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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tens List: Top 10 Scary Moveis (Bloodspell)

Today on the blog we have Amalie Howard, the author of Bloodspell, to tell us her top 10 scary movies!

Scary movies are my kryptonite. Seriously, for someone who writes about blood-sucking creatures, you’d think that I would at least have some edgy horror tendencies. But the sad fact is, I just don’t. Scary movies scare the pants off me! My thinking is that scary movies are like combustive fuel for my already overactive imagination! Sometimes my dreams are so realistic that I talk in my sleep or in worse cases, sleepwalk. That’s the worst! I usually have terrible nightmares after watching horror movies. Put it this way, the other day I watched Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and I had dreams of Medusa chasing me around a maze all night long and trying to cut off my head! If you’re familiar with that movie, those snakes were pretty vicious-looking! That said, I do take preventative measures and have some base rules for watching horror movies – 1) I have to be in the right mood, 2) I have to be with someone (watching alone is a definite no no), and 3) I have to have other people sleeping in my house the night of the viewing. Number 3 is a hard and fast rule, otherwise I will literally stay awake all night long.

So all that said and caveated, here’s my list of my top ten scariest movies, most of which I’ve only had the guts to see once, and some not even the whole way through! Don’t be surprised if some of them fall into the borderline (aka wimpy) horror categories.

10) The Shining – oh yes, couldn’t go near my window for weeks with this one.
9) The Blair Witch Project – this one was one of the first “reality-type” films of its genre. I saw this in the theater and I was literally jumping out of my skin if someone as much as twitched in the seats behind me.
8) The Grudge – it’s not one of the best movies, but that part with the thing in her head! OMG. Still gives me the shakes!
7) Night of the Living Dead – this was the first zombie movie I ever saw. “Brains, brains!”
6) The Ring – I actually couldn’t watch this in its entirety, it was that petrifying. Even the trailer freaks me out.
5) Rosemary’s Baby – classic antichrist old-school movie. Nightmares for weeks – talk about dreams being scary, imagine the dream sequence in this film!
4) Silence of the Lambs – loved this one, it’s one of my all-time favorites. I’m more into this type of psychopath-type horror/thriller movie. It’s still super creepy.
3) Let Me In – I actually loved this movie. It was scary and dark but also beautiful.
2) Alien – classic “pee-in-your-pants” sci-fi, and definitely has to be in the top 3.
1) The Exorcist – I will never ever watch this movie again or any current or future remakes of this movie ever. That’s how terrifying this one is to me. That’s why it’s number one. The mother of scary movies.


  1. I refuse to watch the Shining.... scares the living daylight out of me!

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