I have been watching scary movies for as long as I can remember. For example, I saw Silence of the Lambs at age eleven and soon after The Exorcist and Amityville Horror were basically in constant rotation. Does anyone remember Witchboard? Yup, loved that one too! I’m assuming my obsession with spooky films is a result of two things: my mother’s obsession passed down and my birthday being seven days before Halloween. Now, to clear things up, I am not a huge fan of gory horror films. I can totally do without Saw, Hostel and others of the like. I’m mainly into films that scare you so much that you have to sleep with your mom or with the lights on…or both. Perhaps I’m a masochist, but there is just something so thrilling about a good scary movie on a chilly, fall night. So without further ado, here is my list of the top 15 most frighting movies I have ever seen! Please PLEASE comment if you have more for me to enjoy!
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The Exorcist (1973) – I think it’s fair to say this movie is f&$*%@# scary. Anything that has a religious undertone in it is always frightening because I, of course, assume that it’s totally possible to become possessed, have your head spin around fifty times and barf up split pea soup. I enjoy how the movie starts out slow with hints of the heebijibees and then holy shit! It’s safe to say, after watching Linda Blair play Regan in this 1973 thriller, you’ll want to head straight to church, beg for forgiveness and say the rosary ten times over. Sweet, I just googled The Exorcist to find the movie poster and saw frigging Regan staring back at me….my night’s sleep will now suck.
Halloween (1978) – This is hands down one of my absolute favorites. Let’s start simple with the soundtrack…it is perfection. The moment you hear the first notes as the flickering pumpkin comes into focus on the screen…whoa. I’m listening to John Carpenter’s musical masterpiece now as I write and I want to suck my thumb I’m so creeped out. Of all the scary movie serial killers, Michael Meyers is the best one. Why you ask? Because he is a mental patient that escapes the hospital and no matter how fast you run or how good you hide, he’ll find you…slow walk and all. Plus…come on now…Jamie Lee Curtis is THE original Scream Queen. PS. don’t watch that remake crap by Rob Zombie, watch the original.
Amityville Horror (1979) – Nothing like watching a good old fashioned haunted house movie about a man that massacres his entire family around the age of twelve. However, I must admit this is one damn good scary movie. James Brolin was hot in the beginning so that was kinda cool, but he gets totally creepy and strung out about halfway thru…and that was pretty frightening as a kid. Throw in a priest who is even too scared to enter the house, a red-eyed pig named Jodi and the entrance to Hell in a basement and you are sure to have a frightening evening.
The Shining (1980) – This movie is TERRIFYING. There is something about a man losing his marbles that is a bit soul shaking. Throw an insane Jack Nicholson into the mix with some extra eerie directing by Stanley Kubrick and it makes for some scary stuff. But there is so much more to this than “Here’s Johnny!” moments. We have some creepy twins, a clairvoyent butler, ghostly apparitions…there’s a lot of messed up stuff going on in this hotel. This very well may be one of Stephen King’s all time scariest flicks. Side note: my colorist has read every scary book out there and she once told me that The Shining was SO scary, she could only read it during the day. Nope.
Poltergeist (1982) – For those of you who have seen Poltergeist know why it’s on the list. It’s a solid “haunted house” type of movie with an interesting supernatural twist courtesy of Steven Spielberg’s screenplay. There are some truly frightening scenes involving a TV, a closet, and a clown that will stick with you forever. And let me make something clear, we are talking about the 1982 original film. The recent remake was possibly one of THE WORST movies I have ever seen. Do not waste your time. It’s clear no one is capable of redoing this classic horror movie. The acting, the special effects, and of course the 80’s suburbia setting really make this film special. For those of you who don’t know, there is word the set and cast were “cursed.” Good things did not happen during filming and several cast members died not long after at young ages. Eeeeks! Craig T. Nelson, thank God, is still alive and well.
Pet Cemetary (1989) – Stephen King does it again with this family thriller which involves burying the dead and just hoping for the best upon their return. This story is frigging frightening and sad at the sametime. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I will say this…Zelda is the GD scariest creature I have ever seen in any movie bar none! Want to not sleep for a couple nights or poop your pants a little…watch this movie and turn it up a touch when old Z hits the screen. Sorry, you’re welcome.
It (1990) – Holy F! One look at this creepy clown makes me want to crawl back into the womb. There is such a sincere element of fright, goosebumps and not good feelings when watching this movie. Heads up, this movie is quite long and in my opinion the second half loses it’s luster. In any case, it is definitely worth watching and getting majorly freaked out. You will never ever look at red balloons the same, that’s for sure. Thank you again, Mr. King!
Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1992) – There is something about super hot vamps sucking the blood out of beautiful women that make this version of Bram Stroker’s Dracula super scary, but sexy all at the same time. I am all about the vampire. I used to go hunting for them at my old grade school church. You better believe I had a bible, holy water and a homemade wooden stake in the event I came across one. I had mace in my vamp sack too, just in case I ran into any perverts. If you’re hungry for a bloody mess of a Dracula film, then you’re in luck, because this is just the flick for you. It’s actually beautifully filmed which makes for some gothic gorgeousness. Add in some sexy widow-peaked bloodthirsty vampires and you have yourself one hell of a ride. Why do such evil villains have to be so sexy? I would for sure be a vampire victim…or as they say in True Blood, a fang banger.
Scream (1996) – This is my high school classic scary movie. Awesome cast, awesome play on horror movie stereotypes and awesome screenplay. Super scary and full of scenes that make you jump out of your seat. Plus, the Scream mask is set in history and will forever be the easiest Halloween costume ever. If that turd came after me, I would gouge out his eyeballs thru his mask and rip his balls off. That’s my plan. Watch Scream and be prepared to scream. RIP Wes Craven.
Stir of Echoes (1999) – I feel like this is a bit of a sleeper. Kevin Bacon is the lead and is trying to sort out a missing girl mystery and understand why and how he is being haunted. They did such a great job with the scary scenes which 100% give you the chills and creep you out. If you need a good, scary movie that is not gory and gross, but full of mystery and a good ghost story…this one is for you. Plus, it takes place in Chicago.
28 Days Later (2002) – I love me a good apocalyptic film and if flesh eating zombies are involved, I’m even more into it! Holy crap! This movie is perfect if you’re looking to get completely freaked out AND grossed out. It’s a fast-moving, loud and frightening movie. If you are in the mood to prepare for the end of days, pop this sucker in. Wear a diaper.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) – Ummm, well. This movie haunted my dreams for a good, solid week and made me cry. Nope, not joking. I hate it and will never watch it again. But for you psychos that want to spend a week in church seeking God and reading the Bible, well, I have just the movie for you. This is based on “true events” and if a single part of this is true, well, I want to go eat a couple xanax because it is the scariest movie I have ever seen. I won’t ruin it for you, but they say she broke her knee caps off because she had no control of her own body and genuflected 500 times. Ok, thanks, bye. (Anyone have a tissue for my tears?)
Let the Right One In (2008) – The is the only foreign horror movie on the list…so if you have any others to offer, I’m all ears. This one focuses on a little vampire, beast girl who when really hungry, needs to drink blood of the living, naturally. There is something about the way this movie is filmed that adds such a dark and spooky twist to it. It’s extremely well-done, creepy and perfect if you want to shake things up with an international thriller.
The Strangers (2008) – Oh, F. Where do I begin? Burlap bag-masked burglars are never a good thing. In fact, they are the scariest sort of killers that may have ever existed. If I were at a lake house and a crew of misfits dressed like the killers from The Strangers came after me, I would poo in my yoga pants. Sincerely. This is one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen. I was around 24 years old when I saw this movie and I cuddled with my mom for two nights straight because I was so frigging scared. Plus, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman make one hot couple…so there’s a plus side to being scared too death.
It Follows (2014) – The Mister Project and I recently watched It Follows and were super impressed. It’s set in the late 70’s and is not cheesy at all. Even the way they filmed it, looks as if it could have been filmed in 1979. They did an excellent job giving the characters and ambiance a vintage feel. The story line is extremely unique, unlike any I’ve seen thus far. This is the type of movie that gives you massive chills and may keep you from wanting to have sex for a while. Sweet.
Honorable Mention goes to….
The Lady in White (1988) – Ah shoot! This movie was all the rage in our household when we were kids. I still get the spooks when I watch it and I’m in my thirties. It’s a legit ghost story about a little ghost girl and the mystery surrounding her death. Who’s the Lady in White you ask? It’s a f$%*&@#* terrifying Katherine Helmond (Mona from Who’s the Boss ring a bell?) who floats around in search of her dead granddaughter. Eeek! I have goosebumps just thinking about her. As kids, we used to lock each other in the dark basement and scream, “the Lady in White is coming for you!”. Oh my God, I would FREAK out. Such sweet, little siblings we were.
The Babadook (2014) – I heard from a friend of mine that this movie is frightening. I had to make a deal with The Mister Project: I’d watch Star Wars with him and he’ll watch The Babadook. Only catch, he’ll only watch it during the day. LOL. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Aussies scare the crap out of their audience…and Anthony.
Goodnight Mommy (2015) – This film comes by way of Austria. Who knows what the heck these Austrians are up to, but according to the critics, they are doing justice to this genre of film. It’s a story about two twin boys who welcome their mommy home after getting cosmetic surgery to find she is no longer the same…physically or mentally. Or is she even the same mommy? I recently watched the trailer and wanted to suck my thumb. It gave me all sorts of the creeps!
Well, there you have it! If you have any more terrifying movies…throw em at me! Enjoy the Halloween season TSPeeps!
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