Bonus points if you know which scary movie that line is from.
I love scary movies. I can occasionally be a bit of a chicken, but for the most part, I like scary horror movies. Like, the kind of movie I can’t watch at night because I’ll have nightmares. Below you’ll find a few of the movies that legitimately interrupted my sleep.
This is the first of the modern movies supposedly based on the cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren (I don’t actually count the Amityville Horror remake, which you’ll find below). I’ve mentioned them recently; they’ve fascinated me since I was a little kid, and there are some genuinely scary moments in this movie. If you haven’t seen it I won’t spoil it, but pay attention when they play Hide and Clap.
Fun fact: I’m utterly terrified of clowns, and this movie is the reason why. I saw it when I was a little kid, but it was an illicit viewing; we were spending the weekend at my aunt’s house and she and my mom were watching after they put the kids to sleep. What they didn’t know was that Teresa had snuck downstairs and was watching from behind a chair. I’m almost positive that now, as an adult, I would find it less scary, but I’m not about to take that chance.
The second film in The Conjuring universe, this movie is based on an actual doll named Annabelle that’s in the Warrens’ museum of haunted objects. The actual doll is a Raggedy Ann doll and has a whole backstory that has nothing to do with this movie, but it’s creepy. The first time I saw this was late at night with Dan, who gets very stressed out during scary movies. We were both so scared we had to turn it off and finish it the next day. Moving dolls are just too much.
I’m talking about the remake here; I actually like it better than the original, not only because Ryan Reynolds spends so much time running around without a shirt, but also because I find it far scarier. I don’t remember how much of the house’s history they included in the original, but the remake goes beyond just detailing the DeFeo murders. It’s interesting and gruesome, like a haunted house’s history should be. I also find the acting more believable, including Ryan Reynolds as the family patriarch who rapidly loses his mind and tries to kill his family.
Classic 70s slasher/horror. There’s something about dudes in blank-faced masks that scares the piss out of me. It just makes them that much more inhuman. The only thing I don’t like about this movie is the amount of time Jamie Curtis spends screaming. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the upcoming movie.
Another classic, directed by legendary director Stanley Kubrick in which he tortured his actors in an effort to get the most visceral reactions out of them. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth the three hours. It’s got paranormal aspects, but it’s not just a standard ghost horror story. It’s shot in a way that makes it visually creepy, plus the idea of being completely isolated for months is really scary. There’s a lot to unpack with this one, so just watch it.
I feel like this movie is the definitive 80s horror movie, full of blood and teenagers having sex. The highlight for me was definitely Johnny Depp being sucked into his bed and causing a tsunami of blood. It’s gross and over the top, but also iconic. I hate the main girl because she’s super whiny, and her mom is too weird for words, but Robert Englund is magic as Freddy. He’s disgusting and hilarious, the way more horror bad guys should be.
I didn’t see this the first time until a few years ago, and while the special effects are a bit cheesy, it’s still completely horrifying. There’s a fair bit of gore, and the Pinhead dude that everyone has come to associate with this series only makes a cameo, but I still really enjoyed it. I had nightmares about puzzle boxes for weeks.