Friday, August 13, 2010

In Observance of Friday the 13th: 13 Awesomely Scary Movies

13. "Event Horizon" (1997)
Things go terribly wrong for Laurence Fishburne's crew when scientist Sam Neill's black-hole machine decides to go a little crazy. A great cerebral thriller.

12. "The Descent" (2005)
A group of sexy cave-divers get more than they bargained for when they start to get picked off by gangly flesh-eaters. Don't watch this movie alone.

11. "Jaws" (1975)
The mammoth monster terrorizes a quiet beach town. No matter how many slow-motion photographers try to make great whites seem beautiful, I am still afraid - very afraid.

10. "Let The Right One In" (2008)
This Swedish thriller about the vampire-next-door was haunting and beautifully shot. The American version probably won't do it justice.

9. "The Exorcist" (1973)
A classic tale of pea soup and demonic possession. Despite its age, it still manages to creep me out.

8. "Paranormal Activity" (2007)
Even though it was staged to appear like a home video, this mock-doc asserted that I don't ever want to live in a large house. The footprints in the baby powder was perhaps one of the scariest things I've ever seen.

7. "The Strangers" (2008)
There's nothing better than a newlywed couple being hunted down by a masked family armed with knives. The entire is movie is shot without a soundtrack/score/ominous sounds, which makes it that much scarier.

6. "The Shining" (1980)
Stanley Kubrick's interpretation of the Stephen King novel still leaves me with flashes of British twins and REDRUM. One of Jack Nicholson's best performances, and perhaps one of the most intelligent horror movies of all time.

5. "The Sixth Sense" (1999)
Although most video stores categorize this film as 'Suspense/Thriller,' there are some damn scary parts of M. Night Shyamalan's golden nugget. I'll never forget that red sweater and the dumbwaiter. Of the greatest movies (in any genre) of the past 20 years.

4. "Misery" (1990)
There's nothing scarier than Kathy Bates with a sledgehammer. This is a cautionary tale of what happens when psychos fall in love with their idols. Poor James Caan.

3. "Psycho" (1960)
One of the original horror movies, perhaps the on that started it all. Hitchcock's famous fable about hotel owner Norman Bates and his penchant for murder. It will still send shivers down your spine after 50 years since its debut.

2. "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)
I can't think of anything scarier than Satan himself impregnating me with his son. That's what happens to little Mia Farrow in this chilling tale of occultism-gone-wrong.

1. "The Blair Witch Project" (1999)
Before 'Paranormal Activity' burst onto the scene, a group of college kids decided to create the scariest movie of all time. Take a camera into the woods, hang some twigs outside of the tent with some bloody t-shirts, and make it appear as if the Blair Witch is out for blood. Seriously - this movie ruined my life for about two weeks after I watched it. Although we know it's staged/fake, we DIDN'T know it until some time after the movie came out. The ultimate scare.

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