It’s generally hard to guarantee that this movie is (or isn’t) scary because we’re all terrified by and (affected by) different things. For me, I’m not really bothered by blood or serial killers or things like that. Copycat is creepy, yes, but it’s not something I tend to think about in the middle of the night when I can’t get back to sleep.
For me, the things that get to me the most are religiously-themed. It’s pretty funny because I don’t believe in demons or possession, but The Exorcist is the scariest movie ever.
My top five scariest movies:
1) The Exorcist
2) The Omen (original with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick)
5) Insidious. I was so impressed with this movie—it starts off scary, takes a turn toward the ridiculous and then somehow gets really scary again. This movie proves my theory: with scary movies, good casting is essential.
And, of course, my favorite horror movies are the ones I’ve watched so many times that they’re not scary anymore (if they ever were). I love the original Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street offerings but I think most of my absolute favorites are what I once called “sequels that don’t suck.” It’s very hard to do a good sequel, especially if you’re dealing with horror movies.
My top five favorite sequels and remakes:
1) Halloween H20.
2) Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
3) Poltergeist II. Scarier than the original, probably because of the preacher. (The actor playing him was actually dying of cancer during the filming, I believe. Either way, he looks just as scary as the character should.)
4) Amityville Horror remake. I know a lot of people prefer the James Brolin/Margot Kidder original, but I think this one is far creepier. And it’s more fun.
5) Friday the 13th remake. I am not at all a Jason fan, but this is easily my favorite Friday the 13th movie. That isn’t saying much.