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Do or Don’t: Scary Movies

Blair Witch Project

Last night, Alex convinced me to watch…

The Blair Witch Project. Have you seen it? The 1999 American horror film follows three student documentary makers who get lost in a forest in Maryland — and begin hearing terrifying noises.

“Why are we watching this?” I kept asking Alex. “This isn’t a way to have a fun night.”

“Just give it a few more minutes,” he kept saying. “It gets good.”

But in the end, I felt too spooked and we turned it off — and then I watched a few minutes of Schitt’s Creek to cleanse my palate.

Remember this spoof trailer which makes The Shining look like a romantic comedy?

And this When Harry Met Sally trailer remixed as a horror film?

Do you watch scary movies? What are your favorites? (Even though I’m a wuss, I liked Parasite and Get Out.)

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  1. Amy says...

    I can take the occasional Hitchcock movie for some suspense, but in general scary movies are not my thing. There’s enough real life scary shit that I don’t want it in my entertainment too.

  2. Deric says...

    I saw The Blair Witch in theatres on opening night. I’m not one for horror movies in general, but I was attracted to the fresh take (at the time) on an old genre. Anyway, the movie ends and my friends and I leave through the emergency exit doors that lead to the parking lot. Unbeknownst to us, a pedestrian had been hit in the parking lot and there is blood all over the pavement. Despite all the jump scares and creepy stick figures in the movie, it’s that image of that parking lot that I associate with the movie.

  3. Tara says...

    A big NO on horror for me. I saw The Blair Witch Project on the day when I was moving from my apartment to my then boyfriend’s place. It was a steamy hot summer in the south, and I had been nagging him to get his AC set up. Well, he didn’t. And after the movie, he suggested we sleep on the floor in my totally empty (but air conditioned) apartment. I DIDN’T SLEEP A WINK. Curtainless windows, spooky shadows on the walls, creepy noises everywhere. I still get frightened when I think of the woman talking about seeing a witch covered in fur like a horse. Too creepy!!!

  4. Amy says...

    I didn’t realize people were categorizing Parasite as a scary movie? I guess I have a bit more tolerance for scary movies than I thought. I usually hate the demon/exorcism/religious horror theme, can’t do it and have refused to watch The Exorcist my entire life. Maybe because I was raised Catholic hah. But, there are some older scary movies that I genuinely love. Silence of the Lambs is a nearly perfect movie in my opinion.

  5. Tracy says...

    I don’t like them. I’m an anxious person and the world already freaks me out enough. I remember watching ‘Silence of the Lambs’ in my 20s and I watched the entire thing standing up behind the sofa, then didn’t sleep for two days. After that, I swore off anything scary for good. Bring on the light and fluffy!

    • Yulia says...

      Tracy, I got the giggles thinking of you watching it standing up behind a sofa. But I get it. Some scary movies can only be watched standing up so that you can duck behind the couch or run from the room–whichever makes the most sense.

  6. Kirsten says...

    I both love them and hate them? I’m incredibly jumpy and prone to nightmares so things with jump scares and creepy things are the worst and I think about them constantly for weeks afterwards and have to turn on all the lights. But also some horror/thrillers have the best storytelling! I watched The Haunting of Hill House even though it was so scary it gave me palpitations and I had to watch it in the morning so I wasn’t a ball of jumpy anxiety because it was sooooo well done. I haven’t gotten my nerve up enough to watch Bly Manor though, since now I have kids and would have to watch it at night!

  7. maywyn says...

    Big time Hocus Pocus fan here, no blanket over my head rating. Stephen King’s book, “Salem’s Lot,” the film I watch part time in the room, part time out of the room. The 1960s vampire, werewolf, and panther movies are scarier to me now than in the theater when they were released.

  8. Caroline says...

    I LOVE horror movies. Some of the recent ones I’ve seen that shook me up are: Hereditary (SO scary, but the ending makes it less so), Under the Shadow (also loved The Babadook), The Wailing, and Midsommar.

  9. I just watched it, too! My boyfriend told me it was a real documentary before we started watching, and it was the best thing he could have done. It was SO SCARY! He told the whole story after the fact which eased my mind. 2020 has been the year of horror movies for me and I’ve loved every second. It’s been a nice thing to escape to supernatural things when so much of the day to day has been isolating and often boring. I’ll take a thrill!

  10. Jane says...

    Just watched Mandy with Nicolas Cage and loved it! Love horror movies! Especially about cults LOL. Never thought I found a better role for Nicolas Cage to do his overacting in :)

    • A says...

      Yes, I LOVED Mandy so much!! Great movie!

  11. Sadie says...

    My nervous system can’t cope with them! I get so jangly watching the previews that I have to read the Wikipedia entry to find out how they end, just to stop thinking about them. Occasionally I will watch a non-gory, slow-burn suspense one, but I am careful about the images I let color my imagination.

    • SAME! I just can’t handle it. One of my hobbies is reading Wikipedia entries for horror films. I’ll read about one or catch an ad, and being intrigued but knowing I can’t bring myself to watch, I read the synopsis instead. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Eva says...

      omg I love that I’m not the only one who avoids horror films and does the wikipedia thing just to be like “okay but what happens” haha

  12. Sharon in Philip says...

    Years ago, BBC 2 used to do a double bill of horror on a Friday night. There would be a Hammer Horror and a Bela Lugosie/Boris Karloff film. I used to watch them by myself. There was a scene in a Hammer Horror vampire film, the young man of the house had been away in the city and returned home bitten, he “died” and was buried. His nurse had become his protector and sat by his grave, her hair down, her eyes wild, encouraging him to dig himself out………”come on, I know it’s dark, just a little more”.
    This scared me to death, I lay in bed, fully awake and heard Barry next door come in from a night out at 3 in the morning.
    I do subtle as well, the scene in “Le Diaboliques” when the husband rises out of the bath after his mistress and wife have killed him…………….another sleepless night!

  13. Lauren E. says...

    I watched The Blair Witch Project in a hotel room with friends when I was 14 and I spent the ENTIRE night wide awake in bed in absolute pure terror. I remember it so vividly. I am not a scary movie person! I can read the scariest books ever with no problem but movies? I can’t even watch the trailers!

  14. jenn says...

    I am usually a pretty hard no on scary movies. I’ve saw the usual suspects growing up: Poltergeist, of Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, Scream, Sixth Sense….but not the horrible ones or the gross ones. With no Halloween this year, we have be contemplating letting our kids watch a “scary movie”. They are 14 and 12–any thoughts on a good intro movie that they will enjoy but not freak out every night at bedtime….Any good ideas?

    • Kara Sanders says...

      Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, or The Addams Family (original)??

      I haven’t seen these in years, so I’m not sure they’re appropriate for 12-14 year olds, but these just popped into my head as possibilities…

    • Em says...

      I’m a wuss, but I agree to watch one non-gory scary movie each weekend in October because my husband loves them. Last weekend we watched “The Others” and I actually really enjoyed it! I feel like it would be appropriate for 12-14 year old, but I don’t have kids so you may want to watch it first!

  15. Madison says...

    I enjoy the odd horror movie, but those with giant plot holes tend to ruin the experience. Anyone else feel this way? For example, if characters display an inexplicable lack of common sense and inability to make good decisions — I can accept ppl being too scared to make rational decisions in the heat of the moment, but not consistently choosing to make dumb decisions that put them or others in harm’s way. (Spoiler alert: the father in Pet Sematary still choosing to use that same cursed spot again even after the family cat came back CLEARLY twisted. It’s the same reason I loathed Avengers: Age of Ultron, because of Tony Stark’s planet sized ego and his insistence on creating yet another AI when his first AI creation went spectacularly rogue.)

    Another thing that breaks the spell being cast by the movie is when women characters are intentionally harmed by her loved ones, who either refuse to believe her when her instincts/suspicions are raised, or outright gaslight her. I cannot watch the original The Omen, Psycho, etc for this reason — too many insufferable/pompous white men controlling a woman’s fate and refusing to give her back her agency, which is way too similar to real life gender politics for my comfort. Curious to know if others have had a similar experience.

  16. Lenae says...

    I’m generally a wuss and not into horror movies; I do like psychological thrillers, which can be scary in a different way. That said, we watched The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix recently and I really liked it! Was it scary? Yes — but the story itself was really good. I also recognized some of the actors from previous shows/movies I’ve seen recently, which sort of helped me feel…safer? haha! If you like a good (ghost) story, I recommend it.

  17. florence says...

    Same, can’t do scary movies at all! Though I also loved Parasite and Get Out. I blame childhood trauma of watching them too early… The Exorcist at like age 5, Nightmare on Elm Street at age 7 at my first sleepover (needless to say, I didn’t sleep a wink the entire night and still can remember EVERYTHING about that sleepover). My husband watches them next to me in bed wearing headphones while I try not to look at his laptop screen as I have on Schitt’s Creek. Once the sound is off, it’s really not that bad, lol.

  18. Jen says...

    Yes to horror! I prefer supernatural-thrillers or psychological thrillers, can’t get into movies like Saw or Chainsaw Massacre, etc. They’re such fun and being scared by something that isn’t real can be really delightful.
    All that being said, The Blair Witch Project was terrible. The handheld camera alone ruined the movie for me and I had to turn it off (motion sickness sufferer, here).

  19. Caitlin says...

    Love a startle/thrill, hate to be grossed out by a scary movie. In the pantheon of “why I got divorced” stories, towards the top is the time my ex insisted on going to see remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in the theater. Even when I started to cry 5 minutes into the film. Some differences are truly irreconcilable :)

  20. Amy says...

    I agree with the other commenter who brought this up, but in my opinion, enjoying horror movies is a deeply privileged perspective. When you’ve experienced (as I unfortunately have) civil war, terror, fear, and violence, especially against women which horror films seem very eager to display, it’s not entertaining. I have a hard time not being judgmental towards people who like to be entertained by violent movies/tv shows because it feels so disrespectful to the actual victims of violence that I know.

