IT’S Halloween again, that time of the year usually associated with scary things as people remember the dead and their departed loved ones.
It’s also during this same season when re-runs of horror films – both classic and new ones – are shown either in movie houses and television as families gather for quiet reunions.
Spin.ph did an impromptu survey among a few players and coaches right on Halloween night to ask them, ‘What was the scariest movie they’ve ever seen?’
While a couple of them said they are not fond of scary movies, there are also those who were gracious enough to answer the question.
Yes, macho men and athletes also get scared once in a while.
Top rookie pick Moala Tautuaa said the 2005 American courtroom drama horror Exorcism of Emily Rose always makes a scare out of him.
“I watched it while in college. And it scares the hell out me every time I watched it,” said the Talk ‘N Text big man of the film based on a true-to-life story.
For Alaska deputy coach Louie Alas, Linda Blair and the iconic Exorcist franchise tops his list.
“Exorcist, yung original,” he said of the 1973 film that was the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards.
The Paranormal series was the No. 1 choice of Barako Bull star and Gilas Pilipinas stalwart JC Intal.
“Paranormal Activity, that’s scary,” said Intal, who’s married to celebrity host Bianca Gonzalez. “Lahat 1-2-3, but sa video ko lang pinanood, not sa cinema.”
Veteran forward Danny Seigle was so frightened by the Michael Myers’ character in the Halloween that he never watched the nine other sequels of the movie.
“I was a kid when I watched it at home,” he recalled about the legendary 1978 film directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Olsen Racela was the only one who picked a Tagalog movie, mentioning the original edition of the Shake, Rattle, and Roll franchise.
“Nung bata ako nun. Yung nanalo si Herbert Bautista as Best Actor (Manananggal episode) and kasama rin si Janice de Belen yung sa ‘Refrigerator,’ recalled a smiling Racela, who celebrates his birthday on All Saints' Day, hence the nickname.
Meanwhile, both RR Garcia of Barako Bull and Talk ‘N Text guard Ryan Reyes said they are not into horror movies.
“Hindi ako mahilig sa horror (movies), puro comedy lang tayo,” was Garcia’s curt reply.
For his part, Reyes said, “I don’t really watch scary movies because I’m really scared. Ever since I was little, I don’t watch scary movies anymore.”
Gilas Pilipinas training pool member Matt Ganuelas-Rosser said it’s The Ring for him.
“The American version,” he said of the blockbuster 2002 movie starring Naomi Watts, an adaption of the popular Japanese film of the same title.
“The first time I watched it I thought it was scary. It was one of the first movies I watched by myself in the theater,” said the sophomore guard.
He also did see the Japanese version that was first shown in 1998 and directed by Hideo Nakata.
“And it’s also scary,” said Granuelas of the film which gave rise to the horror cult character Sadako.