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Happy Halloween! | Manolo for the Big Girl

Happy Halloween!


I have no idea what’s going on here and you know how I feel about use of the passive voice but I NEED to have her dressing gown.

I’m home at Stately Chateau Gateau for a few days before I head down to Villa Plumcake until Thanksgiving so it’ll probably be a few more days until I’ll be able to post regularly again, but while I’m sitting here waiting for those big guys in speed suits to change my oil (sadly NOT a euphemism) I thought I’d ask  a spooky big question.

Today Miss Plumcake wants to know:

What is your all time #1 absolute scariest scary movie?

When I was a little girl it was The Wizard of Oz (long and traumatic story involving, among other things, the Capital Beltway and a statue of the angel Moroni perched atop the LDS Temple) but as an adult it is, pants down, The Wicker Man from 1973. That stuff will set you off apples for life, man.

26 Responses to “Happy Halloween!”

  1. Julie October 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I generally avoid scary movies because I know I’m a wuss, but I once started watching “Coraline” in the middle of a flight from London to Toronto — BAD CHOICE. I don’t think I was even half way through when I realized that I was getting seriously, deeply terrified, which is not an ideal state when you are in a metal tube over the Atlantic ocean. Maybe in ten years I’ll be able to finish it.

  2. riona October 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Night Of The Hunter!

  3. Scentedpapers October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Thank you dear Miss P for stopping me in tracks: I agree with you wholeheartedly, “The Wicker Man” is the most terrifying yet bloodless scary story ever put on celluloid. I still get goosebumps thinking of the shocking ending. Must rent it again- hey, maybe tonight!

  4. jfsnyder October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino. One of the few movies which got my pulse jumping.

  5. catrandom October 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Still, after all these years, Psycho. Those shrieking violins, Anthony Perkins’ mad smile….

  6. Ripley October 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    It’s a solid tie between “Aliens” and the first “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

  7. lisa November 1, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    “The Ghost and the Darkness”–

  8. emmme November 1, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    “Carrie” used to make me both creeped out and sad.

  9. Lola November 1, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    the exorcist, for sure. i saw it as a young teen and was traumatized, and then paid it forward by dragging a friend to see the revamped version (now with more demon faces!) that lengthened the frame with subliminal scares from the original theatrical version – scared him so much he was actually kind of mad at me when we left the theater!

    as a child, before i was allowed to watch horror movies, i remember that “Young Sherlock Holmes” scared the pants off me!

  10. Thea November 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    “Freaks” – I still have nightmares. Plus all those old black and white Night Gallery shows that I was forbidden to watch as a kid and therefore snuck in and watched them wedged between the back of the sofa and the wall while my parents watched them.

  11. Lisa form SoCal November 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    All very good movies. I was less scared in Night of the Hunter because it was very clear that absolutely nobody was going to get on over on Lillian Gish’s character. She was one bad*ss little old lady.

    Aliens. And I have to say that the android death scenes in Blade Runner both scared me and broke my heart.

  12. Sara November 2, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    At last I have found another person who felt the fundamental creepiness of that Beltway angel! All these years I thought I was the only one. I used to jump 2 feet straight up when it appeared, which is not easy to do in a Dodge Colt. –s.

  13. Liz November 2, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    “A Night to Remember” – the old black and white one about the Titanic. My single most traumatic childhood memory EVER.

    My mother had the flu. My dad was stuck with working, taking care of the house and children, and preparing for the coming storm.

    He eventually plugged us into the life support so he could get some rest. He came back later to find every one of his children wailing, and terrified, because they were convinced they were going to die. (No, we weren’t anywhere near the sea. Why do you ask?)

    This might be why he never let us watch films like “Bambi”, or “Titanic”. I think spending the next week having to comfort children who were convinced their families were all going to die was just too much.

  14. Thea November 2, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Oh crud I forgot about Bambi, the movie that scarred a million children for life. Walt Disney was just evil

  15. Pegkitty November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I agree with Lola, The Exorcist!

  16. BSAG November 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    When I was about 8 and couldn’t sleep one night, I got up and watched TV with my dad. There was a movie on about a man who discovers his wife is an alien. Certain details – like the fact that the aliens never blinked, and sometimes they’d disappear leaving nothing but their empty clothes – stuck in my mind and guaranteed many more nights of insomnia.

    Whatever this movie was, it was the scariest thing I’d ever seen. After about 30 years of searching, I finally learned it was called Unearthly Stranger – a low-budget British thriller from 1963. I tracked down a DVD and watched it again, and it’s actually pretty good. More thought-provoking than scary now, but I’d recommend it.

  17. Orora November 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Exorcist, hands down. I never saw it until it was re-released when I was about 30. Scared me so bad I slept with the lights on that night. Just thinking about the crab walk down the stairs still gives me goosebumps, in a very bad way.

    But when I was a kid I could never watch The Wizard of Oz. Those flying monkeys scared the bejeezus out of me. I think I was in my late teens before I could watch it all the way through.

  18. Marty52 November 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    The Exorcist… went to see it in a theater with my boyfriend (now hubbie) when it came out… scared the crap out of me. Haven’t watched a horror film since and never will.

  19. ChaChaHeels November 3, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    That’s the old Wicker man, starring Bette Davis, right? If it is, I had nightmares a long time after that. I also remember one Night Gallery episode that made me very frightened about certain paintings…and that creepy fear lasted years, too. Not much scares me now because horror films are more like gore and surprise festivals these days–but Kubrick’s The Shining does it. It’s just vividly horrible, dark, isolated, and screamy.

  20. Lilly Munster November 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Event Horizon,a space horror film with Sam Neil.I rented it one night from the local video store (remember those?)and watched it with my two then teenage daughters with the lights out.

    That movie just scared the hell out of us.

  21. harri p. November 4, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    When I was a kid, a movie called Crowhaven Farm made me believe that at any time, I might be pressed to death by Puritans. Also, of course, Jaws, which I saw when I was one of the kids who spent all summer on an inflatable raft in the ocean.

    Now, I dunno, nothing much scares me. Real life is scary enough. Prince of Darkness is pretty good, The Exorcist, Blair Witch.

  22. harri p. November 4, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Crowhaven Farm on teh Youtubes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDtUtMUpolg

  23. Janey November 4, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Candyman, Candyman, Candyman!

  24. Grace November 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Twilight Zone, Nightmare at 20,000 feet (not a movie, I know.) I caught it one night at about age 10 (when I should not have been watching TV alone). I completely freaked out when Shatner lifts the shade on the window and the monster’s face is against the glass. I screamed, turned off the TV, and spent the next few hours trying to calm myself down enough to sleep. I’m pretty sure that I had to keep my lights on at night for a week.

    It stil gives me the creeps when I see it, but at least I’ve finally seen the entire episode.

  25. Bree November 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    The original Black Christmas from 1974. The first time I saw it, I couldn’t sleep a wink all night. From the moment the ominous notes of “Silent Night” kick in, you know you’re in for something dark, dreary and unsettling.

    Also, the first twenty minutes of the original When a Stranger Calls from 1979 is probably one of the scariest parts of a movie ever. It’s more suspense and police procedural than horror, but the editing, the music and the shots of the dark, empty house are downright scary. It’s based on one of my favorite urban legends about the babysitter getting creepy phone calls.

    Have you checked the children?

  26. dcsurfergirl November 8, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Surrender, Dorothy!