Let’s take a trip down memory lane: I was once a frightened 10-year-old who was scared of everything. Have you ever seen Scary Movie? The one that is literally supposed to be a spoof on every scary movie ever? That movie gave me nightmares as a kid. I am not even kidding. When a new horror movie would come out, my friends would rush to the theater to see it, while I stayed home trying to shield my terrified little brain from anything even mildly scary. At sleepovers, I would leave early so I wouldn’t have to watch them. It was bad. I would avoid any type of movie that wasn’t a stupid comedy or a Harry Potter movie. I didn’t understand why people were huge scary movie fans. Why would you purposefully want to be scared? Aren’t real life things like cleaning your room and going to school horrifying enough?
When I got to college, I decided to face my fear and just go for it. I ripped off the band-aid and watched every scary movie that I could get my hands on. And I quickly realized: they are all essentially the same plots, just with different bad guys. There’s always the scene of the girl not seeing a ghost behind her in the mirror, or the jerky guy saying “we should all split up.” You should NEVER SPLIT UP. Once you’ve seen enough scary movies, it becomes pretty easy to predict the rest of them. A lot of movies seem like they will be scary, but they actually aren’t. So if you shudder when your friends say ‘let’s watch a scary movie,’ like I used to, maybe you should suggest one of these so you won’t get too spooked.
InsidiousWhile this movie was no doubt creepy, it was one of those stories where it builds and then once you see the bad guy, the whole movie is just kinda... bad. A young boy is "taken" into the "spirit world" while he's asleep, and his parents call a Ghostbuster-type crew to help bring him back. While the beginning of the movie is suspenseful, the ending just falls flat. The villain is so silly looking, it just makes the whole movie seem kind of ridiculous.
The Sixth SenseWhen the famous phrase from the movie is "I see dead people," you would think it would be a little more scary. The Bruce Willis flick is definitely suspenseful, but I wouldn't say it's horrifying. It's actually pretty sad. It's still a classic though, so I do recommend. Even if you are easily scared, you will be fine.
The BabadookDid you hear about this movie? Apparently, it was supposed to be the SCARIEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME, when it was actually just kind of depressing. A mom and her young son are being haunted by her dead husband, which turns out to be a pretty interesting plot about mother-son relationships and dealing with death. Which is super heavy. But not too scary.
Cabin In The WoodsThis is technically a horror-comedy, which means it's kind of scary but mostly its hilarious and weird. The whole movie is completely unexpected, but super fun to watch. A good pick for people who don't like horror movies but want to feel a little freaked out.
PoltergeistThe 2015 remake of the 1982 film of the same name was hyped up to be great, but turned out to be a boring update to a movie that didn't need to be updated. To be completely honest with you, I don't even remember if I finished the movie.
The Blair Witch ProjectThis movie is weird. The concept of the story is horrifying, and for the time, the found footage aspect of it was still new. But still, it was kind of predictable. There are a few jump scares, but over all, the movie just seems like a slow failed camping trip.
Paranormal Activity 3I will admit, the first Paranormal Activity scared me. The second one was ~kind of~ scary, and the third one was just plain ridiculous. Some scary movies will keep adding to the franchise, even after the plots get more and more absurd (ex: Saw). The Paranormal Activity series has added spin-offs, sequels and prequels. In other words, it's all over the place. And that definitely shows in this movie. Why do they keep filming these things? Why are they doing this? Ugh.
The VisitI had so many high hopes for this M Night Shayamalan movie, because I love a good twist and he is known as the Plot Twist Master. But from the beginning of this movie, (another found footage one, yay) you knew exactly what was going to happen. And if old grandparents scare you, then you don't wanna watch this one.
Have you seen any of these? What is your favorite scary movie? Tell us in the comments!