I don't know what it is . . . I usually find a movie that is recommended by a friend that will break me.
I, to this day, cannot find a horror movie that actually makes me scared. I'm not even a jumper.
I guess I'm just too good at knowing it is not real, which is why I tend to gravitate to the ones based on true stories. I'm up for anything though.
Well, if any of you have any suggestions I'll see what I can do and then if I rent that movie I'll let you know how it affected me.
You just have answered your question yourself: "knowing it is not real". If you want to get scared, find things you are afraid of in real life, scared of and watch about it if you dare, period. I personally think horror movies are simply digusting.
I don't know if I would consider this scary, but it's fictional based on real life and it will make you tense up while watching, I watched this movie sitting next to a career special ops military man, and he tensed up numerous times,
*sigh* not another horror movie fanatic. LOL j/k. you would get along well with my husband. He absolutely loves horror movies. the scarier, the better. The more suspense, blood and gore, the more interested he gets .
And your phrase "too good at knowing it is not real" also reminds me of his advice to me which is to always think the movie is not real and to see the actual story, not the scary make-up or the hair-raising sound effects .
Wargames and The Shining . . . saw them both when I was nine. Ever since, no movie has managed to have anywhere near that kind of effect on me.
I think you need to find a horror movie that you can in someway relate to or one with characters you can empathize with. the problem with horror movies is that many of them are unreal and can end up like a gory comedy,it happens to me too. I there isnt sufficient character development, you will not feel for the victims.
Paranormal Activity scared me.....and nothing really does, but I believe in demons so maybe that's why
You're best best is a horror movie with a good story line. The two I recommend is Aliens. and a TV Short series called THE STAND. There actually real movies. Not cheap thrills as they would say. Enjoy!
some Asian Ghost movie will do you good.. go and check on DVD Beaver.com
There was a scientific test carried out in the UK where people were hooked up to heart monitors and made to watch horror clips. Apparently the scariest film is Friday 13th. Apparently the scariest bit is where Jason leaps out of the lake.
Dunno if that's any help.
Hmm, I don't often find once that are scary, but I do enjoy a well-crafted one. have you seen "Let the Right One In"? It's a really well-done vampire movie, not in a scary, make-you-jump way, but well told story, well acted. I loved it.
hey go to my profile and look at the hub "Some Great Horror movies to consider" , and aside from finding some cool movies to watch I think at least one film in that list will have a lasting effect on you something greater than terror.
Alright, I was reading this to see if you replied yet, but I figured I would just tell you the name of the movie that "SCARED" me as you say. The name is "Martyrs" this movie is extremely graphic, and some find it distasteful. I wish I could explain to you the thoughts that crossed my mind the days after seeing this film. It wasn't "jumpy" scary it was the disturbing thoughts it left you with. Initially after seeing the film you may not feel it, but a day or two when reflecting on the film passively it'll sink in and should understand what I am talking about.
I really wanted you to visit my hub, but if you don't thats O.K. , but I thought I'd just tell you anyways.
The exorcist always scared me bc its based on a true story
Have you seen the Haunting in Connecticut? Based on a true story. More creepy than scary to think what these people were trying to do.
Yes, it was actually the last one I saw. I thought it was hilarious.
Plus, I read about the 'real events'
Pretty much the family made it up. All have different versions, and they lived there for 2 years before 'anything happened' Google it, it's actually pretty interesting.
Movies billed as being "based on true events" are almost always sensationalized to the point of removing anything real. One should always expect a level of fantasy in film.
Movies are generally not very scary to me either. Creepy, occasionally, but never frightening.
True, true. I highly recommend it too.
The first Halloween movie scared me.
The newer ones are too "technical" and silly.
And the Texas Chain Saw Massacre was scary.
And Helter Skelter was scary.
And the "SAW" movies are horribly creepy.
And Natural Born Killers.
But hey I'd rather you or anyone watch something good and thought-provoking like the Passion of the Christ, or Flywheel, or Facing the Giants, or Joshua.
if you dont believe in that, read:
"Possessed, The True Story Of An Exorcism." It was written by Thomas B. Allen
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That's scary allright, man !
Well I was scared of Jurassic Park. Let your imagination loose and feel that you are running away from those huge teeth....
