Welcome to BRB, everyone! I'm sure those who have little children are gearing up for this evening. Thankfully, I'm past all that, as my youngest is fifteen and has no interest in playing tricks for treats. He asked if we (the family) could play a couple of games and watch a scary movie or two. So, as you've probably guessed, my evening has been planned out in advance. I'm not sure what movies yet, but Netflix has a large assortment, as does my daughter. It'll be fun to choose.
Of course everyone has a favourite scary movie, or perhaps I should rephrase that by saying, 'not so favourite', because it scared the bejesus out of them. The following list isn't my favourites, but instead the most frightening and memorable movies I've ever seen. And believe me, most I'd never watch again, even if I were paid.
Most Memorable Movies
1. The Exorcist
I read the book, and thoroughly loved it. It was extremely well written and drew me in deeper and deeper the further I read. It was a novel I couldn't put down. With the added touch of visual stimuli, the movie was ten times worse. What the book couldn't deliver, the movie did in spades. Needless to say, I've never watched it again, and never will. The Exorcist hit a nerve with me, and I've actually blocked probably ninety percent of the film from my mind.
A total B-grade movie, but at the time I found it entertaining, and quite frightening. And, yes, there is a sequel.
3. The Grudge
Originally based on a Japanese manga, which was then made into a Japanese movie, that an American film maker did a remake of for the North American public, The Grudge is a creepy story that I thought was a cinematic treat. I'm not sure why, but this one gave me some very strange nightmares. Perhaps it was the sound the girl made and the way her body contorted.
Roman Polanski directed this movie and it was released in 1968. Rosemary's Baby is considered one of the best horror movies ever made. When I saw it, it was late at night and I was only nine years old. You know the scenario...I'd stayed awake past my bedtime, then snuck into the living room to watch the movie. I'd seen an ad on TV. Yep, after that I laid in bed with my eyes wide open, covers pulled up to my chin, waiting for the sun to rise.
Okay, I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm adult enough to admit, the first time I saw this film it gave me the chills, literally. I'd heard rumours it was real footage, taken on a camcorder by college students, who'd disappeared in the woods (the camcorder being the only thing found after they'd vanished without a trace). Then I heard the entire film was faked. Of course, we all know the truth now, but at the time of its release in 1999, the added status of urban myth twisting with made-up ghost stories and the home video style of filming, made for some fantastic marketing and, as a result it really terrified a lot of people.
Released in 1980, again, this is another film that produced images I'll never forget. When a mentally deranged man goes after his family with an axe, who are trapped with no possibility of escape.... Well, you get the picture.
7. The Entity
Another oldie, but definitely a goodie worth a mention. Even though The Exorcist was worse, this friggin' movie left images in my mind, I can never erase. And, since it was supposedly based on a true story, just like the aforementioned, it seemed to make the viewing experience even more memorable.
The Omen is a 1976 British/American horror film starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, which did very well at the box office, and spawned several sequels. The synopsis is too long to write. Basically, you've got an evil child doing evil things.
9. Stay Alive
This movie freaked me out and gave me the willies at the same time. Can you imagine playing a video game and then that video game follows you into the real world, where you're forced to play it through to survive. Graphic with a capital G, Stay Alive definitely had some memorable scenes.
10. The Rite
Another demented movie based on a true story. Anthony Hopkins tries to exorcise a young woman, but she dies, and he loses his faith, and the demon possesses him. Ah yes, what a thrilling and strange ride.
For my daughter, who suggested, "You should make a list of honourable mentions."
The Honourable Mentions List!
Black Christmas (original)
The Woman in Black (Daniel Radcliffe)
The Fourth Kind
Hide 'n' Seek
The Ring (based on the Japanese manga)
The Haunting of Connecticut
Shutter (Japanese again)
The Devil Inside
Friday The Thirteenth
And just for fun...
The Adam's Family
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Scary Movie
Well, there you have it, the top ten movies that warped my mind!