# 1 Most Terrifying Film of All Time: Session 9 (2001)

October 31, 2010

 

Director: Brad Anderson

 

Danny- Yes it has finally come down to this. The most terrifying film of all time and you probably have never heard of it. This little known gem is the most terrified I have ever been while watching a movie. Not only is it terrifying it is probably the most well made horror film I have ever seen. It has the longest build up of any horror film I have seen. The beginning parts of the film it isn’t really scary at all. Anderson uses a number of different elements to make the atmosphere as eerie and creepy as possible. What could be more creepy than an abandoned dilapidated mental institution? The greatest thing about this movie is there is no clear-cut ending. It makes you draw your own conclusion. Thus tricking you into scarring yourself. There are two main theories on what this film means. You have to decide for yourself which you think is true. Both are equally terrifying.  I definitely recommend this film. Be sure as you’re watching to pay attention to every little detail. This is not a film to watch in groups. Watch it with one other friend who doesn’t sit and jabber during movies. If you pay attention and follow the path that is laid out for you there is no doubt that this movie with horrify you. I have seen this movie twice and it loses little of ifs scare value. I recently watched this with a small group of friends. The movie ended at midnight our so and we stood around and talked about the conclusion. One of the guys that normally doesn’t show much emotion said, “So you guy wanna like go someplace……. preferably someplace well lit?” So we spent the rest of the night being terrified at White Castle.

Joe- This is without a doubt the most terrifying film I’ve ever seen. It requires some patience, but once you get into it you’ll realize why it’s so terrifying. The film takes place in an abandoned insane asylum where the main characters are cleaning it up for restoration. The film slowly just keeps building and layering level after level on top of one another until the ending where the scariest sentence I’ve ever heard is mentioned. Then the film ends. That’s why Session 9 is so horrifying. The last 30 minutes are pure terror and fear as everything escalates out of hand. This is one of the only films I’ve ever seen where the film ends on the climax. There is no release for the tension and fear. The film ends at it’s scariest and leaves the viewer hanging without anything to do. This really is the perfect film to watch at dark and alone. If you give this movie your full attention you will without a doubt be terrified. This film not only is terrifying, but it raises some very unique and interesting questions about the nature of man and what we are capable of. The film is a masterpiece of filmmaking. It is also the scariest movie ever made.

Check out Session 9 on Netflix instant play. http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Session-9/60021401?strackid=19e8b5fcb404d55b_0_srl&strkid=177080974_0_0&trkid=438381


#2 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

October 31, 2010

Director: Tobe Hooper

Danny – Have you ever fallen asleep while watching something? You can hear all the sounds and your mind makes up the images to dream along. That’s what happened the first time I watched this film, and the end product is reoccurring nightmares. I have a very vivid very horrifying nightmares of Leatherface and his band of psychopathic family members about once every few months. They are horrifying. Anyway this is a great horror film because it does exactly what is sets out to do. It wants to effect you profoundly, and it definitely does. You will never forget this movie. It is so so so fucked up. I have never seen another movie that puts you right in with the victims. Hooper masterfully conveys a feeling of almost pure and un adulterated fear, fear for your life. This film has plenty of screaming in it and it all just eats away at you the screams get inside your head and make you so afraid. Tobe Hooper purposely makes the viewer and characters feel like they are cattle being lead to the slaughter. Oh yeah you’ll notice a lot of weird sounds on the soundtrack. Hooper went into a slaughter-house in Texas and recorded the last noises cows hear before they die. I think this movie is extremely well made and I do admire Tobe Hooper for making such a great horror film. I’m not quite sure if I would recommend this film, and im not quite sure if ill ever watch it again. just as a side note Joe Vaske bought me this movie for Christmas last year so I have him to thank for the nightmares.

Joe- What makes this movie so scary is the build up. Right from the beginning there is this vivid sense of dread. For the first 30 minutes or so the movie slowly gets going and then just goes all out for the last 50 minutes or so. The violence is really graphic and the movie is just brutal. It’s a very gritty film and is not pleasant, or happy at all. The villain in the film, Leatherface, is also one of cinema’s most recognizable villains. He is the chainsaw toting maniac who is mostly responsible for attacking the group of kids that cross his path. However, there are also other bad guys in this movie and the end scene is one of the most infamous scenes in horror history. This is another film that I can’t really recommend. If you wanna be scared and disturbed then see it. But be prepared.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Netflix http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The-Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre/15815343?strackid=1e53f08d0054419d_0_srl&strkid=653862649_0_0&trkid=438381


#3 Excorsist (1973)

October 29, 2010

Director: William Friedkin

Danny- Alright this movie is to say the very least…….terrifying. I have seen this movie twice in my life. The last time I watched it, I was all by myself at night………. it was not a good idea. This is one of those movies that plays into people’s fears. Being raised Catholic one of my greatest fears is the devil. The Exorcist is the story of a young girl that becomes possessed by the devil. He mother is a non believer but she agrees to an exorcism. For those who don’t know an exorcism is a ritual used by the catholic church to expel demons from people or places that are possessed. Not only is the Exorcist extremely frightening and disturbing, it is also one of the most well made and critically acclaimed horror films of all time. It was one of only two  horror films to be nominated for best picture at the academy awards. (Silence of the Lambs is the only one that has ever won.) It feature an amazing cast of actors and amazing script and score. You may not like this film because of its content but you cannot deny its a great piece of filmmaking. I do recommend this film but with caution. It is extremely disturbing and terrifying. Watch with a friend in a well light area during the day.

