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This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday asks:ย What’s your favorite scary book or movie?

Horror books have never really been my thing, but when I was in high school, I was really into horror movies. Most of the parties I attended typically had a TV somewhere playing Evil Dead, and my hippie boyfriend and I would spend entire weekends holed up watching slashers.ย The horror genre is inextricably entwined with my high school years.ย Even now, when I watch certain movies, I can smell nag champa incense and cheap liquor.

Over time, I’ve become less enthusiastic about watching horror, but because I made so many memories to a soundtrack of bloodcurdling screams and over-the-top death scenes, I still have a soft spot for horror movies that are meta and self-referential. Scream, for instance. Cabin in the Woods. But my current favorite is Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. It exists somewhere between slasher and slapstick, in this perfect sweet spot of awesome. I went into it with very little foreknowledge and an abiding love for Alan Tudyk. Obviously, I was not disappointed.

Best part? It’s totally on Netflix right now. If you like slashers and laughing, you need to watch it.

So, what’s your favorite scary movie? (Or book?)

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  1. Jaime Morrow says:

    I find the campy horrors so much less disturbing than the overly realistic ones. Evil Dead made me laugh more than cower, so that doesn’t bother me. It’s the serial killer type movies that feel too true to life that really get under my skin. As a rule, I tend to avoid horrors/thrillers.

    • Crystal says:

      I totally agree about the realness factor. Can’t watch any of the Saw movies anymore, or the Hostel ones, and one time my sister told me what Human Centipede was about and I nearly vomited.

  2. Rebecca B says:

    I loved SCREAM in high school (back when I could watch a movie like that and not overthink it). I agree, the meta aspect made it so much fun to watch.
    I like campy scary like Evil Dead ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Crystal says:

      Yeah, campy definitely tamps down the scary factor for me. But have you seen the trailer for the Evil Dead remake? I looked it up after Jennifer mentioned it in the comment above–and it’s so NOT campy. That movie looks like it would scare my skin off.

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