To thrill takes skill!

Ok, there have been hundreds of horror movies made. But only a few have true nightmare quality. It takes true skill to actually dig into the brains of horror lovers and scare the hell out of them. But recently I have come to realize that I actually prefer a good storyline as opposed to the blood and guts of recent horror flicks.  So, here’s a list of my top 3 favorite horror films in no particular order.

1. The Exorcist.

This movie has scared the freaking hell out of me for over 20 years. I can’t recall any movie that has dug under my skin as much as that head-spinning, latin cussing, green-pea spewing little girl.  Holy Hell, this movie doesn’t have much for story depth, but what it does have is the ability to stick with you.

Recently there have been talks about making a TV Miniseries about what happened leading up to the girl’s possession.  I’ll likely watch it, but if it’s as scary as the first movie.. I might have to watch it during the day with the lights on.

2. Poltergeist –

This movie still has what it takes to give me chills. The tender voice of Heather O’Rourke sweetly announcing their here.. ” was the start of my love for horror movies. Carol Anne Freeling is the center of this nightmarish story of a little girl stolen by the spirits in her haunted house and held captive. Even though we don’t see what’s happening to Carol Anne, we feel for the family who are trying to cope with the loss of their child.

One of the most terrifying scenes in this movie for me has to be the monster clown doll.  I have always had a true phobia about clowns, and this movie just sealed the deal.  Clowns are freaking evil!

What else makes a movie scary? How about a real life curse? The Poltergeist curse theory began after the movie’s release when a number of the actors died suddenly.   22-year old actress Dominique Dunne ( Freeling daughter Dana) was strangled by her boyfriend and died five days later. Sadly,  12-year old Heather O’Rourke ( Carol Anne) died of septic shock due to intestinal stenosis as well as  two other actors who appeared in Poltergeist II also died within the six years after Poltergeist was released. So why is this movie cursed? Some have said that the reason behind it was that  real human skeletons when filming the swimming pool scene and the spirits of those corpses were offended.  Yeah… I’d be pissed too.

3. Pet Sematary

This was one of the first horror movies that I went to with my Dad and I think it’s still one of my favorite memories of spending time with him. I remember sitting in the seat gripping my sweater as the voice of Gage Creed calls out to ask his Daddy if he wanted to play in surround sound around the theater.  This movie was one to grab your emotions from the get-go.

What makes this movie so scary is that we have all lost someone close to us that we have loved and wished from the depths of our hearts that they would just come back to us. This movie captures our dark fears of what might happen if they did.

 

Tell me about your favorite scary movie!

2 comments

  1. I have a great affection for Jacques Tourneur’s “Night of the Demon/Curse of the Demon” which, to me, is the best horror film as it does so beautifully what horror films should, and that is to expose the fallacy that the rational mind is no protection against what Man fears the most.

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