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What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

Asked by Kardamom (30079points) May 16th, 2018 from iPhone

I don’t like horror/slasher movies, but I do enjoy scary movies.

I saw one last week that is in my top five list of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. It was The Quiet Place.

A TV movie, from the early 1970’s, that my brother and I watched on a portable black and white TV, called Trilogy if Terror, scared the crap out of both of us.

But the psychological thriller Paranormal Activity (the original one) is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.

What about you?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Jaws 2 when the guys eyes pop out.

filmfann's avatar

The Blair Witch Project
The Silence Of The Lambs

zenvelo's avatar

Day of the Triffids.

JLeslie's avatar

I hate scary movies, I’ve only seen a handful. The most grotesque was Cujo, and I left ¾ through, and I wish I had left the theatre way way before.

Aethelwine's avatar

The Thing (1982)

Call_Me_Jay's avatar


I hate bloody movies. I had a vasovagal reaction (plunge in blood pressure) to any real-life or imagined medical situation into my 30s. I would pass out.

So I don’t go to horror shows. So a 1980s revival showing of Psycho was my last and worst exposure.

Zaku's avatar

The only film where I ever walked out of the theatre from fear was Alien, though that was because I knew what was about to happen (the stomach scene) and I had just been surprised and terrorized by a film I hadn’t known anything about, which was The Fury. I was a kid though. I’m not scared by either now.

Soldier of Orange was also pretty scary as a kid.

Oh Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) was pretty scary for me as a kid, and might still be if I let myself immerse.

I am a bit afraid to watch Clockwork Orange or Chinatown, but mainly because of some violent capture scenes I know are in them that sound disturbing.

Deliverance got a bit scary at points, even as an adult watching it on video during the day.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest I find scary…

ragingloli's avatar

The Thing.

filmfann's avatar

@zenvelo Lurve for Day Of The Triffids!

zenvelo's avatar

@filmfann I saw DOTT as a young boy at a Saturday kids matinee, first time I ever went to the movies by myself. I was 8 years old. Had to leave before the end I was so scared.

Yellowdog's avatar

Scooby Doo Zombie Island was pretty scary. But no, its not really.

Seriously, though:

The original movie Insidious (but not the sequel) and
The Conjuring.

The Ring, and the Japanese counterpart.

The original Nightmare on Elm Street—the sequels ok but the original the best, before Freddie became more like a dark slasher clown or cartoon character.

Alien and Alien II— but if you buy into the entire Prometheus mythos, it becomes less scary and more like science fiction—still a bit creepy.

I wish they could have put the film Event Horizon to where it was compatible with the Alien and Prometheus franchise,

Scary movies always have to be artistic and atmospheric. Jump scares can work but not as a substitute for brooding horror.

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