Horror October Discussion: Horror in Film

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 12, 2013 | 19 Comments


Todays topic: The horror genre in film!

I loooove horror. I love creepy, dark stories. BUT…I am very picky. I do not scare easily at all, and I find 95% of the horror out there comedic rather than scary. I also don’t have a weak stomach. The gorier, the better! 

[edit: I also don’t get nightmares. Ever. The only movie that ever gave me a (kind of) nightmare is The Notebook, because it reminded me of my past and I dreamt about it afterward. Wasn’t a true scary nightmare, but I didn’t want to dream about it so it qualified as one for me anyway. A chick flick is more likely to give me nightmares than a horror – sad, right?]

Horror movies I didn’t like

There are far too many horror movies that are carbon copies of one another. The murder mystery kind of horror doesn’t appeal to me at all, because they’re so predictable and I feel like they’re all cut from the same mold. I never cared for any of the Scream movies. To be honest, I never really got into the old slasher flicks, either. I still haven’t seen all of the Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th movies. It’s kind of sad, really. But I found them cheesy! (I did like the new Nightmare on Elm Street, though!) I almost peed myself laughing at The Exorcist and Poltergeist. Yeah, I know, they’re old and they didn’t have the technology to pull things off realistically.

Oh, and has anyone else seen Donnie Darko? I finished it and was just like, What the f*ck did I just watch?!

Horror movies I thought were awful (read: they should have been labeled comedy): Evil Dead (I want to stab every single person that told me ‘OMGSH it’s the scariest movie EVER!’ for lying), Paranormal Activity, Drag Me to Hell, The Grudge, The Omen, Wishmaster, Chucky, The Unborn, My Soul to Take, Haunting in Connecticut, Sorority Row, The Devil Inside, Let Me In, Case 39, My Bloody Valentine, The Skeleton Key

The Collector scores #1 for all time worst just because of the cat scene. I walked out of the room, I couldn’t even finish it!

One horror movies I refuse to watch: Human Centipede. No, no, no.

Horror movies I do like

My favorite horror of all time is Silent Hill. I freaking love that movie! I’ve seen it multiple times; I could watch it over and over again and never get sick of it. (Note: Silent Hill 2 SUCKS. Just saying.)

I also love the Saw movies and the Final Destination movies (like I said, I like gore!). They’re kind of all the same, and the series gets dragged on, but I love them all the same anyway! 

I’m not sure if these even count as horror, but I have an unhealthy obsession with the Tremors movies. I’ve seen them over and over, and although they’re borderline cheesy, I freaking love them! I don’t know why, I just do!

Horror movies I loved: Constantine, Resident Evil, The Crazies (LOVE Timothy Olyphant!), Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro!), The Mist, Ghost Ship, 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later, The Ring, Alien, 13 Ghosts, Underworld, Fright Night (new version: although I think I only like it because of Colin Farrell), The Last House on the Left, and let’s not forget The Nightmare Before Christmas!!

Even though I didn’t necessarily like it, The Hills Have Eyes seriously creeped me out. It didn’t scare me, but it made my skin crawl.

I also like The Gremlins, even though it’s terrible!

Horror I haven’t seen

I must confess that I haven’t seen Silence of the Lambs. The sad part is, I want to! I just never got around to it. I also haven’t seen The Shining. Again, I want to. I am the Queen of Procrastination.

I really, really want to see The Devil’s Backbone. I am a huge fan of Del Toro!

Oh, and I don’t watch Walking Dead. I tried the first episode and couldn’t get into it >.<

Nature/Animal horror movies

I think movies with giant man eating animals are grossly overdone (*looks pointedly at SyFy*), but there are some I do like. The best EVER, of course, are the Jurassic Park movies! LOVE them! Two more of my favorites are Komodo and Deep Blue Sea. I also enjoyed Anaconda, Lake Placid (but just the first, the sequels were awful!), Cujo, The Happening, and King Kong (new version).

The ONLY movie that ever truly scared me was Arachnophobia, because I am terrified of spiders.

Bad animal/nature horror movies: Shark Night, The Grey (I expected better of you, Liam Neeson!), Eight Legged Freaks, The Ruins, and basically any cheesy SyFy monster movie (my dad loves them for some ridiculous reason).


Do you scare easily? What are YOUR favorite horror movies? Which ones did you think were terrible? 

Jessi (Geo)

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19 responses to “Horror October Discussion: Horror in Film

  1. I’m so easy to scare. I refuse to watch most horror movies, because they give me nightmares for weeks. I sometimes watch them because of my boyfriend (and he must watch animations like Disney in return :p), but I hate it. Especially those parts with that nervous music and you know something is going to happen, but you don’t know when. I always feel like getting a heart attack, haha, don’t like it.

    PS: I’ve added my youtube link to my icon bar if you are interested to see the vlog! :)

    • Haha that sucks :( I don’t ever have nightmares (I should have put that in the post!), so I don’t have to worry about that thankfully.

      Yay, thank you! I do want to watch it; I love watching vlogs of bloggy friends because I can feel like they’re talking to me! Since I can’t meet most of them =/

  2. I love The Walking Dead and Resident Evil (also love the video games too), mostly because I love zombie film XD

    I can’t stand with gore, I hate Texas Chainsaw or anything horror thriller movie like that which including scary society. I like Final Destination 1-3, but I couldn’t continue to 4 and the rest because they become more gore x_x

    And also Friday The 13th. I don’t know what it is about, but I remember when I was a kid I once watched the tv series and then I had a nightmare about clown ghost. I never want to watch it again.

