What is the scariest movie ever made?
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Eden Lake… bet no American users of this site have seen this movie, but you should.
Horror: blair witch project
Surrealism? : Inland Empire (scared the fuck out of me)
How much do you wanna bet, Andrew?
@Andrew Kay – I saw Eden Lake and I’m American.
And I thought it was terrible. Those characters were so unlikable that I wanted them to be killed. I truly ridiculous film. Deliverence for kids.
As for the topic, I don’t know what the scariest film is. The Exorcist and The Omen seem to be the stock answers but I don’t know if I agree. I will say that I recently saw Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” and that was pretty scary (but in a very different kind of a way).
It is titled Gladio. A 3 part BBC documentary from 1992. It is online at Google Video. Go check it out.
the blair witch project for me.
Fredo- the movie probably resonates in the UK more, especially with the amount of teenagers stabbing each other. Good that you saw it. It was unlikeable, but it had real humanity and a brilliant ending. Scariest movie: The Shining. Depends on how many horror films you’ve seen. I think “Eden Lake” got under my skin and there were parts in that movie that screwed me up.
The Haunting (1963). Watching this alone at night for the first time was a pants-shittingly intense experience. Something about black and white photography with ghosts just scares the hell out of me.
I’m an American and I’ve seen Eden Lake. I enjoyed it. I noticed many similarities between it and The Descent (which I hold close to my heart). A lot of the same people were involved in the making of both films. The score sounds recycled but you know, that’s… not really all that important.
My vote’s for The Devil’s Rejects. It’s just so dirty and wrong and disturbing and wonderful. I can’t say I was scared, but I felt pretty terrible after seeing it for the first time. It’s intense.
Devil’s Rejects… brilliant choice.
Silence of the Lambs and Blair Witch Project
My top ten (in no particular order)
Jaws (is it a horror movie? an adventure movie? It’s has enough scares and thrills for both)
The Devil Doll (Lionel Barrymore looking very ghoulish!)
The Hills Have Eyes (orig)
Halloween (I think it’s the scariest movie ever made)
Hour of the Wolf (stretching it a bit, but this Bergman film is f’d up and extremely creepy)
Cat-O-Nine-Tails (that’s right, I’m including 2 Argento’s)
The Evictors (a scary little film circa 1979 with Vic Morrow, Jessica Harper & Michael Parks)
The Brood (I have to admit, it’s tough to call out one Cronenberg with The Fly, Rabid, They Came From Within, but I’ll go with The Brood thanks to shock value and the tagteam creepy casting of Oliver Reed AND Samantha Eggar)
Then I liked parts of the following films but not necessarily the whole…
Mimic – a giant bug chasing Mira Sorvino in the subway tunnel
Carrie – any scene with Sissy Spacek & the ghostly Piper Laurie
Blair Witch Project – that final run through the basement or whatever the hell that was is horrorfying
Twilight Zone – of course, the Lithgow “Man on the wing of this plane” episode…does that monster actually wave to him???
Good God no one has mentioned Polanski’s The Tenant? I’ll be the first: The Tenant.
and my favorite (its not that good but i love it) pet sematary (1989) it has some really creepy moments and a soundtrack of ramones!
Demonlover, dir. Olivier Assayas
Ever felt like you are personally responsible for the torture and rape of women?
Yeah, this movie’ll make you feel like that. Have fun!
it really depends on the viewer…
Deliver Us from Evil is obviously a scary picture but so is I Walked with a Zombie and with an elaborate spookiness!!!
i’d say they’re many and i can agree with plenty of responses above,again…depending on the subject analysis of “scariness”….BOOOO!
Gotta second “The Tenant”. That bathroom scene sent shivers through me like no other film.
Second choice has got to be “Audition”.
My first choice the The Evil Dead
try watching that alone in the dark
Second is Audition
just a few scenes freak me out BIG TIME
I first saw The Thing (Carpenter) when I was nine, and I made myself watch it with all the lights off while my parents were out. It’s still the only movie that made me say, “It’s only a movie” out loud.
Twentynine Palms fucked me up for a while.
when i saw the original exorcist as a kid, nothing equaled it. in my mind, it still stands as the scariest movie of all time
The Haunting (original)
The Last House on the Left (Original)
. . . and Audition too, how could i forget the “kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri . . .”