Are you one of those people who are terrified at the thought of sitting in a darkened room, watching a scary movie? Do you get chills just hearing the music from a well-known horror movie? Are you embarrassed to admit your horror movie fears to your friends? Take heart, as you’re not alone.
First things first: you don’t have to live in fear of the scary movie. There are a lot of great choices available nowadays. Every horror movie you watch doesn’t have to be some utterly terrifying, gross-out splatter fest. A great trick is to start out with movies that have an equal blend of humor and fright. The humor helps balance out the scares. You could also try watching movies that are more thriller than straight horror movie to begin with, like Red Eye or Misery.
Here’s a list of five scary movies that even the most easily frightened could handle:
When an outbreak of Mad Cow disease mutates and leaves the Earth overrun with zombies, four survivors, Columbus, Tallahassee, Little Rock and Wichita must navigate the mean streets of Zombieland to arrive in one piece at their final destination, Pacific Playland amusement park. With an all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson and the world’s best horror movie cameo by Bill Murray, Zombieland is a must-see.
4. The Shining
Most of this classic movie’s scares come from what you don’t see on screen. Jack Torrance, along with his wife Wendy and son Danny become caretakers at The Overlook Hotel for the winter. Strange things start happening soon after their arrival, and nothing is what it seems.
3. Shaun of the Dead
Life for Shaun isn’t going real smoothly lately. He’s trying to win back his ex-girlfriend, Liz. His best friend, Ed is a serial mooch. His step-dad is always on his case about being a better son. Oh, and zombies have over-run London. What’s a guy to do?
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
I know what you’re thinking. “Seriously, dude? Nightmare?” All I can say to that is give it a chance. It’s a classic for a reason. Plus, special effects from 1984 aren’t nearly as scary as something you’d see today. Think funny scary and not scary-scary.
Written by Kevin Williamson, the creator of Dawson’s Creek and The Vampire Diaries and directed by horror master Wes Craven, Scream is a modern classic that takes great delight in poking fun at scary movies while also being a genuinely scary movie itself. Don’t forget to pay attention during ‘The Rules’ scene!
So take heart, dear reader. It is possible to not only watch scary movies but to enjoy them. Watching a scary movie is a little like exercising your fear muscle. Once you’ve done it a few times, it’s easier and more fun. When you’re down with the thrillers, and you’ve got a handle on the funny-scary movies, you can move on to the classic horror movies and beyond.
What are your favorite scary movies?