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On The Movie Channel right now (TMCXe) right now is George Romero's Night of the Living Dead ca. 1968.

This movie had a profound effect upon me as a child.  I first saw it when I was ~10 years old.  I remember I had a friend staying over for a sleepover.  The movie came on as a late night horror flick.  My dad, two older sisters and me and my friend had no idea what we were getting into with this.  The movie truly horrified me.  I had a terrible time trying to sleep at night for about a week after watching the movie.  To this day I have a kind of love/hate relationship with zombie movies.  I'm fascinated by them, but repulsed at the same time.  But watching the original source of one of my childhood fears right now, I am far more desensitized to it compared to what it did to me so many year ago (I'm 49 now).

As cheesy as it seems now as I'm watching it, this movie is a true horror classic.  Anybody else have a movie that had such a profound effect upon them?

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  •  The Exorcist (9+ / 0-)

    I had the same about a week having trouble falling asleep after seeing that when it came out.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Fri May 13, 2011 at 11:14:34 PM PDT

  •  What a great movie, it turned me into the zombie (7+ / 0-)

    lover I am today.

    "That's not what justice is," the colonel jeered, and began pounding the table again with his big fat hand. "That's what Karl Marx is."

    by BFSkinner on Fri May 13, 2011 at 11:15:43 PM PDT

  •  What About..... (4+ / 0-)
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    "The Shining" w/ Jack Nicholson & "The Exorcist" w/ Linda Blair.  They're both classics.  I love them both.

    Another favorite is "The Others" w/ Nicole Kidmann.  Probably best of all was the original "Halloween" w/ Jamie Lee Curtis.  Just the theme song alone brings it all back.  Pure catnip for the horror fan.  

    And who could forget "Psycho" w/ Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates as the clerk at the deadly family motel.  

     

  •  In 1968, I saw... (9+ / 0-)

    Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte on TV. I was ten at the time and the movie rattled me to my core.

    Oddly, not a horror film in the traditional sense of the genre at all. Gothic really, but it got me good.

    A few years later I saw Night of the Living Dead in a theater. I was about 13. I had a rough idea of what the film was about, but no idea of how convincing the action was.

    Yeah, that one had me sleeping with the lights on for a couple of nights.

    Then, a couple of years after that, it was the Exorcist. By then, I'm 15 and too "mature" to be spooked by a movie. Right.

    I went to see it with a pal at a local theater. We're both football players and pretty much tough little punks. I swear to you, my buddy Jeff was so scared he was crying. And I was too scared to laugh at him.

    Lights on that night too.

    I'm obviously much older now and I don't get frightened by thoughts of irrational/impossible/supernatural things any more. I kind of miss that...

  •  I grew up a few miles... (10+ / 0-)

    from the farm where they filmed Night of the Living Dead.  Obviously, it was one of the first movies I ever saw.  The Romero zombie films descend into an orgy of gore after the first two and the director has said that he's never been very interested in character or story, though clearly the Romero Zombie has come to define the sub-genre of horror films, establishing the conventions that films like 28 Days Later have sought to up-end.

    Personally, I've always preferred the slow, ambling zombie, but it's possible I'm a purist given my proximity to the film's physical production.  The zombie horde of the first two Romero films operates effectively as a metaphorical meta-structure for criticizing the mindless, living death of 1950's-era social conformity, as it pertains to Civil Rights in the first film and extended to the issue of consumerism with Dawn of the Dead.  After that, Romero's zombie films subvert the very conventions and themes he initially established and I think to the detriment of the series as a whole.  To go from zombies as a metaphor for antiquated values (the politics of the living dead) to his attempts to imbue them with a sense of humanity that is often stronger than the human protagonists/antagonists just wrecks what he established earlier.  It's certainly a viable focus for zombies as a cinematic metaphor, but in a film like his latest, Survival of the Dead, it results in too many instances of unintentional comedy.

