Kyle Okposo likes a good scare every now and then.
Of course, as the Islanders go-to movie buff, he means watching the zombie apocalypse rather than actually living it.
“It keeps you on your toes, keeps you alert,” Okposo, the Islanders wing said. “A good scare every now and again is good though. Especially round Halloween.”
Okposo gets in the spirit around Halloween, putting on some of his favorite horror flicks including Halloween, Saw, and a Nightmare on Elm Street.
The Strangers tops the list of scariest movies for Okposo, while Michael Myers from Halloween is his favorite villain. The common theme between those two – masks, but there’s more to making a good horror movie than those creepy “faces.”
“Masks are big,” he said. “But you have to have enough suspense. You can’t see the killer too much. He’s got to be in the shadows.”
Gore doesn’t do it for Okposo, the buildup is paramount. He said it’s the slow burn of a long, chilling setup, like walking down a dim, creaky hallway before the scare that makes a movie.
“The music is huge in a scary movie,” Okposo said. “The buildup to the scare is big. When the buildup comes, but the scare doesn’t come for a long time, it’s good. Then where there’s a tiny bit of buildup and it comes, it keeps you guessing.”
Not everyone feels the same way as Okposo. Matt Martin let Nick Leddy – another horror fan – pick Sinister at a recent movie night. But just like every character who has ever approached the door that’s slightly ajar, or spent the night in a haunted house, it was a better idea before than after.
“I don’t know why people enjoy horror movies anyways,” Martin said.
In honor of Halloween, here are the Isles picks for scary flicks:
Kyle Okposo: The Strangers, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, Scream, Hocus Pocus
Nick Leddy: Sinister, The Conjuring, the older Halloween series
Johnny Boychuk: Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
And some of the scariest flicks from the non-horror fans:
Matt Martin: Sinister
Anders Lee: The Ring
John Tavares: Texas Chainsaw Massacre