Thus were the words uttered by Sheriff Brackett to Laurie in the original Halloween. I’m not sure when I began loving this movie, but there was a time that beginning on October 1st, I watched this movie every day, constantly having it in the background while I got ready for work, took a nap, whatever, and yet it never lost it’s fear factor for me. Last year, my friend Melissa and I dragged our husbands to an actual screening of Halloween in the movie theater. As avid fans, we were terrified and loved it even more. Our husbands were not impressed and both stated they didn’t think it was scary at all. To this day, for me, the original Halloween is the 2nd scariest movie ever.
What is 1st, you might ask? Jaws. When I was younger and unwilling to get out of the swimming pool, even into late October nights, my father would hum the Jaws theme and I would immediately jump out of the pool. At night, swimming in our pool, I would swear the dark light in the deep end looked just like a shark’s eye. Anyone who knows me knows my biggest fear in the world is sharks.
I’m actually not a very fearful person, except for sharks, dark basements, ghosts, being burned alive, corn fields, large snakes, serial killers, people hiding in my car or closet, drowning and being buried alive…just to name a few. As you see, the franchise of Hollywood horror films has done a perfect job at activating my deepest fears. Yet I go back for more, because for some strange reason I am obsessively attracted, almost romantically to the art, and there is an art, of horror films.
I absolutely love them! They don’t even necessarily have to be terrifying for me to love them...just Halloweeny!
In fact, my favorite Halloween series isn’t even a horror movie, it’s Roseanne’s infamous Halloween episodes! The BEST!
But, people ask me all the time what my favorite horror movies are so I thought I would make a quick list. Comment below and let me know what your favorites are and hopefully you’ll list one I’ve never seen before!
Halloween(all of them except III), Children of the Corn, Jaws, The Strangers, The Conjuring, The Collector, Saw frachise, Servents of Twilight(based on Dean Koontz book), Paranormal Activity(all…please don’t even get me started! Bad experiences at our house after!), Texas Chainsaw Massacre(all), House of a 1000 Corpses, The Amityville Horror, The Hills Have Eyes, Open Water, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Buried Alive, The Purge, Evil Dead, You’re Next, anything Alfred Hitchcock, The Shining, The Ring, Scream(all of them!), The Descent(one of the best horror films EVER!), When a Stranger Calls, Silence of the Lambs, I Spit on Your Grave, Disturbia, Signs, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Lady in White, Poltergeist, Audrey Rose, Phantasm(1 & 2), Salem’s Lot and Seven.
There’s lots of scary movies that just don’t scare me because my issues of fear are different than everyone else. Quite honestly, movies that deal with paranormal or religious issues scare me the most, except for Jaws, probably because of my beliefs in a spirit world and my fear of not having control. The same could be said about my constant need to read books and watch documentaries about serial killers, but maybe it’s just because I’m sick puppy! Who knows!
What do you think are the scariest movies? What really gets you jumping in your seat? After all, it’s Halloween. Everyone’s entitled to one good scare!