Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday 13- What's your favorite scary movie?

Two weeks ago I did 13 movies that I loved when I was younger (I had a lot of people mention some not on my list that I also watched- I probably could have done a Thursday 30!) I've mentioned many times that I love horror films. I thought today I would list 13 of my top classic scary movies (again, I could list SO many more, I'm just sparing you by only listing 13!) :) These are in no particular order. As always, click on the name of the movie for the description of it.

DISCLAIMER: watch the videos at your own risk! ;) I personally don't think they are scary or gory, but remember, I like these kind of movies. :)

1. Halloween (1978): I think this movie started it all for the great "slasher" films that were made in the 70s and 80s. It also has the best "scary music". It used to be the ringtone for one of friends who is also a horror film watcher. Who would have thought that a bleached out Captain Kirk mask would be so scary (on second thought, a non bleached out mask of William Shatner would probably be scary too!) ;) I can't say much for the sequels made after that, I've seen them, but they weren't as good. The first one will always be my favorite!

2. Friday the 13th (the franchise): I can't pick a specific one from this franchise as my "favorite", some were better than others, some were just awful. I did not see Jason X or the new Friday the 13th that came out in 2009. But, I've seen all the others. My friend Jami and I stayed up until 6am one time watching a Friday the 13th marathon on USA network (remember USA "Up All Night" that ran back in the 90s?) Friday the 13th random fact of the day (FYI, this is a spoiler for the first movie, although I don't think I have to put spoiler alert for a movie over 30 years old, but I'm being nice): in the first Friday the 13th (1980), Jason Voorhees (for those who don't know, he's the guy in the hockey mask) is NOT the killer. It's his mother! (I would like to say that I won a trivia pursuit game one time because I knew that fact!) ;)

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): I know I've seen most of the movies in this franchise, but the first one I think is the best one. Maybe that is because Johnny Depp is in it. ;) I'll be honest, I was a bigger fan of "Jason" than "Freddy Krueger", but that's just me. I did see the remake last year. It wasn't that good. Maybe because Robert Englund wasn't playing Freddy (the new Freddy just didn't "fit" in my opinion). I did notice that most of the "main stars" of the movie weren't even alive when the original one came out.

4. The Exorcist (1973): I was in my mid 20s before I saw this movie and I'm going to be honest, this was the first and so far only scary movie that has ever really freaked me out. The scene where the possessed girl is walking down the stairs backwards in that "spider walk" freaked me out (it was cut from the original movie- I saw the director's cut). I have a two story apartment and if I'm upstairs at night I always think of that scene. If you are curious what the scene is, go here. You HAVE been warned.

5. The Watcher in the Woods (1980): I loved this movie when I was a kid. It's not a "slasher" film, but it definitely was scary to me when I was younger. I found it on DVD not to long ago and bought it. Side note: When I first started watching NCIS I realized that the man who plays Ducky (the medical examiner) was David McCallum (who plays the father in this movie).

6. When A Stranger Calls (1979): Since I did a lot of babysitting in my teenage years, this movie always freaked me out a little bit. "Have you checked the children?" I never saw the remake from a few years ago (some movies just don't need to be remade!)

7. Jaws (1975): Yeah, you laugh because you don't think it's that scary now. Try being 6 years old and watching this movie (my brother let me watch it with him one time when it came on TV- my folks would not have approved of that). I was afraid to take a bubble bath because I couldn't see the bottom of the tub (remember, I was SIX). Another movie with great "scary music". 

8. Child's Play (1988): Another movie a kid probably shouldn't have seen, but I remember seeing this when I was about 10 or 11. I think it freaked me out because Chucky looked so much like those My Buddy dolls. This kid I babysat for when I was about 12 had a My Buddy doll. One night I went to check on him (he had been asleep) and when I went back towards the living room that stupid doll was in the middle of the hallway. I swear it hadn't been there when I went by the first time. It also could have been my 12 year old mind playing tricks on me! But still, it freaked me out!

My Buddy and Chucky- see the similarities?

9. Phantasm (1979): When I was in high school my friend Kelly and I watched this movie (there were a few sequels, we saw them as well). All I remember is that it took place in a cemetery and there was a "Tall Man" who was a grave robber and he had metal silver balls he would throw at people and they had these razors that came out of them. The Tall Man alone was creepy.

