What Horror Movie Still Scares You?

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The problem with watching horror movies all the time is that they lose their effect, their impact to scare. I find myself watching horror movies not for scares (though I welcome them if they come) but rather to see if they have anything original to offer the genre, what kind of FX they use (hopefully practical), how the score interacts with the scenes, etc… I go for the entire package. I go because I want to see what a group of creative people can do when they work together towards a common goal.

But even with all of that being said, there are still some horror movies that, no matter how many times I watch them, I still tremble, quake, and cover my eyes. It is these films that have stayed with me the most for years upon years (well, some of them not quite that long). It is these films that I put on when I actually want to recall what it was like when I first started watching horror and actually feeling fear and dread.

So join me below as I go through a few films that still manage to terrify me. After that, leave a comment with the films that terrify you! I want to know which films get so under your skin that you either relish or abhor watching them again!

The Shining

This movie always has and always will make me shake underneath the covers. Beautifully crafted with excellent music, killer sound design, and stellar acting, The Shining is one of those movies that makes me think, “Holy crap, this could actually happen…” And that’s why I love this movie and why it still scares me to this day, some 20 years after I first watched it.

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  • J Jett

    1980′s “The Changeling” and THE EXORCIST III (both which star George C. Scott!) are the 2 movies that to this day have me turning on the lights at some point when i’m watching them. they are both in my top 5 favorites ever!

    • Trevor

      COMPLETELY agree with you on Exorcist III, not only does it have an enthralling performance by Brad Dourif, but it has one of the best jump scares in the history of film

  • Patrick Snipes

    The Town That Dreaded Sundown

  • murdermakesmecum666

    the August Underground series, a couple of the Guinea Pig movies, Juon, Gusomilk, Men Behind the Sun, A Serbian Film, and of course anything the features real death will have me keeping the lights on.

  • Yannik Apitz

    The Blair Witch Project and The Haunting (1963)

  • eagleye25

    Martyrs, Funny Games, Quarantine, Quarantine 2, The Blair Witch Project, and The Poughkeepsie Tapes come to mind.

  • Chris

    For me it’s The Exorcist (feels almost like a documentary of real events) and Blair Witch Project, those 2 never lose their effect on me!!

  • LastCubScout

    ‘The Haunting’ (1963), ‘The Innocents’ (1961), ‘The Woman in Black’ (1989), ‘The Orphanage’ (2007)

  • Sick_skwerl

    The original A Nightmare on Elm Street (you have to sleep sometime, so there is no escape). And Fire in the Sky still disturbs me.

    • Chaz Villarreal

      so glad to see Fire in the Sky on here. Movie rules!

  • juice1701

    Only one “The Exorcist” that movie still can scare the shit outta me.

  • Michael Kirchner

    ju on the grudge. supernatural horror puts me on edge for hours after it ends.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    After a few viewings it’s hard for me to find myself actually scared, but if I had to choose one film that still creeps me out I guess I’d have to say Stephen King’s ‘It’. It’s by no means one of my favorite horror movies, but Pennywise is one creepy dude.

  • http://lackofresponse.tumblr.com/ Patrick Batemare

    The Strangers. home invasion done so scary I can’t sleep if i watch it.

  • Jim

    If it’s going to scare me, it’s got to be based in reality. How about the original, foreign version of “The Vanishing”? A guy so desperate to find out where his missing wife went, he’s willing to let her kidnapper show him. Literally. Scary because it could happen. Scary because the husband is obsessed with the truth. Scary because he loves and misses his wife. Scary because of what he ultimately finds out…

  • Jessica Claire

    The Blair Witch Project, and Signs for some reason

    • Laura Burd

      Signs absolutely terrified me! I had to leave the theatre. To this day I can’t watch it and not be totally paranoid.

  • EmPleH

    Stephen King’s Silver Bullet and Dolly Dearest. Freaking hate dolls even to this day.

    • Dixie Stockwell

      I loved Silver Bullet. It doesn’t scare me, but I still love to watch it.

      • EmPleH

        The death scene of the kid in the park is what scared me most. It showed not only that kids were no longer off limits but he got it the worst as he was torn to be pieces so bad they could not show it.

  • http://www.totally-awesome.net Adrianna H.

