I LOVE Halloween, but I haven’t always been a fan of scary movies. Ok readers, I’m about to get real. Iwas a child during the rise of cable TV and when my family decided to get HBO, my little, curious brain soaked in everything it had to offer. Yes, I watched Mary Poppins until I had it memorized, but thanks to the near-constant airings of movies like The Shining and Poltergeist,
I was glued to my TV even when my bedtime had long passed. Anyone born after 1990 might not understand how the image of a little girl sitting in front of a static-filled TV screen could cause nightmares, back in the day Poltergeist was one of the most terrifying movies one could watch. I eventually developed an intense fear of ghosts that made it impossible for me to sleep with the lights off until (go ahead and laugh…) I was well out of college. Yep! So as to not cause further trauma, I refused to watch any scary movies or TV shows until I moved back into the safe space of mom and dad’s house after graduating from Baylor. I started small with more supernatural-leaning shows like The X-Files and I soon discovered a love for all things vampire/alien/zombie/weird, but a random ghost story would still throw me back to my scared little 8-year-old self. It wasn’t until The Sixth Sense became THE movie to watch in 1999 that I attempted see if I could finally overcome my childhood fear. Once I knew I could actually fall asleep after watching a terrific ghost story, I decided that I needed to grow up once and for all and finally learn to enjoy some great scary filmmaking.
Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, it is the perfect opportunity for a scary movie marathon. So, then the question becomes, what movies are worth my time? The Shining and Poltergeist tend to show their age a bit, but they can still scare the pants off me. I feel like I’m constantly catching up on great horror movies since I refused to watch them for so much of my life, so I’m always on the lookout for great suggestions. Some of my favorite Halloween go-to’s include:
- The Craft
- Paranormal Activity
- The Ring
- The Others
- The Exorcist
- The Grudge
- The Blair Witch Project
- Child’s Play
- The Conjuring
This year I have been told to check out:
So what are your thoughts? Which scary movies are you watching this Halloween? I would love to hear some great recommendations in the comments.
Download that film, grab a bottle of wine and some fresh popcorn and hunker down for a frightful night. Just don’t scream too loudly! You don’t want to give your Camden neighbors nightmares of their own!