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?