    • Judy says...

      but some people who’ve experienced horrible things like stories that reflect something worse, or provide a way to contemplate the darker side of humanity, not within their own experience? I also don’t like horror movies and am quite sensitive and overly empathetic, but I wouldn’t characterize people who do as privileged at all.

    • Traci says...

      I am deeply sorry that you have experienced violence in your life and hope you are doing well now. But being offended by what type of movie someone watches is ridiculous. We have to stop being so bothered by what other people choose to do in their own lives.

    • Sadie says...

      Some trauma survivors watch horror movies as a way of re-experiencing high adrenaline and fear in a safe way (under blankets, with popcorn). For others, compulsively watching them can be a form of hypervigilance. You’re completely right that there are ways of viewing and depicting violence that are exploitative, but I don’t think that’s it’s the case that everyone who watches them is doing so to enjoy the suffering of others.

    • Kim says...

      I am a victim of various different acts of abuse, terror, violence and I like watching scary movies. I actually don’t feel that watching a movie with violence is anything remotely similar to what I’ve experienced in person.

  21. Katie says...

    I love a scary movie, especially during this time of year! My husband and I are a perfect match in that we enjoy watching them, sometimes especially if they are bad. I’m fascinated by the “how” of scary movies — how the story works to build suspense and those terrifying iconic moments that stick with you. And I love reading about how certain scary movies can actually provide amazing cultural commentary on whatever is happening in the world at the time. It’s actually a life goal of mine to write my own scary movie at some point!

    All that said, I DO get freaked out by them from time to time. Especially now that I have a baby who keeps me up some nights, I have to make sure certain doors stay closed and certain lights are on.

  22. Melissa says...

    After reading the chorus of “don’t!”s in the comments, I feel compelled to chime in that I LOVE horror movies. I have pretty bad anxiety, but I think the appeal of scary movies is getting a rush without worrying about my own problems for a few hours. (Plus, they can also be imaginative, creative, and interesting!)

    • Mare says...

      My thoughts exactly!

  23. Sylvia says...

    I can’t sleep with one leg out of the duvet cover anymore after I watched paranormal activity. I actually wish I’d never seen any scary movies! Don’t enjoy them and i still think about them!

  24. Allie says...

    I really like The Babadook as a gateway scary movie, since the fear/monster entity is symbolic and not just gratuitous terror for the sake of making audiences squirm. If you’ve experienced grief or loss, it might even be touching at the end.

  25. When I was younger we would watch Lady in White at every sleepover. Terrifying. Then we would play Light as a Feather Stick as a Board and the Quija board game. I would love to re-watch Lady in White and see how scary it really is! :) Happy Halloween!

    • Elisabeth says...

      Lisa, are you from Land Park? Because I remember a lot of scary viewings of Lady in White at sleepovers with my friend Lisa from elementary school. Just wondering if we’re having the exact same memory in the Cup of Jo comments! Ha!

  26. LLBR says...

    NO NO NO! Won’t watch scary movies. Real life provides plenty of fright. We are two episodes into the Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. Highly recommend. Can’t stop thinking about Beth Harmon finding her way despite every frightful obstacle life can throw at a girl.

  27. Kristin says...

    I HATE scary movies and agree with your sentiment – it is not a way to have a fun night! I watched Blair Witch with some friends in a hotel room in Atlanta when I was in college, and I had to keep getting up to look out the window to remind myself I was in the middle of a big city, not a spooky forest. Horrible evening!

  28. jane says...

    It’s not for me!
    I did make a huge exception to watch “Get Out” because it seemed culturally relevant and it was a good movie but also so awful. I just don’t want to see people abusing each other like that or worse.

    Intelligent suspense is great – like Inception, Interstellar but even those had unnecessary violence.

  29. Molly Fiegel says...

    I have to be very selective about what sort of horror I watch. Anything with super creepy faces (The Ring) or humans moving in inhuman ways, and most ghost stuff are just a no-go for my single female living alone, photographic memory.
    I can handle some gore, but not all and not all the time. But I like creature features, and most of the vampire, werewolf and zombie genres. So basically nothing too close to real life….
    I did like Get Out and This Is Us, but I see those more as social commentary than straight up horror.

  30. Anna says...

    I never used to watch scary movies (too much of a baby!), but since the pandemic, I’ve been doing something called ‘Fright Friday’ where I get into cozy pjs, make a nice dinner, and watch something creepy (maybe not a horror film, but something unsettling or slightly dark). It’s a weird distraction, but I strangely look forward to it every week!

    • Jenna says...

      Sounds kinda nice, do you have any recommendations for something unsettling and slightly dark, that’s not too scary? :)

  31. Melissa says...

    I love both of those trailers! It just shows the power of music to affect emotions!

  32. Hayley says...

    I love a good scare! I’m definitely more into psychological thrillers vs horror/gore films though. To me, anything more plausible is just scarier.

    Some favorites are What Lies Beneath, Vertigo, The Sixth Sense, The Gift (the one w/Katie Holmes), The Descent (which really triggers my claustrophobia!), and Get Out.

    My original favorite scary movie from a kid though, is The Watcher in the Woods (with Bette Davis)! Anyone else know this? I still love it and all these years later, it still scares the crap out of me!

    • Danielle says...

      I remember seeing Watcher in the Woods at birthday party when I was a kid! I was relieved when my mom showed up early to take me home, haha.

      I saw the Sixth Sense on a transatlantic flight when it came out. It was amazing to see people all across the plane jump at the same time!

  33. Lilly of the Valley says...

    Honestly, I just found The Blair Witch Project more frustrating than scary. Why on earth wouldn’t they just follow the river out of the woods to safety?? The shaky cam footage was also motion sickness inducing — the whole thing just exhausted me from start to finish.

    • I totally feel the same way. Also, I got too dizzy to get scared.

  34. Elizabeth says...

    I HATE horror movies/scary movies. I have refused to watch anything scare since I “accidentally” watched a horror film in college and had nightmares for years. And if I watch anything remotely scary, I always say I need a palate cleanser. I love that its actually a thing that other people say, not just me! Although, I did watch Parasite, and was ok with it til the end.

  35. Jen says...

    I used to think I hated scary movies, but I realized it’s just that I don’t like the REALLY violent gory ones (which often also have lame storylines. But there are plenty that have amazing storylines – Like Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ and ‘Get out’.

    • Same!

  36. Caitlin says...

    I love to watch scary movies and then my husband will go out of town and I hate myself for watching the scary movie. Honestly, it’s a terrible cycle I can’t get myself out of.

  37. Jackie says...

    Horror is an escape for me from the real life horror of 2020.

    • Allie says...

      Amen to that!!!!

    • Favi says...

      This made me laugh out loud, thank you I needed it.

  38. Megan says...

    I had just graduated high school when The Blair Witch Project came out. My friend and I egged each other on to go see it and we finally did, in the middle of the afternoon, which was definitely a good decision–nothing like walking out into the sun after a scary movie!! In the fall of 99 I moved to the UK, where the movie had just been released. The guy I had started dating wanted to go see it and I pretended I hadn’t seen it, and he is clearly freaking out in the theater but trying to play it cool (though he gripped my hand SO tightly–which I LOVED), and he was so impressed by how blasé I was about it. . . :)

  39. Tiffani says...

    I don’t enjoy horror movies at all, but my boyfriend loves them and my 15 year old daughter enjoys them too. My daughter moved in with her father right at the start of the pandemic. My boyfriend and I are both high risk and her dad’s household isn’t really isolating and they chose to enroll her in in person school so we’ve barely seen her in months. For the whole month of October we’ve been watching horror movies “as a family” on weekends. My boyfriend makes a virtual bingo card with horror movie tropes and sends it to her, we start the movie at the same time and chat in our family group text while we fill out our bingo cards. It’s really fun even though horror isn’t my preferred genre and it helps us stay connected to my daughter until we can see her regularly again.

    • Mary says...

      What a wonderful way to stay connected. It can’t be easy to be separated from your daughter at this time. You must keep this going – think of all the themes you could tackle. Hugs to you and your daughter.

  40. Katie says...

    Honestly since the pandemic started I have not been able to bring myself to watch or read anything remotely dark or “scary.” Even TV dramas seem too intense these days. I was reading “Milkman” by Anna Burns, which tells the story of a young woman being stalked by an IRA man in 1970s Belfast. I had to put it away in March. This just isn’t the season. Bring me all the happy books and movies! It is the only way I can cope. The Great British Baking Show has been a savior to me especially in the last few weeks. Such a great escape. If Noel Fielding can’t rescue us as a civilization, no one can.

    • Katie says...

      Have you watched the great Pottery Throwdown?! I streamed it on YouTube in March. It’s the same model as Great British Baking Show, but pottery. So heartwarming! One of the hosts cries every episode because he is so moved.

    • Katie says...

      I’m seconding the recommendation for the Great Pottery Throwdown. The judge who cries is the sweetest , most endearing thing. And the talent of the potters is incredible to see! It’s available on HBO Max in addition to Youtube.

  41. Katie says...

    I remember when my sister (a freshman in college at the time) came home from seeing the Blair Witch Project in the theater. She wanted to sleep with my parents—they refused, but she insisted and eventually they compromised on her sleeping on the floor of their room. I’m not sure how long it was until she realized it wasn’t real, but we’ve never let her live it down.

    Honestly, I can’t read scary books either. I am just too sensitive and really affected by them.

  42. Alexandra says...

    I definitely don’t like horror movies, but, oddly enough, I wanted to watch them when I was pregnant (!) During that time I enjoyed gems like Rosemary’s baby, Thing, or The exorcist, among others. Oh and my daughter is all well and lovely btw ;)

    • Katie says...

