But never fear, I just had to wait for an acclaimed horror movie to come along, and, lo and behold, it did: It Follows! I happily popped in the disk and took notes, only to discover an unfortunate fact: I haaaaaaaaaaaaated it. Hated it. Loathed it. Don’t even get me started.
So this brings me to the other problem with horror movies: I don’t tend to watch a lot of them, and when I do I frequently dislike them. So I’m throwing the question open to you guys: Which horror movie should I do? I’ll list some I’ve seen and some I haven’t, to see if you guys want to talk me into seeing them. Let’s start with ones I’ve seen and liked:
- Pros: Widely acknowledged classic. Respected writer/director and actress. Spawned a genre. Classically structured. A “real” horror movie.
- Cons: I’d really prefer something more recent. I find it too cheesy to take very seriously, and therefore not very scary.
- Pros: Spawned a franchise. Respected writer/director. Classic villain. A “real” horror movie, I found it very scary (when I last saw it as a kid)
- Cons: Not recent. Not a movie people really revere anymore. Later movies turned Freddy into a joke. Too campy? Too tacky?
- Pros: Huge crossover-appeal hit. Launched franchise. Respected writer / respected director. Very scary in parts. I like it a lot.
- Cons: Doesn’t feel like a “real” horror movie, slides into parody.
- Pros: Huge hit. Launched a hit genre. Extremely scary. I like it a lot.
- Cons: Didn’t really have a script (actor improvised the movie). Didn’t launch any careers (to put it mildly). Sort of forgotten today. Remembered more as a gimmick than a great movie, though I think that’s unfair.
- Pros: Big hit. Very scary, in a way that exemplifies new gross-out / emotionally disturbing horror.
- Cons: The happy ending feels very non-horror.
- Pros: Huge hit. Launched a franchise. Also scary in a way that exemplifies new gross-out / emotionally disturbing horror.
- Cons: Bizarre structure that’s not widely applicable (splitting the time between the cops and the victims, who never meet up). Not very respected.
- Pros: Huge hit. Launched a franchise. I hear it’s very scary.
- Cons: Extreme gimmick makes it less than universally applicable.
- Pros: Not a big hit, but fairly well respected.
- Cons: I hear that it’s a little campy. I hear that in some ways it feels more like an action film than a horror movie.
- Pros: Not a big hit, but very well respected. I hear it’s very scary.
- Cons: Not American. Does it feel like a “real” horror movie? Is the subject matter too atypical to be widely applicable as an example of a horror movie?