10 Movies That Scared Me The MostPosted: October 5, 2011
Having just watched The Last Exorcism I decided that today’s post would be a simple list affair. I had done a top 5 a while back when I wrote a review of Paranormal Activity, but not having reread it, here goes my top 10 chillers, in no paticular order:
1. Paranormal Activity
Low key chills as a guy starts to record his house in the night after some weird incidences and starts to capture some scary stuff. Wrings massive scares from the simplest of actions, a door slamming, a light moving etc. I watched it on a night shift and was a nervous wreck by the morning. Also the disintegrating relationship of the central couple makes for engrossing viewing.
2. Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
I spent my teens watching zombie movies and went to see the remake of the Romero classic for some cheap thrills and fun. Walking home in the night however I was scared. If the undead can run, a chubster like me is screwed. Grizzly effects and the general creepiness of zombies make this a fantastic watch.
3. The Haunting (1963)
Forget the overblown CGI of the remake, the original provides genuine thrills. Four people are brought to a house known for its dodgy past (recapped quickly in a quite creepy prologue) so that they can take part into a study of suggestion. Its a tad old fashioned in places, but still manages to give you goosebumps.
4. The Thing (1982)
A stone cold classic from John Carpenter. Suspicion, paranoia and tension run high in the arctic as a research base is attacked from within by a shape-shifting alien. Ends with one of the best last lines of all time.
David Fincher’s bleak crime thriller includes some of the most horrific murders ever put on screen. And the rainsoaked streets are a depressingly realistic setting for John Doe’s evil machinations.
An old school creature feature updated as Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and co are stalked by an extraterrestrial nasty. Follows the classic formula of not showing too much too soon, and the great design means that the revelation is not a disappointment. The warren like corridors of the Nostromo add to the claustrophobic tension.
Dennis Weaver overtakes a truck. The truck then stalks him along the highway trying to force him off the road. Its brilliant early work from Spielberg, who ratchets up the tension to almost unbearable levels, and the fact that you never see the driver just adds to the tension and turns the truck into an almost demonic presence.
8. The Hitcher (1986)
Everyone knows you shouldn’t pick up hitchhikers, well, except for my dad. You especially shouldn’t if the hitchhiker looks like Rutger Hauer.
Unsurprisingly, Hauer turns out to be a complete psycho who makes hapless driver C Thomas Howell’s life a misery. Its schlocky as hell, but good fun and has one shocking, grizzly scene halfway through. Fantastic movie.
9. The Shining
Kubrick’s cold, dispassionate shooting style works wonders here as Jack Nicholson loses his shit at the Overlook hotel. Creepy as hell, with a mesmerising central performance.
I’m scared of spiders, okay.