Ghoulies notably used to scare me since it showed this nasty little creature poking his head out of the loo. I hadn't even seen the movie but that was enough to make me compare the loo every time I went to tinkle. My cousin Mikey had seen Child's Play and I can remember him telling me how Chucky the killer doll pushes the babysitter out the 2d-story window. Again, I never saw the scene but I pictured Chucky pushing ME out of my 2d-story bed room window. It didn't help that Mikey had a My Buddy doll who bore an eerie resemblance to the satanic Cabbage Patch reject. We also had some family pals and they'd three daughters (the oldest was my age). Well, the oldest girl – we'll name her Weirdy – well Weirdy had an obsession with Freddy Krueger (variety of unsettling thinking about she ought to have been like 12 at the time.)
She even had posters of him all over her wall, like he was the Jonas Brothers or one thing. I was terrified to head into her room for the fear of simply making eye touch with Mr. Krueger. And don't even get me all started on Halloween. I would flip by it every now and then when it was on TV, and just the image of Michael Myers standing behind that clothesline as Jamie Lee Curtis stared down at him from her bed room window was seared into my little brain. And that music…that essential piano tune…even today it sends chills up my spine.Needless to say, as I grew older I never had any consideration in seeing any horror movies. All of that changed in 1996 when my pals asked me if I wanted to head see Scream. I didn't know rather a lot about it, aside from that the trailers made it look like a thriller.
"Sure, I'll go," I stated. Well everything I had believed to be true about the movie changed when after twelve minutes into the movie, Drew Barrymore was strung up from a tree along with her guts spilling out onto the floor below. I had never experienced anything like it earlier than. I was terrified and gripping my seat but I couldn't turn away. I undoubtedly liked the adrenaline rush I was getting. It was like a best that I wanted more of. I drove home terrified Ghostface was going to pop out from my backseat and stab me to death, but I LOVED it. From that moment on I was hooked.Lucky for me, Scream 2 was rushed into production after the success of the primary movie. Scream had given the horror genre the shot in the arm it needed, and out of the blue there was a resurgence. I bet I picked a favorable time to get into horror movies.
Most of what followed was the standard 90's slasher fare such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend, and although none of them measured up to the caliber of Scream, there was one thing I loved about the blueprint of these movies: set up cast of stereotypical characters, knock them off in cool and amusing ways, reveal the killer. I went back and watched a huge number of these movies I was too afraid to watch when I was young – Friday the thirteenth, Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play, etc. And maybe I had been spoiled on the elevated caliber of acting and production values with this new-age horror, but the old ones were simply not beneficial. I am very vocal about my hatred for the Nightmare movies, although I am pretty stoked for the remake that's coming next year. I also think the Friday the thirteenth movies get insanely ridiculous after the primary four (the primary four of which are saved only by a chunk of irresistible nostalgia), and Chucky the killer doll is so rather a lot less of a threat now that I realize all he really does is crack jokes (Freddy Krueger does the same.) Only the Halloween franchise is considerably forgivable, but even that series is filled with many different clunkers.
The torture porn era is the worst thing that may have happened to horror movies. After the primary Saw and Hostel, out of the blue torture porn was in. And to these unfamiliar with the term, "torture porn" deliberately focuses on graphic portrayals of gore and graphic violence (think arms slooooowly being sawed off). This is not my idea of entertainment. And for the record, I have seen all the Saw movies, but I am not a fan. Thankfully, this little sub-genre is dying out and we are coming back to an onslaught of movies that are right up my alley (The Final Destination, H2, Sorority Row, 25/8, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Piranha three-d).Here is a listing of some of my favorites, in no explicit order:-Scream (1996)-Scream 2 (1997)-The Ring (2002)-Halloween (1978)-Halloween (2007)-The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)-Orphan (2009)-Final Destination I,II, and III-The Strangers (2008)-Dawn of the Dead (2004)-The Blair Witch Project (1999)-Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)-Venom (2005)-I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)-Friday the thirteenth (2009)-Jeepers Creepers (2001)-Jeepers Creeeprs II (2003)And as far as what to watch on my list if you REALLY would really like to get creeped out, I recommend the primary Jeepers Creepers, the original Halloween, The Blair Witch Project, The Strangers, and Scream. Those selections had the biggest "creep factor" for me and undoubtedly unnerved me, whereas the the rest I simply get pleasure from for their amusing factor. I consider myself pretty desensitized these days, though these few flicks nevertheless managed to make a horror buff such as myself peer over my shoulder and compare once under the bed earlier than going night night.
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