      That’s hilarious! I had a similar thing happen while I was in labor. We had downloaded lots of chick flicks and other “Katie-friendly” media to our iPad, but once we got to the hospital, all I wanted to watch was Marvel Superhero movies. There was something about the explosions and action sequences that I needed as a diversion. Not exactly the peaceful labor experience I had envisioned.

  43. M says...

    We just finished and loved Bly Manor!!! Does anyone have any recommendations about something equally chilling? Something about big, gorgeous, old houses that sucks me into a good scary movie or show.

    • Jen says...

      Did you watch the preceding series? Haunting of Hill House (also on netflix). No continuation of the storyline (i.e. it’s not a prequel situation) but similar themes (spooky house!) and the main cast is in both, playing new roles.

      I found Haunting of Hill House super spooky and I LOVED the storyline !

    • Jackie says...

      Loved it!!!!

    • Alex says...

      try American Horror story season 1- murder house, or season 3 – coven!

    • Deana says...

      I recommend The Uninvited, the 1944 version with Ray Milland (the unmasked Darth Vader). People move into a beautiful seaside house that they bought cheap because….!

    • Rachel says...

      Loved Bly Manor! I agree with Jen, Hill House was also well done.
      If you are ok with subtitles, you might enjoy The Orphanage. It’s a Spanish film that uses more old fashioned ghost story, mood and suspense rather than gore.
      If you don’t want subtitles, I’d recommend The Others, The Innkeepers, and Crimson Peak for good ghost stories.

  44. Darby says...

    I hate horror movies. I just don’t get why people want that stuff in their heads? I have watched parts of many horror movies but always end up leaving or turning them off. Never finished the Shining, never finished Blair Witch Project,… When I was about 11 or 12, my best friend loved horror movies. I would sleep over at her house and we would watch a comedy or something, then I would go to bed or go in the other room and she would watch Friday the 13th:) My daughter, now 13, seems totally unfazed by scary things. We watched Stranger Things together and I kept asking her, “don’t you find this scary?” She just rolled her eyes at me.

  45. Horror FTW.
    New amazing horror like Hereditary and the Witch.
    Comforting and funny 90’s horror like Scream (+ whole franchise even the bad ones)
    Genre defining classics like The Exorcist.
    Olllld ass horror à la Vincent Price.

    GOOD bad horror, and some even bad bad horror. Hell yeah.

    Love it all.

    • Katie says...

      I’m the same way! And I had to laugh when you said “comforting and funny” 90s horror. It’s weird to say, but I also find watching those movies kind of nostalgic and comforting, especially since you already know what’s going to happen. And I think Scream really holds up!

    • Bethany says...

      Same same same. I had an editing professor in college that used to explain why he loved working through tragic, sad, dark stories. He said, “You have to understand that for me ‘having a good time’ is not having a good time.” I had never felt so seen. I think there is so much merit in the macabre whether it’s just getting endorphins on the sofa while never being in real danger or investigating trauma and our most monstrous traits through the genre.

    • a says...

      SAME!

  46. WHYYYYYYY Alex WHYYYY???

  47. Court says...

    I can’t do scary or intense at all. I remember being so tortured after watching The Ring in high school. I used to be able to listen to murder podcasts because true crime fascinates me, but it got to be too much. The scariest we get at Halloween is Hocus Pocus -LOL. In fact, if we do something intense before bedtime (Game of Thrones and AMC’s Turn of late), I need time to unwind, read, or watch Friends so that I can switch my brain off.

  48. Sarah says...

    Okay, I have to share this story about The Blair Witch Project. In 1999, my family was spending a couple weeks on Cape Cod, renting a house in the woods. Another family that we are friends with was also vacationing in the same town and we spent a lot of time together. I had a HUGE crush on their older son, and one day, his very cool New York City friends (who were in high school!!! I had just graduated from middle school) came to spend a few days with them.

    I was thrilled when my crush and his super cool older friends invited me to the movies to see The Blair Witch Project one evening. But I have always been TERRIFIED of any remotely scary movies. My parents were good sports and let me join them, but I definitely got a few eye rolls from my mom especially. In any event, the movie scared me half to death, and I spent all ninety minutes or whatever completely immobilized from a combination of fear and trying to act cool. When they dropped me off at our rental house in the middle of the woods, every branch and pine needle felt immediately ominous. I didn’t sleep one minute that night and my family teases me for this decision to this day.

    Anyway, Schitt’s Creek was the better choice!

    • J. says...

      This is such a good story!!! And I can imagine SO VIVIDLY being like “HIGH SCHOOL BOYS?!!?!?!?!?!?!” at that age. I am a total wimp and would’ve felt like I was marching to my own death but definitely also gone anyway. Agree that Schitt’s Creek is *always* a better choice!

  49. Kristen says...

    The Shining is not only my favorite scary movie, but also quite possibly my very favorite movie.

  50. becky says...

    Kim is right Blair Witch is not true but its still scary just like the Sixth Sense. Can’t watch that again. Don’t know how I made it the first time.
    I love the trailers where the music is changed to give it a different feel. Music can really set the mood!

  51. Rosa says...

    I’m a big scary movie chicken but since the start of October I’ve been forcing myself to watch more scary movies. The Blair Witch Project scared the crap out of me when it first came out and I don’t think I watched it since lol. My sister and I just had a Halloween movie night and we watched The Witches of Eastwick, Beetlejuice and Get Out. At the end of the day, I’m not a huge fan of being spooked lol.

  52. Laura Greenwood says...

    Love this!!!
    I was seven when Blair Witch came out and I remember freezing when my cousins told me about it (they all thought it was real) and it spiralled me into years of therapy and being terrified by everything. My sisters used to chase me around Blockbuster with the Blair Witch movie jacket (I still get uncomfortable when I see that symbol!)
    Then at around 13… I became obsessed by them. Truly, I was the biggest horror movie buff AKA I’d watched them all and NONE of them scared me (save the ones in my top 10… see below). Now I have such little interest and I blame it on expecting my first baby and my maternal/protective instincts have kicked in. I’ve come full circle! LOL
    TOP TEN SCARIEST in no particular order:
    1) Blair Witch
    2) The Omen (70’s version)
    3) The Shining (so fun to watch)
    4) Rosemary’s Baby (that final scene…)
    5) The Babadook (maybe my fav/scariest)
    6) House of the Devil (terrifying and so well done!)
    7) The Ring (American version)
    8) The Exorcist (can’t watch anymore)
    9) Psycho (the sweetest suspense!)
    10) The Witch (ohhhhh so spooky!!)
    Happy Halloween XOXOXOXOXO

  53. joy says...

    I can’t stand to watch scary movies. But I did watch the Blair Witch Project, because the summer it came out, I was working a ridiculous temp job in Madison, Wisconsin where I answered phones to take camping reservations for the Maryland state park system. We had basically no information about the parks, we were not allowed to admit that we were in Wisconsin, and we got SO MANY calls from people who wanted to camp in the park where the movie was filmed. One night my fellow temp workers and I went to see it, and it’s one of the few horror movies I didn’t mind, maybe because anything connected to a Maryland state park was inherently so absurd that summer that I couldn’t be scared.

  54. mhol7597 says...

    I like horror films. In a strange “paradoxical effect” way they calm me.
    I watch them and think, “Well, no matter what my problems are, they aren’t as bad as this.”

  55. LLH says...

    Not sure if anyone in the comments has mentioned it yet, but PJ and Alex of Reply All started a spinoff podcast this summer called The Scaredy Cats Horror Show where Alex tries to convince scaredy cat PJ that horror movies are great! And each episode he watches a new movie and reviews it with Alex. It’s a lot of fun and a good way to dip your toes into the genre. My best friend and I (both babies when it comes to horror) made it a weekly event to watch the movies with them and discuss it with each other after the pod!

  56. Jenna says...

    I’m the same as most of you, not a fan of horror movies but still curious. It in no way, shape or form counts as horror, but I loooove Sabrina The Teenage Witch on Netflix! It’s the perfect amount of scary, with big spoonfuls of humor and coziness. The lighthearted approach Sabrina has to the scary stuff that happens to her gives me that same feeling you get when you see something in daylight that you thought was scary at night. I recommend it to anyone who kinda wants some scary movie action but knows they will regret it!

  57. Frederique says...

    I loved the Witch! Spooky and historically accurate! Do you have other recommendations?

  58. Meg says...

    I truly HATE the way I feel after watching scary movies. I watched the last one with my husband about 10 years ago and vowed I wasn’t going to do that to myself again. And I haven’t! I even cover my eyes during freaky previews like a 5 year old – it’s like a form of self care haha. Now whenever he mentions watching something creepy I scream “I WON’T AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” Then we laugh and turn on reruns of The Office. Never been happier!

  59. Joanna Tsay says...

    Can’t usually do scary movies, I’m a bit better now and have been able to watch movies like The Quiet Place and Us, and I liked Parasite. But I remember watching The Sixth Sense when it came out and was scared for months, even in daylight. I can’t even watch the previews at the theater, I have to plug my ears, close my eyes and sing a nursery rhyme to get through it. I am a highly sensitive person so I’m easily overwhelmed visually and audially. Glad I’m not alone!

  60. Jennifer says...

    Here’s the trick to watching scary movies if you are not a scary movie type of person: Wikipedia! It tells you the whole plot from start to finish so you know EXACTLY what’s going to happen! The movie isn’t nearly as scary with all the suspense removed. You know from the beginning which characters are going to make it out alive (or not)

    • Cooper says...

      Hahaha, I’ve totally done this, and it really helps to know exactly when to cover my eyes. Although I read the Wikipedia synopsis of The Visit while my husband watched alone in the next room. I ended up scared for weeks from the synopsis alone, while he wasn’t scared at all.