    I've always had a soft spot for the cheesiness of Hammer horror films, particularly those with Lee and Cushing and likely because they remind me of the cheap production standards of classic BBC serials like Quatermass and Doctor Who.

    •  It is striking to me (4+ / 0-)
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      to see the relative lack of gore in the original Living Dead (despite the gory subject matter).  The remake of Living Dead was far more gory than this one is.  You mention 28 Days Later.  I find that even more horrific than the Romero zombies because they're not ambling, shuffling brain dead creatures.  The 28 Days Later zombies could run they're victims down to the ground in nothing flat and devour them just as quickly.  That is far more horrifying to me than the Romero zombies IMO.

      •  Romero and Savini (3+ / 0-)
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        become obsessed with gore.  It begins with Dawn, which is a great horror movie and easily one of the best zombie movies ever made.  That movie was definitely a watershed moment for film gore, but after that Romero's films are just sequences of pig intestines and buckets of fake blood held together by very thin stories that try to say a lot (like having zombies talk) but aren't nearly as profound in their thematic subtext as the first two.  There are gorier films, like the Italian-made Zombi or Cannibal Holocaust but I doubt I have the stomach for them (the description of Cannibal Holocaust is enough for me).

        As to what's more terrifying?  28 Days Later zombies.  I have to agree with you there.

        I honestly think if I had not grown up so close to that farm I would not be as nearly entertained by zombies as I am.  But they're a bit over-saturated now.  Every video game seems like it has a zombie mode, there's the Walking Dead series (which is great), numerous films over the last decade.  I'm glad films like 28 Days Later have come along to rewrite the old conventions, but I think I've reached a point where even I'm a bit tired of seeing them.  Still, I never miss a chance to catch the original Night on TV if I can, so h/t to you for the heads up.

        •  Here's an odd juxtaposition... (2+ / 0-)
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          just prior to watching Living Dead I watched a completely different kind of movie.

          What was it?.....Why it was Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange.  I loved this movie the first time I saw it and I still loved it watching it tonight.  I was surprised that it holds up as well as it does.  

          As you might guess, I have eclectic tastes in movies.

          •  that's a fairly dramatic shift in content (2+ / 0-)
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            Tootsie is a great movie.

            Have you heard of the upcoming film Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter?  It seems to be an appropriately discordant mash-up of subject matter.

            •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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              I'm aware of Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter.  My wife's read the book, but I've yet to get around to it.  I am looking forward to the movie though.

              I guess I could have the best of both worlds if they made a Tootsie the Zombie Hunter movie.

          •  A classic double feature incident (1+ / 0-)
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            A friend of a friend... alone late at night 2 movies on TV and chemical enhancement...

            My friend, his girlfriend and the other guy and his girlfriend back in the hippy dippy days... the other guy's girlfriend wanted for all of them to do acid and go to an event (concert?) at their college campus (in Wash DC)... the others were not as up for the tripping that night as she was, but she talked them into it and they all dropped acid.. AND THEN her parents phone up and insist that she come home and attend some family get together or event... after a lot of argument she gives in and leaves... the other three dump the plans to go out... my friend and his girlfriend disappear into his room and the water-bed  for some privacy... leaving the other guy out in the living room of the apartment to watch TV... it is getting kind of late and "Night of the Living dead comes on"... this is not long after the movie came out... unaware of what he is in for he watches the whole thing on acid... leaving him a bit wrung out by the end... and THEN when reality is just that extra bit tenuous... another movie comes on... one of the worst "horror/sci-fi movies ever made... bad script, wooden acting, hopeless effects... everything limp and pointless...  "Zontar the Thing from Venus"... and somehow sitting though Night of the LD on LSD made this woeful film turn into a very strange  and horrible voyage to somewhere else...

            My friend and his girlfriend came out for air and a snack in the early hours and found their poor friend huddled on the sofa in a fairly freaked out condition ....  so let that be a lesson... on what not to do... I never heard if he ever recovered... not long after he moved to California and was never heard from again... I think he was annoyed at his girlfriend for talking them into tripping and then bailing on them....

