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Is the element of suspense universal?  Or is it generational?  Is it about what is overtly portrayed on the screen by a good director, or what is merely insinuated?  Is it about action?  Horror?  Does it entail surround sound, at high volume, or subtleness?  A good soundtrack paired with good editing?  

I'm not really referring to cinema's most scariest moments...but rater its most suspenseful moments.  Most ominous moments.  Most cinematically creative moments that pulled you to the edge of your seat, made your breathing a bit shallow, made you nervous, that sucked you in and hooked you.

Those moments can come at various points in any good film.  Sometimes it is the opening sequence.  Other times it is mid-film and, obviously, it can come at the climax.

What are the film scenes that made your stomach immediately tense up, and remain with you long after seeing the film?  I'll share some of mine below the squiggle.

Stanley Kubrick earns two spots on my list of most suspenseful film moments.  The first is a scene from his 1980 film "The Shining."  Long before the first scene of his little boy riding his bigcycle up and down the empty hallways of the hotel, the fact that the place had a troubled history had been established, and we knew it was haunted.  The shots of an innocent toddler frolicking alone on his trike, zooming down the long, empty hallways, were nerve racking.  When he slowed down and looked at the ill-fated room 237, we just knew something bad was going to happen.  Kubrick milked those emotions for all they were worth, and let the tension build.  When we first see the twin girls, and a hallway gushing with blood, we have already been primed to jump out of our seats.  It is pure film making bravado.

I'm Sorry Dave, I can't do that."
Another great movie scene by Kubrick is from his film "2001:  A Space Odyssey".  Though it was a science fiction film, it had a couple great and suspenseful moments.  My favorite was when Dave and his co-astronaut realized that HAL had become adversarial, and knew they had to come up with a plan outside of HAL's earshot.  They decide to go inside of one of the sealed "landing pods", where they felt certain they could converse frankly about the situation without HAL overhearing their conversation.  Kubrick shoots the scene from HAL's perspective.  We can see the two of them leaning into each other, talking with obvious concern on their faces, but we cannot hear their words.  The camera slowly pans closer and closer, until all we see is their lips in conversation...and we realize at that moment...HAL can read lips.  HAL's malevolence was also brilliantly offset by the bland, monotone, emotionless voice that the computer was given in the film.  Another great touch.

Brilliant...and chilling.

Wait Until Dark

I was 12 years old when this film came out, and it had me hooked from beginning to end.  It felt like a Hitchcock film, but it was directed by Terrence Young.  The whole movie is suspenseful, but there are a few exemplary moments.  One is where the is broken glass on the floor, and Audrey Hepburn, who is blind, walks across the room blithely unaware.  We are left cringing in our seats, waiting for her to step on a shard of glass...and Young stretches that moment out.  The climax of the film, however, is superb.  It helped to have a petite, beautiful actress like Hepburn starring in this film...who could envision anything tragic happening to her?  And Alan Arkin was a great villain. When he finally confronts her in her apt, she busts out all of the lights in order to level the playing is classic film making.

Blood Test from John Carpenter's 'The Thing'

This was a spooky movie.  A suspenseful movie.  And the Blood Test scene rocks.  I found a good clip of it, but I won't post it, because I'm guessing there are, at this late date, many here who have never seen the film.  I don't want to spoil it for you.   It's another movie that takes place in a long distant, solitary environment, far from help.  There is something preying upon the group...something that can take on doppleganger forms and become indistinguishable from the others.  Nobody knows whom they can trust.  It's pretty good stuff.

The Master of Suspense

Hitchcock is the best, hands down, but choosing his most suspensefull cinematic moment is a real challenge.  Psycho?  Rear Window's climax?  Rebecca?  I will go with one of my least favorite Hitch films, overall, and choose a scene from "The Birds."

He took an inspired concept...birds turn upon humans...and made them truly fearful.  The scene where Tippi Hedron visits the school and notices several crows congregating on a jungle gym, and then leaves to find them multiplies tenfold, and squawking ominously, is truly chilling.  As she leads the children away and tries to keep them calm, we all know that it will end badly.  It's a really creepy, tension-filled scene.  I mean...everyone likes birds, right?

The film that cleared the beaches
no explanation necessary...the opening sequence to Jaws had all of us hooked.  And the soundtrack was great.

Those are just a few of mine.  The opening scene from the movie "Dead Calm" deserves honorable mention, as well.  I might have included the Normandy landing from "Saving Private Ryan", but while it is undeniably suspenseful, it's mostly just disturbingly real and gut wrenching.  The tenseness comes not so much from dramatic effect as it does from a disconcerting reality of war must feel and sound like.

What are your favorite moments of stomach churning suspense in film?

Originally posted to Keith930 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM PDT.

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  •  This one (17+ / 0-)

    always got me good...

    He should peer deep into the abyss. He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat - Peggy Noonan

    by Steven Payne on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:29:11 PM PDT

  •  The scene in Deer Hunter (13+ / 0-)

    when DeNiro is trying to save Walken, and they are both playing Russian Roulette, was pretty damned intense, too.

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:29:50 PM PDT

  •  The last scene in Se7en ... (16+ / 0-)

    the box ... I don't think my blood pressure has ever been that high again ...

  •  My first one was a bit of a dud (15+ / 0-)

    compared to the heartstoppers out there. Here's another.

