As much as scary movies are my thing, I absolutely cannot and will not watch anything with Freddy Krueger. He traumatized me as a child and I still can't deal with it to this day. I spent many a sleepless night surrounding myself with stuffed animals and fending off going to sleep for fear that he would haunt me in my dreams. Freddy is an evil all his own.
In the spirit of Halloween, here's a list of my favorite horror and suspense movies:
The Skeleton Key (2005)
Storyline: A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Kate Hudson plays a hospice nurse who comes upon a job working for an elderly couple. She gets herself involved in a bunch of bad Hoodoo Voodoo and unknowingly turns herself to the victim in the end. The plot twist was mind blowing.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Storyline: After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires.
I had a huge crush on Corey Haim back in the day and viewed all the movies where he played a starring role. The Lost Boys is a mish-mash of bad ass vampires and rockin' 80s music. I have yet to find a vampire movie that even comes close.
On a side note, I happened to be watching The Lost Boys on TV one day when my daughter was around the age of five. Rather than shield her from it, I let her watch along. She became fascinated and it became her mission to watch it all the time. I hunted all over hell and high water for that DVD. It took me a couple of weeks but I was able to get my hands on a copy. My toddler watched that VHS movie till it fell apart. #epicparenting
No Tell Motel (2012)
Storyline: Dirty little secrets are exposed when five friends become stranded at an abandoned motel haunted by a dark secret of its own.
This movie didn't make it to theater. In fact, I just watched it for the first time the other day. The actors aren't big names in the industry but I liked the plot of this film and the ending kind of threw me for a loop.
Storyline: A man and a woman awaken to find themselves trapped in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.
Again, not another big-name movie. But it was well-played. It tells of a model who is kidnapped and taken into captivity. It's the ending that really did it for me. (In case you haven't already noticed, I'm big on plot twists.)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Storyline: A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
I'd like to think that I'd do darn near anything for a million dollars. I'd even venture to spend the night in a haunted house. But what the people have to deal with in this movie is some freaky sh*t.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Storyline: When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!
I don't usually get a hard-on for celebrities but Matthew Lillard is my kind of guy. I love his crass, yet comedic, tones in this movie. The thirteen ghosts depicted in this film are what nightmares are made of.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Storyline: Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Rob Zombie is one sadistic SOB. He pulls no punches in this movie. Freaks, a killer clown, and backwoods bumpkins do some pretty creepy crap in this film.
So, there you got it! It's my list of what I consider to be the most terrifying, suspenseful, crap-your-pants films. What are your favorite horror and suspense movies?