First of all...I LOVE 'Trick R' Treat', and I second that opinion! Hehehe! Some really cool twists in that, by the way.
What do I love about horror? Like you said, there's a sense of escapism there for me. It's not a matter of being scared or grossed out, like some people believe it is. I think they get scared the second they hear the word horror movie and just run away without even looking at it. Hehehe, but the point isn't to traumatize you or give you nightmares for the rest of your life. It's supposed to be fun. Like a roller coaster. A little jolt of adrenaline followed by a few nervous giggles and you get sucked in. What's the big deal? If you really want to be terrified and feel like your life is in danger...watch the NEWS!
I was an 80's kid when I was little. So I grew up in the slasher flick era. Michael, Freddy, Chucky, Jason, Leatherface, Hellraiser, and all the rest were all over the place. My friends and I used to thrive off of it. It was a rush. And for some movies, it still is! But, there was a time when horror movies were marketed towards teenagers who couldn't get in to R-Rated flicks, and they made everything PG-13...which ruined a lot. You have no idea. There was this huge war on horror movies for a long time...but it thrived, nonetheless. Thank god. Like I said...it was meant to be FUN! And it was! :P
Now, I have waaaaaay too many favorite horror movies to list here. Trust me...my fingers couldn't handle typing them all out. But the ones that I would truly pick for their STORY alone? That narrows it down a bit. Not by much...but it helps.
Some horror movies really surprise me with their story, and I end up making them an instant classic in my mind. Some that immediately come to mind would be "Event Horizon", "Get Out", "Seven" (Which is more more of a crime thriller, but heavy horror elements), "Prince Of Darkness" and "The Thing" by John Carpenter, also "In The Mouth Of Madness". I liked "The Strangers". I thought the movie, "Hush", was really unique and awesome. "Eli" was great, and "Prodigy"...hmmmm..."The Conjuring" I thought was pretty tense. "Frailty" is one of my all time favorites! And of course, the original "Nightmare On Elm Street"! The idea that you can't fall asleep...something that you inevitably HAVE to do, whether you want to or not, is terrifying.
I think that psychological horror is the most frightening kind. Big monsters and serial killers and invading hordes of zombies can all be scary...but the real terror comes from being stuck in a situation that you have absolutely NO way of escaping! If that's your thing? Then I leave a few recommendations of my own...
"Wolf Creek", "Wolf Creek 2", "Terrifier" (these first three are pretty gory, so buyer beware!), "End Of The Line", "Crawl", and V/H/S 1 and 2!!!
Ok, I mentioned, like, 50 movies there! But I'm still sure that I'm leaving plenty of them out. Hehehe! What can I say? I never ever get enough! Happy Halloween!
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