Hi there.(bartonbank @ Nov 10 2005, 11:41 PM)
Bearing in mind that The Fog has been mentioned, can I cast a vote for both the first Halloween and John Carpenter's The Thing?
Halloween certainly has one of the best use of soundtracks to build horror. I first saw it with a mate just after we had done our A levels...we had gone up to Scotland and were in a small cinema in St Andrews. There were only two other people in there and the usher was the stunt double for any horror character who required a club foot and a hump on his back (this is no joke).
The other couple left just after the start and Lurch had vanished so we were alone in this fleapit.
Just as the Myers character rose in the seat behind Nancy Loomis a rat ran over our feet.
Ever heard two grown men scream??
One of my most disquieting experiences was going to Hellraiser at the old ABC/Cannon in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow on a Sunday afternoon. I was the only person in the cinema apart from a jake at the back of the hall. Halfway through the film during one of its most intense sequences the jake decides to add to the ambience of the performance and relieve himself onto the floor of the auditorium. I heard him doing it along with the other unpleasant sound fx he supplied and I also knew that the cinema had a sloping floor. As he was seated in direct line of me I had to put my feet up on the chair in front for the rest of the picture. Borderline surreal and just plain queasy.
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