Getting Emotional with Movies, Part 5: Fear

Chad Hoolihan

Having no affiliation with any spiritual or philosophical movements, Chad instead attempts to find meaning through watching movies.  He also enjoys  watching birds fight over food in supermarket parking lots.

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  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    Maybe it’s because it’s out of the context of the film, but I didn’t find that first clip particularly scary at all. That Prince of Darkness does look pretty damn creepy, though, but also gross, and the kind of horror film I tend to stay away from. I like scary, but not grotesque.

    That’s probably why Event Horizon really got to me, too; I don’t think I was expecting exactly the kind of film it was, either.

    The movie I most remember totally scaring the crap out of me (besides Event Horizon, anyway) is The Silence of the Lambs. I’ve often considered rewatching it, but never managed to summon up the guts.

    My favorite horror film of all time would be Alien, which has its grotesque moment, but maybe it’s the fact that it’s dressed in the sci-fi trimmings that makes me like it so. After that would be Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist, which is kind of a similar situation.

    I kind of like spooky ghost stories without the gore. Dark Water and 1408 are a couple of recent examples of movies I enjoyed, but they probably don’t contain nearly enough shocks for the average moviegoer to consider them truly “scary”. Maybe I just thought they both had nice atmosphere. Horror’s never been my favorite genre.

    I’m finding these pieces interesting to read, at the very least. Good job.

  2. ChadHoolihan says:

    If you’re talking about that Salem’s Lot clip’s lack of scariness, the context you’d have to view it in would be me as a little kid.  I was pretty young when I watched it and that scene just about gave me a heart attack.

    When it comes to “grotesque” films, very few faze me anymore.  I’ve sat through all the major cannibal films and zombie films over the years, which is enough to make most other flicks seem tame.  Prince of Darkness is mildly gross, maybe.  It’s always been one of my favorites, probably because it’s weird. 

    I agree that Silence of the Lambs has some good scary scenes, particularly the climax.  Rarely do serial killer movies truly freak me out, though.  Have you watched the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre?  There’s not really any gore in it.  Just lots of relentless tension.

    I wouldn’t call myself an horror fan, exactly.  I like movies in general that are a bit messed up, and horror has its share of messed up movies.So I find myself watching a lot of movies from that genre.  Being scared isn’t a big priority for me.  I’m more into finding “WTF?” films.

    When it comes to my choices for these articles, I’m just discussing the films that had the biggest impact on me.  I didn’t plan on making it a series, but it turned out that way.  I’ll have to see how it turns out…     

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