Real life is full of real scary things, like layoffs, newly discovered lumps, registered letters, or grown-up children threatening to come back home. While we hope to avoid these things, Halloween is a time when people consciously seek out scary experiences as a form of entertainment.
If you’re the sort of person who wants to be scared this year, below are my recommendations for the scariest Halloween movies ever.
- Psycho: Somehow I saw this Hitchcock movie, accidently when I was about 10 years old. It’s a good thing we didn’t have a shower at the time or I would have been stinky until high school.
- The Exorcist: I read the book first and it gave me nightmares. When the little girl’s head spun completely around in the movie, I almost displayed what they call in the Haunted House trade a loss of “yellow control”.
- IT: Pennywise, the demonic clown played by Tim Curry, is the scariest character ever. I still don’t look down storm drains, because he just might be there, looking up.
- The Amityville Horror: After watching the begining of this movie, Diane and I actually walked out of the theater , so we could rush home and check on our children.
- The Pet Sematary: I started this book, but never finished it. When I got to the point in the book where the little boy gets run over by a speeding transport truck, I threw the book against the wall and never read another word. A friend at work, who had read the whole thing, asked me, “Haven’t these people ever heard of a fence?”
- The Shining: Who can forget Jack Nicholson bursting through the door, screaming “Heeere’s Johnny”.
- Alien: I could never get past the scene where the alien creature bursts from John Hurt’s chest.
- Jaws: My popcorn went all over the theater, when they found the corpse in the sunken boat. I still swear that they flashed a picture of a shark in that scene, right before they showed the body.
- Frankenstein: When I was a kid my older brother Norman insisted on watching all of these old Universal horror movies on a local Friday night television show called Spook Spectacular. I was terrified.
- The Turn of the Screw: I never really understood the book, nor the film version, called The Innocents, until it was explained to me. Now I think the ghosts were real and it’s very creepy.
Finally if you prefer something a little more current you might try the Paranormal Activity 3, The Grunge, or The Ring. Happy Halloween!