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We watched the 1992 movie "Rain Without Thunder" last weekend.  It was one of the most frightening things I have ever seen.

There were no explosions, no gory body parts, no Satanists sacrificing virgins.  It is a fictional documentary about the conviction of a well-to-do white woman and her mother for the crime of 'fetal murder'.

These two women are the test case for the new part of the law, which makes it a crime to 'kidnap' a fetus and take it to another country where abortion is legal, thus closing the loophole where well-off women go somewhere else to terminate their pregnancies.

The most frightening part (to me) is the interview with the priest who is describing how the Church's change to accept 'barrier methods' of birth control was hailed as a breakthrough for women, but framed the foundation for restricting all other kinds of birth control.

The most unrealistic part was the prison for the mothers, as it was in a very nice setting and had poor people in it.

Just like the "Handmaid's Tale" this movie offers a very bleak look at the future.  Interestingly enough, the women's rights group in the movie, is called the Attwood Society, presumably after the author of that book.

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  •  Scariest movies ever for me: (2+ / 0-)
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    From 50 years of watching movies:

    Se7en, Jacob's Ladder, Seconds.  Just off the top of my head.

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    by dov12348 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 07:23:24 AM PDT

    •  As I pointed out (4+ / 0-)
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      The scariest part was the interview with the priest, especially where he is describing the Messiah effect, which is that the church is afraid that when Jesus returns, he may be born, and what if some tramp decided to abort him?

      Although, it seems to me that if Jesus was coming back to be born, as the son of God, he might have a better than average chance of not being aborted?

    •  Rec given for Jacob's Ladder (2+ / 0-)
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      I had completely forgot about that movie.  It is one of my all time favorites.  I first saw it in the theater and at the end was actually sitting on the edge of my chair wondering, "what the hell is going on?" and then in the last scene, the last 30 seconds, they bring it all home with a click, and it makes sense.  Very well done movie.

      "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

      by blackhand on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 08:23:50 AM PDT

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      •  I think it's one of the truly great underrated (2+ / 0-)
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        movies.  And it continues to haunt me in numerous ways.

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        by dov12348 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 08:42:14 AM PDT

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        •  Would you care to go deep on that one? (1+ / 0-)
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          And discuss how and why it haunts you?  Pardon the pun on the go deep, which if I recall correctly was what the chiropractor said before snapping the guys neck.  A scene that made me shudder to say the least.  Another one that really got to me was the ice water bath.  

          I can honestly say that I hope that the movie concept does not reflect my experience of dying.  Ones last few seconds dragged out into a virtual eternity of suffering while the mind goes insane.

          The discussion just reminded me of a movie from about the same time period: flat liners.  It had an interesting concept, but wasn't nearly as masterful or well done.

          Another movie that I think was underrated was Haunted based on the James Herbert book, which was even better.  It had some really intense supernatural cinematography that wasn't cheesy and also did a great job of concealing the truth until the very end where it was fully explained. Like Jacobs Ladder it starts out innocently enough and then builds in degrees of weirdness.  Both of these movies achieve the effect that I think directors like M Night Shayamalan tried, unsuccessfully, to accomplish.

          "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

          by blackhand on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:19:52 AM PDT

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          •  I'd love to -- (0+ / 0-)

            I don't have time at the moment; I'll try to reply soon.  Or feel free to email me.

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            by dov12348 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:55:08 AM PDT

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