Scary Movies (Not the stupid series)

VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
edited October 2014 in Help / Advice Forum
With Halloween tomorrow, my girlfriend and I decided we'd like to stay home and try to scare ourselves shitless with some scary movies. Problem is, neither one of us watch the horror genre nor are we fans of gore that modern horror seems to love so we are at a loss of what to watch. Only thing we can come up with is Poltergeist, which she hasn't seen so we'll be starting with that. Then I was thinking The Exorcist since it's been a decade or so since I've seen it and I remember it scaring the hell out of me, but I'd like 2 or 3 more to make sure we don't run out of scares and I'm out of ideas.

If you could recommend one scary movie to people who don't watch scary movies that was minimal in gore and will make us turn the lights back on, what would it be?

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Ju On scares the piss out of me, and I wouldn't consider it particularly gory.

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    Grave Encounters.

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  • LostNinjaLostNinja Registered User regular
    The Woman in Black is pretty good if you can get past it starring Harry Potter playing a character he isn't really old enough to play. Mama is another one that made me turn all the lights on between my couch and my bedroom when I watched it. Neither has any gore as far as I can remember.

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  • MorranMorran Registered User regular
    The others
    The ring
    blair witch project
    jacobs ladder

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  • PrimePrime Registered User regular
    I love scary movies, the most recent one that I really enjoyed was The Conjuring. Insidious was a good watch, as was Sinister.

  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2014
    Seconding Jacob's Ladder. My favorite horror movie of all time. It is so, so good.

    Flatliners is great too.

    *Holy shit whatever you do don't google image search Jacob's Ladder with safesearch off though uggggh my eyeeees.... Fucking google.

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  • TheCanManTheCanMan Registered User regular
    The Shining isn't really a "turn the lights back on horror movie", but it is fantastic. And atmospherically, fits the halloween vibe quite well.

    My go-to scary movie is probably The Grudge. It doesn't matter how many times I watch that movie, it scares the shit outta me every single time. Not a whole lot of gore (although there are a couple scenes that could be described as gory it's definitely not a theme of the movie), but it is creapy as fuck.

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  • ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
    The Orphanage - only scary movie I've ever had to pause and remind myself that it's just a movie. Subtitled though (which I think is part of what helped suck me in)
    Pan's Labyrinth was delightfully dark, though not precisely horror
    Freaks (1932) was weird and absorbing, but the pace is very different from more modern movies
    Conjuring, Awakening, and American Mary were also enjoyable flicks

  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Ju On is the original Japanese version of The Grudge, FYI.

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  • TheCanManTheCanMan Registered User regular
    edited October 2014
    I figured I should look that up to see if it was already mentioned, but laziness got the best of me.

    I haven't seen Ju On, so I can't compare the two. Have you seen The Grudge?

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    No but it looked... Americanized. Which isn't necessarily bad? Some day I'll sit down and watch them in succession, but like I said, I thought Ju On was terrifying.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
  • TheCanManTheCanMan Registered User regular
    edited October 2014
    The funny thing is that I thought The Grudge felt very Japanese. And not just aestetically since it takes place in Japan. The sound direction was especially not what you'd expect from an American movie. It was kinda Kubrickian in that sense of really knowing how to use quiet as a sound.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Hm. I should really do that soon.

    During the day.

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  • TheCanManTheCanMan Registered User regular
    edited October 2014
    The first time I was it, it was late at night and I was alone in a hotel while on a business trip. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Fuck Warren Ellis Registered User regular
    The Descent is my favorite horror movie but it has some gore.
    Other (fairly recent) options:
    - The Sacrament (Culty, faux documentary style)
    - Willow Creek (found footage Bigfoot movie)
    - Evidence (found footage monster movie - for what it's worth, I highly recommend this movie. It goes to places you'd never think it would - in a good way.)
    - Afflicted (Documentary style vampire movie)
    - The Conjuring (demonic possession)

    I could go on.

  • Dr. FrenchensteinDr. Frenchenstein Registered User regular
    Afflicted is so awesome.

  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    The Paranormal Activity and Final Destination series.

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    Alien, hands down.

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  • symbolsorsymbolsor Registered User regular
    TheCanMan wrote: »
    The funny thing is that I thought The Grudge felt very Japanese. And not just aestetically since it takes place in Japan. The sound direction was especially not what you'd expect from an American movie. It was kinda Kubrickian in that sense of really knowing how to use quiet as a sound.

    FWIW, the same guy directed both the original and the remake.

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  • MulletudeMulletude Registered User regular
    Prime wrote: »
    I love scary movies, the most recent one that I really enjoyed was The Conjuring. Insidious was a good watch, as was Sinister.

    Insidious creeped me out.

