*I* Have a Grudge.

This weekend, I saw The Grudge.

If you like scary movies, go see it. You’ll probably be scared.

*I* , on the other hand, wasn’t. Not really.

I mean, yeah yeah, it made me jump a couple times, but C’MON! This thing looked SCARY AS HELL! I wanted it to be pee-your-pants scary! All it amounted to was some cool imagery and a few cheap tricks along the nowyouseeitnowyoudon’t BOO! lines… I mean, there’s only so many times you can see that little boy open his mouth all wide and make wierd cat noises before it starts to become funny!

Part of the problem is that horror movies just don’t GET to me (my friend Ebony thinks I’m wack that way, but then again, she thinks The People Under The Stairs was damn frightening, so I don’t consider her a reliable authority on scary.) Every time I see a trailer for something that even *looks* like it might freak me out, I get soooo excited, but 9.9 times out of 10, zip. nada. nothing. LAME.

With Halloween approaching, I thought I would give you *my* list of scary movies. Note that these are movies that HAVE scared me, but also note that some of them may have done so when I was 9. Without further ado:

  1. The Watcher in the Woods – I saw this one again recently, and it still held up…at least as far as being somewhat creepy and suspenseful…UNTIL you get to the end, and then IT’S JUST DUMB! But when I first saw it, it’s scared the bejesus out of me, so on the list it goes.
  2. The Exorcist – It’s on everyone’s list for a reason. Now, the trick with this one is that you have to watch it in the right setting, at the right time. I watched it alone, in the dark, at 2 in the morning and I was hiding under my blanket BEGGING the movie NOT to go back into that little girl’s room! Watch it at noon on Saturday afternoon and it’s a TOTALLY different story. When Regan pees on the carpet you’ll be pissing your pants laughing. It’s THAT lame.
  3. The Blair Witch Project – If you haven’t seen it, don’t bother. It’s pointless now. However, when I saw it, I was lucky enough to see it before it came out and before it was common knowledge that the whole thing was fake. The marketing for the movie made it look like this movie was made from recently discovered film that belonged to three missing student filmmakers and that the footage pieced together what really happened to them. Unfortunately, I was *so* into finding out more about it, that I ended up finding out the whole thing was made up the DAY I was going to see it, but that STILL didn’t keep me from holding my breath the ENTIRE time! I swear, the whole theater stopped breathing at points during this movie. There was one part at the end where I couldn’t even LOOK and that’s rare for me!
  4. The Shining – Probably my favorite. SOOO GOOD and SOOO CREEPY! The book is better, as it leaves more to your twisted imagination, but still, Jack Nicholson is CLASSIC in this!
  5. Carrie – This one didn’t scare me per se, but when I was a kid I was very cocky about the fact that horror movies just didn’t scare me. What did my parents know, not letting me watch them? *I* was not one to get nightmares watching some dumb horror movie! Um, except when I saw Carrie. That bit at the end when Carrie’s arm juts out of the ground to grab Amy Irving? Yeah, nightmares. Definately nightmares.

There have been a few honorable mentions…

For one, The Ring. That’s another one where I held my breath a lot and felt uneasy, but in the end, didn’t do much for me. In fact, I believe I got PISSED OFF at the end. A lot of it just doesn’t add up either. I will say though that it got creepier the second time around.

Another good honorable mention is Se7en. Although it’s not a horror movie, it’s quite creepy. All you have to do is imagine for a second what the inside of that box looks like, and you’ll have nightmares.

Come to think of it, The Omen freaked me out a bit as well.

AAAAnnnnyyyway, that is vibegrrl’s list of scary movies.

To get in the ‘spirit’ of the season, I am currently looking for a horror movie/haunted house/actual haunted something that will make me cry, it’s that scary. If you know of any, let me know :)

ps – I forgot my honorable mention for horror movie that went STRAIGHT OVER MY HEAD as a kid — Ben — I only remembered it as a nice movie about a boy and his little rat friend, Ben. It was only years later ,when I rented it from Blockbuster, that I realized it was a horror movie about a pack of murderous rats!

3 Responses to “*I* Have a Grudge.”

  1. Anne Marie Says:

    Great list! When I was a kid, was terrified every time I saw Sleep-Away Camp (about the little boy who was raised as a girl on account of his twin sister died and the his parents liked her better, and then the little drag queen kills kids at camp).

    Oh, and to answer your puke question…I think I was still nervous about my new job or something. My insides are very sensitive to what’s going on in my life. Exciting things and nervousness = puke. People who aren’t my boyfriend putting me through hell = crap.

    Have a great day! And thanks for coming to my blog!

  2. levi Says:

    Good horror movies. What about the Amityville trilogy, though?? They’ve been showing that on AMC lately, and it still creeps me out.

  3. Carrie Says:

    OH my goodness! I thought my sister and I were the only people in the world who had seen Watcher in the Woods….I still get scared thinking about it. But I am a SCAREDY CAT. Have you seen the commercials for Saw? looks creepy creepy!