in honor of Halloween — scary movie entry!

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

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28 Days Later

The Exorcist

The Shining

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!


5 Responses to “in honor of Halloween — scary movie entry!”

  1. 1 Ronster
    October 29, 2007 at 4:19 am

    Kari: I agree with some of your choices of scary movies. I haven’t seen all of them. The scariest movie that comes to mind for me is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with the shower scene at the Bates Motel. It was a definitely a suspense/thriller movie.

  2. 2 Shawn
    October 29, 2007 at 5:08 am


    Even though the movie isn’t all that scary you must check out the opening scene from the first “Blade” movie. It’s absolutely terrifying!!

  3. 3 Kari Stiansen
    October 29, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Hey Shawn — you know what movie is really scary? Shrek. Why? Because Shrek is an OGRE, and we know how mean ogres are! 🙂

  4. October 29, 2007 at 6:05 am

    Scariest: watching “Silence of the Lambs” alone in my basement dorm room when I was 19. Second scariest: when you made me watch “28 days later.” I was such a wreck!

  5. 5 Kristin
    October 30, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    The movie that freaked me out the most was The Cell – I hear that it was a really cheesy movie but I still can’t watch Law & Order SVU b/c that really bad actor guy was the creep in that movie and I can picture his creepy face coming at me anytime I see him on the TV screen. Several years after I saw that movie I was at my old piano professor’s house and he said “I got this great soundtrack to some movie – you and Garrison are going to really like it” and he put it on super loud through his high tech speakers and I nearly peed my pants…you guessed it…music from the movie The Cell…I hate scary movies. 😦

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