It’s that time of year again to have some good, cheap fun and rent a whole bunch of great scary movies! In case you didn’t already know, I absolutely LOVE scary movies. I don’t know what it is about them, but I like watching ones that are well written or intriguing. So throughout the year I’ve collected the titles of a few of my favorite recent scary movies and thought I’d share them with you in time for Halloween.
(Before you read on, make sure you check out Part 1 which was published last year. In that review, my scary movie picks were Trick ‘r Treat, Piranha, Drag Me to Hell, Silent Hill, The Ring, Saw I, House of a Thousand Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, The Ninth Gate, and Donnie Darko.)
My Favorite Recent Scary Movies:
Sinister was just as scary as I hoped it would be from the previews. The story centers on a young writer (Ethan Hawke) who moves his family into the home where a horrific murder took place years ago. Inside the house he finds old movie recordings that depict a number of graphic murders, and he becomes consumed by their mystique.
Since most of the movie happens at night, this was a perfect movie to freak yourself out with in the wee hours of the night. Definitely a good watch!
Insidious was one of those movies I saw advertised everywhere on the web, Redbox, Netflix, etc but it took me forever to rent. However, after I did, I was kicking myself for not having watched it over other recent scary movies sooner!
This movie has got a real twist to it. It starts off being your typical haunted house movie. But then it starts to take a weird and creative turn into something that you’re not really expecting. I was really pleased with their ending (a rarity of a horror movie). And now I can’t wait to see the recently released Chapter 2.
The Human Centipede:
In case you’ve never heard of Human Centipede (which now has a cult following and was even parodied on South Park), it goes like this: It’s about a crazy German doctor who surgically connects 3 people together butt-to-mouth like a centipede. He then treats the trio like some kind of house pet for his own sick amusement. Like I told you – its revolting. But you have to watch it at least once!
One surprising fact: The movie was actually recognized for being totally medically accurate. I’m not sure whether to be impressed or disturbed.
You know all the times you’ve ever watched Ghost Adventures on the travel channel and just wished something terrible would happen to Zak Bagans and the crew? Well, that’s THIS movie. Grave Encounters starts off as this cheesy rip-off of Ghost Adventures – a crew of young 20-something’s who decide to lock themselves inside an old asylum for a TV show. Only in this case it goes very, very wrong for all of them. Surprisingly for a free Netflix streaming movie, it was not half bad.
Grave Encounters 2:
This time there’s a very creative twist. In Grave Encounters 2, a group of college kids investigates the filming of the original Grave Encounters movie. So all the characters are now playing their real selves in the movie. They of course end up at the same asylum as the first movie, and things go very bad for them as well. But then things start getting very, very weird.
Again, for a free movie on Netflix streaming, it’s worth the watch!
A Haunting in Connecticut:
A Haunting in Connecticut takes place when a family moves into a house that used to serve as a funeral home. The longer they are there, the more freakier the things are that start to happen to them. Apparently the old funeral director was not a very good person …
Side-note: The mother in this movie is played by Virginia Madsen from the legendary Candyman movie back in 1992. If you haven’t ever watched that, do so now!
Speaking of Candyman, actor Tony Todd (the guy who played Candyman) appears in Hatchet II as a voodoo witch doctor who is trying to rid the southern swamps of an evil monster that haunts the woods. He has one of the best death-scenes (or perhaps the most ridiculous) out of any movie listed in this post.
First of all, this is not a particularly good movie. In fact, it’s pretty much out there as far as the plot and story-line goes. But within that collective disaster, I can tell you that this movie is very entertaining and somewhat silly in parts. If you have any sense of humor, you get at least a laugh out of how dumb some of kill scenes go.
The Woman in Black:
The movie is about a young father who recently lost his child and moves to a secluded house in the English country-side. He then starts to encounter some very horrific spirits including that of one of the most frightening looking women I have ever seen. This a big jump out of your seat type of movie with things that lunge out at you and twitchy monsters.
The Cabin in the Woods:
Even though this was more a “big-box” blockbuster type of movie (it had Chris Hemsworth from Thor), I still give it a ton of credit for creativity. The movie starts off as your typical “Evil Dead” type scenario where a group of friends take an ill-fated trip to a cabin in the woods. But parallel to that, there is also this whole mission control story that is going on where a group of scientists are doing what appears to be save the world from disaster. At first the two stories don’t really seem to blend and you are very confused about what it happening. But as the movie goes on, it all comes together and starts to make sense. Because I can’t think of one other movie that I would compare it to, I’ll endorse it here and tell you that it’s worth the watch.
Readers – What good recent scary movies have you seen that you could recommend to others?
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