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Before I get started, I thought I'd tell you a bit about my reactions to scary movies, because many people have different responses. I'm one of the people that can watch nearly any scary movie without so much as blinking. Gore typically doesn't bother me in the slightest. The only things that sometimes get to me are jump scares because I get SO into the movie that even someone just walking into the room would make me jump, even if I didn't actually feel scared. Similar to this is the fact that I have never been legitimately scared by a movie... except one, which you'll see below. I don't know why, but they just don't get to me. Part of my obsession with horror movies is that I'm constantly on the hunt for a movie that will actually scare me.
I'm not sure if all horror movie fans share this opinion, but I have one rule for horror movies that trumps any other rule I have: PG-13 horror movies aren't going to be scary. I got into scary movies as a 13 year old, and I wasn't allowed to watch R rated movies, so I had to stick with the PG-13 stuff, and I learned very quickly that none of them were any good. Now, on this list you will see some exceptions to this rule, but overall, I've found it to be fairly accurate. Now that I've gotten this huge intro out of the way... let's begin.
Amityville Horror (1979)
Ok, confession time. I didn't make it all the way through this. Not because I was too scared, but because I was extremely bored. I think I got a bit past where the flies killed a pastor... or something to that effect. I just remember nothing interesting happening, and after seeing the fly incident, I thought "well, if that's what they consider to be a scary death, I'm not wasting any more time on this." So, I can't say if it got better after that, but I watched for... maybe 30-45 minutes and literally nothing interesting happened.
Most people would not find this movie scary. However, since my biggest fear is birds, this movie was probably the one that scared me the most. The birds in this movie are all big, black, crow-type birds, and they're absolutely terrifying for me. It's not necessarily a very scary movie, or even one that I enjoyed very much, but it was scary for me because of my fear of birds. I also really disliked the ending of the movie. I think I have it on DVD, but I really don't know why I do, because I've only seen it the one time and it wasn't my favorite.
Nonsensical and ridiculous are the first two words that come to mind with this. I feel justified in saying that this is one of the worst horror movies ever made. It's certainly the worst horror movie I've ever seen, and is one of the worst overall movies I've ever seen. Actually, I'm not even sure this should be considered a horror movie. It tries too hard to be creepy throughout, but fails. Nothing is actually scary, and it really just ends up being dumb.
The Cabin In The Woods
I understand that this was supposed to be a movie making fun of horror movies, but I thought it was just stupid. It may have worked if they were just setting up all of these horror movie moments just to create a horror movie or just because, it would have been stronger. But because they're trying to ward off these "Ancient Ones," it just seems gimmicky. I just wish that it would have been just some people terrorizing some kids. That would have been a great twist a la The Strangers.
I certainly wouldn't consider this a horror movie, but Wikipedia has it listed as one, so I thought I might as well talk about it. Personally, I liked it. However, it didn't go over well with most people. I'll admit I'm pretty biased because I'm a big Johnny Depp fan, and this is Johnny Depp in his element. So, while I'll admit it's neither a horror movie nor an excellent movie, I really enjoyed it and would say most Johnny Depp fans would enjoy it.
This one may be considered more of a thriller, but I'd count it as either. I thought this one brought a bit of humor as well. I would think that people older than their twenties may not like this one as much because it's more geared toward teenagers/ young adults. However, since I DO fall into that category, I think it's really good. It's a remake of Rear Window, and while that's definitely a really good movie, I would probably choose to watch Disturbia over Rear Window. Is Disturbia a better movie than Rear Window? No. But I'd generally prefer to watch it for pure entertainment value.
The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead (2013)
It's also been a long time since I've seen this movie, so I don't remember many details, just overall impression. This one was very ho-hum. It wasn't particularly bad, there was just nothing that stood out about it. Not particularly scary, just overall very average. It was at least somewhat interesting, but not good enough to re-watch.
The Fourth Kind
The Haunting in Connecticut
This movie was very underwhelming. It wasn't scary, and I didn't think the plot was that interesting or surprising. I actually almost completely forgot I ever saw this, until I was looking at a list of horror movies and saw it on there. It was that underwhelming.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
House on Haunted Hill
This was surprisingly good for a movie made in 1959. There were even a couple jump scares I wasn't expecting! I think the plot is really interesting, and it reminds me the slightest bit of And Then There Were None. While this movie overall certainly didn't scare me, I thought it was pretty good, especially for the time period. I can only imagine how much it scared people when it first came out.
This is one of those movies that breaks the "PG-13" rule. This one really did an excellent job of delivering some scares while still having a good plot to it. There were actually some things that I didn't notice the first time I watched it, and upon re-watching, I noticed them, and I think it's really great when a movie is really subtle. I wasn't a huge fan of the end or of the whole sequence where the dad goes to save the kid, but I think that was handled better in the sequel.
