Topic: What would you find scary in a movie?

With The Conjuring leaving me shaken I've seen many people say it wasn't all the scary so I thought to myself what would people like to see in a scary movie that would leave them been scared. For future film making I would be interested in seeing what you guys would like to see in a horror movie that would chill there spine. I understand everyone is different but hopefully you's are able to leave a comment on something that would scare you in a movie  whether it may be sound effects or a creepy character within the film.

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What scares me the most in Horror is definitely the atmosphere. The sinister it is the more creeped out I get. That's why I'm a big fan of old school flicks just to mention one, Horror Hotel kinda stuff.

The 2 things that scared me the most are the ending of Blair Witch, dude in the corner, cam falling and shit. AND Grave Encounters, the lightning, the cameras filming, the room going nuts, the entities coming from nowhere etc... THAT scares me.

It's hard to scare me so I'm such a fan of Horror for the good ol' fun they put me into. I like being creeped out, puts a HUGE smile on my face and the ones that scare me the most recently are Asian Horror. They have a very different way than us to see the paranormal over there and it shows in movie.

Gore doesn't scare me quite the opposite but boy, do I like it. H3LL yeah!!! lol

As for characters, I'm a HUGE fan of Ghosts. Samara being my favorite one and that Ghost Girl in Bloody Mary.

I totally DISLIKE to the highest point ALL exorcism movies. The only one I like was Last Exorcism Of Emily Rose, probably because of the court stuff and the magnificient performance given by the possessed girl.
Why??? I totally HATE christianism and want it or not, exorcisms are full of that crap.

Other stuff that scare me [always in a fun big smile on my face way] are Sci-Fi Horror flicks. Event Horizon, Aliens, even Apollo 18... I enjoy them a whole lot.

So there, hopefully it'll help you out.

But beware though, I'm very weird with my tastes so others will add different stuff I'm sure. big_smile

As for what others say, never base yourself on them until you've shown them something. Then you can get their ideas and comments into consideration.

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And a big wH3LLcome to the MADhouse, it's the coolest place in the Universe.

Here's the Introduce thread if you want to use it:
http://www.horror-movies.ca/Forum/viewt … 90#p676190

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I think it is most scary when horror films have strong links to reality, if only for the fact that reality is inevitability often more disturbing and horrific than how filmmakers explore it onscreen - though thats to take nothing away from those films that do. One example is Paul Hyett's The Seasoning House which is significantly based on the horrific sexual exploitation of women during the real life 1990's Balkan's War.

Last edited by Vasquez (2013-10-18 06:24:47)

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kXnPunk wrote:

What scares me the most in Horror is definitely the atmosphere. The sinister it is the more creeped out I get. That's why I'm a big fan of old school flicks just to mention one, Horror Hotel kinda stuff.

The 2 things that scared me the most are the ending of Blair Witch, dude in the corner, cam falling and shit. AND Grave Encounters, the lightning, the cameras filming, the room going nuts, the entities coming from nowhere etc... THAT scares me.

It's hard to scare me so I'm such a fan of Horror for the good ol' fun they put me into. I like being creeped out, puts a HUGE smile on my face and the ones that scare me the most recently are Asian Horror. They have a very different way than us to see the paranormal over there and it shows in movie.

Gore doesn't scare me quite the opposite but boy, do I like it. H3LL yeah!!! lol

As for characters, I'm a HUGE fan of Ghosts. Samara being my favorite one and that Ghost Girl in Bloody Mary.

I totally DISLIKE to the highest point ALL exorcism movies. The only one I like was Last Exorcism Of Emily Rose, probably because of the court stuff and the magnificient performance given by the possessed girl.
Why??? I totally HATE christianism and want it or not, exorcisms are full of that crap.

Other stuff that scare me [always in a fun big smile on my face way] are Sci-Fi Horror flicks. Event Horizon, Aliens, even Apollo 18... I enjoy them a whole lot.

So there, hopefully it'll help you out.

But beware though, I'm very weird with my tastes so others will add different stuff I'm sure. big_smile

As for what others say, never base yourself on them until you've shown them something. Then you can get their ideas and comments into consideration.

Thank's for your input it's good to see you have listen a lot of information I was interested to see you mentioned Sci-Fi flicks such as aliens. It would be interesting to see if a movie can be made like Aliens along with it's blockbuster feel but make it very terrifying at the same. And thx for the link i'm gonna have to look into that.

