Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

Drew: Hello?
Fogs: Hello.
Drew: Yes?
Fogs: Who is this?
Drew: Who are you trying to reach?
Fogs: What number is this?
Drew: Well, what number are you trying to reach?
Fogs: I don’t know.
Drew: I think you have the wrong number.
Fogs: Do I?
Drew: It happens. Take it easy.

[SHE HANGS UP... PHONE RINGS AGAIN, SHE ANSWERS]

Drew: Hello?
Fogs: I’m sorry, I guess I dialed the wrong number.
Drew: So why’d you dial it again?
Fogs: To apologize
Drew: You’re forgiven… bye now.
Fogs: Wait, wait. Don’t hang up.
Drew:  What?
Fogs: I wanna talk to you for a second.
Drew: Tuh… They’ve got 900 numbers for that. See ya!

[SHE HANGS UP... PHONE RINGS AGAIN, SHE ANSWERS]

Drew: Hello?
Fogs: Why don’t you wanna talk to me?
Drew: Who is this?
Fogs: You tell me your name, I’ll tell you mine.
Drew: I don’t think so.
[checks popcorn]
Fogs: What’s that noise?
Drew: Popcorn!
Fogs: You’re making popcorn?
Drew: Uh huh.
Fogs: I only eat popcorn at the movies.
Drew: Well, I’m getting ready to watch a video.
Fogs: Really, what?
Drew: Oh, just some scary movie.
Fogs: Do you like scary movies?
Drew: Uh huh.
Fogs: What’s your favorite scary movie?
Drew: I dunno.
Fogs: You have to have a favorite, what comes to mind?

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79 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

  1. I am not a huge fan of horror movies. I am a “watch them once, and try to recover from them” kind of girl. Based on my own scare scale is how I came up with my “favorites”. Okay, so you already know The Exorcist left me scarred for life…..but Halloween (the first one) affected me also. My brother in law used to call me and play that music over the phone when he knew my husband wasn’t home…. because he found it amusing how scared I would get. (i love my family!) My other one is an older one, Rosemary’s Baby with Mia Farrow. I saw it when I was an adult. I was pretty terrified! (it didn’t help I was pregnant at the time either.)

    • I wouldn’t know anything about tormenting a younger sister.

      Honest.

      I imagine watching Rosemary’s baby while pregnant was not a great idea. LOL. Did you accuse your husband of being the devil?

  2. I don’t watch many true horror blood-and guts type movies. I do enjoy more of the use-your-imagination suspenseful scary movies, such as Signs. When I first watched it and that alien jumps out of the bushes on the birthday party video, I think I peed a little. Those type of scary movies are alot more watchable to me. My favorite that I would call “scary” is Predator. It scared the stuffing out of me when I watched it as a teenager. I think it had both the element of using your imagination and also incorporated the traditional slasher type movie.

  3. And now all I want to do is go home and watch the entire Scream trilogy. Frigging love those films. Big love for the first Scream film. It’s just fun to watch! Totally brought back the teen slasher films.

    My favourite scary film? I don’t scare easy. But I’ve enjoyed the likes of [REC]. Spanish horror films are good! Definitely recommend that and not the American remake. Event Horizon was probably the first film to properly scare me when I was younger.

    I love my horror films, though now I can’t think of anymore! I’ll come back to you on this one!

    • Never seen [REC] but can confirm the remake isn’t that good.

      I should revisit “Event Horizon” in order to give it a fair shake. When I saw it, it was disturbing, no doubt… But I couldn’t get past being kind of pissed it was mismarketed. It was a VERY different movie than advertised, joining “Million Dollar Baby” in the mismarketed movie hall of fame. Now that I know better, I should check it out again.

      I love the Scream movies too. I even forgive the fact that all of them fly off the rails once it’s time to “Explain” who the killer is and why they’re killing.

      • Event Horizon was extremely mis-sold to the public. Which is probably why it flies below the radar. Give it a shot again.