    For me, Dario Argento’s Demons movies.. the demon transformation part still creeps the heck out of me. Evil Dead still creeps me out.. hmm not sure what other horror movies that could still scare me unless they’re asian horror movies. Oh! I almost forgot – The Subspecies movies (1st and 2nd especially).. Vampire Radu, come on… he’s totally creepy.

  • Fantasma George

    I’ll go with something recent: V/H/S

    The succubus and the glitch killer are just too heavy.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Just watched that this weekend. I really loved the Succubus, the rest, not so much, unfortunately. I so wanted to love the whole thing.

    • Dixie Stockwell

      THOSE MOVIES ARE SO GOOD. I’m so excited for the new one coming in 2015.

    • Christopher Pelton

      I agree 100% Sir. There is some creepy stuff in that movie.

  • http://intothewill.tumblr.com/ william chandra

    Original Thai version of “Shutter” now that still shock me and haunt me everytime i revisit it!

    • http://youtube.com/izzysurg RisefromAshes

      the thai version is really creepy especially when shes going up the wall where he lives.

  • Renee Graves-Sankey

    The first Child’s play will always give the chills as well as The 13th Ghost.

  • Jeremy Wade

    return of the living dead part 1

  • Jake from State Farm

    J-horror, that is all. Americans do not know how to make horror.

  • http://www.simplefilmreviews.com/ Matthew
    • Chaz Villarreal

      Dude that scene wrecked me as a kid and still is extremely effective.

    • Andrea Evelyn

      This is where my irrational fear of sharks in pools started.

      • Christopher Pelton

        For me it was Jaws 3 when they put a shark in a pool. :)

  • Curmudgeon

    The Uninvited 1944. Only movie that gets me to look over my shoulder when I’m home alone.

  • Graxe

    Jeeper Creepers (I), the story of an ancient demon who return every 23rd spring to feeds on human parts and be immortal forever, that also has his own 30′s song and the force of 10000 people ??
    There is the definition of goosebumps for me.

    • ThunderDragoon

      I was also going to choose Jeepers Creepers! :D That’s awesome. In addition to what you said, just the fact of being in the country away from everything being hunted is terrifying. Adding on to that, The Creeper can take you away to some dark place to torture you before he kills you. That’s my worst fear so yup! XD

      • M M

        There’s something terrifying about being taken away to the dark, away from everyone else. Like the scene where Andy is carried into the Sawyer house in the Texas remake and you get the shot of the mailbox and his screams coming from the house that no one will hear. Yeah that about sums it up for me.

  • M M

    The raft segment from Creepshow 2.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimathomas Jim Thomas

      I was working at a $1 theater when Creepshow 2 came through. I was up in the booth watching, and there were only three people in the theater (middle of the day). Just as the ‘jump scare’ happened, I had leaned against the plexiglass too hard, and it feel down into the theatre with a “CRASH”. One dude threw up, and his date peed herself (yes, in the seat). So, I have to ask… you’re not him, are you? If so, I’m sorry, except that I’m not. ;)

      • M M

        Haha no but that is a wonderfully unique story :)

        Pretty sure if I had seen it at the theater I would have peed myself without the falling plexiglass.

  • CTHL

    The Boogeyman (the cheap and super shitty short film version on The Night Shift Collection V.1)… but that’s mostly because the book version scarred me for life. I still don’t like to leave doors cracked open.

  • Taboo

    Halloween, Jaws, Exorcist, Child’s Play, Blaire Witch, Ju-on, A Nightmare on Elm Street…

  • Bobby Jones

    Not scared, but The Hills Have Eyes is the most disturbing movie I’ve seen yet.

  • Alex Dye

    Howling 5. I know that a lot of people really dislike this one, but the music combined with the “And then there were none” werewolf mystery inside of a castle…my imagination always ran wild.

  • Trippy Leatherface

    Dead Silence, fucking ventriloquist dolls. Sinister, so much suspense and creepy concept. Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones, I thought was scary. Also The Exorcist & The Strangers

  • McGilli

    Citadel. When there are babies in danger in horror movies it raises my anxiety…

  • Chaz Villarreal

    The Blair Witch Project.
    The Hills Have Eyes (remake)
    Fire in the Sky
    Jaws
    28 Weeks Later.
    The Mangler.

  • http://Voorhees83 Voorhees83

    Some people may laugh, but the only movie that still gets to me is The Blair Witch Project. Nothing creepier then being lost in the woods with the mysterious.

