Saturday, October 31, 2009

Verrrrrrry Scarrrrrry....

by Jeanne Adams

BOOO!!!

Did I scare you? BWAH-Ha-Ha-HA!!! It's Halloween! Tonight is Trick or Treat! Tomorrow, All Soul's Day...Are you ready?

Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Grins.


All of you know, by now that I ADORE Halloween. Almost every year we have an annual Addams Family Halloween party - in hiatus this year because I was on deadline, alas.

*huge, long-standing pout*

However, it is an event like no other. We've had up to 65 people in our house and garden for this affair. One year, early on while it was still just "Jeanne's Annual Halloween Party" (i.e. Pre-DH) I did a scary movie fest.

That was a strange one - not that they all don't have their strange character! - but this one struck me as odd because half the group was in the family room of my then-condo watching the scary movies, devouring popcorn, beer, and cupcakes with the same abandon as the monster on the screen devoured people.

The other half were in my miniscule kitchen talking as loudly as they could so as not to hear the scary noises or gasps of the populace from the TV screen.

Hmmm. I drew a frightening conclusion. Some people are really frightened by scary movies! Imagine that!


Did I mention that I'm REALLY missing the party this year? Can you tell? So I thought we could have a Virtual Halloween Party here.

Let's talk about Scary Movies! And Scary Books, Shaaaaall we?

The scariest movie I ever saw (nightmare producing scare and I was an adult!) was Aliens II. The one on the ship. *shudder* Something about that one just gave me the flat out willies. I literally did have fall out of the bed nightmares after that one. Could'a been the cold medicine too, but jumpin' heebie jeebies, Batman! That one was a doozy.

Second to that one in the "gives Jeanne the collywobbles" category is American Werewolf in London. Now before you go all Hollywood Critique on me and tell me it's a parody, I'll say that yes, I do know that. Doesn't matter. That scene, where the werewolves are dressed as Nazis and bust in the house? Huh-uh, oh no you dinnna!?! I truly did walk out of the theater. Well, run on wobbly legs might be a more writerly description. Ha!

Others that were on the "Sleep Disturbing" list are : Jagged Edge; Body Heat; and Wait Until Dark.


Alien (the first one) didn't get me. The Halloween movies didn't bother me. Neither did any of the Elm Street movies. Frankly if you are boneheaded flat out stupid peabrained enough to get yourself IN to that situation? Damn if you don't deserve to get dead. Snork!! And hey, Jamie Lee Curtis? If you go in the house to get something, come back out and the car doors are locked and the windows fogged?

GET. THE. HECK. OUT. OF. THERE. Yeeesh. Too Stupid to Live. Seriously.

What really seems to get me are not the slasher/gore movies. No, it's the pscyological ones. Hitchcock. The Birds.

I still have an unnatural fear of things that flap.

Gaslight. Are you mad, or are you being "gaslighted?" Grins.

Then there's the books and movies-from-books like The Exorcist and The Omen and Rosemary's Baby. Oh, and all the Anne Rice books.

Ohhhh yeah. Scarwy.

So I knew what scared me. I figured I'd ask some of the Banditas.

For Suz, it's the old school thriller - Rear Window; Midnight Lace; Charade; and the aforementioned Gaslight.

For our own AC, The Talented Mr. Ripley made her shiver, along with the end of the world flick 28 Days.

Nancy says Wait Until Dark had her covering her eyes. She also cited Dead Again and Terminator as among the collywobble films. (Now, with passing time, she's decided Michael Beign made all the Terminator fear worth it.)

Joan, despite her love of blood thirsty Romans, assures me she does NOT watch scary movies. Of course, she went on to list three....Exorcist (the mere discussion of it had her worried); Jurrassic Park (especially the part with the raptors in the kitchen...but you know, she doesn't watch scary movies); and What Lies Beneath. I'm sure she saw this for Harrison Ford, never THINKING it was a scary movie. Right JT? Grins.

Our own Anna says the first Halloween scared her to death, along with The Shining. "Daddy's home!" *shudder!* Anna likes thrillers. Movies like Fatal Attraction, Dressed to Kill, Sleeping with the Enemy, Seven, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Suspect. Suspect's one of my favorites, but Anna says Notorious is one of the best.

Tawny too refuses to see the scary ones, but says her kids think the REAL scary movies are: Dead Alive, Sixth Sense, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Quarantine, The Grudge and the Evil Dead.

So what about you? What's YOUR scary movie?

Any of them give you nightmares?

Do you get more frightened by the psychological stuff - Jagged Edge, Mr. Ripley, Gaslight, and so on - or the blood guts and gore, like Saw, and Halloween and Elm Street?

What about books?


