Scary Movies

Here's a list of movies I haven't seen yet that I'm thinking of renting for this Halloween season (in no particular order):

1. Funny Games (the U.S. version of a German Film which will probably evoke a similar disturbing feeling to the movie Clockwork Orange)
2. The Ring
3. Saw
4. The Thing
5. The Messengers (most recent version)
6. Hills Have Eyes (most recent version)
7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
8. 28 Days Later
9. Jacob's Ladder
10. Dawn of the Dead
11. Cloverfield
12. Rec (the original - which I think is in Spanish. I'm curious to see what it will be like to watch a scary movie with subtitles - maybe there wouldn't even be that many subtitles in a scary movie anyway, they're mostly quiet and suspenseful, right?)
13. A Tale of Two Sisters (a Korean film)
14. The Cell (with J. Lo)
15. Gothika (with Halle Barry)
16. American Psycho (I saw part of it)
17. Disturbia (I imagine the person who made this movie liked Hitchcock's Rear Window)
18. Rosemary's Baby
19. When a Stranger Calls
20. Candyman
21. Hellraiser
22. Amityville Horror
23. Dead Silence - saw part of it - too scared to watch the rest of it (those ventriloquist puppets scare me so much. I think 'cause I saw a movie about one when I was little maybe on the Twilight Zone or something.
24. Don't Look Now
25. House of Wax
26. Haute Tension (A French foreign film that looks like you'll be curled up in a tight ball throughout the whole movie)
27. The Tenant
28. Les Yeux Sans Visage (French 1959 Movie)
29. Black Christmas (1976 version)
30. The Brood
31. Eraserhead
32. The Evil Dead
33. Identity (with John Cusack and Amanda Peet)

Wow, that list turned out longer than expected. Now here's a list of scary movies I've seen, but worth mentioning:

1. Exorcist
2. Poltergeist
3. Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn plays a blind woman)
4. What Lies Beneath
5. Psycho
6. The Others (Nicole Kidman)
7. Sixth Sense
8. Changeling
9. Halloween
6. Something Wicked This Way Comes - a weird kid scary movie. I mostly remember the spider scene as being the scariest part about it.
7. Pet Semetary
8. The Shining
9. Cape Fear
10. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
11. Carrie
12. The Haunting
13. Witches - a kid friendly scary movie
14. Watcher in the Woods - creepy for a kid to watch, but saw it when I was young
15. The Omen
16. Tourist Trap (I think I saw this weird one when I was a kid)
17. Flower's In the Attic
18. The Bad Seed
19. Friday the 13th
20. Dead Calm
21. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
22. Disney's Halloween Treat (short haunting cartoons made in 1982)

Some people might add Jaws, Seven, Misery, Silence of the Lambs, Cujo, It, Children of the Corn, Fear, The Good Son, The Mothman Prophesies, Assault on Precinct 13, Buried Alive, or Alien but I don't really consider those Halloween scary movies for some reason. Nightmare on Elm Street, Blair Witch Project, and Chucky I thought were just plain stupid - even as a kid I thought they were dumb.

Hopefully this list will give you guys some ideas for movies to watch on Halloween. If you have any other recommendations I would love to hear them in the comments section - as well as which movies scared you the most!



Blogger Sara said...

Two movies I would not see, if I were you: "Saw" and "Identity." I didn't see "Saw," but Brooks said it was so disgusting, he almost walked out of the theatre. I think he wishes he had. Seriously, Lex, don't watch it.

"Identity" is definitely interesting and has a weird twist at the end, but I don't think it's worth it to watch this movie, either. There are some really gross scenes.

Hm. I'm not really interested in being scared anymore. I remember when I used to be. But so many times these days, scary equals gory. Why is that? It's pretty disgusting. "Wait Until Dark" is another story -- that's suspenseful, not gross.

October 24, 2008 3:42 AM  
Blogger Side of Jeffrey said...

Um, you can't call Misery or Children of the Corn a none-scary Halloween movie and then say you are going to watch The Cell or Gothika. That just doesn't compute.

What I will say is that you must watch Evil Dead and then watch Evil Dead 2 immediately after. They are amazing and change lives. I also really enjoy the 1978 Nosferatu from Germany. It is fantastic and so artsy good.

Additionally, if you are going to watch Rosemary's Baby, please prepare for a very graphic rape scene with Satan that last what seemed like 15 minutes.

October 24, 2008 12:45 PM  
Blogger Side of Jeffrey said...

Oh, and don't listen to Sara. Watch Saw...then follow it up with Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original please)

October 24, 2008 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watcher in the Woods is freakin awesome! Of course I was young when I used to watch it. I really want to watch it again but am afraid it will ruin my feelings for it since I'm older now and more mature (hehe).

January 15, 2009 8:50 PM  

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