I don’t get scared too often at the movies. I’m not just saying that to be a tough guy, but it’s true. I think it is a combination of me being desensitized to blood, gore, and jump scares, as well as a lot of horror movies are not very good movies and are predictable. But, these movies right here, they got me. These are the ones that genuinely scared me. So if you’re looking for something really scary to watch tonight, check out one of these five.
5- “Creep” (Patrick Brice, 2014)
This is probably the least known movie on the list, but that doesn’t make it any less scary. This is a micro-budget, found footage film about Aaron (Patrick Brice), a videographer who answers a Craigslist ad from Josef (Mark Duplass), a seemingly normal guy, to do a one day shoot for him. However, Aaron quickly figures out Josef is not what he seems and what happens after is a slew of tension, jump scares, and thrills. Duplass plays the creepy loner to perfection. The ending is completely unexpected and shocked the hell out of me. If you haven’t seen or heard of this one, find a way to watch it. You will not be disappointed.
4- “The Shining” (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
One of the few Kubrick movies I actually like, “The Shining” will haunt you for days after you see it. When Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) and his family agree to watch an isolated hotel for the winter, Jack descends into madness while his son Danny (Danny Lloyd) starts seeing spirits of those who have been murdered in that hotel. With its shocking images, horrifyingly brilliant performance by Nicholson, and lingering pace, “The Shining” is like watching a nightmare that you can’t turn away from.
3- “The Conjuring” (James Wan, 2013)
In an era where exorcism movies are overplayed and boring, “The Conjuring” came along and blew me away. James Wan, who also wrote and directed the original “Saw” (2004), made the smartest and scariest film of this decade. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga) investigate a house that is filled with satanic spirits and must perform an exorcism on the house and the people it possesses. “The Conjuring” is loaded with unbearable tension, a smart story, and features an ending that literally gave me goosebumps,
2- “The Strangers” (Bryan Bertino, 2008)
“The Strangers” is probably the scariest movie I have ever seen in theaters. I remember when I saw this movie in summer 2008, I was with this girl and trying to be all cool while watching it while she was terrified. My coolness wore off about 20 minutes in, as “The Strangers” had me jumping and on the edge of my seat until the very end. The scariest part of “The Strangers” is the randomness and realism of it all. Three kids terrorize a couple (Liv Tyler and James Hoyt) at their vacation home just because, “they were home.” The kids linger in and out of the house, sometimes just staring at the couple as to almost taunt them. They never know where they are coming from and neither do we. It is a frightening experience and makes you look twice outside your window before you go to bed.
1- “The Exorcist” (William Friedkin, 1973)
“The Exorcist” is far and away the scariest movies I have ever seen. It is shook me to my core the first time I saw it and still freaks me out to this day. It is a deeply disturbing, nightmare inducing classic that you’ll need to see twice because you’ll turn away for half the movie. A 13 year old girl Reagan (Linda Blair) is possessed by the devil and torments her mother (Ellen Burstyn) a number of doctors, and herself until an exorcism is performed by two priests (Jason Miller & Max Von Sydow). This is psychological horror at its best. With a haunting score, excellent effects and make up, and some of the most terrifying scenes ever on film, “The Exorcist” is a scary as they get.
So what do you think? Agree or disagree? What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? Drop a comment or hit me up on Twitter @kevinwoz2988.
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