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How to scare someone?

Recently I was surprise spooked by a figure on my roof as I was leaving my house in the middle of the night as a joke by my friend. I want to get them back in a big way. Short of anything super extreme or coordinating with friends (this is a solo operation) how can I scare them back? I need your best and scariest ideas.
posted by Marinara on Sep 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Birthday Party Ghost Stories

For my 40th birthday I'd like to have a slumber party with a small group of my friends. I love scary movies (although I prefer supernatural, and am not a fan of slasher films) and would love to incorporate a couple into the fun. One of my close friends can only tolerate not very scary movies (I'm thinking at the level of Rosemary's Baby). A few other important details inside... [more inside]
posted by ezrainch on Aug 2, 2014 - 27 answers

"split their skulls open like the old days"

I need some help processing a disturbing and scary interaction I had today with someone. [more inside]
posted by frankly mister on Jul 17, 2014 - 56 answers

Suggestions for "milder" horror movies?

After being a wimp my whole life and doing everything I could to avoid scary movies, I'd like to now slowly build up my tolerance to be able to handle them to some degree. What I really dread about them is the feeling I get afterwards of someone or something being hidden anytime I'm in the dark and coming to get me, and that's caused me to avoid watching movies with friends and miss a lot of great fiction. What are some suggestions of "easier" scary movies that I can use as a stepping stone before I start watching the really scary stuff? Books and other types of media are also welcome.
posted by PlasticSupernova on Jun 29, 2014 - 32 answers

Help identifying a traumatizingly scary movie/TV show scene

I've had this scene scarred onto my brain for about 30 years, I've encountered another person online who also remembers it but likewise has no idea what movie or TV show it was. His and my descriptions of the scene below. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter on Jun 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Scary books for someone who's new to the "reading" thing...

What would be a good scary "intro" book for someone who normally isn't into reading but loves scary movies and has recently decided he is open to reading scary fiction? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 20, 2013 - 31 answers

I wanna do bad things with you.

A friend of mine is looking for "awesome, sexy, scary, dark, Halloween-type songs that [she] can do burlesque to." She's thinking along the lines of the theme song from True Blood, although she's already done a routine to that song. So please, you masters of mixes, give us your scary-sexiest songs.
posted by woodvine on Oct 22, 2013 - 55 answers

What are some scary numbers?

I'm thinking about setting up a tongue in cheek project for Halloween that involves showing numbers that are scary. What numbers (with the context of a description) make you anxious, or at least spook you a bit on first glance? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 5, 2013 - 47 answers

Need Help IDing Childhood Televised Nightmare Fuel

Two late night, basic cable TV/movie scenes, one involving death in front of children, and the other depicting the death of a child. Morbid details inside. [more inside]
posted by jpolorolu on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Head of horrors

I love watching horror films and reading frightening books. Always have. Now, however, it seems to be backfiring, in that I can't get to sleep at night due to all the freaky images floating around in my head. Bonus question: is this sleep paralysis? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 5, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I prepare myself for my bungee jump?

I am going bungee jumping in one week! But am TERRIFIED of heights! I want to go because I think it will be awesome and fulfilling, but am at the same time, completely scared out of my mind!! What things can I do to prepare myself for the jump?
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 21, 2013 - 14 answers

What children's book of horror stories am I trying to remember?

When I was in third grade, I read a book of scary stories. It was certainly a book for children. On the cover was a humanoid monster with black and blue fur. It was snarling in front of a green sky over a green field. The field may have been a graveyard. One of the stories was about a house in which a murder occurred. I don't remember the title. Does the description sound familiar to anyone else?
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for creepy reads

I'm looking for recommendations for creepy and/or scary novels and nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Dec 23, 2012 - 32 answers

How to keep this friend of a friend away from me?

