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48 responses to “Horror movie… right there on my tv!”

  1. Amanda

    Not that they’re closing down because they expect the world to end, they’d close for RH anyway. 😉

    Jimmy Barrett from Mad Men! I forgot he was in Mulholland Drive.

  2. One and a half horseperson(s) of the apocalypse

    Not that they’re closing down because they expect the world to end, they’d close for RH anyway

    Oh, yep, but it’s neat timing since the world is ending! 😉

  3. Paul Burns

    Um …Congress is shutting down for 2 days because the world might end? Was that why they didn’t pass the bail-out?

    But more seriously, when I was four years old a black and white version of The Thing almost scared me to death. Why my parents took me I don’t know. But then again, The Night on Bald Mountain sequence from Fantasia scared the shit out of me too. So much so that I forgot I’d seen it until I saw it again as an adult.

    In the realm of real horror movies, the first Friday the Thirteenth (I’ve seen them all several times) and Nightmare on Elm Street were pretty scary too.

    Maybe somebody will make a movie about the past few days and call it Nightmare on Wall Street?

    Why is it I don’t believe our pollies when they tell us we’re sheltered from this American madness? As for the world ending – sure it is, It’s called global warming.

  4. Mark

    Thanks Kim! Watching that clip prompted me to walk down to the Valley to rent Mulholland Drive – which you can never see too many times imho. And I enjoyed the exercise!

  5. CK


    That post is so wrong. This is the scariest scene ever filmed:


  6. Kim

    That’s not scary, CK, that’s sweet!

  7. CK

    Oh, come on Kim. My gun is bigger than your gun, anyday.

    (Wherein we march into completely pointless debate about French symbolism, or something).

    Here the other most scariest moment on film. Ever:


    Well fuck me if it’s not Congress.

  8. j.

    Somebody has been reading boing boing! Wouldn’t mind a bit of civlib on lp!

  9. Mark


    What is?

  10. Katz

    No. This is the scariest movie, where Everything Went Wrong.


  11. Helen

    Mulholland Drive – which you can never see too many times imho

    That’s because you have to watch it 16 times before you even begin to understand it! Actually, I don’t think I’ll ever understand it! (Ah David Lynch, I love you but what an old heartbreaker you are.)

    My pick for scary movies: Don’t Look Now and The Vanishing (original versions). Oh, and the original version of Funny Games, which I wish I could scrub from my mind.

  12. Paul Burns

    Charlton Heston IS (was?) scary – in real life.

  13. nywles enaid

    This is the girl!

  14. Cal


  15. Laura

    I agree Kim. Absolutely horrifying. The young man in that clip has a little part as the video shop assistant in _Ghost World_.

    This is just another reason to love David Lynch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKiIroiCvZ0

  16. Mark

    Ghost World, there’s another movie I need to see again!

  17. j.
  18. Mark

    Ah, ok, thanks.

  19. Helen

    Thanks, ghostly entity who closed my italics tags 🙂

  20. David Rubie

    I had reason to revisit the runt of the David Lynch litter yesterday thanks to a job lot of old movies purchased on Ebay – Dune. Aside from the shock of Sting in a g-string, there’s a real Lynchian sequence at the start where Baron Whatsisname is getting pus extracted from large boils on his face. Disgusting – and completely out of place in the whole steampunk/giant sand worm/incomprehensible storyline mess that it is. (the gross bits start in around 1min 40)

    I hope the book was better. Is it really a splatter novel intertwined with a wacky and largely underdone mythology?

  21. Mark


  22. FDB

    The book is a singular triumph.

  23. Mark

    It’s really quite spiffy, I agree.

    I shudder to think what the new one “filling in the gaps” between Dune and Dune Messiah is like – oh well, all part of the make Frank Herbert’s son richer project, I spose…

  24. FDB

    I stopped reading a long time ago, although in this galaxy right here. Even the later Frank ones tailed off pretty rapidly.

    One of the things I love about Dune is that it makes a rich, believable and utterly original world and executes a brilliant plot within it; all in the space lots of SF writers use for a single space-battle.

  25. David Rubie

    OK then, if Dune the novel lobs up cheaply I might take a peek, but I think I enjoy SF movies far more than SF novels.