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Vasquez wrote:

I think it is most scary when horror films have strong links to reality, if only for the fact that reality is often more disturbing and horrific than how filmmakers explore it onscreen. One example is Paul Hyett's The Seasoning House which is significantly based on the sexual exploitation of women during the real life 1990's Balkan's War.

I also agree with you when a film is based with strong links to reality there the ones that get me. Never seen The Seasoning House but looks like it may be a interesting watch.

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The use of light and shadows, and base colour lighting to create violent or disjarring settings, half seen suggestive images, creepy tense music. I like my imagination to take hold, and it's the little things that often do it. The opening sequence of Suspiria is perfect. Tense, disorienting, colourful, dark, and culminating in violence.

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A creepy atmospheric soundtrack. For some reason kids really creep me out in movies so  definitively has to have kids in. And basically everything Theli said, it has to capture my imagination.

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What people find scary is subjective since each individual has their own terms for what is scary. the best scary movie has to have atmosphere , something that was lost for a while when the horror genre went through those torture porn stuff like hostel , saw etc , it's more repulsion than anything else. It's like those people who couldn't stomach stuff like "2 girls , 1 cup" , it's gross , not scary.

Back in the old days , old horror movies relied on atmosphere to create tension - Hitchcock was a master at it. 
The best horror movies out there especially ghost movies relied on atmosphere.

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fmvgamer wrote:

What people find scary is subjective since each individual has their own terms for what is scary. the best scary movie has to have atmosphere , something that was lost for a while when the horror genre went through those torture porn stuff like hostel , saw etc , it's more repulsion than anything else. It's like those people who couldn't stomach stuff like "2 girls , 1 cup" , it's gross , not scary.

Back in the old days , old horror movies relied on atmosphere to create tension - Hitchcock was a master at it. 
The best horror movies out there especially ghost movies relied on atmosphere.

Agree with you there about the 'torture porn' stuff there. There are too few horror pictures nowadays that use atmosphere properly or even at all.

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I'm all about the atmosphere- lighting, sound, subtle background images.  Toss in a few shock shots, OK, but leave out the soundtrack stings or fake stings.  And keep the FX practical as opposed to CGI if possible.  There are some of us here that have seen enough real-life shocks that a movie shock isn't going to scare us- bring in the creep factor.

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What will send chills down my spine are films based on true stories: one of the most disturbing scary films for me is  " The Girl Next Door."   Wolf Creek and Open Water are two others that come to mind.

Then there are the haunted house movies based on true stories. Yes, they are creepy, but being that there is no actual proof (not that I don't believe), this type of genre doesn't creep me out as much.

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Look's like there's a lot of suggestions to keep the effects to a minimum and keep it simple but have a bit of CGI if needed I would be really interested to see if a good soundtrack can be done while I feel there isn't a lot of good ones you see in horror movies.

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Soundtrack is key though to atmosphere , without the jaws theme playing to create tension - would JAWS be half as scary ?

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The best soundtracks are ones you don't realize or think about while watching the film; they only become noticeable afterwards or on a 2nd watch.  There are exceptions, or course- Halloween, for example- but how often do you notice a Chris Young soundtrack? (Hellraiser(s), Grudge(s), more...)

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What affects me is atmospheere, but I wouldn't call that being scared.  i define being scared in a highly conventional sense-what a man feels when he thinks he's about to die,  what a woman feels when she thinks she's about to be raped.  Being scared is not exactly a pleasant feeling.  Now, if the monsters or madmen came right off the screen and began slaughtering people in the audience, i might scare, but that would hardly be fun.

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fmvgamer wrote:

Soundtrack is key though to atmosphere , without the jaws theme playing to create tension - would JAWS be half as scary ?

John Carpenter said the first time he showed anyone Halloween, he'd yet to mix in the score and the person told him flat out, "It's not scary!"  Then he showed them the movie with the score included and it scared the hell out of them.

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LoudLon wrote:
fmvgamer wrote:

Soundtrack is key though to atmosphere , without the jaws theme playing to create tension - would JAWS be half as scary ?

John Carpenter said the first time he showed anyone Halloween, he'd yet to mix in the score and the person told him flat out, "It's not scary!"  Then he showed them the movie with the score included and it scared the hell out of them.

I remember a college professor telling us that...turn of the sound on Halloween and it's not scary!

