If you’ve been paying attention, you know that our tribe draws inspiration for the work we do from music, sports, art and film. So, coming up with our top picks for horror films seemed like a natural fit for this time of year. Turns out, not all of us are big fans of scary movies! But everyone can name at least one that really made an impression. Check out our creepiest picks for your Yaloween watchlist!
I hate scary movies! I’m a big wimp because I 100% believe in ghosts. So, Halloween? Not my fave holiday.
But the last scary movie I watched was the Blair Witch Project (I think with Brian!). The whole first-person filming thing freaked me out. Then on the closing scene in that house where they turn around and see that ghost/thing/person in the corner! I couldn’t go in to my basement for like a month. And the night I went to the movie, it was super windy outside and my screen/porch door was opening/closing all night, freaking me out even more!
When I saw Scream at the movie theater in 1996, it was one of the first times that I’d seen a completely new idea — a scary movie about scary movies. Then the biggest star in the movie, Drew Barrymore, dies in the opening scene. Ghostface was an instant star, and we rooted for Deputy Dewey to get the girl (Gale Weathers). Who doesn’t remember “Do you like Scary movies?” But my favorite quote is from Stu: “My Mom and Dad are gonna be so mad at me.”
Silence of the Lambs is my favorite! Hello, Clarice . . .
My favorite is still Silence of the Lambs. It’s a different type of scary movie that, as far-fetched as it is, has enough believability to stick with you a couple days after watching it the first time.
OK — so I am going out on a limb and saying Silence of the Lambs or Se7en are not technically horror movies. If that’s the case, I don’t do scary movies. But the one I would offer would be Children of the Corn. Reason being is that I was able to take my then girlfriend, now wife, on a cheap date to go see the movie on campus in college. Aren’t all college dates cheap?? It was a part of a Cornfield Classics double feature and the second movie was Field of Dreams. Hey! That had ghosts too! Not sure I had a favorite part, but I vaguely remember the main evil kid screaming “Malachi! Malachi!” when they were burning the whole corn field down. Creeeeepy.
Jeez. The one category of movies I don’t love because . . . “They’re all the same. Some stupid killer stalking a girl who can’t act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door.” (Name that movie!)
If I had to choose, I would say “Se7en” (“what’s in the box?!), though, as Lance said, maybe not technically a horror movie. So, I would say I Am Legend . . . because what’s scarier than battling a bunch of zombies, living for years in isolation as you are one of the last people on earth? Quoting Bob Marley, the main character (when he finally encounters another human) says “The people who are trying to make the world worse are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.”
The Descent is one of my favorite scary movies to revisit each October. It’s got classic gore, vicious, cave dwelling beasts, perfectly timed jump scares, but the best/worst part . . . the claustrophobia!
The Exorcist. This GIF pretty much explains it!
The Exorcist. Hands down, still the scariest freaking thing I’ve ever seen. Growing up outside D.C., going into Georgetown and hanging out at the Exorcist Steps on a Friday night was definitely a thing in high school. Someone always had a story about how they were haunted, but the creepiest thing I ever saw lurking around there was probably a rat.
I would have to say Candyman. Although I enjoyed movies like Chucky as a kid, it didn’t do much as far as fear in a family of 4 boys. Candyman could actually be a real person so my brothers and I all made sure we did not say Candyman in the mirror 5 times, which would summon the killer to appear behind you. From that point on, the actor who portrayed Candyman (Tony Todd) would always be referred to as Candyman in any other movies he appeared in.
I love creature/monster-based movies . . . not so much the occult influenced. So, I don’t have much to add to that genre, but I remember as a kid being mortified by The Shining . . . and who could ever forget Jack Nicholson’s “He-e-re’s Johnny!” Hard to believe he is 80-years old now!
Frankenstein was Darth Vader before there was a Dark Side . . . just sayin’.