Debbie Michaud, Culture Editor
Event Horizon: I hate flying, so the idea of space frightens me anyway. But being adrift in space in the future with a disgruntled, blood thirsty, latin-speaking, burn-victim astronaut spirit absolutely terrified me. That and Candyman. That shit was scary.
Curt Holman, Staff Arts Writer
Some movies create horrors that follow you home, none more so than The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s notorious depiction of demonic possession. Linda Blair’s Regan transforms from a cute, normal little girl to a misshapen, all-knowing, possibly homicidal ghoul. The Exorcist's nightmarish sound design alone can fray a viewer's nerves, but the film violates the rule that what you don’t see is scarier than what you do, offering a glimpse of unimaginable, inexplicable evil and hostility made flesh. The Exorcist combination of stark fear and abhorrence proves so potent, even remembering it can scare you.
Dustin Chamber, Photographer
The Ring screwed me up bad in high school.
Besha Rodell, Food & Drink Editor
I've never been able to find out what the movie was, but when I was 7 I was watching the tiny black and white television upstairs at my great aunt's house and a movie came on about this shiny black rock that some guy finds in the desert and brings back to his house. The rock melts and takes over the guy's house, then the street, town, etc, covering everything in tar-like goo and killing everything in its path. I've basically never watched a horror movie since.
Bobby Feingold, Online Media Assistant
The Shining. Stanley Kubrick's 1980 movie is not only my favorite scary movie, it's one of my all-time favorite movies. The lines are quotable ("All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy") and the man in a bear suit going down on a tuxedoed man is perfectly disturbing, but it's Shelley Duvall's insane facial expressions that get me every time.
Vene Franco, Assistant Copy Editor
The Exorcist - It's just too intense for someone raised Catholic. I saw it as a kid and had nightmares for weeks. (My mom brought me, of course.)
Thomas Wheatley, Staff News Writer
The Town that Dreaded Sundown — "based on true events" — wasn't a horror movie but was always in that section of the video store. The 1976 film was about a small Arkansas town that was terrorized at night by a masked serial killer — and was never captured. BLEW MY MIND AS A WEE ONE.
Gabe Wardell, Screen Grab contributor
Blair Witch Project. I was lucky enough to catch Blair Witch at a midnight screening at Sundance, long before the hype and the inevitable backlash. While the mock-doc hand-held, you are there, slow burn formula has been remixed for a modern audience with the Paranormal Activity franchise (ironically, the original film debuted at Slamdance), nothing can compare with the unforgettable experience of watching the original unspool, slowly, patiently, methodically, and relentlessly.
Rodney Carmichael, Music Editor
The Strangers, 2008: This movie is the reason why I don't play that going-to-the-cabins-for-the-weekend shit, and why dying with a Joanna Newsom song playing on the record player is my worst f'ing nightmare.
Gwynedd Stuart, Staff Writer
I just saw Paranormal Activity 3 and it was fucking terrifying to the point that I was physically uncomfortable. Does recommend! My all-time favorites are The Descent (spelunking in hell!), The Haunting (1963 original, of course), The Ring and, I don't care what anyone says, Pet Sematary. I still can't even watch the scenes with Zelda.
Allison Keene, Screen Grab Contibutor
Not a horror film, but David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. I saw it at a dollar theater in high school with a friend. There wasn't anyone else in the theater except this huge man who sat right behind us, laughing loudly at some of the most disturbing scenes (including the chaotic and horrifying ending) as we shrank down lower and lower in our seats. On the drive home we stopped at a light on a dark, deserted street and I whispered "Silencio!" as in the film. We both screamed all the way back to the house.
Melysa Martinez, Online Production Assistant and Chad Radford, Staff Music Writer, were presumably too terrified to elaborate on their picks and instead just sent over lists of films. From Melysa: Exorcist, hands down. Poltergeist, too. And Chad: The Audition,
The Changeling, First Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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