Have you ever watched a horror movie that scared you so much, you just can’t wipe it from your memory?
Back in the day, before there was heavy use of CGI (Computer Generated Images), old-fashioned horror movies have only one objective. Well, to scare the audience! No fancy special effects or storylines, forbidden romance or unthinkable twists. Just good old-fashioned pure terror.
The story usually revolves around one or a small group of antagonists, followed by a series of strange and creepy encounters usually in a small town, then it is revealed that the villain – the centre of all horror is almost always a supernatural being. Either a vampire, monster, zombie or any other kind of evil being. Throw in several scary scenes, with eerie music or sound effects in between and end it off with the villain being destroyed forever and there you have it
I have memory of two of the scariest horror movies I’ve ever seen, at least in my opinion. I saw both movies during my early teens around 13 or 14 years old. I recalled having insomnia after watching them because I was so scared! Although I have little to no recollection of the full story, some of the scenes were so creepy I remember until today.
The creepiest, scariest character from a horror film I’ve ever watched is Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King’s classic, It. His white face, wide forehead, mocking laugh and crazy red hair still give me goosebumps! That movie changed the face of clowns forever for me. Yes, for that I am a little weary of Ronald McDonald’s too!
The most memorable scene for me is when this man was hugging his wife in front of the mirror and when he looked at the mirror carefully, he saw his face smeared with white and red paint, then noticed his “wife” was wearing this yellow clown outfit from the feet up and then *gasp* he was actually hugging Pennywise! Eugh…..writing this still give me the creeps! With some effort I managed to extract this exact scene from You Tube.
The second horror film that was very unforgettable for me is Salem’s Lot, about this small town terrorised by a vampire making more vampires out of its victims. Vampires with really scary make up that is. And surprise, surprise, also by Stephen King. No recollection of the storyline whatsoever, but I can remember this particular scene clearly. Two brothers, both kids, were running in a field in the middle of the night for some reason. Of course, then the vampire appeared and they ran. The younger brother tripped and fell, but his big brother continued running, abandoning him. He then reached home and went to bed.
Can you believe? His little brother was left outside with the vampire and he went to sleep! But anyway, I was left to assume that the little brother must have been killed by the vampire. Later that night he appeared outside his big brother’s bedroom window! Oh my goodness, he was floating, with this wide smile on his face, pale makeup and dark eye circles, screeching on the window glass wanting to come in! After that movie, I spent the whole night up with my back to the window not daring to even toss! Hands down, one of the scariest scenes ever *shivers*
Perhaps I should dig up both these films and watch it again, just for old time’s sake. Probably I won’t feel as scared as an adult.
Have you ever watched a horror film that you simply cannot forget too?