Welcome to my stop on the Scare Trail.

Horror – one of my favourite genres, particularly when it comes to movies, though I’m not sure when I really started to appreciate them and be so keen to watch the many good, bad and gory films out there. It makes me laugh because as a kid I couldn’t get past the scene on the moor in An American Werewolf in London, I skipped out on the last half of Aliens, decided I’d rather go strawberry picking with my uncle than stay to watch Critters, and dear God, though not really a horror, Running Man, once the first collar did its thing to that guy’s head, well, I was out of there. So yeah, I’m not sure when I changed my mind about them and what movie it was that did the changing but I absolutely love them.

In terms of picking a favourite, that’s a tough one. I have watched so many different movies- your classic slashers, those with more supernatural elements and spirits, aliens and monsters and crazy big animals, Japanese and other Asian horrors, and then some of the films like Saw or Hostel that love to ramp up the gore. I do, however, have one no-no, or at least it’ll be a one time watch for a film if at the end the killer is the last one standing – it’s more so in the ones where people are hunting people and it annoys me to no end. I watch horror movies for the badass soul survivor, or I’ll accept them taking the bad guy down with them. I don’t mind if there’s a sequel and said survivor bites it in the first five minutes and we follow a new protagonist, so long as the killer gets some sort of beating and comeuppance eventually. Yes, justice, revenge, death so long as one of them is served I’m a happy bunny.

So to actually name a few of my favourites, I’m picking some I enjoy watching over and over. Nothing on TV, want something on in the background, I stick on a horror film. So let’s go with a Top 10 hit repeat horror films:

Wrong Turn (hands off Eliza is mine), The Hills Have Eyes, 2006 (I cheered for that bloody dog!!), The Last House on the Left, 2009 (revenge is sweeeeeet), 28 Days Later (love the soundtrack on this one), I Know what You Did Last Summer (it has Sarah Michelle Geller in it and I am a Buffy ho), Lake Placid (don’t go in the water), Jaws 2 (no really, don’t go in the water), Dog Soldiers (Spoon!), Dawn of the Dead (both versions – own them both, love them both), The Fog (the original, only ever the original).

Okay 10 was actually hard as there are so many more I love to watch again and again. Darn it! *Coughs* The Crazies, Shawn of the Dead, Outlander, House of Wax 2005, Freddy Vs Jason, all the Friday the 13ths, Doom, the rest of the Jaws series (yes ALL of them)… *Coughs* Okay I’ll resist naming even more before you start judging my terrible taste and instead here is the…

Competition to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what one of your favourite horror movie is. Or if you’re more of an RJ Scott and prefer to watch horrors from behind a pillow (I remember you ‘watching’ The Woman in Black), tell me which horror movie has had you reaching for a cushion. Competition open until late October 31st.

You can find links to the other stops on the scare trail below the graphic:

RJ Scott – $20 Amazon Gift Card
Angel Martinez – $25 Pride Publishing Gift Certificate
V.L. Locey – $10 Redbubble Gift Card
Jordan Castillo Price – Ebook or Audio of Reader’s choice plus JCP Swag Pack
J.L. Merrow – Ebook of both newly re-released werewolf novels Camwolf & Midnight In Berlin.
Rick R. Reed – Ebook of A Demon Inside from DSP Publications
K.A. Merikan – Paperback
Charlie Richards – $20 Amazon Gift Card
Amber Kell – $20 Amazon Gift Card
Eli Easton – $20 Amazon Gift Card and second prize of ebook copies of Gothika #1-4
Charlie Cochet – 3 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards
Alex Jane – $10 Amazon Gift Card and Ebook from back catalogue.
Stormy Glenn – $20 Amazon Gift Card and backlist ebook.
Annabelle Jacobs – $10 Amazon Gift Card and backlist ebook

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135 thoughts on “Halloween Scare Trail

  1. Considering I don’t watch that many horror movies… I don’t really have a favorite. I like Fraser’s Mummy though, horror and humor combined (it falls under horror category, right?). I can stomach shorter version of horror-ish tv series though, like Sleepy Hollow, Constantine. I’m just not brave enough to go to a cinema to watch it. 🙂

    1. I don’t know what a proper film buff would say, but The Mummy definitely has horror elements to it *shudders at the thought of scarab beetles scuttling about*. I love that film and is another I’ve watched a fair few times. It’s just a great romp. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  2. Don’t have any favorite spooky movie or book but I like to watch 90s Are You Afraid of the Dark series, Tremors series, though The Mummy 1-2 by Frazer and Weisz, ect.

