Ain’t no story like a horror story

I’m a big fan of the horror movie genre.  I like creepy, dark, suspenseful horror, especially if there are ghosts involved.  I love movies that keep me on the edge of my seat and make me jump and scream.  I like it when I feel the need to hide behind my boyfriend, as if that will save the character on-screen.  I love watching them in the right setting: dark room, surround sound, and no outside noise.

Yesterday I went to see “The Woman In Black,” starring Daniel Radcliffe.  I was honestly expecting to watch it and think about Harry Potter.  After thinking about it for 5 seconds, the movie drew me in enough to forget his multi-billion dollar claim to fame.

It was a surprisingly good movie.  The ending is a little iffy, but otherwise, it’s pretty good.  I spend half the movie hiding behind my hand or my boyfriend, and the other half chewing on my nails and wishing he (Daniel Radcliffe) could hear me telling him something was a bad plan. And man, did I jump.  Even when I knew the shock was coming, I still jumped.  I love movies that will honestly scare me from beginning to end.

I’m not so big into gore, though.  Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw aren’t really my thing.  I find it scarier to not see everything, since whatever is put on the screen is not remotely as scary as anything I can think of in my head.  Zombies movies are okay in my book, too. And Zombie parodies (i.e. Shaun of the Dead) are hilarious!!  Alien movies, however, are not cool.  Not cool.  I watched It, and really??  Just no.  You wanna know where aliens belong??  The Alien movies.  Or X-Files.  That’s about it.

Shitty horror movies are also big on my list.  For me, I don’t mean crappy plot with shitty actors who walk around half-naked.  I mean more of an 80s movie, with crappy effects and completely predictive plot.

One of my favourite scary movies is Children of The Corn.  It was released in 1984 (the year I was born!!) and even now, it’s still creepy.  It’s been years since I saw it, and it would still take a life-and-death situation (or a dare!!) to get me to walk into cornfields.  I’ve seen the movie, I know what happens.  No cornfields for me!!

The Halloween movies are also my favourites (except the third one).  Michael Myers was always terrifying to me. Terrifying.  I remember one year, when I was about 11 or 12, they used the Michael Myers song for a commercial.  You know what song I mean.  So I’d have the radio on at night to sleep, and the song would come on.  Instant awakeness.  I would then lay in bed, terrified that he would come kill me.

A recent movie I found was really good is “Insidious.”  It was about a family that moved into a new home not long before one of their sons went into a coma.  The family (mainly the mom) then starts experiencing weird phenomena: apparitions, weird noises, and all that creepy stuff.  It’s yet another movie where things jump out at you and you better be prepared to jump.  I really, really, really liked this movie.

One move that terrified me beyond any kind of reasonable fear was “Candyman.”  I’m not sure why it did, but it was scary.  I guess it didn’t help that the bathroom of the apartment I lived in had a half-wall sized mirror, along with mirrored sliding doors.  And then there was the elevators, which were all mirrors.  When the band Aqua came out with the song “Candyman,” which has nothing to do with the movies (it’s actually about a guy and candy – I think!!), I couldn’t sing along without panicking about some crazed man jumping out from mirrors.  Clearly, that was a movie that achieved its goal.

I also absolutely love “Dead Silence,” “Silent Hill,” and “Pulse.”  I’m not sure why, but I’m always up for watching those three.

As I’ve said, gore was not something I like too much of.  If a movie is too gory, or just seems too gory, I won’t even watch it (i.e. The Hills Have Eyes).  I don’t really feel that being grossed out has the same effect as being terrified.

I look forward to horror movies.  The next one I plan to watch is “The Cabin In The Woods,” if for no other reason than it involves Joss Whedon.  I’m sure there’s other ones I haven’t heard about, so feel free to let me know of any good ones (past releases or upcoming features) that I need to watch.

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5 thoughts on “Ain’t no story like a horror story

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  3. Im more of the gore horror kinds of a person, so when it comes to spooks and ghosts with long black hair, i dont want it. Children of the corn sounds interesting though, im gonna check it out.

    • Children of the Corn is an awesome movie!! Well, as long as you’re into slightly-campy-yet-creepy 80s films. It’s written by Stephen King, so it’s not too bad. I think there’s 6 or 7 of them (although only the first two or so are good, in my opinion). There was also a remake done recently, although I haven’t watched it, but I’m sure there is probably much more gore in the new one. Let me know what you think when you watch it!!

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