Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Mind Games

Being scared or wanting the fright is typical for the average Halloween celebrations participant.  The rush of knowing that something monstrous and evil lurks in the darkness sends a rush of adrenaline through the body.  Call it crazy but it's amazing how people seek out the unknown thrill within the haunted house, corn maze or horror flick.  Sure, we all know there's going to be a ski mask wearing psycho slinging around a machete and hacking up young teenage lovers; yet, what we may not realize are the sick twisted nut jobs who play the mind fucks with us. Yeah, those are the doozy ones. 

I love a good scare but the ones that really freak me out are the ones which mess with my head.  Sure Michael and Jason can send me running but after a while I'm like seriously?  That's all you got? Ooh, a beat up hockey and ski mask....and let's not forget the chain saw.  I mean what's a 'hack 'em up horror' without a chainsaw scene?  Exactly. 

Yet, the ones that leave me awake at night and begging for my momma. Well, not really, but more like a 9 MM Glock, are movies that leave me thinking...WTF?  Yeah, you know the ones. 

Some of my favorite screw with the mind movies include 'Nightmare on Elm Street'.  Let's face it, one never really knew when Freddy would show up with his mangled burned body and knife cutting gloves.  It didn't help matters that I found his humor quite intoxicating.  Yeah, just what I need to laugh hysterically while a freak cuts me up. Good going there, Kel.

Then there are 'The Exorcist' and 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'.  When a storyline deals with the ultimate evil and faith, then the goosebumps are more than standing at attention on the back of your neck; they're battling each other to get off your body. 

Oh, I can't forget the 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Hannibal' either.  When I think of someone wanting to eat me and not in a good way, it does mess with my thoughts.  After watching a psychological thriller like that, I tend to view people differently.  I think, 'hmmmm...I hope they ate recently and so hope that I'm not their type'.   

So, those are just a few that really fuck with my head.  Which movies give you the ultimate mind screw? 


  1. See now this is why I don't watch most horror movies because they mess with my head. Silence of the Lambs *shudder* totally get you with that one. I remember watching Mad Max, not a horror, but to my mind, freaky at least when I was younger. Things that leave me wondering about the neighbour next door and wondering how well I know people - those are the ones that freak me out!

    Great post JD!

  2. I have to agree with you, JD. I like the ones that mess with your mind more than gore.

    Freddie was always a favorite of mine. 13 Ghosts creeped me out. What's scarer than being in a house made of mirror/glass with ghosts trapped in them? There's no escape.

    Perfect Halloween post!

  3. Oh, JD, you are so right about the mess with the head thing. I consider myself a rational person but for a few appearances after Silence of the Lambs, I got the heebie-jeebies anytime Anthony Hopkins showed up in shows and movies. He might be the nicest man in the world, but I'd still never go to his house for dinner--just sayin.

    Great post!

  4. I think Anthony Hopkins redeemed himself in Thor though, LOL

  5. "I had his liver for dinner with a nice Quiante(spelling?) and some fava beans...." Hopkins RULES! But have you seen him in The Rite? That's a show that'll make you think. I don't like gore. It takes away from the fear factor. But I do enjoy a good mind f**k. Also, "Dream House" with Daniel Craig...highly recommend it.
    Oh, and I LIKED the Village.