Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Boo to You!

It's October. Halloween Month. The only thing scarier than Halloween, is how long it has been since I've had a new post. Sorry about that, Dear Reader, I have no excuse.

Now that I am back, though, I'd love to celebrate the Spooky Season by writing a column about the scariest movies you can watch. Films that will enhance your enjoyment of this festive season.

I already wrote a list of films that I consider scary last year (check out the archives). This year, I'd like  your help. Although I have seen more movies  and TV shows than most mortals, I am sure there are one or two super creep-fests that I may have missed. So, please, Faithful Friends, leave your recommendations for the scariest film(s) ever in  the comments section of this blog. I'll review them  all, and at the end of the month, I'll post a whopper of a list of  "The Scariest Things to Watch Ever!"

A couple of guidelines, though:

• It doesn't have to be a movie. It can be a TV show. Goodness knows, there was an episode or two of Kolchack: The Night Stalker, that flipped  me out.

• I am a funny person, and I'm sure you are too. I am also sure you share my abhorrence of  lame  jokes, such as suggesting Legally Blond as a scary film. I admit, it is horrifying, but that's not what we're looking for here.

Likewise, film titles that don't exist, that attack my character, will not be considered. So forget about, The Thing That Doesn't Flush the Toilet, The Diet Coke Fiend or The Terror of the Underwear Hamper!.

• Yes, I have seen the film Freaks. We are going for scary here, folks, not "creep you out till Christmas".

With these things in mind, please post your suggestions. Tell your friends/loved ones/ hated high school rivals to do the same. By the end of the month, we might have a heckava list.

Or, I'll just do another post about Rocco the Wonder Dog.

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Blogger David said...

1) The original, 'The Thing' with James Arness (who played Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke). There are so many make you jump scenes. As a kid of 10-11 watching "Creature Double Feature" on channel 56 this scared the bejesus out of me!

2)The original 'Invaders from Mars' from 1953. This is another one I originally caught on Creature Double Feature that frightened me. When the dad smacks the kid, you know things are about to get hairy.

3)'Cry of the Banshee' with Vincent Price. I saw this one at the Drive-In at the tender age of 8 with my parents. My mom and I spent the whole time with a blanket over our heads! Of course now that I own it and have watched it as an adult, it isn't really that scary. It was one of those typical late 60's early 70's gothic horror with lots of blood and boobies.

4) The old TV show Thriller with Boris Karloff had some good episode. The one that sticks out though is, "The Incredible Doktor Markesan". Check here for a synopsis...
Does anyone remember this one?

5) 'Jacob's Ladder' this one doesn't scare me so much, it just creeps me out. One of the few modern (modern to me) horror movies I like.

October 14, 2009 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger P.L. Frederick said...

I like David's suggestions! Me, I'm a wuss. The scariest thing I watch these days is America's Funniest Home Videos. Oak trees slamming into crotches... Shiver. That said, every year I'm forced through another viewing of It's a Wonderful Life. For me and my personal issues this is a chilling film. Imagine if everyone in the world had amnesia about you... but you. ACkkkkkKKKK!

October 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...


Good suggestions all. The Thing (the original, although the remake is pretty scary, too) is a nail-biter. Invaders from Mars is an underrated classic, too. Good luck getting the kids to bed after watching THAT one.

Haven't seen Jacob's Ladder. I'll put it in my Netflix queue, and tell ya what I think.

I too, miss Creature Double Feature! The Ghoul too! Anyone out there remember him?

P.L.- There are a lot of creepy Christmas movies out there, but that is a blog for another day.

October 15, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Chris Sabatino said...

If I just hear the music to The Exorcist, I pee my pants.

October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger MikeH said...

Got all my post- "Alien" faves, Dawn of the Dead, Poltergeist, Creepshow, The Howling (I've made up my mind after all this time that "An American Werewolf in London" wasn't as good), Re-Animator, The Blob remake, The Thing remake, Tremors, Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, ... and that pretty much takes care of the 80s. I love a good Hammer House marathon if TCM is so inclined. But there are some that stand out: Bram Stokers' Dracula (Coppola did such a great job on that one!), Sleepy Hollow (what a Hammer film would look like now), The Devil's Advocate, Night of the Living Dead remake (I love a redo that doesn't openly try to improve on the original), Black Sunday (Mask of the Devil), Curdled (a great hidden gem), PLUS all the old Universal horror films will always put me in the mood for Halloween.

October 27, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

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