            (for all we know he is perfectly fine and if he remembers this at all just laughs about it now... hope so... rather than say spending much of the past 40 years in therapy)

            Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

            by IreGyre on Sat May 14, 2011 at 07:10:56 AM PDT

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        •  Zombi is a classic (1+ / 0-)
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          The "splinter" scene will stay with you forever, and there's a zombie who fights a shark.

    •  I Always Thought..... (7+ / 0-)

      The Romero 'Dead' films take on an entirely different light once the audience realizes the Zombies aren't meant to be evil, villains, and not even the antagonists of the films.

      The zombies are no more than a force of nature, like a hurricane or earthquake.

      The true evil in those movies comes from the human characters. With the world crumbling around them, the human characters still can't put aside their differences (whether it be race, class, or ego) to save each other. They would rather fight over the last scraps of civilization, or hold on to prejudices & divisions that serve to help no one survive.

      From Dawn of the Dead (1978):

      "This isn't the Republicans versus the Democrats, where we're in a hole economically or... or we're in another war. This is more crucial than that. This is down to the line, folks, this is down to the line. There can be no more divisions among the living!"

      In fact, in each film it's technically not the Zombies that put the main characters in the position of danger that leads to ultimate (un)death, it's other human survivors.
      • Night - Ben is shot by the posse.
      • Dawn - The mall is opened up the biker gang.
      • Day - The arrogance of the military ultimately leads to the bunker being overrun.
      •  Yes, I think you've effectively nailed the formula (4+ / 0-)
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        The zombies are a kind of MacGuffin.  They can represent certain things but ultimately it is about how the human characters respond to the threat the zombies pose, never realizing that their failure to cooperate and act collectively is the real threat.  The middle-aged husband in the basement is a great example.  Obstinate, exclusive, resentful - he just can't overcome his personal prejudices and it jeopardizes everyone's safety.  He's too individualistic, too distrusting, too conventional.  He retreats to the basement one assumes out of instinct, perhaps an ingrained notion from the "duck and cover" days, a sentimental solution for a problem that he clearly fails to realize is beyond his control, which is partly reflected by his denial of his daughter's condition.  He is incapable of trusting the black male and white female who are organizing the defense of the house upstairs.  He is rooted in a society that does not recognize them as sources of authority.

        I think you can interpret the horde as representative of something larger, more abstract, though it is never explicit or heavy-handed; the theme is never overwrought.  So you can read some commentary about consumerism (the idea of cannibal consumerism specifically), for instance, in Dawn, which I think even Romero has discussed.  It's definitely there in the imagery with shots of the zombies shuffling around the mall.  We're literally consuming ourselves and other societies.  Our inability to negotiate around/through a world driven by consumerism - to overcome it - will lead us to a similar fate.  We will join the mindless, shuffling horde.  In a great turn of irony, individuality is subsumed by the failure to motivate and organize a community around collective action.

        Such themes become more forced in the later films - Land, Diary, and Survival - where Romero explicitly tries to humanize the zombies.  On a certain level, I think that can work because you can still use the idea of how the living react to the "other" to drive and motivate the plot, but it's too upfront and contrived in the later Romero zombie films.  At the same time, it undermines the realization that the zombies are not the underlying issue, as you point out, by re-focusing attention back on them.

        In the end, as you say, the inability of the "non-dead" to work cooperatively is always what dooms the protagonists.  That is something that can most definitely be extrapolated as commentary on the state of humankind, especially given our inability to address the big problems of the last half century.  I don't think what each of us is talking about is mutually exclusive, more like two sides to the same thematic coin.  The group of protagonists clearly represent a microcosm of society, deliberately composed of discordant elements.  And the zombie hordes are clearly indicative of a problem of such magnitude that it threatens the very fabric of society itself.  They can't deal with the zombies unless they resolve their internal divisions, yet they never fully grasp the scale and scope of their predicament, retreating to cultural frames of reference that are outdated, inadequate, and counter-productive, making the resolution of those divisions unattainable.