    He should peer deep into the abyss. He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat - Peggy Noonan

    by Steven Payne on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:44:39 PM PDT

  •  I will never forget (13+ / 0-)

    the tub scene in Fatal Attraction. My mom covered her eyes so hard that she popped her lenses out of her glasses. I guess it was more of a surprise than a suspense.
    Most suspenseful movie moment for me has to be Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs feeling her way around the dark house while creepy guy watches with the night goggles.

    •  Don't look up then (5+ / 0-)

      boo! gotcha!

      He should peer deep into the abyss. He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat - Peggy Noonan

      by Steven Payne on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:50:27 PM PDT

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    •  Fatal Attraction (8+ / 0-)

      many good scenes...not all of them suspenseful.  I loved the scene where he fed the left overs to the dog that he was supposed to have eaten while his wife was away.

      That was a suspenseful movie overall, because it came out at a time when fidelity was probably at one of its low water marks in American culture, and the film showed just how dangerous the consequences could be.

      You could go from a blowjob in a parking garage to a ded family rabbit on the stove inside of a 3 day weekend.  That was scary.

      Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:02:41 PM PDT

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    •  The scene where his wife confronts him about (1+ / 0-)
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      the affair was highly comical in the theater I attended.

      Just as he was about to confess, someone in the silent theater released a very loud fart.

      No one in the theater wanted to laugh out loud but I could see heads shaking in stifled laughter which persisted for most of the rest of the film.  I never really got the ending until years later when we rented a video.

      When the film ended, there was a huge collective guffaw from the audience.

  •  When the water is dripping on Brett's hat (14+ / 0-)

    before he gets killed in Alien.

  •  Notorious - How the heck is Cary Grant going to (13+ / 0-)

    get Ingrid Bergman out of the house with Claude Rains and his Nazi friends lurking downstairs!

  •  Vertigo. (11+ / 0-)

    The Usual Suspects.

    The Fast Runner.

    Shawshank Redemption.

    Burnt by the Sun.

    The Godfather, Part II


    The Graduate.

    Bonnie and Clyde.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:01:22 PM PDT

  •  The Scene In "Rear Window" When Grace Kelly.... (19+ / 0-)

    as Lisa sneaks into Thorwald's apartment.  All of a sudden.....Thorwald returns.

    Jimmy Stewart sees him coming down the hall as he looks into the rear windows of the apartments across the court yard.  He's stuck in a wheel chair w/ a cast from his hip down.....armed w/ a pair of binoculars.  

  •  Hitchcock is known as (9+ / 0-)

    The Master Of Suspense for a good reason:

    Simply the best ever!

    Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

    by Purple Priestess on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:11:09 PM PDT

    •  If you have HBO (6+ / 0-)

      There is a movie coming out called The Girl. It's about the relationship between Hitchcock and Tippy Hedren.
      It Premiers on Oct. 20, 2012.
        Also there is another movie coming out called The Making of Psycho.

      "Is that your vegetarian leather jacket?" George Harrison

      by nellgwen on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 10:38:06 PM PDT

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    •  Just like Shakespeare.. (4+ / 0-)

      - people will be watching Hitch's movies hundreds of years from now, because underneath the thrills and suspense they speak to the human condition. Shakespeare didn't write his plays to bore high school kids 400 years later, he wrote them to entertain people and sell tickets - just what Hitchcock did. (But with a few exceptions I don't think anyone will ever be bored by his films.)

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      by Miscweant on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:52:34 AM PDT

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    •  I saw Wait Until Dark with a group (5+ / 0-)

      In a dorm with a bunch of people laying around on chairs, on the floor, etc.  One of my friends was laying back on his girlfriends lap and she was caressing his face.  A shocking scene occurred and she left four scratches on either side of his face.  Took a couple of weeks to heal.

      •  LOL! Jaws did that for us! (1+ / 0-)
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        We were watching in the theater with my then boyfriend's parents (he was only 15 and I was 16, so we didn't drive yet).  

        That damn music had me on edge - oddly, if the music was playing the shark wasn't really around... when that guy in the pond was in the little boat - I turned and hid my face against the boyfriend's shoulder and I had my hand on his chest - when the shark ate the guy and everybody screamed or jumped, I jumped, too and ripped out a handful of chest hair and tore his shirt (you should have heard HIM scream!)

        He had a bald spot for weeks.  He's my ex-hubby now, but my mother in law and I still laugh every time we see Jaws on TV.  And we didn't go out in his dad's boat for months - the 4 of us were so freaked we just couldn't even think about getting it out in the water.  

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        by Ricochet67 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 03:50:06 PM PDT

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  •  Tootsie!! (3+ / 0-)
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    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:15:10 PM PDT

  •  Kubrick's The PSYning is pretty damn intense (3+ / 0-)
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  •  The climatic scene... (12+ / 0-) the original Cape Fear with Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. And just about all of Alien.

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    by cweinsch on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:22:14 PM PDT

  •  The Wages of Fear (8+ / 0-)

    Four guys driving two truckloads of nitroglycerine on dodgy roads. What more do you need to know?

    OK, there's also a young Yves Montand in a skimpy t-shirt. Ooooh myyyyy.

