The month of October is the perfect time to watch a bunch of horror movies in the lead-up to Halloween. With that in mind, we have a question for all you horror fans out there: Do you actually find horror movies scary? When was the last time you found yourself genuinely scared watching a movie?
Honestly, I haven’t been truly scared by a movie since I was a young kid, and back then I was scared by lots of odd things. As I mentioned in our last Roundtable, the Stay Puft Mashmallow Man scared the hell out of me when I was 10. A couple years after that, the little furball monsters in ‘Critters’ put a big knot in my stomach. Looking back on the latter years later, it’s of course an embarrassingly schlocky and cheesy horror flick, but when I was 12, it shook me pretty badly. I was convince that those little beasties would slip in under my bedroom door and eat me alive.
In my teenage years, however, my fear of movies dissipated pretty quickly, and I can’t think of a time I’ve been scared by a movie since. Sure, I can appreciate the entertainment value (or the artistry, in the best examples) of a good horror movie. I might get startled by a stinger shock effect or grossed out by gruesome gore. But really scared by the content of a movie? Nah, I’m far too jaded for that anymore.
Where do you fall on this? What movies have scared you?