Finally my favorite month is here! October I love you so. I love the holiday you bring and the weather you create. So, to get things started, I’d like to give you my top 5 scary movies in no particular order. Let me tell you that this was a very hard decision. I debated back and forth on who would be in the list and who would be an honorable mention. I love movies! When I was younger I was a horror/scary movie junkie. I watched just about anything. Now that I am older, I cannot watch those horror movies anymore. Nightmares. Sometimes your brain just cannot shake the images you’ve seen. Did your favorites make the list?
1. The Shining (1980) R– A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”. The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter’s ghost to “correct” the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is “The Shining”. This film is based on the novel The Shining by Stephen King.
This movie was brilliant. I was scared so much watching it. The remake they did on T.V. did not even compare. Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall were amazing. We used to freak people out when we went camping by doing the redrum finger. So many cool quotes come from this film too. The music and the twins were freaky. Hands down I would give this 5 stars! Make sure to have enough popcorn on hand, keep the lights on, and watch it in the day time.
2. Poltergeist (1982) PG– A young family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
This one scared me so much. I don’t think I could sleep by a window with a tree outside for a long time. And clowns. Don’t get me started. I always thought they were creepy. Thanks Stephen King! And I would never ever look under my bed! And when the mother is taken from her bed and rolling around the walls… I would’ve just died.
They seem like this great family. Normal. Loving. And then He came. The psychic lady is awesome. The special affects were great. The little girl Carolann was wonderful. I try and watch this once-a-year. Great scares! 5 stars.
3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original 1974) R– En route to visit their grandfather’s grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home… where they’re plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills.
Another one of those movies that mom and dad would never let you watch! Funny story though. We rented this on disc. Remember those big disc players back in the late 70’s? We had one of those and rented this movie. I came home from school one day with my friend Kristi and we started watching it. I think we both peed our pants and screamed like the little girls we were. We were in third grade. Now you can see where the corruption came from at an early age. 🙂
The girl Sally gives the best haunted performance at the end and she is a great scream queen. This is by far the most visually terrifying movie I have ever seen. I have only watched it twice in my life. 5 big stars! To this day I am frightened of a chainsaw going off at any Haunted House.
4. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) R-Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment in a building with a bad reputation. They discover that their neighbors are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and Guy begins to spend a lot of time with them. Strange things start to happen: a woman Rosemary meets in the laundry dies a mysterious death, Rosemary has strange dreams and hears strange noises and Guy becomes remote and distant. Then Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbors have special plans for her child. This film is based on the book Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin.
This movie totally freaks me out. I’ve only watched it 4 times over the years. The creep factor is surely there. Mia Farrow is simply amazing. The overly nice old neighbors and the naiveté of Rosemary make for a recipe of horror. Never trust your neighbors or eat raw meat! I give it 4.5 stars. There is some nudity however brief.
5. Alien (1979) R– The crew of the deep space towing vessel Nostromo are awakened from hypersleep to investigate a strange signal from a nearby planet. While investigating the signal, they discover it was intended as a warning, and not an SOS.
Ridley Scott is a genius! And Sigourney Weaver was amazing! Wow. This movie is breathtaking, horrifying, and wonderful all at the same time. I loved the concept so much. The most frightening part was seeing the alien come out of their stomachs and the teeth on those suckers. 5 stars!!
Honorable Mentions: The Exorcist, Salem’s Lot, Jaws, Hellraiser, Silence of the Lambs, The Blair Witch Project, Scream, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Omen, Psycho, The People Under The Stairs, Stir of Echoes, and The Changeling.