    "I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly."--George Farquhar

    by slapshoe on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:24:38 PM PDT

  •  Hell, take it back to the original Phantom (5+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:26:34 PM PDT

  •  1979 movie The Dark. pretty bad EXCEPT (3+ / 0-)
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    the parking garage scene where the lady thinks she's being followed, hides under a car and, well... you know.  saw it on late night TV when i was 13 or 14 and it scared the CRAP outta me.  And i was able to scare the crap outta myself for years because our apartment building had an underground garage.

    here is the beginning on youtube.  don't know which part has the garage scene.

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    by bnasley on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:35:21 PM PDT

  •  Whether that movie goer, dressed as a character (3+ / 0-)
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    is packing.

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

    by Farkletoo on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:37:37 PM PDT

  •  When a Stranger Calls- (8+ / 0-)

    "The calls are coming from inside the house".

  •  Some of mine in the order they come to me (10+ / 0-)

    1. Midnight Express
        The very beginning because you want him to not get caught.
        And the very end because you've just sat through and watched a horror movie. The point where Billy picks up the gun and is faced with being able to shoot the guard or escape. I was so involved when I saw it in the theater I said out loud, "Don't shoot."
        It's a horrific movie experience. I read the book before I saw the movie and that's not how Billy escaped. But that's neither here nor there. Whenever I watch Silence of the Lambs I always compare those two movies in my mind.

    2. Frenzy Hitchcock
        What can you say it's great Hitchcock.

    3. The Rabbit Proof Fence
        Once again Keneth Branagh plays a very good bad guy hunting down two little girls and a little boy.

    4. 61*  
        Even though you know Roger Maris is going to get that 61st. home run you just aren't sure. It gets you every time.

    5. Raid on Entebbe
        I love  that movie because I love Charles Bronson especially when he gets to play a good guy. I remember watching that unfold in real life and being on the edge of my seat when it happened. After the Munich games I had had it up to hear with it. I was very happy and proud the Israelis successfully rescued those hostages.
        But even though I knew what had happened like in 61* I was still on the edge of my seat watching the movie.
        One Israeli commando died, Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Also three hostages, and one hostage that was taken to a hospital. Then under the command of Idi Amin murdered, Dora Bloch. Forty-five Ugandi soldiers were killed.
        Now it's Raid on Entebbe, not the TV movie Victory at Entebbe, which is not as good.

    6. The Odessa File
        One of my favorite movies. And it's a timely today as it was when it came out. From beginning to end it doesn't stop. I will say it's one of those rare cases in which you want it to be redone, the only place it suffers is in some technical areas, and style. And it's got that pesky Jon Voight in it. And I could live without Perry Como and the cloyingly annoying song Christmas dream.
       Don't inquire about that song if you don't know it. It will be the deathnell of any happiness you glean from life.
    There are certain songs you will never be able to unhear.
    It's Mitt and Ann in song form.
    It's the one time in your life you get to go to the Super Bowl and your team is in it, and they lose.
    It's, there's nothing on in this B&B except Ironsides, Room 222, exercising with Glenda and Jack, Match Game reruns, CNN, and Ice Station Zebra.
    It's a Chia Pet in your Christmas stocking.
    It's, "Could you please take us to the airport we're going on a month long cruise to Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. But first we're flying to Hong Kong."
    It's Neapolitan Ice Cream.

    7. Three Days of the Condor
        What can one say but Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.

    8. Sink the Bismark
        I remember watching this movie on TV as a kid and being totally engaged and on the edge of my seat.

    9. Witness For the Prosecution
        'I haven't seen such insubordination since I was a nurse in the front lines during the war."
        "What war was that...the Crimean War no doubt."
         Ah Marlene Dietrich what an extraordinary woman.

    10. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
          I'm 18 with a bullet



    "Is that your vegetarian leather jacket?" George Harrison

    by nellgwen on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 10:24:52 PM PDT

  •  Frenzy (7+ / 0-)

    My favorite Hitchcock film. Packed with lots of special moments.

    Camera stationary outside the scene of a recent crime, fixed on the outer doorway to the building. The about to be wrongly accused has gone in and upstairs to his ex-wife's office, couldn't get in because the office door was locked, and leaves, not knowing she has just been murdered. Camera sees him leave, then just sits there motionless. A few passersby walk past. We see the victim's secretary returning from lunch, she notices the ex-husband leaving, she goes in. Maybe 30 seconds go by. We wait. Then we hear the scream.

    Damn that's good.

    Same movie, another moment. Camera is on the landing mid-way up the stairs to the murderer's apartment. Murderer enters, along with a barmaid who is girlfriend of the wrongly accused ex-husband. They come up stairs, turn past the camera to the next flight, enter his apartment, close the door. Camera slowly turns around, backs down the stairs to street level. Camera backs out the door, across the street through the hustle and bustle of a busy market area. We know what is about to happen up in that apartment. And it does.

    Damn that's good.

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    by lotac on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 10:35:14 PM PDT

  •  If there is an anti-suspense moment, then it is (6+ / 0-)

    Contact. When it is revealed there is an identical machine in Japan. Actually, it wasn't so much anti-suspense as it was just a total head-scratcher. Like why didn't they try the machine in Hokkaido first?

    •  Cuz the USA one couldn't be secret (2+ / 0-)
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      and they had to get rid of Drumlin so Ellie would be the one to go.  If they were going to have a secret backup system, no way they could keep something that big secret in the US - where would you find a place remote enough to hide it?  Oh, maybe in Alaska right under Sarah's nose??  :)  At least they had the premise of some infrastructure in Florida.  

