Saturday, October 27

Dare You to Scare Me



This has been one of my favourite posts to work on because all month I've been immersing myself in Halloween-y movies and scares! I love being scared (weird right?) but I don't scare too easily so I, really scientifically, have been watching horror movies, alone, in the dark all month and been having just the best time. Here are some of my thoughts on them!





The Boy

This was a recommendation from Vera and oh boy was she (as ever) on point! At first I didn't think this was gonna scare me because the doll was a little creepy but mostly adorable (he made her a sandwich) and I was kinda just enjoying this unconventional family movie. All she had to do was follow the rules and they could be happy. 

And then things got real dark real quick and I actually full on swore at my screen (apologies to everyone I live with). It was hands down one of the best last quarter of a movie that I've ever seen. I've also just learned there's going to be a sequel, which could either ruin all the brilliance or be absolutely incredible we'll have to see! I think this is probably a bit of a slow build. If you're really scared of dolls/haunted dolls then obviously this will be scary to you throughout. I find them quite cute and not scary so this was a mostly gentle film up until an absolutely shocking end. Which actually I think is why I love it so much. I have never been so lulled into complacency by a scary movie before, I'm usually on edge which means I'm rarely that surprised - which is why this massively stands out! 

The Haunting of Hill House

I know this isn't a movie, its a series. BUT literally everyone has been watching and talking about this all month and the hype was very real. And for once, this totally lived up to said hype. I mean actually it wasn't that scary. It was a lot more emotional than I expected - possibly the scariest thing about this was me ugly-crying in the final episode. There were a couple of really good scares - one of which was truly excellent and made me nearly throw my laptop (if you've seen it you maybe know which I'm talking about?). Mostly this was my favourite kind of horror which is that haunting/psychological kind. Also fun fact - I live in a haunted house and I kept mentioning things that happened on screen only for someone in my family to respond with "oh that happened to me last night". Which is always what you want to hear when watching horror...

 I don't want to get too hyperbolic here but this was as close to perfect as it could've gotten. Because it's not too scary in my opinion this is the sort of thing to watch if you like small scares but don't like full blown horror. Plus everyone and their dog are talking about it right now so get in on that. 


Vacancy
Oh guys. This gets added points for being a Kate Beckinsale movie because I freaking love her. 

I'll be honest, there was plenty of horror here but I was also a little bored. The story definitely picked up toward the end but I never felt like either of the main characters were truly in danger of dying. This is a good film but compared to the others I watched it just wasn't as effective. It gets added scare points for being basically realistic. The story centers around a motel in the middle of nowhere that's making horror movies out of actually murdering their guests. And this sort of thing does exist. 

The film also does a super good job of making the villains very human whilst also completely detached from humanity. At times they were more of a fear-concept to me and felt like monsters but then at other times you can clearly see the greed and cruelty that went into making them who they are and that is some good character development. 

Truth or Dare

Ooh boy I did not expect this to get to me as much as it did. First of all, I am never ever playing Truth or Dare again don't even ask. Second, these characters were so screwed up and so was the plot. The whole thing went in an absolutely bizarre and horrific direction. If you've ever seen Nerve, imagine that but with higher stakes, absolutely no choice and waaay darker dares. Lucy Hale's character was a little dumb (she kept choosing dare to avoid a truth that in the end had very little consequence - she'd rather kill than tell the truth?). But the ending was strong and adds the viewer into the story in a way which is a nice touch. Was it actually scary though? Not so much. It was graphic and unsettling but not actively terrifying. Side note though, the face of anyone possessed by the demon was truly comic horrrory. Lucy Hale's character compared it to a bad Instagram feature and she was not wrong. It made me laugh but might haunt my nightmares as well which is an odd combination.


I have so, so enjoyed getting my Halloween scare on. Of course The Descent is still my all time favourite horror movie and the only one to ever truly, truly scare me (I had nightmares for three solid weeks after it) so my hunt for scares continues!! 

Let me know some of the movies that have scared the hell out of you so I can try them next year and have an amazing Halloween! 

10 comments:

  1. I didn't expect Truth or Dare escalated that much either, it scared me! The Boy sounds perfect for me, dolls are my worst nightmare in horror movies!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. I so genuinely expected Truth or Dare to be like slightly edgy teen movie and then it just went for it!! If dolls are your worst nightmare then The Boy would probably proper scare you and if you watch it I NEED to hear your thoughts!

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  2. I'm always at a loss when people talk about horror/scary movies, because I don't often watch them! I can't remember one that really scared me (other than certain bit in Poltergeist, which really disturbed me as a kid); they either just gross me out, bore me, or make me laugh (my mom still cannot believe I laugh watching The Shining!).
    I do have a soft spot for slasher flicks, like Friday 13th, Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, but those are not exactly new!
    I might have to investigate that Haunting of Hill House series, see what's what :)

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    1. Oh same! I literally cant watch horror movies in the cinema because I will be that person laughing her head off at the scary bits and I don't need people in my town to think I'm that disturbed!
      I LOVE slasher flicks, although I've never seen I Know What You Did Last Summer. Was gonna watch it but they took it off Netflix so I couldn't which was sad!
      Definitely check out Hill House though it was awesome!

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  3. I like horror movies but only from the comfort of my house. I loved Hill House, what a show!

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    1. I've never seen a horror movie in the cinema and never really want to - if only cause I'm slightly worried I'd embarrass myself by screaming or laughing at the wrong moment!

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  4. Truth or Dare was scary. The Conjuring was creepy. I don't remember titles very well, but I think the the demons and possessed houses and dolls are usually the scariest for me. I don't seem to mind vampires and werewolves. I can't stand the horror films that contain a lot of violence toward people, although the first horror movie I saw was Texas Chainsaw Massacre at an outdoor drive-in.

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    1. Ooh The Conjuring is sooo good!! I'm the same as you with vampires and werewolves though, fully ruined by Twilight in that they now just seem all broody and mysterious and not at all scary. I do enjoy slasher movies sometimes but then hate movies like Saw or Final Destination because its full gore over scares which is not my thing!

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  5. HAHAHA I don't do horror movies. I can do horror books, but not movies. That being said, I do want to read the classic The Haunting of Hill House and also read It by Stephen King. And once I've read them I'm going to try watching them. TRY.

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    1. I'm weirdly the other way around. There are horror books that properly freaked me out whilst horror movies were just fun. I've never read ANY Stephen King which is bizarre but The Haunting of Hill House (book and Netflix show) is incredible so I hope you get to read/watch it soon!

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