Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of Halloween - For Those Of Us Who Like To Be Scared

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Some people don't like to be scared. I totally get it... and this post probably isn't for you. But come back tomorrow, I promise I will have something posted that won't encourage you to be freaked out all night.

Let's talk about some Halloween entertainment, shall we? I've prepared a list for you of the scariest books and movies I know of. If scary books aren't your thing, scroll down for some gruesome movies.  Head to your local library and pile your arms full of fright, with these spooky tomes:

1. The Shining by Stephen King. This book is scary. For realsies, scary. I read this in my late teens and I only finished it because I was dared to, and I almost always accept a dare. I read it again in my 20's and it was just as horrifying. Don't read it alone, no kidding.

2.  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I hadn't heard of this one until I read that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was going to star in the making of the movie based on this book.  So I read it.  Holy. Moly.  It's one of those books that is fairly simple in its execution and that's what makes it so terrifying.  Really. Terrifying. Don't say I didn't warn you.

3.  The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  This is a great book, hands-down, but it will freak you out.  It is probably one of the most suspenseful books I've ever read.  Like, I had to fight not to read ahead, and sometimes I wouldn't win.  Read it.

4.  Hell House by Richard Matheson. It's a haunted house book.  Which I love.  It's also the scariest thing I've read in a while.  Really.  Like, housework actually got done at bedtime because I was too scared to close my eyes.  Yep.

5.  Ghosts by Noel Hynd.  The setting for this book is Nantucket, which has been idyllic to me since I watched "Wings" in the 90's.  Remember "Wings"? Loved it.  This book has now made me scared to visit the island.  A book has actually scared me enough to avoid an entire island.  Love it.

Are you more of a cinemaphile?  'Cause I've got you covered there, too:

1.  The Exorcist.  The rumors are true, this movie is really scary.  When I was younger, it used to keep me up at night.  Now, I've seen it so many times that I've become desensitized to it.  But even after all these years, it still ranks as one of the scariest for me.  If you've never seen it, don't watch it alone.  Or at night, for that matter.

2.  Poltergiest.  This is one scary movie.  To this day, when the television goes all static-y, I quickly turn it off. Then I shudder.

3.  Paranormal Activity. I could be in the minority here, but I really did think these movies were pretty scary.  I love the implication of scariness, and these movies imply a lot. Also, they creeped me out.

4.  28 Days Later. Zombie movies are my favorite, and I think this one is awesome.  And scary.  When the zombie apocalypse happens, my family is ready.

5.  Halloween.  I'm not a 'slasher film' kind of girl, but this one did it right.  It's scary in the way that you really believe this might happen to you kind of way.  Man, oh man, did that movie make me double-check that the doors were locked before bedtime.  I might have even triple-checked.

4 comments:

  1. Too much of a fraidy cat to watch any of those.

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  2. I saw Jaws so many times growing up, because of my older and "cooler" aunts, that I can't go into the ocean unless I can touch the bottom. To this day, it is still frieky to me; I know this doesn't have anything to do with Halloween.

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  3. I agree with almost every pick, now I have to try the one's I haven't read or seen, then I'm pretty sure I'll agree with those as well!!! We seem to have the same scary tastes.

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  4. I'm going to have to check out some of those books. I can read those in the daylight. Hee! Hee!

    The Shinning freaks me out!! REDRUM! REDRUM! I don't like watching movies with scary apparitions, but can't look away either! Halloween is way up at the top of my scary meter. The Strangers with Liv Tyler ties with Halloween for me. Once dark, every noise makes me jumpy, can't sleep. I like watching scary movies, but then always wish I hadn't. KWIM?

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