October Feature—Scary Movies and Scale Models

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Friends, this is a simple feature. It’s been a hard few weeks. I’m a little burned out on books. I’ve decided to sanction some time each night to relax and watch some seasonally appropriate movies.

From Sunday, Oct. 25th 2020 — Saturday, Oct. 31st, 2020 I will sit down and watch three or more “scary” movies each night. I will build a model kit as I watch them. I will take pictures at the beginning and end of each movie of my progress. At the end of the night, I will rate each movie from 1 to 10 on exactly one aspect: Did it scare me?

See, scary movies have never scared me. I’m not claiming I’m fearless. I’ve had random fears through my life as a child: until I was eight I was scared the witch from Snow White would poison me and at one point I thought an ogre with “french fry teeth” lived behind the furnace at some point. But actual movies? Freaking me out? Nah. Maybe watching Jurassic Park when I was six set other movies up for failure. Last October I watched The Haunting of Hill House with high hopes after reading an article where someone referenced a tweet claiming it was “so scary I wanted to throw up.” I enjoyed it immensely. I thought it was well-produced, heart-warming film. But, y’know, I was never scared. And I never have been scared. However! I’ll also admit my scary movie experience is also scattered, since, until now, I’ve never gone out of the way to watch one myself and just watch along with others.

With the help of Rotten Tomatoes, a handful of “best of” articles, and the input of some horror buff family and friends, I’ve compiled a list of 50-ish movies from the past 100 years. I’ve divided these lists into five different categories Classic Classic (1920-1969), Classic (1970-1989), 90s (1990-1999), 2000s (2000-2009), and Modern (2010-Present). I’ll be excluding movies I’ve seen and haven’t scared me. What’s the point of wasting time? If House of 1000 Corpses didn’t steal my sleep when I was eleven, it’s not going to do so now!

The Scale
I’m rating movies from 1-10.
1-2 — I feel something. That thing is judgment. 
3-4Miiight have scared me if I’d seen it when I was ten.
5-6 — The middle ground. A mix of elements from both sides of the scale. Might’ve scared me as a teenager.
7-8 — Struck something in me. Maybe I’m a little jumpy before bed, but I can still sleep.
9-10 — The holy grail. This is “Beat out Seroquel” levels of robbing sleep.

The Movies
Classic Classic
1920 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1922 – Nosferatu
1931 – Frankenstein
1944 – Gaslight
1955 – Les Diaboliques
1956 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1960 – Psycho
1961 – The Innocents
1963 – The Haunting
1967 – Spider Baby
1968 – Rosemary’s Baby
1968 – Night of the Living Dead

1973 – Don’t Look Now
1973 – The Exorcist
1974 – Texas Chain Saw Massacre
1976 – Carrie
1976 – The Omen
1977 – Suspiria
1979 – The Amityville Horror
1979 – Alien
1982 – The Thing
1982 – Poltergeist
1983 – Christine
1983 – The Wicker Man
1984 – A Nightmare on Elm Street
1986 – The Fly
1986 – Portrait of a Serial Killer

1990 – Misery
1992 – Candyman
1993 – Body Snatchers
1994 – Chronos
1998 – Ringu
1998 – Beloved
1999 – The Sixth Sense
1999 – The Blair Witch Project

2000 – American Psycho
2001 – The Others
2003 – 28 Days Later
2006 – The Descent
2007 – The Orphanage
2007 – [REC]
2007 – The Host
2008 – Let the Right One In
2009 – Drag Me To Hell
2009 – Paranormal Activity

2010 – Devil
2012 – V/H/S
2012 – The Cabin in the Woods
2013 – The Conjuring
2013 – V/H/S 2
2014 – The Taking of Deborah Logan
2014 – The Babadook
2015 – Crimson Peak
2016 – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
2016 – The Witch
2016 – Train to Busan
2016 – Don’t Breathe
2016 – Hush
2017 – Get Out
2017 – The Girl With All the Gifts
2018 – The Nun
2018 – Hereditary
2018 – Overlord
2018 – A Quiet Place
2019 – Ready or Not
2019 – Midsommar
2019 – Us
2020 – The Invisible Man

Have I missed a must-watch scary movie or is there a particular movie that scared you?

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