So it’s that time of year when horror movies reign supreme. When I was a teenager, I watched them all. But then in my late twenties, I discovered I couldn’t be in a room alone or God forbid I had to spend the night alone by myself. Guess what scares me? The dark, clowns, mannequins, corn fields (problematic coming from Illinois), basements, cemetaries, spiders, flies on windows, dark lakes, masks, and chain saws. The Exorcist firmly terrified me forever–and that is why I gave up watching horror films.
But, I do like the macabre! Give me tension, thrills, chills, creepy, black and white versions of horror–hail to The Mummy, The Wolfman, The Blob, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Vincent Price, and Frank Langella as a vampire. Here’s a list of my favorite macabre films. Which are yours?
1962. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Vincent Price is awesome in my book. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) has wonderful old-fashioned cinemagraphic tricks like psychedelic color and askew camera shots to create suspense. It’s so much fun to watch.
Sure, Psycho. But there was something about the stalking of the birds that chilled me to the bone.
Dark and delicious, The Black Swan
1994, The Crow. RIP Brandon Lee.
What’s your favorite macabre favorite?