ZOMBIES! Otherwise Known as Scary Monsters… Super Freaks…

I loved 28 Days Later when it came out, in fact, my wonderful husband got it for me on DVD I loved it so much. I LOVE zombie movies and this one had such a great twist to it too.

So I am ridiculously excited about 28 Weeks Later coming out this weekend. Although I don’t know why, I have so much stuff to do I can’t see myself going to any movies until July at the earliest and then the kids will be out of school and I’ll have new deadlines. Still, I need to see it on the big screen because a zombie movie needs to be seen on the big screen. I just hope it’s half as good as the first one since this one has a new director.

Why aren’t there more good scary movies anyway? (I don’t mean torture movies. I can’t understand the appeal of Saw or Hostel – torture is scary like genocide is scary. I don’t want to view torture for entertainment, it seems very wrong. I’m not dissing those who do, it’s just SO not my thing.)

But give me Silence of the Lambs – holeeee Jeebus on a skateboard! Or Alien. The Exorcist gave me nightmares for weeks when I saw it and I have to admit I haven’t seen it in years because it still freaks me out.

Descent! Now that’s a fuckin’ scary movie. And told in such a way that it surprises you when the shit starts to break down. It’s such clever filmmaking, to use the claustrophobia of the ever narrowing caves, the darkness, as props. Then when the enemy is revealed it’s still scary but on a new level.

The Japanese have human scariness down to a science in moviemaking. Have any of you seen “Odishon” (Audition)? Okay, just talking about this movie gives me the willies but it’s SO good because it’s about creating tension. Guy hires dating service, guy gets WAY more than he bargained for. Nice, giggling Japanese woman with freaky writhing gym bag. Do not watch this movie if you’re going to be alone for the weekend. Just sayin.

Oh! Or Devil’s Backbone – directed by Guilermo Del Toro. This one is a ghost story set in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War. DelToro is at the top of his game with this haunting, creepy tale. I haven’t seen his most recent Pan’s Labyrinth but it’s on my list.

The Haunting – the original please, not the remake. This black and white movie based on the book The Haunting of Hill House goes to show “less is more” with a good horror movie. You never see anything and yet it’s terribly scary. No special effects, no CGI serial killer ghosts with brains on their punk rock tee shirts. The movie uses what you don’t see to scare you. It doesn’t insult the audience by forgetting we have imaginations.

Tell me what your favorite horror flicks are! I’m always looking for more.

8 comments to “ZOMBIES! Otherwise Known as Scary Monsters… Super Freaks…”

  1. Jordan
    May 9th, 2007 at 9:47 am · Link

    I’m not a big horror film buff, but I LOVE monster movies. (ie Alien/s, Lake Placid, The Haunting, Shaun of the Dead, etc.)

  2. Lauren
    May 9th, 2007 at 9:57 am · Link

    You know what I love about both Lake Placid and Shaun of the Dead? The humor. I’ve seen both movies at least a dozen times and I still laugh.

  3. N.J. Walters
    May 9th, 2007 at 10:04 am · Link

    Funny, the older I get, the less I can watch scary movies. I don’t mind vampire flicks, but those like Saw and the like are not for me.

  4. Lauren
    May 9th, 2007 at 11:18 am · Link

    I can’t get into it, maybe I’m too old school or whatever but torture flicks hold no appeal for me at all.

  5. Charlene
    May 9th, 2007 at 12:20 pm · Link

    The Shining probably scared me more than any other movie. But for the most part I’m into the funny campy B type movies. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Army of Darkness! House 2!

    In general I find that horror=slasher flick and I’m not into that. Truly scary is hard to come by.

  6. Teresa W.
    May 9th, 2007 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Horror is my favorite genre to watch. I recently went to see Vacancy with Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale. This movie was very intense, makes me think twice about staying in small towns motels.

  7. Lauren
    May 9th, 2007 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Charli – I thought the Shining was a great book too! Hauntings done right can be exceptionally scary!

    And I LOVE Army of Darkness!

    Teresa, I have that one on my “to be rented” list for when it comes out on DVD!

  8. Christine
    May 10th, 2007 at 7:31 am · Link

    I agree completely. I hate these torture movies and frankly don’t see the enjoyment factor to them. Silence of the Lambs scared the crap out of me as well as Poltergist.