  3. Don’t do scary movies but say It as a kid and even if I see the book in the store I have to turn it over if I want to look at the other books.

    1. Another movie I love and have watched plenty of times. Pennywise was pretty creepy with the clown get up. Thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂

    1. See-through shower doors ftw. Though not sure I’d fare any better whether I could see Norman coming or not lol. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  4. I am not good with scary movies either. I have watched some and did see some Alfred Hitchcock movies that have stayed with me.

  5. I am not a huge fan of scary movies, as they give me nightmares. But I did see Jaws, was scared to swim at the beach for a while after that one.

    1. Jaws is a great pick and can understand why it’d put people off venturing into the sea. Wouldn’t want anything brushing against my leg after watching that lol. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  6. DRAG ME TO HELL. I forgot to mention this one in another blog. Definitely one of my favourites! The movie is scary from beginning to end, no doubt about it, but the ending scene, where she is literally DRAGGED TO HELL is scary AF! I remember watching the movie again with my brother two days later and yelling BOO! right before the first hand grabbed her. Oh, his reaction, priceless! I laughed so hard I almost peed myself 🙂
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    1. Don’t think I’ve seen that one but know of it as I’ve seen The Devil’s Rejects and that’s a sequel or something, right? But yeah, crazy people films are kind of the scariest when you think stuff like that could happen. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  7. The book “It” was great until the very end, and Tim Curry made a suitably horrifying Pennywise but I just can’t forgive Stephen King for that ending.
    One of my favorite horror movies is a short done by a friend of mine, an indie filmmaker in Massachusetts, Skip Shea. The film is called Ave Maria, which packs a lot into about 15 minutes or so. You can see the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/99092128. It’s won international horror awards.

    1. OH. MY. GOD. How did I forget about that one?! Kiefer and Jason were fine. Another over-watched DVD for sure. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. The Evil Dead trilogy, but I also love zombies. So Night of the Living Dead (original), 28 days later definitely, and Zombieland.

    1. Zombies are great, especially fictional ones lol. I do love zombie films and boy I’ve watched some trashy ones. The ones you’ve mentioned were great though. Not sure I’ve seen all of the Evil Dead films. Seen the recent remake and remember seeing one my dad rented when I was a kid. Pretty much only remember Bruce, a book and a house/cabin on a hill… that could be any of them LOL but would guess it’s Army of Darkness based on when that came out. Thank you for commenting 😉

    1. That nearly made it on my attempt at a top 10 list. The first of the films was definitely the best. Thanks for commenting 🙂

    1. I forgot about The Shining! I do love the Halloween movies and hopefully seeing the newest one this week. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  9. I’ve always loved scary movies, but the ones that really scared me are movies like The Exorcist, The Entity, and The Conjuring. They stay with me and make me nervously scurry down my dark hallway between the living room and the bedroom without looking into the shadows.

    1. Oh the Conjuring was a good one. Still haven’t gotten around to watching the second film yet. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

    1. I love the Underworld series – well the 4 I’ve seen – really need to get round to watching the last movie. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. Carrie is a good one – the remake wasn’t too bad either. Jaws on your wedding night? How romantic <3. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  10. Growing up in a catholic household I always had a fascination with the more religious horror movies like The Omen, Exorcist, Seventh Sign, etc.

  11. As a kid i loved scary movies until i watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Havent been right since then. I tried to watch Paranormal Activity with my husband but then i realized that with my husbanf being in the military i would be home alone at some point and so i watched it behind a pillow. So no scary movies for me.

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    1. Oh no, but totally understand. Creeped myself out watching a horror movie one time my husband was away. Might have checked the doors were locked a few times before I went up to bed lol. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

    1. Oh, another great film I forgot about – really like the Manhunter/Red Dragon movies too. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  12. Sad to say I’m a big baby when it comes to scary movies but I love “The Adams Family “ and I don’t have to watch through my fingers.

