A big thanks to guest blogger Trevor who says he actually lost sleep over some of these movies. Now I call that a recommendation. I have to tell you that in spite of taking it home at least 4 times, I still have not had the nerve to put 'Paranormal' in my player and actually turn it on. Want to see some previous picks- just click on SCARY under tags on the left . Great fun for those who like their movies dark---just don't say we didn't warn you.Moe.
Not a typical haunted house film, Insidious flips the formula by having a haunted child instead. A very divisive film (I have friends who were so scared they cried and others who were laughing out loud throughout), Insidious is nothing if not unique. Horror fans should check it out for something new.
The Crazies – Residents of a small town start going kooky and, you guessed it, CRAZY and it’s up to the always excellent Timothy Olyphant to set things right. A tense and suspenseful zombie-esque flick. Fans of speedy zombies will be right at home.
Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 – You often hear the phrase “scariest movie since the Exorcist” and most of the time it is nothing more than a marketing ploy. In the case of the Paranormal Activity films however, it is undeniably true. In my opinion, these are the scariest movies on this list and are not for the faint of heart. Following the “found footage” trend that has become increasingly popular since the Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity tells the tale of a house menaced by a demon. The second film is actually a prequel which details the events leading up to the original and can be enjoyed regardless of your familiarity with the first film. The scares are simple (the first film only had a $15,000 budget) and aren’t the typical cat jumps into frame or phone rings loudly gotcha-moments that lesser films rely on. I’m not embarrassed to say that I lost sleep over these ones.
Let Me In is the American remake of the Swedish Let the Right One In. A lonely young boy befriends a lonely young girl (who also happens to be a vicious blood-sucker). While I haven’t seen the remake, I hear it’s a note for note adaptation that is just as chilling and thought provoking as the original (which happens to be my favorite vampire film).
Predators - Nostalgia is the best word to describe this film. It looks like the original Predator, it sounds like it, it feels like it, and it’s just as suspenseful when the new predators are hunting their unsuspecting (human) prey. Fans of the original will find much to love.
Day Breakers –Excessive blood and gore meets subtle consumerist satire in this tale of a vampire apocalypse. The twist: our protagonist is a vampire himself, living in a world of vampires, trying to find an alternate food source as the last of human race slowly wastes away.
Frozen – If you ski or snowboard, you just may want to avoid this film. I’m not too anxious to hit the hill after watching a trio of college kids get trapped on a chairlift, at night, halfway up the mountain, over a long weekend, in freezing temperatures, with no one to help them…did I mention there’s frostbite and ravenous wolves?
The Mist – Stephen King adaptations are hit and miss most of the time but thankfully this film is one of the hits. A thick, mysterious mist envelopes a small town. The mist contains hungry creatures and it’s up to Thomas Jane to keep his group of survivors safe inside the town’s grocery store. A tense and chilling flick, The Mist keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very satisfying conclusion.
Maureen here-thanks again Trevor. I have once more taken 'Paranormal' home with me for the weekend and this time I intend to watch it---really! And just in time, as Paranormal 3 is being released on Oct 21st.