    I also recommend The Grudge and Ring

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  • VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    There's a lot of great suggestions here. We kept with the demonic possession angle we were building and went with the Conjuring after Exorcist and it was sufficiently scary but then we ran out of time. Adding all these to the list

  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Hey if you do the Ju On/Grudge marathon thing let us know how it was.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    It

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  • AegeriAegeri Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    They (which is terrifically creepy)

    Splice (it gets really weird though)

    Afflicted (mentioned above, but worth recommending for some of the astoundingly good first person camera scenes alone)

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  • Dr. FrenchensteinDr. Frenchenstein Registered User regular
    The Thing is awesome (the original one, not the prequel/remake/whatever)

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    Ju-On and The Grudge are both pretty much the same movie there is some bits in The Grudge that are added from Ju-On 2 and like most Asia to US remakes they explain more than they need to. The sound the ghost makes in Ju-On is more pronounced and noticeable than in The Grudge.

    I saw Ju-On years before The Grudge came out so I might be a bit biased towards liking the original than the remake, I have the same thoughts on Ringu(The Ring) and Kairo (Pulse).

  • Uncle PKUncle PK Registered User regular
    edited November 2014
    V/H/S

    watch the sequel too (V/H/S 2), mainly because it contains Safe Haven, which is the most horrifying film out of both anthologies, probably the horror genre as a whole.

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  • Vater5BVater5B Registered User regular
    [REC] is the most terrifying movie I have ever seen. The last five minutes are the most uncomfortable I have ever been watching a film and to this day, even though I have seen it at least four times, I still have to look away when it gets to the ending. Do not watch the American remake, it sucks.

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  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    I know Halloween is over and all that... BUT...

    I watched a 1980s horror movie called The Possession over Halloween weekend. Holy. Shit. I don't know man... I don't know. It had what had to be one of the most effective, simple, and horrifyingly disturbing scenes I have ever seen in a movie. If you've seen it, you know the one.
    In the subway.

    If you have any interest at all, don't watch the trailer. Give way too much away.

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  • Dr. FrenchensteinDr. Frenchenstein Registered User regular
    Splinter is an amazing indie horror movie.

    Feast was actually pretty ok as well.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited November 2014
    I couldn't tell you why, exactly, but White Noise legitimately creeped me out far more than any other horror movie I've ever seen.

    Static on the tv at 2am a few nights later had me turning all of the lights on everywhere.

    It's not a very good movie, honestly, but it creeped me out.

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    Splinter is an amazing indie horror movie.

    Feast was actually pretty ok as well.

    Seconded Splinter, fantastic little movie, great effects, simple plot.

    Feast is a great horror, black comedy parody? It makes fun of some horror tropes but still manages to be a fun, yet stupid horror flick.

  • NobodyNobody Registered User regular
    darkmayo wrote: »
    Splinter is an amazing indie horror movie.

    Feast was actually pretty ok as well.

    Seconded Splinter, fantastic little movie, great effects, simple plot.

    Feast is a great horror, black comedy parody? It makes fun of some horror tropes but still manages to be a fun, yet stupid horror flick.

    Agreed on both, but I think both are a bit gory for what he's looking for

  • Uncle PKUncle PK Registered User regular
    edited November 2014
    Just to reiterate how effective a scare V/H/S is, listen to this guy talk about it:


    He had no interest in the film and hates found-footage movies, but said it was the scariest movie he's seen all year

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  • PriestPriest Registered User regular
    edited November 2014
    Apparently people think Dawn of the Dead is a scary movie.

    I always found it to be a comedy.

    Honestly though, despite their age, pretty much everything Hitchcock did is gold.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    This is not an NSFW thread. Please stop linking videos that are NSFW, especially if the preview image is.

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  • Uncle PKUncle PK Registered User regular
    My apologies!

  • 007ctrl_room007ctrl_room Registered User regular
    Event Horizon.

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  • Psychotic OnePsychotic One The Lord of No Pants Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    As a big fan of horror I can second and recommend a few title

    Alien
    The Thing (the original and the prequel - while note as good still a decent film)
    VHS 1 and 2
    Ju-on or The Grudge (both are good)
    Event Horizon (one of my favorites)
    Mama
    Sweeny Todd

    If you can tolerate gore I would recommend the Hatchet Trilogy. Its basically a love letter to the 80's slasher genre and stars Kane Hodder (The best Jason) with apperances by just about every actor that played a iconic horror villain. From Robert England, Tony Todd, the guy who played Leather Face, and the guy who played Jason in the Friday Remake (also a really good film)

  • Dr. FrenchensteinDr. Frenchenstein Registered User regular
    i keep wanting to recommend all the horrible horror movies i've seen. the ones that are so bad they are funny.

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