    • I’m not usually big on zombie movies for some reason, but Resident Evil kicks ass!

      I wasn’t impressed with Texas Chainsaw either, I saw it and honestly don’t remember a thing about it. It just blended in with all the other cookie cutter horror movies for me. Yeah, the Final Destination movies are pretty gory!

      A ghost clown? Lol, that sounds terrifying! (Clowns creep me out!)

  3. Note to self: Watch Silent Hill and avoid watching Arachnophobia (because like you, I’m scared of spiders).
    Oh, I’ll have to watch The Hills Have Eyes since I want a movie that will creep me out.
    Awesome post Jessi! -rushes off to the internet to watch the movies-

    • I hope you love Silent Hill as much as I do!! It’s pretty freakin awesome, in my opinion ;D

      The Hills Have Eyes was more disturbing than anything…be warned! It’s very similar to the movie Wrong Turn, but in the desert instead of backwoods WV.

  4. I scare quite easily, but I really liked Silence of the Lambs. I prefer a scary movie with a good story, so I also liked the Saw movie (the TWISTS! So GOOD!) The one that scared the bejeesus out of me was The Strangers. I don’t want to tell you what scared me about it because I think it might ruin the effect of the movie, but I haven’t seen another one that gave me a heart attack in nearly the same way. But with that being said, I’m an easy scare — so you might lump it into the comedy section ;)

  5. Yeah, the twists in Saw were part of why I loved them so much! I really enjoy movies that make you think :)
    And I’ve seen The Strangers, but wasn’t really impressed with it. I got a bit bored watching it lol! I can’t remember the part you’re talking about sadly…

  6. Honestly? Horror doesn’t appeal to me. I love action and intense things, but if it’s just plain gross and pointless for the screams…why the heck would I watch that? So I don’t really watch HORROR but I love intense action/adventure things. I do love a good fright once in a while.

  7. Stephanie H.

    I’m one of those weirdos that HATES scary movies, at least the horror/slasher movies, but I love scary books. I tend to just stick with Hocus Pocus and Young Frankenstein for my Halloween movies and curl up with my scary books to a good thunderstorm. I have a hard time finding a book that truly scares me, but I can get freaked out by a tv show/movie easily. For example, I loved Interview With a Vampire when I read it and wasn’t scared at all, but there was one scene in particular that freaked me out for some reason in the movie! I think part of the reason I am this way was that neither of my parents were big in to horror movies, but I was raised reading mysteries of all kinds. You say murder mysteries are predictable and I agree many are, but read Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. First off, most people are copying off of her (especially the movie Identity, the book Ten, and that horrid TV Show Harper’s Island). Secondly, if you see the ending coming, I want to strap you to a polygraph test.

    The first horror movie I remember watching was Scream and I got so freaked out by the opening scene I left the room. I later had a nightmare where I was in that scene (and I rarely remember my dreams) and so made myself watch the rest of the movie. I like movies and TV Shows like the Sixth Sense, The Walking Dead (the 1st episode is just set up, you need to keep watching), Dexter, etc. I did freak myself out the first time I saw Signs, though. Only because I have an over active imagination (when I was little I had an imaginary pre-school rather than just a friend) and had to drive home through corn fields.

    • Oh no! At least you love the books haha. Maybe I will have to try that one…I remember Ten being compared to it, but I thought Ten was awful >.< Lmao! I just find them cheesy. The Sixth Sense was awesome, I forgot about that one! And I kinda want to try more Walking Dead because of all the hype, but I'm not really a big TV person - I have hella trouble committing to any series. I've even fallen behind on Once Upon a Time, and I was madly in love with that show the first 2 seasons! I just don't care about keeping up with TV shows, I'm more of a movie and book person. I loved Dexter! I binge watched the whole first season and thought it was epic, then watched about 2 episodes of season 2, got busy, and never got back to it. I didn't like Signs lol >.< Shyamalan can make some good suspense, though!

      • Stephanie H.

        I never ended up reading Ten. I was excited when I first heard about it, especially since it is basically a retelling of one of my favorite books, but then I started looking at the reviews and realized that many of those that really loved it had never read the original and/or even knew it was a retelling. I figured chances were I would hate it and tear it apart.

        If it wasn’t for my DVR, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with most TV shows either. Jason and I have always watched both the Walking Dead and Dexter on DVD. Then we can have a marathon weekend.

        • You’re not missing much, in my opinion anyway. Lots of people loved it but I found it irritating and cliche. I’ve decided that Gretchen McNeil’s books are not for me, because I had the same exact problems with 3:59 =/

          I have a DVR and record the shows, then never watch them lmao!

  8. I’m a total wimp with horror movies so I haven’t seen a lot of these, but I absolutely LOVE Jurassic Park (I was one of those dinosaur obsessed kids) and Alien.

    I also have yet to see the Shining – I want to, because the book was great, but I’m too scared!

    • Haha me too! I wrote a story about dinosaurs when I was like 11 (it was awful haha) and I used to have all kinds of dino books. I was ecstatic when they showed the trailer for Jurassic Park!

      I should read the book for The Shining!

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