        Thinking about this more, adding The Last Exorcism (surprisingly good), Cloverfield (I had no idea WTF was going on, probably why I class it as a somewhat scary film), Drag Me To Hell (Damn good!),

    • No argument about it being “Scary”, and thus no need for a judges ruling or anything.

      Would you consider it a horror film? It’s one of the ones I had on my list to discuss as “Often called a horror movie but not really a horror movie”, but o never got it in.

      Your thoughts?

      • *shrugs*

        Guess it depends on what your definition of “horror” is. I’d say a movie about serial killer who kidnaps large-sized women, holds them in captivity and starves them for a week, then kills and skins them to stitch together a suit in the belief that it will allow him to transform into a woman is fairly horrific. And that’s not even mentioning the well-mannered cannibal behind the glass.

      • I dunno. Its my OCD I guess. I mean, of course, youre right. But I’ve always felt it belonged in with the “Thrillers” and not the “Horror” movies. Jaws is the biggest one. I totally feel like Jaws isn’t a horror movie… even though there’s plenty of scares within, and like you say with Silence, a shark eating people whole is pretty horrifying…

      • I do consider “Jaws” to be a horror movie, in the same vein as classic Hitchcock.

        A thriller, to me, is not a genre in-and-of itself, but a description of a film that elicits elevated levels of excitement or dread. The description can cross genres. A horror movie can be a thriller, but so can an action/adventure, and even some dramas.

        So I agree that Silence of the Lambs is a thriller, but I also believe it is a horror movie. I think a movie like No Way Out is also a thriller, but it’s no where near being a horror movie.

  4. crap!! Somebody beat me to the silence of the lambs. And The Fog. Referring to the meteorological event. Not the notorious little-sister-tormenting blogger.

    • Objection, your honor, hearsay!

      The Fog is a good one. VERY underrated. We gave it a shout out on the horror movie podcast, I’ll be posting the link tonight. It’s up on iTunes already if you want it.

  5. Dear FMR:

    I am pretty jaded when it comes to horror movies and tend not to be shocked easily. I saw both Alien and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (kind of a horror movie?) at the tender age of nine and I have never been the same since! My fave genre is zombies and I feel the best of them all is the original Dawn of the Dead although I would not say that the movie itself is particularly scary (even though the premise certainly the fuck is!) Not a huge fan of slasher / teens in peril flicks even though I have seem most of them because if it is a horror movie I will watch it even though 99.9 percent of them are crap!

    In the last 10 years two flicks come to mind that jolted me when it comes to horror:

    Audition – Japanese Psychological shocker that came out in the late 90’s early 2ooo’s? This movie disturbed me so much I had to turn it off and start it again the next day (in daylight) because I was so afraid of how it was going to end. Good and decent people (and their children) in peril is dirty tactics in movies but this film did it very well. And unlike such movies as Funny Games this one does have some light at the end of the tunnel even if it is just a small sliver of one.

    28 days later – I think the first 3/4 of this movie is a masterpiece (even Oscar worthy when you compare it to the directors other flick, Slumdog Millionaire) but it goes a bit downhill during the last 30 minutes when the army comes in and it focuses less on the main characters. Despite this, it still is great flick! I think the main reason I liked it is the that the main characters are so well defined that you actually care if they become zombie food…or not. This movie also introduced the running zombie which the Dawn of Dead remake expanded on a year later.

    • Dear Chris:

      Thanks for your comment! We’re big zombie movie fans here at FMR, too! Although our favorite is still the original “Night of” because it works as a message movie, too!

      If you like “Audition”, have you seen “Old Boy”? I think you’d probably enjoy that too…

      I think the reason 99% of slasher films are crap is that they can be made on the cheap, yet get a decent return. So there’s a lot of “churning them out”. Just like action films though… The river of crap you have to wade through makes you appreciate the gems.

      I’m not a big “Slumdog Millionaire” fan, Dark Knight should have won best picture, damn them! But I do love 28 Days Later. Fast Zombies were revolutionary, and frightening! I’m not as down on the end as everyone else is (a lot of people share your gripe). I think it’s a great flick!