    •  I hate super-fast zombies. (0+ / 0-)

      Without the ambulatory disadvantages given to the well-numbered but slow-moving zombies, there is no hope for the few survivors. It's hard to make an emotional investment in the last few survivors when humanity is 100% doomed. It's better to split the odds down the middle with zombies at a numbers advantage but lacking wit and agility and humans being few in number but gifted with agility and intelligence. The outcome should be a 50/50 tossup or I'm not interested.

      "Warm smell of Moulitsas rising up in the air..." -seanwright

      by GenXangster on Sat May 14, 2011 at 05:01:00 AM PDT

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    •  Not so sure I agree re: the later Romeros (0+ / 0-)

      Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" is a personal fave, and I love the way it deals with consumerism and related issues. I was disappointed with the remake because even though it had some decent acting for the genre and decent character development.

      I have to disagree, at least with respect to "Land of the Dead" (which I think is unjustly maligned in some quarters) and "Diary of the Dead".  "Land" deals with issues of class - Fiddler's Green is a stand-in for gated communities and the Dennis Hopper character is a stand-in for present day plutocrats, and the Simon Baker character and others are stand-ins for working class stiffs.  "Diary" was Romero's take on media (mis)handling a crisis.  They're more than just gorefests (and much better films than some of Romero's other later films like "Bruiser")

  •  'Poltergeist' (6+ / 0-)

    'Poltergeist' is the movie that scared the shit out of me as a small kid. If your house is attempting to eat your children, get the hell out. Don't wait for the movers to get the rest of your stuff, just leave.

    The reason I think the movie worked so well is that it's set in a "normal" house, and normal neighborhood, instead of the spooky haunted mansion/castle that had been the standard in most horror movies up to that point. So if this "normal" house could be haunted with trees that want to eat little boys, killer toy clowns, and skeletons in the pool, anyone's house could potentially suck them into another dimension via the closet.

    In fact, they shot the movie in the same neighborhood used for 'E.T.'


  •  And it's over. (5+ / 0-)
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    I think one of the most disturbing things about this movie is that the one guy who survives the night is killed by mistake.  Frustrating, haunting and disturbing all at the same time.

    As I said.  a classic horror film.

  •  "Profound effect" is an understatement (7+ / 0-)

    I was also about 10 years old when I found myself in a movie theater one evening, excited over what I thought would be an adventure-packed cowboy western; you know, good guys in white hats teaching bad guys in black hats a well-deserved lesson, etc etc. I had no freaking idea what was about to happen to me.
    The flick was "Soldier Blue". It was without question the most gruesome, nightmarish, explicitly violent and traumatizing depiction of depraved cruelty that I've ever seen. It's the true story of the Sand Creek massacre, the slaughter of a Cheyenne village by the US cavalry in Colorado in the 1800's.
    Rivers of blood. Heaps of butchered bodies. Numbingly graphic slow-motion scenes of torture and decapitation. The detailed mass extermination of men, women, children and infants in an orgy of bloodlust that defies description.
    I was in shock for weeks afterward; I hardly spoke or ate. I didn't sleep and refused to go to school. I'd stare at my mother until, totally creeped out, she would start screaming at me. My parents took me to a psychiatrist and I never uttered a single word; after about four sessions he gave up and told my father that he thought I was becoming catatonic and might have to be institutionalized.
    I never told them about the film and to this day I can't have a rational conversation about it with other adults. It did something to me that has never been completely undone.
         

    Neoconservatives are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell --- Edward Abbey

    by skunkbaby on Sat May 14, 2011 at 12:01:15 AM PDT

    •  Seriously... (1+ / 0-)
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      how did you ever get let into that movie.  I've never heard of it, but I can imagine how truly horrifying it mush have bee for you at the time.

