Still Open #46

Always Open: Still Open #46

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Mica Burton, Blaine Gibson, and Mariel Salcedo as the discuss their favorite scary movies.

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  • GoldringI FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 hours ago

    I know I'm late to this, but I like the fact that Mica and Blaine decided they were discussing The Descent, when as far as I could tell Mica was actually talking about The Cave. This is what happens when two similar (although wildly varying in quality) films get released close together.

  • Cassner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hail Hydra

    3 weeks ago

    As above so below is based off of Dante's Inferno

  • DomW FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Space Pirate

    3 weeks ago

    As a Pagan, the Misunderstandings of Witchcraft on this episode are both hilarious and kinda sad, but in a funny way.

  • kai4523 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Kai

    3 weeks ago

    I saw Paranormal Activity, this reminded me of why I stick to comedy movies. 

  • lemmy_zappa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    My favorite Scary movies are the first 2.  They just weren't the same after the Wayans brothers left.

  • ScoutSniperSoo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    My scary movie of choice is The Changling (1980)


  • IvanB FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I can't do scary movies. But when I was young, I had a sleepover with my cousins, and we went to see The Grudge in theaters. That movie gave me nightmares for months. Mainly because when we were sleeping, my cousins would moan like the ghost woman. My mom is Asian so she had long black hair, and also my younger brother at the time looked like the ghost boy. Also the original Japanese version, Ju-on, is even more messed up than the American version.

  • Darmandorf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Lethargy Enthusiast

    4 weeks ago

    John Carpenters The Thing. Best horror film ever of all time. No stupid jumpscares, no demonic bullshit, just practical effects, psychological horror, and body horror. Absolutely perfect.

  • foreverbandgeek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I had the same exact reaction to As Above so Below but I actually liked it. I hadn't seen a scary movie for years and went to see it in theaters at the start of the semester with a bunch of new friends my Freshman year. Thoroughly enjoyed it lol

  • MrYensid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    My favorite scary movie is The Haunting (1963).  No attempts at gore, just a good scary movie.  I refuse to comment on the remakes.

  • Moogle_Jones FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I am with Mica. The most scary type movie I can handle is cabin in the woods......such a wimp thanks over active imagination. Mica if you watch the ring make sure you have some one with you for a week after and you will be ok. The others is also a good "scary" movie.

  • dayne-doe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dayne

    4 weeks ago

    i'm the opposite of mica- i'm totally cool with scary movies that feature ghosts, demons, all that stuff because my mind kind of tells myself that it's not going to happen to me. i cannot watch slasher films because i don't really like gratuitous gore, but i also am horrified of murderers in horror films because it's something that could just happen to anyone almost. the only scary movies that really get to me are psychological ones / ones that involve murderers.


    my favorites are The Taking of Deborah Logan (which turns supernatural, but it freaked me out SO hard), Get Out, and The Pact. those are my favorites out of "movies that actually freaked me out". i have SOOO many more, but they're ones that i just enjoyed as movies overall and not ones that actually scared me!


    sorry this is kind of jumbled, i'm soo bad at getting my thoughts out properly. @ _ @

  • LauraTheExplorer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Benadryl Cucumberpatch

  • carltannler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HotCarl

    4 weeks ago

    The ring is a cult classic? Since when?

  • legionofpotatoes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Dead Silent is the scariest movie I've seen.

  • TheMightyLorax FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I'm at Soup

    4 weeks ago

    I feel you Mica. I get terrified for months after watching Horror movies (that have to do with ghosts or demons). First year of college my friends convinced me to watch Grave Encounters on a night we were drinking. I told them I would likely cry, they didn't believe me. I cried.

  • Erimgard13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    i'm with Blaine on The Descent! I also really love Oculus.

  • joules FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    The Witch (2015) was an excellent film, I don't get scared by scary movies at all so I can't attest to the scariness (literally laughed my way through the new It) but the Witch was beautifully filmed and everything was period accurate and it was just an excellent suspense/psychological thriller in terms of captivating story and good cinematic art. 

  • FerlynnGoldbeard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Boop

    4 weeks ago

    A Nightmare On Elm Street fucked me up when I was a kid. I first saw it when I was about 10 (which is probably too young for a film like that). My family and I watched all of them in a row, and I was totally fine with them. What got to me was when we watched Wes Craven's New Nightmare, where the actors of the major characters play themselves until a now real life Freddy begins stalking them. Before that film, I could tell the difference between the movie and real life, but this one really blurred the line for me. I couldn't sleep soundly for a while, and even years later the "what if" still sat at the back of  my mind even though I knew it was illogical. Watching them now as an almost 21 year old I know how silly I was. Those films, and Robert Englund especially, have given me a deep respect for the horror genre. 

  • FirenautPhx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Phoenician

    4 weeks ago

    I don't see scary movies because i'm a big wuss. So my scary movie favorite is either Hocus Pocus (The acting is scary! Plus Bette Midler's buck teeth.) or Nightmare before Christmas which is my second favorite Christmas Movie behind Die Hard.

