The scariest moment in a film for me is in the original The Haunting, when the two women are sharing a bedroom and there's all the haunting commotion going on and when it's over one turns to the other and says something about her feeling better when the other had held her hand and the other said....I didn't hold your hand!!! That has always held more dread for me than anything!
ooh yes! I remember that, it was the 1963 black and white version with Julie Harris...I loved that one, it relied on suspense and inference to make it frightening...a classic. The newer one with Katherine Zeta Jones wasn't up to much, although Lili Taylor did a blinking good job as Eleanor (Nell)
Amazon.co.uk Review Made in 1963 The Haunting is one of the best-ever movie ghost stories and was adapted from Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House. Suave ghost-hunter Richard Johnson takes a couple of psychic women--neurotic spinster Julie Harris and elegant lesbian Claire Bloom--to stay in Hill House, which has unsettling architecture (the spiral staircase is especially unnerving) and a bad reputation. Russ Tamblyn is along as a jive-talking sceptic, but he soon shuts up as the eerie phenomena mount up. The scene with a breathing door is a wonderful terror highlight, [[[[and the business about whose hand Harris is holding in the dark (she thinks it's Bloom, but Bloom is on the other side of the room) provides a moment of unmatched creepiness.]]]] Perhaps director Robert Wise allows too much psychology into the picture, letting you off the hook with the possibility that the twitchy Harris is behind all the spookery, but he fills the widescreen frame with really scary stuff and the cast are perfect. Forget the remake, this is the real deal.
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Retro horror has to be mmmm Scanners and the Entity. They were good in their day I specifically remember in the video days of pausing the exploding head (Scanners) and keep watching it over and over. It must have been later than the piano keys vhs because from what I remember when you paused the ferguson videostar (piano key) the picture went blank. EEEE I feel old now lol