I was born in 1971. Something I’m forever grateful for. A Gen X kid through and thorugh. I played outside everyday…or sat in the cemetery with a book. No internet. No cell phones. And, not quite the same panic over what we were allowed to watch on tv and movies.
I saw Halloween, Prom Night and Final Exam in the theater with all my cousins. 1978, 1980, and 1981. Our parents would drop us off in front, give us money for tickets and popcorn, and head off to dinner, while we screamed at laughed at the screen. Oblivious to the fact, maybe we were a little too young for the content before us.
I did have nightmares on occasion. I was afraid of the dark. (still am, if truth be told) Have a lifelong fear of clowns, thanks to John Wayne Gacy and It. But, those movies formed some of the best memories of my growing up.
I’m not a huge fan of gore. If you need to rely on it, the movie is probably not worth the time. And, I’m not a fan of most remakes. Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho….all unnecessary. In my opinion lol
Some movies I refuse to watch. The Exorcist. Audition. The Strangers. NIght of the Living Dead. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They are all a hard pass.
Some I watch over and over. Scream. Jaws. The Shining. Halloween. Evil Dead. Hellraiser. Candyman.
I have a deep love for Pinhead, Daniel Robitaille, Michael Myers, Jack Torrence. And the shark.
None of them scared me after the firsrt viewing. And, now, I can’t watch them enough.
I usual get snickers when I say the movies that did scare me. The below list are those, plus some absolute favorites.
The Blair Witch. I saw this before everyone knew it was fake and the last 10 minutres still give me chills.
Paranormal Activity. I’ve only seen it once and can still hear the footsteps on the stairs.
Hereditary. While it didn’t really scare me, it left my teenage daughter in tears by the end. I didn’t see the ending coming, Toni Collette in the attic was horryifying and the image that lingers for me.
The Ring/The Grudge. I’ll never watch either of these again lol something about the females in both of these terrify me. The climbing out of the tv, the twisted body on the stairs. Nope. Once was enough.
Wrong Turn. Brilliant. One of the first horror movies I saw that I rooted for their survival. Smart and well-written.
The Witch. Ive seen a lot of people say it’s too slow, boring, whatever. I love a slow burn building to the finale. And Black Phillip was amazing.
Trick ‘r Treat. Sam understands just how important Halloween is.
Poltergeist, The Hitcher, Sleepaway Camp, The Lost Boys, Child’s Play, Fright Night, Maximum Overdrive, The Howling, The Thing, April Fool’s Day, Motel Hell, The Fog….all 80’s classics. I am a product of my time and will take a movie from this decade before any others.
I know I missed so many. If I continued, this post would be 10,000 words or more.
One last thing. The ones I don’t like, don’t think are scary, or just don’t get….The Babadook, Ghost Ship, Saw, The Nun, The Purge, Jeepers Creepers (if you know the story of the director, you’ll know why).
I left off so many lol but I think I managed to remember all my favorites. And, please, comment yours below. I’m always looking for ones I’ve yet to discover.