Ok, so I couldn’t just choose 31 movies. I had a few on my list that didn’t make it, but I couldn’t cut them out. To celebrate that tomorrow the month of Halloween starts, here are a few gems in the rough for you.
People like to say this movie sucks. It doesn’t though. The initial marketing was pretty genius, almost Blair Witch level. If you don’t remember, the first commercials for it were encouraging a viral movement to demand you get to see this terrifying movie in a theater near you by showing you night vision footage of people getting the crap scared out of them while watching it. Disappointingly, they followed those up with a common problem in horror movie previews, showing way too damn much of the scary stuff. I spent the whole movie knowing when the scary parts were coming and they didn’t have the same effect. Also, they changed the ending for the theatrical release. Instead of a more lingering creepy feel they succumbed to the bane of horror, the jump scare.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD54GRIlTUg If you haven’t seen it.
But I still think it’s a good addition to the found footage classics.
JU-ON: THE GRUDGE
In the mid 2000’s America decided Asian people were scary and a lot of American movies were re-made from the foreign originals based on this premise. Most of them sucked. A lot of the originals suck too. I liked this one. I liked the remake too, but not nearly enough to include in this list. I got really good at making that guttural death rattle noise the dead girl makes and have actually managed to creep myself out with it. I’m a woman of many talents, obviously.
I’m also going to quickly mention the K-horror film A TALE OF TWO SISTERS here since we are talking about asian horror. Its technically a better movie with a fantastic story and you should also watch it. I just liked Ju-On more.
I watched this for the first time on my Halloween horror binge 2 years ago. I was focusing on all the classics from the 80s and 90s that I missed out on because my parents were still pretending they were raising a normal child and wouldn’t let me watch rated R movies yet. Most of them may have been good when they came out 20 years ago, but as an adult in 2012 I was bored by early computer generated gore and bad sound mixing. However, Candyman creeped me out as much as any other decent horror movie released recently.
The videos in SINISTER
I was 100% psyched for this movie. The previews were brutal and I was so ready to be traumatized by this weird disturbing movie about discovered snuff films. I was actually nervous to go see it. Like somehow after desensitizing myself for over 2 decades, I would finally find a movie that could bring back that rush you get when having the crap scared out of you for the first time. Which sounds a lot like what junkies say about getting high, but I think this is a more healthy rush. Maybe.
Whatever percentage of the movie that was just Ethan Hawke watching those film reels delivered that rush. Seriously, the lawnmower one. Seriously. But the rest of the movie took the idea of this boogie man way too far. Perhaps if they cut off the last 20 min and I could have pretended it was just open ended it would have made it in the top 31.
There we go, the runners up. Are you ready for October?