Last weekend my brother-in-law Jeff asked me what the scariest movie I’ve ever seen was. I didn’t answer him at the time for the simple reason that I have seen so many.
However, I’m still waiting to be scared.
I’m not just trying to be difficult, I swear!
When I watch a movie –any movie — I’m rarely sucked in beyond watching actors act. Whether the actor is sitting around depressed or running away from a ghost, I see an actor acting. It’s a set, it’s fake blood, it’s conjured emotion. There are dozens of people right off-camera waiting to powder noses. I hold tight to my disbelief to protect myself from the boogie man, but also to keep a leg up and, in a way, be smarter than the movie.
Having said that, here’s a short list of scary movies that I think are well done and actually held my attention:
The Silence of the Lambs
28 Days Later
The Sixth Sense
None of these compare to the first scene in an 1979 movie called When a Stranger Calls. I haven’t seen the entire movie, just the first scene. It’s not a celebrated horror movie and I’ve only seen it once. Basically, a girl is babysitting and getting creepy phone calls. I babysat approximately two times in my entire life (thankfully), but I can still remember how scared I was watching the girl answer those calls and the silence between the ringing.
Now I’ll answer your question Jeff! The best scary movie that I’ve ever seen is probably The Blair Witch Project, but the scariest scene is from When a Stranger Calls.
Leave a comment on what your favorite scary movie is — or a stranger may call!