(My) Top 10 List of the Best Horror Movies Ever

It’s Halloween, and to celebrate the holiday, I would like to share my favorite horror flicks of all time!

10. Salem’s Lot

This is where all the vampire movies stemmed from, I’m pretty sure. Don’t get me wrong.  The original black and white “Dracula” movie was pretty awesome, but adding color and a plot really helped get the vampire movie motif moving.

9. Nightmare on Elm Street

So many sequels….but still so scary.

8. Friday the 13th

What can I say? It’s a classic. But only the original. The sequels and the constant machete scenes kind of “killed” it. (lol)

7. Halloween

The music still creeps me out.

6. Poltergeist

I had nightmares for months after watching this.

5. Carrie

In my opinion, Stephen King is one of the best story tellers of all time. And while his stories may not always adapt well to the big screen, I’d say they do pretty well (Think It, Cujo, The Silver Bullet, Thinner, The Dark Tower and countless others.) For those who don’t know, “Carrie” was Stephen’s first book made into a movie.  I didn’t get to see it when it came out at the Iowa Theater downtown. (It was rated R, no one under 17 allowed and they carded everyone!) And I can see why. The prom scene was one of the best horror scenes of all-time. It’s right up there with the Poseidon Adventure’s New Year’s Eve scene, when the ship turned over. Scary stuff…

4. Child’s Play

An evil doll that comes to life and kills people who get in his way? What could be scarier? Bride of Chuckie was pretty good, too.

3. Dolls

More evil dolls come to life ….

2. Dolly Dearest

Beginning to see a pattern? I wonder if other people have nightmares about their dolls or toys coming alive ….

1. American Gothic

Rod Steiger and Yvonne DeCarlo at their scary best! I think what was so scary about this movie was that I had some neighbors just like them.

And there you have it; just a few of my favorite horror films, and certainly ones that made an impression on me.

Have a frightful Halloween!

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Challenge #13-Love, absolutley

Challenge #13 says I have to write about something I absolutely love. This is a hard one because I love a lot of things. I guess I’ll just have to pick one.writing challenge13

I love Stephen King. I don’t remember the first SK book I read, but I’ve read a lot of them. There were a few of his books I never read, but saw the movie.  (Christine comes to mind.) And I read Carrie after I watched the movie. (The book was better by far.)

There were a few books that I haven’t gotten too, yet. And there are books that I didn’t know were even written by Stephen. (He also writes under Richard Bachman, or did, anyway.)

I have my favorites of course; books that I could read over and over again. I loved It and The Stand (though it took me months to read) and The Talisman (my all-time favorite).

What I love most about Stephen King is the way he makes me feel as I read his stories. He is the most awesome storyteller I have ever known. The twists and turns and double-twist backflip at the end of each story leaves me wanting to read more. King writes in a way that makes me feel like I’m a part of the story. But I guess it helps to have a wild imagination, one where my dreams came become my reality at a flip of a switch,a lot like Jack in The Talisman. (For those who have never read the book, Jack is able to flip back and forth between two worlds.)

I saw an ad for Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, that I am dying to read (no pun intended)-if I can find the time, that is. King’s stories have terrified me and inspired me, and I hope someday I can write a story that makes my readers feel that way. The inspire part, not the terrify part.