The thing is, when I was growing up, my brother LOVED scary films. And when we'd go to rent films at Blockbuster or wherever (remember doing that?!) he'd always badger either of my parents until they give in and let him have whatever he wanted. And so I'd be stuck watching the scary films. Now that I'm older and can avoid all scary films at whatever cost.. N likes them. So they're aren't out of my life forever. Hmph. Doesn't mean I like them!
In fact, you can probably see from my list, that I'm kind of stuck in a certain time period in terms of scary films! :)
Poltergeist - I've already mentioned this in my post about ghostly films, but I seriously still believe that it's the scariest film I've ever seen in my entire life. How did they do that, I'm still cringing in fear decades later.
Nightmare on Elm Street - I think this series of films are the only exceptions to my ban all films scary. When I was younger, I was absolutely fascinated by Freddy Krueger and the whole Elm Street thing. Dorky as it was, my friends and I formed a Nightmare on Elm Street club, where we tried to act out different scenes from the different movies. We'd meet under the slide in the playground and were, of course, the absolute epitome of cool. Ha. (I chose this wonderfully cheesy poster from the third film, just because.)
Halloween - N really likes the Halloween films and we have them all, though they are sually only pulled out once a year. My favourite Halloween film is probably the one with Busta Rhymes, only because on the extras for the DVD it has THE funniest outtake I've ever seen. I won't say any more than that.
Friday the 13th - The Friday the 13th films were my brother's favourite films I think. I can't honestly say that I remember them very clearly, because a lot of time watching them was spent hidden behind a blanket. But like Halloween, they feel quite classic to my childhood.
Jaws - I love the theme music to this, who doesn't? The movie itself is so atmospheric and wonderful and scary. When I first watched it, I was very much into swimming. I was on the swim team, we'd often go to the beach and swim in the ocean. And I remember a very distinct period of time after watching Jaws that I couldn't bear the thought of going out into the water. This movie gave me nightmares.
Scream - The only semi-recent film on my list! What I like about the film is the homages to older films like Nightmare on Elm Street. I like that Drew Barrymore dies in the first few minutes. I had a girl-crush on Neve Campbell at the time and quickly developed a crush on Skeet Ulrich. I liked the characters and the dialogue, and it did a great job of keeping a non-fan like me happy as well as scary film fans like N happy at the same time.
And that's it for me. What are you favourite scary films? Feel free to mock me for my choices!