Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day 17: My life in scary movies

Scary movies. Delicious, chilling and in some cases disgusting scary movies. Granted, I'm afraid of everything, but yet I guess I enjoy it on some level, because I keep coming back for more.

These movies scared the pants off of me:

The Mole People (1956): On Sundays when I was a little girl they would show "thrillers" in the afternoon and I would sometimes watch them with my dad. I remember telling my parents that they ate up a man except for his teeth and his boyscout knife. No matter how ridiculous this may seem to you now, I was extra grateful for my nightlight then.

The Other (1972): I watched this one when I was maybe ten, while I was sleeping over a friend's house. Afterword, I was so freaked out that I said I was sick and wanted to go home. This one kept me up all night. My introduction to insane, bad children and spooky twins.

The Exorcist (1973): The scariest movie I never saw. When this came out, I was eleven I think, and I learned about it in a Carol Burnett parody starring Bernadette Peters. Questions to my parents followed. I've never been the same since. No link needed for this one, I'm sure.

Diabolique: My parent's were watching this one, and I paid no attention to it until the drowning scene. Oh my God... I'm not sure what version it was, but I know that it wasn't Sharon Stone:)

Don't Be Afraid of The Dark (1973): which I indentified in my head before I just looked up the title as "coming out of the fireplace to get Kim Darby"

Trilogy of Terror (1975): Starring Karen Black. I've always been afraid of dolls, and this one didn't help. This is another movie I never saw all the way through. I believe it was made for TV and I just watched little peeks before turning the channel back and forth.

Unknown: Movie with the psychic girl and her neighbor's blood boils and face melts. She also terrorizes her sister by moving the radio knob with her mind. Made for TV. No, it wasn't Carrie.

Magic (1978): Okay, it was the commercial for Magic. Geez, I hate ventriloquist dummies! Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx7smh7YHKg&feature=related Anthony Hopkins has always been frightening.

The Shining (1980) So many reasons to be sleepless: more creepy twins, the woman in the tub, an axe wielding Jack Nicholson and REDRUM!

Poltergeist (1982): I watched it at a dorm late night movie marathon in the common room, and the went back to sleep in my bed not far from the tree outside the window. Too old to be scared, but yet I was. Bonus terror from the attacking clown doll.

Unknown movie my dad was watching with the college girl climbing up the building and growling.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) Freaking creepy. If you have any imagination at all, this one can be horrifying. Great "What the hell was that?" moments.

Super Disturbing ( These made me feel physically ill, during and after viewing):

I regret these:

Day of the Dead(1985): Zombies. I no longer have truck with anything to do with zombies.

Dead Ringers (1988): Probably the most disturbing movie I've ever seen. Jeremy Irons is just too good. Maybe you have to be a woman to really hate this one, but don't say I didn't warn you. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094964/

Parents (1989): AKA to me as that Cannibal one. Shudder. I don't think that this was even intended as horror.

Natural Born Killers (1994): I didn't even want to go to this one. It was to placate an ex. What a stupid move. Ick. I haven't been able to watch Woody Harrelson since.

Upsetting, but good:

Silence of the Lambs (1991): After I saw this I knew that I was in trouble. The scenes of Buffalo Bill talking to his victim just upset me no end.

I love them anyway:

Ghost Story (1981) Glamour and ghosts. Beautiful and frightening Alice Krige. Plus Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and John Houseman. Flashbacks with a historical setting. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082449/

Angel Heart (1987): Very complicated, but worth it. Menacing Robert De Niro. Wild sex with Lisa Bonet. Also with a historical setting. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092563/plotsummary

The Astronaut's Wife (1999) Sexy and creepy. Hot Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron. Nasty aliens. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0138304/

The Sixth Sense (1999): This was a great movie with a bonus scary TV trailer and a fine freaky catch phrase.

The Others (2001): Yes, I'm a sucker for a historical setting and twists never hurt. I love this one.

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