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My daughter told me today that she wants to watch "scary movies." After some discussion, I figured out that she wants things along the lines of The Lost Boys.<br><br>
Dh and I were trying to come up with other ideas and we couldn't. He suggested The Sixth Sense, which we both loved and thought was one of the scariest movies we've ever seen, but I don't think that Desta would understand that (for those not in the know, she's somewhat-newly-arrived from Ethiopia and has some cognitive/comprehension issues). I'm thinking more along the lines of scary teen heartthrob types of flicks. She watched Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and really liked that.<br><br>
As it's been a while since I was 13 (2 decades, to be precise), I'm drawing a blank.<br><br>
Ideas?<br><br>
TIA!<br><br>
dm<br><br>
ETA: I will censor for extreme gore. My daughter has seen enough death and violence in her life without being bombarded by it in movies.
 

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I was going to suggest Sleepy Hollow! Very scary and very good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Maybe <i>"Signs"</i> or <i>"The Village"</i>? My Dd just recently watched House of Wax, but I am sensing that isn't the type you are looking for.
 

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Ooooh, Signs! I saw that! It's the Joaquin Phoenix one, right? Good suggestion! Is The Village by M. Night Shamalamadingdong, as my dh calls him? I have heard of it but not seen it. He did 6th Sense, right?<br><br>
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Yep it's got Joaquin in it! He's nice to look at anyway, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Yeah M. Knight Shamaylan (we often dork up his name too lol) did Sixth Sense too. Really talented and complex guy IMO. I hope you find some good ones for her to get into!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yep it's got Joaquin in it! He's nice to look at anyway, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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And how! Too bad he didn't learn anything from his brother's untimely demise. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"><br><br>
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Well, my dd is 12 but is a little"young" in her tastes compared to kiddo's in the neighborhood. She LOVES the whole "Halloween Town" series the Disney channel starts showing around this time of year-especially the first one. Visually it's great with the Halloweeny colors, creatures and magic. There is a bit of teen rebellion and enough scarieness from the villans that it keeps her happy but no nightmares. Actually our whole family loves them! If you don't have cable I'll bet you could get someone to record them for you.<br><br>
Another good one for the tween set is "The series of Unfortunate events" movie. The evil uncle is malicious enough to give the kids the creeps- trying to burn down the kids house, have them run over by a train etc. and there are a few mysterious and creepy creatures giv( like the ones in the lake) that might give your daughter a fun scare.<br><br>
Now if you want a real (more adult)thriller you could try "Lady in The Lake".<br>
I think the above mentioned M. Night Shamalan(sp.) created that one too.<br>
This is scary without being overly gory although there is the constant feeling of threat hanging over the main characters and the evil creatures lurking about the hotel grounds would be enough to freak out my kiddo- at least two nights worth of sleeping with the lights on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ! I enjoyed trying to solve the "mystery" right along with the main character. Even if your DD doesn't understand the puzzle involved she might enjoy shouting "watch out!" to the poor actors on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: screen
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ooooh, Signs! I saw that! It's the Joaquin Phoenix one, right? Good suggestion! Is The Village by M. Night Shamalamadingdong, as my dh calls him? I have heard of it but not seen it. He did 6th Sense, right?<br><br>
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Oh yea that might be cool. Very artsy if memory serves!<br><br>
Gremlins for a little fun too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Or the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Future of Food</span> the scariest movie I ever saw with no gore.
 

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I also like thrillers but NOT horror...I hate gore and realism. I like a good, twisty, interesting story that makes me sit on the edge of my seat and then forget about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein<br><br>
The Others<br><br>
The X Files (can get the movie or the series)<br><br>
The Mothman Prophecies<br><br>
The Forgotten<br><br>
(you know...all the "THE" movies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
Good old The Twillight Zone
 

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Oh my Dd loved "The Forgotten" and both kids really get into the old Twilight Zones. Great suggestions.<br><br>
I want to see "The Others" because the plot looks so cool, but I am too freaked. Dd said it was no biggie though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Mothman prophocies is the scarriest movie of all time *shudder*<br><br>
Everything Stinkerbell said is pretty good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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OMG, Desta would probably spontaneously combust if we showed her The Mothman Prophecies. She's still afraid to sleep with her bedroom door closed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I'm definitely thinking scary teen movies here!<br><br>
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What about old movies? Frankenstein, Creature From the Black Lagoon, King Kong (that movie used to freak me out!), the new Godzilla, Jurassic Park etc.<br><br>
My kids all went through a period where they loved old moster movies. They are quite creepy...but not quite so graphic and gore-filled as the newer ones. My kids also liked the Mel Brooks movies after seeing the originals. lol
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OMG, Desta would probably spontaneously combust if we showed her The Mothman Prophecies. She's still afraid to sleep with her bedroom door closed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I'm definitely thinking scary teen movies here!<br><br>
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Those would be the Halloween movies...but that first one scarred me for life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> And I never watched another. I thought Sixth Sense was much less frightening because it was so unbeleivable. A killer hiding in your house...not so far-fetched...<br><br><br>
What about Carrie? What's that newer Mummy movie-- it has a sequel. Those were scary, but fun, and the Islamic guy saves them all.<br><br>
The Indiana Jones movies?
 

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Oh yeah, The Village. I loved that one. That's the one where the folks try to protect their children from the world? That was great.
 

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Sorry to serial post...but I was thinking some more.. and came up with some less intense ones: Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Addams Family, Goonies. Oh, and what about Beetlejuice?! My kids love that one.
 

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I'd be more inclined to think along these lines...and also Lost Boys which you mentioned in your original post, which is the best. And if she likes Lost Boys, maybe you could start to introduce Buffy, not exactly scary but pretty exciting. Just to clarify, I mean the series, not the movie, the movie was pretty cheesy.<br><br>
I personally had a very strong, gut reaction to Signs and I think MKS's movies are a bit iffy in the reaction they will bring out of individuals. Basically I was terrified to the point of not even being able to move at one point in that movie and was semi in shock for the remainder of it and eventually broke down crying once I reached the safety of my car. There is no obvious reason why I reacted so strongly. I don't like horror films and I don't like suspense to the point that you don't get a break, but Signs wasn't either of those, it was just something about the way it was filmed. Anyway, just something to keep in mind. In the interest of full disclosure though, I do have issues with energy overload and find it hard to watch movies in the theater and I saw that movie in the theater...a packed theater all being scared at the exact same moment probably amplified my own fear in that moment.
 
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