The movie Raintree County (1957), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift had a profound effect on me. I think it was the first ‘grown-up’ movie I ever saw. My mother was besotted with Liz Taylor, especially by her violet eyes. We lived in rural Tasmania and there was no-one to babysit, but Mum was determined to see Raintree County. My siblings and were taken along; which meant five people stuffed into the front of a utility. I was the youngest, nine years old.
Presumably Mum convinced herself that we were too young to understand and would nod off. Well I was awake alright! The movie was all about madness and swamps, and scarred me for life. I have never been able to watch it since. Recently I found the newspaper ad for it on Trove;
Deliverance (1972) This was the first movie I ever watched with my then boyfriend, Rob. Our relationship had a happy outcome and continues to this day, but hearing Dueling Banjos is still enough to make me shudder.
The composer successfully sued the producers for using his work without permission, despite the film pushing the recording to No.2 on the US charts. Serves them bloody right! I’m sure everyone knows what happened to the four friends on their canoeing trip in the backwoods of America. Oh dear, poor Bobby in that ghastly rape scene.
Funny Games (1997) – An Austrian film written and directed by Michael Haneke and starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe, and Arno Frisch.
I watched this psychological horror film late one night. I was all by myself, which was a huge mistake. The only reason I kept watching was that I hoped everything would turn out alright in the end. It didn’t, not by a long shot. I won’t give away the plot, but if anyone knocks on my door and asks to borrow some eggs I will faint, or slam the door and call the police.
NO MORE PLEASE!
I don’t watch disturbing movies now….oh, unless inadvertently. A good friend told me to see Life is Beautiful without explaining what it was about. It’s the only time I have ever wept in a movie. No doubt this was because it depicted the struggle between pure love and absolute inhumanity. I was still crying when the lights came up, but so were other people, so I didn’t feel so bad.
SCARIEST MOVIE AT ‘SECOND HAND’ ?
This has to be the Alfred Hitchcock movie Birds, based on a short story by one of my heroines, Daphne du Maurier. My sister came home and told me all about it when I was about 14. Her version was even scarier than Hitchcock’s. Oddly enough I am still passionate about birds.
I asked my friend Yvonne what her most disturbing movie was and she said, ‘If you mean disturbing but decent, as opposed to sick horror…it would be Winter’s Bone.‘ (Yvonne is an amateur film critic, who once went to Hollywood with the famous TV personality Bill Collins) I looked up Winter’s Bone, and I can see what she means.
I suspect the movies Wolf Creek and The Shining would have appeared in this blog, but I turned them off pretty quick. Oh, and A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe was disturbing because it truly did ‘mess with the mind.’
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