The only movie that’s ever truly scared me is Memento, actual horror movies are never actually scary for me. In fact I’ve never laughed harder than the first time I saw the Shining.
the scary parts of “the town that dreaded sundown” still freak me out. it’s a shame that in between them you have the dukes-of-hazzardish car chases and banjo tunes obliterating the momentum of the horror. even with that, it’s still the last film to make me double-check if the doors were locked.
The Haunting (64) is creepy and visceral and so is Suspiria.
Seeing Psycho when it first came out on a rainy night in Trenton, New Jersey.
‘Jack Be Nimble’ starring a pre-cross-dressing Alexis Arquette disturbed me more than anything else I’ve ever seen, also the original "Wicker Man’ is one of the creepiest film I’ve ever.
More recently, movies by Larry Fessenden and Brad Anderson. All time is “Halloween,” probably because it was my first. I’m also glad to see the “Blair Witch” love here.
Movies don’t really scare me…But I guess a few horror films that I like are 28 Days/Weeks Later, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and Psycho.
Let The Right One In. Frightening because of it’s fragility, its beautifully directed (and designed) scenes, commandingly sparse writing, fecund performances, and perfectly poignant open ending. The best horror film I’ve ever seen, precisely because it’s not packed with gratuitous chills; but the ones that play out are so pregnant with subtext that it’s impossible not to fall in love with death.
The Shining, Amityville Horror, The exorcist, The vanishing, and Silence of the Lambs.
George Sluizer’s The Vanishing was deeply troubling, which for me qualifies as “scary”
If any person can watch Inland Empire in the middle of the night, in the dark, by themselves, and not be genuinely spooked during and after the film, then there is something wrong with that person. I love flicks like Alien or The Shining or Silence of the Lambs or The Ring, but David Lynch really one-upped himself with Inland Empire, making those other films just seem like child’s play.
I will give a nod to The Descent though. The first 20-30 minutes of that one were almost unbearable for me.
Jacob’s Ladder left me dazed and speechless for 20 minutes after it ended.
I recently saw The Shining for the first time. I have to say that wins hands down for me.
I was in my 3rd grade when all of us watched it together – Evil Dead and did send a chill or two down the spine.Blair Witch Project and Rosemary’s Baby
10. “The Eye” (2002)
9. “The Shining” (1980)
8. “Friday the 13th” (1980)
7. “The Others” (2001)
6. “The Descent” (2005)
5. “[rec]” (2007)
4. “The Exorcist” (1973)
3. “The Ring” (2002)
2. “Session 9” (2001)
1. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)
Captain — I woke up at 4:30 AM a few days ago (could not sleep!), and watched INLAND EMPIRE from beginning to end, uninterrupted, alone, from 5:00 – 8:00 AM. An amazing experience. I nearly cried at the reunion scene at the end (the crying girl and her husband and son). But I never considered the film frightening.
Lost Highway, on the other hand, taps into my subconscious (as someone else already stated). That one unnerves me, but its probably my favorite Lynch for that reason.
Vampyr by Dreyer
The film creeped the daylights from me.
Wicked, Wicked… really? I guess you’re right, just the mere concept of “Duo-Vision” scares me. Another 1up on the Exorcist III. I’ve always thought it to be quite creepy.
Eraserhead, Inland Empire, Mulholland Drive, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, The Thing, Psycho
Jesus Camp?…… absolutely! The Innocents with Deborah Kerr freaked me out as a kid.
Eraserhead turned my stomach, and 28 Days Later showed what a good filmmaker can do with a quasi-zombie scenario.
and Night Of The Hunter of course.
I was totally freaked out by the awesomely bad acting in The Village. I’m still not sure if they had nails in their mouths while shooting or just didn’t like the dialogue.
28 days later
The Changeling (1980) George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere; I remember being frightened by Burnt Offerings (1976) with the odd-looking Karen Black; and The Omen I & II
Robert Wise’s “The Haunting” totally scared the living daylights out of me as a child.
The first “Ju-On” with the scene of the girl sleeping and both ghosts at her bedside with the female ghost bent right over sleeping face. I was hanging upside down from my ceiling I was so scared.