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Mikaela Hoover’s 4 Favorite Horror Movies

I’m proud to announce that Mikaela Hoover, the star of Sparky & Mikaela, PG Porn: Helpful Bus, and Sorority Forever, and my dear friend, is going to start a regular horror movie review column here on JamesGunn.com.  Mikaela is an enormous fan of horror films, and we’re proud to have her aboard!  To get to know Mikaela and her taste a little better, I asked her for a list of her four favorite horror movies.  Here we go! –


This is my all time favorite horror film.  Everything about this film is brilliant.  This is the film that introduced me to the horror genre as a teenager.  Before this film I thought that horror films were disgusting and had no real story line. I thought they were all about tits, sex, and blood.   My opinion of the people who watched these films were that they had something seriously wrong with themselves and I refused to take any part in it.   The second I saw the trailer for Scream I knew there was something different about the film.  Something sexy and intriguing that no other horror movie could offer.  I begged my parents for weeks to let me see this film.

I will never forget sitting in the movie theatre with my dad (because I was only thirteen) and my uncle and cousin.  After the first scene with Drew Barrymore my father turned to me with a terrified look on his face and said "If you are scared and want to leave I totally understand." Granted I stayed and this turned out to be only one of the seven times I went to see this film in the theatre.

After Scream I became obsessed with everything about the film.   It is when I discovered my love for Wes Craven and when I went out and rented every film he had ever made. Which introduced me to my second favorite horror film of all time……


Freddy Kruegar is both terrifying and in some strange fucked up way a little lovable.  He is 100% evil yet for some reason you find yourself drawn to him.  The film says Freddy was a child molester before he was burned to death but I refuse to see him in such a disgusting light.

As most people know, Freddy gets you when you’re sleeping so after seeing this film you try to stay awake.  Wes actually got the idea for the film from a real life story of a boy who died in his sleep from a nightmare.  I myself have never had a nightmare of Freddy but I am sure if I did I would ask for his autograph for being such a bad ass.



I was at a Lakers game the other day in the family room eating dinner.  I got up to the buffet line and heard the most unmistakable voice tell me how good he thought the onion rings were.  I knew right away I was about to have a conversation with the star of one of my favorite movies of all time, Jack Nicholson.  I only wish I would have made him say "Here’s Johnny"..I probably would have fainted!

The Shining is one of those films that once you see it you are truly damaged for life.  The images in that film are some of the scariest ever!!!  The blood in the hallway, the creepy twins, the old lady in the bathtub… the list goes on.  I love this film so much but it is one of the very few I refuse to watch alone in the dark by myself.  The hotel in the film is always on The Travel Channel’s ten most haunted places.   I have yet to go but am dying to!!!!


I can honestly say after watching this film for the first time at the age of thirteen I slept with the light on for 2 months.  This film scared the life out of me.  I tried to pray to God that I would stop being so scared after watching this film, but I knew God could not help me.  There is nothing scarier than the devil and this movie proves it over and over again.  

A little innocent girl is taken over by a demon who refuses to leave and hurts everyone around her. This film is also based off of a true story of a boy who was possessed by the devil.  He didn’t end up killing anyone but he stabbed his priest with a bed spring in the hospital.  

A year after seeing the film I made my dad take me to Washington DC to the house it was filmed and those famous steps.  Apparently I was a very disturbed child:)

James’ side notes –

1) What a shock that Jack Nicholson talked to Mikaela out of the blue.

2) The young priest from the actual reputed exorcism incident, Father William Holloran – was my theology teacher in high school.  He was a nice man, but extremely fucked up, and would look sad when you asked him about the exorcism.  He was also a drunk, who often would show up to class inebriated, or he wouldn’t show up at all.  I think he cleaned up in later years, and he did at least one series of filmed interviews about the actual exorcism before he passed on. 

Anyway, thanks, Mikaela!  Look forward to more horror movie reviews (and pictures) from Mikaela.

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  • Totally Agree, all films would be on my top list as well. Course I would have to include 28 days to make it complete. Cant complete the genre without some Zombies thrown into the mix.

  • Kelly Jo – The Changeling scared me a lot, first time seeing it in the theater, too! I was terrified of empty wheelchairs for a while thereafter, lol. It’s such an outdated movie now, but it’s still one of my favorites.

    The only reason I mentioned either movie is because when I read what Mikaela wrote, “…I thought that horror films were disgusting and had no real story line. I thought they were all about tits, sex, and blood.” for some reason The Changeling immediately came to mind (no tits, sex or blood – who knows!) And, in thinking about it being more of a ghost story vs. a bloody, horror film, I immediately thought of another ghost story I like, Lady in White. Lady in White has many good parts, for the making of a good film, then other kind of hokey parts come into play – but, I still like it. It’s something I tend to only watch around Halloween time, like; It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” ;)

    There are many more, older and newer, movies truly worth mentioning. Those two just came to mind based on what Mikaela wrote. Is there a real connection? Probably not… but, sometimes that’s how my mind works! (And, I tend to say too much in comments sometimes – apologies! It’s only because I really enjoy reading certain blogs.)

