I object to your rankings

Jason just linked to an article at The New Yorker with a list of the five scariest movies of all time. I’ve only seen one of the films on the list — The Silence of the Lambs — which I thought was a great thriller, but it didn’t particularly scare me. Cannibals and serial killers are simply not high on my list of Things Which Frighten.

I just don’t see how anyone could make a list like this and not include Jaws. I’m 35 years old and I still think of that damn shark any time I’m in the ocean. Is there anyone in the world that doesn’t? Hell, I think it wasn’t until I was out of my twenties that I could swim in a $#&* pool without being scared.

2024-01-23: Broken links in this post have been removed and/or updated.

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  1. I can barely make it through a shower without breaking down in tears.

  2. HOW is The Exorcist not on this list? Impossible. That movie scared the **** out of me.

  3. I cry in my shower, too, but for a totally different reason.

  4. Also, anything made prior to 1975 cannot possibly count. Nothing says horror quite like technicolor, disco music, and people who refer to movies as ‘pictures’.

    Come on.

    Don’t try to convince me something is scary. Either it is or it isn’t. AH’s “The Birds” has yet to make me crap myself in fear. But “Jaws”, now that has given me countless swimsuits full of feces since first watching it. Sweet delicious feces. You know, I might just put on a pair of swimtrunks right now, get in my pool, and let the fear do it’s doody.


  5. I’d have to go with Pet Cemetery, although Dead Alive use to be an all time fave.

    Been a while since I had a good long cry in the shower.

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