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Scariest Scary Movie #14 – Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th (1980, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby) They were warned… They are doomed… And on Friday the 13th, nothing will save them. Quick Plot: A group of teenagers arrive to work at a newly re-opened summer camp site, Camp Crystal Lake. Local townsfolk warn the newcomers about the camp’s bloody history – that years before, a young boy drowned and two counselors were brutally murdered. No one listens. Scariest Scene: Definitely the Carrie-like twist at the end. Final Say: Who didn’t jump out of their seat at some point during this movie? Friday the 13th is the […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #15 – Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary (1989, Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby) Sometimes dead is better. Quick Plot: Beyond a small town’s pet cemetery lies an ancient burial ground that has the power to bring back the dead. After tragedy strikes Louis Creed’s family, grief and desperation drive him into the real “sematary.” He soon finds out that the dead don’t always come back the same. Scariest Scene: For me, the scariest scene is just before the end, when after everything, after Louis has to kill his undead cat and undead son, he picks up his wife’s body and starts carrying it to […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #17 – The Omen

The Omen (1976, Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner) It’s all for you Damien! 6 6 6 Quick Plot: After a little switcheroo at the hospital, a nice couple leaves with a baby destined to become the Antichrist. Scariest Scene: Let’s be honest, there are some gruesome deaths in this movie. Any one of them would be enough to turn your stomach. But the idea that Satan (or just pure evil, if that’s more to your taste) is hiding behind some sweet boy’s face is even scarier. Final Say: Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar-winning score adds a lot of drama to this […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #18 – Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead (1968, Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman) They’re coming to get you, Barbara! Quick Plot: A group of strangers hole up in a rural farmhouse after the dead come alive and start attacking. Scariest Scene: Um, that would have to be when the little girl turns into a zombie and stabs her mother to death with a spade. Why it Rocks: Night of the Living Dead set the tone for all horror films to come. It was something no one had ever seen before and no one has been able to duplicate since. For more […]

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Scariest Scary Movie #19 – Aliens

Aliens (1986, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen) They mostly come out at night… Mostly. Here’s what happens: A bunch of space Marines challenge Ripley’s (wo-)manhood and goad her into returning to the alien planet, which has been colonized. Some little girl, Newt, is found wandering. Paul Reiser wants to keep a face-hugging alien as a pet. Bill Paxton is awesome. Ripley falls in love with John Connor’s father. Ripley saves the day. Most Awesome Scene: The alien detector only measuring a 3-D world on a 2-D plane. Ripley with guns and a flamethrower. In the room with the face-huggers. […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #20 – Misery

Misery (1990, James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth) “I’m your number one fan.” Quick Plot: Annie Wilkes rescues her favorite author Paul Sheldon from a snowy cold wreck in the mountains and nurses him back to health in the comfort of her home. She is his number one fan, but as he begins to recover, Paul realizes just what a psychotic, crazed fan she really is. While he continuously attempts to break free and let others know he is still alive, Annie tightens her clutches on him. Scariest Scene: The part when Annie realizes Paul has been getting out of […]

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Movies

Scariest Scary Movie #22 – The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project (1999, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary… A year later their footage was found. Quick Plot: Three student filmmakers investigate the legend of the Blair Witch. Their search takes them deep into the woods to a site where gruesome events took place long ago, at the bidding of a ghostly old woman. They expect to be gone for two or three days, but quickly lose their map and begin to walk in circles. Marshalled on by the […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #23 – The Descent

The Descent (2005, Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid) Scream your last breath. Quick Plot: Adventurous women set out to put a devastating event in their rear-view mirror on their annual “extreme” themed vacation. But this trip into uncharted caves leaves them more than they bargained for. Scariest Moment: Our first glimpse of the creatures that live below the earth. Though, quite frankly, if you’re claustrophobic, as soon as they enter the caves, it gets a bit hairy. Final Say: Most modern horror movies have a one-track mind. Gross the viewer out, add blood and occasional nudity and appeal to […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #24 – Last House on the Left

Last House on the Left (1972, Sandra Cassel, Lucy Grantham, David Hess) Repeat this to yourself: It’s only a movie. It is not a snuff film. It’s just a movie… Quick Plot: Three escaped convicts kidnap and brutalize two teenage girls. After their murderous lust is sated, the bad guys seek refuge in a nearby suburban home – the last house on the left. The unsuspecting owners, who are anxiously waiting for their daughter and her friend to arrive home, invite the group to spend the night. When the parents realize the truth, they exact a merciless revenge. Scariest Scene: […]

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Scariest Scary Movie #25 – 28 Days Later…

28 Days Later… (2002, Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston) Okay, Jim. Got some bad news. Quick Plot: A dangerous virus called the Rage is unintentionally released into the world, infecting the population with a permanent state of murderous rage. 28 days later, Jim wakes up from a coma and stumbles onto the desolate streets of London. He soon discovers other survivors and they make their way out of London toward a military encampment. But once there, they realize that the infected are the least of their worries. Scariest Scene: The spookiest scene is when Jim is walking around the […]