It’s that time of year again . . . Halloween. That means weekends filled with scary movies and plenty of Halloween candy. But is there a way to classify the best, scariest movies? Are they compared by the amount of jump-scare scenes, by how “classic” they are, or the level of creepiness the movie portrays? “Insidious,” “The Conjuring,” and “Paranormal Activity” are examples of the typical jump-scare movies, because they all have one thing in common: the unexpected. If one already knows what is about to happen, how can one be scared?
Jump-scare movies are typically the favorite of the scary movie genres, because people love the adrenaline rush they get from the scare. When the scary parts are shown, the heart will begin to race, the blood will be pumping, and the person actually feels scared. It is something some humans actually enjoy. Classic horror films are typically the movies that have serial killers like Mike Meyers, Freddie, and Jason. These movies play with a fear of reality. There is always the feeling that “this could happen to me.” These films are more realistic, like there could be someone outside the house waiting to kill you. This can make one feel more eerie than a movie filled with jump scares would make you feel. This leads into the third category of horror films: the creepy. “It Follows,” “The Shining,” and “It” are creepy, scary movies. They play with emotions, emotions that creep someone out to the point of being scared. So what is the best kind of scary movie? The scary, the classic, or the creepy? Or all three?