So in the middle of our Halloween Horror Marathon this month, last night we decided to take a little break and ended up watching those YouTube top 10 Scariest, Most Iconic etc. Horror Scenes. What irked me the most about these lists, other than apparently there were no horror movies made before An American Werewolf in London, is that the climax of The Ring was on every single one of these lists. Samara coming out that TV must’ve traumatized a lot of people in the early 2000’s.
I think it’s just me, though. The Ring just doesn’t work for me, aside from the scene where Naomi Watts plucks the fly out of the TV, which is a nicely surreal moment. Other than that though, I think it’s a boring movie that explains itself way too much on the way through a horrible script. Naomi Watts does her best in it, but it just doesn’t work for me.
Also, I think the white ghost girl with long black hair thing works very rarely, here in the Ju-On clip they showed. They also had a clip from the American remake, which didn’t work at all. In the original, it’s much creepier as you can see a door opening at the top of the stairs and you don’t see the girl until she peeks from behind a corner. And the worst part is that she doesn’t stop staring the main girl. She just keeps staring as she climbs down the stairs and moves closer to her until she’s on top of her. Very well done. Horribly done in the remake though, adding an extra character to the scene and special effects that ruin the whole thing for me.
But there’s just so many of these and they follow the same pattern, which just makes me bored of them. I realise that makes me sound quite stupid, as I’m a huge fan of the Friday the 13th series and if there are movies that follow a pattern, it’s those. In my defense though, the Friday movies are mostly about the kills rather than scares, whereas the Ghost Girl movies are about scares. Scares that start to repeat themselves quite fast.
Another thing I noticed is that The Exorcist doesn’t work in these Scariest Moments Of All Time things. That movie has such an amazing build up and a sense of horror through the movie, showing one scene out of context doesn’t really work for me. There’s memorable scenes to be sure, head spinning, pea soup etc., but again, context makes them better.
While I appreciate these videos to a certain extent, some variety would be nice to them. There’s more to horror than just a girl coming out from the TV.