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Greatest horror film moment

 
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 1 May, 2007 05:48 pm
wandeljw wrote:
"Spirits of the Dead" was a trilogy of Edgar Allan Poe stories from three European directors. The third story "Never Wager the Devil Your Head" was directed by Fellini. Fellini's representation of the devil was startling because it was so off-center: a girl in a pretty dress playing with a ball. A sudden closeup of her face showed a demonic smile and blood-red lips.


I remember that motion picture, and greatly enjoyed it. However, i had thought the Fellini piece was done in black and white. Am i goofy?
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 1 May, 2007 05:51 pm
Maybe a colorized version? Nope, I think it was black-and-white. Interesting search to make!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 1 May, 2007 05:53 pm
I completely agree with Wandel, the little girl was chilling. Another aspect of her weird portrayal was that she had long, straight hair, which hung down over her face--you only ever saw one of her eyes.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 1 May, 2007 05:54 pm
States it was in color in the details:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0063715/maindetails
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 1 May, 2007 06:02 pm
That is so strange. Since so much of the Fellini piece was set at night, i suppose that i recall it as a black and white piece. That it was in color is also implied in this review from the New York Times, which also emphasizes the point which Wandel made:

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Unlike Poe's story, there is nothing especially cheerful about Fellini's film except its extravagance of visual detail. The last hours in Toby Dammit's life become a typical Fellini fantasmagoria, a descent into a maelstrom of grotesque settings, props and faces, including that of a little girl with long blond hair, not unlike the girl who called soundlessly to Marcello Mastroianni across the tidal rift at the end of "La Dolce Vita." Except for the fact that she has crimson fingernails and a definite leer, you'd hardly recognize her as Old Nick.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Tue 1 May, 2007 07:39 pm
I am happy that you guys agree with me. The Fellini episode was far superior to the other two (directed by Vadim and Malle). In my memory the girl's fingernails and lips were the same blood-red color. Fellini had a great sense of how to create horror.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 16 May, 2007 09:00 pm
I know it might not be the most memorable, but any list of great horror film moments wouldn't be complete without...


http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Sections/Travel%20Section/Summer%20Travel/060608_shining_vmed_1p.widec.jpg

Heeere's Johnny!!!
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kuvasz
 
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Reply Thu 17 May, 2007 10:38 pm
Lightwizard wrote:
It's not topped by Anthony Hopkins doing in the police guards and borrowing a face in "Silence of the Lambs," nor the final scenes, especially when the lights go out.

From the BBC:

Alien named as top 18-rated scene

The gory "chestburster" scene in sci-fi classic Alien has been named the greatest 18-certificate movie moment.


i mean yeah, Sweet Jesus on the Cross! Seeing that in a darkened movie theatre was the most amazing thing..... what the fu*k was that!..... and if the rest of the cast was informed as to the real intentions of the scene they should have all received oscars, because what was so scary about the scene was the look of horror and terror in their eyes when Hurt had that monster burst out of his chest.

but nothing horrified me more than the opening beach scene of "Saving Private Ryan

Movie magazine Empire is marking its 18th birthday with a list of the top 18-rated moments in film.

John Hurt's bloody demise edged out the decapitation scene from The Omen, with the transformation sequence in An American Werewolf in London at three.

A second 18-rated poll, for the greatest shower scene, confirmed Psycho as the soap-sud champion.


TOP FIVE 18 RATED SCENES
Alien chestburster
1 Dinner chestburster - Alien (pictured)
2 Glass decapitation - The Omen
3 Wolf transformation - An American Werewolf in London
4 Crucifix abuse - The Exorcist
5 Ready Ralph? - Risky Business
In Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien, astronaut Hurt gets a mystery creature stuck to his face.

He appears to have recovered after it falls off but as he sits down to lunch, a fang-toothed creature explodes from his chest.

Movie lore claims that to heighten the sense of shock, the rest of the cast were not fully briefed on what was about to happen.

The decapitation scene in 1976's apocalyptic thriller The Omen horrified audiences by being shot in slow motion and from multiple angles.

Most of the films included in the top 18 are classic horror movies, such as The Exorcist, The Thing and The Evil Dead.

But raunch makes an appearance at number five with Rebecca De Mornay's entrance in Risky Business.

And gangsters make a significant contribution with Reservoir Dogs, The Godfather and Casino all making the chart.

In the shower scene poll, college comedy Porky's comes in at number two, with the volleyball team from Carrie at three.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Thu 17 May, 2007 11:32 pm
When Jodie Foster is pursuing Buffalo Bill in that very creepy house, the audience was as silent as a lamb -- when the lights got switched off, there weren't any audible gasps nor screams. Everyone was petrified. It wasn't an "oh, my gawd" visceral experience like the emergence of the Alien nor the glass sliding off that truck and putting an end to David Warner. The same kind of horror as SOTL was throughout the original "The Haunting," the black-and-white making it ever more effective.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 12:24 pm
There are many unsettling moments to be found in the films of Brian DePalma. DePalma's father was a surgeon. The director knows a lot about bloodletting.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 12:32 pm
I think one of my favorite moments was in Ju On

when that woman was making that clicking sound crawling unnaturally around on the floor...

Embarrassed

I think I shrieked..



( but that might not be the kinds of moments yall are talkin about.. hehe )
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 12:44 pm
once me and squinney got loaded and set up the video camera in our room.... wait..... I've said too much...
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 02:05 pm
kickycan wrote:
I know it might not be the most memorable, but any list of great horror film moments wouldn't be complete without...


http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Sections/Travel%20Section/Summer%20Travel/060608_shining_vmed_1p.widec.jpg

Heeere's Johnny!!!


That was my pick!!!
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 02:06 pm
How about Clockwork Orange when the old folks started to beat the crap outta that guy?
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 02:09 pm
How about

http://capnbob.us/blog/wp-images/0605/hthomas.jpg

my favorite
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Fri 18 May, 2007 02:21 pm
Linkat wrote:
How about

http://capnbob.us/blog/wp-images/0605/hthomas.jpg

my favorite



leave my mother in law outta this... Confused
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Paaskynen
 
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Reply Sat 19 May, 2007 08:49 am
The corpse in the boat scene in Jaws (1975) came to my mind too as a big shocker, a similar suspenseful scene can be found in Amsterdamned (1988). The wild boar eating the journalist in Razorback (1984) was also quite scary. I also found the suspense in the Andromeda Strain (1971) to be worthy of a horror film. And finally, a very long shot, the scene in Watership Down (1978) in which General Boundworth kills Blackavar gave me quite a start.
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sakhi
 
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Reply Fri 15 Jun, 2007 02:34 am
Birds (by Hitchcock):

Scary movie. Scariest scene: The birds have started attacking so everyone in that small town are scared. Now the heroine and two children have to walk past a BIG group of birds...they walk slowly past the birds - the birds don't attack but I shrieked because I was anticipating the attack... Shocked
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2007 10:14 pm
Re: Greatest horror film moment
Don1 wrote:
Just seen on Brit TV the greatest horror film moment in film history according to Empire magazine is from the film Alien when the thing bursts out of John Hurts stomach.

Since it is the biggest cornball nonsense since flash gordon in the 1950's who votes for this stuff??


The thing which freaked everybody in the theater where I was watching Alien, even more than the chest-bursting scene, was the scene where the alien scarfed Yaphet Koto. Half the audience got up and ran out the door, I mean they didn't walk, they ran, and the fat old woman sitting in front of me fainted dead away.
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Sglass
 
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2007 11:29 pm
The shower scene in Psycho scared the poopity out of me.
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