      Movie was different from the book - in the book FIVE people went and all had the same experience but couldn't prove it.  

      And all the experiences of the trip, explored by someone who literally had no faith, only to have everything come down to everyone having to take it on faith...  

      But I loved the twist at the end.  

      I spent a large portion of that movie being angry at Drumlin for being such an arrogant jerk and at Kitz for his superciliousness.  

      That movie made me work on the SETI-at-Home project for a long time - I downloaded it to my work computer, since it was always on and it would read sections of recordings SETI would send out to participant all night and all weekend, searching for patterns - when we got our new network up and running our IT guys blocked us from doing stuff like that :(

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:08:21 PM PDT

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      •  excellent, just one more reason I love this place (0+ / 0-)

        At the time I saw the film, I hadn't realized the population density of Hokkaido was so low. It would seem to be remote enough to keep the project, despite its enormous size, under wraps. Thanks again for the response and the link as well.

  •  The 1953 French film (6+ / 0-)

    The Wages of Fear (AKA Le salaire de la peur) about trucking nitroglycerene  across the Andes.

    The ending of the film is unexpectedly perfect.

    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato

    by Jane Lew on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 11:12:37 PM PDT

  •  The very first Halloween movie. (4+ / 0-)

    I didn't see it at the movies, but when I saw it on TV, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the 2nd half.  The sequels paled in comparison, but that first one was super intense.

  •  The Shuttered Room (2+ / 0-)
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    I love some of the movies mentioned. But...

    This is a creepy suspense movie from 1967 with Oliver Reed. It's the classic 'monster chained in the attic room' sort of story - along the damp English coastline. The music is really atypical. It's bouncy and happy at odd moments, then it veers into 1967 weirdness. The peephole through the red door still creeps me out.

    "You've left the door unlocked again! You've left the door unlocked!!"

    I was in the right frame of mind and it really worked for me.

    I can't embed the video with my phone. Here is a generic YouTube link to it.

  •  This one's at the top of my mind... (4+ / 0-)

    because I just rewatched it this week.  For your consideration: the resuscitation scene from The Abyss.

    It's just such a great (if predictable) dramatic moment--because the characters were a separated husband and wife, because they were caught in a situation only one of them could survive, because she talked him into trying it and not the other way around.  It might not be a shining example of gold-plated realism, but by god nobody's gonna take a bathroom break during that 7-minute-or-so stretch that starts with her drowning before his eyes.

    It ain't free speech if it takes cash money.

    by Uncle Igor on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:10:32 AM PDT

  •  i'll mention the scene in Les Diaboliques (4+ / 0-)
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    where the main character slowly and fearfully walks through the very dark house, and goes into the bathroom.

  •  Oh for pete's sake, did no one think to add in (6+ / 0-)

    All the President's Men with Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford playing, respectively, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward as the reporting duo from the Washington Post (before it was bought up by the recently passed on Korean Sun Myung Moon) who were what eventually brought down the Presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon.

    In the shadowy parking garage, when they are meeting with "Deep Throat"...

    and throughout the film, actually, each time you see the typewriter come onscreen, and the keys start tap.tap.tapping and you read the words of what they've discovered now.

    All the while knowing, knowing that it's #NotJustAMovie, but real life, indeed, History that was being made while you were already alive. OK, so this part only applies to old goats like me now, but this movie came out in 1976 and Richard Nixon resigned on August 9th, 1974. Just two years before the premier of the film.  I re-watched this film just this year, when it screened on one of my movie channels. It was truly astounding filmmaking, and it rocked my socks off then, and now.

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    by Angie in WA State on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 02:40:44 AM PDT

    •  You're confusing the Post and the Times. (2+ / 0-)
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      Woodward and Bernstein worked for the Post. Moon bought the Washington Times. While the Post is a pretty good paper now, it was a great paper back then. The Times? Maybe good for wrapping dead fish.

      Regardless - it was a great movie, a great book, and a great story.

      I was drawn to the flame because of the light, but got lost in the smoke.

      by maizenblue on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:55:35 AM PDT

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  •  Misery (8+ / 0-)

    When Kathy Bates prepares The imobile James Caan to have his ankles broken for his own good.  Yikes.  

  •  Reel Life Suspense (15+ / 0-)

    Yeah 'real' life. Oddly enough, I think "Apollo Thirteen' was a  terrific example of mastering suspense.

    It's easy enough to create 'fictional characters' in a 'real' setting - Say WWII - we all know who won the war - but we don't know if our fictional character will survive.

    But when you're dealing with real characters - especially in a contemporary setting - that' a tough task to make suspenseful.

    I was a HUGE fan of the space program. I REMEMBER being 'on the edge'  of my seat - in real life - worried about those guys. And living in Houston at the time, didn't make it any easier. So I wondered how I would get 'excited' or worried during a film I knew virtually everything about.

    How could it possibly be suspenseful?

    Nailed it.

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    by Lance Bearer on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:30:49 AM PDT

    •  I still cry every time I watch it (2+ / 0-)
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      at the 4 minute mark when they finally pop into view.  As many times as I've seen it, I can't leave the TV when it's on.  