The Tall Man

10. Pet Sematary (1989): This is based on a novel by Stephen King, so yeah, it's weird to begin with. I think the creepiest part of the whole movie is where the mother (named Rachel) is remembering when her sister Zelda died, and the creepy looking sister kept saying "I'm coming for you Rachel." I think it was creepy since she was saying my name in a scary voice. I won't embed the video, but for a clip of that scene, go here. You have been warned. It was so creepy back then. Even now it's a little creepy.

11. Poltergeist (1982): "They're here." This is a classic, I love it!

12. The Ring (2002): The chick with the black hair was just creepy, don't lie, you think so too! I didn't care too much for the sequel though. In fact, when my date and I saw the sequel he noticed we were the only ones in the theater. He was like, "this is probably a sign this movie is not going to be any good." He was right!

13. Stephen King's IT (1990): I probably saw this movie 100 times when I was younger. Not because I thought it was a great movie, but because Jonathan Brandis (God rest his soul) was in it. **insert teenage girl sigh here**. It also stars Richard Thomas (Johnboy from The Waltons). I will admit though, I never thought clowns were creepy until I saw this movie. Since some of you might have a fear of clowns, I won't post a picture. You can Google it if you want! But honestly, Tim Curry (who played Pennywise the Clown) is just scary to begin with!

For more Thursday 13 entries, go here.

Hope everyone has had a great week. I've been sick since Tuesday (not sure if it's allergies or a cold). I have a cough and sore throat. Blah. I just drank some Theraflu and it has helped my throat tremendously though (it just tastes nasty). I guess for my Thirsty Thursday my drink is daytime Theraflu!

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Not a tasty Thirsty Thursday drink by any means!


  1. I don't think I've seen one of these movies...I am NOT a horror film watcher - AT ALL! I think I saw Halloween 8 when I was in college, but I don't remember it being scary at all. The movies that did me in? "Seven" & "The Sixth Sense". "Seven" especially scared me for a long's one of those movies I wish I'd never seen! :)

    Glad to see you back...although maybe not 100%. Hope you get better & stronger soon! :)

  2. Also...The Watcher in the Woods...was that a Disney movie? I possibly saw that one...but I can't remember...maybe I'm thinking of something else! :)

  3. Hope you get better fast!! I hate scary movies. My husband keeps trying to get me to watch 'What Lies Beneath' with him, but when I saw it in the theater, there was a part at which I audibly (and loudly) gasped. A guy in front of me turned around and sneered, 'Good Grief!' :-) Still, if they left out the orchestra, there would be little left to really scare a person I think. Except there used to be an old TV program, long long before you were a glimmer in anyone's eye, called 'Thriller.' Now THAT was scary! :-)

  4. I like the scream movies best cause they don't give me nightmares... yes i get nightmares... dawn of hte dead has scarred me for life!

  5. I haven't watched real horror movies since I was a child. I grew out of them when they changed from monster/paranormal movies, to slasher movies. But back in the day when I did watch them I think the Nightmare on Elmstreet franchise was my favorite, with III Dream Warriors being my fave.

    I watched IT as well for Jonathon Brandis. I'm still taken aback when something reminds me of his death. It was such a tragic loss of one so young.

    I'm trying to think of something I've seen as an adult that I liked, but there are so few...30 Days of Night, there's one. Am I the only one that remembers when vampire moves used to BE horror movies?

    Happy TT,

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  6. Sean of the Dead is more my style when it comes to scary movies. I'm not really into them much.

    - Alice

  7. Oh Dear. I'm afraid I get quite bored with "scary movies" most of the time. I did see this hilarious one called "ice cream man" one time though. I'm not sure it was supposed to be funny, but it was beyond ridiculous

  8. I'm not too much into scary/horror movies. I'm a wuss, I suppose. However, I happen to love "Silence of the Lambs." Though, that may be more of a thriller(I don't know). And, I did like Chucky!

  9. i hope you're feeling better pretty lady.....i love you and miss u!:)

  10. AnonymousMay 01, 2011

    my husband has asked me to leave a comment telling you that you are awesome for having flight of the navigator on your other list!