    1. Hocus Pocus is brilliant and yeah I like The Village, also some of the others by M.Night Shyamalan – Sixth Sense, Lady in the Water, Signs, Unbreakable. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  13. I am definitely not into scary movies! I can’t even think of one that I managed to sit through (not even with a large pillow to hide behind). When Catherine Lievens introduced wendigos in her series is as brave as I can go!

    1. Yeah, they’re not for everyone. My sister actively avoids having to watch anything scary. But well done with the wendigos and thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. I’ve only watched them once but enjoyed them. A boyfriend lent me his videos back in the day lol. I should give them another watch some time. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  14. I grew up with Halloween and I watch it every year, but Pet Cemetery scared me and creeped me out so much I only watched it once.

    1. Halloween is a great film. I’ve only watched Pet Sematary once I think, but remember it. The second film I’ve watched a couple of times. I might have fancied Edward Furlong back when I was a young ‘un lol. Thank you for commenting 🙂

    1. Good choice. Been a while since I’ve watched those films, but the kids braces doing crazy things in the second film left an impression on me lol. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  15. Not a horror movie fan, especially “murder all the teenagers” types. I had a babysitter as a kid that made us watch My Bloody Valentine and Halloween, and they terrified me.

    1. Yeah, seems a little mean. Any babysitting I’ve done ends usually involves some animated movie being watched. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  16. One of my first dates with my ex was to see Poltergeist. Early days of dating I said it was a fine choice. Ugh. I hate horror movies. LOL In retrospect it’s not THAT scary but I’m a wimp. That religious demon/ghost guy? Oh no. But “this house is clean” is still an awesome line to use after doing my chores. LOL And we ended up married with a great daughter so the movie didn’t scare me off too badly. 😉

    1. This house is clean… brilliant. A dateto a horror movie, maybe he was hoping for you to hold onto him tightly lol. I watched the remake of Potergeist recently, wasn’t too bad. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  17. My favorite horror movie is in name only – Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was the first DVD I ever bought and I watch it every Halloween.

    1. The Woman in White. Is that the Lady in White one where the boy is locked in the school and sees the ghost of the little girl who was murdered there? It might not be the same one but that’s a film I saw as a kid and now try and watch any time it’s on TV. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  18. Ok, I keep saying on these posts that I don’t do horror films. But then you mention Woman in Black and I watched it and not from behind a cushion 😁. Also I’ll watch Hitchcock’s The Birds whenever it’s on. I won’t have a slasher type horror on the TV at any cost though.

    1. Aww what a meany he is lol The Halloween series is a mixed bag as a whole but the first two are both great watches even from behind your hands. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  19. I am a wimp so I am always reaching for a pillow the few times I have braved a horror film. The only one I have watched more than once is Halloween through the years because it just fits the theme of the day.

  20. The Exorcist kinda scarred me for life. I remember watching it when I was about 10 and since then I avoid watching anything horror altogether.

    1. Ah pea soup. I’ve only seen the movie once I think but when I was in my 20s so it didn’t have quite the impact it might have done if I had watched it younger. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  21. I like old ones like Friday the 13th. I Know what You Did Last Summer is really good too, I like those of a killer following you.

    1. I love the Friday the 13th franchise and have seen them all…even Jason X (ah Jason in space, a long way from the very first movie lol). I enjoy the slasher/stalking type of movie too. I enjoyed the 90s one like IKWYDLS, Scream, and Urban Legend. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. There are so many I’ve enjoyed. Oh The Fly. You know, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen the first film. I remember the sequel with Eric Stoltz but not sure if I’ve actually watched the Jeff Goldblum one (I believe there’s even an earlier version before the 80’s one, right?) or just remember bits from clips I’ve seen. Thank you for commenting 🙂

    1. Oh I forgot about Constantine . Loved that movie. And Shaun of the Dead is so great for watching over and over. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. It’s been a while since I watched the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. The first one was definitely the creepiest as they did start to get a bit more ridiculous as they went on from what I remember. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  22. I’m a chicken of horror movies and watch between my fingers like RJ! But sometimes I get caught up in them when I’m with my mom because she loves them! I always hated that one with the clown that ate the dog or the chuckie ones! But I do like watching Ghost hunting shows (even if between my fingers)!

