Another reason to love Halloween? Aside from costumes and candy, is the selection of scary movies on TV. Now, let me preface by saying that I am not an unshakeable, brave girl. I love to watch scary movies, don’t get me wrong, but I have some conditions before I can attempt such a thing. For starters, I prefer to be home and amongst loved ones. I like to have said loved ones accompany me upstairs and to the bathroom if need be, you know, just to chat and keep the fun going. If I’m at a movie theater and have to drive home, I like to call my friends when I get home, to say good night and thank them for a fun evening ensure my safety and verify that I am still alive. I also like to watch scary movies through the protection of my tightly interlaced fingers. I guess I love being scared if conditions are favorable, just call me a control freak wuss. Given my rapidly approaching favorite holiday, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite scary movies, movies that made a lasting impression on me for years to come.
One two Freddy’s coming for you…this rhyme freaked me out as child. I was also not a fan of his knife fingers and ugly sweater. As I got older, my friends and I would watch this for its campy scenes, bad acting, gratuitously bloody and violent ends, and a glimpse of a young Johnny Depp.
Not a lot of blood in this film really, but people remember it as a gruesome and bloody movie. Fun fact about Halloween, the iconic Michael Myers mask was a William Shatner Star Trek mask, with the eyes widened, hair teased, and spray painted white. The Halloween theme song still gives me chills.
Confession: I have never seen this movie. At least, I don’t recall seeing it. However, the cover art for this movie always frightened me. When we would go to the video store when I was a kid, I would always slowly amble over to the Horror section, daring myself to check out the movie covers. This one terrified me; so much so that I was convinced these demons lived in my toilet at home. So I would slam the lid down, flush, and run like hell to the other bathroom to wash my hands.
Redrum. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Here’s Johnny! Seeing Jack Nicholson’s crazy face with the axe, the creepy twins speaking in unison to Danny on his little tricycle, Jack French kiss a dead chick, the hallway flooded with a tidal wave of blood, it all scared me to death. I will never look at large, white, stately hotels the same way again.
Stop laughing. I’m serious, this movie scared me! Of course I was five at the time of the film’s release. I can remember seeing this movie at the local theater with my dad. When the movie ended I refused to leave my seat to go home. The theaters carpeting was a deep pink, which I in turn equated with evil, pink slime. My father had to carry me out of the theater.
I didn’t see this movie right away. I waited until it was out on DVD and I was in a well lit area with girlfriends. See, things that go bump in the night are all very well and good, and they can certainly scare me, but they are works of fiction. Now the concept of home invasion? Very much a thing of reality. I think the scariest part of the movie for me was the scene from the poster above.
Hands down the scariest move I’ve ever seen. Now before you boo me and roll your eyes think about it. When you first saw Jaws, were you not afraid to go into the ocean that summer? Did you not think about the possibility of a shark swimming in your midst? I know when I first saw Jaws I was frightened of my chlorinated, above ground swimming pool. In fact, I was even frightened of my bathroom! Jaws was a scary movie, I know it had a lasting effect on me, but now sharks are my favorite animal and I live for Shark Week.
What’s your favorite scary movie? That line alone reminds me of this.