I am the same way Waffle dude. I have seen some of the most messed up films--especially some of the asian ones.
Yes, I know it is not real. That's part of why it doesn't scare me. But, of course people know Mike Myers from Halloween is not real or the story, but still get scared. Some people I think just have a more vivid imagination than me. There are more than just the realistic element that scares folks I'm sure.
I LOVE horror movies though. I still say Paranormal Activity was crapola.
Sometimes it's a matter of being too aware that its all pretend; but people who have commented on the increasingly violent/real-seeming movies that have been coming out in the last several years have just made people who have seen a lot of them "immune" to them. Movie-creators keep trying to top the last bunch, but it's gone on for so long now it's pretty hard to top a lot of what's already been done. So, your quest to be scared at the movies may be a futile one.
My kids went to see that new "Paranormal Activity" with my sisters. They said it was pretty creepy!
Well maybe it's a good thing WaffleCheese that you haven't seen a movie that scares you, because if you did, it might scare you to death.
Some movies on the docket:
and the new Alien one coming out in November.
Paranormal Activity, as I've voiced on here prior, was horrid. Not scary. Maybe if you believe strongly in ghosts/possession/demons, but it is a poor copy of Blair Witch (which, atleast gave me a creepy feeling). Don't waste your money.
Cannibal Holocaust made me cry...well, that's because they killed real animals. Truly horrifying.
To me, there is nothing that is not real. Must be part of why science fiction / fantasy is my favorite genre. I live any book I read (insurance textbooks gratefully excluded), ditto for any movie I watch.
So I surely can't help you one bit--no point of overlap whatsoever!
Hmmm...that's a tough one since I don't know what horror films you've seen. However, if you haven't tried psychological horror films yet, then I would recommend "Vertigo", "Psycho", or any of Hitchcock's other horror films that might scare you.
Or if that doesn't work, you can try seeing the "Exorcist" and "Jaws." Those films were pretty scary.
Then there are some foreign and independent horror films, like "Ringu" and "Blair Witch Project." Neither of those films are based on real events, but they're portrayed in such a way, that you can't help but feel the authenticity of the terror itself, within both those films. Anyway, I hope that helps.
I've seen vertigo, and I kept thinking, just .... stay on the ground? Jaws was more funny to me.
I have heard of a movie I need to watch 'In bruges?
I've seen Cannibal Holocaust....
I didn't find it scary so much as I found it, well, disturbing.
When that movie came out it was banned so many places because it convinced many people it was actually real. The animal killings were, but the human interactions were so compelling and well done that a lot of people thought it was real.
I would recommend cannibal holocaust if you want to have mental pictures in your head you want to just get rid of and can't.
Movie review for Paranormal activity by pajiba.com
"You Are Powerless"
Paranormal Activity / Steven Lloyd Wilson
Film Reviews | September 28, 2009 | Comments (49)
Paranormal Activity cannot help but be compared to The Blair Witch Project. It was made on whatever is less than a shoestring (a sockthread?) for just $11,000, by Oren Peli, a video game designer with no previous film experience of any kind. Cast a handful of unknowns, make them film themselves with a single camera, pretend that the film is actual found footage, do the production work yourself on your computer, and all of a sudden you’ve done made yourself a real live movie. Most of the time this process results in something that looks like the amateur film project it really is, but every once and a while it just plain works. When the director holds up his end of the proceedings and manages to luck out with unknown actors who can nevertheless carry the film, the end result is a film like Paranormal Activity.
The film begins with brief text explaining that the following footage was recovered by the San Diego Police Department, and then introduces us immediately to the two leads. Micah (played by Micah Sloat) meets Katie (Katie Featherston) at the door of their house, filming her with the video camera he just purchased in order to document the “paranormal activity” that they’ve been seeing. The film quickly establishes that this sort of thing has been following Katie for years, since she was a little girl, terrified of the dark figure in her room. This simple observation lets the film escape from that easy loophole of haunted house flicks: leaving simply won’t do any good, the problem is Katie, not the house.
