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What Happened To The Days When Scary Movies Were Actually Scary?
As a horror movie buff, I watch pretty much every single new horror movie that comes out, but I am almost always disappointed! It's a sad commentary really for scary movie lover to have no scary movies to look forward to.
Of course, this means that I am constantly scowering the web and Redbox for something that I can find interesting.
When Halloween starts to roll around I get all excited because I know that there will be a plethora of horror movies coming on. On the downside, they aren't always very good ones, but beggars can't be too picky right?
In this case, at least, it is wrong for us to have to settle for the wasteland of "horror" movies hitting the shelves. They throw out a good name and a slightly confusing trailer and we are expected to just cheer and pay. What we really do, however, scrunch our eyebrows, squint our eyes so tightly we can barely see out of the small slit left open, and contemplate on whether or not that new title is actually going to have anything scary in it.
I am always pretty skeptical anymore when I see that a new horror movie is coming out. I am usually hopeful, but also scared that it won't live up to its hype, or my expectations. I am certain all horror movie lovers are doing the same thing as me. It is hard to find an actual scary movie, but not totally impossible.
I decided to look for some titles that were actually decent, and most of what I found were older horror flicks. There just aren't a lot of modern scary movies that can actually give people a good fright, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't keep trying!
Here is a couple of older horror movies to try, or re-watch, if you want a decent scare.
Here is a mix of older and newer horror movies that actually pack a punch
What is scarier than a monster that eats children, appears as a clown, and knows your deepest, darkest fears; and uses them against you? Nothing. The answer is nothing.
The idea of something... else... being there and trying to take you over is horrifying
The Evil Dead
A little outdated now, but still one of the scariest concepts ever!
It didn't get the greatest reviews, and it did fall a little short on reliability, but the concept was terrifying
A good scary one to make you fear, well, everything!
On To More Modern Movies
There are a few newer horror movies that I enjoyed.
I liked The Ring, even though I felt it could have been faster paced, (it really was a bit boring at times). The few truly freaky moments were over-shadowed for me by the long drawn out times when nothing very interesting was happening.
The Grudge, really what's not to love about this concept? An inescapable vengeful spirit that latches onto anyone that enters the house, and there is no way to shake them? Yes, scary!
Paranormal Activity, though not entirely frightening I did find to be a really good movie. Normally I'm not very fond of the shaky camera footage these movies incorporate, (think , which by the way was also a good movie, just not scary). The Blair Witch Project
It really has become difficult to find and enjoy a frightening movie. All of them nowadays are either sex fueled, or simply full of absolute idiots that you cannot relate to.
One of the biggest issues with today's movies, is that Hollywood has nothing original anymore. If you've been keeping your eyes peeled for something new and terrifying, you're pretty much up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
That doesn't mean that there aren't any movies out that are worth watching, but it does mean that you may end up watching the recycled version of movies you watched as a kid.
So far, Hollywood has begun to "remake and upgrade" beloved movies. Of course, we all know that's because they saw that those movies did well and just wanted to re-franchise off of them. It's pretty lazy of movie makers to just someone else's work, and repackage it, and call it new or even a remake.
Sadly, it doesn't appear that this trend is slowing down or making any new headway. The worst part is that there are plenty of new stories to tell, it's just that no-one wants to take the time to find and make them. If they would, we could have some seriously scary and new material.
A quick internet search of "scary stories", "ghost stories", or "horror stories" will get you tons upon tons of interesting, and actually scary, stories and ideas.
We horror movie lovers want fresh new content, and we want to jump, we want to sleep with the nightlight on, we want to barricade our closets shut, so that no monster can come out of them and eat us; we want to be scared! If we wanted porn, we would have just gotten a porn, if we wanted to watch old movies, we would have gotten the old movies, and if we wanted a slow story that is grossly over-told, well, I guess we would just watch modern day horror movies.
Instead, Hollywood needs to start looking into actually making a movie scary. A few modern day horror movies that aren't terrible are:
- Insidious - Little cheesy, but has a few jump scares, and attempts to actually be a horror movie
- The Conjuring - There are a lot of great little details in this movie that make it a scary movie
- Mama - Not the most terrifying thing ever, but she's pretty darn close. This one honestly used the lure of suffering, protection, and need, and twisted it with terror. Seriously, is there a better idea out there? Because if so, we would love to see it!
- Sinister - The entire movie is a mystery that leads to a shocking ending. It's so warped that it leaves you thinking about it; and that's the beauty of it
- Dead Silence - Not the newest one on the list, but deserves mentioning. I love this movie, because it plays on fears that most people already have. Creepy dolls and crazy ghost lady; doesn't get any scarier that than!
In short, Hollywood take notice! Horror isn't dead, its just been sleeping a while. It is definitely time to wake this genre back up!
A Little More Research
I decided that perhaps it was time to do some in depth research to see what everyone else thought was good and scary. I was hoping that maybe I was just being a little difficult and just having a hard time remembering some great horror flicks, not surprisingly I did come across a few decent ones that I had indeed forgotten about.
Sadly, most of the scariest movies I came across were also older. There have to be some out there right? So I dug a little deeper. Turns out the Japanese have a couple pretty freaky additions.
I love Japanese horror movies, especially in their original form, I just wish that I could speak good enough Japanese to understand everything. Some of America's best hits were in fact inspired by Japan, The Ring, The Grudge, and many more, and still some coming.
Anyhow, I looked through as many as I could find, and came across some of the scariest looking movies I could possibly find, Below is a few of them, if you want to try them out for yourself!
- Carved: The Slit Mouthed Woman
If you haven't watched these yet, give them a shot. Japanese horror is a bit different than American horror, because where American horror attempts to tell a story while unraveling a mystery and finally explaining everything at the end, Japanese horror prefers to use the element of uncertainty to scare you. They don't always explain everything out, leaving you questioning and guessing.
Tell Me Your Best Horror Flicks
If you know of any good scary movies that fit into my general liking categories, please feel free to share them. The problem is most "scary" movies are so lame that I get bored watching them, or think "well at least it wasn't another horror porn!".
So tell me your horror movies that really scared you, I'm always interested in trying out some new ones, especially if they are honestly "horror movies"