Question: The film with the moment that most makes you hide behind the sofa and why?
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend… The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie, The Blair Witch Project.
I think a lot of people had very different expectations about this film. I went into the cinema without a clue… and I loved it. It left so much to the imagination I swear I scared myself more than any special effect or scary plot could ever acheive. THE moment for me is when it’s pitch black, in the woods and you hear the baby crying. When you are in the cinema and it’s so dark you can’t even see the person next to you, there’s rustling from the strangers all around you, amongst strange noises coming from the trees and twigs breaking under footsteps, then out of nowhere you hear the echoing sound of a cry but can’t make out where it came from…(if you were lucky to get good surround sound in the cinema) it sounds like it’s coming from behind you. Goosebumps and eyes start welling up, praying for the lights to come back on. Simple yet effective – Jodi Kidd
All the way through the forest I’m hiding! Music and atmosphere! Only watched it once and was terrified! – Claire Dawes
The ending of The Blair Witch Project made my 12 year old self go home from the cinema through the most well-lit streets possible!
– Rita Oliveira
Eden Lake (2008)
Nursery teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend away. Steve, planning to propose, has found an idyllic setting: a remote lake enclosed by woodlands and seemingly deserted. The couple’s peace is shattered when a gang of obnoxious kids encircles their campsite. Reveling in provoking the adults, the gang steals the couple’s belongings and vandalizes their car leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Fleeing for help, Jenny is subject to a brutal and relentless game of cat-and-mouse as she desperately tries to evade her young pursuers and find her way out of the woods.
… everything about this film had me hiding, because it’s one of those horror films where it could happen in real life and that kinda terrifies me
– Samantha Leigh Barnish
Watch Eden Lake
In 1960, a group of social outcasts who are bullied by a gang of greasers lead by Henry Bowers are also tormented by an evil demon who can shapeshift into a clown and feed on children’s fears and kill them. After defeating the demonic clown as kids, it resurfaces 30 years later and they must finish it off as adults once again.
Clowns have always freaked me out, and when Pennywise emerged from the drain, I went to pieces – Jan Funnell
For me it’s still IT. What crazy ass person thinks clowns are a) for kids and b) at all funny. They are wrong and scary on every level. I will be eternally traumatised – Michelle Cawood
I’ve a real dread of clowns since childhood so this was a total pant wetting experience – David Patrick Marlborough
It has to be Penny wise the clown from Stephen Kings’ It! Hated clowns ever since! and I’m always wary of a grid!
– Adele Saunders-Sutcliffe
…It gave me genuine nightmares for years. I don’t hate clowns but red hair, paint and teeth still scare me… – Melissa Roberts
Pennywise the Clown scared the c**p out of me, I used to think he was hiding outside my house in the bushes so I locked my bedroom door just in case. My parents were very unimpressed – Simon Goldberger
Definitely Stephen King’s IT, particularly the part with the little kid and the storms rain. Still terrified of clowns to this day
– Christina Evans
Well, it consists mostly of a evil clown, so the whole movie tests the resolve of most of us! In particular, the bit where George looses his paper hat and is met with Pennywise in the gutter with a messy outcome! – Claire Harriett Harman
The Ring (Ring/Ringu) (1998)
When her niece is found dead along with three friends after viewing a supposedly cursed videotape, reporter Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) sets out to investigate. Along with her ex-husband, Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), Reiko finds the tape, watches it — and promptly receives a phone call informing her that she’ll die in a week. Determined to get to the bottom of the curse, Reiko and Ryuji discover the video’s origin and attempt to solve an old murder that could break the spell.
At the time I was working in a nightclub and getting home in the early hours. Channel4 were having a season showcasing Asia Extreme and one night this was on, started about 3am so I thought ‘why not’ and snuggled up in bed. After being steadily creeped out THAT moment happened, I dived up, switched all the lights on in my room and huddled against the headboard. I am not a wimp, I LOVE scary films but I had never seen anything like this in my life. I’ll never forget that fear. It also started me on a binge of watching Asia Extreme movies and I now have a good ol collection! – Kelly Hall
It ruined my sleep for weeks and I couldn’t be alone in a room with a tv that was turned off! – Asch Surani
I choose [the TV] scene in The Ring . You, similar to the victim, are confused and mesmerized at first. Then you’re suddenly gripped with fear because you didn’t expect THAT! (PS – The Japanese 1998 film scene is even more scary; I can’t even bring myself to watch the clip!) – Veronique Okafor
A film about two homicide detectives’ desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world’s ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic “John Doe” sermonizes to Detectives Sommerset and Mills — one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer’s terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Sommerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer’s modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer…
I remember watching Se7en and feeling quite distressed at some of the murder scenes (even if Brad Pitt was involved). When I see a little tree air freshener I am immediately reminded me of this movie – cringe! Definitely a must see though if you’ve not yet! – Lindsey Hills
It has to be Seven when they encounter Sloth. I have seen this movie hundreds of times and it still scares the hell out of me. And the description given by the doctor afterwards makes it all the more grim!!! Actually, pretty much all of the movie was watched from behind the sofa but still love it – Emily Knagg