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BuddyWithEric
Sadako slave
(11/15/02 10:17:10 am)
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Subtle scenes more scary than the heavies?
I must say I found some of the more subtle scenes to be more disturbing than some of the outright screamers in the film.

We've all discussed Katie's ghoulish face to death. And truly, it was probably one of the scariest scenes in cinematic horror history.

But some of the not so obvious scenes left me chilled, (and haunted!)

Samara's image in the mirror. It's just so obscure and dark. Her hair, ugh that hair, almost completely veiling her face. Even her old fashioned Little House on the Prarie dresses unnerve me!

The dress Anna Morgan wore when she did the deed. Yikes! Straight out of The Innocents. Shudder. Anna herself had a strange sort of beauty, pretty, but so eerie looking.

Samara sitting in the psych ward, oh! Her l-o-n-g stringy black hair looked liquid somehow, like a cascade of black. Even her t-strap shoes gave me the willies!

Samara sitting on that chair-back turned to Rachel. OH DEAR! I've seen the movie twice, and still can't face that scene very well.

The way Samara dropped into the well, eek! Like a wooden toy soldier did that child fall in!

And maybe the worst for me--that unbelievably creepy gait of Samara's as she begins her slow walk from out the well! Auugghh! Its been suggested that the sequence was filmed backwards then reversed?! I'm not sure what was done--but the effect is enough to put someone in therapy!

Edited by: BuddyWithEric at: 11/15/02 10:21:31 am
sinsincere
further down the Spiral
(11/15/02 10:23:38 am)
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Re: Subtle scenes more scary than the heavies?
The little things scared me too. They made me more nervous than Katie's twisted face... maybe because they leave so much to the imagination. With so little to work with (it's "just" black hair, and you can't see anything else) your mind starts to make up things...? Or it makes the association with the big, scary things (like dying of fear or drowning or whatever).

Whatever it is... eep. Creepy.

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/15/02 11:42:10 am)
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Down down down the spiral of creepy

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Sadako slave
(11/15/02 11:52:26 pm)
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I agree the walk out of the well (Its called shambling, I've heard???) Scared the hell out of me!! It's actually what made me want to see the movie when I saw the TV spot. it was the one that showed her walking (a few steps only, but still enough) away from the well. My sister had seen it and I had to know... "Oh my god, a girl climbs out of a well??? What the hell was she doing in there?? and the way she walked.... Oh my god!!" I knew i had to see this movie after that TV spot. And then seeing it in the theatre was soemthing else... Ive never been so tensed up watching a movie before.. at that scene, I think every muscle in my body was rigid!

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CgChick09 
citizen of the Loopworld
(11/16/02 12:27:01 am)
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Yeah that part was pretty freaky. Just the way how her hair came out of the well before everything else and the way she was walking out. Omg, katies face. Nobody expected it when her mom was all washing dishes and says "I could see the look on her face" then AHH! I screamed out loud in the theatre saying, "Omg that was disgusting!"
At school i kept hearing stuff from the tape like the sqeeks and the beginning where is shows the ring with the sound then the bubbling blood. yeah, it was just in my head.

anouke
further down the Spiral
(11/16/02 12:55:08 am)
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The damned tape..the evil horse eye they kept showing..that ring at the beginning of the cursed tape that looked like a lizard eye (still don't know what the hell that was, but I'm assuming it was the well) and the blank look on Samara's face when she talking to her doctor in the ward...also, the water on the doorknob freaked me out fbecause it looked like that waterdrops was going upwards against gravity.

SlowBurn
further down the Spiral
(11/16/02 1:17:28 am)
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You know what freaked me out?
The score. The damned score - a part of it was from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, specifically the Dies Irae from The March to the Scaffolding. It's been used a few times in horror movies, with the one that comes first to mind being The Shining, played as the camera pans through the mountains.

Except, while clearly the same melody, notes were missing. As if it was just another thing that was wrong about the movie, like nothing, not even the score, was to be easily catalogued. For me it was like everything was "off," and the world was being turned upside down....if that makes any sense whatsoever.

