‘Hello, Editor Des here. After a nasty bout of pneumonia I am back in the saddle! Pauline has been inspired to write a blog about disturbing movies. She didn’t say why. My vote goes to Kung-Fu Panda. I found it creepy because the main character, Po, was raised by a Goose. And so was I..Bahahaha.’
Very funny Des…NOT!
Raintree County (1957), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift is first on my list. I think this was the first ‘grown-up’ movie I ever saw. My mother was besotted with Liz Taylor , especially by her violet eyes. We lived in the country and there was no-one to babysit, but Mum was determined to see Raintree County. We kids were taken along; which meant five people stuffed into the front of a utility. I was the youngest… about eight years old. I presume 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. Have never watched the movie since.
Deliverance (1972) The first movie I ever watched with my then boyfriend, Rob. Our relationship had a happy outcome, 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! Oh dear, poor Bobby in that ghastly scene.
Playing Games (1997) I watched this black and white, psychological horror film late one night. I was all by myself, which was a 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. 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. Guess it 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.
GODMOTHER’S CHOICE – from Editor Des
Well I asked my Godmother Vonnie 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.’ (Vonnie is an amateur film critic who once went to Hollywood with a famous TV personality!!) I looked up Winter’s Bone, and I can see what she means.
OK, laugh if you will, but…E.T. Utterly endearing.
I suspect Wolf Creek and The Shining would have appeared in this blog, but I turned them off pretty quick. Oh, and A Beautiful Mind was disturbing because it truly did ‘mess with the mind.’
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