    • Primeus

      Blair Witch made #2 on my personal list. I don’t care what anyone says that is one of the most creepy and well made horror movies of all time.

  • SemajTheSellout

    Willard. Because, fuck rats!

  • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

    Not a horror, but Black Swan gets to me every time I watch it.
    I think it’s a very human thing to want to be the best at what we do, the best we can possibly be, and Nina’s strive for perfection is frightening to me, because it’s unattainable. Trying to be perfect is merely a set up to fail. And the harder Nina tries to be the best of the best, the more she comes undone as it’s an imppossible goal.
    Watching someone place such high expectations on themselves and their own destruction trying to reach the unreachable, it’s so relatable and it just gets to me.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      I can see that. I myself have a tendancy to become obsessed, and Black Swan takes obsessiveness to the nth degree.

  • http://youtube.com/izzysurg RisefromAshes

    the possession of david o’reilly its not super scary and some parts are long but it has some creepy stuff in it. i like movies that play with being stuck in one place giving the audience a sense of suffocation.

  • Brandon See

    Candyman, Pet Semetary, Cujo, and Jeepers Creepers are ones that still scare the hell out of me.

    • Weresmurf

      Candyman was a true work of art, even to this day it scares me. Tony Todd, damn he was amazing.

      • Brandon See

        Couldn’t agree more. Tony Todd’s voice alone can scare the hell out of you. The wonderful score by Phillip Glass made the movie scarier then it already was. 22 years later and that ending still freaks me out.

        • Weresmurf

          Not only that, but the setting. Having Candyman appear mainly in the run down tennaments, having him as a modern urban legend among the poorer (not necessarily only African american) community, was outstanding. Not only that, but being African American, they kept him away from stereotypes in his design, his speech, everything about him. The movie wasn’t ahead of its time, it wasn’t behind it’s time or ‘on’ time, it was a movie that transcended times. It’s just as good now, if not better, than it was when released due to the sequels that came along (that were terrible) and made us appreciate the original more.

          • Brandon See

            I thought Farewell To The Flesh was quite good actually. Granted it was nowhere near as good as the original, but I still thought it was well made. Now the second sequel? The less said, the better.

      • Christopher Pelton

        This girl I used to know lived in a housing project similar to what was shot in the movie, and we watched it on vhs at her place and it freaked her out like crazy.

  • Odd Prime

    CREEPSHOW. But for only ONE REASON: the scene where Billy sees The Creep and grins that evil psycho smile that only the offspring of Stephen King could pull off. Going from one face to the other used to creep me the fuck out as a kid and still does as an adult.. The rest of the movie, however, is akin to a slapstick comedy to me now.

  • Weresmurf

    It’s not a horror movie as per se, but the situation is horrific.

    ON THE BEACH, the concept of it terrifies me. The way the world is screwed, no matter what. There is no rescue, the cloud is coming. There is no safety, the world will end, we know this from the start. The whole movie (or mini series if you watched the Armand Assante remake), is a two to three hour exercise in futility and eventually acceptance. When the Australian government starts handing out suicide kits, it just shocked me. It made me think of what would actually happen. The concept of voluntarily killing your kids, to ensure they didn’t suffer nuclear death, to kill youself as you had zero real choice… suicide or die horribly… it ended up horrifying me.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      If that scenario creeps you out, and you want to be creeped out again, may I suggest Melancholia. It drills down to the reactions of one family when the world is very clearly screwed.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    Once I’ve seen a movie, I pretty much become desensitized to the whole thing in terms of being scared or creeped out. Certain gore or torture scenes can still make me cringe after repeat watches but beyond that nothing.

    • Trippy Leatherface

      ”Macho, macho man
      I gotta be a macho man”
      is that’s you? lol

      • Chandler Of-Adelaide

        Since I admitted to cringing at certain things, not really but I do sport a beard. :P

  • REC03

    Stephen King’s IT- that clown will never not be scary
    Candyman- flashback in the restroom
    Return Of The Living Dead-the music in the opening credits is spooky as shit. also zombified Trash with her scary ass mouth.
    Martrys- when they find the lady chained up. extremely unsettling.
    Jaws: The Revenge- the banana boat scene (don’t u dare judge me!) ;-)
    Poltergeist 2- Reverend Kane. nuff said
    Lost Highway- Robert Blake. omg!

