Saturday, 31 October 2009

Scariest Movies...Thus Far.

Since its Halloween...a mixture of horror and monster movies that could scare the living daylight out of me thus far include usual suspects like Alien (1979), The Exorcist (1973), Jaws (1975), The Evil Dead (1981), The Thing (1982), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) and of course, Ring (1998) and Ju-on (2003, and its equally scary American remakes trilogy) which kick started the entire J-horror popularity into seventh gear. Something about cackling sounding, break dancing-like movement, I-could-be-anywhere, long messy unkept hairs with a killer stare which frightens me...the much under rated Fragile (2005) and The Messengers (2007) comes into the mind too. Then there are a trio of handheld nausea inducing documentary style horror/monster movies, The Blair Witch Project (1999), REC (2007), Cloverfield (2008), although arguebly, Cloverfield may not be a pure horror and leaning more towards disaster/monster sub category (if there is one), I still find it disturbing. In the 80s, there are a string of B-gradie horror/monster movies which scares me in equal measures, such as The Blob (1988), The Slugs (also 1988) etc. But perhaps the earliest recollection of horror movie which caused me to have countless nightmares is called Death Ship (1980), of which mom and pop took me to the local cinema (Federal in Penang if I am not mistaken) to watch (there was no such thing as parental guidance then...).

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