      On the 40th anniversary, you could listen to the NASA recordings in real time (they did it for the moon landing, too) and it was fascinating - you knew in  your head they made it back OK, but hearing them talking, knowing how dire it their situation was... I had it on for days at work, if I could have stayed up all night those few days I would have, it was that interesting.  

      I still have my Apollo 13 scrapbook - I cut out all the newspaper articles and pictures.  That event made me start reading newspapers regularly.  I turned 13 that March, right before the launch.  

      The only updates WE could get were every night at dinner time with Walter Cronkite or Huntley / Brinkley.  They didn't have cable news.  I had to go to school so if they had updates on the morning programs (Today) I didn't get to see them.  

      That scene in the movie where everybody around the world was glued to their TVs as they were approaching the splashdown site - I remember that - the whole world came to a screeching halt while we waited - the school TVs were dragged into many of the classrooms and the students with no TV squashed into the classrooms that had them.  

      I have Lovell's book, "Lost Moon."  When my son made Eagle Scout, Lovell sent him a congrats letter (he does it for all Eagle Scouts), and I was more excited about it than my son was.  

      Sometimes, I wish we had stayed as amazed and excited as we were in 1969 - can't believe that in less than a year after the first man walked on the moon, we were already so lackadaisical about it that we didn't even watch the broadcast by the Apollo 13 crew when they sent it down (before the explosion).  How did we lose our sense of wonder and awe so quickly?

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:25:58 PM PDT

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  •  THE DEVILS BUSINESS (2+ / 0-)
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    Recent very small budget Brit chiller horror film about two hit men sent to kill a bloke who turns out to be the modern equivalent of Alister Crowley

    Anyway, within the main film is a sub plot where Mr Pinner (the cynical hard as nails old assassin) is telling his younger assistant a story about "the most messed up job" he ever did. Its a gothic ghost story type tale about a lap dancer, her lover boss the club manager, the club they work in and a haunted mirror. Its utterly compelling watching....a 10 minute monologue that has you totally sucked in.

    Utter wonderful scene and worth watching the film just to see it alone.

    Another one is Sean Pertwee's soldiers tale about the guy with the laughing devil tattoo in the Brit comedy horror flick DOG SOLDIERS. Similar sort of scene....

  •  1969 Moon landing (5+ / 0-)

    I know it wasn't a movie but nothing I remember compares to the suspense I felt watching and waiting for Neal Armstrong to step off the LEM onto the surface of the Moon.

    What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. - C. Hitchens

    by sizzzzlerz on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 06:51:16 AM PDT

  •  My vote for scariest moment (5+ / 0-)

    Comes from  The Haunting" circa 1960, starring Julie Harris)
    Julie and her (female) freindare huddled in the latter bedroom in the haunted house as they liisten to somthing coming  down the hall banging on the walls with a baseball bat. Suddenly the noise cease.
    Closeup: The ornate, grotesque doorknob turns.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 06:52:40 AM PDT

    •  First thing I thought of when I saw the subject (1+ / 0-)
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      ofsubject of this diary!

    •  Oh yes (0+ / 0-)

      The wife and I were watching that movie during a thunderstorm......

      Very very spooky movie.

      "Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom. " - Death (Terry Pratchett character)

      by Thorby Baslim on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:36:27 AM PDT

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    •  that movie spooked the hell out of me (0+ / 0-)

      wasn't she alone in the bed, though...and clutching a hand tightly that turned out not to be there?  I still remember the wallpaper patterns that seemed to contain faces in the design.

      Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:25:14 PM PDT

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    •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

      That movie hooked me from the very first scene, when the woman climbed a circular stair bearing a silver tray with a rope neatly coiled on it, with an intent expression. Then she climbed up and out of the screen... until...

      The ending is also what makes that movie so scary for me. The ending sort of makes sense; dreadful sense, but makes sense.  It's not a "Boo!" ending where there's an unnoticed relic that could bring the demons back, or an unnoticed egg beginning to crack open, or a man-eater bat escaping by digging out from the ground.

      Though that last one was actually a cute ending ^_^

  •  Graveyard Scene in Carrie (2+ / 0-)
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    Anna M, a2nite

    I jumped when the arm came up and grabbed Amy Irving's character.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 07:00:27 AM PDT

  •  Bridge on the River Kwai... (3+ / 0-)
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    when the saboteurs realize the wires to the charges are visible and seen by Nicholson and Saito who proceed the follow them back to the detonator.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 07:18:39 AM PDT

  •  To Kill A Mockingbird - Scout counts to ten. n/t (5+ / 0-)
  •  Most readers will probably think this... (5+ / 0-) an awful movie, but there's a scene in Aliens that totally fucked me up.  The few remaining protagonists have barricaded themselves in a small series of rooms, and are ready to meet the incoming aliens gun-to-claw.  Their motion trackers ping steadily faster... faster... and then the aliens are right outside the barricade.  Outside it... and then the trackers show them past the barricade, even though there's nothing visible in the room.  After a few seconds of confusion and concern the motion trackers aren't working correctly, someone looks up.

    Then they all look up.

    Then one person - I want to say it was Cpl. Hicks, played by Michael Biehn, but I haven't seen the film in a LONG time - climbs up a ladder and looks around inside the ceiling crawlspace.  We see from his perspective:  aliens clambering inverted among the metal crawlspace trusses.  Dozens, scuttering, crawling, clambering... so many you can't tell how many, just TOO DAMN MANY.  They're almost right on top of him.

