Friday, August 18, 2006

In Defense of Horror Movies……..and Skor Blizzards

First a confession. I LOVE horror movies, the good ones at least.
There’s something about sitting in a dark room(movie theatre) with the music pulsing and my heart rate increasing waiting, anticipating and yet still jumping when the maniac/monster/demon jumps out of the shadows.

I demand certain things from my horror movies - there has to be a resolution. The bad guy/monster has to be destroyed. Otherwise why watch. The characters have to be pro-active at some point in the movie. That’s just a good rule of storytelling.

Horror movies have a really bad rap out there, ‘cause so many are cheap, badly written and push gore over thrills. But there are good ones out there.
The movies I have loved. Of course, Alien/Aliens. Considering when they were made, these look amazing, had incredible tension and probably the best heroine of any movie ever made. The original Halloween, Lost Boys, more recently 28 Days Later. All great movies and all relying more on story than gore.
There are more, I’ve seen a LOT of horror movies, but these come to mind as my favs.

As for the Skor Blizzard… it’s loaded with fat, and sugar and might cause brain freeze.. But it’s delicious.. Enough said

13 comments:

Margaret Moore said...

I can't watch horror movies -- once I've got an image in my head, it can haunt me for years. I do sometimes, but I'm always prepared to hide my eyes.

Will this stop me from seeing Snakes on a Plane? Not a chance. Because the combo of Samuel L. Jackson and snakes on a plane is just too good to miss.

But something tells me I may never be using an airplane washroom again...

Sinead M said...

Count me in for snakes on a plane..

You're so right. Snakes and Samuel. Irristible. Even though they released without previewing it for critics. Not a great sign..

But still. Snakes. On a Plane..

Maureen McGowan said...

I've grown to like horror movies after years of hating them... I think it's mostly cause I'm a big chicken and its actually the best ones that I have trouble with...

The first time I tried to watch The Shining. It was on VHS and it took me nearly 2 weeks to get through it. Every time that kid got on his trike thing and started down that hall I had to turn it off.

What I discovered from that is that I can only watch scary movies in the theatre... where they may be even scarier, but if I get uncomfortable, I can't just turn them off...

28 Days Later was fabulous, but I heart all Danny Boyle's movies. Check out Millions if you haven't seen it...

I also just rented a very interesting Canadian indie film called Cube. Futuristic horror and fascinating. Highly recommend.

Great post Sinead! How's your head this am?

Wylie Kinson said...

I enjoy the occassional horror, but don't like the gore. The 'Saw' movies are not my cuppa tea. The Omen, Shining, Poltergeist ... those were good flicks. I find the combo of religion and kids really make the goosebumps pop.

... and I'm ALL in with the Blizzard. Skor's my SECOND fave. Have you tried the Brownie Batter???? Mmmmmmmm

Margaret Moore said...

Yikes, I can't even take the previews for Saw and Saw II!

Sinead M said...

Loved the Shining, can't believe I forgot that one.

Hated Saw, too much gore, not enough actual fright.

Maureen, great movies. Cube is a terrific movie.

and I did see Millions, and was completely charmed. Loved it.

I agree with Wylie, religion and kids are a great combo.

And I haven't tried the Brownie batter.. but I will be now..

Molly O'Keefe said...

You know I want to love horror movies - I totally understand the art behind scaring people. I think it's really cool - but I am a chicken shit. Thank God the dialogue in Saw was so bad or I seriously would have been wrecked for weeks.

I don't understand the appeal of Samuel L. Jackson -- what's the big deal?

Brownie batter blizzard? Is that a joke? That's gotta be a joke. I don't need to know those things exist.

Wylie Kinson said...

BROWNIE BATTER -- It's real, folks!! Not sure if it's even on most menus, but ask for it. It's their best kept secret. I kind of stumbled over it last year and it's TO DIE FOR. If you have the strength, stay away from it or you'll find your pathetic self looking for your car keys at 10:30pm when the craving hits. Not that thats ever happened to me! *wink*

Christine said...

Hi ladies. This is my first time posting, so I thought I'd jump simply jump in.

I switched from reading Sweet Valley High books to Stephen King when I was 12. I've been hooked on horror ever since (that sounds like a late night infomercial). To this day the one horror movie that scares the shit out of me is John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness. I didn't sleep for two days after I watched that one.

Cube was an awesome movie Maureen. And while all of Blair Witch wasn't scary, the last five minutes creeped me out for weeks.

Molly O'Keefe said...

Hey Christine! My husband saw Blair Witch the NIGHT before we went hiking in the Appalachain Mountains! He was ruined. RUINED!

Margaret Moore said...

Oh, Blair Witch -- cree-PEEEE!

Here's the thing about Samuel L. Jackson: the man is cool. Very, very cool. Although tough. Very, very tough. He doesn't do the smirking, smart-aleck act.

Christine said...

Sam Jackson doesn't need the smart ass comments because he has "the look". That man can say more with a stare than most people can with words. Vin Diesel in the movie Pitch Black was awesome also. And was able to use a similar look.

Sinead M said...

There's a great horror movie I forgot to mention.

Pitch Black!! Good call Christine..

Loved it. Loved Vin Diesel in it.. And how often can you say that?

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