Halloween is the one holiday I love, but never really got to experience. Both in Australia and the Netherlands it’s not an actual holiday. The closest I got to a “real” Halloween was a birthday party on the 31st of October which had a Halloween theme. Trick or Treating, pumpkin carving, etc… never experienced that. I also don’t think there’s a real Halloween spirit here in the UK (or is there? enlighten me please, in case I’m wrong). Instead I’m holding my own Halloween party here on my blog for the next 5 days. Hence the name: 5 Days of Halloween.

I thought I’d start with 5 movies that scared me. Not all of these are actually Halloween themed movies or even horror movies what that concerns. They are all movies though that scared me after watching them for the first time.

1. The Ring

This still creeps me out now and then. My parents have a small tv in the attic and whenever I have to get something there when it’s dark I start imagining Samara, the creepy girl, crawling out of the TV.

2. The Time Machine

I know, I know, not really a film that’s scary, right? But I saw it when I was 8 (the old version not the Guy Pearce one) and I have a vivid imagination. For days, I wouldn’t sleep on my side (only on my back), cause I was scared whenever I turned a Morlock would be lying behind me.

3. Requiem for a Dream

Again not really a scary movie and I’m not sure ‘scared’ would be how I described my feelings afterwards. I was left completely disturbed by it though.

4. Saw

My brother had seen this before me and for some weird reason (I really have no freaking idea why) I thought this was a Japanese movie. Not a remake, mind you, I thought it was a full-blown Japanese speaking, Japanese actors movie. Ehm, yeah, so I was kind of surprised when it wasn’t. Anyhow the Jigsaw Killer and that disturbing puppet stayed in my mind for some time.

5. Hannibal

So I didn’t actually get scared from this movie, but from it’s poster. Back in high school, I covered one entire wall of my room with small magazine sized movie posters. In the upper most right corner I had the poster of Hannibal (the sequel to Silence of the Lambs). After a couple of days though I had to take it down and replace it with something else (the Blade poster, which btw took me ages to see what the background actually was. I always though it was just random mist hovering there). Now wouldn’t you be creeped out by seeing this just before you go to sleep:

So any movies that left you completely scared?


Alright, not to pick on you, but those are some powerful-weak horror movies. What about The Strangers, The Descent, The Blair Witch Project, The Hills Have Eyes? It’s not Halloween unless you spend at least part of the night with a white-knuckled grip on a loved on: )

Ringu, REC, Let the Right One In, Spoorloos, and El Orfanto are all GREAT foreign horror films, though, if the store’s out of the old stand-by’s Halloween night.

Melinda says:

You’re right; these are quite weak horror movies. Three of them aren’t even horror, I would say. Maybe I should have been a bit more clearer though: these aren’t movies that scared me during watching them. There are plenty of horror movies that had me completely blanket clenching/hiding and jumping up from fright, but these aren’t those. These are the movies that actually gave me nightmares afterwards, because my imagination took them and turned them into my “monsters under the bed”.

Hannah says:

Not completely scared but “I Know What You Did Last Summer” made me jump so high that I actually didn’t sleep that night (I was at my friends house so I just laid there listening to the traffic as she lives next to a supermarket)

Jess says:

I went to the cinema a few years a go with one of my mates and we were watching “The Grudge”. I actually thought about leaving the cinema, but I paid for it so I stayed, – couldnt sleep that night.

Melinda says:

@Hannah: I actually was planning to do another blog post about which movies made me jump up the most. I once jumped so much, I had a spasm and kicked a glass off the table. Had to stop the movie to clean everything up :S

@Jess: That’s the main reason I refuse to watch horror movies in the cinema. I much rather prefer my couch with blanket to hide behind, plus boyfriend to snuggle up to. And.. if the movie turns out to be too scary, I can always switch it off :)

MickeyG says:

As I kid, I saw the opening to the old Freddy Krueger TV show, and I had nightmares for weeks about him. The Shining is another one that scared the hell out of me as a kid. These days though, I love horror movies, especially Japanese ones, and a few french ones.

govindayala says:

greetings, i think than others movie as The Exorcism of Emilie Rose and The Exorcist. could fill you of fear.

Those movies are with a lot horror as well.

Free Emoticons says:

Top of my list of movies to see are Transformers and public enemies and despite myself I would quite like to see Harry Potter, lol.. Doesn’t it just make you want to be a wizard!

It´s sad that todays process movies preoccupied the glamour movies had in early days. Tho’ it´s fun to human ultra highschool tech effects, I missy the categorise that movies were prefabricated posterior then

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