Closed: Win a new video iPod Nano
Fancy winning one of the new iPod Nano's? The ones that shoot video? Well you can right here on Filmstalker, and as always it's an easy competition that anyone can enter, if you want it.
The prize is to celebrate, and to enable you to join in, the fact that iTunes will be offering a bunch of great films for a uniquely low price this Halloween, from Shaun of the Dead to The Skeleton Key, from the original Psycho to Van Helsing, all for a mere £3.99.
You can see the full details of the new iPod Nano over at Apple, but basically it stores and plays back video and audio as well as now recording video and audio. It has a slightly new design with a cool look and new colours, a bigger 2.2 inch screen.
It has FM radio with live pause and iTunes tagging so you can tell iTunes to look up the song you're listening to on the radio without having to search for it.
Add to all that a pedometer, voice-over to speak the details of the song you're listening to, and voice memos too. The iPod Nano is pretty damn cool.
You can win one for free courtesy of NBC Universal to celebrate this low cost run on some great films over Halloween, and to add to it why not try Shaun of the Dead or the original and best Psycho, the superb Rosemary's Baby, WAZ or The Children, all for just £3.99?
To enter is easy, just send me an email at the following address telling me what the most terrifying horror film that you've seen is and why, and you could be walking around with this cool iPod Nano.
If an email doesn't appear when you select the link, here's what to do:
- Right click the email link and copy the link address
- Paste the copied address into a text editor or something similar
- The email address to send the email to is between the "mailto:" and "?subject"
- The subject of the email is the rest of the line after "?subject="
- Open a new email in whatever way you like and paste in the address and subject, then follow the rest of the instructions above
The competition is open to those with a UK postal address (please bear in mind the postal strikes could delay delivery), and the competition will close at the end of the day on 1st of November.
Get entering, it couldn't be easier, and good luck!
Update: Here are some of the answers that I received for the competition, and some were superb. I took all those that had followed the rules correctly and given decent answers and someone else randomly picked one out. They've been notified, along with everyone else who took the time to enter. Many thanks to you all, and in no particular order, here are some of the entries:
"my worst horror film I have ever watched must be Hellraiser. It was so scarey, I have never watched it since. If I ever see the man with all those pins in his head on the internet, it makes me cringe. It is because it was half a reality film and sort of fiction, oh but it could all happen."
"EvilDeath Movie is my favourite horror film for ever. Because thts my first horror movie which i seen in my childhood. importantly an english horror movie reached around the world even in indian village"
"The most terrifying horror film I've seen is The Descent. It's just the thought of those horrible creatures lurking in the dark waiting to pounce at any moment. You can't see them as it's soooo dark and there's no way to escape from the depths of those caves either. Any slight sound and they'll hear you and come for you! Arrggghhhhh!!!"
"I think the best horror horror film ever is Nosferatu. This was a silent Germarn film made in 1922, it starred Max Schreck as Graf Orlok. Even today this film still delivers the shocks. I rate it the best original vampire horror movie ever made."
"Ok, so this may not be the most scary movie for a lot of people, but The Shining is the main reason, I'm not too scared now even to try to watch a scary movie. Just the feeling I had (stomach lurching, hiding behind my hands, heart palpatations) when I was younger was enough to convince me that I'm chicken-shi*t and that scary movies may not be for me. But like spicy food and beers for me, practise makes it go down easier ..."
"My most terrifying horror film would have to be Stephen King's It. Most likely because I saw this when I was quite young (sneaking behind my parents back) and the clown was pretty scary. I'm sure this is one of the reasons I hate clowns so much, lol. Love the site, keep up the great work!"
"It has to be the original Psycho...tame by todays standards, but I must have been at an impressionable age when I first saw it, as I still cannot use a shower with a plastic curtain !!!!"
"My Bloody Valentine (the original)
I was about 11 years old when I saw this masterpiece of the genre! What's there not to be terrified about? Highlights include; a small backwater mining community, most of the action takes place in a claustrophobic & dark mine setting, worst of all The protagonist stalks around in the most terrifying get up available a gas masked mining suite with a pick axe to dispatch of victims. A mixture of low budget realism with heart ripping fear.
Others have come close to the fear induced by My Bloody Valentine but none have topped it yet."
"Choosing one was no easy task.
The Mist could have been my choice. It had a great story, had a host of scary creatures and an ending that left you feeling a little bit more disturbed than the horror that had gone on before
I was also close to picking The Blair Witch Project. What wasn't shown was what made this so scary. Film can only scare so far, with BW, it left the real scares to your imagination
The most horrifying though has to be The Exorcist. Effects wise, it's a little tame now, but back when I first saw it, it was the kind of film the you had to watch whilst your parents were out, and then wished that they were in when you'd finished. One of the few films that had you scared long after the video was safely back in its case."
"The most terrifying film I've ever watched in Bruno because I didn't think champers could be poured like that, or that a fire extingisher could be used for "that""
"My scariest horror movie: [REC]. Why? It builds tension throughout its initial sequences, including an out of nowhere plummeting fireman that's certain to catch you out first time, and then culminates in the most terrifying low light first person sequence in cinema history. After first viewing, I was so terrified I had to turn on all the lights and have a cup of tea. Hopefully the sequel will be more of the same. "
"The scariest film I ever saw was 'Night of the Living Dead'
In the early 1980's about a dozen spotty teenagers crammed into a friends house who had managed to get a copy on VHS. The lights were off, the curtains were drawn but the scariest bit was worrying that the parents would return and catch us!
