I'm a huge fan of horror films and have been throughout my life. When someone asks me, "Have you seen that one horror movie...y'know, the one where this one thing happens and then oh my gosh they decide to do that thing and then THAT other thing happens?" Yes. I have more than likely watched it.
Drooling over horror movies like I do, it's such a delight when October rolls around. The month brings a lot of things to the table. My favorite weather arrives. It's time to enjoy activities like hayrides and apple picking and corn mazes. Decorations are to be made in abundance. But mostly, I'm in it for the scares. I pretty much turn into Beetlejuice in that if someone even BEGINS to say "scary movie marathon," I appear in their room. Except...you know, saying that phrase 3x is a little excessive; Beetlejuice was just a bit of a narcissist.
Keep in mind that for me to narrow down my choices for this list gave me quite the headache. I wanted to post about 300 movie titles because I want to share the scares, but I tried to be realistic. Which is something most of these movies are not. I also tried to keep these movies relatively "new"--so none of my favorite '80s flicks were involved. Maybe another time!
Now here's your choice...either keep reading for some Halloween goodness, or shut down your computer and find a brightly lit room to keep your eyes open at all times in!
In no particular order...
The Bay (2012)
Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.
I really do not like found-footage films that much--I have vertigo enough as it is. However, I like it when certain movies like The Bay manage to not only pull from what is supposedly found-footage but also from news footage, webcam conversations, and simply the cinematic shooting itself. This film stuck with me because it has to deal with an eco-disaster that could actually maybe possibly take place, who knows? It's a pretty creepy, shocking, gory movie with a nasty little monster at work. If you know me, you know I hate parasites. That is to say, this movie freaked me out.
13 Sins (2014)
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a
down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for
completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
The several times that I've watched this film now, I've never walked away unfulfilled. I say that because it's scary, it's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's action-packed, it's gory, it even has some humor, and it really leaves you thinking...what would I do?
The Descent (2005)
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Blood, blood, blood. Darkness, darkness, darkness. CLAUSTROPHOBIA.
All of these elements combine to make a movie that still gives me the same creeps as it did when I first watched it (and that was years ago!).
The Loved Ones (2009)
When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.
You might have already read my review on The Loved Ones--and if you did, you should know just how "precious" it is to me. As you can see in the picture above, the film is a little bit gory (OK...a lot). It's creative, though. And the femininity of the character Lola juxtaposed with all the blood and violence makes for something I find really neat. But that still doesn't mean this is a "neat" film. It's quite messy. You probably will want to take a shower afterwards.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who
specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an
end to the horror?
I saw this movie in theaters when it first came out. I relish that because honestly, I don't get to see a lot of movies when they are first released. Jennifer's Body was really popular at first, I think, because well...Megan Fox. And I don't blame anyone for doing so--her acting, along with every other cast member, was great. Along with the spookiness of the film is the cheesiness. But I loved that! The dialogue is absolutely hilarious in some places. And I seriously cannot listen to the song "867-5309/Jenny" anymore without getting goosebumps.
The Children (2008)
A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents.
I just really hate any scary movie that involves children. That's basically it. Children + horror = me hiding under a blanket. And being glad I don't have kids. They're scary enough in real life anyway.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
A brother and sister driving home for spring break encounter a
flesh-eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last
day of its ritualistic eating spree.
I love the creature of this film and how unique it is. Definitely the main reason I bought this movie (and I rarely buy movies). Jeepers Creepers has some really fun parts to it, some twists, and the characters make things realistic for me. I would watch a bazillion sequels of Jeepers Creepers just to see what this icky monster thing has up his sleeves next. And yeah, I've heard there's a Jeepers Creepers 3 coming out. So maybe my dream will come true.
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
Craving a horror-comedy with a wonderful cast and disgusting creatures? OKAY! Here you go. I really did get a kick out of this movie. I was skeptical going into it because I figured it would be painful to watch with a lot of CGI and horrible B-movie acting, but c'mon, Merle from The Walking Dead is even in it! You can't say no to that.
You're Next (2011)
I wrote a review for You're Next on my blog a while back as well! I fell in love with the main character, the soundtrack, and just the mood. It's scary with a bit of funny with a bit of "whoa"!
Evil Dead (2013)
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of
the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby
woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Bruce Campbell and his Evil Dead doings. However, I went with a buddy to the theater and saw the 2013 version of Evil Dead and was blown away. We were the only ones in the entire theater and I cringed--yes, cringed--at so many scenes that I could not understand why so many people had beef with this film. No, I don't think it's supposed to be a remake, but I'm glad it does use some of the same elements of the original. And talk about an ending...
Well, let's just end it and leave it at that!