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Old 28-05-2011, 14:01
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Seriously I have yet to watch a horror film that has actually scared me. You get hyped with all those Paranormal Activity etc and they fall flat.

They either go for 1 of 2 things:

1.The cheap scare using a camera trick or some bad CGI demon or ghost.

2. The gore angle. I dunno whether im just de-sensitised to gore but it really doesent bother me nor is in any way scary.

I actually find myself laughing at them most times due to how ridiculous they are.
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Old 28-05-2011, 14:15
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Because you are sensible and know you are only watching a movie? I would also go for the desensitised bit. I feel the same way. Most horror movies are boring these days because they rely on gore to shock. It doesn't because it's not real. They either need a decent plot or comedy.

The only bit that makes me jump in movies is the must have scene where a cat jumps out or similar.
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Old 28-05-2011, 14:35
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oh im the opposite Im dead scared afterwards..needs all the lights on..Ooooh lol, i feel like im in the film myself and just think of not getting killed
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Old 28-05-2011, 14:59
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doesn't surprise me that you're de-sensitized to horror if you're from Belfast lol.
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Old 28-05-2011, 15:00
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Horror films often work for some people and not others, because of the buttons they push. For example, The Exorcist works quite well for me because I was brought up with the Catholic mythology the film uses. The Descent doesn't work for me, does seem to work for people who are claustrophobic.So maybe you've not yet found a film which pushes your buttons. (It's unlikely that you have no buttons to push.)

Context also makes a difference. Watching in daytime in a lit room is less scary than at night with the lights off. Watching with friends who joke or otherwise distract, doesn't help. Fast-forwarding when you get bored will prevent the film developing suspense.

And of course, Sturgeon's Law applies. 90% of horror movies are crap.
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Old 28-05-2011, 15:03
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Horror films often work for some people and not others, because of the buttons they push. For example, The Exorcist works quite well for me because I was brought up with the Catholic mythology the film uses. The Descent doesn't work for me, does seem to work for people who are claustrophobic.So maybe you've not yet found a film which pushes your buttons. (It's unlikely that you have no buttons to push.)

Context also makes a difference. Watching in daytime in a lit room is less scary than at night with the lights off. Watching with friends who joke or otherwise distract, doesn't help. Fast-forwarding when you get bored will prevent the film developing suspense.

And of course, Sturgeon's Law applies. 90% of horror movies are crap.
I agree..all horror films are best watched in the dark
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Old 28-05-2011, 15:06
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I'm the same and have yet to watch one that has got under my skin. Gore films bore me as you know it's fake and real life is way more gross.
I'd love to see a film that scared me but it still hasn't happened. I'm scared of life though
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Old 28-05-2011, 15:30
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II ThInK The scares can be found in the non hollywood horrors these days IMO theres a slew of good ones out there that are decent

I think to be even remotely a little bit scared i have to watch in the right settings

Alone
At night
On my own
In the complete dark
Surround sound

It helps greatly if your Seeing the movie for the 1st time in these conditions too IMO

Without these there not scary one bit
and some work some dont

Still watching a halloween movie under those conditions i was a little freaked going to the toliet lol
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Old 28-05-2011, 15:31
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in daytime in a lit room is less scary than at night with the lights off. Watching with friends who joke or otherwise distract, doesn't help. Fast-forwarding when you get bored will prevent the film developing suspense.
I hardly ever watch a film in daylight. If i'm at home I close my curtains and get my reclinable chair out and the external amp cranked up to relax and watch my movies. I just wouldn't be comfortable watching any movie in the broad daylight with the sun shinging on the screen.
And of course, Sturgeon's Law applies. 90% of horror movies are crap.
True.
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Old 28-05-2011, 19:26
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I don't get scared unless I watch them alone in the night time, in my bedroom with my door shut. I remember years ago I told my mum I was going to bed to watch the exorcist and was totally engrossed in it when my mum barged into my room with her hair all out to scare me haha I shit myself

I only get scared by supernatural horror films, slashers never scare me no matter when I watch them. But films like The Changeling freak me out late at night in the dark!!!
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Old 28-05-2011, 19:38
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Modern horrors are rubbish.They rely on effects and young teenagers acting badly.
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Old 28-05-2011, 20:39
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The Scream movies were actually quite funny, i thought i was watching a spoof for a second. They wernt scary at all.
The only one that did was the texas chainsaw massacre..I think it was one of the new ones.
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Old 29-05-2011, 03:51
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Just think though the orginal opening to scream is/was terrfying at its time but the endless parodys and pisstakes and sequals ruined that effect IMO