The film progresses from there, with a steadily mounting progression of paranormal activity, punctuated by gaps in the timestamping of the video footage. Something horrific might happen, followed by a night of minor disturbances, and then three days of nothing before something terrible happens again. It gets worse overall, but the unpredictability from moment to moment keeps the audience tense. Horror films typically are built on a sequence of horror, relief, worse horror, relief, etc. After each instance of horror the tension evaporates and the audience relaxes until it recognizes the build up to worse horror. Paranormal Activity doesn’t play by that rule book, the uncertainty never really allowing the tension to relax through the entire film.
The two lead actors simply carry the film. If they weren’t top notch, all the tension and believability would drain immediately out of this film. They use their real first names, presumably in order to make the interactions feel more natural. They have an easy reparte, that comfortable humor and teasing of a real couple. From start to finish, there is an amazing amount of humor and nuance to the characters, even as the tension weighing upon them becomes suffocating. Katie and Micah fight more as the film goes on, but they argue the way a real couple does, the muttering under the breath, the irrational nit picking, the half joking barbs. They’re not too eloquent and smooth around the edges to be real people.
Katie magnificently conveys a confident young woman who gradually slips further and further from sanity. She exudes a quiet dry wit, reminiscent of Pam from “The Office” but with more curves. As the film progresses, she swings wildly in her desperation, from sobbing to screaming to angry denial to passive aggressive sniping at Micah. Micah plays that guy who pisses you off in horror movies, the one who pushes all the wrong buttons and looks in all the rooms that he shouldn’t. But simultaneously, his response is so natural: it is his house, he will fix the problem, he will protect his girlfriend. He goads the invader, stands up to it, taunts it, dares it to show itself. It’s a clever underlying point that Micah’s defiance is the leverage that opens the door wider bit by bit.
The faux documentary style of it is a little rough now and then, but evens out since most of the footage is taken when they set up the camera for the night looking out over their bed and down the hall, passively taking in the events. Even when they grab the camera to film throughout the house, it is rational from the point of view of Micah: no one will believe this unless it’s on film. Paradoxically, the more insane the activity becomes, the more important it is for it to be captured, for their own peace of mind. The continuous filming becomes a point of sanity for the characters. Several times, we watch them play back the previous night’s footage, watching over and over trying to figure out what’s happening.
And what’s actually happening is terrifically dark. I’ll not spoil the film here, but suffice to say that the activity is not just increasingly obnoxious footsteps and lights turning on and off. There is serious psychological horror here, events that while not visually spectacular are emotional gut punches within the carefully constructed context of the characters.
But let’s be frank, the same people who hated Blair Witch will hate this film. The crowd I saw it with was overwhelmingly positive when the lights finally came back up, but there were a few of those guys. “That was it? What was so scary about that? A bunch of noises? Come on.” I think that people who don’t get why films like this are terrifying are having a fundamental disconnect. Mediocre films rely on you thinking that what is happening on the screen is frightening in and of itself, that’s why they depend on those jump cuts where the camera pans and then jerks back because something is suddenly there that wasn’t before, never mind that if the character was real, he or she would have seen it on the first camera pass. Good horror relies on you empathizing with the characters, in other words, the events depicted would be terrifying if they happened to you.
The noise from the other room, the door you swore you closed, that creepy feeling of being watched, suddenly waking up in the middle of the night certain someone was standing next to the bed. Those things scare the living shit out of each of us at some point. Sure, on the screen there isn’t much inherently frightening about the sound of footsteps, an odd gust of air and a moving sheet, but when you’re laying in bed tonight, half asleep with the lights off, imagine hearing the steps coming towards you, imagine that hot breath exhaling on your neck and the sheets sliding slowly off your legs. And when you yelp and lunge for the light and check under the bed and in the closet, whisper to yourself that a few bumps in the night aren’t that scary.
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Theses days nothingis really scarry you have to watch stuff that messes with your head.HEre`s a few good ones their not necessarly scary but good enough
When "Blair Witch Project" was released, I went in blind -- that is, not knowing anything about the movie prior -- and I was shook for days after.
Not sure you could get the same effect anymore from that movie, but it's a good method to try.
One movie that scares me still to this date
THE DEVILS BACKBONE - the new one :b
The last scary movie I saw was The Ring on DVD. I'm careful about what I play on my DVD player now.