  61. Caroline says...

    Love horror. Recently watched The Ritual and thought it was great. It’s so hard for movies to get the monsters right, and I thought The Ritual did a solid job.
    My spouse and I like to do horror marathons leading up to Halloween. Hereditary made me feel gross and I’ll never watch it again. Midsommar was wild and I enjoyed it. 28 Days Later is basically a classic and I love it.
    I like funny stuff too—Buffy reruns, Bob’s Burgers Halloween eps. So fun!

    • Alex says...

      Yes! Midsommar is so good (and wierd) :)

  62. Rachel says...

    Definitely a do!
    But I’m definitely picky about which ones. I got so sick of movies that disrespected women and/or their audience so I went on a hunt for feminist horror movies and found a lot of great films. This project on 31 days of feminist horror is a good place to start but there’s lots of great lists and analysis out there: https://blog.blcklst.com/31-days-of-feminist-horror-films-so-youre-a-woman-who-loves-horror-film-7c0a1cad59b9

    Some of my personal favorites:
    The Orphanage
    Ginger Snaps
    The Descent
    You’re Next
    It Follows
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    The Witch
    The Invitation
    Rosemary’s Baby
    The House of the Devil
    Relic

    • Steph says...

      A girl walks home alone at night scares me just from the title. Thanks for this list and link !

    • Jackie says...

      The Descent!!! Scariest movie about claustrophobia.

    • Brenna says...

      Yes to The Orphanage!!! I love this movie and was going to recommend it to those who would like a well-vetted entry point to scary movies. The Orphanage brings all the emotions! The setting is gorgeous, the acting is great, it’s tender, it’s spooky, it’s chilling at times and it has a bright ending!

      Uno, dos, tres, toca la pared!

    • Hayley says...

      YES, The Descent! Definitely triggers my intense claustrophobia! So well done. That ending too!

    • Amber says...

      Great list! If you like The House of the Devil, you should watch “The Innkeepers” which is also by Ti West. It’s great! And I agree with the other sentiments about the Descent… who cares about the monsters, being stuck in a cave is the scariest thing about that movie!

  63. Agnes says...

    I won’t watch it at all. I remember going with a friend to a Scream movie. The little ghost girl peed on the floor at the start and I was so disgusted, I left and demanded a refund. No. No, I will not pay to watch ghosts pee on the floor. There are limits.

    • Nisha says...

      I burst into giggles reading your comment! Thanks for giving me a good laugh to end a somewhat horrid work-week. Much appreciated! :)

  64. Kamina says...

    I can’t really do horror at all, but I’ve found I have a higher tolerance for scary stuff since watching Buffy the Vampire slayer! It’s like Buffy was my entry-level, not scary at all spooky stuff and it’s been the gateway to higher tolerance for scarier things.

    Also, I find it waaayyyy easier to read scary stuff than watch scary stuff! I don’t get creeped out by scary novels at all but I have a hard time watching it.

  65. Alex says...

    I am a total whimp but SO curious. So I end up watching them if enough people are talking about it. My sister gave me this trick which I’m sure some will find horrific but we only watch scary movies at like 10 am on a Sunday. Really keeps you from getting too caught up in it lol. I also frequently end up watching through my fingers.

  66. Pam says...

    I cover my eyes when watching a character embarrass themselves! Watching an actually scary movie is out of the question for this feely soul haha.

  67. Meg says...

    This movie came out when I was in college. I went to see it in the theater with a friend and her friends. There was a cute boy there and we bonded over dinner beforehand at being the only two vegetarians. I finagled my way into sitting next to him at the movie theater and pretended to be scared so he would hold my hand. We’ve been married for 13 years. I’ve never bothered to Blair Witch again and think of it as moms of cheesy, but man I’m glad I went out that night.

  68. Deana says...

    Yes, Magic – I love that movie!

  69. Martini says...

    No can do. Nothing. No “shoot’em-up-bang-bangs”, detective movies, tires squealing, snakes, rats, any of it. If I even see pictures of it I’ll have a bad dream that night. I’m the biggest baby ever. I don’t know how the heck you all do it.

    I remember the absolute last spooky movie I watched that finally ended it all for me and that was the 80’s movie “Klute” with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland and all that damn scarey piano-tinkling music. To this day if I hear a piano played like that I shiver.

  70. Kim says...

    I went to an artsy high school for film when Blair Witch came out and although it was a little scary on first viewing, we honestly thought it was so funny how bad handheld camerawork, dripping-boogery closeups and tied up bunches of sticks transfixed the nation for that brief time. A few fellow students made some pretty funny spoofs of it at the time.

    I wouldn’t say I love horror, but I’ve seen enough (dated a guy once who loved the campy, b movie gore filled horror) for it to not bother me. I like a good scare. I appreciate psychological thrillers and weird horror, like Midsommar. I think it’s interesting that someone referenced a study or opinion that women don’t like scary movies as much but.. a lot of women do love that genre.

    • Amelia says...

      Boogery closeups! Lol 😂 I too was amazed that back then ppl actually fell for the so-called “it’s all real coz it’s a documentary” marketing ploy — how could they not see that all these ppl were obviously just actors and the whole “movie” was just another cog in the wheel that is the Hollywood movie industry? If it were an actual documentary as claimed it would have made national NEWS because if all these ppl had been missing for real you can bet the press corps would’ve been swarming all over their family members for interviews! Plus the footage would have been released on like the National Geographic channel or something, not in your local popcorn peddling movie theatre. Watching the thing only cemented this opinion. If the whole thing was based entirely on found footage as the filmmakers claimed, then why on earth did they have a credits list of cast and crew of actors, cinematographer, an actual art department, sound engineers and production design etc etc that worked on it? Logically speaking if it really was just found footage edited together then the entire crew should have been just 2 film editors.

  71. My husband made me watch Halloween last week… I also told him we needed to put on The Office so I could wash my eyes out afterwards. I always agree to one each year and regret it every time!

    Abby
    Everydayfroma.com

  72. Daniah Din says...

    Oh man, I’m a total baby when it comes to horror movies. I’m always super curious about the plots though, so I’ll read the plot on Wikipedia without even watching the movies. and even that scares me. I just made the mistake of reading the plot of the Blair Witch Project. I will have trouble sleeping tonight.

    • Lisa says...

      Same here! The few (like, two?) horror movies I watched when I was a teenager tend to come back to keep me awake at night, 15 years later!!

      Also, I think there are “legitimate” horror movies, that are cleverly made and thrilling and have a creative plot, or something. I read the plot to Stephen King’s “Christine” recently and it made me kind of curious. I will, however, never understand why people come up with, make or watch gory movies that run on sheer violence and cruelty. But maybe that’s an entirely different genre?
      I will be forever grateful to my husband who keeps his eyes open for the newest animated movies – we watched “Ferdinand” last weekend. He keeps all the scary stuff for himself :)

    • Arielle says...

      I do this too I have seen maybe just a few horror movies but have read the wiki plots of many more lol! I guess I just want to know what happens but can’t handle the scaryness!

    • Erin says...

      Hahaha same! Glad I’m not alone in scouring the Internet for plot lines and freaking myself out 😂

    • Erin G. says...

      Literally read through the comments to see if anyone else does this and now feel, happily, validated. I need to know what happens in some of these movies but cannot watch them. I still get freaked out, however, and continue to perseverate over the plots for weeks or months. I read the plot of The Mist years ago and I still think about it periodically.

  73. Kim says...

    The Blair Witch project is NOT a true story. They are not documentary filmmakers. It’s all fiction.

    • Barbara says...

      Haha came here to say this! Though they sure wanted us to believe it was real when it came out! 😂

    • Elisabeth says...

      Yep! That was part of the scary fun when it came out. Someone in my college dorm had a tape (may have been a bootleg?) when it was still out in theaters, which added to the faux-documentary found-footage vibe. We all watched it together and freaked out. To me, the collective experience is the only thing that makes fear fun.

  74. Carmi Anger says...

    I do not like scary movies. But I thought Tucker and Dale vs evil was an excellent movie – funny and scary and lovable at the same time!

    • Nora says...

      YES! I’m firmly in the camp ‘no scary movies’ but I really liked Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Alan Tudyk is the best!

  75. Sara Gorrell says...

    Hard no! Lol…my birthday is on Halloween and I’m a huge scaredy cat. My favorite (non-scary) Halloween movie is Arsenic and Old Lace!

  76. I married a horror NERD and have fallen hard after being preciously indifferent. This year we’re working our way through the criterion channel’s curated 70’s horror list. Top faves on there: Attack of the Body Snatchers (I dug the botanical elements and young Jeff Goldblume cries because no one likes his poetry), Strange Behavior (some of the best and some of the worst acting to coexist in a movie), and The Brood (this one is gnarly, but the style and interior design and pixie mullets are incredible). I’ve begun to love horror as a genre that has always been slightly outside the norm, and has therefore had more freedom to get weird and say some surprising things.

    • Grace says...

      Lol previously indifferent, nothin’ precious about it.

    • Ari says...

      Same! I’ve come to appreciate the different genres within horror, since my husband is really into these types of movies. We recently watched a bunch of ‘giallo’ movies, my favorite being “Stagefright”. I love the soundtracks in giallo movies!

      For those who don’t do horror, I recommend Cabin in the Woods, which is a meta horror film. It’s more wit than actual horror.

  77. Alyson says...

    Oof … usually I’m up for a good scare, haunted houses and scary thriller books, but after this hashtag year — I’m out. It’s Fraiser and I Love Lucy for the win!

  78. Hali says...

    Not only can I not do scary- I can’t do loud, intense, emotional, exciting, sad, or suspenseful. In fact, my favorite type of movie to watch are ones that I’ve already seen! I’m the worst!

    The Lego Movie gave me a panic attack and I flung myself backwards over the back of the couch during that scene in Jaws. Some of us are just very very sensitive!

