I never much liked horror movies until I took a class in college called Gender and Sexuality in Horror Films (I was a Women’s Studies major, so it didn’t seem that weird at the time). We started with “Psycho” and “Peeping Tom” and worked our way up through the “Scream” franchise. Now I loooooove horror movies and I’m constantly trying to convince my supremely patient boyfriend to watch them with me. I think they’re super fascinating and often get at the core of what’s scary, weird and taboo in our culture. And camping-in-the-woods-with-a-crazy-killer-and/or-demon-spirit — with entries like “Sleepaway Camp,” “Friday the 13th,” “Cabin Fever” and “Evil Dead” — is one of the best sub-genres.
For fellow horror fans, the Great Horror Campout offers a real-life scary movie adventure. Set in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the campout invites horror fiends to spend 12 hours in the woods fending off creepy crawlies and evil spirits. Visitors can opt for a scare within the “safe zone” or crank up the horror by participating in the “Hell Hunt,” which is basically a terrifying scavenger hunt. As the camp’s founders explain: Keep reading »
According to prominent horror critics, the things that scare us as a culture usually have a lot to do with whatever we repress and suppress. Horror is about the thin boundary between the outside and the inside being broken — both literally, as in the piercing of skin, and metaphorically, as in the destruction of innocence or psychological disillusionment.
Horror is also a very individual thing, and what scares some of us has no impact on others. For me, it’s tight, small, cramped spaces — there’s probably some psychoanalytic Freudian reason for that, but I’m afraid to look too deep. But for others, it’s aliens, or disease outbreak, or serial killers, or kittens (I don’t judge). What scares us does in some ways define us.
After the jump, seven anxiety-producing movies that terrify and scare the bejesus out of The Frisky staff. And share the movie that makes your heartbeat race in the comments!
I never watch horror movies because I am a total scaredy-cat and it doesn’t take much to give me serious nightmares (I slept in my brother’s room for six months after seeing “Scream” in middle school). But over the years I’ve found that even if you avoid the horror genre altogether, there are plenty of other terrifying movies lurking in the comedy, drama, adventure, and kids’ categories. If you’re looking for an unexpectedly scary movie to watch this Halloween, click through for 20 options, and please share other non-horror films that freak you out in the comments!
Do you like the thrill of the open water? Enjoy the luxuries of cruising on the open seas? Love living in fear for your life? Then perhaps the Carnival Cruise Lines “Saw” cruise is for you?
Yes, after the spate of music-themed cruises (Weezer cruise, anyone?), the marketing geniuses over at Carnival have come up with a “Saw”-themed cruise. “During this amazing cruise, you will be able to party with the “SAW” Stars and meet other fans who love “SAW” just like you!” announces the press release. “You will attend fantastic pool and dance parties, question and answer sessions and many special events.”
Presumably those “special events” will include murder and torture porn. But will Jigsaw be there? That’s what we really want to know. [Slash Film]
In the latest issue of Elle, “Glee” and “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy cast the stars of his series’ as characters from his favorite thrillers. Connie Britton, Kate Mara and others jump off the page in classic scenes from “The Birds,” “Carrie” and others. Here, “Glee”‘s Diana Agron does her best Raquel Welch in a scene from “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.” Click through for more classic horror scenes done in current couture.
Some of today’s biggest stars had some seriously scary starts — by kicking off their careers with horror movies!
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Goerge Clooney and more all had early roles battling Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, vicious furballs, creepy serial killers and, in Jennifer Aniston’s case, even evil leprechauns.
Looking for a scary flick to watch this Halloween? Check out the gallery above to see which ones have some then-unknown superstars! Read more…
What is coming to get you? I’m personally far more afraid of being abducted by aliens than I am of the Blair Witch, because duh, I hate camping and never intend to go. Maybe I would fit in better with the people of Montana. How about you? What is your most feared horror movie scenario? (Click here to see full size image!) [Very Small Array]
It’s a scary world out there for us ladies sometimes. That’s why I love a good horror movie for contained fear and excitement. There’s nothing like sitting down in the darkened theater for two hours of sensory overload and raw adrenaline, only to leave when it’s all done in one piece. It’s like paying $12 for two hours of therapy. Keep reading »
A couple weeks ago, my brother and his girlfriend convinced me to watch “The Shining” with them. I was hesitant because I hate scary movies (I still have nightmares about the 15 minutes of “Scream” I watched accidentally in 1996), but they insisted it was a classic and I needed to see it in order to be a productive member of society. Unsurprisingly, the movie totally freaked me out. Surprisingly, when I wasn’t hiding my face in a couch pillow, I was being super inspired by the fashion, from Shelley Duvall’s chunky sweaters to Jack Nicholson’s slim-cut suits… Keep reading »
Presented without comment, “The Life Zone,” a pro-life horror film about “pregnant women kidnapped from abortion clinics and forced to give birth,” starring Robert Loggia. New Jerseyites can check it out currently at the Hoboken International Film Festival. The rest of us will have to wait until it’s picked up by Fox News, I suppose.
[IMDB: The Life Zone]
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