    One of the other films in the box was Robocop, with an extra bit I hadn’t seen before where the Weller character is being shot, and holds up a bloodied stump with bones hanging out of it. Not nice, verging on horror, but the film overall was much better than I remember years ago when I dismissed it as a mindless action flick.

  26. FDB

    “if Dune the novel lobs up cheaply”

    Pretty much any 2nd hand bookshop will have one.

    Robocop 2 is hilariously bad, even on a revisit.

  27. jethro

    Dunno how that Mulholland Drive clip is supposed to be scary: bloke mentions that he dreams of a scary face behind the diner. They go behind the diner and … there is a scary face. Didn’t see that one coming.

    Anyway, the movie that scared me the most as a wee lad was Trilogy Of Terror. One of stories had Karen Black being terrorized by some sort of African voodoo doll that came to life. Made me scamper across the floor after dark, I can tell you.

  28. Paul Burns

    Enjoyed the 3-part Dune Messiah video. Much better than the David Lynch effort. (Didn’t know it was David Lynch, DR. Dune Messiah DVD is in Video Ezy, btw.)

    Nothing beats the books, though.

    And what ever did happen to Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land – the book. (Yeah, I know Heinlein can be ideologically suspect.) But just thinking in terms of late 60s-early 70s SF.

  29. David Rubie

    Oooh! Oooh!

    Biggest kiddie scare of my TV watching life was the Stephen King based TV mini series of “Salem’s Lot” (must have been late 1970s). Lots of scary kiddies floating around scratching on the window, while my older sister and I got closer and closer to the TV in mid winter in Canberra. Right on cue with the kids scratching at the window? Tree outside doing the same thing as the wind picked up. I had to check my pyjamas for solids after that happened. Adding to the scariness of course was the fact that we weren’t supposed to be up watching TV, so the volume was really low in an attempt to avoid detection. That plan failed when we both shouted in fear.

  30. Paul Burns

    Ah, yes. Stephen King.
    I was never able to watch Cujo right through on video. Always got terrified and turned it off. Didn’t see it right through to the end for years, until it was shown with commercial breaks on TV several years ago.

  31. David Rubie

    Heh Paul! re: David Lynch, I remember having to be cajoled into going to see “Blue Velvet” back in the eighties when somebody told me who the director was. “you mean, that guy that made Dune? With that baby faced actor that does deadpan, beatific drooling or asleep?”.

    Of course, Blue Velvet isn’t Kyle McLachlan’s film by any stretch (Mmmm, Isabella Rossellini and that OTT Dennis Hopper scare fest) but back then it stretched credulity to suggest Eraserhead was anything other than a one-off. I still reckon old Kyle never made it past deadpan, beatific drooling and asleep though. That doesn’t stop me enjoying things like “Twin Peaks” where these things are used to advantage.

    I was wrong of course.

    Anywho, Hollywood is such a small place, it turns out that the director of “Salem’s Lot” was none other than a guy named Tobe Hooper, who worked on “Poltergeist” which was hidden underneath “Dune” in the box of goodies. I can’t remember whether it’s scary or just silly now, so I suppose that’s next on the list to watch.

    …but none of these are really horror films. I think by far the best, creepiest, stupidest horror film of all time is probably “Basket Case”, the whole concept is horrifying and there’s a rape scene in it which defies description. I have a soft spot for “Reanimator” too but that’s largely because it’s incredibly funny along with being horrible.

  32. FDB


    Thanks a lot Rubie. I had almost got that one fully supressed.

  33. Helen

    Anyone remember a schlock-horror in the 70s (or was it the 60s) called the Legend of Hell House? There were a lot of those group-of-people-stay-in-haunted-house dramas back then. I remember the one with Karen Black and the Voodoo doll, too.

  34. David Rubie

    Helen wrote:

    I remember the one with Karen Black and the Voodoo doll

    Trilogy of terror?

    IMDB says both are Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) related. Which is kinda neat although nobody seems to have been able to write a decent movie around the plot despite 3 or 4 attempts.

    Since Charlton Heston has already been mentioned, “The Omega Man” was one of my favourite late night movies as a kid too – just gotta love Chuck munching on scenery in that weird sing-song manner he used on long sentences. Again, not quite a horror flick although there are a few good frights in it.