Really wish my friend would stop bringing a particular person to events I invite her to. How would you handle this? [more inside]
posted by galenka on Nov 3, 2012 - 40 answers

Let's creep again like we did last summer / let's creep again like we did last year

The dark months are approaching: it's late October and it's time to be scared, but not by your typical Halloween spooks and haunts. Help me discover all that's disconcerting and downright disquieting online (and possibly off). [more inside]
posted by item on Oct 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Monsterize him!

Weren't there some websites where you could "monsterize" photos? The ones I can find are defunct - maybe they're seasonal. He's begging to be Eddie Munster-ed for his October birthday.
posted by tizzie on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

This article is wrong, right?

This article about the economy has me scared. How much of it is (possibly) right? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 23, 2012 - 25 answers

Spider Identification for the Terrified

What spider is this? Also, we sucked him up in our Dyson vacuum which is currently out on the deck... what do we dooooo?
posted by Nickel Pickle on May 7, 2012 - 18 answers

What are some creepy dance tracks?

What are some creepy, disturbing, scary, eerie DANCE tracks? [more inside]
posted by deusdiabolus on Apr 10, 2012 - 49 answers

Say No To Bulls**t!

Why do I find propaganda so creepy? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight on Feb 27, 2012 - 54 answers

Why instinctually cover my ears instead of turn away?

I've noticed something curious about how I react to unexpected stressful or scary situations . . . my instinctual reaction is always to cover my ears. This is even if something isn't loud and is going to be more visually distressing, like once when I saw a baby launched out of a car seat that was placed precariously in the front section of a grocery store cart. Why do you think I do this? I also find it comforting to fall asleep to a white noise machine, cancel out noises while on an airplane, etc. etc. so I wonder if this is related. No childhood traumas or anything like that, in case relevant.
posted by lovingkindness on Jan 19, 2012 - 9 answers

non-scary movies for 3 year old

Looking for Happy kid Movies with little or no scary scenes for my oft-scared almost 3 y/o daughter? (bonus if they are on netflix) Details below: [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Dec 9, 2011 - 24 answers

Please stop screaming and do something

I need recommendations for scary movies featuring strong female characters. [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb on Oct 30, 2011 - 30 answers

Spooky poems for reading out

What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Oct 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Scare me with pulp.

There are "novels" and then there are "books". I want some "books" to read that are creepy and fast-paced and, preferably, modern. These "books" I speak of are generally the "pocket"-sized ones, about 8 by 4 inches and thick and cheap and pulpy and gripping. I'm thinking of stuff by authors like Jeff Long (Year Zero, The Descent), Scott Smith (The Ruins), Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, even Matthew Reilly to an extent. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Oct 16, 2011 - 38 answers

Don't go in there, kid!

What movie or TV show was this? This has been nagging at me for years! Around 1978 or 1979, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember seeing a creepy teaser on TV for an upcoming movie, or episode of something, in which a man wearing dark glasses is speaking to someone off-screen. He says something like, "Don't go in there, kid, unless you want to end up ... like this!" And then he removes the dark glasses, and instead of eyes he has two things that look like raised, white ridges with horizontal slits cut into them. Something like Inuit snow goggles, but set into the eyes instead of connected in the middle. I never saw the show and this is literally all I remember about it. A friend of mine thinks it might be The Omega Man, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.
posted by Ratio on Oct 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for creepy short films

What are some good creepy, disturbing, or scary short films on youtube? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Oct 1, 2011 - 26 answers

What's the scariest sound you've ever heard?

I'm a film editor and am looking to find a sound that will scare anyone and everyone. What is the scariest sound you've ever heard?
posted by blakeinla on Aug 16, 2011 - 71 answers


Me and my manfriend like scary movies but are having trouble finding ones that actually scare us and make us scream. Help! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Aug 3, 2011 - 62 answers

Sinister solo church organ

Dark, creepy, church organ music [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Jul 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Monster Mash?

