I love Halloween time. It's not just the holiday itself that I love, but that we have a designated time of year to celebrate being afraid. Being afraid, when done intentionally and with safety, is actually an awesome, cathartic experience. I visited this great exhibit at the Experience Music Project in Seattle that's all about horror films. There was a great commentary in which director Eli Roth said the reason people love scary movies is that rarely in life is it socially acceptable to be afraid in public, and films let us tap into that very basic instinct of fear and wear it on our sleeves in a way we can almost never do. Movies and roller coasters, he said, were the two best examples.
I love a good scary story. Problem is, at least in the film industry, the good ones are few and far between. Every October, I like to unofficially count down to Halloween and celebrate a month of spooky goodness by watching some of my favorite scary movies. I'm pretty picky about horror films, but I love them when they're well done. What are some of your favorites?
Sarah's Scary Film Picks
The Shining / The Exorcist / Poltergeist / The Blair Witch Project / The Silence of the Lambs / The Others / Halloween / Drag Me To Hell / The Conjuring / Paranormal Activity / Alien / The Ring / Let Me In / The Descent / Insidious / Carrie / The Amityville Horror / Rosemary's Baby