Exactly what the title says - what are some of your favorite horror movies?
I haven't watched very many horror movies - really, I'm not a big movie person in general, and I prefer to get my horror from shorter, text-based stuff - but I can, at best, narrow it down to two. It sort of works, because one is older and well-known, while one is more obscure:
The Thing - I got to see this movie in January, due to a special showing at a theater at my town. As soon as it was over, I turned to my mom in the next seat and practically squealed, "classic movies are so good!!" Which was a bit of an unintentional insult, seeing as she was an adult when it came out; but it's a classic to me
I could go on and on about everything I liked about this movie, but I'll try and keep it to a few things - for one thing, the pacing. (At least, I think that's the word I'm looking for.)
One of my favorite things in supernatural-based horror stories - or, supernatural stories in general, but especially horror - is seeing the supernatural elements introduce themselves, then escalate to their full, terrifying glory. I think The Thing pretty much nailed the transition from, "this alien creature has the ability to perfectly imitate a dog" -> "wait, how long were you alone with that dog? I just had a thought..." -> "someone in this group is definitely not a real human and our lives depend on finding out who". (Simplifying it, but you know what I mean. :giggle:)
Another important thing in horror movies is the setting, and (while you can't give this film all the credit for that given that it was based on a book,) an antarctic research station is a pret-ty good one. The special effects were great, especially considering the movie was made in 1982 (I was almost too impressed to be scared!), and there were even some unexpected funny moments.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe - This is the obscure one, which pains me because it needs more love! I talked about importance of setting before, and Jane Doe has a really original and fascinating one.
Obviously, it's set in a morgue and focused around an autopsy, but the fact that it's an autopsy is not the source of the horror - the main characters are morticians, and to them, it's just a job.
The horror comes from the increasingly impossible things they find during said autopsy, and it's not just scary, but morbidly fascinating. The concept of finding a string of anomalies inside a human body just seems so fresh (even with dead bodies being such a staple of horror), especially with how clinically and realistically the actual...searching through said body is handled.
And, I talked about supernatural events escalating, etc. etc. - that's one thing this movie absolutely killed it with. (No pun intended.) Not gonna spoil it, but the scene where it all comes to a head is just perfect..."Let's get the **** out of here", indeed.
Honorable mention goes to "A Quiet Place", which actually didn't scare me all that much (outside of a few "jump scare" moments), but drew me in with its fascinating premise, and really made me care about the characters.