I don’t do scary. That’s kind of my opinion of scary movies. The whole “horror” genre is probably the one I have the least respect for – verging on contempt for its devolvement from ‘slasher’ films to the ‘torture porn’ that now passes for scary. I don’t cry in films a lot; I’m not scared in films a lot. You have to really, really work to get either reaction from me.
Being frightened is similar to being amused. You can analyze to death why you find something funny; but you just do or your don’t. Being scared is a little more traceable, but you’re either scared or you’re not. They ‘get you’ or they don’t. These are five films that got me. Getting me is usually a combination of the invasion of the safety of the home after a long burn of suspense. The Strangers is honestly the most scared I’ve ever been watching a film. I was not ok for weeks. At all. So it’s a bit late for Halloween, but if you want to have a marathon of things that scare me absolutely comatose, here’s the list.
1. The Strangers (2008)