My dear blogmate Marissa posted her top 10 Horror movies earlier this week, and it got me thinking as to my own list, so I thought I'd post today about the movies that scare the bejeezus out of me ;-) I had a bit of a time compiling the list -- what is "Horror" -- does it mean suspense, or should there be creatures in it? Can slasher-killers fall in there, too? I don't have the answers -- I just posted movies that I thought were good, creepy, and downright horrific to think about, and as with most of my stuff, the fall across the genres from creature features to psychological thrillers.
9) The Uninvited (1944): No, not the 2009 movie based upon a Japanese film -- I'm talking about the Ray Milland version. Yes, it's black-and-white, but set by the seaside and a huge cliff -- there are some creepy moments in it! Plus, I love how Martha Grimes incorporated it into her novel, The Lamorna Wink.
7) Jaws: This movie doesn't scare me as much anymore, but back when I was 5 I had constant nightmares about sharks. I still hate having them in dreams, and I cannot look at this movie poster without my palms sweating. Notice I'm not posting it here!
6) Halloween (1978 version): Yes, it's an oldie. But it's a classic, and it still makes me think twice about being home alone.
4) Psycho (1960): No list would be complete without the master of suspense, Hitchcock. I still jump when he turns Mother around in her chair!
3) The Blair Witch Project: yeah, it was gimmicky and ran its course, but when I saw it in the theater -- I woke up in the middle of the night and had to go sleep in with my mom. And I was like 25 at the time!! Spooky!!
2.5) Yes, I'm cheating and including The Howling because that scene when the lady is looking through the filing cabinet still makes me jump to this very day.
2) The Exorcist: Marissa listed this one, and our WITS co-blogger Boone Brux talked about it yesterday -- I've only ever seen this movie one time because it's just so damn creepy/scary with the images (as well as when she stabs herself with the crucifix). However, I am very much enjoying the painting I won by Scare Sarah featuring the poster image, and Father Karras (Jason Miller) lived for a long time in Scranton, PA, which is near the town in which I grew up (I once dated a guy whose aunt dated Miller!).