    A raucous firefight ensues, and the film stays pretty high-action from there out, but the tension-build and payoff in that scene really stays with me.  I was never that fond of the first Alien, and all the films were incredibly rotten after Aliens... but for some reason, Aliens is a real guilty pleasure of mine, right up there with They Live.  Both incredibly bad movies that for some reason, I get an incredible amount of enjoyment out of.

    •  Aliens (2+ / 0-)
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      Personally I love Aliens. The first Alien movie never did much for me. Seemed more silly than scary. But Aliens was fun! The third one I also liked because it was so bleak and did what it did well but not to most people's liking. Never saw any others.

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

      by mole333 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:28:11 PM PDT

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    •  I couldn't watch! (0+ / 0-)

      I was pregnant when we went to see Aliens and after the first 20 minutes I was so freaked out I had to leave!  

      Why?  Because I was worried about the CAT!!  Hey, hormones were on overdrive, I was terrified the cat would be eaten by the aliens LOL!  

      I played Pac-Man in the lobby while I waited for my husband and my brother in law.  My husband saw the whole thing but my brother in law (he was 15) was so scared that he came out half way through to play Pac-Man with me.  Neither one of us ever saw the whole movie, but somebody told me years and years later that the cat made it... and wondered why I wasn't more concerned about the humans :)  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:29:56 PM PDT

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  •  can we throw tv into the mix? (4+ / 0-)
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    One of the more suspenseful scenes I can think of in recent memory is from the AMC show The Walking Dead, when Rick wakes up in the hospital and is trying to find his way out with absolutely no idea what is going on.  The part when he goes into the dark stairwell, his only light a succession of matches that last a few seconds then go out until he can light a new one...dear Lord. That was scary. :)

  •  Normandy landing-Saving Private Ryan (11+ / 0-)

    Almost too horrifying to watch.  And considering that Spielberg was a perfectionist on realism -- having interviewed many veterans who were there -- it's mind numbing to think that what you are seeing is very close to what happened.

    •  My son & I sat there crying (3+ / 0-)
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      side by side.  My dad was in WWII, not at Normandy (but one of his best friends was there - survived it and came home).  

      I just remember looking over at my son, who had just turned 18 and thinking, "My God - these men were only boys like Ryan."  I could not stop crying.  He had tears running down his face.  

      You think of your dad or your pop-pop and his friends being in WWII, but it doesn't really hit you that many of them were just teenagers at Normandy and on Iwo Jima, or young people in their early 20's... until you see something like Saving Private Ryan.  Brings it all home what wars cost us in blood and treasure - the bigger treasure being our young people.  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:35:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yep - I had tears (0+ / 0-)

        streaming down my face during that scene.

        The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy... the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

        by lcbo on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 05:06:10 PM PDT

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  •  Memento: Literally on the edge of my seat (6+ / 0-)

    Once I understood what they were doing with the editing, I was totally in thrall.

    Of course, it's a straight narrative marvel, as well, and the acting and directing was right-on-the-money. Everything about the flick was perfect, and it even does that very rare thing: It works out an ending that feels like a fine chess endgame.

    Isn't it a good feeling when you see the paper in the morning, it says 'Axe Slayer Kills 19' and you say, "They can't pin that one on me!" - Jean Shepherd

    by razajac on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:06:52 AM PDT

    •  One of the greatest films ever (0+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, not that many people are aware of it, but it's up there with the work of Hitchcock, Kurosawa and Welles.

      I wouldn't say it was the most suspenseful of all time, although there are many suspenseful moments (the chase through the car lot is both suspenseful and weirdly hilarious -- OK, I'm chasing this guy, no he's chasing me).  I can't really describe my emotions -- it's a brain teaser, it's heart breakingly sad.  There's never been a film like it and probably there never will be.

      If you liked it, you might also like TimeCode.  That's a split screen film (four little films on at all times), shot in real time, no cuts, about 1 hour 30 minutes.  

      It's a technical miracle.  Four cameramen film four films at the same time, in real time, no cuts, no edits and at the end, the four films come together in one place.  I cannot even begin to imagine how they did it, but apparently the rehearsed and filmed it 9 times before they got it right.

      •  If you like "real time movies - "Running Time" (1+ / 0-)
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        Leap Year

        IMDB: Running Time (1997)

        Neither the best nor the worst movie I've ever seen, but I thought the gimmick of "real time" was very interesting.

        And in terms of actual suspense, Run Lola Run.
        Run Lola Run (1998)

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:12:31 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the soulful paeon to Memento, but... (0+ / 0-)

        ...I do humbly beg to differ re "suspense". I felt that Memento had a rare thing; a scrupulously maintained, interminable suspense. Imagine that! Being "in suspense" for about 80 minutes!

        The genius of it was that the unique editing scheme transcended being a mere gimmick. It's wasn't just "cool"; I was on the edge of my seat for a reason: I was watching very carefully, lest I miss even one of the little mini-mysteries that would be unraveled when they'd subsequently show the lead-up action, later in the movie. This may not come under the rubric of "suspense" for you, but I'd never seen better, and I'm not sure I've seen it since.

        And you're absolutely right: The full revelation of Leonard's situation as the flick winds up is one of the most heartbreaking tragedies ever conceived for a story, let alone a film.

