It’s no secret that I am a WIMP when it comes to horror movies. Actually, when it comes to most things. I have an over-developed startle response, and am not completely convinced that I am safe from shark attacks in swimming pools. Horror movies are generally not a good idea for a gal who screams when someone taps her on the shoulder.
But Alan has been training me. This month I’ve already survived The Omen, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Rosemary’s Baby! I know, pitiful, right? Laugh all you want, sitting through these films was a mega victory for me. I am toughening up, guys.
This post is for those of you who are chickens too. We need to take little steps on the road to Horror movies with a capital H. Here are a few JV Halloweenish movies that won’t leave you (ok, ME) cowering under the covers.
Rosemary’s Baby. Wowowow. This film is awesome. Creepy without being terrifying, it’s the story of a young couple trying to get pregnant and get ahead in the shadow of their new, overbearing neighbors. Definitely a must-see.
Ghostbusters. Ok, obviously not scary at all. But it’s such a great movie to watch in October, don’t you think?
Psycho. The classic mystery slasher. Psychological thrillers are much easier for me to stomach, and the black-and-white takes a bit of the edge off.
Sleepy Hollow. Johnny Depp + Christina Ricci + vintage Tim Burton + stunning cinematography + killer costumes. Just watch it, it’s fab.
The Exorcist. I realize “not-too-scary” is debatable here, but strangely enough, pseudo religious demonic possession stories have never bothered me. Of course, I haven’t seen the uncut version, which I hear sent people in the audience running for the exit.
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. This 1978 version with Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum is phenomenal. There’s a few jumpy moments, but mostly it rides on a subtle skin-crawling vibe.
Your turn: What movies do you love to watch during Halloween season? Are you a wimp or a champ?