Posts Tagged ‘IT’

So, I was filling out an application form the other day for an awesome job in the paranormal field and I added my blog to the ‘About Me’ section. It was then that I realised I hadn’t updated my site in over 18 months, BUT I have a good reason.  I now have a gorgeous 14 month old little girl and she is happy and healthy and that is what has taken all my time this previous 18 months. So, I have decided to polish off the keyboard and start to blog again. I can’t believe I have missed out on all these opportunities to blog about so many amazing shows and films that have been released this past year. Like, who saw Stranger Things?! It was bloody awesome and I am itching for another season. I have also heard there is to be a Netflix series about Slender Man, and Stephen King’s IT is currently being filmed for release in 2017. SO much is going on and I am back.

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IT

Posted: July 8, 2013 in Urban legends
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I am not claiming that the list i am about to compile is the list of best horror films, but this is my personal favorites. I know horror and fear is subjective and one person can be pushed over the edge by some blood or guts, someone else is partial to the occasional zombie. The list is of the horror films which i have either gone back to time and time again for a scare, or films that i spent watching between my finger tips.

1) IT (1990)

One for the clown lovers (haters) out there. I watched this two part series/film when i was about 7 years old and it scarred me for life. The sewer scenes are ones that are etched into my eyelids and every time i close my eyes the images haunt me. It is such a well done film that i think this could scare the younger generations for years to come. It is very long, at 195 minutes and the first half is definitely more interesting, but a great horror film none the less.

LINK – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJgydsVdz2E

2) REC (2007)

This film genuinely gave me nightmares after watching it. Even with Spanish subtitles, this film is very easy to follow, the acting is amazing and the hand held cameras add tension. Focusing around an apartment building where all the residents are being kept in quarantine, a local presenter follow around the Spanish firefighters for the night, where they are led to the building. It is scary, jumpy, and you will be digging your fingernails into the sofa, so it is well worth a watch. The Americans did an awful remake called Quaranine, i am not a fan on remakes in general, but the acting sucked so bad i gave up after 10 minutes.

TRAILER – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAnbWCjmOkA

3) Switchblade Romance (2003) 

Not too much romance is in this film, so don’t be fooled by the title. This French thriller is everything you don’t expect it to be. Blood and guts spend a good amount of time being oozed out of most of the characters, but the right amount of chase and tension give this film the edge. I guarantee you will be shocked by the ending, and will be sat there wishing you could watch it again! It wont necessarily give you nightmares, but it has a very interesting story and does make you think. Go on, use your brain for a bit.

TRAILER – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCZen48N-e8

4) Martyrs (2008)

Another French film on the list, and the 3rd foreign film. I am sensing a pattern here. A young girl who was abused as a child goes in search for her captors to seek revenge……but that is far from the whole plot. It is disturbing and stomach churning, but the story is so captivating that you are forced to stare at the screen from beginning to end. This film will leave you with a million questions, but in a good way, you wont forget this film in a hurry.

TRAILER –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNpDiQimK6U

5) The Blair Witch Project (1999)

One of the original films to popularise the ‘Found footage’ genre’. The Blair Witch Project raised the bar for horror movies by creating a very ‘real’ feel to the movie. Fantastic marketing and publicity helped set the illusion that this film was indeed found footage from 3 students doing a project on the Blair Witch. Although you dont actually ‘see’ what is tormenting these students, the atmosphere created is tense and scary. Fantastic film.

TRAILER – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Hw4bAUj8A

IT paranormal activity

 

I was surprised to see my recent post ‘Slender man’ get over 400 reblogs on Tumblr. My wordpress account is linked to my Tumblr account, just to generate more views, and i was shocked to see that the post in less that 10 hours had over 400 reblogs. What surprised me the most was that 5 minutes after posting the article i found out that the whole Slender man myth was indeed that….a myth. Created for a competition in 2006, the Slender man meme generation online interest in the scary no-faced being. Rumors started circulating, urban legends started being created and doctored images started popping up online.

The fact that even after i posted that Slender Man was just a big lie, people still continued to post the story of Slender man. This just shows fear is so addictive that even when rationally there is no danger from this mysterious Slender man, people still love the idea of being scared. Horror films have no place for rationality. We are humans embedded with fears, each persons fear as individual as the next person. Heights, darkness, spiders, clowns…..all these things cannot directly hurt us, yet people can be crippled with fear just being in the same room as a spider.

I find it fascinating how someone who feels comfortable and safe in their own home can so quickly feel scared in their own home after watching a film like Paranormal Activity. The film plants the seed in the viewers mind that even in your own home there could be unseen forces surrounding you while you sleep, stalking you in the dark, turning your safe home into a nightmare. I felt scared walking up my own stairs after seeing that film, i felt eyes were on me and the darkness was even more pronounced. Two hours earlier however, i felt safe and secure in my house, but horror films change your perceptions on things.

Stephen Kings ‘IT’ ruined clowns for me forever. My dad (stupidly) let me watch IT when i was no older than 7 years old. It was terrifying, the fact that this cold blooded killer was hiding behind the mask of a lovable friendly clown, scared the crap out of me. Was nothing safe? Then i was swiftly encouraged (not really) to watch Childs Play, a film about a killers soul trapped inside a dolls body. Not that i understood this concept at 7 years old, i just saw a doll that was evil and came to life….never again did i have the same relationship with my barbie dolls. Even to this day, i find something creepy about porcelain dolls, the piercing eyes and the subtle glint of a smile. Deep down i know that a doll will not come to life and kill me with a kitchen knife, buuuut, you never know.

I guess i have my father to thank for the Horror-ific childhood, as now i am built with a very high threshold of fear. Horror films nowadays rarely terrify me, i get the occasional jump from films such as Sinister, Paranormal Activity and REC, but films that rely on blood and guts don’t do anything for me. I am very critical of horror films and i am kind of getting fed up of the ‘This is the footage left behind in the woods, John and Paul were never found again’ – No, John and Paul are actors and i am not dumb enough to start believing this is real. Blair Witch Project had the upper hand as it was the first of its kind and they had a fantastic promotional team making the audience believe it was, infact, real.

I personally love the adrenalin rush you get from being terrified. It is like a drug. That is why i think people go back to horror films time after time. I now feel i need to push my limits just a little higher and take part in actual paranormal investigations. Then i will see if i am as brave as i say i am……