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Went to see Insidious over the weekend. A bit of a scary one I thought! Usual shock tactics where sound was concerned but it did the job of making me crap my pants a few times pretty well!
There was a scene in the film where a house intruder alarm went off. Boy was it loud! Never really experienced such a continued ear piercing assault like that before. It did the job of making me feel uncomfortable and placing myself a bit more sympathetically with the characters, and it got me wondering if there wear any other films where sound has deliberately been used to make the viewer feel physically uncomfortable? I literally had to put my fingers in my ears at one point! Not that I'm complaining though, it was a fun film to sit through :)
I can think of the opening scene from Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible"...
I'm sooo never watching that movie again! (not that i didn't like it, just way to much)
And Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Amores Perros" gets really intense/uncomfortable sound wise to on the dog fight scenes
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Don't know if it was INTENTIONAL, but in "Blade Runner", the sound offscreen as Roy is crushing Tyrell's skull still makes me wince... probably worse because you DON'T see it! :)
There are certain parts of "Requiem for a Dream" that just really make my skin crawl. Not simply due to the sound, which was quite effective, but also the content matter. There are also parts of "Black Swan" that get pretty close as well.
Other mentions off the top of my head:
- Tod Brownings "Freaks" (forever burned into my psyche since I saw it at the early age of 11)
Gaspar Noe's "Enter The Void" can be a bit unsettling at times.
Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo - The Iron Man" has some pretty heavy music that I would imagine would be pretty intimidating and definitely have a psychological impact on the listener if you're not into traditional Industrial music and Music Concrete.
"Winters Bone" was a bit disturbing to me at times, not because of the sound in the film... but because it's a pretty bleak portrait of some really desolate sections of America and it's really sad to see such a reality.
Larry Clarks "Kids" has a similar effect as Winters Bone, not because of the sound, but because of content matter.
Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (the original). It's not the sound in this one either. Oddly enough it's the color scheme in this one that really freaks me out. Maybe it was the type of color processing or something, but the natural lighting combined with the colors just messes me up.
The Shining - Not sure why, but the carpet in the hotel freaks me out. I'm fine with the rest of the movie, but the carpet can almost give me nightmares.
That's all that comes to mind at the moment. If more come up I'll add them.
I would offer Nacho Cerda's "Aftermath", Karim Hussain's Subconscious Cruelty, Audition. These films are both visual and sonically really traumatizing. In Aftermath, it is the stillness of the ambiance in harmony with what is being played out on screen that left me feeling unnerved. Happy mind warping.
It's not directly a horror flic, but it made me feel very uncomfortable. Being John Malcovitch : All sounds from the body are treated like we hear them in our head, the eating, speaking, drinking. Quite a weird sound when you think about it.