      Thanks again for your contribution,
      Sincerely,

      Dan Fogarty
      fogsmoviereviews.com

  6. I haven’t been here in a while (I moved from one city to another, busy times) and look, it’s Halloween already! Love the atmosphere. And great job by the way, how long did it take you?

    So, scary movies… I’ll go for some classics: The Evil Dead, Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Sixth Sense. Also, IT, the tv movie based on Stephen King’s book. I watched it when I was a kid and scared the crap out of me. Clowns are the scariest creatures ever.

    Oh, and Scream of course :)

      • Yes. The specific topic was “Scary Movie”, which was in order to keep in line with the “Scream” scene. But it also has the added bonus of leaving “The Judges” very lenient this week. LOL.

        But I have been debating and discussing “What qualifies something as a horror movie”… If you had to classify Black Swan… Is it a horror movie?

    • Moving sucks. Hope everything’s settled down for you…

      Got a “pingback” that you’re watching American Horror story… Nice!! I’ll swing through later to read the post.

      Thanks for the kind words on the blog redesign. I make it a policy not to disclose how long anything takes me here, I don’t want my family to have me committed. LOL, let’s just say it took awhile, but I had fun.

      Love all the movies you mentioned, you almost batted 1.000, but on IT I have to be a party pooper and confess I was never a big fan of the end. Spoiler for a 25 year old movie, I guess, but I was never a fan of the “Spider” finale. It was SO scary when it was a clown!!!

      The spider thing… Not so much. But that’s Stephen King for ya. A lot of his efforts take turns for the worse at the end…

      • I’m fine and settled, thanks :)

        As for IT, I didn’t like the ending too. But the rest of the movie was enough to scare me! I also think that, in some parts, the film it’s even better the book. As you said, King tends to exaggerate… suffice it to say that in the book, before meeting the Spider, all the kids have sex with the girl in order to feel “united”. It upset me a little when a read it!

    • Three good ones. I feel remiss that I didn’t include either of the “Evil Deads” in the sidebar when I did the Halloween makeover… knew I’d miss something.

      Hellraiser has always been one of my faves.

  7. Nightmare on Elm Street. That scene where Nancy is in the tub and those razor nails come up between her legs……. I STILL won’t take a bath because of that.

    • I haven’t seen this, so I went to Netflix to see if its out there to watch instantly… and after seeing these blurbs, I am sold!!

      “If you intentionally hired the worst, amateur filmmaker in the world to produce a film using the worst possible ideas for subject matter, along with a budget barely big enough to pay for the cost of the film – you still could not duplicate the unintentional genius of this movie!”

      “With movies today like Hostel and Saw, there needs to be something that preceded them. That would be this movie. With, at the time, graphic nature, tones of nudity, and a midget to boot. ”

      “Everyone should see this at least once. Its a movie that is so bad it is awesome. This movie is what I think of when I think of B movies.”

      In the immortal words of Tony Montanna… Now ju’ talkin’ to me, baby, that I like!

  8. All right… I just watched Halloween and thought it was very good, but I have to admit it hasn’t had time to settle in my brain long enough for me to really call it a favorite yet.

    So from those movies that have had that time…

    The original House on Haunted Hill is pretty good. I love watching Vincent Price.

    Army of Darkness. I’ll admit I haven’t seen the other Evil Dead movies yet, but AoD is brilliant.

    Less scary, but if you like comedy-horror The Comedy of Terrors is a must-see film. Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone all in one film and all hamming it up as much as they possibly can. It’s a riot.

    • You could probably school me on the old school horror, man, I will have to admit I am not well versed. Although I have seen the first House on Haunted Hill

      Saw your Halloween writeup. A good read, for anyone who comes across this comment and is a fan of Carpenter’s Halloween: http://morganrlewis.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/halloween-1978/#comment-203

      The Evil Dead flicks and Army of Darkness are almost birds of a different feather. I think that the two Dead movies have plenty of “camp” in them, while Army of Darkness is like, pure camp. A “Camp” movie. I love them all, its just AoD is like a pure comedy set in a horror movie, while the Evil Deads could actually be considered horror.