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      “God is in His holy temple…”

      • LokiFX

        Julian Beck as Reverend Kane was the only thing that saved Poltergeist 2 from being a Wisconsin-sized cheese fest. An incredible performance that was made even more frightening by his appearance, due to his cancer. And there’s nothing more intimidating than an evil force that presents itself as a servant of god. Quote scriptures, smile that creepy smile, then go apeshit on an entire family.
        Not even Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter could be a minister as scary as Beck.

  • Spooky Samantha

    Blair Witch Project.

    While it’s not on the same level as JAWS (what is?), the film’s success comes from using similar devices. The scariest stuff is what’s left to the imagination: unable to make out what’s grabbing you from beneath the water; not knowing what (or who) is stalking you in the woods. Both films play this angle very well.

    S’like if you lived alone, were in the bathroom, and suddenly the door knob starts to jiggle. You shriek and call out Who is it? Then it stops, and, when you gain enough courage, open the door to find an empty apartment. What was behind that door?

  • Cyril Veakspey

    Well,
    1) “LA CHUTE DE LA MAISON USHER (1928)”.
    2) “Cabinet of Dr.Caligari”,
    3) “Nosferatu”,
    4) “The Carnival Of Souls”
    5) The Portrait (1915, Russian Empire)
    are the strangest and scariest movies I’ve ever seen.
    As for the Hollywood… they don’t know how to make something really scary. Maybe “Twilight Zone” (most for it’s terrible production process), “Salems Lot” and “Creepshow” series were pretty disturbing.

  • UnionJack

    Texas Chiansaw Massacre- The psychological aspect
    Psycho- The Ending
    The Exorcist- The use of a little girl possesed by a demon

  • AkumajoBelmont

    The Exorcist for sure. The last half of the movie is relentless, and the acting is still unparalleled. The sound design though; absolute nightmare fuel.
    Other than that, not a lot else.
    Oh! The Banshee Chapter! Number stations scare the shit out of me at the best of times, and as a Lovecraft fan, it was awesome to see these two worlds collide. Severely underrated flick. I’m hoping we get a sequel that improves on the slight tonal inconsistencies the first one had from time to time – the scares made up for the couple of rough spots though.

  • Chris Jackson
    • AkumajoBelmont

      How could I have forgotten this? Really difficult to sit through…

    • Cyril Veakspey

      That’s what I think at first but it’s not scary. It’s disgusting.

      • Chris Jackson

        It’s not really scary, it’s too arty and pretentious. But just the way it’s shot and some of the imagery i find disturbing.

  • Chris Jackson
    • AkumajoBelmont

      Just saw this now on YT because of your post. Harrowing stuff. I fully expected hammy dialogue and cheesy acting on account of that trailer, so I was surprised to find myself unable to stop watching, even from 10 mins in. My minds is now racing, and has me seriously considering a bomb shelter and stock-piling food…

      • Chris Jackson

        Glad you ‘enjoyed’ it, if that’s the right word! It is unremittingly grim right to the end. Imagine how i felt watching as a 13 year old, especially as it is set in Sheffield where i grew up.

        • AkumajoBelmont

          I can only imagine!!! I would have bene the same. I used to get nightmares from Nostradamus ‘documentaries’ as a kid – anything end of the world-ish kept me up. This would have sent me over the edge!!!

    • Tim Nuttall

      Yep, terrifying!

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    Yes, I completely agree with Session 9. For me, any movie about being paranoid or crazy or going insane is one that really unsettles me. The thought that you can’t trust what you know you are experiencing really terrifies me. That’s why the VERY polarizing film Yellow Brick Road freaked me out. I know a lot of people thought it was dumb, and I did really hate the ending, but, for example, just sitting there and not being able to remember how to recite the alphabet? I can’t.

  • Primeus

    This is an interesting topic because very few horror movies scare me. The very few that actually cause me to be freaked out are far and few between.

    #1. Shining
    #2. Blair Witch Project
    #3. Exorcist
    #4. Psycho (only because of Perkin’s effective monologue at the end)
    #5. Paranormal Activity

    These are definitely not my favorite horror movies although I do like them, and enjoy them. These are just the ones that really still give me the tingles.

