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Only a short post to say the poll selection of scariest movie of all time at Blogcritics is LAME. The first Texas Chainsaw Massacre was abso-fucking-lutely brick-dropping-in-the-underpants scary. The Blair Witch Project, if you can remember your first viewing of it, and not your subsequent jade, was quite terrifying.

Of Alfred Hitchcock Fims, Psycho was the spine-chillingest.
There needs to be an other choice on that poll because they are all pretty tame. And let’s not forget Bambi. Shudder.

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Always been a writer, always maintained an interest in politics, how people communicate and fantasy worlds within photography and books. Previously wrote for Blogcritics back in 2005 and interested in exploring the issues and topics I'm interested - the changing landscape of entertainment. all from the POV of a creator first, consumer, second.
  • duane

    Here are a few other items for your (dis)approval:

    – Session 9 (creepy abandoned asylum, good acting)
    – The Lost Boys (teenaged vampires take over a town, what a cast)
    – Fright Night (no, really, Chris Sarandon is cool)
    – In the Mouth of Madness (Carpenter, Sam Neill)
    – Black Christmas (Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon)
    – most of The Invaders (TV) episodes (David Vincent, architect)
    – the Night Gallery episode starring Joel Grey (yow!)
    – another Night Gallery episode that ends “And the female lays eggs.”
    – The Howling (more serious than American Werewolf, Dee Wallace)
    – Killdozer (just kidding)
    – The Uninvited (1944, Ray Milland, a good old classic)
    – The Sentinel (the gateway to Hell, with Burgess Meredith)
    – Sisters (Margot Kidder…I almost barfed… highly recommended)
    – a lot of Night Stalker episodes (Darren McGavin, yeah, mentioned by Eric O.)
    – Reanimator (not scary, but much goodliness, Lovecraft theme)
    – The Shuttered Room (Lovecraft theme)
    – The Fog (Carpenter, Barbeau)
    – From Dusk til Dawn (Tarantino script, good cast, including Salma, oh yeah)
    – It’s Alive (a little goofy, but still…see, there’s this baby, and….)

  • duane

    Thanks, Bill. But if there’s one thing that Rodney and I are NOT confused about, it’s our scary movies. I can’t speak for Rodney, but I’m very confused about politics, economics, religion, the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent, as put forth by Plotinus, and the appeal of country and western music. But I do know my scary movies. We were indeed talking about the 1972 movie The Other, with Uta Hagen (not to be confused with Mrs. Olson of the “richest kind” Folgers commercials, played by another actress, Virginia Christine, who continues to scare me to this day — I was an impressionable child). And Uta Hagen could never be confused with Nicole Kidman, because the former was an acting virtuoso, and the latter is a fabulous babe, when she’s made up properly, anyway. And I know so much about scary movies that I can say that The Other is NOT a ghost story. So, there.

    Beyond this quibbling, I would say that An American Werewolf in London, starring the Dr. Pepper guy (“Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?” — and I know my old TV commercials, which could explain why the above mentioned topics confuse me), David Naughton, although played somewhat for laughs, is scarier than a lot of the movies discussed here. Oscar for special effects, 1981. What do you say to that?

  • Of course, according to The Simpsons, the scariest movie of all time is Superfly.

  • Regarding seeing things in movies which you didn’t actually see, that is what makes the shower scene in “Psycho” so powerful. It is a brutal murder were you don’t actually see anything. A large part of the dread comes from Bernard Herrmann’s score.

    That is one of the things which made “The Ring” one of the most effective recent scarey movies, since the gore and horror images were mere flashes, and it relied on mounting dread. However, one of the cut scenes from the DVD should have been in the movie (where Rachel gets revenge on the video clerk).

  • Just picked up a copy of The Brood (one of my favorite Cronenbergs) for cheap and am planning on watching it this Halloween. A great horror flick.

    There’s a brief confusion in the comments above, incidentally, between The Other, which is based on a Tom Tyron novel, and The Others, the recent Nicole Kidman flick. Both are nicely moody ghost stories that would do quite nice for All Hallows Eve, though.

    I’m always amused at those who call the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre a gorefest, since in actuality the blood is minimal. (They do a lot with bones and feathers, though.) Part of the brilliance of that movie lies in the way that audiences come out of it, convinced that they’ve seen more than they had. Reportedly, that’s not the case with the remake.

  • I have to say as the resident Canuck, that all of David Cronenberg’s movies are so creepy that there is a barren ring around his house, and that once having met him, I was numb in my extremities from shaking his hand. As for his signing a book which resides in my abode, well, I can’t really talk about it.

