Welcome to Day 2 of #Blogtober. I haven’t quit yet … Going good. Better than last year. I didn’t even get started!
I decided that today should be the first of my actual Halloween-themed blog posts, and I’m focusing on scary movies. To be honest, I wasn’t really the biggest watcher of scary/spooky/thrilling movies until I met Mister UKWordGirl. He’s a massive horror junkie, and he also holds my hands when I get really scared. It’s the least he could do since he’s the one forcing me to watch them.
I’ve seen more scary movies in the last couple of years than I have in my entire life, and I figured I might tell you all about the ones that scared the poop outta me the most.
Ready? Sitting comfortably? Let me begin …
My Top 25 Scary Movies for Halloween
I’m breaking the top 25 scary movies for Halloween down into two different parts — the movies *I* find super scary, plus the movies that Mister UKWordGirl finds spooktacular. It takes a lot more to scare him. I’m pretty much terrified by everything.
Here’s my contribution:
1 – The Exorcist
When I was a youngster, probably about 12 or 13, I told my Mum I was having dinner around a slightly older friend’s house after school. I did go to said friend’s house, but only to get changed out of my uniform and into some of her spare clothes. We went to a working men’s club, along with a relative or family friend of hers, and we pretended we were adults. I won’t beat around the bush … we got a little drunk.
Now, by drunk, I mean slightly tiddled on two halves of lager shandy, but I was still drunk by the time I had to go home nevertheless. And that meant explaining things to her.
Of course, I couldn’t just tell her the truth. I decided to tell her a pack of lies. Something about being scared out of my wits watching The Exorcist at my friend’s house. How that explained me not being able to walk in a straight line is beyond me, but it seemed like a decent enough idea at the time.
I didn’t actually watch the movie until a few years ago, and it scared the living daylights out of me. There’s something about the way Reagan’s body contorts and twists into positions that seem entirely unnatural. It creeps me out just a little too much. Once again, it was Mister UKWordGirl’s fault I watched it. He painted my face like possessed Reagan in the movie, for some vaping promo videos on best-ecig.co.uk, and then I had to find out what all the fuss was about.
2 – Paranormal Activity
Let’s just include all of the Paranormal Activity movies in this one, because I have somehow managed to watch pretty much all of them at the cinema, despite not liking ghost stories — or the cinema — at all! Someone always cons me into going to see these movies, and they always freak me out a little too much.
I remember watching one of them when I lived in Canada, and I’d gone to see it at the cinema with a friend — the third one in the series, I’m sure. Thinking I would be safe back at home with my then-boyfriend after the late-night movie, I let myself into our house and was met by … nothing. Pitch black. Silence. Not quite the PlayStation-playing, burping boyfriend, sat in his pants with every single light on in the house, that I’d anticipated.
It was almost midnight at that point, so I did the only thing I knew how to do — run into the bedroom, bounced from the bedroom door right into the bed, and hid under the covers. I woke up some ten hours later, still on my own, and still bloody scared.
I don’t know why or how come I always end up seeing these movies, but I’ve seen them all. Every single one of them. And I hate them because they’re so scary.
3 – 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later
Again, I’m just going to clump these two together. I actually really LOVE these movies, and I’ve seen them both more times than I care to remember. They’re not exactly scary, but I do love zombies, especially these angry, rage-infected zombies. Are they still technically zombies?
I Am Legend is another movie that terrifies me just a little bit. I know zombies aren’t real (or whatever you want to class them as), but the thought of some biological weapon turning us all into maniacs … Well, if you’ve lived in some of the places I’ve lived in, you’ll be sure the epidemic has started already.
4 – London Has Fallen
I cried almost the entire way through this movie, but that’s because I like to overreact about stuff a lot. I’ve seen things that other people probably haven’t seen, because of my time in Afghanistan. I wasn’t even on the frontline, safely wrapped up in the middle of Kandahar, and I still saw and heard things that I never thought I’d ever be unfortunate to see and hear. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be a REAL soldier. And trust me, I definitely don’t class myself as one of those.
Terrorism scares me a lot, though. Like, really scares me. I don’t want to admit that I’ve actively avoided places where big groups of people are going to be because of it, but I have. It’s just a really big and scary prospect to be in just as much danger just walking on the streets of your hometown, as you would in an actual war zone.
London Has Fallen and every other terror-related movie gives me actual nightmares. Movies based on events that *could* happen are frightening as hell.
5 – St. Andreas
While we’re on the theme of really scary things that could happen, let’s just talk about this Dwayne Johnson movie, shall we? It’s not just this one, either; any end-of-the-world movie really terrifies me … because it might just happen one day.
The Day After Tomorrow.
Those things could happen. In some places, those things are actually happening. Storms are worsening all around the world, and some of the events that made-up experts are talking about in those movies are actually happening right here, on our beautiful blue planet.
I’ve seen so many YouTube documentaries about the end of the world, that I’ve pretty much convinced myself it’s going to happen in my lifetime. I know it’s not, but seeing so many natural disasters on the news is definitely very frightening, don’t you think?
6 – Saw
I’m including all of the Saw movies here because I love them all. No, they’re not ALL amazing movies. Some of them are actually pretty pants, but I really liked the entire concept, even to the point of being a little obsessed. I always kinda wanted to go to a Halloween costume party dressed as the girl with the jaw-breaker device on her head. That’s not weird at all, right?
I was lucky enough to go on the Saw ride at Thorpe Park a few years back … and the video of my ride is honestly the best and worst thing I’ve ever seen. My face – it’s pretty shocking. Hilarious, but shocking.
I also went on the Saw-maze-style ride at Thorpe Park — a little bit like a haunted house except people touch you and ACTUALLY KIDNAP YOU. I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I had a panic attack the second I stepped foot back out in the sunlight again.
I’ll stick to the movies, I think.
And now for a few that are just damn scary for all the reasons …
7 – American Psycho
8 – The Devil’s Rejects
9 – Insidious
10 – The Silence of the Lambs
11 – American History X
(*THAT* scene, though …)
12 – Seven
13 – A Clockwork Orange
14 – The Conjuring
15 – IT
Old and new … I watched them at the time same and thought they were both pretty good.
Mister UKWordGirl’s Top Scary Movies for Halloween
And now for the list of movies that Mister UKWordGirl thinks should be on the Halloween list …
16 – Halloween
The original one.
17 – An American Werewolf in London
18 – The Exorcist 3
Especially the hospital scene.
19 – Paranormal Activity
The first one only.
20 – Saw
It really annoyed me when he chose movies that I already had on the list, but he refused to switch them duplicates out. Men 🙄
21 – IT
Only the original one. He thinks the second one is crap.
22 – The Blair Witch Project
23 – Lords of Salem
I haven’t seen this, which Mister UKWordGirl was very surprised by. I’m adding it to the list of movies I need to watch.
24 – Mama
I should have added this one to my list. It scared the whatnots outta me!
25 – Sleepy Hollow
I’ve never seen this one, but it’s on the list of movies-to-watch.
What do you think of the list? I know some of mine aren’t Halloweenie at all, but they still scare me, so they totally still count.
I can’t wait to see your suggestions! Shout them out below, or get in touch via social media. If you’ve created your own scary movie list, or you create one because you’ve seen this one, tell me about it — I’d love to add a link to your blog post and suggestions!
Have a SPOOKTACULAR day, folks.
Thanks for reading!