I am currently writing short form fiction rooted in the horror genre. I am interested in playing with the traditional archetypes of monsters in super natural horror. What hybrid-monster combinations (preferably three or more, I especially like zombies, vampires, werewolves, ninjas, and mummies) would create a compelling but tragically sympathetic main character?
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated on May 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Scariest first person shooters on PC...

What is the scariest first person shooter you've ever played on PC? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Apr 1, 2011 - 56 answers

Suggest a really scary PS3 game?

I've got this great new HDTV. I've got my 5.1 surround sound system. I've got my PS3. I've got my blackjack gum. Now all I need is a really terrifying game. [more inside]
posted by Myca on Mar 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for arctic horrors

Looking for more arctic horror in the vein of The Thing (and the offshoot X-files episode Ice) and Mountains of Madness. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Feb 16, 2011 - 28 answers

I Want To Believe again

Scariest X-Files episodes? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Oct 29, 2010 - 40 answers

I want to be scared, but not grossed out.

What are some horror movies that are scary, but not gross? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Oct 25, 2010 - 78 answers

scare me!

Suggest to me some creepy, scary, spooky stuff to read/watch/play with online. Not neccessarily Halloweeny stuff. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 22, 2010 - 23 answers

I come in peace!!

I have been working out a lot at night, on a semi-deserted stretch of walking path. I occasionally pass women (I'm a dude). What can I do to not come off creepy? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Sep 2, 2010 - 57 answers

Can anybody else hear that?

Help me design a really frightening experience! [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 29, 2010 - 31 answers

What are my neighbors exploding?!

What could my neighbors be doing that would cause explosions that shake our house (across the street and set back a ways from the road, in a rural subdivision)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 41 answers

Make this movie not scary for me anymore... please... oh please...

So I just watched a movie that has scared me and now I don't want to go to sleep because I think the aliens are going to abduct me. What do you do to get over the initial "OMG TERROR" reaction and irrational fearsfollowing seeing a scary movie? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 18, 2010 - 42 answers

What was this scary fire safety film?

Trying to find the name of a fire safety film that scared the crap out of me in the 70s. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Feb 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Lesser-known spooky and/or mysterious legends?

Tell me some scary and/or mysterious things that are local to your area, but not necessarily well-known to the rest of the world. [more inside]
posted by amyms on Sep 30, 2009 - 65 answers

What is this scary statue?

[Creepy statue filter] I moved into a new place a couple of months ago, and there was a creepy statue left outside. Does anyone know what the hell this thing is?
posted by grieserm on Sep 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Space-Age Bachleor Pa-aaaah Oh God No!

Music Mix Filter: Long story short, next week the model at my event is coming dressed as the Alien Queen from the ALIEN movies. I have no idea what kind of music to play for the background. The film scores seem obvious but who wants to listen to clanking and increasing strings for 3 hours? I can either go scary-horror-sci-fi or campy-alien-novelty songs. Ideally I could do both. What kind of weird space music recommendations do you have? Gotta have songs about alien invaders?
posted by The Whelk on Jun 30, 2009 - 33 answers

pretty lady v. mime

Childhood Trauma Filter: Please ID this frightening memory... [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll on Jun 11, 2009 - 6 answers

unsettling ambient music?

Looking for something along the lines of the theme to the movie Halloween, the Dark Knight Soundtrack or the background music to this amazing commercial [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Apr 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Please scare me.

I want a book that I have to put into the freezer. I've read this question, which was looking for thrillers, and this post looking for short stories, but I can't seem to find a thread looking for scary, engrossing novels where supernatural is okay. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 31, 2009 - 31 answers

Scare me!

My boyfriend and I watched "Them" or "Ils"(the French title) this weekend and loved it. We're looking for other horror/suspense movies that aren't TOO heavy on gore, but have great atmosphere or are outstanding in some other way. We've also enjoyed Suspiria and The Vanishing (Spoorloos). Any ideas for other movies (foreign or not) that we should check out?
posted by odayoday on Mar 3, 2009 - 52 answers

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