What is the best/worst/scariest scary movie you've ever seen?
Once upon a time, I used to really like scary movies. Not horror movies with lots of gore, but scary movies that made you jump. I got a real kick out of them. Then came that fateful day in 2002(?) where I dragged my sisters with me to go see The Ring. And it ruined me for LIFE. The Ring COMPLETELY traumatized me. I was so freaked out, it seriously took me months to get over it. I have a problem and maybe it could also be a good thing, but I kind of have what you'd call a child's imagination. It's really easy for me to scare myself and recall scary things at the worst possible moments.
For example, take What Lies Beneath. I thought this was a fun movie except I really don't like creepy scary faces. They just stay in my brain forever. Well, one summmer it was a hot night at Lake Powell. So hot that, to cool myself down to sleep, I'd dive in the lake real quick. I love the water and am typically not scared of the dark but it is interesting to me how, in mid dive off the back, flashes of the moldy drowned dead girl came into my head as I hit the water. Yeeeaaaghh!! And my imagination takes off. So i'm imagining my little legs in deep dark water with dead moldy face girl floating up and reaching for them. I frantically splashed and swam to the boat.. "get out of the water! get out of the water! Aaaaaah!" so, that was fun. As i recall, i had a similar experience when I dove into the nighttime water just after reading in the Lord of the Rings where they are in the dead marshes and see dead faces below the surface. Why, brain? Why?
Anyway, so The Ring ruined scary movies for me for all eternity. I still like suspenseful movies but I can't even let myself think about scenes from the movie and i probably couldn't anyway because i worked so hard to block them from my memory. I think I'm ok now, but I can't tell you how many times I could have sworn that the towel hanging up in the bathroom was a dark-haired girl wearing a white nightgown, slowly walking toward me.
I think the best scary movies (for me) are movies that are scary merely by suggestion. Like, remember The Others? You barely actually saw anything but it was just the mere implication of something scary that did it and it was awesome. The suspense. Also, I thought When a Stranger Calls was pretty great. These may seem totally lame and mild to you, and yes, I was 22 when i saw The Ring, but again, imagination of a child! Imagination of a child!
Ok, so do you love scary movies? hate them? what are your thoughts?