I would definitely consider myself a horror movie junkie, the gorier the better!
When it comes to movies, I love to be scared! My friends probably hate asking me to movies. If no one gets murdered, I’m not interested. And don’t even think about asking me to see a rom com (insert barfing emoji face haha). I’m not sure where my love of horror movies came from as my Brother + I grew up watching Disney movies until we were probably 16. Nevertheless, I’ve definitely made up for all those years of not watching them. I could spend hours watching shows about serial killers or axe wielding murderers. Oh + don’t even think about interrupting me during an episode of Dateline!
I’m sure it sounds strange but I want to watch movies that I could relate to, or at least imagine myself being in. That’s probably why I am SO adamantly against cartoons (I mean, will I ever be a little blue smurf riding a unicorn into the sunset? Haha prob not!) Not that I hope to one day be chased by an axe wielding psychopath, however that situation definitely gets the heart racing. While it may seem a tad far-fetched, a lot of the movies I’m about to mention…could actually happen.
With Halloween just a week away, I can think of no better Fall activity (besides pumpkin patching – if you missed my last post click HERE) than to cozy up with a hot drink, a bowl of popcorn & have a scary movie marathon! To avoid wasting an hour browsing Netflix for the perfect scary movie, I thought I’d put together a list of my personal favs! I don’t get scared easily + have been able to sit through some fan favorites without so much as flinching. So I feel like the following 6 scary movies have to be pretty scary if I’ve had to look away!
So without further ado, here are my top 6 (in no particular order) scary movie recommendations for the perfect scary movie marathon …
Who doesn’t love a good movie about a couple of 20-somethings, exploring the world on a backpacking trip through Europe! Unlike other movies with a similar start, this one does NOT end well. Wealthy members of the “Elite Hunting Club” pay to brutally kill + mutilate tourists using whatever means they so choose. Think drilling holes in bodies, slicing Achilles tendons, slitting throats with rusty scalpels. These movies were INSANE! There are 3 in the franchise and each one gets more and more brutal (and definitely graphic). It is said that the movies were roughly based on a true story…soooo…keep that in mind when you’re watching it!
“Do you want to play a game?!” Besides the Lord of the Rings franchise (fun fact, I am obsessed with the Lord of the Rings movies), the Saw movies are a very close second. Maybe it’s because the Saw movies came out on my birthday every year, making it THE best way to celebrate being a year older! For anyone who’s even heard of the Saw movies, I’m sure you’re familiar with Jigsaw, the creepy little puppet who rides around on his tricycle. He is the “face” of John Kramer, the man who abducts his victims, and then sets up terrifying tests for them to complete. He doesn’t want them to die, but to test their willingness to live. His victims have to either endure physical/psychological pain on themselves or on others in order to “pass” the test. If you’re going to include any of the Saw movies into your next scary movie marathon, be prepared for lots of gore and cringe worthy scenes! I mean, could you imagine waking up in a pit of used needles?! *barf*
With a total of 8 movies in the franchise, you ‘d think they couldn’t possibly still be “scary”! Well, my friends, how wrong you are! Even into the 6th, 7th and 8th movies, you’ll be on the edge of your seat + likely covering your eyes!
Let me start off by saying…this story was inspired BY TRUE EVENTS. I don’t know if knowing that before watching this makes it any scarier, but it’s literally what nightmares are made of! I’d be lying if I said that this movie doesn’t pop into my mind when I’m home alone + there’s a noise in the middle of the night. This movie is nothing short of terrifying and therefore one of my all-time favorite scary movies. Unlike Hostel and Saw, this is totally plausible. After attending a wedding, Liv Tyler’s character + her husband return to his family home late that night. He runs to the store (or something like that)…and the terror begins. Banging on the door, messages written in blood on the windows, and music mysteriously turning on…UGH! The culprits? Creepy mask wearing psycho’s …. stalking and murdering for FUN!
Had this movie come out 15 years ago, it probably wouldn’t have been as scary as it is now! The way the world is going, I feel like this is a possibility. The movie is set in the year 2022, where for one night a year, ALL crime is legal. So, this movie has tons of senseless murdering..because why not?! It’s friggen twisted and creepy + shows that in situations like this, you don’t know who you can trust. I feel like there’s not much more that needs to be said about these movies! So far there are 3 in the franchise and each movie gets more intense than the last!
I don’t care too much for supernatural…ANYTHING. But a horror movie is a horror movie + if it scares me, then I’m in! This movie is TERRIFYING! One look at “Bagul” and you’ll borderline poop your pants. The reason this movie is so scary is 10000% because of him. In short, a family movies into a home without knowing that the previous family was murdered in it. Late one night, the Father (played by Ethan Hawke) discovers a box of reels in the attic annnnnd the horror begins. Each reel contains homemade movies of families being murdered in all sorts of terrifying ways. He begins to unravel the mystery behind these murders and discovers something shocking! Explaining this movie wouldn’t do it justice. If you wanna be creeped out, watch this one!
You think this is a cute movie about Natalie Portman + Mila Kunis trying to make it big as ballerinas…until you realize it’s FAR from it! This is by far one of THE creepiest movies I’ve ever seen. Don’t even get me started on the scene where Natalie’s character pulls the skin off her finger (ugh I cringe every time I think about it, which surprisingly is fairly regularly). That scene alone has made a disturbing impression on me…and for that reason alone, makes it one of the top scary movies I’ve seen!
With tons of new horror movies out on Netflix in time for Halloween, I thought I’d give a few honorable mentions to the following movies:
In the Tall Grass
What’s your go-to movie genre? Do you like scary movies? If so, what are some of your favorites?
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