    However, if I was to say, I would put out his adaptation of “The Dead Zone” as one of the best from the king. Plus the right wing wackos get Martin Sheen as a right wing wacko.

  • No Scanners? That head blowing up scene was definitely unsettling (don’t know about “scary” though). The Halloween music has to be the most creepiest soundtrack around.

  • I’ll never be able to take Event Horizon seriously after having seen it in a theater and spending the entire movie listening to the weirdo in front of us (who brought her own huge bag of potato chips) whisper throughout the whole thing “Get out. Get out.” The movie brings up these associated memories every time it’s mentioned, and only results in chuckles from my wife and me.

  • Event Horizon sort of got me too. It was a good film, especially since, for once, the “black” guy was the hero.

  • Thomas

    For some reason that I cannot explain, the sci-fi film “Event Horizon” (Lawrence Fishburne, Sam Neill) got inside my head like no other. Anyone else see that? Damn.

  • I’ve heard mixed reviews about Darkness Falls. Haven’t seen it myself, but the person who said it was good mentioned that it’s good because it explains everything well and the people in it don’t act stupid. (ie: people walking off into places by themselves when they know there’s danger, etc…)

  • Call me a Wuss? 🙂

    The whole idea that there might be spirits inhabiting a house who can move stuff around at will and take over my TV set gives me the willies . . . f course, with two children in the house that is exactly what happens, so I identify.

  • andy

    I agree visual. Darkness Falls for example was one of the dumbest movies ever made, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t afraid to turn my light off that night!

  • Eric Olsen

    I haven’t seen anything about it here.

  • By the way, I’m shocked, no one has written a review about the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre on blogcritics yet. That or I’m blind.

  • I thought The Birds was hilarious, especially when the girl (I forget her name) was on the small boat and she gets pecked in the head. Then again maybe I thought it was funny because of Mel Brooks.

    Anyway, strangely, the most creeped out I have ever been after watching a movie was (believe it or not) The Sixth Sense. Something about that late night bathroom/mother scene freaked me out big time. It was eerie.

  • Chris – what a wuss. Nah, just joking. I still react badly to spiders in real life so I have no place to say anything.

  • Eric Olsen

    I love the intersection of funny and really scary, like the old Night Gallery series or the first year of the Night Stalker series. Of course I was a kid, but both of those series were funny and scary.

  • Ok, I am opening myself up to severe flaming, but I can still watch Poltergiest and get the living daylights scared out of me.

  • I’ll defend this list of scary movies. There are always going to be a thousand other possible good choices when you narrow the list down to only 10 choices. I’m not totally impressed with every single choice on the list. Further, I haven’t seen all of them. However, you sure can’t argue against Carrie or The Birds, especially.

  • I’ve seen those, both excellent. The Other was I think from the early 1970s; I know I was in Junior High then.

  • duane

    Rodney, you might also want to check out The Innocents with Deborah Kerr, which is from the 60s, I think, maybe 50s. It’s an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw. The Others has many similarities. Speaking of which, I thought The Other with Uta Hagen (60s, I think) was excellent. I’ll say no more about it, in case anyone wants to check it out.

    Last House on the Left left me feeling depressed for about a week after I saw it. I was in high school when I saw it at a drive-in movie. Maybe I was too young. But it made me want to puke. It was a little over the top.

  • Tom, I haven’t seen The Others but I checked it out yesterday from the library to see this weekend. I prefer that kind of scary too.

    > Murderers with axes, chainsaws, etc, that does nothing for me …

    Me either. There was a similar movie, quite popular back in the day, which I’m surprised no one has mentioned: Last House on the Left. Wes Craven’s first movie, and to me quite dull (I liked the Scream pictures by the way.) Roger Ebert loved it, citing in particular the scene where the bad guy is chasing someone with a chainsaw, and she keeps putting all these things in front of her to keep him at bay, which of course, he cuts in half. Some people think of this as mounting terror; I thought I was watching a Poulan commercial.

  • duane

    The Shining is an excellent movie, but it’s not particularly scary. The only scenes that are close to being scary are those of Danny exploring the hotel hallways. Jacob’s Ladder inspires a sense of dread. The subway scene, just for starters, is enough to make you close the windows and lock the doors. I love that movie. I thought The Blair Witch Project was extremely effective in portraying helplessness in the face of an unknown, borderline omnipotent power. And those wooden witch figures hanging from the trees provided a great example of having the crap scared out of you in broad daylight. Daytime scary is worse than nighttime scary. And don’t let’s forget the musical scores. When they’re done right, they add so much to creating tension — my favorites are from The Shining, Alien, and The Thing (1982), if those can properly be called scores. Blair Witch was unique in that it had no background music to clue one in. Also very effective, in this case.