  • boaaa82 .

    shining#1,#2poltergeist,#3Blair witch Project,#4poltergeist 2,#5Paranormal Activity

  • joesey

    Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, The Amityville Horror I & II, The Eye (original), Insidious, The Tunnel. Jonestown.

  • N1ghtmar3Freak

    1. Halloween (original 1978) and Halloween 2 (1981), because still to this day, something is so terrifying of a mysterious man walking around in a white mask on a driven hunt to kill. Cinematography and the music score they play during the films always gets me as well.
    2. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), because of its originality of the idea that someone/something could actually kill you in your sleep as you dream.
    3. Jeepers Creepers because fuck, who wouldn’t be scared of that thing flying around hunting you down?
    4. Stephen King’s “IT”, the only movie that made me so afraid of clowns that I would sleep with a light on at night.
    5. The Conjuring. Normally haunted house movies don’t scare me but this one sure sent chills down my back when I went into theaters not knowing what to expect. The scene that stuck with me the most was the witch on the wardrobe. Not gonna lie, I slept with the lights on for 2 days straight and I’m a 19 year old guy..
    6. Pet Sematary. Everytime I watch this movie, I have to skip the “Zelda” scenes. (my skin is crawling right now just thinking about her)
    7. The Blair Witch Project. I saw this as a kid and thought it actually happened because of the whole found footage aspect (oh the innocence). I didn’t know what was going on half the time but I think that’s what made it so scary. And of course, the ending scene of the guy facing the corner, unresponsive, as the girl is screaming for dear life.
    Lastly, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). I love good chainsaw flicks and ever since I first saw this, I was hooked to the franchise. The psychological terror and dread, I felt it from start to finish and I can still feel that within every viewing of the film.

  • 321sponge1

    1. Lake Mungo: This movie is so creepy throughout and beautifully directed. And that revelation that happens new the end had me freaking out and left me frozen in fear. Great movie. Highly underrated and under appreciated.

    2. The Blair Witch Project: My favorite horror film. Its genius and extremely scary for anyone who takes slow burn horror movies with patience. Delivers all the scares and moments that leave you scared to sleep at night.

    3. The Changeling: The best haunted house movie in my opinion. Amazing score, amazing acting, and great directing. This one has some truly scary moments sprinkled throughout.

    These movies, for me at least, never get old and never don’t send a shiver down my spine when viewing.

    • AkumajoBelmont

      Lake Mungo was brilliant. I forgot that to add that to my list. That footage at the end was unnerving. The idea behind it was scarier than any movie monster :)

  • Dixie Stockwell

    I’m not even sure if this counts as a horror movie, but the scariest movie that I’ve seen, and that still freaks me out is “The Fourth Kind”. I have a ridiculous fear of aliens, and it depicts everything so realistically, and cuts back to the “documented footage”, and it freaks me the fuck out.

    Other than that, I really don’t mind any other movies.

  • DeputyDewey

    The Shining still gets me. Nothing has ever scared me as much as the scenes with the old lady in the bathtub. I think her name was Mrs. Massey in the book.

  • M0llyM0M0

    Jeepers Creepers, Thirteen Ghosts (2001), and Sinister. Those are the only movies that can scare the fuck out of me anytime I watch them.

  • Evan3

    Really, the Exorcist is as scary as they say, and I still can’t look at that freaky demon face for more than a few minutes without getting nervous. Rec was the most recent film I remember scaring the crap outta me. Of course, the ending of Blair Witch is an all-time terror. The Descent is still (and probably always will be) damned scary. Finally, the specter of Michael Myers hiding just on the corners of my vision will always haunt me.

  • Krug09

    I really do find Freddy in the first ANOES to be very scary. Other ones even though i didn’t see it in many years. The Exorcist i am sure would scare me again… I have to be honest please don’t hate me but i need a break from The Shining. I am so sick of hearing about it i watched it a few months ago. It scares me but i just want it sent to the moon lol…