  35. jethro

    The Stephen King movie that always creeped me out was Pet Sematary. Little kids dies, is laid to rest in an old Indian burial ground by grief-stricken father, and comes back as a happy, smiley killer. Doesn’t haunt my dreams like that African doll from Trilogy Of Terror once did, but for some reason it just freaks me out enough that I can’t bear to watch it again.

  36. Paul Burns

    Poltergeist is one hell of a scary movie. I jumped out of my seat at the end when the monster appears (I think I have the right movie) and I’ve never been able to watch it through either on TV or DVD/Video since. Over the past few years have gone off horror movies. At one stage about eleven or so years ago I was really into them and used to watch one or two a night. Can’t do it now, though. Just get nervous nowadays.

  37. David Rubie

    Paul Burns wrote:

    At one stage about eleven or so years ago I was really into them and used to watch one or two a night.

    Me too, although that was during the video revolution I suppose during the 1980s when VCR’s first started showing up at friends houses. We had an unmentioned policy of never hiring anything that wasn’t rated at least R (in Canberra, so you can imagine what was on the list in addition to horror films thanks to bored clerks who never asked for ID).

    Having kiddies in the house means I can’t really do this any more which is probably a good thing. What’s funny is that a lot of the rubbish we watched (every zombie film ever made I think) has been elevated into some kind of high art: the awful films of Mario Bava for example, or the aforementioned “Basket Case”. It’s like popular culture is now so dominated by what Generation X watched that we’ve taken over as the overbearing cultural hegemony, right down to the music being played in the background at Woolies.

    Having said that, by far the creepiest thing I saw this week was John Wayne picking up Angie Dickinson like a little girl in “Rio Bravo” to take her upstairs for what passes for a love scene in a Howard Hawks film. Helluva film, but that just made my skin crawl.

  38. Paul Burns

    And I was going to get Bush Cassidy and the Sundance Kid today. But its a mockery to mention Paul Newman and Redford in the same breath as John Wayne. All those horrible pro-American Get the Commies Vietnam movies. Or was it only The Red Beret? Which I still haven’t seen.
    Talking of Vietnam movies, at lesast I think its Vietnam, have just got out Brian de Palma’s Casualties of War. Hope I haven’t made a mistake. And Children of Men, which I think is horror/SF.In light of my brain-fart on another thread about kids, won’t go into the plot, but it looks interesting.Plus what I think might be a new sophistacated French take on 9/11, A few Days in September.
    Enough,I’m raving. Been ordering more books on Amazon.

  39. Cal

    Yeah I remember all too well that 80s Horror movie craze. Choosing vids according to whether or not they had the ‘Banned in Queensland’ stickers on the covers. We got to see many a classic (original Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead) as well as some absolute shockers (Bloodsucking Freaks, I Spit On Your Grave). I’m now kinda wondering if Joh had shares in the horror movie vid industry.

  40. David Rubie

    Paul Burns wrote:

    And Children of Men, which I think is horror/SF.

    Definitely SF, not so much horror (although there is a reasonable amount of gore). Not a bad film but overbearingly bleak I thought.

    I think, for horror movies passed off as another genre, that scene in “Platoon” where the soldier is mined and then is trying to pack his own guts back into his stomach was genuinely frightening.

    I’d forgotten about the “banned in queensland” sticker – I think they should bring it back as it was on the list when picking a video:

    Nudity/Sexual activity? check.
    Gore/Violence/Horror? check.
    Rated R or worse? check.
    All three (or what we used to call “the trifecta”): Must See at some stage.
    Banned in Queensland? TAKE IT TO THE COUNTER NOW!

    Ah, youth.

  41. Adrien

    It’s perfectly rational for Congress to close down for the Apocalypse. After all then they’ll be able to keep the money and spend it on…
    Reminds me of my honours year. Some shyster’d started an End Of The World Cult and it was due to happen two days before deadline. Some berk in my year believed this shit and made the extra effort to submit two days early so he could go up the mountain and pray.
    Guys you’ve got a right to your total insanity religious faith but please, please, please consider moving here. It’s what you really want this planet to look like anyway.

  42. David Rubie

    Adrien, did your head explode in the wrong thread?

  43. Nabakov

    “But its a mockery to mention Paul Newman and Redford in the same breath as John Wayne.”

    Why? Wayne was brilliant in Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, True Grit and The Shootist. Regardless of what you think of his politics, he created an incredibly powerful and often surprisingly complex screen archetype. Anyone could say the same about Paul Newman. Ford’s stunning cavalry trilogy wouldn’t have worked like it did without Wayne at the center.

