Film and TV

Pop Rocks: In Honor of the Poltergeist Remake, 5 Scary Movies I'll Actually Watch

I would argue that it is surprising, all the remakes of classic horror films lately if it weren't so typical of Hollywood to remake anything it thinks might sell. From Carrie and the new Poltergeist to the TV series prequel to Psycho, Bates Motel, everyone wants in on some of the great scary movies of all time. Of course, all the true classics have been done over and over again. Dozens of variations of the Dracula story, zombies, mummies, werewolves and Frankenstein have filled theaters for decades.

But, when I saw that there was going to be an actual remake of one of the best scary movies ever made in Poltergeist, I thought it might be time to face up to my fears and admit there were a few terrifying films I enjoyed, some of them quite a bit.

I don't like horror movies. I'm easily startled by loud noises and things jumping out at me, so seeing The Omen, The Exorcist, Carrie, Friday the 13th, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street as a kid left me traumatized, even if I didn't admit it to my friends. But, even through all the actual nightmares and freak outs, a handful of films made it to my list of all time classics.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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