    Also, I do this thing where I refuse to watch the end of series I love. It took a LOT for me to watch the last episode of Downton Abby and I still haven’t seen the last three episodes of Gilmore Girls!

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      WHAT!!! That is so interesting. Why not finish Downton and just don’t watch the feature film?? It’s too good to miss!

    • b says...

      You’re not missing anything in those last three GG episodes – worst series finale ever. And don’t watch A Year In The Life – very disappointing.

      When GG ended, I was living with my ex and we didn’t have cable (we had Netflix on DVD because that’s all there was) so I had to watch it on YouTube, it was basically someone recording their tv.

  79. Kerry says...

    My parents were extras in The Exorcist (in the right place at the right time in Georgetown, DC), so I grew up obsessed with that movie and all scary movies!

    • Alison says...

      My Dad too! He came out of the library at Georgetown at just the right time!!

  80. Danielle says...

    Hard no for me. Since having kids I can’t handle anything slightly scary. In fact there are so many movies I wish I could un-see.

    • Gina says...

      Same for me after having kids! Interesting!

    • Court says...

      SAME. I also wish I could unlisten to every “My Favorite Murder” podcast.

  81. H says...

    oh my gosh. I would do the same thing you did. I always need a palate cleanser after anything remotely scary… my sister is obsessed with scary movies though! The other day I was at her house and I had to leave because she turned on some creepy movie on from Netflix and they make me so anxious. Then I also get accompanying nightmares. So yeah, not my thing hahaha

  82. Catherine says...

    Blair Witch is the most painfully scary movie I have seen. I was so tense in the theater that I can feel it now just thinking about the final scene. I will never watch it again! That and the original Picnic at Hanging Rock freaked me out beyond belief. I had to sleep with every light on in the house after Hanging Rock. As an adult!

  83. Lindsey says...

    I certainly try to avoid watch scary movies! My pulse races at the smallest car chases, so I avoid intentionally-scary movies like the plague. I am still thinking about watching “Taken” with my dormmates freshman year. (My dad would NOT be able to rescue me as Liam Neeson does in the movie.)

    BUT for all my fellow scaredy-cats, my Halloween classic is “Arsenic and Old Lace” with Cary Grant. Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCWBDwkhGN0

    • JP says...

      We watch Arsenic and Old Lace ever Halloween. It is a tradition and the funniest movie ever! Not to mention Cary Grant! Don’t miss this one!

  84. Lora says...

    My startle reflex is so intense that I am not a safe partner in a scary movie. I jump big and frequently! One time I was in a dollar theater watching a scary movie and flailed massively at a very shocking moment – arms out, legs out – and accidentally kicked the seat ahead of me which WASN’T BOLTED TO THE FLOOR. The poor person was ejected from their seat and hit the seat ahead of them, which ALSO WASN’T BOLTED DOWN. For the sake of the community, I now rarely watch scary movies.

    • Kate says...

      This comment is amazing! My mom has a similar story about watching Wait Until Dark, the Audrey Hepburn thriller. During a really intense scene (THE really intense scene, you know it if you’ve seen it!) she was so startled she said she ended up on the floor in front of her seat. When I watched it, my arm was behind my poor boyfriend’s back and at the same scene, I startled so violently that I scratched the heck out of his back!

    • A says...

      Crying with laughter

    • Eva says...

      This actually made me laugh out loud – love it!!!

    • cg says...

      I so needed to read this ^ tonight.
      Omigosh, I’m out of breath from laughter over here.

      Thank you.

    • Amelia says...

      DYING 🤣🤣🤣

    • Amy says...

      ahahaha this is so great! Thanks for sharing, Lora!

    • T says...

      HAHAHAHA this is so good.

      Reminds me of when my Mum insisted on joining the rest of us in seeing Les Mis live even though she is so bored by musicals. On cue she fell asleep in the first scene but was startled awake by canon fire and a very convincing war scene light show where it felt like you were being shot at. She white knuckled the arm rests and screamed “f*ck” at the top of her lungs in the theatre. She no longer gets invited.

    • silly lily says...

      My husband fell off our COUCH once, screaming, while watching Jurassic Park — the scene where those sweet little baby dinosaurs suddenly turned into something the opposite of sweet. I still have the couch and still have the husband, so trust me, one can survive such moments. I continue to watch scary things once in a while but he’s opted out. We are always learning new things about each other. And we adjust.

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      This is so funny

    • Katie says...

      Omg, this is the best story! I’m sure it was mortifying in the moment, but that is certainly a memorable movie experience!

    • Caucus says...

      RoFL @T and your mum sleep-watching Les Mis So so funny

  85. anne says...

    Nope Nope Nope: https://giphy.com/explore/nope-octopus

    I’m such a wimp with scary anything and I have been since as long as I can remember. There’s a funny family story about us all sitting to watch Hocus Pocus around Halloween and me getting about 3 minutes in before just shouting “I’m outta here!” and running to my room. While I am now brave enough to watch Hocus Pocus, I’m still a wimp.

  86. Samantha says...

    I am a HUGE horror fan. My dad is still apologizing to my mom 35 years later for watching Texas Chainsaw with me when I was 7! I love being scared – hide around a corner and yell “Boo” – my FAV! I pandemic chose a dude who also loves horror. We have watched 137 Horrors since March!

  87. Hannah says...

    Ahhh yes, the summer of 1999! I hate horror movies, but the whole country was all about The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense that whole August (they came out within a week of each other), so I went to see both with friends. I fell asleep during The Blair Witch Project because I got tired of yelling at them to just follow the darn river back out of the woods (I grew up in that part of Maryland). But The Sixth Sense, omg, that movie still haunts me to this day! The little girl played by Mischa Barton and the gaunt dude played by Donnie Wahlberg, especially get me. Cannot watch those two in anything anymore!

    • AG says...

      LOL Blairwitch was overhyped- it made me dizzy I actually walked out. Sixth Sense on the other hand! Worth the hype. That bathroom scene aargh!

      I like slowburn scares- Ringu, What Lies Beneath. I also loved The Frighteners – great mix of horror/comedy!

  88. M says...

    I love Halloween(!!), but I’ve realized I love “spooky” movies and books, not scary ones. Spooky to me is that old-timey, Puritan, dark dark woods vibe like The Witch. I also love Hocus Pocus and the old Disney cartoon adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I wish someone would do a good, faithful live action adaption of Sleepy Hollow, since the Burton movie was nothing like the book! Books-wise, I enjoy gothic horror like Rebecca and Jane Eyre.

    • J says...

      Curious if you grew up in New England, like me? This is also the vibe that captures my spooky imagination and I chalk it up to my Maine roots and the focus of that time period in our history classes, etc. :) And Hocus Pocus is just such a classic, never gets old! <3

    • b says...

      If you like gothic horror, check out Sarah Waters. Her stuff is all gothic, but The Little Stranger is probably the most gothic.

  89. meg says...

    “Lake Eden” – has Michael Fasbender-it’s scary because it’s realistic, plausible .

  90. Liv says...

    I just can’t do scary movies. Reality is scary enough for me haha. Although I do listen to a fabulous podcast called ‘Ruined’, which is hosted by two hilarious women who talk through the plot of famous horror movies, specifically for people like me who refuse to watch them. It’s so funny and makes me feel like I’m in the loop!

  91. Elise says...

    I loved scary movies as a teenager. I remember watching “What Lies Beneath” with my crush when I was 15, hoping he would put his arm around me during the jumpy parts (he did). Now, I just find them exhausting, haha. It’s not fun to sit on the couch with my anxiety kicked into high gear for two hours! I’d much rather laugh :)

    • Caitlin says...

      My best friend and I went to see that in the theaters and we were SO scared we called her dad to come pick us up even though we’d driven, haha.

  92. T says...

    I couldn’t watch Blair Witch project when it came out, not because of the scariness – though I do hate scary movies – but because I wanted to spew, did anyone else get a mega dose of motion sickness from it? It still makes me gag if I think about it too long.

    • Georgette says...

      Same! It was just so dizzying. I couldn’t.

    • M says...

      Ha! This reminds me of Stories We Tell, the not-at-all-horror documentary by Sarah Polley. I went to see it (I think because of a Cup of Jo rec??) but spent half the movie listening to the audio feed in the theater bathroom, doubled over a toilet, because the super-8 handheld shaky cam footage made me so motion sick.

    • Catherine says...

      I saw it in a theater and there were several chairs covered with large plastic trash bags. I assume other viewers got sick at earlier showings. It didn’t make me sick then, but I can’t watch my sons play Minecraft now because I get seriously nauseous.

    • Adele says...

      Yes!!! Same with Cloverfield. I despise all shaky cam footage movies for that same reason.

    • T says...

      Catherine that is so hilariously revolting. 😂 let’s just put a bin bag over the vom and call it done.

  93. M says...

    My problem with the horror film genre is that I am so bad at predicting how any particular movie will affect me, even after reading spoilers (and doesthedogdie for triggers). The Shining? No problem, walked home alone in the dark after watching and slept soundly. The marionette episode of High Maintenance? Freaked. Me. Out. Sometimes the disturbance is “worth it” (Annihilation), sometimes there’s no payoff for the pain (The Omen).

    I do love horror BOOKS though… I’m always amazed when an author manages to create something as suspenseful, terrifying, and horrifying as a movie without the help of audio/visual immersion. Annihilation (the book) and Out by Natsuo Kirino come to mind! And the works of Junji Ito, but those are too scary for me.

    • Michael says...

      I’ve never heard of doesthedogdie…. cool website!!

  94. Kristin says...

    I am not a scary movie fan, and usually end up watching through my fingers. Like you, I enjoyed Parasite and Get Out…and Us too!

    • Kuntala says...

      “usually end up watching through my fingers.” haha, highest five!

