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Life is only what you wonder.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Top Ten

    My favorite Horror movies:

  • The Shining (1980) - Jack Nicholson is so scary in this one. His performance alone gave me nightmares.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 & 1978) - Both versions are on this list. The first for pure creepyness ("My Uncle Ira isn't really my Uncle Ira!"). The whole idea of being replaced by a thing, a duplicate with your body and memories just makes me uneasy. After I saw the first one I searched under the bed and in the clostets for pods. The remake doesn't invoke such feelings of paranoia, but the special effects are pretty good and Brooke Adams "eye trick" make it worth including.

  • The Thing (1982) - Ultra-creepy (and sometimes gross) special effects and nasty surprises make this a favorite. Kurt Russell would've been cute in this one without his gross unkept beard.

  • The Night of the Living Dead (1968) - "They're coming for you, Barbara!" The idea of the dead rising up and eating the flesh of the living originated with this classic. The whole concept wigs me out. That scene where the dead little girl gnaws on her mothers corpse gives me the chills every time I see it.

  • Halloween (1978) Jamie Lee Curtis and her friends are stalked by a homicidal killer on Halloween Night. Our first instroduction to the seemingly indestructible Michael Myers.

  • Psycho (1960) - A Hitchcock classic. Don't be fooled by imitations--the remake sucks.

  • The Omen (1976) - A movie about a couple (unknowingly) raising a child who is (literally) the son of Satan. The music is enough to set your teeth on edge. That's one evil little brat!

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984) - "One, two, Freddy's coming for you!" A filthy child murderer comes back and kills the children of the people that burned him in thier dreams. Johnny Depp is this one, in his very first role ever, as Nancy's boyfriend who gets sucked down into his bed and then liquified.

  • I Spit on your Grave (1978) - A woman is brutally raped by five men, and she vows to get revenge. There's a scene in this movie that will make all the guys watching it hold on to their family jewels and cringe. (Don't say I didn't warn you!)

  • The Exorcist (1973) - Linda Blair is a sweet little girl who gets possessed by a demon. She's not so sweet afterwards. I saw this when I was ten and I had nightmares for a week afterwards.