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Wed, Apr 11, 2018 6:23 AM

Live Poll: Movies That Become Scarier in Black And White

Monochrome possesses an inherently creepy vibe to it; being cast in shadows and darkness, it can be the setting of our deepest fears and nightmares. These films were shot in color but, due to their dark themes and creepy subject matter, may have fared quite well in B&W.

Which of these films do you think would make the most interesting transition to black and white?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026021316/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/cc_zo1rS6jw/

Responses

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3 y ago

Kyle,

Interesting question! Many of these films would have a more Gothic horror feel if they were shown in black and white. Not too long ago, it was possible to watch films on a monochrome TV set. It appears that some people still prefer monochrome: Why we still love our black and white TVs - BBC News

My vote: The Exorcist (1973)

Champion

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I second that vote.

I also second that it's an interesting question.

'Good poll.

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47K Points

Thank you both! I think it's an interesting concept and fun fact: Frank Darabont originally intended to make The Mist (2007) in monochrome but unsurprisingly the studio argued against it, expressing that it won't attract a mass appeal. Wish I could see that version, I'm sure it'd be much more timeless...

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26.3K Points

3 y ago

The Thing (1982), Jaws, The Fly, Saw 1, better in B&W

Champion

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229.5K Points

3 y ago

Although black-and-white really makes some movies better, I would argue that most of these movies use color too well, so seeing them in black-and-white would be a bit of a disservice to colorists, special effects and make-up departments etc.

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128.7K Points

3 y ago

Maybe "Get Out" would have been scarier in Black and White...  not to mention the meta-referential aspect...

also FYC:
Rosemary's Baby
Peeping Tom
Angel Heart
Gremlins (the Capra look)

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29.3K Points

3 y ago

I cant picture Nightcrawler (2014) in B&W. The movie is mostly set in night time, which is not scary in my opinion but more thrilling and with it in total B&W, it'd lost its thrilling vibe because its already in the dark.

My vote would be The Thing (1982) and The Exorcist (1973)

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47K Points

Good picks and I thought that initially about Nightcrawler but I thought about Lou Bloom in Monochrome; giving off the same creepy vibes as a Norman Bates type. Anyways, I thought the film would fit the noirish mood quite well. 

Champion

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139K Points

3 y ago

Good one.
Do you want to add Elmo's suggestions?

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47K Points

Thanks Jess,

His suggestions have been added (plus a few more of my own.) The list is now complete✓

Champion

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3 y ago

This is such a good poll. 'Tough choice, too. And I love that you're such a good writer and that the intro features a correct use of a semi-colon, lol. 

It will be interesting to see the results. 

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Thanks Ruby! Your feedback is always so nice... I just aspire to be as good a writer as you anyways :)

I hope the results are close and not just the most popular films jumping to the top.

Champion

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3 y ago

Champion

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419.2K Points

3 y ago

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