Horror Movies I Said I Wouldn’t Watch (and then did)

Horror Movies I Said I Wouldn’t Watch (and then did)

Hi ghouls! 👋🏻 A long time ago, on my old blog, I made a post where I listed ten horror movies I would never, ever watch and it popped into my head recently so I wanted to revisit it. At least that was my plan until my terrible memory reared its head and I remembered that not only is the post lost in cyberspace forever, I also deleted the graphics I made for it from my Google Photos. Oops.

However, I did remember a few of them and I wanted to talk about why I said I would never watch them, whether I liked them, and if I’d watch them again. There are still a lot of horror movies that I will likely never watch but I can handle gore a lot more than I could when I was a teenager and the movies that I blacklist now are weirdly pornographic in nature (or just straight-up horror pornography that is probably illegal outside of their countries of origin).

There is nothing wrong with saying that you’d never watch a movie or read a book because it’s too much for you to handle. It’s important to know what your boundaries are and the best way to keep yourself safe is to look into what the content of a piece of fiction is before diving headfirst into it.

Some helpful sites:

  • Does the Dog Die – lists trigger warnings for movies and TV shows
  • Book Trigger Warnings – trigger warnings for books
  • IMDb parents guides – lists content in movies, TV shows, and video games, usually aimed towards parents but can be helpful for other people
  • Where’s the Jump – jump scares in movies

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POLTERGEIST (1982)

I believe that I said I would never watch this movie because of one very strange sequence where a man is shaving and then ends up ripping his face off in chunks. I watched this for the first time last year and the scares aren’t as bad as I thought they would be, even the face ripping scene.

Would I watch it again?: Honestly, no. While the characters are great and the plot isn’t boring, my biggest problem with this movie is that it gives me a migraine. I can’t deal with flashing images very well, and while this movie doesn’t go as far In the Earth which I saw earlier this year (with my eyes closed for the last twenty minutes), it goes ham on the strobe effects. I may pick up the rest of the series but remembering that the actor who played Carol Ann died during the production of the final movie just makes me sad.

THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

The fact that younger me said she would never watch this movie makes me laugh. I watched this movie and its sequel, Evil Dead II, for the first time last year in the cinema and it is now one of my favourite movie series ever. I said that the infamous scene in which a woman is sexually assaulted by the forest was the reason why I didn’t want to watch it, and when I finally saw it, I felt a little sick and anxious, but the rest of the movie is so good that getting through that one scene is like ripping a bandage off.

Would I watch it again?: I’ve already watched it twice and I own the trilogy and fourth movie on Blu-Ray. I even write fanfiction based on this movie so it’s obvious that I don’t have a problem with it anymore.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)

If you’re into horror, you’ve probably heard of this movie and know why it’s infamous. For those of you who don’t know, this movie is notable for the legal battle surrounding it in Italy where the director was arrested on obscenity charges and accused of murder. The actors who played characters who die were told to lay low for a year to give the impression that they were actually killed in real life and had to show up in court to prove that they weren’t dead. It also features numerous scenes of sexual assault, gore, and real animal deaths. Why I didn’t want to watch this should be fairly obvious.

When I noticed that this movie was included with Prime on Amazon Video, my thought was just “well, I might as well get this over with”. Present Me can handle a lot more than Past Me could so I just pressed play and strapped myself in.

Would I watch it again:? Absolutely not. Sometimes there are movies that are infamous and you watch them just to say that you watched them as some kind of badge of honour, but this is not one of those movies for me. This just left a bad taste in my mouth and I needed an ice bath once it was all over. I’ve watched other cannibal movies since then and they tend to have a nasty air of racism to them.

THE EXORCIST (1973)

Raise your hand if you were ever told that The Exorcist is the scariest movie ever made 🙋🏻‍♀️ I think everyone who has seen The Exorcist has been nervous to watch it and I didn’t watch it until this year. And it’s just okay. I can see why people would have found it so scary when it was first released but I watched this after watching everything else on this list and things that are both gorier and scarier. Yeah the subliminal images are spooky but I feel like this is one of those movies where you have to be Catholic or raised Catholic to truly feel its effects.

