Now first thing is, I have to admit that Horror is not my favorite, but that is mostly because it is often gory and that is not my favorite thing. At the same time I enjoy movies with high suspense where the fear and horror comes more from what you don’t see or where there is something more to what is going on than just simple gore. There can be moments that are scary, creepy, and even horrific, but those are not the main way that you get scared.
Now I have enjoyed an occasional gore fest, but those are not the movies that have stuck with me or that I want to watch again. When a movie can scare you again even after you have seen it then you have something that works. So here are some of my favorite horror movies.
The Exorcist is a classic horror movie. They have even recently started a new TV show based on it, although I have not seen it. The creepy thing about this movie is the possession of a child. Watching the child thrash around, saying horrible things, moving in unnatural ways just leave you with chills.
I think there is also an element of trying to believe in the unseen forces where at any time something could take you over make you do things that you would never do normally. I have not watched it in a while, but it is a movie that you can definitely watch again and it still gives me chills.
Cabin in the Woods
Honestly I don’t know how much I would call this movie a horror movie because it is more of a commentary on horror movies, but at the same time there are definitely plenty of creepy moments. It pairs the horror elements so beautifully with a great sense of humor.
Part of what I enjoy about this movie is the fact that it doesn’t take itself seriously, but it definitely still has the tense moments in. There is something to a movie that is at the same time referencing the typical horror movie genre and turning it a little bit on its head.
I love and hate this movie because I don’t know if I can watch it as the last thing in the night. The clown throughout is just creepy as all get out. I think the scene that has stuck with me the most is Pennywise in the sewer calling out to the little kid. It is interesting because Clowns are supposed to be these fun, innocent, playful things, but there are a lot of people who are scared of them already.
There is just something creepy about something that is supposed to be happy and joyful talking to you from a sewer. It is not even the running after you – the just innocuous talking to you from a place they shouldn’t be is what makes it creepy.
Wait Until Dark
Part of the reason that I watched this movie originally is because I love Audrey Hepburn. Part of the tension in the movie is that Audrey’s character is blind and so we are watching in anticipation, as she can’t see what is going on around her. By making the lead character blind, it plays perfectly into our fear of not seeing what is around us.
Then there is the added element where we get to see what is happening when she cannot, so we are anticipating what might happen.
Now these are just some of my favorites, but there are more horror movies of all different types. What are some of your favorites?