October 21, 2011

Trick or treat?

Next Week on Scary True: It's hard to pick out a costume for Halloween but it's even harder when you're already a monster! Take a look under the mask in "The Impostor."
And check out this week's Midnighters story, "The Midnighters: All Hallows."

Every so often, Scary True would like to spotlight websites, books, films, and other fun stuff that promote scares, creeps, and the heebie-jeebies for the edification of our readers. This time Scary True does horror movie reviews. We'll do it by category and pick it up with monster movies!

It wasn’t the first, but it was the best. James Whale’s Bride Of Frankenstein was a sensation in 1935 and hasn’t lost any of it charms or scares. What old school horror movies did was make an atmosphere that was scary because the monster would always suffer from bad make-up or bad acting or any number of technical faults. The monster you thought was chasing you, not the one you could see, was the scariest. Bride Of Frankenstein had the creepiest atmosphere of any horror movie. Ever. There, I said it.

Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) is the modern contender for the best horror atmosphere. This is pretty much dark, foggy London streets in space (of course the fog comes from all the steam vents that spaceships in the '70s had). Would I be remiss to mention the scene where the chest-burster does what it does? I thought not. I also credit this movie with beginning the trend of cats jumping out of shadows at people (or being thrown at the actors by their off-camera wranglers).

Honorable mention goes to a much more recent film, The Descent (2005). Spelunkers and monsters trapped underground? You can’t make that movie without coming up with a really creepy atmosphere.


  1. The Descent was an ok movie, I sometimes forget about it because at certain points I didn't feel like I was watching a horror.

  2. I think I know what you mean. For me, the Descent is a solid horror flick in the vein of Night of the Living Dead because it has monsters and people who become monsters. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. I think combined with the all the dark shadows and claustrophobia in the Descent, it works.

  3. Just wanted to let you know that I've given you a blog award over at my blog which you can view here: http://halloween-nights.blogspot.com/2011/10/idig-your-blog-award.html Thanks for keeping the scary in Halloween alive!

  4. Thanks a bunch, Anna. What a great Halloween treat!


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