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Thursday, October 28, 2004

"Spookfest 2004": My Scariest Movies

It's Halloween and All Saints Day weekend! It's Spook Season again! Here's my latest installment created especially for my own satisfaction so back off!!
Scary Movies are genre all their own and everybody wants a good scare every now and then. I definitely got my share through the years. And I am sharing them all with you!Im taking my cue from main dude Robert Berry, who has his own list in his site. Some of them may not seem too scary for you, which shows what a pansy I am. But some are guaranteed shockers that I'm sure you'll enjoy (or dread, whatever the case).

Blair Witch Project

During it's heydey it inspired budding filmmakers to get up and pick a video camera and shoot themselves doing really stupid stuff. It also inspired a string of high quality reality TV shows like "The Scariest Places on Earth" and "Jackass" (tawa naman dyan).
The $8,000 movie that made millions because of its realistic, jerky-camera account of 3 student filmmakers who get lost in the woods in Burkitsville, MD and allegedly encounter the legendary Blair Witch, leaving behind tapes of their encounter and no trace of their whereabouts.
Scariest Moment:
Waking up in the middle of the night in their tent after hearing rustling noises outside and "children" playing. Then the rustles get louder and the tent starts shaking. Next thing you know, we see Heather Donahue's butt running
like crazy yelling "What the F%@$ was THAT?!"

The Sixth Sense

Blockbuster. Haley Joel Osment. M. Night Shyamalan. Masterpiece.
Probably one of the most memorable movies of the 20th Century because of the raw human drama between a child and his single mom, the psychiatrist trying to help the kid cope with his "gift" and the infamous sudden twist in the end.
Scariest Moment:
Kid shows up in Cole's house and says, "hey, wanna check out my daddy's gun?" And as the boy turns around and along with the violent shriek of violins in the background, it is revealed that this boy, a ghost, has a bloody gunshot hole in his head.

The Shining

Master Filmaker Stanley Kubrick's controversial adaptation of the Stephen King Novel. Although Kubrick and King locked horns on the final outcome of the film not being faithful to the original text, it is still regarded as one of the scariest movies of all time and was light years ahead of the spookfests of the day.
A man and his family are hired to look after a resthouse for the winter. Then spooky stuff starts to happen in the isolated vacation spot
Scariest Moment:
Danny Torrance rides his toy trike across the empty hotel and ends up in a corridor of rooms. Across the room are twin sisters. In a series of flash cuts, Danny sees the carnage that happened years before with the sisters strewn bloody bodies on the blood soaked carpet.

The Uninvited

Korea has been keeping up with the current "slow burn" treatment Japan has been famous for. More known for their melodramas and comedies, Korea has come up with some of the scariest movies in the past year like "A Tale of Two Sisters" and "The Doll Master".
Jong-won is an interior designer who had experienced a strange vision of two dead girls in a train car. He constantly sees these visions in his own apartment with them sitting accross each other in his dining table too. He also hooks up with another woman (Jeong Ji Hyun) who sees the same visions.
Scariest Moment:
Babies being dangled and dropped from a high rise apartment balcony. A realistic cat accident (guts and blood all over the street and still twitching). And the scariest, an infant run over by a garbage truck's hind wheel. Don't believe me? Watch it. I almost blew chunks.

The Exorcist

Arguably the scariest movie of all time rivaling the likes of "The Shining" and "From Justin to Kelly: With Love" (haha, I made a 'funny'..again)
Father O'Malley casts out demons for a living. Linda Blair gives him a hard time and ruins his shirt.
Scariest Moment:
Regan (Blair) walks down the stairs. On all fours. Belly up. Spider style.

A Tale of Two Sisters

Mix good storytelling with great cinematography a really good scare curve, you'll go a long way. Very critically-acclaimed not only for being a good piece of cinema but also for being a real pants-wetter.
A father goes back home with her 2 daughters after a long "vacation" after losing their mother. They meet their new stepmom and hairs start to cross.
Scariest Moment:
Stepmom "thinks" she sees something under the sink. What does she do? Of course, she looks and reaches out her hand...

Meet Joe Black

Martin Brest either makes awesome dramas like Scent of a Woman, or horrible stinkers like Gigli.
When Death gives you a visit and looks like Brad Pitt and wants your daughter too. What do you do?
Scariest Moment:
Ok, so it's not a horror film. But contains one of the most shocking paradigm shifts within a split second after Brad Pitt gets a last peek of his soon to be love Clair Forlani.He crosses the street..BANG! gets hit by a car and bounces off and ..BANG! Gets hit by a container van that sends him flying across the otherlane and lands on a sportscar's hood THUD!..then slides limp and broken on the pavement. This single shot masterpice is my favorite part of the movie. I actually felt my stomach acids shoot up my throat the first time I saw it. It was cool.

The Thing

My favorite horror movie as a kid. Because, as kids we like gross out stuff. When we out-gross somebody else, we gain respect. I remember This kid when I was in Don Bosco who ate his own spit after hawking it out. He was king of the schoolyard. Ha! Kids..
A team of scientists visit the arctic to study what can possibly be an alien life form.
Scariest Moment:
After laying their dead friend to rest on a table, his head slowly tries to depart from his neck and stretches all the way to the floor. The head starts to move away from the table and grows legs. SPIDER LEGS! It's a crawling head spider!
I remebmer my cousin and I not being able to eat dinner after watching.

The Ring

For some reason ("Im a pansy"), I had to leave the theater after 20 minutes of watching The Ring in the theater.
The Japanese breakthrough movie that inspired a lame American remake. A tape that brings about a curse to anyone who watches it.
Scariest Moment:
The whole movie is one big buildup to one scare to another. But my favorite would probably be the video itself. The static filled black and white fottage of the crawling people and the man with the bag over his head and the woman brushing her hair. Very subtle but very effective.


I just saw this movie last night and just about peed my pants.
A lonely middle aged man, with help from his producer friend holds a fake audition for young women to star in a movie so he can find a date. Things turn out well for the guy since he hooks up with a pretty ex-ballet dancer. But the girl is not what she seems.
Scariest Moment:
There are two really scary scenes that are still fresh in my memory.
A large sack is laid on an the apartment room floor across from the telephone. A girl sits in a corner,waiting for a call. The phone rings. The girl smiles. The sack gives out sa lout roar and flips over to its side. The second involves a foot and some piano wire.

Runner up:

Blue Velvet

The masterpiece of David Lynch, the master of "weird".
An ordinary suburban boy discovers there is more in his small neighborhood than meets the "ear".
Scariest Moment:
Jeffrey Beaumont hides in the closet and peeks from the cracks of the closet ribbings, to find the most twisted display of foreplay ever caught on film. No nudity. It's just....well...freaky.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out tin's blog meron din sya about scary movies. imma scaredy cat so i dont watch horrors!-hundun

9:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ni-advertise pala ni belle ang blog ko. hehehe. anywayz, i saw the uninvited and, man, did i freak out when i saw the truck run over the kid! ang galing ng pagkagawa nila! it looked, i dunno... real? did it look real to you? basta that scene almost gave me nightmares. another fave scene in that movie was when nahulog yung girl from the building... and the other girl was on the balcony tapos parang slo-mo and nagkatinginan sila. *shudders* eerie. i find your entries amusing, btw. expect me to drop by once in a while. see you around!


7:34 AM

Blogger de Villa said...

Thats some nice list you got there. Though I havent seen all of them I have to agree most of them are on my 'Must See List!'

2:09 PM

Blogger de Villa said...

sure link me up!

5:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, all those movies were great. aside from the ones in your list, i find the eye, the others, and stir of echoes great horror films. ;)


6:16 PM


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