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What is the most haunting *film* you have ever watched?

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dreamingofblueskies Sat 25-Jul-15 12:43:00

Blatantly stealing the idea from the haunting book thread!

Mine has got to be 'Dreams of a Life', the film about Joyce Vincent, the lady who died in her flat and wasn't discovered for years. It just breaks my heart that she lay there for so long. And the thing that haunts me the most is the fact that her TV was still on. sad

Another one is 'As Above, So Below' a mediocre 'found footage' film set in the Paris catacombs, although it isn't a brilliant film, it really unnerved me.

MustBeLoopy390 Sat 25-Jul-15 12:51:04

The strangers, I couldn't sleep for a week after that one, it still gets to me now. Also 9, its quite scary how much feeling the animated characters actually put across

gonegrey56 Sat 25-Jul-15 12:53:48

Don't Look Now - the child in the red hooded coat . Still scares me and I spent a recent holiday in Venice looking for the child ....

NotOneIota Sat 25-Jul-15 12:54:42

I've watched 'Jacobs Ladder' twice in my life,and had unsettled dreams both times. There's something about not being able to distinguish reality that really disturbs me. I'm unnerved watching 'Life on Mars' for the same reason!

squoosh Sat 25-Jul-15 12:56:31

The Vanishing.

The original version, not the Hollywood hogwash remake.

idokidok13 Sat 25-Jul-15 12:57:05

Strangers- I went out for a cig after watching that at about 1am and my brother locked me in the garden. Scared me shitless!

annandale Sat 25-Jul-15 12:58:21

Death in Venice (what is it about Venice??) because so much of it is wordless but the camerawork and dirk bogarde's acting are so expressive. And the sense of impending doom is all-pervading.

annandale Sat 25-Jul-15 12:59:27

Squoosh you're very right though I try not to think about that film...

AlanPacino Sat 25-Jul-15 13:02:22

Picnic at hanging rock

dreamingofblueskies Sat 25-Jul-15 13:04:36

Ooh yes, I watched Picnic at Hanging Rock during a thunderstorm, freaked me out for ages, especially when I thought it was based on true story, found out recently it isn't though.

FadedRed Sat 25-Jul-15 13:06:17

'Threads' - 1983 about nuclear war, set in Sheffield. The build up to the actual time the missiles launched and the helplessness of the people. Truly chilling.

FishCanFly Sat 25-Jul-15 13:06:44

The War Game.
Had nightmares for weeks. But i recommend that everybody watches it. See what nuclear warfare looks like.

MarchLikeAnAnt Sat 25-Jul-15 13:10:00

Megan is missing
The girl next door

rubyslippers Sat 25-Jul-15 13:10:19

Yes to The Vanishing

Nerve wracking

ThisIsClemFandango Sat 25-Jul-15 13:12:33

YY to Dreams of a Life. Completely heartbreaking, it stuck in my mind for a long time afterwards.

Fluffyears Sat 25-Jul-15 13:15:48

The haunting, not the 1999 Hollywood remake with Catherine zeta Jones but the original black and white film. Creeped me right out.

limitedperiodonly Sat 25-Jul-15 13:19:50

I can't believe it, squoosh. I always chunter on about the original The Vanishing on this kind of thread and no one has ever said they've seen it.

Someone ran out of the screening at the end. That will remain my benchmark for an outstanding horror film. Sadly I can't find anything with English subtitles on YouTube but people can probably follow this

I also drone on about La Cabina for horror with a bit of highbrow political allegory thrown in wink and The Red Balloon which is quite literally uplifting.

squoosh Sat 25-Jul-15 13:22:23


BothEndsBurning Sat 25-Jul-15 13:23:19

Threads, yes, I had forgotten the title. Probably the most frightening and depressing film I've ever seen.

AlisonBlunderland Sat 25-Jul-15 13:24:31

Never Let Me Go.
I had no idea what the film was about before watching it. I assumed it was some bleak rom-com without much com.

squoosh Sat 25-Jul-15 13:26:38

limited my brother had a copy of it on video. I remember watching it about 20 years ago and have been haunted by it ever since!

limitedperiodonly Sat 25-Jul-15 13:27:08

Is that the Klaus Kinski one? I like that too. The rats <shudder>

Apparently the film makers persuaded the local council to authorise them to let thousands of rats go in the town they were filming in, swearing they'd round them up in some kind of special rat-wrangling rodeo.

Of course they just buggered off and left them.

bertsdinner Sat 25-Jul-15 13:30:49

Never Let Me Go, the one with Keira Knightly in. I found it very dark and still think about it.
Picnic At Hanging Rock just has something about it, always remember that film.
Threads terrified me at the time, I would never want to watch it again.
Some scenes from Schindler's List have stuck in my mind aswell.

WanderWomble Sat 25-Jul-15 13:37:34

I watched something in secondary school that really creeped me out. I think it might have been Threads. I remember a scene of people hiding under mattresses and another with a woman saying 'sheep don't die of cold.'

Fugghetaboutit Sat 25-Jul-15 13:40:33

The Orphanage by Guillermo del Toro.

sad watched while pregnant, that was a mistake.

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