        And I'm going to check out TimeCode, at yr recommendation; many thanks for the pointer!

        Isn't it a good feeling when you see the paper in the morning, it says 'Axe Slayer Kills 19' and you say, "They can't pin that one on me!" - Jean Shepherd

        by razajac on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:26:28 AM PDT

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  •  help me out a bit. (0+ / 0-)

    recent film, recall having "basterds" in title, misspelled.
    maybe confusing several films. anyhow, didn't see film. only saw execpt, a review somewhere?

    family was hiding a family under the floor.
    german officer comes, orders females out of house so he can speak with the owner. they speak in french in order not to be understood by the family under the floor.

    sorry i don't remember more, but i knew from that small bit that i would never survive the entire scene, or the movie.

    and i experienced fully what 'blood runs cold' means.

    ok. film info here. i'm going to lie down now.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 08:28:54 AM PDT

    •  Inglourious (0+ / 0-)

      Basterds, Quentin Tarantino's WWII revenge fantasy. The German officer, played unforgettably by Christoph Waltz, also gets to torture you later in the film while plying the heroine with delicious pastries.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:08:09 AM PDT

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  •  2001 (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Anna M, ColoTim

    The scene that really stuck out was when Hal killed Frank Bowman out in space.  Then the chase to catch the body.  Then the airlock break-in (which people have said Kubrick got pretty much right as far as the physiological aspects.)  You have to remind yourself to breathe during that sequence.

    Also - Pulp Fiction and the adrenalin shot scene.  Talk about intense.

  •  What? No Great White Sharks? (2+ / 0-)
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    Anna M, ColoTim

    I thought the critics and analysts felt that Jaws was so frightening it actually altered people's vacation habits along certain northern coasts for several years.

    Isn't that the proof of scary?

    If that doesn't put you on the edge of your seat, all the movies with the stereotypical bomb disarming scenes, whether it's the ticking clock, colored wire, sensitive detonator trope, it doesn't matter.  

    Ah, mellerdrammer.

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    by Limelite on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:48:41 AM PDT

  •  Elevator scene in Silence of the Lambs (0+ / 0-)

    Member that? The part where they realize it's NOT Lector in the elevator, but one of the guards (ohmy god!! said the commander) and cut to the ambulance with Lector peeling off the face (!) and the crucifiction of the remaining guard? HOLY COW! Love, love love that scene. The music was perfect,  Foster, Hopkins were superb.
    And yes yes yes to the the Shining!!!!. "Come play with us Danny" AHHAAA!  He was such a cute little kid too. IIRC, he didnt realize it was a horror movie at the time, and Scatman Chruthers developed a close relationship with him.

    I'm so sorry if I'm alienating some of you/ YOUR WHOLE FUCKING CULTURE ALIENATES ME. Bikini Kill

    by pitbullgirl65 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 09:50:45 AM PDT

  •  The final scene in (1+ / 0-)
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    Diabolique (original French version only, please!), as already noted above.

    The LH took me to see it early in our courtship, and I was so terrified that he had to physically hold me down in my seat at the end (otherwise I'd have run out of the theatre).

    You named my two other faves in the diary: Wait Until Dark and Jaws (from which I exited the theatre with a tension-induced stomachache).

    Great weekend diary idea, too!

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:12:54 AM PDT

  •  Signs. Blair Witch Project (0+ / 0-)

    1.Not a huge fan of the movie or Gibson, but the part where they children at the birthday party see the alien. Scares me to bits. And the closet scene.
    2BWP.the last scene in the basement, the childrens hands, the screaming, her friend standing in the corner not saying a word. Horrifying. Utter creepy.
    3.Japanese horror. OMG. When Rob Zombie said a movie freaked him out (Audition) you know it's scary.
    4. When the girl oozes out of the tv in The Ring
    5.In Paranormal where she is just standing and staring for HOURS. There is something so unsettling about it. It's what you don't see that is so creepy.

    I'm so sorry if I'm alienating some of you/ YOUR WHOLE FUCKING CULTURE ALIENATES ME. Bikini Kill

    by pitbullgirl65 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:15:32 AM PDT

  •  Darkman..... (1+ / 0-)
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    and the cigar cutters

  •  Secret of Santa Vittoria (0+ / 0-)

    I apparently alone in enjoying this movie more than I ought.

    Stanley Kramer, Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani.

    This film isn't considered any of their best film.  But watching this semi-comic caper of the Machiavellian town drunk (Quinn) matching wits with the Nietzschean German officer (Hardy Kruger).  I find it, yes, tense and suspensful...up to and including when Kruger's character draws his side arm

  •  I remember my first suspenseful scene. (4+ / 0-)
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    ImABlondOK, Ricochet67, madgranny, ColoTim

    It was the Steve McQueen movie of the 50s called the "Blob".
    The scene was when all the teenagers were in the movie house watching a scary movie in 3D (I remember them wearing the glasses). The Blob was pouring out of the projectionist's room and into the theater. I remember how surreal that moment was. I couldn't stop turning around and looking at our own projectionist's room. I just wanted to get up and run out of the theater.  It was like I was part of the movie. It was a B flick movie, but that scene was special.

    What are their names and on what street do they live-David Crosby-"If I Could Only Remember My Name"

    by IB JOHN on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:02:11 AM PDT

  •  The Descent... (1+ / 0-)
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    When the drooling, blind, cave creature moves slowly past the trapped female spelunkers hiding from it.    

