Only one guess why.
1) Jaws: I adore everything about Jaws. So much so that I just bought the brand-spankin' new Blu-Ray - and I don't own a Blu-Ray player yet. There is no doubt on this earth that this film would make the top of any list of favorites for me, for anyone that knows me knows I live and breathe this blockbuster and this one.....
2) Psycho: I've oft said Norman Bates is my homeboy, and those words are truth. I've had a long-standing love affair with him and the Bates Motel for oh....say, 30 years or so. That's longer than I've been married. Sometimes I feel wed to this movie, as any time I'm feeling down it cheers me up. xoxo
3) Ghost Story: The Novel. While I'm a huge fan of the film, it was Peter Straub's excellent book that really spooked me out. I'd read several Stephen King novels before picking this one up (on King's recommendation, actually) - but I was blown away by it's dreadful tone. It just reeks creepy and is my favorite novel. Period.
5) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: I've been mesmerized by this Washington Irving short story for most of my life. I read it as a young girl and its vivid imagery always stuck with me. I was able to recognize chilling atmosphere in the written word, even back then. Great stuff!
7) Clue: The board game. While not firmly planted in the horror genre, it sits in my favorite sub-genre of mystery and is near and dear to my heart. There is no possible way to count how many times I discovered it was Professor Plum in the Billiard Room with the Candlestick.
8) Stephen King: As a too-young reader of many of King's early works like Carrie and The Shining (still my #2 book, all-time), King showed me the path to horror and I spent countless nights under my covers with a flashlight to try and finish one of his tales without my mother making me go to sleep! I still consider him my favorite author.
9) Edgar Allan Poe: Discovering Poe in probably the eighth grade or so made such an impression on me that I tried my hand and writing macabre poetry for several months. I may or may not have succeeded - some day I need to pull out all those old notebooks. Nevermore.
10) Friday the 13th (1980): Recently I waxed poetic in great detail about the slasher film that jump-started my life-long obsession with horror. I've seen this campy (sorry, had to) cautionary tale of woe at Camp Crystal Lake more times than almost any other horror film (save my top two). I remember watching it on a weekend sleepover at my house, four or five of us screaming in all the right places. Do not pass go...do not collect 200$...but do take off your boots and stay for a game of strip Monopoly...
12) Halloween: The Holiday. I've always loved the most wonderful day of the year. Whether I was dressed up as a gypsy and trick-or-treating, hanging out in cornfields downing beverages I was too young for, or just simply having a horror film fest on the comfort of my couch, Halloween is just the best. It's my Christmas. This year, I am taking the entire week around Halloween off work. I'm serious about my passion, people.
|Yours truly at the NOTLD cemetery.|
14) The Twilight Zone: Between Burgess Meredith breaking his glasses and William Shatner wigging out about something on the wing of the plane, The TZ is near and dear to my heart. I still love watching day and night-long marathons - it just never. gets. old. Am I right?
15) Profondo Rosso (Deep Red): My first taste of Dario Argento. Simply due to the VHS cover. I was young - had already seen Fulci and was looking for more Italian horror. Wow, what a shocker to experience the visually striking world of Argento (in surprising contrast to Fulci's gore-fests). I quickly moved on to the rest of his catalogue. Why hello, Suspiria! How's it going, Tenebrae?
16) The Amityville Horror: The book. It wasn't so much the whole ghost/demon/haunting story that got me, it was the fact that Ronald DeFeo killed his entire effing family in the dead of night and not one of them woke up when they heard that first shot. That is so disturbing, and stuck with me long after I read the book that was supposedly a "true haunting" and saw the movie that "inspired" it.
17) Abandoned houses: When I was a teenager, several of my friends and I had our own little 'ghost hunters' group before it was fashionable and current and making tons of money on reality television. We'd find and explore old abandoned houses - the further out in the country or off the beaten path the better. Many a time did we scare ourselves senseless, hearing or even seeing strange things. A few times, it really was unexplained, and those are the memories I still come back to and shudder.
18) Disney's Haunted House albums: You know the ones. The ones that have eerie sound effects certain to send you screaming in fear. I loved them as a kid, and my grandfather fed my passion and bought me as many as he could find. One of these records held Poe's short story The Tell-Tale Heart. I still have a special place for it in my own.
20) Jane Eyre: By Charlotte Bronte. The classic gothic romance that influenced me as a teenager like nobody's business. I read a lot of classics - including Austen, Dickens, Wilde, etc.- and Bronte's Jane Eyre affected me the most. Such a moody, melancholy piece of work. Perfect in every way.
21) Lake Mungo: This little 2008 indie flick restored my faith that movies can still be unnerving and scary yet again. While The Strangers (another well done 2008 film) was a giant step in the right direction for me, Lake Mungo was a massive jump. There is just something SO unsettling about that film. I can't recommend it enough.
22) Dick Francis & Agatha Christie: A tie! As a younger teen, I discovered one of the most famous mystery writers of all time -Agatha Christie- and set a goal to read all her works. While that didn't quite happen (yet), I did read a great number of her classic mysteries. As a young twenty-something, I found out that there was an author out there writing mysteries that were based around the world of horse racing. Well holy shit! As an avid - no, obsessive - horse racing fan, I was in love with Dick Francis. And though both these grand masters are gone, their work remains for all to enjoy. And I do!
Stay tuned for Part Two.....