5 Movies That Will Scare The Hell Out Of You
For those of you that read my articles consistently (hi mom!!), you know that I’m a pretty big fan of horror movies. They are my favorite genre (followed closely by sci-fi), and I will watch pretty much anything that even RESEMBLES a scary movie.
During the course of my horror movie viewing I have run into some excellent scares (The Exorcist, The Shining), some that stuck with me for a while (The Ring, Se7en), and some that were just truly horrible (which might need to be a topic of discussion all on its own!).
Generally my lists include a lot of the movies I mentioned above with a few more spattered in for good measure. The Ring is always mentioned, and more often then not I’ll try to throw in another Stephen King flick.
So this week, I decided to challenge myself and not use the movies that are generally my “scary movies”. So some obvious films may be omitted from this list, but be sure to mention them in the comments below!
And now, in no particular order – 5 movies that will scare the hell out of you:
[Warning: There might be spoilers for the movies mentioned.]
I normally don’t like to mention movies that are just gore for the sake of gore, mainly because gore being used as a scare is generally subjective. It normally doesn’t scare me (grosses me out, but doesn’t scare me), but there was something about the way Eli Roth used it in HOSTEL that made me cancel any plans (however fleeting) of backpacking through Europe REALLY quickly.
I saw Hostel in the theater with two of my best friends, and I was the only one that didn’t look away from the screen at any point. To this day I consider this one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done… just look away, Kelly! But nope, I stuck with the blood bath until the end, and holy CRAP what a ride.
The premise of Hostel is this: Three friends are backpacking through Europe when they’re kicked out of their Amsterdam hostel. They hear about this great youth hostel in this hole in the wall Slovakian city, and since they’re told that the women are all gorgeous and love American men, decide to head over to check it out.
Well, it’s a five star hostel in a one star town, which should’ve been their first clue. What starts as a nice backpacking trip ends up with the guys being tortured and killed by members of an underground group – Elite Hunting. It turns out that people are PAYING to kill these kids, and Americans get a VERY high price from the buyers… and the killers can play out an sick fantasy that they want with their prey – as long as in the end, they produce a dead body.
I found it REALLY difficult to sleep with those wonderful thoughts running through my head. Mainly because I have an overactive imagination and wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this story was based even somewhat in truth. Ew.
I find that people are generally on the fence with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. It either scared them to tears, or they were totally fine with it (which leads me to believe that they are missing some sort of gene that allows them to be scared). I saw Paranormal Activity in a crowded theater, at midnight, before it was released nation wide. There wasn’t a seat left in the house, which I’m sure added to the suspense.
The movie has no gore, I can think of only two points where blood is even shown, and the entire movie happens in a nice house to a perfectly normal couple. Katie is effected most by the entity, and shares that she’s felt the presence since she was a little girl.
Micah, her boyfriend, decides to take matters into his own hands and despite warnings, pulls out a ouija board to communicate with the spirit. Needless to say nothing good comes of this (when does it EVER?!) and the spirit just gets more and more ticked off and more and more violent.
There are moments in Paranormal Activity when the 6’3″ guy sitting next to me covered his eyes and leaned away from the screen. There are points where the entire audience screamed as one, and there are parts where my feet seemed to have a mind of their own and flew up off of the ground without my permission.
I didn’t sleep without a light on for literally 2 weeks after Paranormal Activity. I still have problems when I’m in the house alone.
I’m talking about the first SAW, not any of the sequels that came after it. For the most part, the other installments of the franchised were HORRIBLE… but that’s an entirely different rant. The first Saw scared me on a primal level. I was CONVINCED that Jigsaw was lurking around every corner waiting to put me into one of his traps… told you I have an active imagination.
Saw is the story of Jigsaw, a serial killer that kidnaps certain kinds of people. If you’re not living your life in a way that Jigsaw sees fit, you’ll find yourself in one of his contraptions, and um.. they are not by any means good.
They generally involve some sort of self mutilation in a very, VERY poetic way in order for you to save your own life.
Cary Elwes delivers what is probably the scariest line of the movie (and one of the most iconic horror movie lines to date) “He doesn’t want us to saw through the chains. He wants us to saw through our feet.” I remember when I watched Saw, that I needed to take a break every so often, the tension was just THAT high.
While OPEN WATER made me sea sick, it also made me really, REALLY afraid to ever go scuba diving. You may think that you’d seen it all in a shark movie when you saw Jaws, but Open Water puts you IN THE WATER with the sharks, and the main characters have NOWHERe to go.
Susan and Daniel take a scuba diving trip on their vacation and are accidentally left out in the open shark infested water with NO way back to shore. Initially they think that help is coming back (because who gets left out in the water like that?!), but slowly realize that they’re stuck in the middle of the ocean for the long haul.
The sharks start bumping up against them to check to see if they’re food, a freaking thunderstorm rolls in, and to top if all off, Daniel is now bleeding in shark infested water.
The scariest part of this? Open Water is based on a true story.
The subject matter in PULSE was so scary to me because it hits so close to home. Based on a Japanese movie of the same title, the premise of Pulse is pretty much this: there is entirely too much technology in the world and it is going to be the death of the human race.
Why did it scare me? Well, as I sit here with my laptop, cell phone, and gaming system that allows me to chat with people all over the globe, we ARE living in a world where we are very connected to each other… but do we really communicate?
How often do we text someone that’s in the next room of the house and don’t even give it a second thought. Well, you will once you see how that worked out of the characters in Pulse.
So that’s that! 5 movies that will scare the hell out of you, all for different reasons. What movies to you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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