I think Halloween is the bench mark for what is scary to me.  I saw all the "scary movies"  Jaws, Exorcist, ect, but nothing could match the experience I had the first time I saw Halloween.   I remember sitting in the dark theater, everyone at the edge of their seats, screaming their heads off for the last 20 minute of that film.  For me, that is how I judge what is scary.

The only thing that came close was the phone call in When A Stranger Calls and Jason jumping out of the lake at the end of FT13th, but none of them had the fright effect of Halloween.

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I heard John Carpenter talking about Halloween and he said that the first few screenings of the movie, test audiences hated it. They found it completely boring. The only difference between the version that was shown in the test screenings and the theatrical release was the Test screening didn't have any score or music put to it. After they added the music, people were leaving the theaters covered in sweat and completely scared.

The biggest scare I ever got from a movie was from Friday the 13th part 3. I was 7 or 8 at the time and arrogantly thought I was a hardcore horror fan because I loved watching all of the horror B movies they would show on Creature Double Feature on Saturdays, during the day... while my mom was 3 feet away from me ironing clothes. But I decided to sneak out of bed one night at 2 am so I could watch Friday the 13th Part 3 on HBO, at night, in the dark, completely alone. The last ten minutes of that movie freaked me out so bad! I ran to my bedroom, and I couldn't even sleep with the lights on because my room was decorated with all sorts of Universal Monsters and horror toys. I think I said to myself that I'd never watch another horror movie again, but a few weeks later I was begging my mom to take me to see Part 4 in the theaters (which she did smile ).

Fear is like a drug. One of those drugs where the first time you try it, you're like "whoa... this is unreal" and then you spend the rest of your life chasing that feeling you had the first time you did it. You're never able to achieve it, but you still really enjoy the feeling it gives you. I still get creeped out by a few horror movies, but I don't think I'll ever have that feeling of pure terror after my first scare.

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Toadliquor wrote:

Fear is like a drug. One of those drugs where the first time you try it, you're like "whoa... this is unreal" and then you spend the rest of your life chasing that feeling you had the first time you did it. You're never able to achieve it, but you still really enjoy the feeling it gives you. I still get creeped out by a few horror movies, but I don't think I'll ever have that feeling of pure terror after my first scare.

This is kind of why to this day I've not see the movies It's Alive or Magic.  The TV spots for those two movies scared the hell out of me when I was a kid; now, as an adult, it would be impossible for those movies to scare me anywhere close to as badly as the TV spots did way back when.  And I enjoy having those moments of pure terror too much to wipe them out by watching those movies now. lol

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LoudLon wrote:

This is kind of why to this day I've not see the movies It's Alive or Magic.  The TV spots for those two movies scared the hell out of me when I was a kid; now, as an adult, it would be impossible for those movies to scare me anywhere close to as badly as the TV spots did way back when.  And I enjoy having those moments of pure terror too much to wipe them out by watching those movies now. lol

Wow.. I'm shocked curiosity never got the best of you.

I never saw It's Alive, but Magic probably still might scare you. LIttle creepy Puppets are always scary (clowns too!).

And sorry about the redundancy of my JC Halloween story. I read Ragn's post and was so anxious to start typing, I didn't bother reading any others.

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No big deal, man.  It happens. smile

I have had my bouts of curiosity regarding It's Alive and Magic, but again, it's a matter of consciously knowing that the movies will never scare me now, at the age of 42, as badly as the TV spots scared me when I was seven or eight. 

Funny about your F13 story, though.  During my childhood I, too, loved the cheap b-flicks that aired on the local Friday night fright show (in my area it was the Sammy Terry show) but with me, I'd walked around the corner while my mom and her friends were watching the FIRST Friday the 13th on cable.  If I remember correctly it was right when the hand reached from under the bed and grabbed Kevin Bacon.  I didn't hang around to see what happened next. lol

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Haha, my dad still gets a kick telling everyone I ran crying out of Destroy All Monsters when I was in 1st grade.   But it wasn't Godzilla and co. which actually scared me....I loved to see the monsters crushing tanks and taking down buildings. (it was the first monster movie I ever saw as a matter of fact.)   What got me was the scene when the doctor slices the alien crystal out from behind the guy's ear.  Not knowing what make up effects were, I thought it was real.  So, ironically, after I came back to finish watching DAM, I was watching all the monster scenes, and hiding my eyes when the humans were on screen!!!!

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The ignorance of youth, man.  I remember watching Moonraker when I was seven and getting sad because I thought all the henchmen flying around during the explosions were real people getting killed. lol