Joe-Yay! Another movie that’s really terrifying and one I hope to not watch again anytime soon. I recently watched this movie less than a year ago alone in my room. Definitely a bad idea. It’s just really scary, especially since I do believe in God. Horror films are so much more scarier when they keep realism intact. Looking at numbers 1-4 on this list all of them are very realistic and feel as though they could happen to anyone. That’s really why all of these tales are so horrifying. The Exorcist obviously isn’t very realistic, but it does tap into that fear of demons and possession. It also wonderfully shows just how helpless one can feel while something like this is happening. Overall this is a great film and a truly horrifying movie. Don’t watch it if you’re easily offended.

The Exorcist is available on Netflix instant play here. http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The-Exorcist/14546619?strackid=f1fda7c5aac321c_0_srl&strkid=1318080144_0_0&trkid=222336


#4 The Last House on the Left (1972)

October 29, 2010

Director: Wes Craven

Danny-  This one of those movies im not even sure if I can condone. It is easily one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. I remember the first time I saw it was with Joseph in our first ever horror movie marathon. We usually joke about the movies we are watching to sort of make light of them. We started off joking as usual but as the movie got more terrible the laughter subsided into complete silence only to be broken when Joseph said what I was thinking, “This is quite terrible.” This film does exactly what is sets out to do, disturb you to the very core, and for that I do have to give Mr. Craven respect. He is defiantly a master of horror. (He is also the only director to have two films on our list.) I don’t know if I can recommend this movie to anyone. It contains some of the most brutal violence and rape I have ever seen. I have only seen this film once and I hope I don’t ever have to watch it again. That being said it is a great horror film in its own right. I just am really bothered by the sexual violence in this film. The story also may seem pretty familiar. That’s because it is a modern retelling of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring which is an amazing movie that is not nearly as disturbing and has a very different ending.

Joe- I wouldn’t watch this film if I were you. It’s bad. Definitely don’t watch this thing alone. It’s just a really brutal and mean spirited movie. It sets out to horrify you and it without a doubt succeeds. However, it almost succeeds too well. I highly doubt I’ll ever watch this movie again. The film is shot handheld for the most part and is very grainy. It has a very documentary/realistic feel throughout the whole film that adds to the horror. I don’t really wanna get into the story, it basically involves a group of men kidnapping two girls and tormenting them as the girls try to escape. It is also a remake of The Virgin Spring by Ingmar Bergman which is pretty funny as it really is nothing like that film in terms of style or substance. If you wanna be disturbed and scared I can definitely recommend this film. If you want a more light hearted horror film for Halloween I would avoid this.

The Last House on the Left (1972) on Netflix instant play http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The-Last-House-on-the-Left/60023681?strackid=121636064695a566_0_srl&strkid=1844407791_0_0&trkid=438381


#5 Jaws (1975)

October 27, 2010

Director: Stephen Spielberg

Danny- Alright if you haven’t seen this film there is either something very wrong with you or you are new to the country. If that’s the case welcome to the U.S. now go see this fucking movie. Not only is it one of the best horror films ever made, its one of the greatest movies ever made. This film is a great example of the art of suspense in horror films. For Jaws technically being a creature feature the shark has very little screen time which makes it all the more terrifying. The use of clever cinematography and excellent musical score more than make up for not explicitly showing the shark. I remember when I first saw Jaws when I was probably around five or six I loved it. After seeing this movie you will always think twice before you go into the water. (even if it is Lake Superior and you have never even seen the ocean like me.) Every time you get on a boat you will think of this movie. Jaws also has one of my favorite casts ever in Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. This movie may not scare you if you didn’t see it as a child but know that is terrified the whole world. For years after this movie people were scared to death to swim in the ocean. And that is why it has a definite place on Off the Edge Productions’s Most Terrifying films.  

Joe- Jaws is one of my favorite films of all time, so obviously it had to be on this list. Some people haven’t seen Jaws or they think it’s outdated, but let me ask you this: Deep Blue Sea? Did all the Cgi sharks affect you in any way? Nope. Can you think of another movie that has a shark in it that is actually scary and not laughable? Nope. Jaws really is the definitive underwater horror film. It is the only one, that I’ve seen at least, that is actually truly terrifying and not just cheesy or over the top. The shark itself to me is much scarier than anything CG because it has depth and substance that CG just hasn’t given us yet. I think the most terrifying scene in the film is when the man on the small canoe is talking to the kids asking if they need any help and his boat is tipped over. There is this one overhead shot of the man trying to scramble back up on his boat and we see Jaws silently drifting towards him, absolutely dwarfing the man and the boat. That’s horrifying. What Jaws also does is provide a great distinction and commentary on social classes, you have the working man, the rich scientist and the totally blue-collar shark hunter who has scraped together a living by doing odd jobs. And of course it has an absolutely amazing cast. Honestly there are too many scenes to talk about, Jaws really is a perfect film and without a doubt Spielberg’s best. If you disagree with any of my claims I’d love to talk to you about them and again this is just my opinion. But it’s the right opinion.