    1. Oh Chucky. Not sure I’ve seen all of the Child’s Play films but certainly The Bride of Chucky stands out in my memory. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  23. I am a wuss… I don’t like watching horror movies or TV series, I avoid them if I can. BUT I just finished Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” and I loved it. Can I consider that as favorite movie, even if they’re actually TV series *lol*?

    1. Oh go on then I’ll let you. I’m really interested in watching that. I have to make time, but I’ve still not got round to other series on there like Stranger Things yet. Not enough hours in the day lol. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  24. I always enjoyed the Alien movies and try to watch them at least once a year. Another one I like to revisit is The Dawn of the Dead (2004).

    1. The Alien series is great. I actually really enjoy all the movies as well as the ones crossed with Predator. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  25. Every movie has me reaching for a pillow. I hate scary, which shocks me that I am interested in Supernatural. I make everyone around me laugh as I shriek and jump at every turn. Lol

    1. Supernatural is pretty cool. It can have it’s scary moments, especially some of the earlier ‘monster of the week’ episodes. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  26. I like humor with my horror, so, Hocus Pocus, Young Frankenstein, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloweentown, and while not proper horror, I loved The Sixth Sense.

  27. I was going to say I’ve never enjoyed watching horror on screen, though Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, etc., push the line sometimes, when I saw others mentioning The Mummy movie franchise with Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Oded Fehr, and of course Arnold Vosloo. Okay, I guess I do sometimes enjoy horror movies, flesh-eating-beetles and all!

    1. I am such a Buffy and Angel fan. Yeah, action, comedy, with a hint of the horror side can make for an enjoyable watch. The Frazer, The Mummy film was a blast. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. Yeah, really enjoyed that one. Haven’t watched the second movie yet, but have done the Annabelle spin offs. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. The Alien series is great, as well as some similar sci-fi ones. Stuck on a ship and nowhere to go. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  28. I really don’t like horror or scary movies in general, I reach for the pillow for anything even remotely scary. I remember watching some of the David Tennant Dr Who episodes with my eyes closed half the time!

  29. I’m not a big scary movie person but I’ll admit I have seen most of these on your top ten and can do those. I know What You Did Last Summer was probably the first scary movie I remember ! Thanks for the chance!

    1. Though I’d seen plenty of horrors from renting videos I think IKWYDLS was the first one I saw in the cinema with friends as it was a 15. Can’t remember if I’d seen any others, though was used to telling the odd fib about my age when I went with my dad and brother lol. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  30. One of my favourite scary movie is Darkness, with Anna Paquin. I’ve always been scared of the dark so… Well it is obvious! Thank you for the chance

  31. I totally forgot Wrong Turn in my other entries. 😱
    My favorite Halloween movies tend to be stuff like Hocus Pocus, Halloween town, Dark Shadows, The Addams Family, Hotel Transilvania and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But I also like movies like Signs, Split, Silence of the lambs, Hannibal, Last House on the Left, When a stranger calls, and The Visit. My favorite one that makes me jump is The Haunting (1999).

    1. The summer camp scenes in the second one are some of my favourite bits from those movies. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  32. If I’m going to watch a scary movie, I prefer them to have a bit of comedy in them e.g. Critters, Sharknado, Warm Bodies etc

    1. There are some great horror comedies. Some of my favourites are Shaun of the Dead, Slither, Black Sheep, and Severance. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  33. I’m a total ho for psychological horror, and on that subject, ‘Seven’ and the first version of ‘The Shinning’ are my favourites. I can see them once and again, and I always get creped-out.

    1. Oh Seven is a good one. I do like that movie. And I’m so sorry I saw Shinning rather than Shining and couldn’t help but chuckle remembering The Simpson’s episode lol. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  34. I don’t watch scary movies. The closest I get are the M. Night Shyamalan movies. Even some of those are a bit much for me at times.

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