The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
*******SPOILERS FOR THE RING*******
I’m trying to think up Halloween type questions I haven’t already answered in my Halloween Fun Time post hehe. While there was a question about scary movies, it didn’t get specific, and also while I did ask favorite Halloween/Halloween type movies, that doesn’t necessarily mean the scariest. The scariest movie I’ve ever seen, the movie that made me stop watching scary movies is The Ring.
I saw this movie back in college with a bunch of friends. Our university had a theater that would show fairly recent films (which is how I first saw Titanic), and we figured why not. This lackadaisical decision would cost me. I hid against my one friend’s shoulder through the majority of the film.
The horror started when the one girl Katie was found dead in the closet with an absolutely horrified expression distorting her gruesome corpse. She looked as if she’d drowned and started to rot in water (…), but I said my “Nope,” at the part with the horses. When animals are that terrified of something, you know it’s bad.
The worst this is even though I wasn’t watching it, the sounds and noises were equally frightening. When I was a child I used to watch scary movies with my hands over my ears, and when questioned about it, I insisted, “It sounds scary.” My auditory memory has always been…weird.
I remember I slept in my friend’s room that night, because we were all too terrified of being alone…with the TV on, which I know makes no sense, but we were all afraid it would switch on in the middle of the night and Samara would come crawling out D:
The revelation of what “the ring” truly was absolutely horrified me. It was the ring of light Samara saw after her mother threw her down the well and sealed it off. She comes for you after seven days because that’s how long she herself survived. There’s never an explanation about how or why Samara mentally tortures her parents (or where she originally came from as she was adopted), and while I can…understand why her mother did what she did, it’s still a terrible way to die.
I didn’t sleep for a long time afterwards, and several people in my dorm talked about the nightmares The Ring gave them. I wouldn’t even allow it in my apartment/townhouse years later when I moved in with other roommates, and any unlabeled video tapes I found were objects of terror (nor did it help that death would come for you in seven days) One time when I was home for summer or winter vacation, the music on my Winamp program became disjointed and cacophonous, and it reminded me of how the people who saw the video tape had distorted reflections.
I’m not really afraid of monster movies e.g. Frankenstein (which I can say a great deal about), Dracula, werewolves, etc. insofar as having that fear linger (I’m not a fan of jump scares or being chased), because when it comes down to it, they’re corporeal and can be destroyed, but how do you defeat a vengeful spirit? The only way death from the Ring could be avoided was by sharing it with someone else, therefore spreading the curse. It was a horror film without a resolution. You couldn’t defeat the “monster.” It could only be appeased. The Ring turned me off of horror movies to this day. While I still like the genre and continually find myself entrenched in it in one way or another, I can’t bring myself to watch another film in similar vein. It’s the psychological horror of having nothing to defeat that terrifies me…and makes me want to write Cosmic Horror.
What movie scares/scared you the most? Are you still frightened of it? Did it turn you off of horror movies at all?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!