Jaws on Netfix. Instant Play available. http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Jaws/60001220?strackid=50b8afc95eb9a4b0_0_srl&strkid=1392923398_0_0&trkid=438381


#6 Alien (1979)

October 26, 2010

Director: Ridley Scott

Danny – This movie like The Thing also makes you feel completely isolated from the rest of the world. This isolation plays right into the horror which is comes through in the tagline, “In space no one can hear you scream.”  The whole thing takes place on a mining ship far away from home on a distant planet. I think there is just something about humans being preyed upon by an unknown alien species that is absolutely terrifying. This is probably due to the fact that we have no natural predators, at least not here on earth. Alien is a must see for horror fans and sci-fi fans alike. This film also has a literally crap your pants frightening scene so watch out for that.

Joseph- What makes Alien so terrifying is completely explained in its tagline. In space no one can hear you scream. The plot of Alien is incredibly simple, a small group of miners aboard the vessel Nostromo are heading back to earth when they receive a SOS from a strange planet. Feeling obligated they land and check it out and watch as one of their crew members is attacked by an alien that latches on over his face and refuses to let go. They bring him back on the ship and spend the rest of the film trying to get away from the spawn of this creature. This film could have been very cheesy and anti-dramatic, I mean there’s a bunch of people being chased around by a guy in a suit. However, not once does it feel unrealistic or unsuspenseful. The ship itself is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,  it’s dirty and filthy, and there’s no trace of the pristine white, futuristic feel that came with Star Wars or 2001: A Space Odyssey. The interior of the ship is a maze of passages and corridors all leading off into one another. There are vents above and below you and there’s always the hum of some form of machinery droning on in the background. This setting is what truly makes Alien terrifying. The ship just feels uninviting. The alien itself is also horrifying, it has acid blood and has two mouths filled with razor-sharp teeth, it’s awful. I will also never forget the scene where Dallas is crawling through a ventilation shaft with nothing but a flame thrower trying to find the alien. We all know he’s not going to make it. But the intensity of that scene and tension is just overwhelming. Alien is a sci fi classic and a horror classic. It was incredibly influential in many different ways. Many horror films have tried to capture the feel and look of the film and many others have tried to create a creature as horrifying as the alien. This film also helped pave the way for more female protagonists, especially in an action setting, with an amazing performance by Sigourney Weaver. All in all this film will terrify you. Watch it alone late at night.

Alien on Netflix http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Alien-Collector-s-Edition/60029356?strackid=639f1863f21020ca_0_srl&strkid=574956101_0_0&trkid=438381


#7 [REC] (2007)

October 26, 2010

Directors: Jaume Balaguro, Paco Plaza

Danny-   This is among the films I regret watching alone. This Spanish horror film is bound to leave an impression on you. This film perfectly blends suspense with startling and utterly horrifying moments. There is one part in particular near the end that made me quite literally leave my seat I was so startled. All the starts and suspense due almost completely to the first person camera/documentary style of this film. This film is also void of any kind of musical score which would normally detract from the films scare value but in this case it adds to it. There is also the limited view of the documentary style camera work which makes each scene so suspenseful and give a lot of opportunity for scare. I absolutely love this film. It also inspired me to make a horror film in the same style in Off the Edge Productions Untitled Horror Anthology that is currently in production.

Joe- Once [REC] gets going it really gets going. A tv news reporter is doing a late night show about firefighters when they’re called to go to an apartment building and help a trapped resident. What begins as a routine rescue mission soon turns into an absolute horrorshow. The film is filmed from the perspective of the tv reporter’s cameraman ala The Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. [REC] is much more terrifying than either of those though. The film is just such a chaotic and terrifying experience. The virus that infects most of the residents causes mass confusion and panic. Residents are in random rooms and random parts of the complex. You never know what’s around the corner and there are some truly horrifying moments in this film. I can honestly say that this film really scared me. It slowly builds up the tension and then is just relentless. The unknown cause of the virus also adds to the horror. The last 5 minutes of the film are also truly frightening as it takes place in a completely dark attic where the few remaining survivors are trying desperately to survive. The sequel [REC] 2 is also terrifying, although not quite as good. [REC] is one of the best recent horror films and one that truly makes you think and feel terrified.

[REC] on Netflix http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/-REC/70106452?strackid=63adda28e1f3c34e_0_srl&strkid=1330335563_0_0&trkid=438381