Down & Dirty Design – Horror Movie Guest Blog, Bitches

I wanted to have a Halloween Movie guest blogger and who better to poach than family.

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I am the little sister of the talented writer here you all call Jules. I have my four year degree in English Lit, and sadly, my sister trumps my writing every time. I blame it on genes.

When I am not questioning the validity of the above, I work on my new house with my boyfriend in Montana. If curiosity is getting the best of you, head over to my blog Down and Dirty Design. Because everything I do is neither neat nor thought through.

When my sister asked me to write about my favorite horror movies for the Halloween season, I was stoked! And confused. There are SO many out there that I love. I am not the type to love any old slasher movie just because it has blood and guts in it, it has to have a good plot, great cinematography and/or just pull me in.

With that said, I will try to keep this short and sweet (too late).
Here are my top 5 favorite horror movies.

Poltergeist
What happens when you & your sister watch Poltergeist when you are just 12?
You have nightmares the rest of your life.
(*Disclaimer: watching such a scary movie so young is not a reflection of our parents; we were just tricky. Speciesand Cocktail also fit into this category of us sneaking “adult” movies into our repertoire). For me, this movie set a precedent for all scary movies to follow.

I am not going to go into detail regarding this movie or plot. To tell you the honest truth, I have not seen this movie in years, up until last night. When I re-watched this, was I terrified? Heck no. I actually thought some parts were funny and a bit cheesy. But put together a decent plot, great acting (in my opinion I love the mother’s character, played by JoBeth Williams), and some wonderful cinematography and you’ve got yourself a pretty good film.

I think the bread and butter of the film lies in how the poltergeist of this family’s home comes to fruition: through the television set. This is an item that almost every American family has in their homes. So to make such a household item into a vehicle for a spirit that is after your youngest child is absolutely horrifying.

The Descent
One.of.my.favs.
This is not a classic, it is a modern horror movie, but one that deserves some damn recognition.
A group of lady friends go cave diving (I am sure there is a better term for this, but I am too lazy to look it up. You’re welcome), however one friend leads them astray to a new cave group not yet discovered. But there is more lurking down there than what meets the eye…

With The Descent, not only do we have vomit-inducing scenes of heights, claustrophobia and bats but we have little a-hole creatures that are out to eat whatever they can.
They cannot see (thanks evolution!) and rely on sound only.
The women must battle these strange creatures, all while looking for a way out from underneath the groundpeople. You heard me.

The most memorable scene:
When the main character battles the Matriarch of these bastards, in a pool of blood.

You have already seen this photo in Jules’ post; it’s quite memorable.

If you haven’t seen this yet, do it now.

Martyrs
Never in my life has a movie affected me so much. After watching this, I thought about it for DAYS. This movie crawls inside your head, grabs hold of you, and slaps you around a bit. And then you are left with a WTF sensation. It is ah-mazing.

The plot you ask? Hmmm. This is a tough one, that I cannot even describe. It is not a run of the mill slasher horror movie (although it starts as so), but it is one of the finest horror movies and movies in general that I have ever seen. The French got it right this time (oh yeah, there are subtitles. Get your glasses ready!)

Halloween
This movie is an absolute classic. Man in a mask killing innocent people? Check. Set on Halloween? Check. Out to get the girl? Check. She is babysitting?!?! CHECK.
This movie terrified me and made me never want to babysit again (but, let’s be honest, I have never really liked to babysit anyway).

This was Jamie Lee Curtis’ (Curtis’s) breakthrough role.
And the music alone is enough to make you shart your pants.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
When this movie first came out I refused to see it. I thought it was just another “dumb exorcism movie,” however after hearing it was one of my cousin’s favorites, I thought I just had to take a gander.

The plot is wonderful (and based on a true story). Acting is excellent as well (with Laura Linney & Tom Wilkinson). But what I love the most is how the story is put together; not to give too much away…the plot revolves around a trial with Tom Wilkinson’s character, whom is a priest, and throughout this trial we get flashes of the past. But the past also manifests itself into the current lives of the main characters, which builds suspense like no other.

This is just a fantastic movie all around and you will definitely be glued to the screen.

Well, I hope I made your evening a little less boring…thanks for having me!

Chrissy

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    Marsha Stewart

    October 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Yikes!!

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    Ali Trotta

    October 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Poltergeist scared the crap out of me as a kid. The tv thing was brilliant, you are right. The creepiest thing, I think, was the real life aspect: after each movie, one of the child actors met an untimely demise.

    Exorcism of Emily Rose was a good movie. Very suspenseful. I really enjoyed What Lies Beneath, with Harrison Ford. I remember going to see it at 1 am, coming out of the theater, and being TERRIFIED of looking in my rear view mirror as I drove. Good times.

    The very first horror movie I ever successfully sat through (I was a child/chicken when it came to scary thing) was The Omen. The original — not the remake. The music is what gets me most about that movie. It’s creeptastic.

    Anyway, great post!! :-)

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    RobinKoe

    November 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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