13 Horror Movies That Get It Right


Bleak, rainy Sunday afternoons—the perfect weather for indulging in horror movie marathons. The supernatural sub-genre is my absolute favourite. I’m not much into blood and gore unless a ghost or demon is the culprit. I’m not a fan of the guy with the chainsaw. Most people are perplexed by my excitement and I’ve met so few like-minded folk with whom I can discuss horror films. I’m trying to think of at least one person who shares my enthusiasm and…nothing…

I’m fascinated by the timeless battle of good over evil particularly when the evil is of the spirit variety, and I’ve been obsessed with ghost stories since childhood. I can recall many tales, told by old hunters who frequented the hills, about children being lured into remote forests by evil spirits.

My father loved the rainforest and spent much of his time at work and play there. He had so many stories. He often heard the voices of groups of people chatting with each other but he could never understand what they were saying because they spoke in a language all their own. They sounded happy and they never bothered him. Sadly, I wasn’t so lucky to experience this phenomenon when I visited.

A horror film truly surpasses my expectations when I jump out of my seat unexpectedly (I’m hard to scare) or when I absolutely didn’t see the end coming (…and even harder to fool).

As the rain poured, I hopped onto Netflix to get my horror movie fix. I attempted to watch four films described as horrors and only made it to the end of one because I repeatedly skipped ahead. There was no ghost, merely an insane asylum escapee who hid under the kitchen sink from whence she emerged to kill a couple people. I dozed off on another about half hour in. It seemed to hold such promise. Turns out the opening sequence was the most intriguing scene. I found myself laughing at the ridiculousness of another. Had to remind myself that I wasn’t looking at a comedy. With the last one, I only remembered that I was watching a movie when somebody screamed into my headphones. I was more interested in Pinterest, and I had unconsciously relegated the movie to background noise.

I’m really getting tired of seeing variations of the “Hello? Is anybody there?” scene in every so-called horror I watch. It’s not only boring, it’s annoyingly predictable.

Woman at home alone. She secures her windows and doors and heads up to her master bath for a shower. As she succumbs to the warm water, an uninvited person is roaming downstairs. She hears a noise. She puts on a flimsy robe and proceeds to investigate the disturbance by meekly saying “hello?” into the darkness. She is ambushed and her shrieks go silent.

Who does this in real life? If I’m at home alone and I hear a strange noise I grab a machete because I don’t own a gun.

Why is the horror movie formula so difficult to get right? I’m starting to think I should write my own screenplay!

Inevitably, I find myself re-watching these gems over and over again:

  1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  2. Carrie (1976)
  3. The Possession (2012)
  4. Insidious (2011)
  5. Woman in Black (2012)
  6. The Others (2001)
  7. Sixth Sense (1999)
  8. The Amityville Horror (2005)
  9. 1408 (2007)
  10. Ghost Ship (2002)
  11. Poltergeist (1982)
  12. Mama (2013)
  13. The Rite (2011)

What a coinkydink! I listed thirteen movies. I’m patiently waiting for my Netflix to add The Conjuring and Crimson Peak.

In the meantime, I think I’ll go back to my other rainy day pastime—reading.

11 thoughts on “13 Horror Movies That Get It Right

  1. Carrie is the only book I didn’t read by King and the movie scared the shit out of me. I saw it when it was originally released, in a full theater and people were screaming at the end. The horror movie I can’t get out of my head is Ruby (it’s the eyeballs in the jar that I can’t forget.) I saw that in a drive-in theater. Gothika also scared the crap out of me, I screamed a little in the theater—it was one of those moments that I knew what was going to happen next, but when it did, it still scared me!

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    1. I love “Carrie” – the book and movie. I also loved his book “Christine”. Actually, I love most of his stuff. I used to devour his books in high school. I don’t think I got through 30 minutes of Gothika. Maybe I should give it another try. I’ve never heard of Ruby. I’ll look for it.


      1. Ruby is a little bit horror, a little bit noir and a little bit camp! Those first 30 minutes of Gothika were hard to get through and hard to follow because you need the rest of the movie for it all to make sense. As for King, I don’t think his books translated well into movies. I hate the Shining and I’m one of only a few people in the world who will tell you that Jack Nicholson ruined the movie especially when he ad-libbed a line that was never in the book. He took one of the best psychological thriller books and turned it into a campy horror (horrible) flick.

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        1. I’ve read The Shining and watched it in bits and pieces. I loved “Misery”, the movie. I preferred “It”, the book. I’ve watched “1408” multiple times but that could be because of John Cusack. 🤣


  2. I can see where you’re coming from with this. I don’t really like gore, not because it upsets me but I just find it all a bit silly. I have seen a few of your recommendations, but not many. Carrie was a sleepover must-watch as a teenager, I love it! I like a few of the Stephen King adaptations actually, especially The Shining, It and Misery. I’m not very adventurous, am I?


    1. You’ve gotten a lot further than some folks I know! LOL. I’ve seen all of those too and read the books. I was in Form 3 when Misery came out (if ye ole brains remember correctly). It caused quite the stir!


  3. I recall you put me onto a horror site that I read on lunch hours that used to scare the bejesus out of me. I only read it when we shared offices, after that I was too scared lol


    1. Lol! I’m trying to remember the name of the site…I looked for it a couple years ago and couldn’t find it. I used to read those ghost stories every day! Good times.


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