Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Special: Favorite Horror Movies

As Halloween approaches, I'd thought it would be fun to write up a post about my favorite horror movies!

I am a scary movie fanatic; I live for them! And despite that I love them and that I've seen so many horror films, I found it really difficult to come up with a list of favorites. I don't know why! But, alas, here it is. 

Now, if you notice, in the title I said "best" horror movies instead of "scariest" or anything of the sort. That's because I don't get scared at scary movies. Disturbed, definitely. Maybe a little creeped out. Scared? Nope. It's probably because I've been watching them for so long. 

So what qualifies as a "good" scary movie if I can't get scared by one? Well, this is hard for me to decide, but I'd say that it's a movie that either I want to watch more than once or that makes me think about it days after I saw it. 

So, I'll stop rambling and give you my list.

1. The Grudge (1 & 2)
These movies will always be one of my favorites because, well, they were the first ones I saw. It was shortly after the second was released and I was about 11 at the time. I've seen these movies so many times and I always return to them. 

2. Shaun of the Dead
I can't have a favorite horror movies list without this one. This movie is absolutely hilarious while also providing few "jump" moments. For whatever reason, I don't really like zombie movies except for comedies (I also love Zombieland). Even if you are not a horror movie fan, you should watch this because it's just a fantastic movie.

Wow, I really like choosing images with something lurking in the background
3. The Strangers
So, yeah, here's a tip: don't watch this movie and then go babysit until five in the morning on Halloween. This is one of those times that I've been freaked out by a scary movie. Anyway, this movie is a terrifying concept because there is a very real possibility that this can happen. I mostly like this movie because of the remember-able moments: The scene pictured above; the, "is Tamara home?" scene; and the "Because you were home scene." If you've seen this movie you'll know what I'm talking about and that these scenes really are creepy. I don't know why but these scenes just really stuck with me. 

4. Vacancy
I honestly don't know why I liked this movie so much. I just remembered that when I finished it the first time I immediately wanted to watch it again. And I did. I've seen this movie several times. Plus it puts a bad taste in your mouth about motels (if there isn't already). 

I purposely stayed away from lurking figures with this one
5. Shutter
Another Japanese remake. This is a movie that the ghost is trying to get revenge and has every right to. One of the only movies that I was actually rooting for the evil being and was happy with the ending. 

6. Reincarnation
I watched this movie years ago when I was about twelve and I honestly don't remember much about it except that it was really creepy. If the Japanese know how to do one thing, it's horror. 

7. Dead Silence
Yay, creepy doll movies! Honestly, is there anything more creepy than dolls? In this instance, no. 

8. The Cabin in the Woods
This is a new release, but I just had to include it. This is a movie that you are either going to love or think is stupid; after much contemplation, I decided I'm part of the former. This movie was not what I was expecting at all and really had me thinking long after I finished it. I've seen this movie called "anti-horror," and that's exactly what it is; it's actually a parallel to the horror genre itself. This movie delivers creepy moments along with comic relief. All I can say is if you are going to watch this movie, go in with absolutely no expectations because this movie is not what you think it is. 

Do you like horror movies?
What are some of your favorites?


  1. Shaun of the Dead is pretty hilarious! It gets a little gruesome towards the end though, when they are in the bar.

  2. Oh man, the Grudge, don't get me started! *Shivers* I have had so many nightmares! And The Ring too.