Last time I talked about my irrational fear of traveling in space. Well, now it’s time to get a bit more general. Today, I’ll talk about the movies that scare me. Honestly, I don’t like being scared. I know it’s the “in” thing right now since scary movies seem to be big business nowadays but I guess I’m just a coward at heart. Call me a chicken if you want, I still don’t really like horror films.
But, sometimes, you can’t just get around them and I have to watch it. You’re forced to watch them because your friends love them and you don’t want to be a spoilsport. You watch them because it’s what everyone is talking about and you don’t want to be left out. Sometimes, you just want to watch them out of morbid curiosity.
Well, whatever the reason, I watched these movies and I was terrified of them! And here they are!
This movie spoiled my dream of going to another country with my friends. When I was young, maybe around 8 or 9, my friends and I saw a lot of people on the Internet posting their stories of backpacking throughout Europe for a year before they went to college. Well, we wanted to do that as well when we were older and can travel by ourselves.
And then this movie came out… and we promptly cancelled them. I can’t ever remember why I watched it or how I managed to walk into a movie house to watch it (I don’t think I was even a teenager when it came out!). In fact, I don’t remember much of the plot (if there is one). All I know is a couple of college kids go to Europe for vacation, they get captured and tortured extremely brutally! And I think that’s all I need to remember.
Yes, I know it’s a work of fiction and the country it’s supposed to take place in is probably not like that. But, you know what, I don’t want to be part of a horror story that going to be “based on a true story” in the future!
Well, to be more specific, the 5th film. I think the other films in the series were okay. I actually watched the entire series in a marathon viewing during a sleepover with a bunch of my friends recently. The “host” of the sleepover had the entire series. So, we watched all of them. While I thought the premise is pretty ingenious (Death has to get back on the job to kill these people who cheated him… metaphorically, of course), most of the films aren’t that scary.
In fact, the only scene I got really scared and turned me off from the series would have to be the eye surgery scene. It has everything that I’m afraid of in normal life: surgery, a body part being restrained, a feeling of helplessness and, the worst of all, something coming closer to my eyes! Eww! I just get scared just thinking about it and describing the scene here isn’t helping any!
Saw is a lot like Hostel. In fact, I think Hostel is actually inspired by the same gore factor from Saw. They do terror in pretty much the same way: get a bunch of helpless people and put them into terrible situations. However, in Saw, the victims actually have a chance of survival but, in order to do so, they have to do really unspeakable things, like cutting off their own feet in order to escape from chains (hence, the name?).
Once again, the reason why I’m so afraid of the Saw series (I only watched the first one and never watched the sequels) is because I was extremely scared of it. Once again, I don’t remember how I managed to walk into a movie house to see it since I think I was even younger than the time I watched Hostel!
Oddly enough, this is the only one on the list that has ghosts and spirits in it! I was never really scared watching Paranormal Activity or The Ring since, well, I don’t know why. I think Paranormal Activity was well made as a film. And with The Ring (both the Japanese and American version), I actually loved the story and how they slowly revealed the origins of Sadako/Samara throughout the course of the film. But as scary films, I have to say they weren’t that scary.
But the Original Exorcist is different. This is something I didn’t watch at the movies since this movie is older than me! I think it was re-released sometime in the 90’s but I didn’t watch it then since I would’ve been around 3 to 5 years old at the time! I know someone who’s a big collector of horror movies and he was raving about how great this movie is even though it is older than the both of us. He just got a copy of the Blu-Ray and he just got through watching it so I asked if I can borrow it since it piqued my interest.
So, long story short, he lent it to me and, I have to say, I was terrified! Not bad for a 40 year old film! Every scene with the little girl was pants wetting (and not in the good way)! I got really creeped out when her head spun around and when she walked on all fours upside down!
Yes, it’s kinda loses it effect if you watch it on its own without the tension ratcheting up. Still, it’s pretty impressive, don’t you think!
Anyway, those are the movies that still scare me up to now. Maybe in the future, I’ll muster up the courage to watch most of them and say, “Hey! They’re not that scary at all!” But for now, I’m staying the heck away from them!
Still, these films don’t match the fear I had when I tried to play Grand Theft Auto: Online for the first time! And I’ll talk about that next time!
What’s the horror movie you’re deathly afraid of? Please leave them in the comments section below!