I don't know if this movie is actually scary or just weird and gross. I saw it maybe fifteen years ago and it really scared me.
I know your pain. Maybe it's because I've seen a ton of horror movies and I just don't get scared anymore. Things seem predictable to me in every horror movie I watch. People and critics keep saying movies are scary,but they are not. If you're like me, skip Paranormal Activity. I laughed more than anything. I suggest a movie called Autopsy. It was freaky on some level, at least to me. And it's very hard for me to think that about movies. It's a bit weird and a bit gory, but had some good jumps in it. Also, try any movie from an Asian country. Not the U.S. remake but the actual asian film.
Get the paranormal activity!!! it will scare you sooo bad!
The Exorcist got to me when I first saw it, and while I don't find it necessarily "scary" now, it is still disturbing to me. I don't know that I would call "The Shining" a truly scary movie, but it was a chilling moment when the wife looks at what Jack Nicholson had been typing for months and saw it was "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", over and over.
I have a fear of large dogs, so Cujo got to me, but that doesn't mean it was a scary movie--it just pressed the right buttons for me.
Sounds to me like psychological horror might "work" better for you, since films like that MIGHT be "real."
Example: THE GAME--This movie is all about not knowing what's real and what isn't. Still one of my favorites.
Then, there's frightening scenarios that aren't all that far-fetched.
Example: ON THE BEACH (either version; the recent TV-movie was actually done very well). I found that both tragic and terrifying. I watched it with my boyfriend in the middle of the night and we both couldn't go to sleep for several hours afterwards. (P.S. I had a really creepy nightmare after reading the book, and I usually don't have nightmares at all.)
Give these a try (if you haven't seen them already) and let us all know what they do for you.
I'm usually not the type to recommend movies, cos I study movies for myself, and I dont expect people to like what I like, but this year, I was impresssed with the movie, The Ruins...check it out...
It's old, but what about the television mini-series "The Morning After?" For those who don't recall, this came out during the height of the cold war and was about what the U.S. would look like the morning after a nuclear attack. It apparently scared Ronald Reagan so much that he wrote in his diary that we must never let nuclear war happen. I haven't seen it in decades, but with the recent threat of other countries potentially getting the bomb, I've been thinking about watching it again.
It's the kind of "scary" that sticks with you well after the movie.
Well, cross my heart I saw the most horrendous horror movie this week on TV. I had to keep on looking away, but kept on peeping. lol.
It was SAW - One I never want to see again.
Surely, that should scare at least half the pants off you.
Ok - I don't like horror movies with zombies, vampires, ghosts etc... they are just so predictable.
However there are some more movies with horrible scenes where you just can't keep looking. 1) Irreversible and 2) Salo (based on Marquiz de Sade's book) .
These movies shouldn't be classified as entertainment, they are truly disgusting but they make you scared...
hmmm...have you tried seeing like rosemary's baby? psycho? those films were very good. plus, if you see ringu, that was one heck of a scary movie as well. or if you want realism, then i would suggest, the blair witch project. that film seemed so real, you'll literally get scared trust me.
I laughed during several parts of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I too am yet to be scared of any movies but I have "jumped" a couple of times when unexpected things happen. I'm not sure if this movie was actually scary but as a kid I thought the movie, can't think of it's name right at this moment (it's on the tip of my tongue), that's it, it was called Urban Legends and I was about 12 when I saw it. Great Movie though, I think.
"Audition" might do it for you, because it's so plausible. There are other tricks it uses to get at you, and the horror concepts are gruesome. If you get into the main character's experience, you'll feel his whole world permanently break. I can watch any monster movie without really batting an eye, but "Audition" made me physically ill like no movie ever has. In the last few minutes I felt like I was about to pass out or have a heart attack, and I've always been in decent health.
Reefer Madness (lol)?
Give us some info about your daily life. What do you do on a daily basis?
I think everyone should watch
M. Night Shyamalan
I know a lot of ppl won't agree with me but I always found the Final Destination movies scary...and I want to go see Paranormal Activity because I do believe in that sort of thing. But like you WaffleCheese horror movies don't scare me anymore and I find it sad. I love horror movies!
I think possibly the scariest film I have watched to date is REC - I don't scare easily and it scared the pants off me LOL!
Worth a watch, seriously!
Well, the happening is not the standard visual horror flick, for me the key lies in the what if ?
My review on Paranormal activity will be done soon! its a good one thats all i will say for now you will have to check out my hub for more info on that movie. I will let you in on some movie insight, its not the movie itself that will scare you, its the music and sound effects. Film makers us this type of technique to scare you or make you fill said. Its an emotion jerker. So if you want to be scared you need to find a movie that has alot of these technique. An example would be to watch a movie that has made you cry no watch it again with no sound. A couple suggestions would be
1. stay away from slasher films these are to predicable
2. try foreign films
3. Try movie like The grudge
Try 'The Ring' before 'The Grudge'.
I am a lover of horror films and am looking into careers involving writing horror scripts - 'The Grudge' did just make me laugh whereas the end of 'The Ring' is quite scary.
Watch 'The Orphanage' if you want a good foreign horror film. It's an amazing ghost story.
That was more of a 'jump-y' film.
It did nothing to me as I was able to predict it pretty well.
I have heard that foreign films are the way to go. I'll try that!
your best bet is to not watch any horror movies. Tere are people who are just too critical. See things in black in white. Your better off sticking to the national geographic channel. I have seen tons of horror movies and enjoy all of them. Sure maybe some are scary, creepy, suspensful, and make me jump, but thats becuase i dont over think about the movie im watching. " this is bad acting, why do they always run upstairs, this isnt real, this doesnt happen, this is so fake" These thoughts never enter my mind. and because of that, i find horror movies very enjoyable. Specially asian horror.
Well it really depends on what kind of horror you're looking for.
"Jumpy" horror may get you in the theater, but you laugh about it outside. Some classic examples are slasher films, where the killer jumps out from behind corners to get cheap thrills. They never really stay with you.
Gory horror may sicken you to your stomach, but that's because it's gross, not really scary. See any of the eight million sequals to Saw and you'll understand.
Actually scary horror to me is from what I call creepy horror. It may not make you jump in the theater but it will haunt your nightmares for weeks. Movies like The Shining, Misery, or Vertigo. Even Jaws, because I still hear that music whenever I go to the beach.
Of course, you have to want to be scared. Just let yourself fall deep into the film and go with the flow. Just remember that horror is different for everyone, so play around to see what works.
Maybe the trick is to read the book and let your own imagination provide the scare factor.
That worked for me for
Misery (although the movie's pretty good) and
Red Dragon (movie version Manhunter with a young, thin William Peterson from CSI is also good).
I'm not a Horror fan but I did enjoy 'The Blair Witch Project', it drew me in and was very clever on meagre resources budgetwise.
I'm old, born in the 50s. When I was little, as our family story goes, my paternal grandmother visited us in Detroit. She had never seen television. When she did, she was absolutely convinced the shot cowboys and indians were actually dead in western movies. You won't get scared, nowadays, by movies. They are not real. If based on fact, they still are not real, but the situation might appall you. If bloody and gory enough by special effects, they might disgust you, but fear--I don't think so. If suspenseful, they might startle you. But, they won't scare you as long as you know they are not real. The movies mentioned are good movies, in most cases. I liked Cloverfield, but it really didn't scare me. For true fright, you may have to play chicken with oncoming traffic or look at the prices of grocieries nowadays.
by Grace Marguerite Williams2 years ago
sleep with the lights on, made you go into your subconscious religious recesses, or asked a friend or relative to stay with you to allay your fears?
by FactAndFiction4 years ago
It's not to make the movie interesting because all i do is get mad at the characters. You know they are going to die so what's the point?
by sophs6 years ago
What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
by TonyHansel7 years ago
Is Paranormal Activity better than The Exorcist?
by Steven Escareno2 years ago
Okay, I know i'll get a lot of flak for this, but do you think that the new movie, "Heaven is for Real" is based on a true story? Take in mind, the movie promotions suggest that it is, but i want to hear...
by Mamelody7 years ago
Hehehe...I hear ya. I love horror movies, I used to watch them by myself all the time, but depending on the movie, I WOULD make sure all the doors were locked! Nowadays....I can't remember the last time I was actually...
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