Saturday, October 30, 2010

Scaredy Pants

Since we're having movie weather in Utah and it is Halloween weekend, I'd like to share my picks for some of my favorite "nail-biter" movies. Notice I didn't say Horror movies. I can't stomach the super-gory stuff very well, although there are a some from the genre I have to give kudos to.

In no particular order:

Rear Window - A classic from the great Mr. Hitchcock with the sublime Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Guaranteed to make you shout at the screen at least once.

Halloween - Flashes of the silent but deadly Michael Myers still invade my consciousness on occasion. I wouldn't watch this if it came out today, but viewing it with my friends as a teen evoked many girlish screams.

When a Stranger Calls - *spoiler alert*
"The calls are coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE."

The Sixth Sense - Creepy and one of the best surprise endings ever

Duel - Still hate semi trucks today because of this movie

Misery - I have adopted some Annie-isms such as cockadoodie and Mr. MAN. You authors out there better get the ending right.

Scream (only the first one) - A great job of blending humor with truly scary moments

Jaws - Who hasn't had a moment where you feared a shark would suddenly attack you in the pool?

The Terminator - I'll be back!

Psycho - Mother recommended it to me.


  1. Great list. I haven't seen any of them. My favorite scarry movie is Watcher in the Woods. FREAK ME OUT!! (I know, I know, I'm weak sauce)

  2. Out of all of these, I've seen Psycho, Terminator, Jaws and The Sixth Sense. The others I've only heard about. Although, I think I've seen little snippets of Rear Window. One that always freaks me out is Deceived with Goldie Hawn and John Heard. If you haven't seen it, grab a friend and a copy of this movie and watch it this weekend.

  3. THE most memorable scene from the movie Halloween. Those who have nightmares might not want to read on...

    When the kid is biting into the apple and there's a razor blade hidden inside. I sliced my apples for years after seeing that.

  4. Correction. I have seen Sixth Sense. I really enjoyed that one--just not the hanging people at the top of that building. That was too much for me.

  5. The Thing (Kurt Russell movie in Antarctica)
    I Am Legend
    The Wolfman
    What Lies Beneath
    The Secret Window
    "The Gentlemen" (episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

  6. Oooh, forgot about What Lies Beneath & Secret Window. Those are good ones!

    Arlene & DJ - adding Deceived and Watcher in the Woods to my list "to watch" (love Bette Davis!)

  7. Hmm...How about Wait Until Dark with
    Audrey Hepburn? It's an oldie but a goodie.

  8. I love Wait Until Dark...especially the fridge scene at the end!

  9. I totally forgot about Wait Until Dark. That one is AMAZING!!!!!!! Goosebumps just thinking about it.