    •  I remember that movie (0+ / 0-)

      I saw it when I was young too, but on TV and so heavily edited.  So sorry for the way it hit you.  It sounds like you went through ptsd like a lot of kids who are exposed to actual war.  

      I just went back and watched some of it on Netflix to be reminded of it and realize that I never saw most of the massacre scene at the end.  I remember it but it played a lot like Little Big Man after editing.  Shocking and heart breaking but not the hellish bloodbath, waving severed limbs in the air kind of scene that it actually was.  It almost looks over the top, like the film makers were taking liberties.  But if you read what was actually done to those people, you wonder how else you could accurately portray it.  It was important that they made movies like that to jolt us off of our old Cowboys and Indians thing.  But kids should be spared a portrayal like that.  

      Forget it, he's rolling.

      by Sun dog on Sat May 14, 2011 at 09:32:35 AM PDT

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    •  Saw it when I was 18---still freaked me out; (0+ / 0-)

      and led me to read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; and rethink my views on American history.

  •  Invasion (3+ / 0-)
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    of the body snatchers.

    I've lived it (I'm saying lived like it's over...).

    But not for much longer :-)

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace- Hendrix

    by Maori on Sat May 14, 2011 at 12:12:45 AM PDT

  •  So I'm off to bed. (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the comments everyone.  

    Good Night, sleep tight, don't let the zombies bite!!!

  •  body snatchers (first one) (2+ / 0-)
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    I was afraid to go in the basement for months.

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Sat May 14, 2011 at 12:24:31 AM PDT

  •  'The Strangers' (2+ / 0-)
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    Have you ever had someone knock on your door late at night or early morning? There's that moment of decision where you weigh going downstairs to see who or what is at your door against not answering it and hoping whoever it is will go away.

    'The Strangers' plays on that, and I thought it worked pretty well and creates an unnerving ominous mood. What makes it all the more freaky is that it's loosely based on a real unexplained/unsolved murder in which a family was seemingly butchered for no discernible reason.

    •  Yes, that was quite ... (1+ / 0-)
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      fucking scary!

      And then that very ending.

      Like the last minute or so.

      Wow.

      Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

      by NYCee on Sat May 14, 2011 at 02:46:17 AM PDT

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  •  'Fire In The Sky' (1+ / 0-)
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    1993 w/ D. B. Sweeney in the lead role.  By far the scariest UFO abduction movie I've ever seen.  I get the willies just thinking about it.

    "All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree" -- James Madison

    by paulitics on Sat May 14, 2011 at 12:49:34 AM PDT

  •  Kolchak the night stalker (3+ / 0-)

     The original movie was unbelievably scary yet understated, somehow. I loved that movie. Anything produced by Dan Curtis is great. Ever see "Trilogy of Terror"?  I couldn't sleep for a week. There was also the Jack Palance Dracula, which terrified me, too.  

    •  I made the mistake (0+ / 0-)

      of watching Trilogy of Terro all by myself.  I was in my early teens I believe.  The infamous 3rd segment with the doll had the same effect upon my that Living Dead had for me at the age of 10.  Truly F'n scary.

  •  I'm a lot older than you, but it had (2+ / 0-)
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    the same effect on me. I went to a Humphrey Bogart festival and instead of "Casablanca" they showed a new movie, "The Night of the Living Dead". I had my coat over my head through most of the movie. Every time I meet someone named "Barbara", I still think of the beginning of the movie when the brother was teasing his sister, Barbara. They saw a raggedy looking man stumbling toward them, and he said, "They're coming to get you bar-bar-a".

    "They had fangs. They were biting people. They had this look in their eyes,totally cold, animal. I think they were young Republicans."

    by slouching on Sat May 14, 2011 at 01:25:48 AM PDT

  •  Carnival of Souls... (3+ / 0-)
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    I found it very haunting and beautiful - esp the very first time I saw it.

    I dont know if it would hold up were I to see it today, but it affected me quite a bit when I saw it in my youth.

    Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

    by NYCee on Sat May 14, 2011 at 02:39:16 AM PDT

    •  I Have Night of Living Dead+Carnical of Souls DVD (1+ / 0-)
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      I had to have that one!

      WashPost had a huge article on Carnival of Souls 40th anniversary because that movie is huge in Europe.

      It totally ruined "The Sixth Sense" for me because I recognized it as a rip-off immediately.

      It's all so clear to me now. I'm the keeper of the cheese. And you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.

      by bernardpliers on Sat May 14, 2011 at 04:15:20 AM PDT

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    •  My personal favorite horror film (1+ / 0-)
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      It is a gorgeous piece of filmmaking, especially considering it was made for only $30,000.

      I own the beautifully restored Criterion version.  It's pricey but worth it.

  •  The movie (0+ / 0-)

    If...

    It gave my husband nightmares as did Night of the Living Dead.

    "Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." The Little Prince

    by Jane Lew on Sat May 14, 2011 at 03:18:26 AM PDT

  •  "Aliens" Used to Scare the Crap (1+ / 0-)
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    out of me when I was a kid. The characters were isolated and they never knew when an alien might pop up by surprise. I can easily watch it now though.

    "With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program."-Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Aspe4 on Sat May 14, 2011 at 03:55:43 AM PDT

  •  Them! (0+ / 0-)

    The ultimate big bug movie, also extremely well made, well cast, and photographed.

    The scene in the anthill was used directly in Alien (egg chamber, dry ice fog, flame throwers).

    It's all so clear to me now. I'm the keeper of the cheese. And you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.

    by bernardpliers on Sat May 14, 2011 at 04:17:42 AM PDT

  •  Also "The Ring" Was Disturbing (2+ / 0-)
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    I saw the American version, with Naomi Watts, in the theater. I was a grown man at the time but after seeing it, I had reservations about what might come out of my TV set while I was sleeping. I came to my senses pretty quickly, however. I also know other grown men that the movie scared.

    "With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program."-Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Aspe4 on Sat May 14, 2011 at 04:22:36 AM PDT

  •  In my 50 years of seeing horror movies... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the scariest two were Se7en and Aliens.  Two of my favorite movies ever, actually.

    With each moment of worry we give up a moment of living.

    by dov12348 on Sat May 14, 2011 at 04:42:38 AM PDT

  •  I had never seen a film like that back then (1+ / 0-)
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    so even though I was @ 20 or 21... I was sweating and had week legs when the film was over and I got up to leave the theater. It was a double feature with the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"... so that was already a somewhat intense set up and then Living Dead just grabbed me.

    I know that since then people have been desensitized so much that they can scorn that film and not admit to being scared by most films and have a high threshold for being emotionally affected by a horror film. And 12 yr old boys brag to each other how this gory movie or that slasher film doesn't faze them in the least... the idea that a horror film is supposed to be a test of how untouchable a person is.. or at least will admit to among their peers and rivals... it is on the level of a an extreme ride in an amusement park... sad really. And a good reason for kids not to see horrible stuff too early.

    Child soldiers are desensitized to the real thing... and being exposed to simulations too early can make some violence too acceptable to some at least... to not feel revulsion and fear of inexplicably cruel and savage treatment of fellow human beings is not good for society. Priming kids for the battlefield so they can ride tanks with death metal playing on the headphones, whooping as they live the video games in real life that they played in their youth... great for prepping cannon fodder but not so great for raising peaceful citizens in a world that needs to not accept cruelty and death so casually...

    and I say this as a fan of violent video games and a person who can enjoy being scared by a film, admitting it and enjoying it... and that applies to fiction and to films based on real events (I have still not seen Black Hawk Down... I will someday when I am in the mood to be totally wrung out emotionally.)

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sat May 14, 2011 at 05:20:06 AM PDT

    •  I agree with you. (0+ / 0-)

      One of my nieces pokes fun at me and my sister (her mother) over movies that we thought were scary as kids.  She's gone back and watched them (a good example is Hitchcock's The Birds) and been completely unfazed by them.  She finally did find a movie that did scare her but I can't remember what that one was.