  • Yeah I did forget to mention I voted. I voted for Carrie, though I haven’t seen them all. The whole persecution thing really is “real world” scary. I didn’t see it when it first came out. I wouldn’t know about the Shining (Jack Nicholson version). Everytime I have tried to watch it – four different times – I have fallen asleep. It is a long film.

    I imagine as Mark says above, it made a difference whether you saw on the big screen on TV with ad breaks or on the small screen on VHS/DVD/BETAMAX etc etc.

  • I don’t know if I can say the movie version of The Shining scared me, but the book sure as hell did – I read it on a vacation while we were staying in an old hotel that was purported to be – you guessed it – haunted.

    I did find Blair Witch scary. Forgot about that one.

    I guess I like “spooky” more than out-right “scary” in terms of movies. I liked The Others because of that. It’s the stuff you can’t explain that gives me the creeps – ghosts and stuff. Murderers with axes, chainsaws, etc, that does nothing for me, and is usually laughably excessive. That’s why I like the first Alien so much – that’s a long, slow movie that builds and builds the tension until that final showdown at the end. Good stuff. Be sure and catch the “Director’s Cut” in theaters next week.

  • exactly. i didn’t get to see The Exorcist until freshman year in college…on the TV.

    i think the commercial breaks ruined it…’cause all i did was laugh at everything.

  • Well I voted for the original The Haunting, basically because of my age when I saw it — seven or eight — and that eye in the wall thing creeped me out bigtime. I thought Carrie and Rosemary’s Baby were fine fright films, too — I’ve seen them since and they still hold up remarkably well.

    I was less impressed with the original Texas Chainsaw, which I thought was just a bland gorefest. Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, on the other hand, I found really, really scary. I saw The Shining when it first came out, and thought it was a complete disaster; a fright movie that promised the world and delivered nothing. I’ve seen it since and slightly reversed that opinion; it’s a moody, kind of abstract scare film that is affecting in a kind of distanced way.

    And yes, Blair Witch scared me too. No accounting for taste in these things is there? One man’s “scary as hell!” is another man’s “what’s the big fucking deal?”

  • …i got to see Blair Witch a second time at a midnight showing up in bar harbor, maine. it was at this really cool old art-deco theatre.

    we used to do a lot of camping up there but were staying at a hotel.

    so it was me, my dad and one of my stepsons.

    when we get out of the movie the entire town had completely fogged in. you literally could just barely see across the street.

    the first words out of my stepson’s mouth were:

    “Man, I’m sure glad we’re not camping”

  • Eric Olsen

    My older daughter who is jaded as hell about scary movies said Blair Witch was the scariest she had ever seen. She and my son love “Mothman” too.

  • i’ve gotta agree about Blair Witch…the first time i saw it i got freaked out by the flashes of my headlights hitting the roadside trees on the way home.

    and Jacob’s Ladder….man, that needle-in-the-forehead thing. icky.

  • I know it’s not a hugely well-known movie, but Jacob’s Ladder freaked the crap out of me. The shaking thing in the bedroom mirror . . . damn.

  • LOL No problem Dawn. 🙂

    Sorry TT it’s rare that I beat anyone to the punch.

    I watched Blair Witch Project at about 3 a.m. I also hadn’t heard much of the hype (I find films are better when you ignore it) and so was able to get drawn in.

    Of course when I was a young ‘un, the first time I saw the Thriller video I was scared spitless.

  • The Theory

    DAMN YOU! What the heck? I got on the site today, saw the scariest movie poll and thought, WHY ISN’T BAMBI ON THERE!?

    Freakin blogcritic beating me to the punch. *grumble*

  • I don’t understand why Alien and Aliens aren’t on the list. That’s sacrilege to me.

  • Dawn

    BTW – Temple that was the poll I put up there, and I appreciate you calling it lame.

    Blair Witch wasn’t scary, unless you consider getting a piercing migraine from the camera angle scary – because I could see that being frightening.

  • Since it’s done on the list with The Haunting, you sould probably clarify which Invasion of the Body Snatchers you mean (the movie’s been made three times, though once as just Body Snatchers. Me, I’d go for the original Don Siegel version, though the Philip Kaufman remake has its admirers. . .

  • Eric Olsen

    now I see

  • Eric Olsen

    I am trying to understand why there are two of these – doesn’t make sense