Lisa Gardner's Say Goodbye had me seeing spiders everywhere. *shiver!!* and I certainly wouldn't want to meet any of Linda Howard, Karen Rose Smith or Lisa Jackson's villains in MY town!

Last but not least...I always buy at least three new Halloween books for my children each year. This year, the best is:

Tell Me Another Scary Story by Carl Reiner
Now....last but not least, for all my Pagan Pals...

Blessed Be and HAPPY SAMHAIN!!!!

128 comments:

Helen said...

Is he coming to my place

have Fun
Helen

Pamela Clare said...

The scariest movie I ever saw was AMITYVILLE HORROR. I never went to that kind of a movie again. I was 15 at the time, so I've really stuck to my guns when it comes to avoiding horror films.

The last movie that gave me nightmares was (don't laugh!) TRANSFORMERS. I dreamed there was an evil little car in my house. I knew it was evil because it's headlights glowed red. It was toy-sized, but it still scared me. I thought I'd gotten rid of it; then the doorbell rang. I answered the door and there it was -- and it was the size of a normal car. That may not sound scary, but it was, I swear! My son finds it hilarious. He thinks that an evil car would have just plowed through the door and not run the bell.

Strangely, books don't scare me in quite the same way.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Bandits!

limecello said...

ugh. I hate horror films. (I'm also enraged b/c the LG customer service rep was giving me attitude, and refusing to help. I am SO SO MAD.)

Anyway.

Friends tried to make me watch the Exorcist - but I didn't look at most of it. The Grudge in theaters, The original "Eyes" (which was a Cantonese film America took)... and the Exorcism of Emily Rose.

:X I had to stay up past 3 AM for a few weeks after watching that one.

Congrats on the GR, Helen!

Helen said...

Well he will be having a quiet night tonight there will be no trick or treating here

Jeanne great post the scarriest movie I ever saw was The Exorcist I had nightmares for days after but I don't usually watch scarry movies I am a big scardy cat LOL. When the I know What You Did Last summer movie came out and the one that followd my kids got me to watch them and I had my hands over my face often and the kids laughed their heads off at me and I must confess to watching The Scarry Movies with them as well and covering my face.
When I was a young girl we used to have scarry movies every Friday night on the TV and some of them were scarry does anyone remember The Blob with Steve McQueen and another one called The Crawling Hand don't remember who was in that one they had me scarred back then. Oh and The Day Of The Triffods.

I do hope you all have a happy Halloween and Jeanne sorry you aren't having a party this year but enjoy your night.

have Fun
Helen

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey! Helen! The GR's comin' to Oz today! Woohoooo!

Hopefully he won't corrupt the grandkids and teach them all the new manuvers P226 ran him through the other day.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Pamela! Happy Halloween!

Oh, man, I'd forgotten about Amityville. That one was reaaaally scary. Of course, what lightened that one up for me was Eddie Murphy's comedy routine about the haunted house thing. Totally hysterical. I'll see if I can find it on YouTube and post it.

*muffled laugh* Yeah, the car thing. Seriously, though dreams can make everyday objects, much less sentient cars, incredibly frightning. Butcher knives, for instance...

Ooops, sorry. Didn't think about it being bed time. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Lime! I'm not much of a horror fan either, as you can tell. Love me some thrillers and of course, Halloween, but the gore factor? Nuh-uh.

I have a writing pal named Kendal who'll probably pop on sometime today. She's trying to convince me I need to see the Saw movies.

Ummmm...Kendal, honey? No. Frickin. Way.

Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Helen, it's just as well you don't have any Halloween candy and trick-or-treat going on. I shudder to think what that bird would get up to, especially after hanging out with P226!

I remember The Blob from late night TV and, of course, the dreaded green-spew-filled Exorcist.

Part of The Exorcist was filmed here in DC, in Georgetown. It's the part on the steps...the famous Exorcist steps. Ironically, it's next to a gas station and right at a major intersection, which you'd never know from the atmospheric movie.

PinkPeony said...

Hi Jeanne! Enjoy the GR, Helen!

I'm not into horror flicks or scary movies but I love a good suspense/thriller. One movie that creeped me out was "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman. Ugh...pics of the dead servants...sheesh! Another creepy flick is an oldie..."The Innocents" starring Deborah Kerr. I was a kid when I saw it on TV and it freaked me out. Scary books don't bother me.

Have a wonderful Halloween everyone!

Nancy said...

Jeanne--I started to say "what gorgeous pictures" and then got to the scary ones! *g* What a fun blog.

Psychological bits scare me more--harder to forget. And I just close my eyes on gore, so I don't see most of it.

