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Old July 29 2009, 11:10 PM   #16
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

A good horror story doesn't need any blood-just a ratcheting up of the tension to the point where your head feels like its going to explode. This was a good example, IMO. Another that got to me was Ghost Story with Fred Astaire. By the last scene I was crawling out of my skin. I don't even bother watching Saw or the Jason movies, etc. It's not really horror, IMO, just some graphic killing. Where's the entertainment in that?
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Old July 29 2009, 11:44 PM   #17
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

Is "When a Stranger Calls" scarier or more suspenseful than "The Haunting"('63). Someone here recommended that one to me but it bored me to tears.
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Old July 30 2009, 12:03 AM   #18
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

Part of what make this movie scarier than the likes of Freddy Kruger or Friday the 13th parts 2+ is that the antagonist is believable.
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Old July 30 2009, 12:40 AM   #19
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Someone once told me they found the original Carrie to be very scary. That doesn't even seem to qualify as a horror film, in my opinion. It's more like a revenge story.
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Old July 30 2009, 01:02 AM   #20
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

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When The Exorcist was re-released into theaters, the younger people in the audience laughed at it.
That's because The Exorcist isn't really scary. It's got a great sense of style, but I wasn't scared by it. For that, you'd have to see Alien or the original Halloween.

I'll agree that "torture porn" (a label that is totally wrong, but I won't go there) isn't anything close to 1970s horror, though.
I agree. There where two genuinly creepy moments in "The Exorcist" and it's the two quick flashes of the white face. That shit's creepy, the other stuff is not. I honestly found "Poltergeist" to be a scarier film.
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Old July 30 2009, 02:23 AM   #21
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Someone once told me they found the original Carrie to be very scary. That doesn't even seem to qualify as a horror film, in my opinion. It's more like a revenge story.
Revenge is a common theme in horror.
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Old July 30 2009, 02:58 AM   #22
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^and it's a powerful and compelling story. Plus, I dare the newbie not to get scared during the last minute of the movie.
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Old July 30 2009, 09:05 PM   #23
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

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When The Exorcist was re-released into theaters, the younger people in the audience laughed at it.
That's because The Exorcist isn't really scary. It's got a great sense of style, but I wasn't scared by it. For that, you'd have to see Alien or the original Halloween.

I'll agree that "torture porn" (a label that is totally wrong, but I won't go there) isn't anything close to 1970s horror, though.
I agree. There where two genuinly creepy moments in "The Exorcist" and it's the two quick flashes of the white face. That shit's creepy, the other stuff is not. I honestly found "Poltergeist" to be a scarier film.
I think that one of the things that plays into whether you find movies like "Excorcist" or "Omen" frightening, is if you believe in the powers depicted in the movie. I find both movies utterly terrifying, but primarily because I believe in the existence of demons, and the potential existence of an "anti-christ" If those things aren't real to you, they really won't frighten you much in a movie.
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Old July 30 2009, 09:30 PM   #24
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I'm not religious, I think that does it.
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Old July 31 2009, 03:14 AM   #25
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I am also a nonbeliever, so perhaps there is some merit to the point. I'd have to think of other examples of religious-based horror and whether they scared me or not...
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Old July 31 2009, 05:52 PM   #26
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^ Two words: torture porn.

When The Exorcist was re-released into theaters, the younger people in the audience laughed at it.
well, mostly at the doctors smoking and the huge loud clatter-clatter MRI machine (or whatever it was). But yes, they did laugh.
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Old July 31 2009, 08:12 PM   #27
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

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^ Two words: torture porn.

When The Exorcist was re-released into theaters, the younger people in the audience laughed at it.
well, mostly at the doctors smoking and the huge loud clatter-clatter MRI machine (or whatever it was). But yes, they did laugh.
Torture porn does nothing for me, but The Exorcist is one of two movies I've fallen asleep in (When Harry Met Sally Is the other). Though I did wake up in time to laugh myself silly at the bit where the young priest starts with the "no, take me instead" rant. This may be because I'd seen the Leslie Nielsen spoof Repossessed first.
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Old August 1 2009, 01:56 AM   #28
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Today's horror movies dont scare me. All they are are ways for a director to show as much blood and guts as possible. It aint scary knowing some dude or chick is about to have their intestines ripped out and eaten by some lunatic.

Give me movies like Ghost Story, or The Shuttered Room or Burnt Offerings anyday.
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Old August 1 2009, 01:47 PM   #29
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Goddamn it...I hope no one ever stages another Shakespeare play! I mean, after the brilliance of Olivier's performances, all these remakes are just talentless bullshit! When will the theater community regain its originality!?!
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Old August 1 2009, 11:32 PM   #30
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When The Exorcist was re-released into theaters, the younger people in the audience laughed at it.
The Exorcist has been mercilessly parodied for the past thirty years. You can't expect people to be able to take the movie seriously.
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