Generally, I don't like sequels, so I didn't have really high hopes for this one. However, I actually liked it! I definitely thought there were a few cheap scares, but I really liked the intricacy of the plot in this one. I like when I start out really confused, because I really like figuring out plot points before the movie reveals them, so I think that's why I like this one. I might even say that I like it more than the original.
Nightmare on Elm Street
This movie suffers from a lack of scary longevity. I feel like a lot of the scares in this movie rely on of-the-time special effects, and therefore hasn't continued to be scary after almost 30 years. I can see why it became such a famous movie, because it was probably very scary in its time. I think it's a great concept, but I just don't find it particularly scary.
One Missed Call
This was one of the first horror movies I watched, and I remember not being really impressed with it. I was watching it with my mom, and I remember her getting scared at one point and refusing to watch any further. However, I wasn't scared at any point of the movie, and remember being very unimpressed at the end, because it didn't scare me. I think it's a really cool concept for a horror movie, but I just don't think that it was done well. I'm assuming that the original Japanese version was better.
Like some of the other movies on this list, I went into this movie already knowing the twist at the end, and I'm really REALLY sad that I did, because this is one of the most brilliant twists I've seen in a movie, because it's so completely unexpected, yet once you realize it, it makes complete and total sense. This is one of the better scary movies of recent years, and although it isn't one of my absolute favorites, it's a really good movie.
Prom Night (2008)
A horror movie about Edgar Allan Poe with gory murders based off of Poe's works? Sign me up! I was seriously really excited about this movie! While I wasn't overwhelmingly excited after watching this movie, I certainly wasn't overwhelmingly disappointed. I thought it was well done, and really interesting with the recreation of Poe's works. The only complaint I really had after seeing this was that the gore was a little cheesy, but that shouldn't really be a surprise since I tend to laugh at gore.
The Ring 2
The Silence Of The Lambs
This badboy is a doozy. And it is, of course, well known for being a great psychological thriller. It's a great film and Anthony Hopkins is just brilliant playing Hannibal Lecter. For me, the only heart-racing part was in the basement near the end. While this is a great film, I felt like it had several standout scenes, but the rest of the movie felt a little like dead weight to me. I can see why so many people like it, and I would certainly suggest it to people, but for me it's not one I'm going to re-watch several times.
The Sixth Sense
This movie was actually ruined for me before I saw it, because in 50 First Dates, they talk about the twist and I saw that before watching The Sixth Sense. It's really a shame that it was ruined for me, because it's such a great twist, and it's definitely one of those movies where once you learn the twist, you want to watch it again just to see all the little clues. I think it was done really well, and it does a great job of convincing the audience that Bruce Willis is actually alive. Although the majority of this wasn't scary (although it had its moments), it was really well done.
The Skeleton Key
Honestly, I can't remember a ton about this movie, which I think speaks to the predictability of the movie. I specifically remember it not being scary, but I also remember it not being good.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Honestly, the first 10 minutes were the scariest, and it was really more creepy than scary. Like a lot of movies of the time period, there are a lot of slow points. While the scene at dinner is uncomfortable to watch, I wasn't scared in the slightest. Overall, it may have been good when it was made, but I just didn't like it.
While I'll admit that the twist wasn't something I saw coming, but that's all I really liked. I appreciate that this at least tried to be different by having an unreliable narrator, but its efforts were in vain because it's simply not a great movie.
This just was not good. It wasn't scary. It wasn't even that interesting. You're supposed to be surprised when you find out that it's taking place in modern times, and you're supposed to be surprised that the village leaders are the "creatures" they're afraid of, but I just wasn't impressed by any of it. M. Night Shyamalan strikes again!
This is another one which I didn't consider a horror movie, but was listed as one on Wikipedia. I was really excited about this one because it looked like an insanely cheesy romcom, but it also seemed to realize that it was so cheesy and make fun of itself. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, but since I was so excited about it, it would have been hard for it to. But I liked it enough that the book is on my list of books to read, so that should at least say something about it. But it's certainly not a horror movie.
When a Stranger Calls
Yet another of the first horror movies I saw... and wasn't impressed with. Sure, the line "did you check the children" is creepy, but that's the only part I was really creeped out by. It just didn't scare me, and wasn't that great of a movie.
Whew, that was a really long list! If you made it all the way through, kudos to you! I tried to think of ways to make it shorter or break it up, but I couldn't think of anything that made sense, so this is what I've ended up with. I'm thinking about doing a post on my 10 favorite and least favorite horror movies, so if you'd like to see that, let me know in the comments! What are your opinions on some of these movies? Did you agree with me? Disagree? Let me know! Also, if you like my posts, don't forget to subscribe to my posts/ follow me so you'll see when a new post comes out. Thanks for reading, y'all!