    Will Mikaela be responding to her comments??

  • John Betz

    Hey, you’re pretty witty. Quick, bash James’s friend and put down her choice of horror films becuase they don’t follow your “uber” cool, cult classic top 4, after all no one elses opinion matters besides your own. Congrats! You are now invited to post responses on Mikela’s future reviews as part of a recurring feature on James Gunn’s site!

  • Caryl- I just wanted to say that for some reason changeling scared the f*** out of me. I got so scared someone else had to o back into the room and turn it off. I was 19. Out of sheer embarrassment, I haven’t bothered to try again. LOVED Lady in white. Would like to try The Tenant… Will have to check it out.
    Thanks for the list! I happened to think Scream is great. At the time it was just…. different. Plus I think Matthew Lillard is awesome.

  • LadyFrontbum

    Great read, thanks Mikaela!
    Marc,that’s a decent top 5. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a goodun, I watched that in highschool for English. Blair Witch screwed me up bigtime *sobs and gets snotty*. Dawn of the Dead remake is one of my favourite movies. I never got into Halloween though. Not sure why.

  • Marc

    Cool list, Mikaela.

    My top five are 1. Picnic at Hanging Rock. 2 The Blair Witch Project. 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both versions).4. Dawn of the Dead (remake. 5. Halloween.

    I look forward to more stuff!

  • Maddy_Bauer

    Not a bad list at all there, at least for well known horrors! Can we maybe expect a top 4 less well known horror list one day? That’d rock! There’s a lot of under appreciated horrors out there, you know?

    I was also very young during the Scream years. I had to be snuck in to see Scream 3 as I was only about 15 (18 ratings in the UK – no R ratings here, unfortunately). Scream was released in 96 I believe so I was only about 11 at the time. I saw it not long after it came out on VHS. Man that really was a LONG time ago now, wasn’t it?! VHS?? Wow!

    Recently I found out something rather creepy and horror movie related. One of my ultimate favourite horror movies is Rosemary’s baby. In my film company, consisting of 3 company directors we all agree Rosemary’s baby features on each of our top 3 horror lists and more disturbingly, each one of us had/have a mother named Rosemary. Had we realised that before forming our company we’d prob have called ourselves Rosemarys’ babies! lol.

    Just a weird horror related side note that kinda freaked me out at the time…actually it still does. I mean Rosemary? Is that a common name? I think NOT!

  • johnmnemon

    Hey, you’re pretty cute. Quick, name 4 horror movies: um Exorcist, The Shining, Freddy.. I mean Nightmare on Elm Street and.. Scream, I guess? Congrats! You are now invited to offer commentary on horror movies as part of a recurring feature on James Gunn’s site!

  • I remember liking The Lady in White, but I was like 14 and haven’t seen it since. So, I don’t know if it holds up.

  • Philip – I’ll try to check it out sometime. Thanks for the recommendation! As far as The Changeling having a few far-fetched things happen (a lot of movies do, though) – that’s one reason I said I was kind of embarrassed to name it – as well as The Lady in White, which is probably a borderline kid’s movie, lol. Oh, well!

  • Caryl, you should watch The Tenant if you like ghost stories. But The Changeling kinda makes me laugh a little. That whole thing where George C. Scott throws the ball off the bridge and comes home to find it bouncing down the stairs… didn’t he see that ball roll past him on the way home?

  • “The young priest from the actual reputed exorcism incident, Father William Holloran – was my theology teacher in high school.” – What a trip! That’s kind of eerie, James!!

    Hi Mikaela! I like all of the movies you listed. One of my favorite scary movies is, The Changeling. It’s more of a ghost story vs. what I consider a horror film, but I like it a lot because it has a decent storyline… and I like ghost stories; like, The Lady in White, too. I’m kind of embarrassed to name those two movies, but whatever! lol

  • Is Mikaela going to be reviewing all genres or just horror movies?

  • Uh… her link doesn’t work!

  • It’s really hard for me to focus when she’s sprawled out all over like that. In that bikini she can host her own horror movie show a la Elvira, but she’d have to be called Catulla or something because there’s only one Elvira. But yes indeed, welcome Miss Mikaela, and totally lookin’ forward to more pix–fuck! I meant reviews!

  • Yes, Mikaela is a baby.

  • Just Linda

    Welcome to JamesGunn.com, Mikaela!

  • John Betz

    I never realized Mikaela was so young, lol, Scream when she was 13?? I use to use that movie to lure my dates to the movies, yeah I was slick back than.