I love, LOVE scary movies. Even the cheesy, stereotypical fares dripping in red corn syrup.
So when I finally got my hands on 2009’s phenom Paranormal Activity, I immediately curled up on the couch with a bag of microwave popcorn and pressed “play” in anticipation of high horror.
My verdict: ‘Eh.’
There were some scary parts — I’ll give you that — but the movie itself wasn’t that great, in my opinion. I really didn’t find it that scary, and couldn’t understand how so many of my friends declared it the scariest movie they had ever seen.
Later, I was to find that the version I had watched was the original version, while the theatrical release version had a different ending. Nonetheless, the synopsis of the theatrical version does not sound much scarier.
I still stand by my stance that The Shining takes the cake as the scariest movie of the ’80s, while Event Horizon was the scariest flick of the ’90s.
As for the ’00s? I leave that one blank. There were some contenders, such as Dawn of the Dead (which I consider more of a satire than a true horror movie), but I firmly believe that not one movie makes the cut.
What about you? What was the scariest movie you’ve seen? Do you have any recommendations for horror flim nuts like me?
I, too, love horror movies, and I totally agree with your review of Paranormal Activity. I was hoping for so much more… ::sigh::
I’m hearing from people who saw PA at home that it isn’t very scary – but in the theaters, it was pretty unnerving! I think it may be one of those movies that suffers in translation to the smaller screen. I didn’t realize there were two endings, though – going to have to go check that out and see how I think it compares.
I think the scariest movie I’ve seen is 1408, honestly – if we’re measuring it by how uncomfortable it made me, anyway. I nearly couldn’t stay in the theater!
Haven’t heard of Event Horizon, but The Shining is DEF. the scariest movie ever. I was also very creeped out by the staircase scene in the Exorcist (still shudder recalling it now…)