  95. Deana says...

    I do like to watch a scary movie now and then. I saw Blair Witch at the theater and liked it. I hated The Shining movie, but the book is still the scariest one I’ve ever read! Speaking of Parasite, my co-workers thought I was nuts to recommend a movie with sub-titles (before it won Best Picture). A woman in line behind me for tickets to Parasite said she had to drag her boyfriend there because he doesn’t like being scared. Turns out that one was more of a thriller, not creepy like Blair Witch Project or The Ring. But I think the scariest is my favorite: the first Alien. Another good one is Dead Calm with a very young Nicole Kidman.

    • Katelynn says...

      Ooooh Alien!!! I think that movie was especially terrifying to me as a woman because of the invasion of the body theme and the quite literal lack of consent before impregnation, like it purposely and horrifically inverted the concept of a normal life-giving pregnancy into a twisted and utterly parasitic one that takes lives and treats humans, man or woman, as nothing more than a disposable incubator for the xenomorphs. That scene of the alien bursting out of the guy’s stomach in the mess hall has forever ruined me for pregnancy. I mean I KNOW it’s not real, my brain registers this, but my heart is another matter. To this day I just can’t wrap my head around it.

    • Deana says...

      If you think Alien is bad with that bursting out scene, then do not watch Prometheus!

    • Katelynn says...

      Actually, I have! I think Prometheus was slightly less problematic for me because by the time it was released all the “body horror gore” scenes were already old hat, whereas when I saw the very first Alien movie for the first time in my childhood, it was totally traumatizing. Of course the scene in Prometheus when poor Noomi Rapace is fighting against the clock trying to get the ship’s high-tech operating table to remove the xenomorph from her abdomen — and it refusing to accept her commands because it did not recognize/could not compute her instructions to perform what is essentially a C-section — until she rephrased the command in more masculine terms, totally got my goat as well. I haven’t seen Dead Calm but I have seen Nicole Kidman’s The Others and loved it!

  96. D Tiz says...

    In HS my boyfriend and friend group watched scary movies most weeks. I stared at the walls mostly.. We eventually broke up and I vowed never to watch a scary movie again. It was freeing in college to walk out of the room knowing I had plenty of other things better to do even if that included going to bed early to get up early for an exercise class or just to study.

  97. Denise says...

    I can only do kid-level scary, like Monster House, The House with The Clock in the Walls. Real scary movies give me nightmares forever. I still have nightmares about The Hills Have Eyes and I saw it in 2006ish. Some of those visual scenes I just will never be able to erase & why do that to myself! But my bosom buddy life long pal loves Horror movies above all others so to each their own entertainment.

  98. Hannah says...

    This post reminds me of when middle school me was at a sleepover, and we couldn’t make it past the first 5 minutes of The Ring. We popped out the DVD and decided to watch Babe instead. There’s nothing more wholesome than a feel-good pig movie, ha!

  99. Omaya Ahmad says...

    I am a huge fan of scary movies! If it’s good, I don’t care what type it is: campy, gory, suspenseful, creepy, disturbing….Scary movies harken-in the season for me. This year we connected with friends who moved away two years ago and began watching a scary movie at the same time every Wednesday beginning in September. Here’s our 2020 Halloween list for those who need inspiration: Sinister, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Train to Busan, It Comes at Night, Sleepy Hallow, Session 9, Cabin in the Woods, Creep, and Hell House LLC.

    • Kay says...

      Session 9 is so good!!

    • Kim says...

      I used to explore the Asylum Session 9 was filmed at. My college friends and I broke in four times. It’s since burned down but it was definitely scarier than they even show.

  100. Omaya says...

    Wait Until Dark was such an amazing surprise when I first watched it a few years ago! It’s definitely the perfect atmospheric movie for Halloween that isn’t too much for the “wimps” on here ;)

    • Liz says...

      A guy I knew in high school sat behind a girl he knew during a screening of Wait Until Dark. He’d seen if before. At the crucial moment, he reached under her seat and grabbed her ankles!!

  101. Jessica says...

    My husband and I are opposites on this one. He can watch the scariest movies and not bat an eye, where I won’t sleep for a week (so I just avoid them because I like sleeping.) However, when it comes to emotionally gruelling movies, they have little effect on me but my husband avoids them because he finds them too upsetting. I’m not sure what this says about our respective personalities.

  102. K says...

    i was fascinated by scary stories up until college, and then i became a scaredy cat for real. i was always scared, but more fascinated than scared. then all of a sudden i became more afraid of being alone with my own thoughts so scary movies were off limits.

    except i watched The Witch recently (not my movie choice lol) and that was…interesting, I ended up researching the movie because it does fascinate me the combination of psychology and history and what we might have collectively counts as grotesque visuals that makes our skin crawl just so.

    oh, i also watched Rosemary’s Baby which I count more as a thriller, and that was great. again, really interesting when horror movies are social commentaries.

  103. Megan Lec says...

    I watched my last scary movie over a decade ago. It was 2009 and myself and a huge group of friends watched ‘The Strangers.’ It terrified me so much I’ve never been able to watch a scary movie since. While I enjoy a psychological thriller or dark dramas, being scared senseless just isn’t entertainment for me. I’ll take an evening of Parks and Rec or the Office instead, thank you very much!

    • Melanie says...

      Yes! That movie FREAKED ME OUT

  104. Amy Chen says...

    I hate torture-type horror the most. Wonder what the most disturbing sub-genre of horror is. I also really hate when things are either true or similar to reality — like gang killings, child abuse, etc. because it feels so horribly unethical to be entertained by something that happens to real people all the time. In fact, I couldn’t stand horror for a long time because of that.

    • Agnes says...

      I stopped reading or watching the news last month. Does that count? I’ve now got up to Season 8 of Friends and feel so much better than I did in September! (The world will keep spinning without me checking up on it, right? ;)

    • Agnes says...

      Sorry, didn’t mean to post as a reply. I agree 100% Amy.

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      Agreed– I refuse to watch those (so gratuitous). I like a psychological thriller!

  105. Maryn says...

    Not a horror movie person in the slightest, but I did just watch Rebecca on Netflix and surprisingly loved it! But that’s probably because I’m a huge Lily James fan. :)

  106. Abbie says...

    A former enjoyer of scary movies, now I can’t stomach them but love HORROR COMEDY!!! Vampires vs The Bronx was the best one this season. Definitely worth checking out – even has a feel good ending.

  107. Roxana says...

    Big no to horror/scary movies. Unfortunately, reality is scary and horrifying and evil enough :(.

    Someone else said this in their comment, but I think you do open yourself up to a lot of dark stuff. I think we’re spiritual beings and that there is definitely a spiritual world that is alive and active. This is actually one of the reasons I don’t like Halloween. I seriously hate the decorations my neighbors have been putting up. I think people like horror movies and heinous decorations because it’s a way to cope with reality of evil: if we can trivialize it, it’ll seem less scary. I’m not saying that in a judgmental way toward those who chose to watch and engage. I just think that’s the psychology behind our fascination with evil and scary things. I can’t handle inviting more of it into my life!

    • K says...

      that’s a really interesting insight. i’ve met more and more people who aren’t fans of Halloween. for me, it’s hard to describe my criticism without sounding like a party-pooper. but my parallel analogy is, that we can think of the WAP song as good silly, catchy fun, or, that our attention is valuable and finite, and it is some sort of commentary if we perpetuate self-objectification as empowerment.

      Similarly, Halloween can just be silly dress up candy-filled fun, but what does it say about our society that we don’t take monsters and demons (perhaps real life bad guys and psychological demons more like, vs a slimy fanged one) seriously…

    • Yvonne says...

      TOTALLY AGREE !!

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      Maybe this is why I don’t like Halloween. I could never put my finger on it!

  108. Andrea says...

    I’ve never commented here before but felt compelled to do so because I am someone who used to hate scary movies and now I LOVE them! Like really love them–I have a spreadsheet that is a compilation of multiple “best/ most influential horror movies of all time” that is like a master stock I keep adding to and working my way through. They actually work as anxiety relief for me these days (so I’ve been watching a lot of them recently).

    What changed my mind was seeing the movie It Follows, which I thought was so creative and beautifully shot (I call this my gateway horror movie), and then listening to the podcast Eli Roth’s History of Horror. He interviews so many horror-masters, and covers things like the progression of different genres over the years (zombie films going from slow walkers to the fast, frantic zombies of today) and effects (the move from practical effects to CGI, or how people have to work hard to create blood for fabric vs. skin vs. metal). I think learning having that background allowed me to watch more movies in a studious way, rather than just feeling pure terror. After enough time I think I got acclimated and now it’s the scarier the better for me! Coincidentally, I just watched the Blair Witch for the first time and didn’t find it scary, but I know that so much of what made it scary at the time was the unique marketing campaign. Plus, it led the way for a lot of future found-footage horror so I definitely still appreciate it!

    Anyway TLDR; I used to hate horror, now I love it (and it relieves stress), and a lot of that is because the genre has ways of being creative that no other genre has.

    • K says...

      Ah I think I’ve been a recent horror convert too, for similar reasons! What changed my mind was after watching “The VVitch” and then “Hereditary” and a few others… I got so fascinated after listening to Robert Eggars talk about his process for making a movie scary and the research and film history behind it! I’ll def check out that Eli Roth podcast too!

  109. Ash says...

    I love horror movies. I think they are a way for me to cope with anxiety. Two of my all time psychological horror favorites are Babadook and Goodnight Mommy (German: Ich seh, Ich seh).

  110. JP says...

    Candyman and The Skeleton Key…2 movies I still can’t watch to this day.

  111. Mouse says...

    When I was a kid I read the Classic Comics version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and it scared me so badly I had to sleep with my sister for a week. First, yes, I am that old, and second, NOOOOOOOOO I cannot watch anything scary. And anything where an animal gets hurt I turn it off so quickly I get vertigo.
    Happy to be a wuss.

