Halloween is only a few weeks away, so I thought it would be a good time for us to share some of our favorite scary movies. Share your list and tell us why they give you the creeps!
[size=5]The Orphanage / El Orphanato[/size]
This Spanish film from director J.A. Bayona and presented by Guillermo del Toro holds a special place on my list, as it was the first movie that not only scared me at parts, but also made me tear up at the end. The film has a gripping atmosphere, amazing performances, and images that will haunt you long after the movie is over. The ending is tragic yet beautiful. Sadly, this movie is also receiving an American remake that is not needed.
I went to see this film on a whim. Basically, I didn’t want to head straight home and there were no other decent movies playing. Boy am I glad I did. (I’m also glad I found a friend to go along, because this is not a movie to be seen alone the first time!) What I enjoyed most about this film is it’s fairly unique premise. It combined the fairly cliched Demonic possession plot device, with an astral projection subplot, and just a dash of haunted house vibes. The result is memorable and unique film that genuinely delivers the creeps. I had goosebumps through large portions of this film.
[size=5]Dawn of The Dead (1978/2004)[/size]
Both releases of this movie make my list. The original was a George Romero classic. Like so many of his films, it was societal commentary piece, this time on the dangers of consumerism. It also gets a big plus for being filmed in the mall I use to work across from.
The remake of this film in 2004, skipped the social commentary and went straight for terror. It was one of the most frightening films I have ever seen and I had nightmares for days afterward. Memories of scenes from this film are why I lock my bedroom door every night. I also had an interesting experience driving home from the theater after watching this movie that I will have to share sometime.
[size=5]The Bad Seed[/size]
Based on the classic novel by William March and subsequent play by Maxwell Anderson, this entry on my list is probably the least frightening. However, what it lacks in sheer terror, it makes up for in tense atmosphere. The performances by Nancy Kelly truly make this movie, even stealing some scenes from The Bad Seed herself Patty McCormack. Her pain at struggling over what to do when she discovers the true nature of her daughter is heart breaking.
Sadly, this film was one of many over the years that suffered from the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays_Code. As such, the ending of the film had to be altered from that of the novel and play. Warner Brothers worsened it further by showcasing the actors following the films end. Do yourself a favor and end the film as Rhoda is walking along the fence.