THE SHINING (1980)
You are all alone, watching a horror film on a Friday night, and if you're the type of person who gets frightened very easily, you just woke everyone up with your screams. Then later on, you realize that the scene was not as spooky as you thought it was. Well, thanks a lot, special effects. Nowadays, most horror films share the elements of surprise and special effects. A random, eerily dressed person can pop up on your screen with the matching sound effects, and your faint heart could stop for a second. Horror shouldn't be just that.
Horror is a film genre that aims to draw out negative emotion from viewers by romping on the audience's fears. Horror films emphasize scenes that frighten the viewer. Commonly themed as ghastly and the supernatural, horror films tickle the viewers' fear of the unknown. Now, what makes a good scary movie? The flick should ruin your sense of security, have an underlying atmosphere which creates a sense of dread, have increasing tension, and should leave you paranoid over every small detail you used to ignore for a number of weeks.
In no particular order, here is a list of what we think are the scariest movies of all time:
THE EXORCIST (1973)
Controversial and profane, the film shows an innocent, common 12 year old possessed by the Devil. The Exorcist features poor little Regan with her atrocious, slashed face, walking around like a crab, with the strength to throw her own mother across the room, and the ability to do a 360 degree head turn. This movie challenged the existence of God and turned a sweet little girl into a ferocious beast.
THE SHINING (1980)
A Stephen King adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick is set in the apocalyptic Overlook Hotel up the Colorado mountains which has a haunting history. I don't know why but little twin girls always seem to have this spooky factor when they're just standing in the hallway, staring at you as you walk by with the lights flickering on and off. What more when those twin girls are chopped up on the floor? Put together scenes where blood is spouting out of the elevator with a corpse climbing out of your tub, and a deranged husband armed with an axe trying to murder his own family, and you'll have a very disturbing movie which will make you highly uncomfortable for weeks.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
Spongebob said that the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time, but Nightmare sure gives the striped sweater a bad name. This monster from the suburbs finds joy in stalking teenagers as they sleep; turning everyday things into something as if sent from hell (i.e. A phone turns into a demonic tongue). Well, at least you have a young Johnny Depp on-screen, but he does get eaten up by a bed...
Another adaptation of one of Stephen King's novels feature a young girl with telekinetic powers (yes, like Matilda, just without the cute innocence) who is tormented daily by her schoolmates and her psychotic mother. Carrie's schoolmate bullies find a way to make her win prom queen just to humiliate her by pouring pig blood all over her as she received her crown. With all the anger built up inside of her, she ends up killing the entire school (yes, during prom night; how fun!) She also pinned her crazy mother to the wall with all the knives and blades and scissors in their house.
THE RING (2002)
The Ring is about an underground film that is being passed around and every person who watches it dies in seven days. No exception. Journalist Rachel (played by Naomi Watts) tries to solve the mysteries behind the tape before her time is up and she faces the ring. How unsuspecting - your curiosity will lead you to watching the film without the knowledge that in seven days, the girl will climb out of the well, out of your television set, and into your own living room to take your life. Well, at least you receive a phone call immediately after viewing the film telling you that you only have seven days to live.