Monday, February 13, 2012

Movies as Chilling as the Weather Outside

Winter isn’t over yet no matter how much wishing and hoping I have been doing (let me assure you I have done my fair share). I don’t like snow, cold weather, or wearing coats. When the weather is cold and gloomy I prefer not to leave my house. All I want to do is bundle up in comfy clothes by the fire and watch movies.

So in honor of the frightful weather outside and the delightful fire inside, I bring you my:

 Top Five Bone Chilling Cinema

1.       The Shining. Every time it snows and there is the threat of cabin fever, this movie comes to mind. No other movie in the history of every horror movie I have seen has stuck with me like this movie. To this day I am still scared of Jack Nicholson (honestly, who isn’t?), I find long hallways in hotels creepy (and hope for no twins), avoid children who talk with their finger in a low voice (crazy little creepers), and am suspicious of all bartenders only I can see (though I appreciate the conversation). 

2.       The Thing. I am not really an alien fan, but this has elements of the truly creepy (poor dogs). What can you do when there is literally no way out and someone near you is the killer? It plays on similar themes as the Shining—being trapped and not being able to trust those closest to you—and uses them to terrorize you (just the way I like it). 

3.       Whiteout. This is a bit more actiony with an ax murder twist and a snow storm looming in the forecast. Good cast, somewhat predictable plot, but plenty of eye candy (Gabriel Macht and Alex O’Laughlin). If you aren’t looking for the next Silence of the Lambs, it is enjoyable. 

4.       30 Days of Night. This movie features one of my favorite things, vampires who actually kill people. What can I say, when it comes to these fanged fellows I am a purest. Again, not the best movie I have ever seen, but it has some worthy jumps and an interesting story. 

5.       Dreamcatcher. Another Stephen King movie with an excellent cast. I will say I really, really liked this movie for the first hour or so. Then it goes weird and loses a lot of the creepiness (a problem I have with a lot of horror movies. Strong starts and weak finishes). But the first hour is worth watching it.

What is your favorite winter movie to curl up with?      


Jennifer said...

I love the Shining so so much. And I loved the concept of 30 Days of Night although it was a bit violent for me but I did enjoy the movie.

Anonymous said...

My husband is a big fan of the original "The Thing." Not the remake. Got to love Jack in “The Shinning.” I'm not all into the horror movies like I used to be. Maybe I've gone soft. Maybe too many of them stay with me. I don't think I could write horror. Great line-up if I want to freak myself out. LOL Thanks Liz!

Brian Johnson said...

Love 30 Days of Night.

Anonymous said...

Just looking at your line up scared the heck out of me, LOL. I stopped watching scary movies after 'It.' I couldn't dry off in the bathtub for months (yeah, stupid I know...but I had to dry off on the rug). :)

Coleen Patrick said...

The Shining is one of the movies we regularly quote around here!

James Garcia Jr said...

Hi, Liz. You know, with all of the talk of snow, I recalled one of my favorite new films. I thought "Let Me In" was simply brilliant. I know of the book and the original film, but was just so taken by this film. It looked great when the trailer came out and it delivered.


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