If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Just curious, because there are a few that I can think of. Most I’ve seen just seem to be generally shitty, and the good ones are not so much scary as they are just action flicks with an advanced amount of gore.
Horror movies are a test of one's commitment as a film viewer. The only way to EVER experience any true fear from a horror movie is to allow yourself to become scared. Of course, a good movie will make this mandatory for you, but sometimes you remain vigilant and refuse to let the movie absorb you, as I used to do during walks through "haunted houses", bullshitting and laughing my way through.
The point is, here a few movies, or more specifically, movie scenes that got my heart pumping to say the least.
1. Signs; Not that fantastic of a movie in retrospect, but not terrible either. Regardless, the constant newscasts set an atmosphere that made the alien invasion within the movie feel very real and even possible. Laugh all you want (fuck you Scary Movie 3) but witnessing the appearance of an alien at a birthday party had me mimicking Joaquin Phoenix's reaction to the same video.
Even though the main serial killer looks like Ron Jeremy, this movie did a number on me the first time a saw it with a friend. Granted, weed was involved, but I digress, high or not, the scene stirred fear within me.
In the movie, you follow a serial killer as he cuts down his victims. He scalps women and arranges mannequins within his room, placing the bloody scalp on top of their heads. After receiving a mortal wound, he lies down and begins hallucinating. In this nightmare, the demented trophies begin to stir and attack him, ripping him apart.
This scene sent two high-schooler teens scrambling for the remote. Unfortunately, I can't find a suitable video for this movies final scene, but here is another that deserves an honorable mention. Best head explosion ever.
3. Pet Cemetery: Nothing much to say here, the wife's debilitated sister (can’t remember what she has) always flipped me out, and did so for a long time.
4. Resident Evil: Yes I’ve played the game, and no, I'm not a heretic. I know that the games have bigger dicks than the movies, I know this... but regardless, the movie had me fearful of a zombie apocalypse for a several weeks. Something about the final scene as the camera draws back; showing the damage left in the wake of Raccoon city's zombie pandemic put the fear of brain-eaters within me.
Well there you go. I can name a few games that scared me, but I'll save that for another post.
Audition was truly frightening when I saw it at the cinemas and had no idea what it was about.
Lake Mungo was more unsettling than scary but nevertheless did achieve the correct response that I think the director intended.
Are you kidding me ? I saw The Exorcist when i was like 4/5 years old, scared the living soul out of me, the spider crawling scene has been implanted in my head ever since. The 1998 Japanese Ring had me scare throughout the first 2 weeks i saw it. I also saw Battle Royale when i was a kid, the scene where one guy was shooting these girls had scarred me for months..
Man, the Asians man, they got some of the scariest shit i've ever seen.
REC scared me throughout most of the movie. But that's about it.
Funny how Quarantine was a remake and didn't scare me at all.
Dawn of the Dead(1978)
John Carpenter's The Thing: Body horror aside, the entire concept of not truly being sure who around you is trustworthy builds up plenty of character tension. Hell, the protagonist kills a (albeit crazy) non-infected human, with predictably bad results for his image....also, THAT FUCKING DOG. AND THE SPIDER HEAD GAAAAHHH.
[Rec]: A neat Spanish horror film turned into Quarantine by Hollywood suits. Interesting in the sense that the "shaky cam" used in this film is treated with physical properties; the filmmaker uses it as a weapon and visual aid on separate occasions. For some reason, little touches like that drew me into the film further, along with the news reporter's casual takes and some of the decidedly well done commentary of other survivors (fat, racist Mexican manchild). Add in zombies, religious allusions and excellent pacing, and you get a film winner. I need to go see the second one.