Surprisingly Scary


I was expecting a thriller but this movie was as SCARY as any horror film I ever watched. I was shocked by how scary it was.

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Creepy indeed. I certainly wasn't expecting this, when I got hold of it. But the film works well on many levels. I'm not sure what genre to put it in. The "Very good movie"-bin would be alright, I guess. Highly recommended.

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One of Robert benton's most underrated films.
A lot of people fail to realise it is a romantic noir, an entertainment, you are supposed to enjoy it, not analyse it to death.
Streep and Scheider are excellent.

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This does not classify as a "noir" - at all. It is a psychological thriller, paying homage to Hitchcock.

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And not in a bad way.

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That wasn't my point.

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I totally agree! No other movie in my whole life made me jump like this one did. The dream sequence....And that [email protected] bird! I still shudder when I think of it.

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It is creepy when Greenbacks doesn't scream & act mental but just says 'jump' really quietly. Would appreciate knowing about the significance of the child and the bleeding toy. My imagination told me that the child was a combination of the picture of the child and Greenbacks sitting on the desk like a child but I've just watched it and that bit wasn't in - I'll take more water with my whisky in future.

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I completely agree. And the amazing thing about the dream sequence is that almost nothing happens. Like Scheider says, some little girl is mean to her teddy bear. And yet the images are so freaky & archetypal that I'm instantly on the edge of my seat.

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The ending is certainly scary. Gail is one freaky bitch.

I'm happiest...in the saddle.

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Benton did not do much with two of the most unnerving things in the movie: the lifelike statue of the man in the museum office (I kept expecting some sort of pay-off - such as discovering the cop's body there or something) and the dream image of the blood on the little girl's leg (I thought that a child rape scenario was being indicated by that.)

I like the film, but I thought it was TOO textbook of a thriller. I was expecting a bit more cleverness and better dialogue.

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Yeah.

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