  112. Cat says...

    I love scary movies if it’s a social event! The nerves and jumpiness and sudden hand holding remind me of watching Blair Witch Project on prom night and jumping in my date’s lap or going to see Paranormal Activity with my friends and being so scared together but then laughing the moment we all walked out of the theater. But i HATE scary stuff on my own. I can’t even watch an episode of SVU or CSI without being nervous for the next month.

  113. Elle says...

    My people!

    I also watched The Ring at 14 and it messed me up BAD. I slept on the floor of my parents’ room for a few weeks, caused years of nightmares and other sleep issues. No thanks. Over 15 years later, if I think about it too much, I creep myself out. And when they rebooted it a few years ago, if I was unlucky enough to catch a snippet of a trailer on TV, I wouldn’t sleep that night.

    My mom says she had a similar experience with a scary book at 14 and wonders if, for some people, adolescence, imagination, and anxiety are just so scary at that 14-15 that your brain latches onto the scariest pieces of media it’s exposed to and just goes wild with it. But I maintain that The Ring was just TOO SCARY.

    • K says...

      Hahah soul sister! The Ring messed me UP. Legit slept on my parents floor for PROBABLY 1.5 years after (as a freshman in high school!!), and I watched maybe 20 total minutes of The Ring after all the running in and out of the room.

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      LOL YES! I think we should start a forum for women who were temporarily ruined by scary movies. It could be so therapeutic!!!

  114. N says...

    It’s a hard ‘no’ from me too. I cannot handle horror films, or indeed anything grisly. I once saw the trailer for “It” and it scared me for a whole month. Why would anyone want to watch something like that for entertainment?!

  115. Amy J says...

    Luckily my husband hates horror films as much as me. My sister and I watched The Ring when it came out (we were about 19 and 20) and I slept in her bed that night. I became tired of how hard it was to forget movies that try and disturb you and it’s just not fun for me!
    I LOVE Schitt’s Creek too. One of the most perfect tv shows out there.

    We have been watching Trickster (on CBC in Canada) and it’s suspenseful and so good but that’s about as much as I can handle.

  116. Katie S. says...

    I do this absolutely twisted thing to myself where I watch a scary movie and then can’t fall asleep for days. Then, once I forget about it, I’ll watch another one! What is wrong with me?!

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      Glutton for punishment!!! I get it. So funny.

    • Mrun says...

      I’m the same Katie S.! I’m planning to watch the 1989 The Woman in Black this night :D
      Super stoked but super scared too. I just finished watching The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix and watched the Hill house offering last year alone at this time. I can’t get enough of horror!

  117. Hayley B says...

    I don’t generally go for horror movies, but my 84-year-old MIL is a big horror movie enthusiast, so I’ve definitely sat through more than my fair share of them! I’ve found that Hollywood’s definition of what makes a movie scary just doesn’t cut it for me. Jump scares? Cliched. Serial killers with chainsaws/claws for hands? Yawn. Haunted houses/possessed dolls/creepy children? Double yawn. Shaky-cam found footage-style horror movies? Irritating and migraine inducing. That being said, I *did* find The Others (with Nicole Kidman), The Sixth Sense (Bruce Willis) and What Lies Beneath (Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford) smart and suspenseful, but their main appeal to me was in the slow-burn, taut pacing and gradual unravelling of the central mystery of the story, which were much better executed than in your typical horror movie (see: A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Cabin in the Woods, Saw, Insidious, Paranormal Activity, House of Wax, Halloween, Carrie, The Conjuring, etc). They’re all just too formulaic and bland/ludicrous to scare me — I mean, why do these victims (invariably always teenagers) run upstairs/straight towards danger every single time? It’s so maddening that it takes me right out of the movie. I also HATED the newer Pet Sematary and the original The Omen — the former because the father made the same inexplicably stupid decisions repeatedly, and the latter because the father/husband again made the incredibly moronic and misogynistic decision to withhold vital information from/gaslight his wife even when it becomes clear that she’s losing her mind from his continued denials of her suspicions. I was just SO MAD at the supremely toxic masculinity and unrelenting condescension on display — not at all the reaction I was expecting when I sat down to watch a horror movie!

    To me it’s the Asian stuff, particularly Thai horror flicks (Shutter, Pee Nak, The Promise, Alone), that are the truly terrifying stuff. Those ghosts do NOT mess around! That being said, one of my all-time favourite movies, not just in the horror genre but like my overall top 10 list, is the Spanish-Mexican production Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Torro — I don’t speak a word of Spanish but that creepy ghoul with eyeballs in his palms freaked THE HECK out of me, and I was a grown a$$ woman when I saw it! Wiki calls it a dark fantasy film but let’s be honest, that is some straight up disturbing sh1t, and it haunted my dreams for nearly a week afterwards — the mark of a truly exceptional horror movie, in my book — and I loved it! The fact that you can never really tell for sure what’s fantasy and what’s reality at crucial junctures is another reason why it’s so good. Another excellent Spanish horror flick is El Orfanato (The Orphanage), which I don’t actually remember much of now — I just recall feeling deliciously spooked by it. Time for a rewatch!

  118. Karen says...

    I grew up watching ALL the scary movies at slumber parties, probably starting way too young! Now I am generally way too scared to watch them. For rare exceptions where I really want to watch one (ex: Midsommar), I’ve discovered that if I thoroughly research the movie first and read a total plot summary, the more details the better (basically ruining any “surprises” for myself), I can watch it. Still not without covering my face half the time though, haha.

    On a related note, a few months back I listened to the Scaredy Cats Horror Show podcast, where a scaredy cat like myself agrees to watch a scary movie and then discusses it on the podcast–really funny and enjoyable. https://gimletmedia.com/shows/scaredy-cats

    • Cat says...

      I’ve been wanting to watch Midsommar too! Spoiling some of the surprises is a great idea so I don’t absolutely terrify myself at home alone! Thank you for this idea!

    • Kate says...

      I spoil EVERYTHING before watching it if I think it’s going to be remotely scary. Otherwise I’m just too anxious and on edge to enjoy the experience at all!

    • Katherine says...

      I LOVED that podcast and was so sad when it ended.

  119. Louise says...

    I totally agree! Can’t/don’t want to watch anything scary or traumatic.

    But, for whatever reason, I’m happy to read a scary/thriller book, either fiction or nonfiction. Anyone else? What’s with that?!

  120. b says...

    I had to leave the theater 5 minutes into Blair Witch. I was 17. I don’t watch scary movies, but I love scary books. Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger and Silvia Moreno Garcia’s Mexican Gothic creeped me the eff out, but I love it. Why I can read and not watch is beyond my pay grade to figure out.

  121. Hannah says...

    I like suspense and thriller type movies. Nothing gory at all. But I think they serve the same function for me as a cathartic cry show: I watch them to get all the feelings out so I can deal with the rest of life better. My husband does not like them or see the point! So I watch by myself. Although I’m currently watching The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix and that one is keeping me up at night.

    • b says...

      See, I want to watch Bly Manor because I think the cinematography is going to be amazing, but I just can’t bring myself to try.

  122. hm says...

    I have this theory that in many cases, women are less likely to love scary movies because they don’t give us the intended thrill—we’re accustomed to feeling justifiably frightened on a regular basis (for example, walking alone at night). I do not find the sensation of fear thrilling—unfortunately, I find it commonplace. I do not seek it out.

    So, for those who love horror movies, ENJOY! But for me, no thank you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      HM, that’s a fascinating theory and really rings true to me.

    • Sara says...

      interesting, and after reflecting, totally agree. did you ever see the snl digital short “welcome to hell”? hilarious and describes all the things women have to be frightened of that men never think twice about.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I agree, and I also don’t like amusement park rides. I’m a survivor of sexual violence – being scared isn’t fun.

    • Kathryn says...

      Yes. This rings so true. And the SNL skit is one of my favorites; so spot on. The “I can never eat a banana in public again” bit, lol.

    • AmesB says...

      I think this is exactly why I do love horror movies; the fear is controlled and you know it will end. I’ve always enjoyed suspense but I’ve found this year in particular I can’t get enough of horror.

    • Yvonne says...

      How very true!

  123. Kelly says...

    Stranger Things is as scary as I can do! I remember being at a sleepover in the 80’s where we watched The Exorcist. That was so traumatizing for the sensitive soul that I was and still am!

    • Amy Chen says...

      I was at a sleepover in the 90s and was traumatized by that movie too! In fact, I fainted in the middle of the party!

  124. Meg Sanders says...

    When The Shining is referenced, I tell people I’ve worked very hard all my adult life to never see it.

    Not technically horror, but my husband talked me into watching The Road and it was so horrifying that I will never recover. It’s the creepiest movie I’ve ever seen.

  125. Diane says...

    When I saw the title of your post I immediately thought of Blair Witch Project. Could not finish it either! My daughter who is now 38 still gets upset if I bring it up, she was so terrified when trying to watch. Any time is a good time for Schitt’s Creek….one of the best shows ever!

    • b says...

      I’m the same age as your daughter, Diane, and Blair Witch ruined me (and I only saw the first 5 minutes).

  126. Erin says...

    I can’t do horror films and if I do I have to watch something funny afterwards! But I make exceptions for really well done, interesting stories with a deeper meaning. I liked Parasite and Get Out, and have been watching Lovecraft Country.

  127. Lori H says...

    I am dating myself with this recommendation – the 1978 film “Magic” is super creepy. Anthony Hopkins is in it! Evil puppet!
    Schitt’s Creek has gotten me through the pandemic. Have watched it all the way through 3 times.

  128. Courtney says...

    Haha Blair Witch is definitely not a true story. But it is scary AF! That was honestly probably one of the last scary movies I watched. There are just so many other enjoyable things I can do with my time that WON’T make it hard for me to sleep. I’m scared enough of the dark as it is!

