Saturday, March 6, 2010

In search of CREEP!

creep·y   –adjective,creep·i·er, creep·i·est.

1.having or causing a creeping sensation of the skin, as from horror or fear: a creepy ghost story.
2.that creeps: a creepy insect.
3.Slang. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a person who is a creep; obnoxious; weird.

OK. I don't know about you but I like being creeped out. Not in like a weird getting stalked by an axe- murderer wearing a giant condom on her head but self inflicted creep. You know what I mean. A good haunted house (which by the way I have NEVER found! There was one I went to years ago in Niagra Falls that actually came close though.)

I like creepy movies. Always have. I grew up in a home where we were not allowed to watch tv and anything that was rated above PG-13, so I did not experience creepy movies as a kid. I remember the first movie that scared the ever living SHIT out of me...and here is where you laugh at me...Scream. The first one...not the bullshit sequels, but the very first one. I remember I watched it and the next morning I had to be at work at Hardees at 4:30 am. It was dark. I RAN (and I DO MEAN RAN) to my car and I will be damned if the fucking thing was locked!!! I knew I was in trouble and checked under the car, but My attacker wasn't there! I looked nervously around my piece of shit trailer I was renting, and finally unlocked my car and AFTER checking the back seat got in and skeedadled off to work...WHAT A DELICIOUS SENSATION!!!

Well...needless to say...those days have come and gone. I have recently been on a personal mission that I have labeled to my friends as "My Search for Creep". Now lets face it, creep is a highly subjective term and sensation. What creeps one person out does not even phase another person. I remember when the "Blair WItch Project" came out and there was such a hype about it. I rubbed my hands in anticipation of this wondrous creep fest...and was rubbing my head half way through from the headache. That whole bouncy screen shit sucks!!!!

Now creep to me is something that is just off center (or centre as my friend Donna from England wanted to correct me on but I think it is just her Brit ya Donna! lol) And by that I mean something that just does not sit right in your gut. The dictionary says it makes your skin crawl. Which is a good way of putting it. Now what does that for you may be different than what does it for me. For instance, the last movie to give me the feeling of "creep" was Event Horizon Now why it creeped me out I have NO idea but it just did. There was something about that ship that just gave me the heebie jeebies!! Something was just "off center".

So recently I joined Netflix and have been pursuing the creep on Netflix with no luck so far. My search has been thus in the last three weeks...

Three weeks ago...My Bloody Valentine...

This movie had potential. A psychotic mindless killer with a cool mask and weapon, reminiscient of Jason, Freddy and Michael Myer. Coupled by the opportunity of seeing boobies and young hoochie mommas baring it all for the pleasant combination of sex and violence with lots of blood and guts to go around. It was a disappointing mesh pot of predictability. Except for the one cool moment when the axe pick comes through the head from the BACK of the head poking the eyeball out..COOL! Over all though the ending was fairly predictable with very little suspense and other than the gratuitous violence was not really that out of the ordinary and was rather lackin in creep.

Last week's attempt at creep...The Burrowers....

This movie looked really really good in the previews. Ever saw that trailer that all the good scenes were actually in the trailer and half of those get cut in the final Theatrical version? This is one of those movies. And freakin confusing! BEGEEZUSFINGKRISTOS!!!! I couldn't determine what this movie even was! It tries to be everything all at once. Is a thriller, horror, sci fi, western, suspense, mystery with a little social reflection on the horrors of racism. Indeed the ONLY horrific thing in the movie was the General Custer like military idiot that went around breaking Indians legs and threatening to kill all the savages while he combed his mustache looking into a hand held mirror! Absolutely no creep...but plenty of confusion.

This week's attempt took me to a movie called Blood Creek

Now of all the ones I have seen this has been the closest to being "off center" which brings it pretty close to the creep factor but it somehow fell short. This movie had plenty of blood shed and ALMOST had a couple of "jump" moments...oh you know what I am talking about...that moment when the jack in the box jumps out and you slightly jerk then pretend it was a mosquito biting your elbow. So what was it that made it lack the creep factor. There were some interesting parts of the plot that would have been even more interesting if they didn't remind me of Hell boy and make me want to shut it off and go watch Big Red drink beer, beat up shit and make wise cracks while regurgitating odd sounds of bodily functions! The villain was weird but lacked creep, in my opinion at least. The movie itself was good but was more suspense than it was horror. While fell just short of the creep factor.

This next week I am oing to try The Haunting in Connecticut but have already been warned by Donna that it is a waste of time...but then she doesn't know how to spell I am hoping she is wrong. Between now and then I am going to get the Gremlins because nothing says "creep" like some cute little fur balls turning into Jim Henson puppets.

On my list is Orphan, The Fourth Kind and Paranormal Activity.

So any suggestions? Can anybody give me some enlightenment on this journey I am making in search of creep? Please comment with what creeps you out.


Mandy said...

RAN to your car, huh? And who wouldn't have their keys in their hands when they are "running" to their car? Bad planning

Bwahahaha....keep me posted on your "search for creep"...

Opinionated Gifts said...

I'm telling you...Exorcist III

vjack said...

I know exactly what you mean - I love that highly elusive feeling too. If you haven't already seen it, check out Session 9. It isn't particularly scary but has great atmosphere.

Mandy said...

Oh, the Exorcist movies...hadn't thought of those... I have NEVER watched any of them.

Now you are, almost, making me want to watch something scary, but then I'd be awake for

Sylvia said...

paranormal activities
for a while there it seemed disappointing and even aggrevating
but for me at least it turned into something creepy after all.

Nothing to make you run though lol but if you do, can you please capture it on your cell phone for me? ;)


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