In which I scare the heck out of myself to answer a crucial question
I have to say I loved this piece. It struck me hard as horror is likely my favorite film genre. All of the films mentioned are on my list. Blair Witch was a tough watch for me. I loved it but It triggered a recurring vertigo I experience from time to time due to the shaky filming.
My all time fave is still The Exorcist, bar none. Horror films that are chalk full of buckets of blood and vomit are just garbage and don’t impact me in the slightest. Some are just silly and laughable.
Of late, I’ve gone back to watch some of the older horror films, back when the art of filming was devoid of CGI. To me, they have stood the test of time. A couple honorable mentions, The Pit and the Pendulum with Vincent Price (1961). His slow transition into absolute madness is eerie and chilling. The Omen (1976) is another favorite. A child being the force of evil is unnerving and shocks the senses. Best low budget horror film in my opinion, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). A true jaw-dropping experience.
I would gladly read your essay on The New Blood. I think it's kinda fascinating that Paramount said "What if we did a Friday the 13th movie...but it was also Carrie?"
Loved this and really want to check these out! Do you have any tips for starting to enjoy the horror genre?? I really want to get more in to it but I find the films to be either too scary/gory for me (I'm under a blanket because I think I might have a nightmare if I see a spooky thing) or too unbelievable (why are we going *back* to look in a scary house? everybody go home!)!