  129. Sonja says...

    No. Hard no. My Dad made me watch The Ring when I was 15, he felt I needed to learn the difference between fiction and reality. But joke was on him because I was so freaked out I slept on the floor of my parents room for a week. My mom was pretty displeased with all this and it led to my dad convincing her it’s not that bad and she should watch it because it’s not even scary. She refused to watch the whole thing, shut it off, swore at him a bit, and then slept in my room for the next week. I’m 31 now and this story can still cause full on family arguments. Ha! I reign victorious.

    • Emilie says...

      The Ring ruined my life when I was 14/15 – I do not say that lightly! I slept in my parents’ room for almost 2 years (couldn’t handle sleepovers, embarrassing on family vacations, etc.) and had severe sleeping issues for another 2 years until I went off to university, where I had roommates and was always surrounded by people, so I was distracted/less petrified at night. Whenever I was alone, though, the images from that hideous movie would seep into my mind, and I couldn’t turn them off. I love thriller movies, but true horror, no thank you!! I clearly lack the mind control to deal with them.

    • Sonja says...

      Emilie! I’m so sorry you’re a part of this terrible club. I can *still* have flashbacks to it – I deal with OCD (I have a version called Pure O so just obsessive/intrusive thoughts) and horror movie scenes really capitalize on that brain function. I don’t think it’s a lack of mind control (though CBT therapy helped me!) sometimes brains are just dicks. If it’s helpful the Headspace sleep casts are super helpful when my brain won’t shut off for sleep – especially if I’m traveling for work or my husband is and sleep is elusive. Carry on, Emilie!

  130. Rosalie says...

    I can’t watch scary movies, and I also watch Schitt’s Creek after watching tense!

  131. Nina says...

    No way! Hard ‘no’ to horror, suspense, or anything scary.

  132. Hilz says...

    I remember watching Blair Witch Project with my soccer teammates on a sleepover back in middle school, like it was yesterday. So suffice to say it did a number on my imagination.

    Have been watching Schitt’s Creek like a fiend the past month, so much more enjoyable.

  133. Andrea says...

    Scaredy Cats Horror Show is an interesting podcast from the Reply All hosts about whether you can make yourself get over a few of horror films.

    I don’t like them and especially hate the last image from BWP, lo these many years later.

    I did voluntarily go by myself to a 2016 Iranian horror film called Under the Shadow. The horror films that invoke a larger theme like Get Out, Us, Under the Shadow, etc. are less scary to me because I can focus on the development of the theme.

    • Andrea says...

      FEAR of horror films.

    • Em says...

      I loved Scaredy Cats Horror Show!!! (Mostly because I love Carmen Maria Machado and she’s on two episodes). I’m a huge scaredy cat but after listening to all of these podcast episodes, I watched Get Out (with my husband, and I closed my eyes a lot and I already knew the whole plot because of the podcast hahaha but I’m still proud!)

    • Tara says...

      Bird Box. Good Lord that movie will stay with me forever. Would I be able to pull my kid from a freezing cold river while a madman tried to get us to take off our blindfolds? Or more pragmatically, how would I get my children to keep their darn blindfolds on? Gosh, we may all be paddling that cold river right now-
      Scary movies? No thanks.

  134. Michaela says...

    My husband loves scary movies and I’m like “can’t we just watch the Gilmore girls?!?”

    If I watch something scary I think about it for years! Years! I’m still scared to take a shower when I’m home alone. Thanks Hitchcock!

    The scariest movie of all time has to be Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn. I literally screamed!

  135. Maria says...

    I used to love and laugh at scary movies until I watched Blair Witch and it absolutely destroyed me. I haven’t been able to stomach even scary movie previews since then.

  136. katie says...

    NO!

    I like suspense, such as most Hitchcock, the Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Sleeping with the Enemy, etc. I could even handle the first Scream.

    I don’t like horror or most movies with a supernatural slant, although I can watch the Shining.

    I did watch Blair Witch at the theater, I was 17 or 18. BIG MISTAKE. Another mistake, Mothman Prophecies. I couldn’t look at Debra Messing for the longest time after that movie. I would sprint from my car to my parents house if I was coming home in the dark.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oooh yes I LOVED the hand that rock the cradle! also, we rewatched Fatal Attraction at the beginning of the pandemic and it was soooo funny/creepy/entertaining to watch.

    • Katie says...

      Another Katie here… I’ve maybe watched 3 scary movies in my whole life and Mothman Prophecies was one of them that I watched through my fingers at my high school boyfriends house. I had a moth trapped in my bedroom all night a couple weeks ago which reminded me of that unfortunate film and was freaked out despite myself.

    • Danna says...

      OMG Mothman Prophecies!!! I don’t like any horror and like an idiot watched MP. It freaked me out so bad that YEARS later I when I would let my 2 huge golden retrievers out at night I was convinced that something was going to come out of the trees at me.

  137. Meg P says...

    I am a totally scary movie wuss. It’s just TOO much and it sticks with me! I did really like the zombie spoof movie Shaun of the Dead. Seen it?

  138. I’m a super sensitive soul and my high school boyfriend took me to see Silence of the Lambs in the movie theatre back in the day, KNOWING how sensitive I am. I made it through maybe three minutes and I still have nightmares about what I saw. We sat in the movie lobby for hours waiting for the rest of the family to finish the film and I felt 0% bad about the fact that he had to miss it. Haha. I truly do not understand the draw of horror/true crime, but I just shrug my shoulders and say my favorite ‘Cup of Jo-ism’: Good For You, Not For Me. It’s basically my life’s motto.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!! good for you, not for me. the best in all situations. (thanks, Amy Poehler!)

  139. Sarah says...

    Before I had kids, I loved scary movies! Now, I can’t even watch the trailers. I’m trying to watch Killing Eve, but even that feels so nerve wracking.

  140. Karin says...

    Love scary, but non-torture, horror movies. (No Saw.)

    Scariest faves: The Omen, The Shining, Night of the Living Dead (very timely right now I might add) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    Biggest disappointment: The Exorcist (what is scary about this? I just don’t get it.)

    Blair Witch was not scary until the VERY END and that still gives me shudders to think about.

    My family usually does horror movies every weekend in October. One year we did them every night. We have a marathon lined up for this weekend.

    • K says...

      I‘m with you on The Exorcist.

    • jane says...

      One of the scariest I ever saw as a kid was “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. It was supposed to be a classic horror film so I watched it innocently. It ended the horror genre for me so you might like it haha.

  141. Twyla says...

    I’m ok with slightly scary (think Hitchcock) movies, but have strict rules – nothing with ghosts, zombies, vampires, werewolves or the paranormal. I’m ok with murder mysteries and aliens. I especially love The Village and Signs, which are more suspenseful than outright scary. I also highly recommend Wait Until Dark – it’s a classic murder thriller with Audrey Hebpurn. She plays a blind woman who is always one step ahead of the bad guys!

    • katie says...

      I really liked that Audrey Hepburn movie!! My favorite Hitchcock is Dial M for Murder. That Gwyneth Paltrow/Michael Douglas movie is similar. Hitchcock’s is better.

    • Omaya says...

      Wait Until Dark was such an amazing surprise when I first watched it a few years ago! It’s definitely the perfect atmospheric movie for Halloween that isn’t too much for the “wimps” on here ;)

  142. betsy says...

    Is he listening to the Nerdette recaps?! They just did Blair Witch Project!

  143. Kari says...

    Ohhh man I cannot do scary movies. My imagination is much too active so I have trouble shutting my brain off at the end of movie. I’ll be thinking about it for days. I’ll stick to the classics from my childhood, like Casper. :)

  144. SJ says...

    I don’t watch scary movies. You actually open yourself up to a lot of dark stuff, and why put yourself in a position where you can’t fall asleep at night or constantly thinking of evil/dark scenarios? 2020 is scary enough.

  145. amy says...

    omg that Harry Met Sally trailer has me rethinking everything!!!

  146. Melanie says...

    Blair Witch practically scared me to death. I saw it in the theatre with my friend. He dropped me off at home (I was still living with my parents) and I made him, MADE him walk me to the door and wait until I was inside. Needless to say, I did not sleep for several nights.

  147. Daniela says...

    I watched the Blair Witch project when it came out. Big mistake. Big, big mistake. I was not able to sleep for days lol. But have to admit it’s a great movie and the very end is actually terrifying.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      at the time, did you think it was real? I remember the directors did all the marketing to make the audience believe they were real documentary tapes.

    • Jenni says...

      Yes, Joanna, that was all very intentional to up the fear factor. Turns out it was all a masterful charade. :) A pretty darn effective one, too! For me, those last few seconds are so far unmatched for outright bone-chilling horror.

    • Michaela says...

      I am way too sensitive for scary movies. I saw part of Saw in high school and couldn’t sleep for ages.

      But all these comments about the end of BWP make me want to know the ending! I’m trying to hold back because I bet even reading it will scare me…

  148. K says...

    My husband and I have been watching a scary movie each night leading up to Halloween. Last night, we watched The Lodge, which is very disturbing (n spoilers, but cult elements mixed with snowed in cabin — EEE!). When it ended, we realized that it was much later than we thought, and we had to go straight to bed. I was really worried I was going to have nightmares. I woke up this morning to realize that I’d had a sort of sexy dream about Timothée Chalamet. I have no idea how that happened, but I’m not complaining.

  149. Willow says...

    No no no! I remember reading on here that you are responsible for what you allow into your mind and I just do not want to let fear and horror in if I can avoid it. Also, in the current climate, when the world is scary enough, I do not need to add to it. Gilmore Girls all the way!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha yes! I’ve been watching Schitt’s Creek like it’s my job.

    • SJ says...

      Yes!

    • Ashley says...

      Gilmore Girls is my TV comfort food!