For most people, a bloodthirsty killer or demon spawn are about the last things that come to mind in the Spring. After all, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping…If you’re like me, though, you never get tired of scary movies. The only problem: Springtime isn’t known for horror. Winter has its cabin fever-inducing thrillers (I’m looking at you, Misery and The Shining), Summer has its slashers (like Friday the 13th and I Know What You Did Last Summer), and of course Autumn is a cornucopia of nightmarish delights. Springtime doesn’t have to fall by the wayside, though. Following are three scary movies for when you need to escape all that glaring sunshine and retreat into the darkness.
‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1968)
Ah, yes…nothing says Spring like the birth of a bouncing baby boy…It seems to me this is one of those movies lots of people know about, but have never actually watched all the way through. Do yourself a favor and take the time to watch Roman Polanski’s classic which takes Ira Levin’s book — also wonderful, but simpler — and crafts it into a film that is not only visually striking and character-driven, but also, in the words of the late Roger Ebert , still “a creepy film, and a crawly film.” Well said, Mr. Ebert.
Starring Edward Furlong and Frank Langella, this tech-based horror film is by no means a classic, but is by all means a whole lot of fun. You won’t find any glowing review from Ebert on this one (in fact, he gave it only two stars), but it offers a fun take on technology interfacing with horror: once the lead character realizes that the simulated murders he is committing through a computer game are really leaving people dead, it is too late – he must now play the game through (read: murder more people) in order to set everything back the way it was. Talk about extreme Spring cleaning! If you’re a horror fan, you will appreciate the genuine suspense offered in this film, and if you are a human who uses a computer circa 2013, you will get a giant kick out of the “high tech” computer and A/V equipment showcased throughout.
‘The Fly’ (1986)
Like “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Fly” features a woman pregnant with what she worries is an aberration. In David Cronenberg’s insectile masterpiece, we are subjected to a nightmare sequence not likely to leave my own dreams any time soon. Having discovered she is pregnant with her scientist lover’s child — a man who has spliced his DNA with a fly’s, causing his ear to fall off and causing him to vomit on his food before eating it, among other things — our leading lady has a dream in which she delivers his child — a giant writhing slimy larva. Cue perpetual heebie jeebies. This film won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Makeup , and for good reason. If you haven’t seen it, invite a friend over and give it a watch. Just make sure to skip the popcorn.
These are just three of the horror films I love to watch in Springtime — in part because of their themes of birth, starting over, and metamorphosis — but mostly because they’re fun. What’s your suggestion for the best scary Spring movies?