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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Favorite Scary Movies

This time of year I am crazy for scary movies. The evenings are cool and I love turning the lights down and snuggling up with a good scary movie.

The Ring—I think this is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. I’d not seen the creepy movement of the well girl before, and the associated urban legend—“Watch this video and you die”—still gives me shivers.

Scream—I loved the humor mixed with terror in this movie. Also, a major movie star was killed in the first act—anything could happen from there.

The Blair Witch Project—The buzz for this was amazing. Our son was small, so we waited until it came on Pay-Per-View. I think we were both confused, so we watched it again with closed captioning. The last scene was so haunting, and raised so many questions. We talked about it for days.

Halloween—I can watch this over and over this time of year.

The Thing—Back when VCRs first came out, the dh and I (we were dating at the time) rented this movie. While it wasn’t the scariest thing ever, the isolation in the movie did make for some tension.

The Pit and the Pendulum—I remember watching this Vincent Price movie when I was a kid and actually sucking in my stomach as the pendulum descended.

American Werewolf in London—my first R rated movie, very bloody, lots of fun.

Amityville Horror—I read the book when I was in middle school and the first movie scared me to death.

The Fog—I really enjoyed both the original and the remake with Tom Welling. The child in danger, the fact that they couldn’t leave the island, the encroaching fog….creepy!

Salem’s Lot—I don’t remember if I read the book before or after the miniseries aired, but I LOVE the original with David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia and James Mason. The floating Glick boys, the movers bringing the coffin back into town, James Mason, all had me on the edge of my seat.

Poltergeist (1 and 2)—Sweet-faced little girl, floating corpses, CREEEEEEEPY old man. Another one I’ll watch over and over.

The Messengers—A family in a haunted old farmhouse, isolated from everything, threatened by spirits of a murdered family. It got awful reviews but I loved it.

Creepshow—The zombie dad coming for his birthday cake—ACK!

The Believers—Martin Sheen investigating the religion of Santeria, Jimmy Smits as the bad guy. Sad and scary. Lots of snakes.


Abbott and Costello—We watched these movies on Saturdays when I was a kid. I loved “Meet Frankenstein” best, but “Meet the Mummy” is a close second.

Mystery Science Theater—We watched these movies on Saturdays when I was a young mom. I loved the ones with Joel most of all. All that delicious snarky humor.

Eight Legged Freaks—David Arquette can be annoying, but I notice I have 2 of his movies on my list. I thought this one was a good chuckle.

Love at First Bite—Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever.

Lake Placid—Bill Pullman was so charming, the sheriff had the best one-liners, Oliver Platt was a hoot. Also, Betty White!

I want to see Paranormal Activity, but will wait for DVD and hopefully avoid spoilers. What are your favorite scary movies?

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At 7:00 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

I like scary movies that aren't bloody, so Poltergeist would be one of my favorites. I love Hocus Pocus, too (which isn't really scary).

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

I tend to like spooky rather than gory. Two of my favorite ghost story movies are The Changeling with George C. Scott and Lady in White.

Funny? Tremors and Shaun of the Dead, which was billed as a RomComZom :-).

And I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm looking forward to seeing Zombieland.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

I watch very few of these- not a fan of gore. But spooky, especially if funny, really grabs me. Years ago when we could find no other movie that was showing late, we saw American Werewolf in London. It was incredible for its time, and both jump-out-of-your-seat scary and funny. And I've seen Tremors over and over because it's funny, scary, and well-plotted, too.

Sci Fi adventure spooky can be great, too- I'm thinking of the Alien series.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

I'm not much into scary movies, so I haven't been to very many. I scream even when I know the bad guy is going to jump out. I embarrass my husband so often. The scary movie that sticks with me the most is one from my childhood. The Birds. And I'm with Terry and Delle. I loved Tremors.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger MJFredrick said...

I can't believe I left off The Mummy and my FAVORITE funny movie, Transylvania 6-5000. Jeff Goldblum is awesome.

I tell my class I don't like evil people scary movies, but I love the monster movies. (I know, I still have Scream and Halloween on the list, but one was so clever and the other is so mindless.)

RomComZom? LOL!

The Birds scarred me for life, Merrillee. Birds trip me out.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

I haven't watched many scary movies because I'm a total wimp. Even the TV trailers give me nightmares.

However, I do remember seeing the thriller Wait Until Dark when it was released way back in 1967. Audrey Hepburn plays a blind woman who has something that some bad guys want - a role that earned her an Oscar nom. I can't remember for sure, but I think the film might be in B&W.

I am currently hooked on the TV series The Vampire Diaries - which doesn't qualify as a scary movie unless you're a wimp like me ;) - and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Mary! I love scary movies. I agree with Terry, the gore doesn't do it for me, but the anticipation of what's to come!! Yikes!

I do love Poltergeist. I need to watch that one again. I haven't seen a few on your list, so I will rent them on netflix right away!

The Ring didn't scare me because she walks so darn slow out of that t.v. I could run away by then! :)

I thought the movie VACANCY was very scary. Bad guys on the roof, in the attic, everywhere...just standing there waiting! Give me shivers thinking about it.


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