The problem with watching horror movies all the time is that they lose their effect, their impact to scare. I find myself watching horror movies not for scares (though I welcome them if they come) but rather to see if they have anything original to offer the genre, what kind of FX they use (hopefully practical), how the score interacts with the scenes, etc… I go for the entire package. I go because I want to see what a group of creative people can do when they work together towards a common goal.
But even with all of that being said, there are still some horror movies that, no matter how many times I watch them, I still tremble, quake, and cover my eyes. It is these films that have stayed with me the most for years upon years (well, some of them not quite that long). It is these films that I put on when I actually want to recall what it was like when I first started watching horror and actually feeling fear and dread.
So join me below as I go through a few films that still manage to terrify me. After that, leave a comment with the films that terrify you! I want to know which films get so under your skin that you either relish or abhor watching them again!
This movie always has and always will make me shake underneath the covers. Beautifully crafted with excellent music, killer sound design, and stellar acting, The Shining is one of those movies that makes me think, “Holy crap, this could actually happen…” And that’s why I love this movie and why it still scares me to this day, some 20 years after I first watched it.