As you may recall, my October brave act was to watch as many scary movies as I could handle. In the end, the movie watching was a little less frequent than I would have liked based on Keith's availability (since many he wanted to watch too) and what was available on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, or through our local video rental store. Over the course of this month I watched eleven horror movies and two others ranked as thrillers that I consider pretty scary. This past week, I actually doubled up most nights to reach thirteen overall for the month, which seems crazy because before this month, I had probably only watched about thirteen scary films in the past 10-15 years.
Here is my recap for each:
An American Werewolf in London - this was my favorite of all the films. The special effects during the transformation scene were impressive, the gore was gross but not so realistic that I had to close my eyes, there were a few jumps, and there were several humorous scenes that made the movie watching experience more enjoyable.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) - I enjoy zombie movies since they have jumps but don't give me nightmares (since I don't believe they can actually happen). This one has mediocre acting, and the zombie makeup isn't great, but it was fun to watch and I actually cared about the characters by the end.
Lost Boys - this was a fun, campy vampire movie. The special effects and makeup, when they change was creepy, but it was also funny and not as dark as some of the others. I loved the final scene with the grandpa (I won't give it away in case you haven't seen it), though I did close my eyes for the bathtub-holy water scene near the end (gruesome).
The Thing (1982) - I thought this was the scariest of the films we watched and had the most impressive special effects. We watched half of it one night and half a week later which resulted in me having nightmares both nights after watching. Keith agreed to warn me when especially gruesome scenes were about to happen, which helped me prepare a little more (especially with the stomach scene - oh my god). This film had my favorite ending.
Creature from the Black Lagoon - this film was made a few years after some of the other classic horror films I watched so I was a little more impressed with the acting and story than some of the older ones. I especially appreciated the first attack only about ten minutes into the film - the horror on the victims faces but the camera never revealing the creature was appropriately creepy.
Resident Evil - this was the first film I watched and was a good way to kick off the scary movie month. It was a bit more violent and had quite a few jumps, but overall was a fun story. I liked that the special effects of the final creature weren't horribly believable so it gave my heart rate time to return to normal. This was my least favorite ending though - pretty typical Hollywood cliffhanger.
Jaws - this isn't technically a "horror" film but I thought it was really scary when I watched it as a kid and It made me afraid to go into the ocean. This was the only film I had seen previously, but it'd been so long I didn't remember it at all. This is such a great story, great acting, the final battle scene keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I definitely still don't want to swim in the ocean anytime soon.
The Wolf Man (1941) - this was my favorite of the classic horror films. It was certainly the creepiest and darkest with a werewolf showing up in the first ten minutes and mauling multiple people. The romance twist was unnecessary, as I think it is in any film not classified as romantic, but the story was interesting. The acting was also pretty good and the final scene was absolutely devastating. I highly recommend it!
Daybreakers - this is another not technically "horror" film (surprisingly). It's an interesting take on the typical vampire story and I felt like the story did a good job of twisting the slightly cheesy "cure" into a more interesting subplot. The final battle scene was super intense and very gory.
The Frighteners - this started out as a really fun, silly ghost movie and then got super dark and scary in the last ten minutes. I was not fully prepared for that, and I'm not a fan of serial murderer movies, but the ghost humor helped balance it. Ultimately I enjoyed it. Plus, Michael J Fox is awesome, and I love him.
Dracula (1931) - this movie is pretty great. Bela Lugosi is perfect as Count Dracula, though his transfixing gaze cracked me up every time. Renfield-gone-mad and the stalker-vampire scenes were pretty creepy, so it definitely had a great scary feeling to it. The actresses, as typical with these older films were obnoxiously whiny, but even so, I enjoyed the film.
Frankenstein (1931) - I can't believe this was made in the 30s! The acting is pretty over-the-top but the monster awakening is intense, the scene with the little girl is heartbreaking, and Boris Karloff (the monster) is perfect in this role.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - I loved the original Frankenstein but this one I found disappointing. I didn't think the storyline was as interesting and (plot reveal) you don't even see the "bride" until the very end. I didn't think the plot was as strong either, but it was a little darker and creepier, which kept me partially intrigued throughout.
This was not necessarily my favorite brave act, but by the end of the month, I had really embraced it and started even having fun picking out scary movies to watch. You probably noticed that there weren't as many current horror films on here, which wasn't intentional but I'm happy it turned out that way. I thought the classics were fun to watch, the ones from the 70s and 80s were typically more interesting, and I think current horror films are often more about violence than good acting or story. I was also coerced into watching several more current horror films in high school and college (The Ring, The Grudge, Let the Right One In, etc) so none of those were on the list since I'd already seen them in the past 5 - 10 years.
What scary films did you watch this month? Have I convinced you to check out any of the above?