes on about because kubrick

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    FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    oh here we go, the old, "I thought this was boring so everyone else must be lying/pretentious"

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    VeldrinVeldrin Sham bam bamina Registered User regular
    Growing up on a pretty exclusive diet of slasher flicks and campy horror

    The Ring messed me up for a good few days after I watched it and pretty much reset my taste in horror movies from that point on.

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    The Grudge had the same effect on me.

    I think it's more intense than The Ring, but only if you're the sort who really buys into it's style, which for many people was not the case.

    The Ring is a much more well-crafted flick as a whole.

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    MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    Growing up I watched a lot of horror as well so I have a soft spot for the movies. I always hated the torture porn stuff because they seemed to operate on the notion that gore was the same as being scary, and I could never get into it.

    But lately I've been pleasantly surprised with movies like The Happening and the first couple of the Paranormal Activity movies

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    Wasn't The Happening Shyamalan's homage to Hitchcock or something?

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    Also, in regards to horror in general, The Cabin in the Woods is amazing.

    It's a meta look at the slash genre that takes it to a pretty crazy extreme.

    It alternates between being funny and horrifying, and is generally pretty brilliant.

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    I must've missed something with The Ring because I don't remember really finding it scary at all.

    I've only seen the American remake of the Grudge, which I enjoyed enough but again not really scary. And I saw a similar kind of thing called Dark Water which also kind of passed me by. I guess that kind of horror doesn't click with me.

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    I generally have a hard time finding supernatural stuff scary. Anything with ghosts or demons or monsters is instantly fighting an uphill battle trying to scare me.

    Aliens, nature, and people? All more than capable of scaring me.

    I ain't 100% sure where my disconnect is.

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    The two films I remember scaring me most in my life are Blair Witch Project and Silent Hill. Silent Hill gave me nightmares at age 22.

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    ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    edited September 2014
    My rule with torture porn is that by the end the goodies have to get vengeance. I mean the genre is still garbage and I wouldn't shed a tear if it disappeared, but if I at least suffer through that I want to see some payback. Also I kind of enjoyed the first 3 Saw films because I looked at them as like Sin City style comics, Jigsaw felt like someone who you'd find locked up in arkham. The early movies were all in perpetual darkness, always night time or interior shots, with neon lighting etc, always from the perspective of a cop, made the whole thing feel very noir and schlocky so it didn't feel like a Roth kind of torture porn film.

    I'm kind of sick of horror movies in general that end with a "and nobody survived" twist, ie, it was all for naught, you just watched a bunch of people suffer and die for no real reason. It's a staple of horror films, it would be more shocking if the horror was defeated forever. Exceptions are if you give the horror a middle finger and die fighting.

    Another element of horror I can't stand is when a wise person is brought in or the "rules" are figured out, then it becomes a predictable matter of exorcism, ritual, or something abstract and disconnected from how humans experience fear and horror in the real world. I kind of realise that this clashes with my desire to see resolution from horror films, rather than the open "the killer lives" twist, but I feel like there's a middle ground. I hated the Conjuring for this reason, there was no sense of the unknown, just a checklist to tick off.

    I like my horror otherworldly and with alien intent. I loved The Ring for how they went
    into the forest and came back with a child,
    I loved that simple mystery that was never explained,the simpler the better.

    I'm also weird in that I usually enjoy American remakes better than foreign originals, even when I saw and enjoyed the foreign version first. I felt like the American Quarantine was superior to the Spanish in pretty much every way, I enjoyed the American ring and grudge too, but I also appreciated their originals.

    I have an affinity for roller coaster or "guided tour" kind of horror films too, like Grave Encounters (do not watch the sequel)

    Also I enjoyed the Evil Dead remake better than the original. Heresy yes, but I just did, it felt like it had more to say and said it better. It was a film that kept getting better and had a solid ending. Had surprisingly great female characters too

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    I generally have a hard time finding supernatural stuff scary. Anything with ghosts or demons or monsters is instantly fighting an uphill battle trying to scare me.

    Aliens, nature, and people? All more than capable of scaring me.

    I ain't 100% sure where my disconnect is.

    Guessing that is mostly because the half you listed as scary is at least possible in real life and the supernatural stuff is less so. I mean, aliens are fictional constructs in these movies, but as living things, they have an element of plausibility that goats or demons don't have

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    ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    The two films I remember scaring me most in my life are Blair Witch Project and Silent Hill. Silent Hill gave me nightmares at age 22.

    Silent hill is an awful movie that I love, mainly for its art, it's story tried its darnedest to ruin it for me tho. There's a place for "beautiful" horror with fantastic imagery that unnerves rather than scares outright, like The Cell.

    I'm still waiting for a proper rendition of Event Horizon, it was so terrifying in concept but it's execution isn't super great.

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    The look of the Silent Hill movie was excellent.

    But generally traditional horror movies don't get to me very often, besides the odd jump scare. You want to show me a "real" horror story, put on The Day After or Threads.

