I have a hard time finding scary movies. I want to watch a movie and be so legitimately frightened that I can’t sleep at night. Remember when you were a kid and the random things would scare the crap out of you? I want to find a movie that scares me like I was five. When I was five, I would get freaked out by the Jabberwocky, Jack Nicholson as the Joker, and the “To Be Continued” sign (don’t ask).
I was thirteen the last time I was legitimately frightened by a movie, and it wasn’t even a good movie. My family and I were watching this cheesy B movie from the 60’s called Homicidal. I was watching it in my parents’ room, which was completely dark. I was the only one awake, as the rest of my family had fallen asleep. There was a scene when someone was coming down the stairs in a wheelchair and then his head rolled off. I bet I would find the whole movie laughable now, but back then, that scene freaked me the fuck out. For days, I would lay in my bed and play that image over and over in my head.
Since then, I’ve been pretty disappointed by “scary” movies. Signs was a piece of shit. After years of hype and overexposure, I found The Exorcist to be such a letdown. I nearly fell asleep. There have been several suspenseful films that I genuinely enjoyed, like The Ring, Paranormal Activity, The Others, and The Sixth Sense. While there were really good creepy scenes in each (who could forget the, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I AM YOUR DAUGHTER?!” scene from The Others?), I can’t say any of these really affected me.
Tonight my brother and I watched a film called Session 9. It was enjoyable and while it had some creepy elements, it was not scary.
I will not stop in my mission to find a film that scares the crap out of me. I think I have to watch a Japanese or Korean horror film next. I hear those fuck with your mind. I say, BRING IT!