  • LokiFX

    Poltergeist did freak me out for a while when I was a kid. I was 8 when it came out, and at the time, my bedroom was my least favorite place to be at nighttime. Right beside my bed was the closet door, and just outside my window was an old dead tree. I didn’t worry too much about the tree, though, since the limbs were well above my window. The only way it could grab me is by giving the house a reacharound. That is disturbing enough.
    Not much of anything bothers me in horror films. Most of it is over-the-top violence or CGI crap, and found footage stuff is really irritating. I actually watched a found footage disasterpiece on Xbox Live called The Amityville Haunting. It was more of a direct to video POS movie that tried to capitalize on Amityville’s history. This time, however, they didn’t even try to find a similar house. Instead, they referenced the infamous ghost boy that showed up in a picture taken in the 1970s.
    The only interesting parts dealt with the death of the family. As with any found footage film, there’s always an annoying twit who has to film everything. This time it was the 13 year old son…and he met a nasty end, although it wasn’t seen. The kid died of massive bodily trauma and was missing every single drop of blood in his body. Now THAT puts a smile on my face.

  • Wumpscutty

    The Dentist.. i still havent finished that one, and never will.

    • Jonathan Rogers

      That movie is great! You have to finish it.

  • WellDoneProductions

    The Haunting–Robert Wise’s version of course.
    The Exorcist–although now I can appreciate the filmmaking over the horror
    Insidious–the first hour I think it great; once the ghost hunters appear, it falls apart for me
    Paranormal Activity–yep, watch it at home with surround sound and the lights out and it works really well on me. And PA3 with the little girls is also disturbing–the longer version is very creepy.

    Session 9–so very well put together and if you listen to the commentary, you’ll learn there was an entire subplot they cut that you don’t even notice

    The Changeling–alone in that house. The ball bouncing down the stairs…

    The Skeptic–with Tim Daly is great, but ends “nice.” First 80 mins creeps me out.

    The Shining–not so much scary but more of setting and keeping a mood.

    Sinister–loved it in the theater and just as effective at home. And that ending—!!!

    Yellow Brick Road–like The Shining, they establish a mood and I think it’s filled with some great ideas

    Absentia–never sure where it was going but I followed along and was always surprised; a modern classic for me

    Picnic At Hanging Rock–again, that “mood thing” and when the silence is shattered by the screams, it makes for a really haunting movie

    The Others–Nicole is so great in this and I think it’s so much better than The Sixth Sense

    Nature’s Grave–I loved this but never saw the original

    Below–sort of got dumped in the box office but for terror on a ship, a lot of surprises and subtle things that are unnerving

    Blair Witch Project–because it’s relentless and exhausting and I was part of the whole craze when it opened so it’ll always hold a place in my heart

    Let’s Scare Jessica To Death–because it’s all in her head but then it’s not and then it’s too late!

    The Woman in Black (original)–the remake was so flat and they changed the ending. The original had mood, “that scene,” and a grim, shocking ending. A gem.

    Susperia–because Argento actually filmed a nightmare in color

    Carnival of Souls–mood again; takes you to another world

    Hellraiser–the outrageous plot, the gore, and the real fear when Pinhead and his pals showed up. First time I saw it, I knew I shouldn’t be allowed to see such things.

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (70s remake)–paranoia never went so deep and it was all so very subtle. That last scene…!

    The Innocents–classic. About equal with The Haunting.

    Psycho–I knew Robert Bloch so it’ll always hold a special place for me and I watch it maybe once a year. Bloch never got a dime from all the sequels or the shower curtain and towel Universal sold. And I know he would have hated Bates Motel. (Which I’ve given up on.)

    The Entity–great acting, a really terrifying premise and it probably goes on too long with too “big” of a finish, but it’s always unnerving to watch.

    Burnt Offerings–the the chauffeur! And that great cast, some terrific set pieces.

    Rosemary’s Baby–again, so subtle and it sneaks up on you each time but it’s always too late.

    Repulsion–the sound of the ticking clock, the way Roman makes us wait and wait, and then the figure in the mirror means all bets are off.

    I look at the other lists and realize that Freddy/Jason/Michael never scared me and I’ve never found Halloween at all scary. Not sure why, but I think I’m not a big Carpenter fan. Poltergeist–like The Conjuring–had about 20 great minutes at the beginning, but both fall apart for me and have zero scares. I saw the first remake of Texas Chainsaw in the theater and that was terrifying–never seen an entire audience so tense. Same with Wrong Turn. But I think I go more for the quieter horror.

    Great fun–thanks Bloody Disgusting!

