Just in time for Halloween, I wanted to talk about my favorite/freakiest scary movies! (I love this topic.) Anyone who knows me is well aware that I'm a fan of creeptastic cinema, but not the slasher violent type. I like the nearly plausible, psychological kind. Unfortunately, most of my friends are the opposite and hate to be scared, so I can't typically get them to agree to a scare-athon.
Anyway, here we go!
Favorite: Night of the Living Dead - Black and White version. The very first one, I mean, from the 60's. It's my favorite one of all. It was surprisingly well done for that time, and it's the kind of thing that mixes survival with supernatural...my favorite!
Freaky: The Exorcist. Oh, Lord, I didn't watch this movie until I was 18 years old, and I'm glad, because, had I watched it as a little kid, I would have never. ever. slept again. And look, I was raised Catholic (strict), so, this stuff messes with your head when you're young and impressionable. I don't think I slept for about three nights after watching it, as it was. All I can say is, spider walk, dude. Spider walk.
Favorite: The Sixth Sense. Come on, now, who didn't love this movie? And the fact that it's placed in my home state, (I'll always love M Night for his Philly affiliations) only added icing to the cake. It was both touching and creepy. The sick little girl sequence was particularly disturbing.
Freaky: Any of The Host type movies. I simply cannot make myself watch them full through. I've tried sitting through clips, but, for some reason, those Japanese film-makers have really hit on a major nerve with me, and the creepy little open mouthed, black eyed, seemingly uncomprehending but evil children crawling up your covers to frighten you into a heart attack thing is f'd up, people. Just wrong.
Favorite: Signs! Another M Night movie, another home state tribute, but this is one gets kudo points for cute children. I get so scared right along with that family no matter how many times I've watched the film, even though I know exactly what will happen. But when they've finished boarded up the house and the first alien bangs on the wall... aaah!!! Also, how adorable is the tinfoil hat scene?
Freaky: Pet Cemetery. I have only one thing to say about this: zombie babies are not right, Stephen King. I may love you, man, but, you can't unsee a toddler nomming on a guy's neck.
That's it for now! I have lots more, but these top my list. What are your faves?