Annabelle Creation and Stephen King’s IT both were released recently. Pretty great time for a horror movies fan, right ? I am a huge fan of horror movies myself but I skipped both these films. Not that I wasn’t interested in them, I was really excited for IT. But before I can tell you why, I have to tell you this story :
It was the 18th of June ’16. There were three movies at the cinemas that I really wanted to watch : Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2 and Finding Dory. But I could only watch one as I was leaving for a trip tomorrow and by the time I’d return, these movies wouldn’t have stayed at the cinemas. ( I was going to a camp and there was no chance that I’d be able to watch the movie there) This was a huge dilemma for me. I had recently seen Now You See Me and I loved it, so naturally I was really excited for the second part. Plus the trailers were really good too. Finding Dory had a nostalgic factor for me because I had seen Finding Nemo countless times since I was 10. And being a horror movies fan, Conjuring 2 was one movie that could not be missed.
I hate choosing between good movies, so I consulted some of my friends and the internet. Some of my friends had seen Conjuring 2 and they loved it. They told me that it was really scary and was a must watch. It had got positive reviews on the internet too but I was still a bit skeptical. I had not found the first part scary while even that had got positive reviews. Now You See Me 2 hadn’t got good reviews, so I thought about skipping that. Finding Dory though had great reviews but was an animated movie, I could watch it at home and the experience would be same. Conjuring 2 on the other hand, being a horror movie was something that needed to be experienced at the cinema hall.
So, I went to the cinema with high expectations for the film and well, I was utterly disappointed. The film was well directed but wasn’t scary at all. Just the last 10 minutes were a bit exciting, the rest of the movie was a bore. The people there also ruined the atmosphere I was hoping the film would make. I mean they’d just sort of giggle when a supposedly scary scene was about to come. Some were just talking for half of the movie. I left the cinema feeling really low. I had sacrificed two great movies for this!
I later saw Now You See Me 2 and Finding Dory which were both pretty good. the best out of these three being Finding Dory. The card throwing scene in Now You See Me 2 was fantastic but the finale felt a bit underwhelming, especially after they had raised the bar with the card scene. Finding Dory was as good as I had hoped it would be, maybe even better. It made me laugh and tear up in some moments. How I wished I had seen that instead of Conjuring 2 at the cinema!
The experience of watching a horror movie at the cinema wasn’t always bad for me. When I saw Paranormal Activity 6 at the cinema, I loved that movie despite it having negative reviews. Maybe it was because the hall was practically empty when I saw it, (There were just 8 people in the hall even though it was the second weekend of the film) that made it even scarier and thus I enjoyed watching that film.
Nonetheless, the experience of watching a horror movie for me is the best when I’m watching it on my laptop, in my room after midnight with the lights turned off. That’s how I saw the Insidious films which are among my favorite horror movies. ( Insidious : The Last Key trailer has got me so hyped! ) Don’t Breathe is also one of my favorites in horror which I saw the same way.
So, I gave Conjuring 2 another try about a month ago watching it with the lights turned off, on my laptop. It didn’t change the fact that the movie wasn’t that scary but watching it this way, it felt a bit better, I felt more satisfied watching it than I had when I watched it at the cinema.
So, that’s pretty much why I don’t watch horror films at the cinemas. That’s just my opinion. Some people might find movies scarier in the hall. But I like to experience them when I’m alone, with the lights turned off. For me that’s the best way. I mean, what’s the point in watching a horror film when you’re not even gonna be scared watching it, right ?
So, do you find horror movies scary at the cinema hall ? What’s your favorite horror movie of all time ? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!