    Also, when "Jaws" surfaces at the rear of the boat and Roy Schieder almost soils himself.  As I recall, so did I.    

  •  The Godfather scene (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    snazzzybird, madame defarge

    Where Michael is about to shoot the police captain and the other gangster while sat in the restaurant.

    The sound of the train going by and the look on his face....

    Absolutely my favorite movie moment.

    "Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom. " - Death (Terry Pratchett character)

    by Thorby Baslim on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:27:41 AM PDT

  •  Silence of the Lambs (1+ / 0-)
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    Final scenes of Silence of the Lambs was great!

    Regarding HAL, even creepier than his monotone voice was the fact that HAL had MORE emotions in his voice than his human counterparts.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:23:41 PM PDT

  •  Oh... (0+ / 0-)

    And just about every moment of the two part Dr. Who episode Silence in the Library/Forests of the Dead. One of the most terrifying works I have seen...and it's all about the shadows.

    Also a Dr. Who moment: when in Time if the Angels they realize that EVERY statue in the caverns is a Weeping Angel.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:31:41 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes just reaching for your lighter can be a (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    suspenseful moment

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:41:24 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes the susepenseful moment doesn't really (0+ / 0-)

    resolve itself.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:49:17 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes it does but takes forever (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    BusyinCA, Anna M, ColoTim

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:53:17 PM PDT

  •  and it aint over till it's over (0+ / 0-)

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:01:05 PM PDT

  •  Let them eat cake (0+ / 0-)

    Never  take the really big knife to cut the cake

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:08:44 PM PDT

  •  Schindler's List... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    madgranny, trivium

    ...for oh so many reasons, but Ralph Fiennes was brilliantly &  diabolically psychotic.  Just about every scene he was in scared the hell out of me.

    What it is, is up to us. ~ Howard Rheingold

    by madame defarge on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:24:32 PM PDT

  •  "The Thing from Another World"....the original (0+ / 0-)

    1951....scared the bejesus out of me.  I was 8 years old when I saw it the first time, and now, everytime it comes on TCM I prepare myself to be afraid, like that 8 year old, all over again.

    Great scary least for me!

    As my friend said," I am not renting space out in my head to anybody."

    by RO45 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:41:03 PM PDT

  •  What kind of father (0+ / 0-)

    takes a 7 year old to see Psycho?  My dad took me when it originally came out in '60 and it scared the living hell out of me.  I think it was a year or 2 before I would watch a scary film after that.   Thanks dad, I wouldn't trade the memory for anything.

  •  Most suspenseful-scary (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, madgranny

    would be the original "The Haunting",  totally creeped me out when I was little.  I had nightmares for weeks afterward.

    Other suspenseful movies from that era would be Bette Davis's "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" and "What ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

    A good suspenseful-psycological movie from this era I saw recently would be "Hard Candy", a totally bizarre movie about a young 14-year-old girl (played by Ellen Page) who meets up with a pedophile, drugs him, interrogates him (for most of the movie) and then .... I won't give the ending away.

  •  An old made-for-tv movie (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Keith930, madgranny, Al Fondy, ColoTim

    called "Duel", about a seemingly driverless big rig chasing a car driven by Dennis Weaver along a deserted highway; directed by a young Steven Spielberg.

  •  Alfred Hitchcock Hour (0+ / 0-)

    An Unlocked Window

    "Freda.  You're such a pretty nurse Freda"

    The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

    by kerplunk on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:30:55 PM PDT

  •  The Changeling (0+ / 0-)

    When the ball bounces down the stairs.

    Still works...

  •  Nighthawks (0+ / 0-)

    A not very good at all Sly Stallone movie.

    But oh that ending...

  •  Just about every minute of (0+ / 0-)

    The Conversation, 1974, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gene Hackman.  One of the best movies of the decade.  And that's saying something.  

  •  "Help me! Help me!" (0+ / 0-)

    The scene in the original "The Fly" when the fly with the scientist's head and arms was caught in a spider web with the spider approaching. Hey, I was 9. I understand that Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall (witnessing the afflicted fly) couldn't stop cracking up and ruining the scene.

  •  Just for fun, the scene in Swordfish (0+ / 0-)

    Where "DEA" agent Halle Berry (Ginger Knowles) is caught putting on a wire as she is dressing by Hugh Jackman (Stanley Jobson) while bad guy John Travolta (Gabriel Shear) lurks unseen in the other room.

    It might not have been the most suspenseful moment, but it certainly had me on the edge of my seat sweating as I leered at Halle in her badass kit as Mrs koNko beat on my arm - even she had to admire Halle's dangerous curves.

    The move also has one of the greatest opening scenes as Travolta sips expresso and delivers his monologue about crap Hollywood films trashing Dog Day Afternoon before he turns to his companions and says:

    "Well, gotta jet" and turning to Jackman "Time to go to work, Stanley" before blowing-up the bank across the street with a ton of C4.

    Fun action-adventure with a great cast including Don Cheadle as Agent J.T. Roberts, Sam Shepard as corrupt Senator James Reisman and Drea de Matteo as porn star/ex-wife Melissa.


    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 04:57:28 AM PDT

  •  Opening sequence of M (0+ / 0-)

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:39:35 AM PDT

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