Scream 1s opening is really disturbing and very well done
Its the only thing in the scream franchise that i would call truely horrorifying/scary
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Old 29-05-2011, 05:00
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I've never yet seen a film that even slightly scares me, including The Exorcist and anything else you can name.
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Old 29-05-2011, 08:40
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Because they're not scary. Simplest answer is often the best one
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Old 29-05-2011, 09:11
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Seriously I have yet to watch a horror film that has actually scared me. You get hyped with all those Paranormal Activity etc and they fall flat.

They either go for 1 of 2 things:

1.The cheap scare using a camera trick or some bad CGI demon or ghost.

2. The gore angle. I dunno whether im just de-sensitised to gore but it really doesent bother me nor is in any way scary.

I actually find myself laughing at them most times due to how ridiculous they are.
I agree mostly. The gore thing makes me howl with laughter. I remember back when The Evil Dead was released on video, it was labelled a 'video nasty'. To me, it was one of the most hilarious films Ive seen, which as it eventually turned out was the tongue-in-cheek intention of the director.


But there are horrors that I do find scary, the best ones are those that leave a lot to the imagination, most of which rely on tension built up by very fine direction. Many of these feature hardly any gore at all, it is the threat that is the scary thing. But even these affect me less as I get older.
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Old 29-05-2011, 10:03
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Because you are sensible and know you are only watching a movie? I would also go for the desensitised bit. I feel the same way. Most horror movies are boring these days because they rely on gore to shock. It doesn't because it's not real. They either need a decent plot or comedy.

The only bit that makes me jump in movies is the must have scene where a cat jumps out or similar.
That's exactly it. I can easily watch things like saw etc because I know they are just films and the the gore isn't real. Gory films don't bother me. It's more the unexpected jumps that come out of nowhere that get me.
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Old 29-05-2011, 16:54
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Most modern (USA) horror films are pure drivel. I think it's partly down to the look of modern horror films. They look waaaay too glossy! At the other end of the scale is the "Lets film everything through a blue filter" craze. My eyes don't seem able to adjust. And yes, I can TELL your filming day for night!!!! Obviously there are more important things I guess, crap script, characters etc. I much prefer the "look" of older horror films. Even if they aren't very good they usually involve me visually if that makes sense?
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Old 29-05-2011, 17:49
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Try The Mothman Prophecies on your own in a dark room. I not been spooked since childhood but this one got to me a bit. The more eerie films seem to make adults feel unnerved rather than gore and obvious scares. The original The Ring creeped me out a bit as well, the language and cutture difference added to the feel of it.
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Old 29-05-2011, 18:03
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If ''Stud like u'' is reading i bet he gets scared in his 100 year house..with creaking doors and creaking floorboards..Watch out for any dodgy mirrors hanging up, they might be evil
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Old 30-05-2011, 00:35
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They don't scare me either, I think I've seen so many I've just become immune lol. I always end up feeling sorry for the killer/monster

Seen a few that has disturbed me though. Oh and ban CGI from horror, its not needed.
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Old 30-05-2011, 02:03
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Seriously I have yet to watch a horror film that has actually scared me. You get hyped with all those Paranormal Activity etc and they fall flat.

They either go for 1 of 2 things:

1.The cheap scare using a camera trick or some bad CGI demon or ghost.

2. The gore angle. I dunno whether im just de-sensitised to gore but it really doesent bother me nor is in any way scary.

I actually find myself laughing at them most times due to how ridiculous they are.
I guess you do not let your imagination or subconscious fears get the better of you.
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Old 30-05-2011, 02:34
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I am the same with horror movies. Scared to death? No!! Nearly die laughing? YES!!!
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Old 30-05-2011, 11:36
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Watch The News, it will terrify you.
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Old 30-05-2011, 12:42
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But isn't this fairly common statement a teensy bit teen/ego bullsh*t sometimes?

To 'mates': Horror films don't scare me cos' I'm like....really HARD, y'know!

Jesting aside, I feel quite sorry for those who've never experienced a good horror film doing its job. They're missing out big time.
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