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Wow. I really wanna watch a good scary movie, but I can't think of one that I haven't seen.

Is it just me, or does nobody make scary movies anymore?

I mean they try. But it seems like the call for a movie to be just PG-13 instead of R kind of makes it limited in what can be done. Or maybe I'm just jaded, and I'm not scared by movies anymore because I know where all the stuff comes from.

Or maybe all the truly scary ideas are used up.

But I don't think so.

I really think it's a matter of execution. I think that for whatever reason, be it budgetary constraints, time pressure, studio execs, or what have you, that the execution of the "scary" movie has become rote, like the manufacture of screw-together furniture. There is no soul remaining, just a dried pretty husk like artificial flowers instead of real ones.

And I'm not talking about a real gorefest here either. I'm talking about a sort of atmospheric suspense that gets into your bones, and doesn't consist of things jumping out at you and saying "boo" over and over.

The last movie I can remember that creeped me out like that was "The Sixth Sense". There were some genuinely scary moments there, though the whole film wasn't really overly scary. I love that creeping sense of impending doom, and I just don't see it anymore.

Maybe I need to back and watch some classics.

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windelina
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
Robert Wise's "The Haunting".
magicmarmot
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
You know, I've never seen it. I have the '99 (Jan De Bont) version, which was in the heyday of CGI (and is a bit boring because of it), so this would be a much better way of seeing it.

Sounds perfect. Thank you!
7thstranger
Sep. 22nd, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
I second the original "Haunting"!

This was my pick for Book/Movie last year. I remembered seeing it when I was a young'n at slumber parties. All the noises and the door bit still make me go all goose-pimply!

I often think the things you can't see, "monsters" you are only given the impression of so you have to use your imagination, are much more scary then all that CGI stuff. LOL - and some folks imaginations are more frightening than others ; P
alcippe
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
As someone who does creative lighting for films, I'm sure you've seen Suspiria - one of my favorite "horror" movies.

The scene where the blind man is attacked and killed by his own guide dog is quite the attention grabber.
magicmarmot
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
Dario Argento. Definitely an acquired taste, but has done some marvelous things.

Lots of blood though. Really bright red blood.
magicmarmot
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
To be fair, part of my motive for this is to make scary movies of my own, and I want to bring back the creepy.
qob
Sep. 22nd, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Favorite Scarey Movie?
Showgirls...
lexinatrix
Sep. 22nd, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
I enjoy watching foreign horror/suspense films to get a different sensibility. The Devil's Backbone and Picnic at Hanging Rock spring to mind as the perfect examples of this.

And for fun, you could try Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural

windelina
Sep. 22nd, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
The Devil's Backbone definitely brings the creepies.
magicmarmot
Sep. 22nd, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
I have The Devil's Backbone, which is pretty cool but still not the intensity I'm looking for.

I just ordered Lemora and Thriller - A Cruel Picture. Much in teh way of movie-y goodness. :)
mle292
Sep. 22nd, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Pulse is going to be at the Uptown (unless I've missed it), from the trailer it looked pretty scary.
jmanna
Sep. 22nd, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
I've started watching a lot of Japanese horror. They focus way less on gore and way more on creep factor. Which, while it gives me the heebie jeebies later is less unsettling then excessive gore.
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