      • There’s a fair amount of the old school horror I haven’t seen either… of course, there’s just such an awful lot of it in the first place.

        AoD is definitely a comedy with horror trappings, rather than a horror movie with comedy trappings. Can’t argue with you there at all.

        Thanks for the shout-out link. :)

  9. Why do you fear the human centipede? I counted you a fan of the profane and the absurd. Or the profanely absurd. Or both. But if you wanna watch something REALLY scary I would say Vulgar would be the way to go. Talk about things you wish you could unsee…..

    • I wouldnt say that I FEAR it. In fact, I think it would probably be decidely UNSCARY. I feel as if a) The entire movie is in the title… and certainly, if you needed any explanation on it, you know what it means by now. So I just feel like there’s not a lot to it beyond that… b) Not a big fan of movies that attempt to scare via revulsion. If something is revolting, my instinct is to simply not watch. I just dont get the allure…

      On this particular one, I just get the sense – and I certainly could be wrong because admitedly I havent seen it, I’m just going off of buzz, etc – that the movie is a crappy movie that wound up making a name for itself via the high concept, and there’s not a lot of redeemable qualities in it beyond that.

      • If you aren’t going to watch the movie, you should at least check out the South Park “Cent-iPad” episode. Covers all the best part of the movie without actually watching the movie.

      • My lord, I’m getting tag teamed by the Roberge clan. Why dont you just have the kids call me up, too!! LOL

        If a movie can be “Covered” by a South Park episode, that’s not a good sign, is it?

        Anyways, if there’s enough interest out there… its on Netflix watch instantly. I’d hit it and write it up if a couple other people chime in…

  10. I guess I’m just a sucker for the WTF factor….be it hilarious (a la the hangover), surreal (a la lady in the water….yep I brought THAT up again), or wanna be horror. I guess I just have a deep seeded respect for something that tries to be more than just……vanilla paste

  11. Maybe it’s because I work in TV, but at the time I remember “The Ring” really scaring the crap out of me.

    Also not very scary by today’s standards, but after I first saw Boris Karloff’s version of “The Mummy” (at about the age of 4) I had nightmares for about the next… 43 years or so…

    • The Ring was really good.

      What I liked about it so much is that at the time? It felt original. It felt as if no one was making movies like that… Still pretty unique, now that I think about it.

      Always thought they should have ended it when they figured out the girl was in the well though. You know, a released her spirit no more ghost happy ending type of thing. No sequel potential in that though I guess.

  12. Oh, so this is how you join the Blog, huh? Well, i forgot the one horror movie that has actually had the strongest and longest lasting effect on my entire life….The Birds….I swear, I can trace my deathly fear of birds back to seeing that movie. i have actually sat in my car, afraid to get out, because there are too many birds in the vicinity!

    • Yup! Here it is, you found it!

      Man, the Birds would be a pretty baaaad movie to be afraid of. If you’re afraid of Jaws, at least you can avoid the water. You know, just not go swimming. Birds are all over the place!!
      :D Glad to see you found your way over!

  13. Sometimes it’s not the movie that is so scary, but how impressionable you are at the time when you see it. I remember watching the “Trilogy of Terror”, with Karen Black as the owner of a native doll that comes to life. Scared the bejeezus out of me!

    • There’s a good point. Sorry, haven’t seen ToT, but I do know the movie of which you speak. But yeah, just look at this thread. Person after person is like, I watched this when I was young and…

  14. Alright, my turn, my turn!

    Like Ray just said, sometimes its not the movie, but the age you see them. Even though these are two legendary, awesome movies, “The Shining” and “The Exorcist” are my two favorite. I’ve said a ton about “The Exorcist” lately… I was sacred of the TRAILER for “The Shining”! The elevator doors opening, and all that blood pouring out… the two dead little girls… FREAKED ME OUT MAN!!

    Special shout out to “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity” – when I watched both of those for the first time, they scared me like I was a little kid again!

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