Halloween is long past, but it’s almost always fun to watch a good scary movie. I’m no expert in the field, not being a huge gore fan myself (haven’t seen Saw, Freddie Krueger films, and the like – yet) but one of my macabre hobbies (in addition to ghost hunting) is watching scary movies alone in the dark at one in the morning. Adrenaline rush times ten! You’ve got to try it.
So – here are some of the best scary movies I have seen, perfect for that rainy night alone.
The BEST, of the best of the best of the BEST I have seen is – without a doubt – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It begins and you’re like, “This is a scary movie?” But don’t worry; the best is yet to come. As the plot thickens (cliché properly used here), the viewer not familiar with the surprise end will be jolted in their seat; and even the spoiled will not be prepared for the last two seconds of the film: the scariest of anyone’s entire cinematic experience. Top of the late night list!
I put this on the thrillers list but it deserves mention on “Freaky” as well: M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece The Sixth Sense is a jump in your seat classic; best the first time, second best every time you get to watch your friends jump watching it for their first time. Original in its take on the supernatural with powerful story and script, artful in its execution. On the scare list and here to stay.
The Descent. A thriller/horror about a group of female friends off on a girls’ weekend out of cave exploring out in a park somewhere in rural America. Half-way through their jackass leader tells them it’s actually a new cave she wanted to check out after they have already been trapped inside by a series of unfortunate events. But that’s only the beginning. Soonafter they realize they are not alone. A real jumper and fun to watch with friends.
This is thee psycho-thriller but can be checked off as horror as well: The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best scary movies I have seen (understatement). Got to love the tension climaxing with Dr. Hannibal Lector’s attempted escape from his animal confinement coupled with the hunt for and showdown with serial killer “Buffalo Bill.” The greatest film of its kind. The sequels/prequels suck, FYI, though Hannibal is good for a few jumps if you can bear its incompetence.
One of the ultimate scare tests is The Exorcism of Emily Rose which is not nearly as scary as it could be but you are guaranteed not to sleep for the next week. The Exorcist is interesting and has scary moments, much more artsy than Emily Rose but for the modern viewer, it is not terribly scary. Rose has a great cast and story, but doesn’t rise to “great movie” status. Dare you to watch it at one though. (Ha, ha, ha, ha!)
There aren’t that many movies that are actually scary out there; but who am I to talk though if I haven’t seen the blood fest films? Shoot me a comment with your suggestions.
Generally I don’t enjoy the gross-only no-story movies but – generally speaking – am open to the beauty of art, wherever it is.
The Shining! Why was that not up there? “Redrum. Redrum. Redrum.”