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/16/02 8:26:21 am)
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Re: You know what freaked me out?
Yeah brr yes it makes sense

StrangenessDSS
Sadako slave
(11/16/02 5:27:53 pm)
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Re: Subtle scenes more scary than the heavies?
Heh, that's why this movie is so great. Sure, something like Katie's death will shock you the first time. After I'd seen the movie once, I recalled that scene as being about a half second long; I hadn't even registered what the image on the TV was. But stringing a bunch of scenes like that together will not end up as a good movie.

It's the detail that makes it seem as if there is more to the story than just what is told in the movie. Like when Rachel and Noah head up to Shelter Mountain, and the sign says "Closed Until Further Notice". Strange that the inn should close down at that particular time. Perhaps the innkeeper had realized that people who stay in Cabin 12 occasionally die, seven days after leaving... perhaps someone he knew had died. Perhaps he didn't like the four kids who asked for a cabin, recognizing them as the type who would end up not paying... and purposefully assigned them to Cabin 12. Perhaps he'd been reading the newspapers after Rachel stopped by, and had realized that the four kids had died... and then decided to leave town for a while to avoid any possible trouble. That's what transforms it from a simple story to a slice of a much larger, much scarier world.

The main "scary" effects will shock you. But it's the details that draw you in and give you a truly lasting scare.

hm2k
out from the well
(11/16/02 6:54:24 pm)
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Re: Subtle scenes more scary than the heavies?
>>Like when Rachel and Noah head up to Shelter Mountain, and the sign says "Closed Until Further Notice". Strange that the inn should close down at that particular time.<<

Not really. In the original script, the innkeeper himself had watched the Tape, and by that point, was already dead.

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hm2k

BuddyWithEric
Sadako slave
(11/17/02 3:10:55 pm)
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Re: Re: Subtle scenes more scary than the heavies?
"I agree the walk out of the well (Its called shambling, I've heard???) Scared the hell out of me!! It's actually what made me want to see the movie when I saw the TV spot. it was the one that showed her walking (a few steps only, but still enough) away from the well. My sister had seen it and I had to know... "Oh my god, a girl climbs out of a well??? What the hell was she doing in there?? and the way she walked.... Oh my"

Eeeeiii! "Shambling?" You mean there's a word for the way she was walking? Do I dare ask what this is?

By this point when she began walking from the well I was so terrified that my left arm went NUMB. NOT a good thing. I wonder if it's unhealthy to be that scared while watching a movie.

SadakoIsEve
the chosen infected
(11/17/02 5:31:21 pm)
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Nah can't be unhealthy

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Sadako slave
(11/18/02 12:03:13 am)
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Its been 2 weeks since I've seen it now, and I still keep thinking.. "what is it that made it soo scary?" I mean there is the obvious scenes, but there is something lying underneath all of it that makes it so terrifying. I dont quite know what it is yet...

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PoptartMcNugget
further down the Spiral
(11/18/02 12:47:44 am)
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The images and the intrigue coalesce into a freakshow implant in your mind that plays on an endless reel of samara emerging from the well and coming out of your television. It sucks, the majority of work i do on my computer forces my back to the living room with the television, whenever I read freaky @#%$, like this, I am constantly turning my head.

darcydoo 
Sadako slave
(11/18/02 12:55:43 am)
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yes.. it's been about a month since i've seen it and i'm still super obsessed. the scaries for me (along with 50 thousand other things) was seeing samara's room in the barn. wow. never have i felt such extremes before. my heart broke for her and i wanted to cry for her and yet, the room was just so... creepy, you know? so solitary and empty, yet cluttered? lord i dunno.

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Rachael
out from the well
(11/18/02 4:02:39 pm)
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well...
All I know is I can't be in a room with a TV in it if the TV is off. It has to be on.

This has made sleeping tough, but I get freaked out that the tv is off and may turn on by itself....

So lame to be this old (30) and this skeered.