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What is the scariest film/book that you know of?

Asked by bigjay (387 points ) October 8th, 2010

Hi all. Of late I have developed a passion for cheap thrills in the form of disturbing, thrilling, terrifying or just plain messed up media. I watches The Ring series and The Grudge, and they both have left me craving for more. I find psychological thrillers [ie ones where you don’t straight up see the scary thing] to be weak sauce, and the Exorcist, well that is just plain old.
What do you find to be the scariest?

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FutureMemory's avatar

The Shining was a scary read for me.

Jesus Camp is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, by far.

meiosis's avatar

Not scary, but Man Bites Dog is a very disturbing film about a serial killer. It draws you in and then slaps you round the face with your own complicity.

BoBo1946's avatar

A Nightmare on Elm Street !

flutherother's avatar

I thought the Ring was quite unsettling, the original Japanese version of course not the Hollywood remake. The most terrifying of all was Quatermass and the Pit, a series shown on British television may years ago. I was quite young at the time and it frightened me a lot. There were also some adaptations of the stories of Algernon Blackwood and MR James that were very well done and leave you with a lingering unease.

Deja_vu's avatar

@FutureMemory Jesus Camp was so sad and scary. I agree with you 100%.

beautifuldisaster's avatar

Glitter or Gigli.

I had nightmares for WEEKS.

lucifer's avatar

Well, Just plain scary in the form of “Chills and Thrills”, probably “The Shining”... But if you were to ask me about psychologically disturbing, I’d have to go for “Silence of the Lambs”.
A Brilliant movie by Antony Hopkins.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I thought Food, Inc was pretty scary.

FutureMemory's avatar

@Deja_vu Jesus Camp was so sad and scary. I agree with you 100%.

The crazy part is I’ve only seen about half of the film. I can’t watch more than 6 or 7 minutes at a time before my brain cells start to commit suicide.

Deja_vu's avatar

@FutureMemory It was scary becuase it was real. thoughs poor children.

Austinlad's avatar

I consumed SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in its entirely on a flight from Dallas to L.A.—this was before I saw the movie—and thought it was one of the scariest things I’d ever read.

lucifer's avatar

@Austinlad I totally agree with you. Have you Part 2 ? Hannibal is Awesome !!

Austinlad's avatar

@lucifer, yes, and I liked it—but nothing has quite matched SILENCE for me. I’d never read anything like it before.

lucifer's avatar

That’s true… The Movies are equally good… you should totally catch it if you haven’t already

JilltheTooth's avatar

I still get the willies when I read I Have No Mouth and I must Scream by Harlan Ellison. Hell, just the title gives me the willies!

Cruiser's avatar

There are a lot of them out there but the Lottery by Shirley Jackson was a brutal story.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I agree with @Aesthetic_Mess and @lucifer on the Thomas Harris books. Personally, I was more freaked out by Hannibal because it was dealing directly with the character on the loose. It was like being dragged along with his every strategically planned move without knowing what was going to happen next.

If you want to read some really scary stuff, I vote for any of Ann Rule’s true crime stories. Many of them are about serial killers and go into the detail of their psyche. When it’s a well-written tale about a real person committing murders, it beats a novel any day.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The Day After, about life after a nuclear war, and there was movie with Charleton Heston about post apocalyptic life in a city with killer zombie like mutants, but I can’t recall the title.

BoBo1946's avatar

“The Birds” by Albert Hitchcock!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Whoops! That should have been @Austinlad regarding Silence of the Lambs.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@BoBo1946 That book was freaky! Can you tell me how it ended? I never got to read the end (textbook excerpt)

thekoukoureport's avatar

Pet Cemetary I read in a night and I could not put it down. Salems Lot, The Shinning, IT all took a couple of more days but they where spectacular!

Halloween one and two, and the first Friday the 13th was during my scary time. Way cool!
Jaws I saw when I was 7 or 8 and when that head popped out the hole! I damn near wet myself (well maybe a drop)lol.

SolomonSatellite's avatar

One of the freakiest books I ever read was “House of Leaves” that book gave me nightmares.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Movies that try to be scary I don’t usually find very scary. But the scene of the drowning in The Abyss was horrifying and terribly scary. The most horrifying and scary film I’ve ever seen was “The Vanishing,” not because of the subject, but because of the treatment. Some American movies just hit you with one murder after another, and you say “yawn, there’s another one.” But this movie kind of lulls you into relaxing and trusting, then when you least expect it. BAM.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vanishing_%281988_film%29

filmfann's avatar

The Stand and The Shining were both incredibly scary for me, but the scariest book I have read might be “Helter Skelter”, because that shit happened.
The scariest movie was probably the first Alien movie. I had to walk home alone in the dark afterwards, and I ended up running.

Trillian's avatar

I allow myself to get spooked by scary movies, as I think it’s a delicious feeling. The original Dawn of the Dead still horrifies me on a visceral level, and the remake of Day of the Dead gets to me too as the zombies ll seem to have super powers like being able to crawl on the ceiling, keep accellerating when they run, and leap over large objects like cars and fences. One does not stand a chance with them.

Aster's avatar

The movie Alien and The Changeling. I wish I had never seen Alien with that monster bursting out of the man’s stomach. arggggggghh

Cruiser's avatar

@Aster I agree about Alien…despite a major in film in college I found myself for the first time ever hiding behind the seat in front of me during that movie!! When that Dr dude started convulsing and all I completely freaked!! ’:0

Aster's avatar

Cruiser you really made me laugh.

lucifer's avatar

I found an episode of Supernatural (Season 1, Episode 5 : Bloody Mary) so damn scary O_O

I watched it alone at night, and I didn’t want to stand in front of a mirror for a week >.<”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5nOH0gpeXs

ipso's avatar

No weak sauce eh?
– Hostel (2005) & II (2007)
– Seed (2007)
– Antichrist (2009)
– The Human Centipede: First Sequence (2009)
Blood of the Beasts (1949)

I still have a soft spot for the original Halloween (1978). I lived a block from the Myers’ house. It was owned by the studio and just boarded up (to us “haunted”) for a large portion of my childhood. On the way to school we would cross the street so as not to have to pass close. Also a related recent thread

Or if you really want to be scared, try Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Neizvestnaya's avatar

The book, The Amityville Horror.

The movie, The Ring.

Megan64's avatar

Steven KIng’s, The Mist, scared the crap out of me.

mattbrowne's avatar

The Stand by Stephen King.

softone's avatar

Pet Semetary is one of the most brain twisting stories I’ve ever encountered. The book will paint a picture that you can’t get out of your head. The movie is hard to watch too. I like scary stuff, and was a Stephen King fan for years. I couldn’t put Pet Semetary down. Even now I think of “Paxscow”.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is scary, as well the The Birds. There are a lot of good scary movies. Enjoy.

tearsxsolitude's avatar

Unwind by Neil Shusterman is the scariest book that I’ve ever read! It’s one of my favorites, but the idea that it could possibly happen really scares me.

Spidermanrulezzz's avatar

The movie The Thing scared the crap outta me i saw it like 2 months ago and i still get creeped out when I’m in the basement alone sometimes.

AshlynM's avatar

I don’t scare that easily but some movies that sort of freaked me out:

Wishmaster
Hellraiser
Saw series
Nightmare on Elm Street

The Association and The Policy are by Bentley Little. They’re disturbing because those thing could potentially happen in real life. Not the supernatural part, but the rest could.

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