Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Saturday Seven: Scariest Horror Films I Know

Halloween is upon us once again. I've always liked this time of year, it's a magical season on so many levels. I was fortunate to grow up in a great neighborhood where it was safe to go trick-or-treating without my parents. I thought it was cool that you could just ring a doorbell and shriek "TRICK OR TREAT" and the person would hand over their candy loot. As a teen I enjoyed going to see whatever horror movie was out around Halloween. Many years later, as an adult working in the retail confectionery industry, the Halloween novelties, such as chocolate witches, marshmallow pumpkins and vampire lolly pops got me all excited. But Halloween has always been about being scared, which brings me to this week's scintillating edition of:
The Saturday Seven: Scariest Horror Films I Know
Narrowing down the massive list of horror films down to just 7 (well 8 if you include my traditional "bonus entry") was a difficult task. I'm sure I'll piss off someone for excluding some mega scary movie, but that's what the comment section is for, so feel free to take me to task after you go through my list...
#1 Nightmare on Elm Street- Freddy Kruger gave me so many nightmares of my own...why did it take so many films to KILL this bastard?

#2 Hellraiser- The dude with the pins in his head was really scary

#3 Halloween-This kid had serious problems

#4 Friday The Thirteenth-Another kid with serious problems. Why wouldn't Jason just DIE already???

#5 Dracula- (Both the Bella Lugosi one and Bram Stoker's scared me). Vampire movies ALWAYS scared me the most. As a kid I read a book about them and was convinced for years that they really existed. I used to go to sleep with my hand on my neck out of fear Dracula would attack at night.

#6 The Exorcist- I still have trouble eating pea soup to this day...

#7 The Shining- He just couldn't take the stress and went nuts

Bonus Entry: Psycho- What is there to say? Shower curtains are scary...

What are some of your scariest Horror films? Go ahead, leave a comment, I'm running a special today: ALL COMMENTS ARE TOTALLY FREE!
-Rick Rockhill


lime said...

i am a wimp and avoid scary movies....but carrie scared the pants off me.

Desert Songbird said...

I'm not a scary movie fan, but I did watch Poltergeist a few times. To this day, clowns creep me out.

BTW - How are the sea monkeys doing?

Scott said...

Ok, the scariest horror movie I ever saw...Amityville Horror. My Mom took me to that movie when I was just 14 years old because I wanted to see it so badly and we had both read the book. (I'm 42 now) I still think of scenes from that movie when I'm alone, in the dark, at night. Also, for the same reason, I will never let a priest into my house. Well...for that reason AND the fact that I have a 15 year old son. :-)

marlupe said...

gosh rick, Silence of the Lambs is pretty scary to me...I know it is technically not a horror film, but it sure is scary.

Casdok said...

Thank you for inviting me over to your place!!
I love scarey films!!

Hot Toddy said...

I agree with lime. Carrie is the only scary movie that actually made me JUMP in fright.

Good post!

Anonymous said...

amitiville horror was scary as hell to me...and still is. also, what lies beneath.

Matt said...

Scott, I lived in a house in college that looks like the Amityville Horror house. The stories I could tell you ... :)

"The Grudge" scared the hell outta me.

Sheila said...

My nominees: The Omen and Rosemary's Baby.

Anonymous said...

scariest Horror films and Japanese restaurants

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Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

I love scary movies! Every one of those were great. Looks like that Japanese restaurant is a yummy place to go too! Have a great weekend Rick :)


Anonymous said...

I was always a Dtacula fan, but The exorcist
Was a goodie!

karma lennon said...

Hmmmm....most scary movies don't actually scare me but I LOVE them. I'm adding "Tale of Two Sisters", "Ginger Snaps", "Audition", and "Slither". Oh and "Dead and Breakfast"!

Burfica said...

I don't put vampire movies and scary movies in the same catagory. I could do 7 of each. hehehehe

I love scary movies, heck I even like hack and slash movies.

One of my top picks was Nightmare on Elm street (the origional) scared the piss out of me.

I also like Darkness Falls. And the Jeepers Creepers movies.

I also liked Boogeyman.

I could name about 50 others, but will stop there.

MONA said...

Oops. Not my forte! I do not watch them!

HoosierGirl5 said...

I've never seen any of these and I never will.

I'm a chicken, sorry.

Great list, though.


Palm Springs Savant said...

To be honest, most horror movies scare the you-know-what out of me, but these are the ones I actually found the nerve to see over the years. I'm not sure why Dracula movies seem so scary to me...but they just are.

Ben Wu said...

Take your pick at any of the "Ernest" movies for my scariest. Gives me chills just thinking about them.

-Ben Wu

LouLou! said...

I have to add "It" because Tim Curry was such a terrifying Pennywise.......The transition from corset wearing transvestite to sewer residing clown - well, it doesn't get much scarier than that.

I hate to give Stephen King a second nod, but you have to give credit where it's due.

I always thought of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" as horror genre.......and that film rocked. "Blanche....we have the CELLAH."


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