What's the scariest film you've ever seen?

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Post by pandammonium » Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:53 pm

comfychair wrote:The follow-up to the Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, did that for me. The...film lost all of the subtlety and intense horror of the original and the storyline was ludicrous!
That's not the film's fault, it's the book's. I read it and found it totally ludicrous (sorry to copy your word, but it's ideal), especially towards the end, where it quite simply beggared belief.
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Post by Kool » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:35 pm

I agree - I read the book, too, and although "Silence of the Lambs" was an excellent book, I couldn't believe the way he had Clarice Starling behave in the second book - totally out of character. Jodie Foster obviously agreed, as she turned down the film.
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Post by pandammonium » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:54 am

Quite right too.
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Post by dave mc » Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:15 am

Silence of the lambs was okay. Mainly because of the heavy weight actors.

Manhunter was a much better film, based on the same book.
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Post by comfychair » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:06 am

Ah, yes - Manhunter - classic film (although dodgy 80s soundtrack thanks to Miami Vice direction by Michael Mann)

Worryingly I hear that there is shortly to be a book released by Thomas Harris (or will it just escape...) about Hannibal Lector's childhood - I can only imagine how far-fetched that will be ;-)

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Post by mitsy » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:00 am

Stephen Kings IT. I have a phobia of clowns and this one is particularly evil and scary, the book freaked me out enough as I kept imagining clowns (kinda like Ronald McDonald) but then when I actually seen him! :shock: I had nightmares for months afterwards.

I watched the birds when I was about 9 and was frightened of birds for a while after that too.

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Post by pandammonium » Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:17 pm

Same here re the clowns. I think it's because of those hideous laughing clowns you see. *shudders*
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Post by mitsy » Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:30 pm

I had a musical clown when I was little, I swear it was a demon, you wound it up and it played an errie tune whilst its head span round. My Mum used to put it on to soothe (yeah right) me to sleep and I didn't have the heart (or maybe vocabulary to express tactfully) that it scared the s**t out of me. It's head fell off eventually, I swear it was haunted. I wouldn't let anyone throw it out incase it cursed them so it's probably still in my Mum's loft... EW

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Post by Bluebottle » Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:38 pm

Going back a bit, I went to see The Ring at the cinema, and was bored stiff by it... not at all scary, I thought. Same with the Blair Witch Project. Finally saw it on telly, and almost fell asleep halfway through...
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Post by dave mc » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:20 pm

Yeah. The thing with those two films is that they save everything up until the very end.

Like Hitchcock once said..

"It's not the bang that scares us, it's the anticipation of the bang."

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