The next scariest is Disney's Fantasia!
Was baby-sitting once and the kids were loving it. I couldn't believe how violent and scary the dinosaur scenes were."
"The scariest film I ever watched was The Exorsist I was only young so maybe that is why it scared me so much,My older brother & sister used to make the sounds of the girl at night time to scare me,it always worked!"
"I think that this is going to be a common answer but for me the scariest movie i've seen is The Shining. I can't actually watch it with the lights off and its definately a movie that stays in your thoughts after you've seen it.
The progression of Jacks character into a madman who tries to kill his family is disturbing as well as the unexpected scares that happen within it. (i wouldn't have thought before seeing it that hedge characters would ever scare me!) The parts that I have to hide behind the pillow are definately the moments within Room 237. After having warnings about the room when Danny finally enters the tension is so high that its unbearable and when Jack meets what is in there it gets worse. Unlike most horror films today it doesn't rely on cheap scares or quick cuts to frighten you but a combination of things such as the appearance of dead people within the hotel, Dannys ability, Jacks madness, the hotel itself seeming to be taking control(e.g the corridor of blood), finding about the last caretaker, the sense of isolation and fear for the safety of Danny and his mother from the person who should be protecting them.
Even though it was made nearly 20 years ago it beats hands down all the horror offerings we've had since and although i like the film i'm always a bit worried about putting it on to watch in case I can't sleep afterwards!"
Mark Stirton, writer/director, gave us his experience, which was a cracker:
"It was a night I'll never forget.
I was a scruffy 11 year old boy when it happened. The most frightening thing I'd seen so far in my life was an episode of Doctor Who which was loosely based on the film 'The Thing from Another World'. A scary episode? You bet your life it was. But hardly preparation for what I was about to endure.
My first experience with this particular film didn't happen in a cinema and it was still years before the miracle of VHS. No, this was a film I'd be watching live on ITV. Everyone knew the film was coming. Back then a big film on ITV was huge news and this film already had a fearsome reputation for scaring the bejesus out of people. Some older school children had already claimed to have seen the film and were full of terrifying (and largely inaccurate as it turned out) stories about how people were dispatched. My only knowledge of the film came from a brief inspection of the book while shopping at RS McCalls. And even the book cover terrified me. A strange egg shape and those five deadly letters. I quickly scanned the synopsis on the back and it sounded truly frightening.
So when the first screening on terrestrial TV happened, I just had to watch the film. Clearly it was past my bedtime. Clearly it was too adult a film. But lets face facts, 11 year old boys can be a real pain when they want something and eventually I convinced my Mother to let me (and my poor even younger brother, Ron) to stay up late for one night only.
So 2 little boys sat on the sofa and watched 'Alien'. Later we'd be behind the sofa, later still, in the other room looking round the corner.
Frankly I knew we were in trouble right from the start. The music, the graphics, the acting. The tone was all wrong. Everything instilled a feeling of dread, even the cat. Even the silence. But I had faith in the Captain. I instantly bonded with Dallas and I knew he'd get us home in the end.
By the time they made it to the derelict both Ron and I were quite fascinated. The design work was rearranging the neurons in my brain. Blake's 7 never looked like this. By this point everyone knew the Alien burst out of someone, it was a much talked about sequence. So even as a kid it was possible to see where things were going when John Hurt unwisely peeked inside that egg to get a better look at Ridlely Scott's flapping hands. And when he started twitching and convulsing on the breakfast table, we both knew what was going to happen. But we got through it.
Little did I know, that was just the start.
By the time Brett was munched, I was very shaky, Ronald was bloody terrified and the film was far from finished. Someone had to go into the pipes now. Dallas? Not Dallas! Don't send the Captain, thus far my one ray of hope in this movie. Send Parker. Send Ripely. Send Lambert. OK, don't send Lambert. She'd have a heart attack before the first creepy iris shut. But no, they sent Dallas. Somehow I knew what was going to happen. This was not a film where one could go into the pipes with an alien and have it end well. And it didn't. When that creature lunged out, my heart stopped. The air in my lungs flew out and I was left gasping on the floor. This was the only moment I considered just going to bed. Maybe I'll find out what happened when I was older? Maybe they'll release these films on special shiny disks one day? Maybe one day the psychopaths that made this unholy film will explain themselves on little documentaries? Maybe one day.
But no! I had to find out what was going to happen. I instantly transferred my hopes onto the science officer, Ash. He'll save us, science will save us! Oh crap, there goes his head. Oh and he's a traitor as well. Fantastic.
By the time Ripely was in her little getaway ship, we were in the kitchen looking on from a terrified distance. We'd turned out the lights in the living room so the strobe lighting was creeping out of the Narcissus and extending the craft into our home. Ron and I held each other for comfort as Ripely strapped herself in and finally, finally blew that nightmare creature into space. A space that was no longer filled to the brim with Han Solo, Police Boxes, Paul Darrow and Shatner. Nope, that was the night my sci-fi innocence was lost forever.
These days the Alien films amount to little more than being mugged by a Fox exec, but at the start, 'Alien' redefined a genre. Not that I knew much about that when I was 11. All I knew was that sleeping that night was going to be hard. The room was dark."
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