Happy Halloween! Here is my list of scary movies. The only one I would not be able to watch again is Night of the Living Dead. All of these made the list because certain scenes stick in my head or I just remember them being particularly scary when I saw them. I have a penchant for the classic horror films and wanted to be married on Halloween in Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Monster costumes but this was nixed by my intended. Alas. I looked terrible in the costume I ended up in.
The Abominable Doctor Phibes (1971)
Vincent Price stars as a man out to get revenge on the medical team who did not save his wife. He cleverly thinks to get back at them by murdering them based on the ten plagues that God visited upon the Egyptians. Tricksy Vincent.
In space, no one can hear you scream! This was plastered everywhere it seemed when this came out. The movie lived up to its hype as a dark, claustrophobic series of abrupt and violent attacks by creatures such as we had never seen before, even in our darkest nightmares. The scene that sticks out in my mind is the one in which the alien bursts from the chest of John Hurt after a few moments of bulging movement. Gross gross. I like the next film Aliens best of the series but this one is the scariest by far.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Two college pals hitchhiking in northern England ignore the warnings of the charming folk at the Lamb and Slaughter not to leave the roads at night. They are attacked soon after they leave the road and one of them is killed, while the other begins the slow process of turning into a werewolf. A startling mixture of horror and humor with great music, this is an all time favorite.
The Black Cat
This twisted tale of wartime betrayal stars two favorite old time horror meisters. Bela Lugosi is a man who was imprisoned in Russia for many years, and Boris Karloff is the man responsible for his fate. Karloff also steals Lugosi's wife and daughter, while leading a dark cult. It was a pleasure seeing these two together, competing for most villanous onscreen presence. They seemed to do every scene with relish, especially the final one where Lugosi exacts his revenge by skinning his foe like a cat.
The Blob (1958)
I could be mis-remembering but I think I saw this with the family at a drive in when I was four. The Blob seemed really really scary and by the end of the movie, HUGE not to mention pulsating. It was just so implacable.
House of Wax
House on Haunted Hill
The Haunting (Older version)
The Mummy (1932)
Boris Karloff stars as the re-animated high priest Imhotep who tries to get his lost love Princess Anck-es-en-Amon re-animated as well. As you can see even revived he is very mummy-like. How did he fool those Egyptologists?
Night of the Living Dead
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Thing (newer version)
The Sixth Sense
Theater of Blood
A little movie of revenge starring Vincent Price and Diana Rigg (The Avengers). Actor Edward Lionheart gets back at his critics by murdering them according to quotes from Shakespeare's plays. Vincent Price is gleefully grotesque.
The Thing (newer version)
Village of the Damned (1960)
A strange gas permeates numerous small villages all over the world, resulting in the births of eerie, blonde, telepathic children. George Sanders is the parent of one of the leaders. Once he realizes the children are cold, controlling and murderous, he devises a plan to destroy them. Glowing eyes=bad kids.
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1000 Misspent Hours