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    ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    I enjoy some scary movies, but they never really terrify me.

    When something spooky happens, my reaction is usually somewhere along the lines of, "Oh! That was neat."

    It's the same thing with comedies. Never really a laugh, usually just a, "Mm. Yes, that was funny."

    That's the depth of my reaction to most media.

    A little nod and a brief internal acknowledgement that something interesting has indeed happened.

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    Yes, that was a post.

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    BubbyBubby Registered User regular
    i had to watch eyes wide shut for my film studies group the other day

    eyes wide shut fucking sucks

    just a boring, shitty movie that everyone goes on about because kubrick

    You're so counter-culture, shitting on Kubrick. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Indeed, that appeared to be a laconic response.

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Hmm, I was ninja'd. Yep.

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    ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    edited September 2014
    For me if something is shot just right, if the lighting is just so, and what I'm actually seeing takes a few seconds to sink in, like a face in the darkness, off centre, subtly emerging and coming into focus, I can get genuinely creeped out and filled with a sense of dread.

    This only happens very occasionally, often accidentally, in horror films. Jump scares, demon faces, don't do anything for me. But a face outside the window, barely visible, or like the slow realisation that something horrifying has been sitting in the shot, waiting for you to notice it, that gets me.

    I hate when camera angles, cuts, music cues, or such, artificially build up to a jump. To me that's the director scaring me, when I want them to facilitate my imagination so that I feel like I'm in the film, like I'm the character. I hate when shots are too purposeful and obvious and played for the audience not the character, it's clumsy. Like having the camera show us something the character is facing away from, or having lots of sudden cuts

    I think that's why found footage had such a boost initially, it gave a way for films to remove the contrivance of a "directed" horror, of sets and cuts and angles which show the audience one thing and the characters another, as if the characters are irrelevant. It initially made the horror more uncertain, immediate, immersive. Of course now it's just used basically the way a director would use a camera, and through general overuse the effect has worn off

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    While Silent Hill was awful, it's neat that they actually managed to bring Pyramid head to life and not fuck it up.

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    The most recent offender of hitting the "oh it's getting tense we're gonna get spooked oh the music stopped and the characters are starting to feel safe maybe we won't JUMP SCARE!!!" button that I watched was the Purge: Anarchy.

    Although I wouldn't describe P:A as a horror movie.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Bubby wrote: »
    i had to watch eyes wide shut for my film studies group the other day

    eyes wide shut fucking sucks

    just a boring, shitty movie that everyone goes on about because kubrick

    You're so counter-culture, shitting on Kubrick. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

    you're so edgy, shitting on someone for not liking a movie. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

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    GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    I believe that specific type of jump scare is known as a cat scare.

    Because the stereotypical use of it is "Oh it was just a cat. I guess we're s-OH SHIT"

    This is literally the first scare of Ju-On, matter of fact.

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    BubbyBubby Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    Bubby wrote: »
    i had to watch eyes wide shut for my film studies group the other day

    eyes wide shut fucking sucks

    just a boring, shitty movie that everyone goes on about because kubrick

    You're so counter-culture, shitting on Kubrick. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

    you're so edgy, shitting on someone for not liking a movie. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

    Not liking a movie is fine, calling anything Kubrick has done "boring and shitty" is being intellectually dishonest, as is claiming the only people who like that movie like it just because of it's director.

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    FAQFAQ Registered User regular
    Goatmon wrote: »
    I believe that specific type of jump scare is known as a cat scare.

    Because the stereotypical use of it is "Oh it was just a cat. I guess we're s-OH SHIT"

    This is literally the first scare of Ju-On, matter of fact.

    there's a movie 'when a stranger calls' that was on tv one day,

    the, maybe 40 or so minutes, that I saw was just these. It was ridiculous

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Goatmon wrote: »
    I believe that specific type of jump scare is known as a cat scare.

    Because the stereotypical use of it is "Oh it was just a cat. I guess we're s-OH SHIT"

    This is literally the first scare of Ju-On, matter of fact.

    This was the Purge: Anarchy with the Cat Scare button:

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    ChincymcchillaChincymcchilla Registered User regular
    Bubby wrote: »
    i had to watch eyes wide shut for my film studies group the other day

    eyes wide shut fucking sucks

    just a boring, shitty movie that everyone goes on about because kubrick

    You're so counter-culture, shitting on Kubrick. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

    wow what a goose

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    Captain KCaptain K Registered User regular
    I remember hearing the term "spring-loaded cat" not long after I almost shit my pants at a jump scare involving a cat for the first time. I had no trouble connecting the dots on the meaning.

    It was a jump scare early in Phantasmagoria. (I was pretty young, don't judge me too harshly)

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    There was one good jump scare in P:A which was actually before the Purge begun. It worked because it wasn't actually telegraphed, and the only tension was the underlying knowledge that the Purge was coming.

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    ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    edited September 2014
    For me horror is my favourite genre because it feels primal, like the closest to physical and gut reactions that a film can evoke. Unfortunately, while it's my favourite genre for its potential, it almost always ends up disappointing, and I don't really enjoy most horrors.

