I started this thread for people who want to talk about movies... old, new... whatever.
I don't get creeped out by movies, horror movies have never had that effect on me other than the obvious"guyjumpsoutfrombehindthedoorway" scare that makes anyone jump a little bit. Put the toughest most macho guy in the world into a dark room and have someone grab his arm... he'll react.
Yesterday we went to see The Conjuring. Holy wow. It's scary on a number of levels. First, because it's based on events that really happened. 2nd,... demonic possesion anyone?
But mainly it was because the acting and direction were so well done that the film did not need to depend on cheap "gotchas" or gore. The emotional intensity of the actors and the storyline relentlessy send you into a heightened adrenaline level... to the point of giving you the shakes when you finally crash later. You believed you were in the house with these people, and you were scared for them, not for yourself. Of course, even with that, I couldn't help laughing as I watched my daughter (18 this week!) cowering andcovering her eyes and laughing as she whispered "Why isn't this movie over yet?!"
NOT for the under 17 crowd or the faint of heart, but a very well made horror movie. Prolly the best I've ever seen.
Any movie that can create a visceral response has done its job.
For me Monsters Ball was awful until I realized that the sense of wanting to die was exactly what the director wanted. (Took a couple years to get there and will never see it again.)
Recently Jack Reacher where the sniper set up in a parking garage. Too easy, too real, way scary.
Saving Private Ryan - Never sat in a theater for a good five minutes after it was over: stunned. As did everyone else.
Bridge on the River Kwai - Chilling how the sanity of both the Commanders is tested and broken.
GATTACA - Think it can't happen?
Private Ryan got to me too, the first 20 minutes was almost too much. A lot of vets who were there couldn't watch it, they said it was TOO accurate and took them back to memories that they didn't want.
If you liked Saving Private Ryan you should watch Band of Brothers. (Miniseries, technically, not movie.)
I like good movies regardless of genre. There are too many to list in one go, but here's a starter set:
The Usual Suspects
Three O'Clock High