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?