    I feel like it's because primal horror often has nowhere to go thematically or in terms of character development or story, and has trouble with resolution or conclusion, so you end up unsatisfied even with the most finely crafted horror film. Great horror always feels visceral but ultimately kind of empty. Often the more simple and unexplained the horror is, the scarier it is, and it can come down to how the visuals are handled. If you fuck up the visual framing or direction of a horror, you ruin the atmosphere, and no matter how good the story is, it fails

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    BubbyBubby Registered User regular
    Goatmon wrote: »
    While Silent Hill was awful, it's neat that they actually managed to bring Pyramid head to life and not fuck it up.

    I guess. He was just a roided out supervillain with none of what made him so interesting in Silent Hill 2, but visually he was pretty intimidating so I'll give the film that. I wasn't even that big a fan of the look of the film like some SH fans are - the CGI fog was distracting.

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    MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    Goatmon wrote: »
    Wasn't The Happening Shyamalan's homage to Hitchcock or something?

    My mistake, I meant The Conjuring.

    Whoops

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    ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    Horrors that came close to what I want but missed slightly

    The Triangle
    Long Weekend (2008)

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    Jesus McChristJesus McChrist Registered User regular
    edited September 2014
    I've seen a lot of horror movies starting from a very young age (I think I was five when I saw The Evil Dead?) but the only time I've ever been legitimately scared by something on my screen wasn't from a movie, it was from a bonus feature.

    Was staying over at my uncle's place, for starters, house was weird to begin with. When they bought it, there was a pentagram made out of rocks arranged in three points on the property, there was a window on the outside of the house that wasn't on the inside, creaky-ass wooden floors at all hours. A bit unnerving.

    So, we watch The Ring, neat movie. I sleep on the couch, but, before I do, start going through the bonus features.
    Come across the one for the original "tape" that they watch in the movie. So, start that. Like four seconds after I do, I feel pretty tired, so, figure I'd stop it. Won't let me stop. Or do anything. None of the buttons were working. Uhhhhh what the fuck nope come on do something ahhhhHHHHH

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    I don't get scared by horror movies as much as I get unsettled and sad. Like, I watched the scene in House of Wax where Paris Hilton got murdered and I couldn't move past "a human being just died :("

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Bubby wrote: »
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    Bubby wrote: »
    i had to watch eyes wide shut for my film studies group the other day

    eyes wide shut fucking sucks

    just a boring, shitty movie that everyone goes on about because kubrick

    You're so counter-culture, shitting on Kubrick. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

    you're so edgy, shitting on someone for not liking a movie. Man I wish I were as cool as you.

    Not liking a movie is fine, calling anything Kubrick has done "boring and shitty" is being intellectually dishonest, as is claiming the only people who like that movie like it just because of it's director.

    "boring" and "shitty" are both valid opinions for a person to have, and your assertion that no one could apply them to anything Kubrick has done is exactly the sort of attitude he's talking about

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Goatmon wrote: »
    I believe that specific type of jump scare is known as a cat scare.

    Because the stereotypical use of it is "Oh it was just a cat. I guess we're s-OH SHIT"

    This is literally the first scare of Ju-On, matter of fact.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it1knvUjs6E

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    ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    I've seen a lot of horror movies starting from a very young age (I think I was five when I saw The Evil Dead?) but the only time I've ever been legitimately scared by something on my screen wasn't from a movie, it was from a bonus feature.

    Was staying over at my uncle's place, for starters, house was weird to begin with. When they bought it, there was a pentagram made out of rocks arranged in three points on the property, there was a window on the outside of the house that wasn't on the inside, creaky-ass wooden floors at all hours. A bit unnerving.

    So, we watch The Ring, neat movie. I sleep on the couch, but, before I do, start going through the bonus features. Come across the one for the original "tape" that they watch in the movie. So, start that. Like four seconds after I do, I feel pretty tired, so, figure I'd stop it. Won't let me stop. Or do anything. None of the buttons were working. Uhhhhh what the fuck nope come on do something ahhhhHHHHH

    I too have felt the horror of DVD features. I fell asleep once with the heater on, drunk of course. In the background I'd left a DVD on, with one of those looping musical build ups DVDs have on menus. It was like a build up of all this cacophonous sounds and screeches, that would crash, then repeat. It worked its way into my dream, as did the heat of the heater. I woke up trapped under blankets which were so heavy with sweat I couldn't move, I panicked as the DVD menu kept playing over and over, which was in on a tv in another room so I had no idea what the fuck it was, I thought satan had finally claimed me and I'd woken up in hell.

    Took me a good 5 minutes to recover and get out of the bed, turn the heater off, and slowly figure out what the fuck the sound was.

    Also I agree Geebs, horror has to do more than just murderise people for me to feel scared, and often I'll get hung up on deaths that movies blow past. That's why I love horrors with a small cast, like Long Weekend

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