Sound Off is a weekly theater-related discussion post here at Fandango where we talk about the past, present and future of moviegoing.
There's a big difference between watching a movie at home or in a theater, and those differences certainly make themselves known when it comes to scary movies. At home, scary movies become more personal because you watch them in rooms you're in all the time, making it so every little noise is that much more intimate and terrifying. In a theater, however, scary movies and the scares included within are celebrated as a more communal experience, with screams, shouts and flying body parts heard and felt all throughout the darkened space.
Each venue has its advantages, but for this week's Sound Off column I want to focus specifically on the movie theater. Now that it's October and we're about to witness a whole bunch of scary movies pass through our local theaters, I'd like us to talk about which movies scared us the most when we watched them on the big screen.
The topic was inspired by my screening of Sinister at Fantastic Fest. Look, I'll admit to being a bit of a chump when it comes to horror movies, but I appreciate films that are able to scare you silly without having to throw buckets of blood everywhere. Sinister is that kind of movie, and damn was I scared -- to the point that I don't even remember the last time I was scared the way I was watching Sinister.
So that's my choice, and now it's your turn. With Frankenweenie arriving this weekend, and Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4 just two of the bigger scary movies hitting theaters later this month, take a look back and tell me what movie scared you the most on the big screen.
Sound Off: What's the Scariest Movie You Ever Watched in a Theater?
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Paranormal Activity 4
I just watched Grave Encounters 1 and 2 they where both very unnerving and scared me senseless
In 1978 there was only one theater showing this movie in the entire Seattle metropolitan area. If you wanted to see it you had to go downtown and wait in a line that went around the block for your ticket, then you were ushered into the concession and waited for the show before yours to end. The buzz of people talking would all end whenever we heard the screams coming from the theater, we were scared even before we could get a seat. And the movie did not disappoint. Halloween, by far the best scary movie experience, no one else on the list!!!
Quarantine. Wonderful in every way. Scary too.
Blair Witch Project! hands down the scariest movie i have ever seen in the movie theater. Plus you got dizzy from the camera bouncing around.
mmm.....Insiduous and the Lady in black
This will show my age, for sure, but the movie that sent me home stilll trembling was The Exorcist.
Watch The Possession then it makes you feel retro
The scariest movie I've ever seen in a movie will have to be Coraline. I enjoyed it but i just don't always choose to go out and see a horror movie
Agreed, Coraline was quite scary. Does Scary Movie count?
I'm not sure matt
Who knows fandad? Who knows...?
women in black for great story and good horror without blood and cursing good actimg by radacliff
Thank you for sharing your feedback!
I love scary movies, but I find it hard to get scared during them. The most intense movies were probably 28 Days Later and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). 28 Days Later was particularly intense for me because I hadn't heard of the movie before I went to see it, so I walked in completely blind. I was sooooo pleasantly surprised.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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