Most Iconic Horror Movies

I know…this is so out of season, right? Well, you can blame yahoo for this blog. 😛

I know I haven’t done any blog for weeks now, and honestly I wanted to but there’s just no topic interesting enough to me for me to talk about it and spend several minutes of my time exploring and writing about – this one though caught my fancy. When I opened yahoo this afternoon the first thing that caught my attention was their list of 13 Most Iconic Villain in Horror Movies…so I clicked and looked at the list. I must admit some of their were really scary but the others…well, they’re just gore and that’s not really scary for me as much as they’re just plain “Kadiri” – stomach-retching, yeah but definitely not scary. At least not how scary should be in my personal opinion.

To define SCARY – to me it should be supernatural…a movie that will make the hair at the back of your neck, your arms and everywhere else stand up because you’re utterly scared and not just shocked. This movie should appeal to my psychological, emotional and intellectual sense….yeah, it should be something enough to keep me awake at night or at the very least be afraid of certain things for a short period. Now, that’s scary…because it affects me.

So here’s my personal list of scary movies (foreign and local) please feel free to comment.

From least to most –

Child’s Play

– something about this film rocked me in that it uses one of the most common thing around us and turned it into something really evil. Well, I never really liked dolls to begin with and I think they’re sort of eerie not to mention that in most cultures dolls are always used in occult practices.

Nightmare of Elm Street (series)

– I loved the entire series and I religiously followed this from the first to the 7th film, I don’t have nightmares about Freddy though but I still think he’s pretty scary. Plus I like the fact that the victims in the films especially the main targets always find back..I hate horror movies where all the victims ever does is run and scream.

There’s a new Nightmare film out…and from what I saw of the trailer I think they’re trying to rehash the series….I know hope they do a good job on it. I mean let’s face it, its hard to improve on something that’s already great.

The Omen

– So what do you get when you mate the devil with a jackal??? The anti-Christ or at least that’s what this book turned film tells us. The film really isn’t all that scary if you don’t know enough facts about the emergence of the anti-Christ or if you don’t believe in the truth about the second coming or tribulation. Any film that deals about the subject from Revelations always scare me.

Hannibal series (The Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal; Red Dragon)

– The man scare the daylights out of me….I don’t know but I guess I just can’t put my mind around the idea of cannibalism. Something about the idea scare the lights out of me and hence the films does too. (I watched them all btw.)


– I have always liked the Japanese version of the film rather than their English re-make. There’s a scene in the movie that actually kept replaying in mind several hours after watching it..I mean, the scene stayed with me up to the time  have to go to bed! And I think that’s when I started placing a pillow over my tummy whenever I go to sleep. Now, I have trouble sleeping without that pillow on my tummy..sheesh!

Sa Init ng Apoy

– This is a Filipino movie made in the late 70s to the early 80s..I don’t know exactly when; I watched it as a child and it scared the hell out of me.

Synopsis: It’s the Holy Week, the end of Lent, a popular time for Filipinos to have a vacation. A young couple travels to Baguio to escape the Metro’s summer heat. But before they reach the city proper, their jeep breaks down. Fortunately, they find a transient house with a room to spare.

The housekeeper is a mysterious fellow, warm but dreadfully awkward. The couple doesn’t mind him though and they even make it an adventure to find out more about their host by asking locals what they know about the house and its keeper.

Come Good Friday, tradition says this day is the one day in the year when God is not around – the day God dies (weird belief!), they will discover that adventures and vacations don’t go well together all the time.

Gabi ng Lagim Ngayon (1980)

– This was probably one if not the scariest movie I have ever seen. The film deals with the supernatural, more accurately, haunting and witchcraft; I guess one of the reasons this scares me so was the fact that eventhough we grew up in the city I would often hear my father and some of his relatives talk about supernatural things that happen in the province. My father is from Aklan an area of the country well-known for its many occult and supernatural practices. I grew up hearing stories of witchcraft, which though considered superstitions they happen quite often in my father’s province.  So, the events and scenes in this movie affected me so.

Synopsis: Jenny encouraged her friends Dondie, Marisol and Robert to write a book about the occult and paranormal, one the cases they’re aggressively investigating is the problem of a couple from a far-flung province, Abel and Lumen. It seems that everytime the couple would lay together Lumen would develop sores and boils; the sore would wreak of foul odor and the boils would explode and from there insects and all manner of creepy crawlies would come out. Later, they found out that Lumen was cursed/hexed by a voodoo woman who was insanely in love with Abel. She was hoping to ruin the marriage and seduce Abel. At the same time, trouble was also brewing within  Jenny’s own house, her mother-in-law Dr. Soledad dela Serna appears to be looking her mind. Her son, Anton came home from the US to see what was happening to his mother and in desperation they turned to La Luna, the Ageless Woman. They were told that Dr. dela Serna’s sins have some to haunt her, apparently she had stopped being a doctor and have turned into a more lucrative act of abortion. One of her clients have died during one of these procedures and upon her death bed the woman swore that she would come back to punish the doctor. From there the problems escalate and haunted the entire family……

— Honestly, if Hollywood wants to capture Flipino movies they shouldn’t get the new ones but rather look into movies made in the early 80s they’re the ones that’s really scary.


4 Responses to “Most Iconic Horror Movies”

  1. Bonnie Mutchler Says:

    good choices, Jen!! Most of the ones that scare me though are Oriental, lol.Miss you!!

  2. catchan1980 Says:

    Di ko keri ang post na to. I’m too much of a ‘duwag’ 😉

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