Would I watch this again?: Probably? It’s not a terrible movie, I just think it’s overhyped.

THE FLY (1986)

When I first started venturing into horror, I was absolutely terrified of body horror. I think what turned me off so much about this movie is the fact that the body horror is so drawn out. This isn’t like The Wolf-Man where the transformation takes place over a minute, this is gradual and painful and such an obvious analogy for disease that it gets even more uncomfortable when you realise that you’re slowly watching someone die.

The other thing that turned me off is that I just don’t like Jeff Goldblum. All of his characters feel the same to me, and those characters are just him with different names. It only really works for me in this movie since Seth Brundle’s whole character is being an eccentric scientist. That being said, I did enjoy this movie and watched it as soon as I saw it was available on Disney+. Which is something that will never stop feeling weird to say.

Would I watch it again?: My feelings on Jeff Goldblum aside, this is an incredible movie. If you can get past the body horror, I’d recommend it for the tragic aspects of the story.

AUDITION (1999)

I don’t remember if I’d blacklisted this movie, but I do remember that it is one that I was very hesitant to watch because of its graphic content. I watched Audition for the first time last year and even though I knew what I was getting into, the second half of this movie still hit me like a ton of bricks. I’d rather not spoil this one, so I’ll just say that there is a point in this movie where you know everything is going to go wrong. And when it goes wrong, it goes wrong. This is one that you really have to prepare yourself for because Takashi Miike does not back in his movies.

Would I watch it again?: I wish I had an answer for this one. I might, I might not. I’m more likely to continue on with Takashi Miike’s other movies or read the book that this movie is based on.

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Have you ever watched a movie that you said you would never watch? What made you change your mind?

6 Comments

  1. October 6, 2021 / 1:16 am

    Thank you for the resources !! Iknow I used does the dog dies, just wandering around and seeing what kinds of movies could have scenes I cant bare to see – though gory isn’t particularly sensible, cutting in self-harm areas as a no 😬

    Omg the cannibal holocost.. that’s horrible! I honestly haven’t heard of that, but again I started watching horror movie quite late in my early adulthood… before that I couldn’t handle them- amitiville particularly petrified me

    • Louise
      Author
      October 7, 2021 / 3:13 pm

      Cannibal Holocaust is definitely a tough movie to watch, I don’t think I’d recommend it to anybody whether I thought they could handle it or not 😬

  2. October 10, 2021 / 10:23 pm

    I was just thinking that I might want to watch Hellraiser even though I’ve spent the majority of my life avoiding it. I found it pretty scary as a kid and since then always avoided it, but now that some time has passed, I kind of want to watch it. I just watched Evil Dead the other night. I had never seen it before, but have been into classic horror movies I’ve missed out on. I have never heard of Cannibal Holocaust, but after reading what it’s about, I’m going to pass.

    • Louise
      Author
      October 11, 2021 / 5:22 pm

      I watched Hellraiser for the first time last year and I really enjoyed it but one scene made me feel really woozy for a while and it wasn’t even the most graphic scene 😅 And Cannibal Holocaust is a movie that I wouldn’t recommend to anybody unless I knew that they were into really sick things.

  3. October 12, 2021 / 10:31 pm

    I saw Poltergeist and The Exorcist at a sleepover when I was just a little kid (I think I was like 8 years old) and I was TERRIFIED of them both. I’ve never watched The Exorcist again, but it still haunts me to this day. LOL! (I’m guessing if I watched it now, it would seem cheesy at worst.)

    • Louise
      Author
      October 16, 2021 / 4:33 pm

      I couldn’t have watched Poltergeist or The Exorcist when I was that young, I was way too scared of everything 😅

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