Writing this list in order of levels of scariness isn’t really easy so they may not be in a particular order. But perhaps the worst are at the end. Maybe it’s a matter of how much we can take. Some of us cannot take too much. But during the approaching cozy season, it’s good to sit down and watch some things for a few chills and goosebumps and continue to say as they used to say back in the day “It’s Only a Movie” again “It’s Only a Movie”
1.) The Werewolf of London. The movie is so old, it was made eons before many of us were even born but it is quite chilling. A Botanist visits a Mountain in Tibet searching for this Mysterious Flower. The Town’s People warn him about he Legends of that Mountain and he is so adventurous he ignores them. He loses a couple of pals along the climb and once he reaches the Apex, he has found his Flower! And something else has found him. It is chilling the way this Monster peeks at him over a hedge……..
2.) The Devil Dog (The Hound of Hell), is a Made for TV Movie about the cutest Puppy that is far more sinister than one would think. A nice man gives the family this cute Puppy after the family loses their dog. The giver also has strange motives of his own. The Puppy is as cute as can be, knows how to appear to his Master and disappear to appear again to ravish you, set fires and anything else he is inclined to do. Terribly effective for a Made-For-TV movie of the 70s……………
3.) The Wolfman: Boy Lon Chaney is nice until you see him walk on his toes like a Wolf and hide behind those tree on a Foggy Night. Say what you please, this is chilling. It’s only a movie, it’s only a movie………
4.) The Sixth Sense is a more up-to-date kind of Horror to me that tells a story so cleverly, the whole shock of it is scary, not that the little boy’s revelations aren’t disturbing enough, it’s what Bruce Willis character finds out about himself. Keep someone close by. You don’t want to see Dead People………….
5.) The Cat People with Simone Signoret is about a Cult of People who have the ability to transform themselves into Cats. It’s sort of like the Wolfman in that they are not willing Monsters, but more or less can’t help themselves. When a handsome, nice man falls for Simone’s character he takes her in a bird shop and feathers indeed fly. You asky why?……………
6.) Rosemary’s Baby with the very young Mia Farrow and John Cassevetes playing Rosemary Woodhouse, married to Actor Guy Woodhouse is one of the most disturbing movies you can find. It is so sad for Mia because she is the only one that knows she is in a grip of Satanists who include someone very close to her. The movie is sad and scary from start to finish because it is so Sinister……..
7.) Night of the Living Dead and not the more current one, but the one made in the 1960s with the handsome Duane Jones (below). Who wants to be surrounded by a pack of Walking Dead folks? The courage Duane’s character shows, the struggles and the ending. It might just leave you feeling a little unsettled and disturbed……….
8.) The Exorcist is one deep movie that evokes something in people that just may make them believe in Possession of some kind. Seeing this movie in the Theater was hard for many of us………..
9.) Seven with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey. This movie is based loosely on a Jeffrey Dahmer type character. Morgan and Brad play two Crime Detectives, one on his way to Retirement, the other young, overzealous, smart mouthed and smart. They make a pair that complement each other completely. You really have to be ready for Seven. It will take you there and drop you if you’re not careful. Hold on, for it is a thrilling, scary and suspenful ride with some of the finest acting I’ve seen to date………..
10.) Halloween, the original made in the 70s made it to one of the scariest because it had such unexpected horror upon seeing it for the first. Jamie Lee Curtis is amazing as is the different scenes that build up to the true horror that lies in that town, in Illinois no less! Yes there were following Halloween movie but none like this one.