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Which one is scarier this or the remake.....?


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The first 1/3rd of this one is scarier, but the remake is scarier overall.

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The remake is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

The remake spreads out the classic opening scene from the original over 90 mins, eliminating all tension and scares. The original is great, check it out.

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THIS one is scary. The remake is NOT scary at all. Watching paint dry is more suspenseful.

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The original is much scarier than the remake (in additional to being a much better film). Carol Kane was much more convincing than Camilla Belle as the main actress and we can easily sense her loneliness and fear when she was left with the children in the house. Her large expressive eyes easily convinced us that she was genuinely afraid. In the remake, Camilla was not really left alone since the maid was there and the blond bimbo also visited her - though both were found dead later. When she received the calls, she looked perturbed or annoyed rather than frightened. She had the expression of someone who just remembered that she had forgotten to pick up the change in the supermarket.

Phone technology had changed a lot in the last three to four decades. If you have seen or used one of the old (and huge) desk dialing phone sets, their ring was so loud that it would have given you a start if it rang near you while you were concentrating on something. The ring of a new phone set is nothing compared to that – not to mention the ring tone of a cell phone. As viewed today, the movie is sadly archaic. In the film, Camilla had a ridiculous array of desk phones and cell phones. More importantly, the idea of “the killer calling from inside the house” is by now an old movie cliché that had been used and even parodied in many movies. The idea of a stranger making annoying calls is simply not scary. Now, it would be easy to trace the number and location of the call very quickly, and yet the remake decided to stretch the first 20 minutes of the original to a 90-minute film. Also, today, a girl would most likely just block calls from an unknown caller. What happens later is, of course, another story.

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Haha! I agree with you about the phone's of yesteryear and that loud creepy ring. Somehow a Justin Beiber ringtone does NOT have the same effect!!!!! 😄😂😄

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1979 Scary as hell 10/10

2006 Not so much 7/10

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Not even, the remake's more like a 4-5/10.

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The original is so stupid that I don't believe in that at all.

Camilla was way more teriffic in her role of Jill Jonshon. In original, the main one seemed to be forced, just boring. I didn't see that she was scary. Of course, she was, but it didn't come to me in any moment.
Original is not scary at all because timeline between first 20 minutes and the last 20 minutes is pretty awful and with the aknoweledge who is the killer, there is no tension, suspense, anything. Maybe they are thrills in five minutes in the beginning, but after that is just another movie with no one horror element.
And the end of the original is so predictable. I asked myself: " Is that going to end with just shooting the bad guy, without action in the final scene? " That happened just one minute after.

I love remake much more and is better if you ask me.


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I'm so tired of people's unfair bashing of the Remake, I found it very Suspenseful and entertaining, and I relate to Camilla much more then Carol.

But allot of that is generational, I'm about Camilla's age, she's a Modern Young Adult like me, Carol was a late Baby Boomer like my parents.

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The original is so stupid that I don't believe in that at all.

Camilla was way more teriffic in her role of Jill Jonshon. In original, the main one seemed to be forced, just boring. I didn't see that she was scary. Of course, she was, but it didn't come to me in any moment.
Original is not scary at all because timeline between first 20 minutes and the last 20 minutes is pretty awful and with the aknoweledge who is the killer, there is no tension, suspense, anything. Maybe they are thrills in five minutes in the beginning, but after that is just another movie with no one horror element.
And the end of the original is so predictable. I asked myself: " Is that going to end with just shooting the bad guy, without action in the final scene? " That happened just one minute after.

I love remake much more and is better if you ask me.



Oh right, spoiled bratty little bitch gets to babysit for the Rockefeller family who lives in the big mansion at the far end of town miles from civilization because for all their money they don't have a nanny and have to take some walk-in off the street, who's only doing it because she needs 13 hours on her phone to yell at her boyfriend, and her parents want her to learn responsibility by watching TV and raiding the fridge when there is a baby sitter serial killer in the loose, is SOOOOO much more believable than normal teenager babysitting in a normal house in a normal town and somebody managed to break into the top floor and kill the kids, yeah that kind of stuff NEVER happens in real life.

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No *beep* right?!?! I couldn't have said it better, Novastar!

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Not a fair comparison, since this film only tried to be scary for about 20 minutes.

"When the chips are down... these Civilized people... will Eat each Other"

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Not a fair comparison, since this film only tried to be scary for about 20 minutes.



And the remake didn't even bother TRYING to be scary, it just focused on being long and boring.

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The 1979 is way scarier.

Carol Kane is 100 times the talent of the girl who played Jill in the remake. The 1979 movie had more suspense

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Exactly, we actually CARE if she gets killed or not, we do not with the stupid new girl.

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This movie and that awful excuse for a remake shouldn't even be compared!

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This^


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