Horror Movies Don't Scare Me Anymore, But These 7 Chilling Classics Do The Trick

Horror Movies Don't Scare Me Anymore, But These 7 Chilling Classics Do The Trick

A comprehensive list of your Spooktober horror watchlist, just in time for Halloween.

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Maybe you're a die-hard horror fanatic like me, growing numb to the predictably timed jumpscare and finding less and less thrill with every new horror flick. Or, as it's more likely, maybe you're a casual moviegoer interested in a good scare for yourself or your friends. For when you're tired of modern horror and want to return to the Halloween tradition of scaring your pants off, here's a slew of classic horror movies sure to spice up your October nights.

1. Halloween

Watching this alone at 2 a.m. in a dark room probably wasn't a great idea, but I loved the experience nonetheless. Needless to say, I'm much more spooked by Halloween night after watching this.

John Carpenter's "Halloween" has everything you'd expect from a slasher movie: a crazed killer, a small town, a dark (yet notably not stormy) night, an expendable set of characters and a final girl whose relationship with the killer is characteristically "complicated."

All this makes sense considering the movie practically spawned the slasher genre we know today, which makes it the perfect Halloween flick for a group of friends looking for some fright.

2. The Cabin In The Woods

A modern spin on the horror genre, "The Cabin In The Woods" is a horror fan's delight. Its premise begins familiarly: a group of young adults stays in an isolated cabin, away from all forms of civilization, when things start to go terribly amiss. From that point forward, the rest is unprecedented and literally unpredictable.

To put it vaguely for the sake of not spoiling your experience, the film cleverly subverts countless horror tropes while balancing an equally imaginative story. If you're a horror fan with an affinity for cynicism and dark humor, this movie is for you.

3. Friday The 13th

"Friday The 13th" is another classic with the elements of a tried and true slasher flick. Since its release, psycho killer Jason (AKA the guy in a hockey mask) has entered the hall of fame when it comes to horror iconography and for good reason.

The movie's eerie camp setting adds some originality to its concept, and its twisted plot makes for an engaging viewing experience, even beyond its scares. Bonus points if you watch this on a Friday, on the 13th or if the calendar allows it, on both!

4. The Shining

If I had to describe my experience watching this movie in two words, they would be "chilled" and "impressed."

Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is one of those movies that tends to stick with you for some time after watching it. The movie builds a tangible sense of agonizing tension as its horrific plot unfolds, leaving you psychologically disturbed by the end. I certainly was, though that didn't stop me from thoroughly appreciating Kubrick's craft, as scary as it may be.

While certainly not for the faint of heart, "The Shining" is refreshing in its avoidance of jump-scares and loud noises in place of effective scares, instead opting for striking imagery and terrifying events (plenty more terrifying than this creepy pair of twins). It's a perfect film for cold weather, made even more perfect if you're stuck inside your house, home alone.

Okay, maybe "perfect" is the wrong word.

5. Alien

The boundless vacuum of space sure is scary, but it's nothing compared to the overwhelming horror of this ruthless predator that inhabits it.

Ridley Scott's original movie "Alien" is a classic sci-fi creature flick with a heavy emphasis on sci-fi. Not only is it one of the few truly frightening movies with an extraterrestrial threat, but its intense action and building tension make it a great movie to put on in a dark, quiet room.

Though the franchise it spawned has since ventured into action/adventure, this first installment shows just how terrifying Xenomorph aliens can be. Watch at your own risk.

SEE ALSO: 5 Horrific Things You Didn't Know Really Happened During Your Favorite Horror Movies

6. The Exorcist

Ah, "The Exorcist." The movie whose trailer was banned upon release for causing epileptic seizures, or as the marketing team went on to claim, for being too darn scary. The film itself is simply terrifying, if not at the very least extremely uncomfortable in the purest Halloween fashion.

As one of the most profitable horror movies of all time, its popularity sparked the rise of horror films tackling demonic possession and spiritual terror, yet I would argue the sub-genre has never worked as well as it did in "The Exorcist."

7. The Ring

"The Ring" isn't so much a "classic" as it is simply a really good movie, with the terrifying image of a girl in rags crawling out of a television screen becoming one of the most iconic of 21st century horror.

I first watched "The Ring" at a Halloween party with a group of friends, all of which were on-edge for the duration of the movie. My fondest memory of the experience was unquestionably when the room jumped when a character loudly shut a filing cabinet. Beyond its shocking imagery, the movie builds an uncomfortable combo of anticipation and paranoia as its protagonist nears her impending demise (according to some creepy guy on the phone) all the way up to its satisfying conclusion.

It's a mystery, drama and horror rolled into one terrifying package of Halloween goodness.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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5 Ways You Can Stop Producing so Much Trash

We produce a lot more trash than you think, until you start paying attention to your actions.

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One of my major goals this year is to do more to save the planet as well as animals. I have already been vegetarian for three years. and I'm plan to stay vegetarian, but I want to have a more plant based diet. As well, I want to start reducing the amount of trash I produce. Not only because I realize just how drastically our trash is affecting wildlife, but also because I think having to take out your trash twice a week is way too much trash!

1. Bring recyclables to a recycling center or reuse them around the home!

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This is something I want to start doing! I always get take out food and throw away the containers, when I could be using those containers to carry my lunch everyday! Also, I want to start collecting my plastic water bottles and taking them to the recycling center on campus instead of just throwing them away

2. Invest in a reuseable water bottle

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This would actually fix my water bottle problem. I need to invest in a nice, reuseable water bottle that I can refill, rather than throwing away 3-4 water bottles a day. Amazon has a lot of varieties of these bottles ranging from inexpensive to expensive, cool designs, and even one that holds snacks.

3. Reuseable Straws

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This is a great addition to your new reuseable water bottle! Like trash, you don't realize how much you use (and throw away) straw, until you actually start to keep count. I thought i didn't use straws at all because I never bought them in my life, but then you go out to eat (straw), you go to Starbucks (straw). Having a glass straw is actually really useful to reduce your trash, in cases when you wish you had a straw but don't, and sanitary purposes. Those straw sitting out at Starbucks, are they really that clean?

4. Donate old/unwanted clothes

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This is something I already do. I go through my drawers and closet once a year, and just put all the clothes I haven't worn all year, or just don't want into a garbage bag. I'm usually able to fill at least one (gallon) garbage bag with clothes to take to Goodwill!

5. Use actual plates instead of paper plates

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This is another huge mistake of mine! I hate doing dishes, so I try to buy paper plates to make less dishes, but in the end I'm producing more and more trash! I'm convinced the reason I have to take out my trash so often is because I eat so much! It's time to be a big girl now and start washing my dishes...or start using my dish washer

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