  • http://stinkingooze.deviantart.com/ Didily Squat

    I’m very hard to scare from my maggot ‘scared of my own shadow’ state to a hard brained fanatic. But the 2 films that have stuck with me are:
    A Tale of two sisters. The best SFX I have heard in horror in all my time and a slow and daunting tale.
    Dogville. Though not a horror, the set and Lars’ take on something outside the box left me mortified in a certain scene.

  • Alisa Alisa

    http://robotunicornattack.us

    Upon loading up the game and probably startling Google Chrome itself with the absurdness of what I was playing, the word disappointment temporarily fell out of my vocabulary because after even 30 seconds of playing my head was filled with rainbows, amazement, and awe at how simultaneously simple and entertaining the experience was. Aside from the frightening array of colours that would distress even the hardiest of retinas, everything about this game is unbelievably simple and easy to grasp. Taking the fact that you are a mechanical unicorn as given, you are thrown into a bubblegum world of fantasy and sparkle which, upon witnessing it with your own eyes, will make you understand what those Skittles talk about when they bang on about ”tasting the rainbow”. As a robot unicorn, your job is to simply run endlessly across terrain, jumping intermittently when the ground beneath you ends and landing on the next platform. The jumps become increasingly difficult as you progress, with terrain and giant star-shaped obstacles getting in your way.

  • Adrian Sewell

    The Cabin In The Woods. The first death scene always scared me. Paronormal Activity, The Beyond, Audition, Blair Witch Project

  • Damn-Deal-Done

    The end scene of House of 1000 Corpses when we finally see Dr. Satan. It’s just the sheer inexcapable situation she finds her self in and the horrible things that will happen to her.

    The Innkeepers also had a moment where I felt frightened enough to almost freeze. It;s not a very good film but towards the end when the girl is trapped in the basement. I guess portraying a feeling of being trapped gives the best scares.

    The Evil Dead remake had a few small moments but nothing too major.

    Before that was The Ring. I was with my girlfriend and we must have fed of each other and made it far more scary than it ever was on subsequenct viewings. That was part of the fun. But yes, we were both terrified.

    The end of Blair Witch Project, actually most of the film.

    Those are the only modern films which have managed to scare me.

    The Shinning, The Exorcist, Romero’s Dead Trilogy. Jacob’s Ladder, Hellraiser, Poltergeist. Were all quite scary originally.

  • poisontonomes

    After I watched The Ring (US) for the first time I had to have my friends take photos of me for a week to make sure I didn’t have the whole swirly face thing going on… I was 16

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Thats really funny. I was in college when the movie came out, and one of my roommates went to see it. She was so scared, she couldnt sleep, and (trying to help) I asked her if she wanted to watch TV with me. Hahaha.

  • http://interrogatingideologywithachainsaw.blogspot.com/ izombiheartzoey

    Lovely Molly creeps me out. Mostly because I think Molly might have been based on a couple of my ex’s creepy.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is always scary to me. I saw that when I was 9 years old and it messed me up. John Carpenter’s Halloween will be the film that scares me the most. It’s too real!

  • Jolie Mann

    In the Mouth of Madness scares the crap out of me, I saw it in the theatre and was honestly frightened to walk outside… it doesn’t have quite the same punch at home as on the big screen, but it is still disturbing.

  • Louis Cypher

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing, Black Christmas, Rec. For getting terrified, I don’t mind watching any one of them.

  • Jesse Sikora

    The Shining
    The Exorcist
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  • Alisa Alisa

    Robot Unicorn Attack

    http://robotunicornattack.us

    Upon loading up the game and probably startling Google Chrome itself with the absurdness of what I was playing, the word disappointment temporarily fell out of my vocabulary because after even 30 seconds of playing my head was filled with rainbows, amazement, and awe at how simultaneously simple and entertaining the experience was. Aside from the frightening array of colours that would distress even the hardiest of retinas, everything about this game is unbelievably simple and easy to grasp. Taking the fact that you are a mechanical unicorn as given, you are thrown into a bubblegum world of fantasy and sparkle which, upon witnessing it with your own eyes, will make you understand what those Skittles talk about when they bang on about ”tasting the rainbow”. As a robot unicorn, your job is to simply run endlessly across terrain, jumping intermittently when the ground beneath you ends and landing on the next platform. The jumps become increasingly difficult as you progress, with terrain and giant star-shaped obstacles getting in your way.