Are horror movies before the year 1990 scary?

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#1  Edited By rawsos

I saw some of the so called "horror movies" and they are like pg compared to todays films. I would be surprised if they were ever considered scary at all. Though i havent seen each and every one.

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The Exorcist is scary.

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Horror films were scarier back then imo

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Sure there are some that are well made.

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The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween (Original), Nightmare on Elm Street (original) were considered scary I think.

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#6  Edited By Quinlan58

Honestly, my biggest enjoyment when watching old horror movies is seeing how they're crafted. Like, the original Halloween does not scare me, but the way they set up everything so that it feels like Michael Myers is omnipresent is extremely impressive.

Or maybe it's just because sometimes they manage to create an extremely unsettling situation, even if it's not necessarily "scary". Jack's and Danny's conversation while the former is going insane in "The Shining", Frankenstein's monster 'playing' with a little girl without realizing he's killing her, the way the camera moves in the credit scenes of "The Conversation" that looks way too much like surveillance (though that one's a psychological thriller rather than horror)...

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Watch Halloween (1978) and The Omen (1976). You will be convinced.

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Depends on your taste really. I thought the Exorcist was a disturbing. That's from the 70s IIRC.

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One of the most disturbing scenes to watch still is in the original Frankenstein when he unwittingly kills the little girl while playing with her.

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many of them were scary, now they're barely thrilling

psychological horror movies always age like wine

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Of course they are.

Alien is one of them.

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Nah. Some of the classic horror movies are not scary to me even though they're great movies. Some movies today could be scarier if done well enough.

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Yes

I hide under a blanket when the scary stuff comes on and I wee my pants sometimes.

When my girlfriend comes over I try pretend she is scared but it is really me. Like when the gremlins turned into scary gremlins I threw up in my popcorn and shat my pants and I accused my girlfriend friend of farting to cover it up

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@rawsos: I would say that before the 90's or the 80's there were less extremelly scary movies like now, but there were a few:

  • Shinning
  • The Thing
  • The Fly
  • Evil Dead
  • Poltergeist
  • Videodrome
  • Re-animator
  • Alien
  • Carrie
  • The Exorcist
  • Hills have eyes
  • Psycho

Those are the most well known, but at that time there were lost of obscure very odd and freaky movies.

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The exorcist was scary AF. I didn’t watched the hole movie until I was 18.

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The Fly ( 1986 film ) with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis was one of the Scariest Films I had seen in the 1980's. The ending sequence gave me chills for years.

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The Fly ( 1986 film ) with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis was one of the Scariest Films I had seen in the 1980's. The ending sequence gave me chills for years.

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Love this film. I haven't seen it in years, might rewatch later.

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@king_saturn said:

The Fly ( 1986 film ) with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis was one of the Scariest Films I had seen in the 1980's. The ending sequence gave me chills for years.

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Love this film. I haven't seen it in years, might rewatch later.

Yes. It's easily a classic.

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@king_saturn: that wasnt scary that was actually kinda sad lol. im confused though is that monster a good guy?

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@rawsos said:

@king_saturn: that wasnt scary that was actually kinda sad lol. im confused though is that monster a good guy?

Yeah, you are saying that hiding under your bed.

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@rawsos said:

@king_saturn: that wasnt scary that was actually kinda sad lol. im confused though is that monster a good guy?

If you have that question, it means you didn't really follow the movie !

I would also add The Elephant Man has a freaky movie.

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Horror films were scarier back then imo

You're tripping

Nah. Some of the classic horror movies are not scary to me even though they're great movies. Some movies today could be scarier if done well enough.

It depends on if you're desensitized to it as well

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Another film that gave me chills was something more recent that came out called Teeth. Made you think twice about having Hanky Panky with Women.

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@kgb725: I could say the same thing about you 🤷🏾‍♂️

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@kgb725: doesn’t change my own personal opinion though

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Imagine being scared by a movie, omegalul

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Friday the 13th is the Golden standard of horror movies in the 80's, IMO.

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I was 5 when I first saw Children of the Corn. Living in the country I'm like yeah I could see a cult of kids taking over a town in the middle of nowhere. I went to a horror con and could hardly look at the actor who played Malachi (Courtney Gains).

Jaws is a horror classic that scared so many people from swimming at the beaches. That opening scene thrashing around the girl...

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#30  Edited By PayneInTheAss

@kgb725:

Movies back then weren't objectively scarier

Lol, based on what?

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@kgb725:

Movies back then weren't objectively scarier

Lol, based on what?

The facts. Talk to people who watch horror all the time and most people are only going to bring up the same classic movies that they consider scary.

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@kgb725: Yeah and they are a lot of pre-90s films mentioned.

I´m confused here.

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@king_saturn: @jb681131: i didnt actually watch the fly i just watched that one clip. Thats why i was confused

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#37  Edited By ninetoadclown

I think horror movies lost a lot of their punch when everyone started having a cellphone.

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@rawsos said:

@king_saturn: @jb681131: i didnt actually watch the fly i just watched that one clip. Thats why i was confused

You should watch The Fly. It's Good.