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Writer's Block: Fright Show

'Tis the season for scary movies. Some rank The Evil Dead as the best horror film of all time. What is your favorite scary movie?
*****warning***** spoilers abound!!!!  So, if you haven't watched the Twilight Zone movie, Creepshow, Saw, The Cell or the Tales from the Darkside TV series, and don't want to learn vital points in their plots, Advance No Further!  You Have Been Warned!
Creepshow was my first favorite horror movie, especially Something to Tide You Over and The Crate.  I still get the heebie jeebies seeing the monster grab the janitor and drag him partially into the crate.  I think it's the still-kicking legs that do it (yep, just shivered)...  The Twilight Zone movie was also pretty creepy.  Wishful Thinking had the scene with the mouthless girl and the scary cartoons coming to life; bad enough.

However, Flight of Terror wins the most creey episode title.  When the gremlin runs and jumps at to look in the window, it always gets me jumping.  I used to have a hard time sleeping after I saw that part of the movie.  I still don't know exactly what it looked like, except creepy, with long thin hair and a bulgy face.  And I actually paused the movie like five times to see the danged thing.  Maybe ten.

For the most recent horror movies I've watched, I'm voting for Saw.  The traps, the gore...and what an ending!  Now that's true horror.  It didn't make me jump, but the memory of the dead guy rising up, alive.  Wow.  Much scarier than the formula horror, where you can actually predict who is going to survive - usually our hero, and sometimes the beloved of the hero.  I guess the horror is supposed to be that they saw too much, and miraculously survived...but honestly, when you've seen a good dozen movies with that exact same resolution, it gets kind of tiresome.  Saw was a breath of fresh air, in that aspect....no one survived.  Eeeeek!

I also saw another horror film, its name forgotten, in which one of the characters was affected by something...and went numb, then hung himself.  That was bad.  But the worst part was when his friends were inspecting his apartment, opened a closet...and his starved, skeletal cat looked up and croaked out something like a meow.  He'd gotten tired of the poor animal and stuffed it into a closet to get it out of the way.  Gods, that still gives me a major case of the heebie jeebies!

And speaking of horror, I really can't forget some of the great horror tv shows, such as Tales from the Darkside.  I recently found them again, and had the major willies from watching Inside the Closet, and seeing that little ghastly daughter of the professor.  Anniversary Dinner had a great ending, too, what with the little housguest being given wine til she was out of it, and then boiled in the hot tub for supper.  These were so creepy, I'd remembered them for over 20 years...