Ten Days Of Horror Films – Day #7: Ghosts/Hauntings
Please note: Ten Days Of Horror Films is compiled into ten separate lists which identify individual genres of horror with each day in the list containing three movies: my favourite movie from that specific genre, an honourable mention, and a big ol’ loser.
Hey hey! We’ve made it through one full week of some of the scariest films on my list (by scariest, I really mean most entertaining). Today’s list is all about ghosts or hauntings. I don’t normally watch this genre because like I said in my found footage post, I don’t believe in ghosts or hauntings. I know I should suspend my disbelief, but you know how it is if you’re not into something; you just can’t enjoy it even if you try your darndest. I mainly made this post because I really wanted to talk about the stinker and just how bad it is. Don’t get me wrong, my good picks are good, but I just need the world to know about the stinky movie. So, what smells so bad? Read on my friend!
No surprise here…
Did you see that trailer? If not, watch it! That music! That imagery! If you saw that back in 1980, wouldn’t it have blown your mind? Like, what the hell is going on? This movie makes it onto probably all of the top horror list movies, and with good reason. Jack Nicholson’s acting is brilliant. Stanley Kubrick’s directing style builds the mood in an understated yet terrifying way. And the set design makes me salivate in its perfection. This isn’t the type of horror movie that slaps you in the face with scenes of gore to get your heart rate going. This is much more psychologically eery and when you put yourself in a space to appreciate just what’s going on in the movie, it’s just flat out terrifying. Even if you don’t like the story, I guarantee you will be blown away by Jack’s descent into madness.
The Last Exorcism
This may not be a haunting in the traditional sense because it’s not a house that’s haunted, it’s a person. Like I said though, I don’t really like haunting movies so I didn’t have too much to draw from. However, this one spoke to me because almost the entire movie is dedicated to busting the whole possession and exorcism phenomenon. I know a lot of people believe that someone can get possessed, but to me it’s just nonsense. Seeing a priest who is just as disenfranchised as I am, performing an exorcism and putting this girl in her place, was just awesome. Then the final scene happened. The movie had me up until then, but of course it had to be ruined by wrapping things up and trying to make the viewer go, “Oh, so I guess it was real all along!”. If you believe in this kind of thing, then you’ll find this movie really scary. If you’re like me, you’ll find it funny. Wherever you fall between those two sides, this is still a pretty good watch.
Here’s the one I’ve been waiting to talk about since I saw it earlier this year. This is the only movie in the history of me watching horror movies where I had to Google search “is insidious a comedy”. I learned that no, it is not supposed to be a comedy, and even more shocking – people found it to be scary. Not only online, but in my real life. People will ask if I’ve seen Insidious because “it’s so scary”. Then I break it to them that I thought it was a comedy because it was unbelievably bad. All of the trailers I post on here, I watch until the very end. I couldn’t even get through that trailer. I still have 40 seconds left to watch on it, and I just can’t get through it. The monster and ghoul designs in this movie are embarrassing. The rationale behind the haunting is lame. The open ending is awkward and flat. The only redeeming thing in this movie are the two lead actors who I actually really like in other roles (Rose, how’d you go from Damages to this? Patrick – remember Little Children? Remember that? And now this?) While I was Googling whether or not this was a comedy, I found out they made a second movie, and now there’s going to be a third? Now that right there is the true horror. That some crap can get so popular and they just keep churning out sequels to leech onto the popularity of the first movie in a franchise. You know what you should watch instead of this? Virtually anything. How about Scream? At least that one was meant to be a comedy.
I’m sorry if you think Insidious is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen. But that’s why I’m here! To put out my own opinion and then hear yours! Let me know what you think of haunting movies. Do you believe in ghosts and possessions? More importantly, what are you going as for Halloween? I have some costume ideas for myself, but then I’d have to leave the house and that’s a whole thing. 😛