Scare Fest

When today’s one word prompt appeared in my feed, the first thing that came to mind was foreign horror films.  Some are scary AF.  Others are alright.  But maybe that’s just me, because I’ve become almost desensitized to most horror films – with the exception of House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.  Talk about disturbing shit. Great films, though.  Rob Zombie is a master of disturbing horror.

Gore doesn’t bother me, with the exception of nasty eyeball scenes, which seem to be in everything lately.  It pisses me off because eye things are my phobia, and I freak out over simple eyelashes.  Eye doctors?  Forget it.  Give me 2mg of Xanax before any appointment with them.

Just a few weeks ago, this came up in Netflix suggestions.

Even though it followed the standard teens possessed because they messed with an ouija board plot, it wasn’t bad.  The only thing really creepy was a blind nun.  Be prepared for subtitles.

I don’t know if there’s a mistake, but Rotten Tomatoes gave this film 100% at one point.  I haven’t looked lately, so I don’t know what the current rating is.  As I stated above, maybe because I’m almost immune to typical scary plots, but this film didn’t really bother me.  It was a decent mildly suspenseful watch, though.

Another film that held my interest is the British thriller The Awakening.

Yes.  That’s Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix.

I’m not sure if it’s still available on Netflix, but it’s most likely available on Amazon Prime or a Sling TV subscription.  The latter I’m not sure of because we don’t have a Firestick.  I’m so behind the times, I guess.

And finally, The Forest.  Even though it’s in English, it is set in Japan, and it’s slightly creepy.  The only reason I watched it is because my friend called me one day and asked if I was possibly watching it.  Turns out it was a good movie.  Not super scary, but creepy with a good twist at the end.

Her and I used to watch scary movies with a pillow to our faces when we were teenagers, and this movie was one of those ones where she said she almost grabbed a pillow.  And because it’s not on Netflix or Hulu, I had to order it on Amazon.  Well worth the few dollars I spent.  And now I’m never going near Mt. Fuji.  Or at least not the infamous creepy Aokigahara forest.

If you’re triggered by suicidal themes, or even have a loved one who went to die there, this film is NOT a good idea, and I apologize profusely for reviewing it.  In light of Logan Paul’s recent YouTube mistake, this film might possibly fall victim to harsh and controversial criticism.  Especially with the high incidence of teen suicide.

Proceed with caution if you watch this film, and if you’re under any kind of mental distress, it is probably best to discuss it with your physician first.


And now I’m off to check out Requiem, the latest in Netflix Originals, which seem to be gaining exponential popularity in the past year or so.



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