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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
[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
posted by grieserm
on Sep 20, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Some time ago either on MeFi or BoingBoing there was a link to a bunch of songs that I *swear* were Christmas songs played in the wrong key or one half-tone down or something... Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about and where I could find this (again)? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0
on Dec 24, 2008 -
What the hell is going on in the video linked here
? Warning: really fucking disgusting.
posted by yellowbinder
on Dec 9, 2008 -