  • AishaAdventures FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Yomiko Readman's twin

    4 weeks ago

    That scene in Gothika f'ed me up! I, too, am the world's largest pansy and CANNOT do horror flicks. My immediate family is not big on them, unless it's like the classic films; because the original "House on Haunted Hill" with Vincent Price is a masterpiece of cheesy proportions. We also would watch the first and second "Poltergeist" movies as a family, but on TV, where it was heavily censored. It was an annual tradition.

    When I was a wee lass, the first "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie came out. My friend asked if I wanted to go to the movies, and since her mom was taking us my mom agreed. I thought we were going to see Care Bears or some other kid-friendly film, which is what they told my mom. Nope. A grown-ass mother of two took us to see Freddy. Her youngest was three or four and my friend and I were five or six. Yo! YO! Flag on the damn play! Who takes little kids to see that? 


    The girl and her mom AND her little sister laughed at me because I was crying, I was so scared. I slept with my mom for like a month. Yeah, needless to say my mom didn't let me hang out at their place anymore  flushed It took a while before I watched other spookies. I did like the "It" with Tim Curry, but that was made for TV so it was lightweight. I can do suspense-thriller horror, but not stuff like "The Ring."


    By the way, I really  lheartve Always Open! This is definitely one of my can't-miss podcasts. Brava team. Y'all kick ass.

  • gemork FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    To put this entire comment in context, I'm a 6'6" 300lb dude. I'm a big, chubby guy. I'm also 22 - I watched The Ring and The Shining when I was 8, thanks to my dad. I still, genuinely, sleep with the lights on and the blinds closed. I have two lamps pointing at me right now at 1am. Anything horror or supernatural absolutely RUINS me.


    I once read a chain message on Habbo Hotel when I was 13 (yes, seriously) and refused to take showers or stay in the house alone for 2 years. Baths only (which taking into account my height, was probably not good for my knees) because then the demon couldn't come up through the bathplug, because... well, the plug was in. I don't know why some super powerful demon couldn't lift the plug, alright? It also makes zero sense, considering the chain letter said the girl killed herself in the damn bath. 


    I know these things don't exist, and ghosts aren't real, and no teen suicide girl will kill me in the shower. But I'm still scared of it, and I don't know why. Mica might be onto something with the overactive imagination.


    Anyway yeah, I don't do horror. Me and my mother had to leave the 12A adaptation of Beowulf because the CGI on Grendel was too disturbing for me. It's a movie that's literally rated for children, if they have a parent with them.

  • sakurastar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I love horror and admittedly there are a lot of crappy horror films but there are a lot of gems out there too! Here are some that weren't mentioned on the podcast that I would recommend if you're interested:

    Ju-on - (the Japanese version not American) is excellent

    The Orphanage - is an excellent Spanish horror, it's not very scary and that's not full of jump scares but it has a good story

    It Follows- mentioned on RT podcast before, very suspenseful modern horror

    Get Out- if you haven't seen it yet you really should

    Insidious- Another more recent horror, fairly jump scary but well done

    The Devil's Backbone- similar to The Orphanage, not particularly scary but a good ghost story that's well told

    Saw- The first one's actually pretty good and not torture porn like the sequels

    Shaun of the dead- Zombie comedy

    Let the Right One in- Swedish film about a young boy and a vampire girl (make sure you don't accidentally watch the crappy remake)

    Jacob's Ladder- psychological horror 

    A Tale of Two Sisters- A Korean horror about two young girls and their new step mother


    Enjoy  relaxed

    • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

      4 weeks ago

      As old as Jacob's Ladder is, it still holds up!  thumbsup The twist floored me!

  • hunter559 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    These episodes just keep getting crazier and crazier. I think Barbara is going Rogue.

  • teachna FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I'm going as the babadook to a Halloween party 

  • DrPleasure FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Mica didnt explain 'As above, so below' properly, I didnt think it was a bad movie but it wasnt great. Still worth watching IMO

    • Hoffman365 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 weeks ago

      i loved that movie

  • merabmcfarland FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Blaine every time I try to hear you say what your favorite movie is I hear "John Carvhbrebrmhrmh...." WHAT ARE YOU SAYING. Are you saying John Carter??

    • wakko_warner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 weeks ago

      john carpenter's the thing ... like the old one.

  • SugarGlory FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    The movie that Barbara is talking about is called 'Hush' super interesting movie 

  • RDV-1996 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RDV

    4 weeks ago

    The new "It" is not scary at all. Good movie, but not scary. I'm not fond of clowns, to the point where I didn't want to go see it. i feared IT would make my feelings about clowns worse. But I forced myself to see it at the last minute... but it was more comical than scary. It's in the same category as Stranger Things, the humor and overall feeling reminded me of Stranger Things. I walked out of the Theater, feeling like i had watched season 2... (Finn Wolfhard being one of the leads didn't help with that feeling either)


    So consensus, if you like Stranger Things, you'll like IT. And the other way around! Go watch them both, they're both worth your time! (but don't expect anything really scary, other than a few jump scares) 

  • darrastan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    The only scary movie I've ever seen is Psycho. I try to avoid horror stuff.