View Full Version : Scaryest Book or Film known to Jo-kind.

21-10-2002, 15:03:11
I've said it before and I'll say it again:

Clays Ark by Octavia Butler

1984 by George Orwell

It's weird that I've never read a Horror story that scared be any more then Horror movies do- that is they don't, they just make you endure grim scenes you'd sooner forget that put you of your food, or make you feel excessively vulnerable in the shower, or try to make you associate sex with messy red death (that's sooo catholic). None of these effects are of any use or any fun to me, and my quest to become truly afraid of a story some guy made up (or in Octavias case- some woman) has mostly failed.

I'd appreciate being told about any books or even films that really are qenuinly scary, disturbing- no not disturbing, a large dog-turd is disturbing, bloody diarrhea is disturbing, an appointment for root-canal surgery is disturbing, what I'm looking for is more along the lines of Terrifying, I don't mean Bin Laden terrifying- I mean suddenly have to move back to my mums house and sleep with the lights on for the rest of my adult life type terrifying.

I doubt there's anything but gore out there, I think when publishers and film-makers say Horror, they mean as in the Horror of touching weird pink slime thats just oozed out of a fellow lifeform, or the horror of being told what the little black things in your exotic takeaway meal are,

but... who knows, maybe there is genuine printed FEAR out there somewhere.

21-10-2002, 15:05:54
The most terrifying film I've yet seen has got to be a Japanese film called The Ring - I wrote a thread on it here a few months ago. Psychologically utterly scary and really really sinister. It still gives me the creeps if I think about it!

21-10-2002, 15:10:45
I've heard of that, wasn't that on Channel Four or something recently?

21-10-2002, 16:11:58
Yes, about 3 months ago. I've bought the DVD too, more fool me :nervous:

I'll find the other thread here about it...

21-10-2002, 18:41:54
And now they've released what is sure to be a watered down American version of The Ring.

22-10-2002, 08:18:34
Hosed down ring?

ah! the flashbacks :nervous:

24-10-2002, 12:54:41
I was serious you know- I really do want some suggestions for stories that will make me afraid... does this mean there really is nothing out there that isn''t just gore? (apart from The Ring thank you vmuch funky)

24-10-2002, 13:08:01
Watch a film called "Audition". It's another Japanese psychological scare-a-thon. You won't want to date girls or try acupuncture after seeing that film. Again I think I wrote a pretty poxy thread on this once.

Actually, after you started this thread I thought I'd put the Ring DVD in the machine. Do you know I couldn't even handle the navigation menus it was just so reminiscent of the film it freaked me out. One of the "Special Features" is that they actually have the full version of the "curse" for you to watch. I actually got scared enough to have to eject the disc before even 5 seconds of it! Believe me! :nervous:

The Ring2 is pretty damned freaky too. Haven't seen Ring0 though.

24-10-2002, 13:19:46
I tried to look this up on Amazon, but it just comes up with The Lord Of- and that opera by Wagner of the same name.

It sounds like it's definately the kind of thing I'm looking for, I had the same reaction to the book Clay's Ark (that wasn't even supposed to be horror!) I'll keep an eye out for The Ring.

24-10-2002, 13:26:04
Here's a link to you from a dvd retailer.


24-10-2002, 13:28:25
Try this one for Audition


24-10-2002, 13:29:37
The King In Yellow (http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/englishl/chambers/kinginye/contents.htm) is really quite creepy.

Lazarus and the Gimp
24-10-2002, 19:13:07
"The Woman in black" is one of the creepiest I've ever read. The stage version is a chiller too.


24-10-2002, 19:35:53
I think I saw that a while back. Good play.

29-10-2002, 10:03:27
we saw a tv adaptation at school, fuck that was scary

when the ghost came through the window one kid fell off his chair :lol: