Since quiet a time, the horror movie industry produces several high
quality movies which reach the audience by the effect of subliminal
elements like shadows on the wall, subliminal background sounds,
horrific dream sequences, strange behavior of the characters, or simply silent appearences of deceased
people, rather than only simple jump-scares or only gore. Which of these movies gave you the hardest goosebumps and fried neckbones? (If you haven't watched one of them, which one are you most interested in?) Discuss here.
No movies examples as a wildcard rated below 6/10, no pure gore movies like 'Saw', 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre', etc. No animes, cartoons, documentations. Mixed gore & suspense allowed, if suspense is king. Movies that have several (future) parts have to be declared as franchise, spin-off or series. If the first part is rated as 5/10 and a sequell is rated 6/10, give me the sequell. the first part is included. Orientation on the highest rated part of the franchises, series, spin-offs. Since 'The Conjuring' and 'Insidious' are not clearly stated as one franchise, I take both as series.
Hey Breumaster, I found some errors in your list's description. Please correct them.
1. "Please notice that ..." > "Please note that ..."
2. "It's a bout the ..." > "It's about the ..."
3. I suggest replacing the word "biggest" with "spookiest."
4. I'd also suggest putting a line break after "... jump-scares or only gore." and before asking the question, i.e., "Which of these movies ..."
I think that the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre should be allowed, it is a misconception, the movie is not "pure gore", it is almost gore-free, it is way more gory than most of the movies already on the list:
See the certifications: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/parentalguide
It is not even in the SEVERE category for violence.
The first 5 minutes look with photographers and the sounds aren't really subtl. Some mutilated bodies are placed on the graveyard. Pure Gore. The following 20 minutes look like a dull hobby film of a bunch of young hippies with one gore element. The first time I saw something subtl in that movie is, when the young people come to the abandoned house, where one of the young men finds a spidernest in a top corner of a room. Minute: 26.
Next is hippies searching for someone to ask for a gas station, 35 minutes: One young man gets his head smashed by leatherface with a sledge-hammer, pure-gore-element. The young woman comes into the house and not very subtl boneshow beginns. Tobe Hooper does not use this part subliminal, he hammer the images of the bones into your head. A boneshow. He uses not subtl or decent placed noises in a real screaming noise-shower into the ears of the audience. 38. minute.
Leatherface gets her, minute 39. The whole time she screames loud and then get hooked on a slaughter-hook and then Leatherface turns on his chainsaw. Gore. They search for Kirk in the dusk. Minute 46: Leatherface kills another guy with his hammer on the head and without any subliminal things around, the only thing is, that the found the hooked maiden a few seconds earlier in the fridge and some deep background music and some weired and pretentious sound effects. But still not subtl. Pure Gore.
Minute 47: A creepy scene of the moon by moving clouds! 10 seconds of shivers! The guy in the wheelchair and the blonde woman fight for the flashlight, no shivers – it just looks like an awkward and embarrassing clinch. Minute 50: They split, another scene showing the moon. Minute 52: LF slaughteres the guy in the wheelchair without any subtl or subliminal effects around. He just saws, she is back and screams, looks how LF slaughteres about 20 seconds while screaming. Pure gore.
From there on you hear the saw running until end, except the table scene. Minute 56 1⁄2: LF hunts the blondie with his saw. Very subtl. ;) What Mr. Eastwood would do about that? Hmmm? 1 hour: A guy beats the blond with a broom. Ok, that's not gory. 1h11m30s: Another moon scene. Didn't remember the table scene. But also not subtl or subliminal. Just a bunch of weirdos misbehaving. 1h18: They try to kill the blonde with a hammer. The rest: A truck rolls over the weirdo, the one from beginning. LF slightly saws his leg and then the chainsaw dance.
End of report.
Guys, these are all shocking horror elements, but none of them is subtl or subliminal. My problem with it is: If I put it on the list, the next one comes and says: You must put 'Dawn of the Dead' on the list. Why? Because you have that gory slaughter-movie 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' on the list. Then I could skip the list and it wouldn't make any sense. Has anyone of you watched some of the movies on the list? Please do. It's a major difference, if there are subliminal elements that prepare gory moments or just gore with some creepy background noises.
As I said, 2 fellows got it from beginning.