I used to love, love, love scary movies. Like, I lived off of them and went to see them whenever possible. I loved the suspense of it all, biting my nails off out of fear, covering my eyes when someone popped out (holy crap, that is the worst part for me - I die inside when someone pops out from behind something unexpected).I kind of passed the point of loving horror movies when I watched Hostel, because it just seemed to lose the fun element... seeing someone get their eye blowtorched just isn't really my idea of a fun time (no offense to those of you who love it...to each their own).
While watching an especially suspenseful and fabulous horror movie the other day with J, I thought that in honor of Friday the 13th, I would put together a list of my favorite scary movies! So I hope you enjoy.
Perfection. Brilliant plot, and in my book, anything by Alfred Hitchcock is a HUGE winner. I'm always up for a surprise ending (though I think that by now, everyone knows what the ending is). I have watched this movie a kagillion times. Plus, Anthony Perkins is kinda hot.
2. The Shining
Jack Nicholson is terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. I think for me, the scariest part is when his wife finds his stack of papers, for the book that he's been working so tirelessly on, and all it says is "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Ugh, I die. I think I squeezed my dog so tight waiting to see what would happen during the entire movie.
3. The Others.
I love me a good twist ending! And while I'm not the hugest Nicole Kidman fan, I just thought she was brilliant in this film. She played the part beautifully, and seriously, I still can't get over the way that the movie ended!
4. Rosemary's Baby.
A woman is drugged, and has the baby of Satan. Hello, all the proper elements of a wonderful, uplifting movie. Mia Farrow is perfect as Rosemary, and I absolutely adore the confusion she goes through - especially because everyone seems to know what's going on except for her.
Based off of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window, the story of a boy on house arrest who is convinced that his neighbor is murdering women. He could seek out and find evidence, butttt unfortunately he is confined to his house and the perimeter around his house.
Let me tell you, I jumped more times in this movie...ohhh, goodness!
6. The Blair Witch Project.
First of all, for like YEARS (as in, until last year or the year before), I was convinced that this was a true story, and that all these people actually were killed. For a movie that was made for like, $10,000... seriously, it was amazing. I loved how a lot of things weren't shown, you kind of had to use your imagination for it all. So much worse!
If you haven't seen it, the whole premise is that these three filmmakers go searching for the legend of the Blair Witch in these backwoods. In the beginning of the film, you're told that the three filmmakers were never seen again, and their footage was discovered a year after their disappearance. Brilliant, brilliant strategy. And supposedly, before the release of the film, the filmmakers (who are indeed alive) had their families post missing persons signs around towns in New England.
7. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.
Quite possibly one of my favorite movies (I know, it's sick). The perfect story of a scorned woman who takes a nanny position for a family that she blames for the death of her husband. So, so creepy and unsettling.
Could Kathy Bates possibly be more perfect for this role?! She plays Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of her favorite author who she nurses back to health after he has a horrible accident driving home in the snow. Sounds innocent enough, I know. Except she's absolutely insane and will do anything to keep him there.
What are your favorite horror movies? Are you into the slasher, blood and guts type ones, or more suspense (like moi)? And, was I the only one convinced that the Blair Witch Project was a true story?
P.S. I know this is like a broken record...this was quite possibly the hardest week I've had so far this semester, both personally and academically, so I apologize for not writing to any of you sooner! As soon as today is over, I'll be back to normal for a little bit! (I had 2 exams, a 12 page paper and a huge project all due today = / ). And on top of issues with my roommate and just being out of it, ughhh.
I love you all and miss you very much. xo!