    OK, real horror movies as opposed to the cheerfully tongue in cheek charms of Basket Case and Reanimator or the flamboyant and bloody gothic fairy tales of Argento, Bava et al. Well The Exorcist, even today after repeated viewings, still curdles your bowels doesn’t it? Friedkin’s masterstroke there was to keeping setting up the walk up the stairs to the closed bedroom door as the foreplay more powerful than the payoff. He understood the relationship between suspense and scary. Compare and contrast with Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers which had zero suspense but was utterly horrifying about what the human condition could reduced to.

    Too many films these try to pass themselves as both suspenseful and horrifying (as opposed to just scary) but rarely achieve either.

    Here’s tips about a couple of obscure recent films I think do both.

    Slither – starring Nathon Fillon in fine form. Lotsa black humour but also some genuinely horrifying ideas rendered well.

    King Of The Ants – directed by Reanimator Gordon as a psychological noir set in sunshine and with some moments of pure horrifying evil like I’ve never seen quite like on screen.

    Tony T, if you’re reading this, why yes I am working up some Grogflogs for the post-Grand Final, pre-cricket season lull.

  44. jo

    Forgot to post this earlier:

    Thanks DR, you’ve likewise uncovered memories of Basket Case… and Brain Damage – the other Henenlotter flick of that period.

    I did enjoy those schlock/horror/comedy/gore fillums of the 80’s.

    In terms of sheer terror however, I was absolutely freaked out by The Exorcist when it came out. Saw it at the movies on release when I was 12. We lied that we were 18, and the girl sold my friend and me tickets inexplicably, cause we looked all of um, 13.

    I walked out during the first big demon scene and a whole Saturday night packed city cinema audience laughed as I trudged all the way up the middle aisle from down the front (people walking out of The Exorcist was big news back then) and then I had to wait outside for my friend until the end of the movie. A top night.

    Psycho was very full-on when I first saw it as a teen on the teev and still is.

    Even after watching quite a lot of horror fillums back when, the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre stood out for being genuinely frightening even on VHS. Half the soundtrack of Texas Chainsaw is the girl tied up screaming non-stop and that washed out 70’s kodachrome colour coupled with many hitchhiker/backpacker disapperances…psycho’s can be more scary than monsters and aliens.

    Cal @ 39 – I Spit on Your Grave – I remember it being a well made woman revenge film. (Maybe paired with Deliverance for some backwoods long weekend viewing.)

    Just looked up “I Spit On Your Grave” – gads, it was banned in a lot of countries and only recently un-banned in some etc., and was considered to be extremely misogynistic, with an unacceptable portrayal of violence against women due the explicit rape scenes and has taken some time to be re-appraised.

    So, a movie which portrays a woman being violently gang-raped without glamourising it and from her POV – and wherein the aftermath of the rape – she then methodically and without mercy, murders each of the male rapists one by one…is too violent against…women? Sure it is.


  45. Nabakov

    I talked a veddy veddy high culture vulture girlfriend into watching “I Spit On Your Grave” because she couldn’t believe a splatter film would use Puccini on the soundtrack.

    By the time “Sola Perduta Abandonatto” rolled up, she was right into it and cheering along.

    Since then I’ve used it to introduce gore fans to opera.

  46. Nabakov

    Incidentally Rob Zombie’s sequel to “House of 1000 Corpses” -“The Devil’s Rejects” is not quite what you’d expect. A note perfect homage to early 70s Southern exploitation road movies that does brilliant job of making you feel queasy about identifying with the very bad guys. I’ve certainly never seen another movie quite like it.

  47. Paul Burns

    I think I Spit On Your Grave was banned here for a while – after it had been on the shelves for some years. Can’t remember there being a rush for Video Ezy to actually take it off the shelves.
    Apart from True Grit, and I’m not even sure about that, Wayne was, IMHO, a one expression, two voices actor. Not inspiring. Guess we’ll have to agree to differ.

  48. Cal

    A couple more creepy scenes have just come to mind:

    a)Michael Myers lurking outside in the clothes line watching Jamie Lee Curtis (original Halloween)- can’t find a clip though

    b) Robert Blake freaking out both Bill Pulman (and myself!) in Lost Highway.