My Love/Hate Relationship with Horror

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I’m definitely in the minority among my friends when the subject of horror comes up. Generally when people ask me if I like horror, I answer with a simple no but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Truthfully it’s less about whether or not I like horror and more about how well I can handle it. I will be the firs to admit that I’m a huge baby when it comes to watching horror flicks (even some episodes of Supernatural have been known to keep me up at night and not in a good way).

And yet….I love zombie stuff. And werewolves and vampires. Then there are things that get under my skin that others don’t seem to find nearly as terrifying. So, what scares me? A lot of things, actually, but let’s break it down. Even the cheapest of quick pop-out-of-a-corner scares will catch me; I will jump and I will scream. Seriously, you never let Lady Dynamo hold the popcorn at a scary movie unless you want to wear said popcorn. These types of scares don’t stick with me though and I can usually turn the lights off and go to sleep no problem. What really gets me are the things that could really be real. Crazy psycho killers? That stuff actually happens and it makes fall asleep planning my escape routes.

Some movies that have scared the pants off me:

  • Cujo – I was just a kid when I saw this movie and it utterly terrified me. I also developed a serious fear of dogs after seeing this movie which it took me many years to overcome. I still get a little nervous around large dogs I don’t know.
  • Nightmare on Elm Street  – I know it might seem cheesy now, but just think about the whole premise of this…I was mostly ok while I watched the movie and even after. Right up until it was time to go to bed. Then every time I’d start to close my eyes and drift off, I’d be struck by a new surge of fear and have to flip the lights on.
  • The Sixth Sense – Such a fantastic movie, full of suspense. This one got me with the jump scares and also made me hesitant to turn out my light at night. Ghosts, man. Can’t prove they’re real, can’t prove they’re not. (See Lady Hawkeye’s related post here)
  • The Haunting in Connecticut – I went with a large group of friends/classmates to the movies and we had no particular movie in mind. Once there with no transportation to leave on my own, they all decided they wanted a scary movie. So I ended up being that one person in the theater everyone else laughed at. This one didn’t have me scared or creeped out once we left, but there were a lot of things that made me jump and scream during the movie.
  • 1408 – I went to see this movie in theater with Lady Scarlett; she chose the movie and I had no idea what it was so I agreed. Soon we were both holding on to each other and in agreement that she could no longer pick the movies we went to see. Why was this one so scary? Well, it screws with your head big time. The movie was craft beautifully to build suspense and then give you respite just long enough for the real scare to be totally unexpected. John Cusack is wonderful and the ending is creepy and wonderful. Objectively speaking, I think it’s a great movie but I haven’t had the courage to watch it a second time.
  • Mama – Another movie I saw in theaters because I love Guillermo del Toro. How would I describe this movie? Creepy. As. Hell. And yet….the ending is beautiful and completely perfect. This is another that I’ve no yet had the courage to watch a second time even though it’s wonderful. I felt similarly about The Orphanage.

There are so many, many more that I could list because, as I’ve said, I scare easily. Instead of listing them all, I’ll just offer this list of the 31 Scariest Movies of All Time according to Reader’s Digest.

**This post was originally published on October 9, 2014**

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