|Intro to Horror 101
||[Oct. 5th, 2009|08:46 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
My girlfriend can't really handle horror movies, she told me. At least, not the really scary kind. The last horror movie she saw in theaters was The Ring, and considering that I, as a horror movie veteran, got nightmares from it, I can only imagine what her reaction was.
She can handle some horror movies, though. She likes Shaun of the Dead, Slither, Tremors--basically, anything that's not too intense and has a healthy dose of humor to diffuse the terror. Still, she wants to learn more about horror movies, so I'm easing her into the genre slowly with movies I think she'll enjoy and that won't freak her out.
This weekend I introduced her to An American Werewolf in London, which I thought might be the perfect humor-horror mix for her. She liked it a lot and wasn't too scared by it, though she did proclaim parts of it to be "gross."
So now I'm wondering what funny-scary movie to introduce her to next. Return of the Living Dead comes to mind, though it's even grosser than Werewolf and may be too gross for her, I don't know. Re-Animator certainly would be, though I think she would enjoy that one too, eventually. I think we're going to have to work up to it. Someone else recommended Drag Me to Hell as a good funny-scary movie she might like, and when I get it from Netflix we'll give it a shot. I'm definitely going to show her some of the B&W classics she may not have seen, including Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which I think she'll enjoy despite the high cheese factor.
But still, I could use some recommendations. What funny-scary, not too intense horror movies should I put on our curriculum?