  •  "The Haunting" 1962 British ghost/horror film (0+ / 0-)

    It's very minimalist.  It's about a group of people who stay over night in a haunted house to investigate the paranormal things that occur there.

    You never see anything really, but it's the most subtly terrifying movie I've ever seen.  Creeped me out for years.

    Btw, there was a terrible remake in the 90s that completely missed the point of the original film which was that you never really saw/understood whatever evil was haunting the house.

  •  2012 GOP Presidential Debates (3+ / 0-)

    I saw the trailer last week and it looks pretty damn scary.

    My #2 would be "Silence of the Lambs".

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat May 14, 2011 at 06:20:30 AM PDT

  •  horror fans-please identify NY horror film I lived (0+ / 0-)

    OK, this is my weirdest horror film story.  

    When I was growing up, my aunt lived on Greene Avenue in Brooklyn.  

    A few doors down from her brownstone, there was a teenager/boy who was maybe 10 years older than I was who was horribly disfigured.  I believe he had "elephant man's" disease, or at least this is what I was told years later.

    This being the 60s, before there was the faintest hint of disability rights or sensitivity, he was really just the neighborhood freak show.  He would come out and scare the smaller children who would run screaming down the street.  He was like a real life neighborhood monster.

    In my 20s, someone who knew of this guy said that he was in a movie.  Apparently there was a horror movie set in, iirc, Brooklyn Heights, about a house with some kind of portal to a parallel world of monsters and freaks.  This guy played one of the monsters.

    I think he died young of his disease.

    I've always wanted to identify this movie and see it.

    Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?

  •  I woke from a zombie dream. (1+ / 0-)
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    I woke and read this at about 3 am.  Interesting that this was the first thing I saw afterwards.  I get them now and then.  They terrify me.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Sat May 14, 2011 at 06:22:00 AM PDT

  •  Yeah, the same one (1+ / 0-)
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    I saw Night of the Living Dead when I was about 9 or 10 and it blew me away.  I'm in my 40's and I still get the dreams once in a while.  

    It's something of a weird masterpiece.  You have to consider that it's really an amateur film done on a tiny budget.  

    Forget it, he's rolling.

    by Sun dog on Sat May 14, 2011 at 06:23:26 AM PDT

  •  The Innocents (1+ / 0-)
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    madmsf

    The great, beautifully directed and shot 1961 version of "The Turn of the Screw" with Deborah Kerr in the lead role.

  •  NLD the BEST! (1+ / 0-)
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    I watched Night of the Living Dead once when it first came onto tv all those years ago.  It really, really creeped me out then and I don't think I slept well for a week.  I was a young twenty something, then.

    Just found a copy of it on a $5.00 horror compendium DVD and watched it for the second time a couple of months ago.  Although it lacks a lot of the modern computer generated special effects compared to recent horror films, and it was shot in black and white like a home movie of those days, this film creeped me out AGAIN!  The theme of it is really horrible.

    I am a lover of subtle horror movies, and the Bela Lugosi "Dracula" spooked me when I was in middle school. I slept with the windows shut during the hot summer months,  garlic on the sills and a little luminous cross over my bed.  But today, "Dracula" has little scare factor against the enduring Night of the Living Dead.

  •  "Right Hand of the Devil" (0+ / 0-)

    Remember seeing this on TV when I was really young - must have been six or seven years old.  "Right Hand of the Devil" was a really low-budget film noir, but when you add in scenes of people being dissolved in acid, as well as moments where someone removes their fake skin to show horrible scarring, it was a lot for a young kid...

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

    by Rico on Sat May 14, 2011 at 10:12:02 AM PDT

  •  Apocalypse film- THE ROAD (0+ / 0-)

    Scary as hell.  The book is even scarier. Cormac McCarthy brought us this theme

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