Today’s Brew: hot cocoa. It’s a damp, cold, rainy Sunday filled with home improvement projects and football. (Go Patriots!)
I never claimed to be normal. In fact, normal bores me. So would I just give you a regurgitated list of horror movies? Hell no. Scary is all in the eye of the beholder. These are the movies that gave me the willies.
3. An American Werewolf in London
I’m pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to be watching this movie. I used to sit on the edge of my bed as a kid when I couldn’t sleep and watch the TV in the living room. Everyone thought I was asleep, so sometimes there were some interesting things on. Like An American Werewolf in London. This scene scared the hell out of me as a kid. Now that I do makeup for a living, I look at this scene like “Oh, COOL!” squinting at the gore on his neck trying to figure out how they put it all together. As an adult, it’s campy and cute. As a nine year old, holy crap.
2. The Shining
All modern horror/thriller/paranormal writers need to tip their hat to Mr. King. If I ever see him at Fenway Park, I will definitely buy him a beer. As much as his books drew me in when I read them in my teenage years, the movies made from his books have largely missed the mark. I give you IT as an example. However, The Shining is a masterpiece. Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall make this movie. There are no guts, no gore, but watching Jack go mad is so convincing that when that cleaver comes through the door, you think he’s really lost it.
1. Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
Shut up. I’m not the only one who found this movie disturbing as a child. This movie is what nightmares are made of. My mom said she thought I’d enjoy it, she sat me down as a kid in front of the TV and went about her business….minutes later I was screaming. That was the end of that. The scene that got me was when Veruca ate the gum that tasted like a roast beef dinner and blew up like a balloon. As an adult, I tried to watch it again with my friend’s daughter. They were in the chocolate canal and the willies returned. I asked Samira, who was probably 8 at the time, if the movie scared her. She thought I was nuts. I’ve still never seen the whole movie and I will never see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even Johnny Depp can’t make this less terrifying.