Yeah, I'm never watching Wait Until Dark again. Terminator is scary, but mostly from tension and danger. Dead Again with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh was really good, too--reincarnation thriller with a twist.

Movies don't usually give me nightmares. And I try, to be honest, to avoid reading books I think might. Life's too short, and there are too many other books.

Happy Halloween! And Samhain!

Helen, have fun with the rooster. Don't let him eat too many Tim Tams.

Nancy said...

Limecello, there was a time when "customer service" meant exactly that. I hope you get your problem fixed.

Virginia said...

Congrats Helen on nabbing the rooster! Have fun with him!

We don't watch the horror movies any more it seems like if you have seen one you have seen them all. We loved the Alien movies though, hubby's favorite was the first one. I can't remember a movie that made me have nightmares, I guess I just don't scare easy.

I guess I will be giving out lots of treats later on, if we don't have a rain out.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Pink! Happy Halloween! :> I didn't see The Others, but I remember seeing The Innocents on one of those Saturday sleep over deals. OMGosh. VERY scary!

Grins. Probably wouldn't be now, but back then? Yikes!

Scary books don't usually bother me either - heck I WRITE THEM! - but that spider thing...Lisa, you're a master of the creepy, crawly, scary. *shudder!*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Nancy, the scary pix were just too much fun, and hey, blog about scary pix, so I had to include them.

Couldn't resist the cute ones too, though, all the Halloweeeeenie ones.

I vividly remember the first time I saw Wait Until Dark. Now, it's been on other times, but I've very determinedly changed the channel! Scary!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Virginia! We're actively praying for NO RAIN here tomorrow for several reasons: football game for the older son, championship baseball game for the older son (back to back) and Trick or Treat for both boys.

GOT to have Trick or Treat!!! :>

In a lot of ways, I don't scare easily either, but some of those psychological thrillers stay with me...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Pamela, I found the YouTube version of Eddie Murphy's bit on Haunted Houses.

Problem is, I'd forgotten just how politically incorrect he is, and how bad his language is in that clip! Yikes! I stopped counting at fifteen f-bombs. Snork.

Anyway, if you want to see it, just go to YouTube and search Eddie Murphy Haunted House - it's from 3:30 to 5:06 in the clip if you want to skip all the other drek and 100's of f-bombs. Snork.

In an effort to stay betwixt PG13 and R ratings on the blog, I'll let everyone find it for themselves! Hahahah!

Rest assured, though, you'll never think of Amityville or Poletergeist in quite the same way.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Veehhhhl, dahlinks...it's after 1 am here on the east coast, so I'm for bed. See you on the Light side!
Grins.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Helen, a day with the rooster! Perhaps you can keep him entertained by reading aloud to him ;-)

Hey, Pamela! How are you? Great to see you here.

Jeanne, what a great post. Actually I'm not a great connoisseur of scary movies - I'm much more into mushy ones ;-) I've got the Exorcist in the cupboard but I've never been game to watch it.

I remember the Shining seriously creeping me out. REDRUM!!!!! And the hedges at the end. Yeah, they were both pretty scary. As was Jack Nicholson doing Here's Johnny!!!! He's not an actor I've ever particularly admired - yeah, I know, I'm a party of one there. But as the mad writer stuck in that hotel for the winter? He was just right. And wasn't that hotel creepy????

I remember when I was a teenager I watched the original version of The Haunting with Julie Harris and how that scared the willies out of me. Not sure what I'd think now - I'm probably a little more hardened. I remember watching the remake and going meh.

Pissenlit said...

Congrats Helen!

Yay! Happy Halloween everybody!

I'm not into scary movies but Scariest Movie Ever? I only caught the last couple of minutes of the movie while channel surfing but it is still The Scariest Movie I Have Ever Seen and I have no intention of ever watching any more of it or its sequels. That movie is Cube. Oh...my...gosh, I was so stressed and freaked out for those few minutes but I couldn't look away and I had to consciously unknot every muscle after it ended. *SHUDDER*

Aside from a book I didn't finish as a kid that involved a little girl who moved into an old Victorian house, an old dollhouse and the ghost of a very persuasive dead girl whose bedroom that girl now occupies, I can't think of any other scary books I've read. I have a very vivid imagination so scary books are not my cup of tea. Back in grade school, a teacher once read us The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. I was entirely creeped out by it.

Pissenlit said...

In case anyone's interested, here's the trailer for Cube

I haven't actually watched the trailer. I don't intend to.

jo robertson said...

Great post, Jeanne! So many scary movies, so little time.

I love scary movies, love to be startled and jump out of my seat in the theatre, have even been known to scream aloud. Embarrassing, but usually I've been joined by my two daughters flanking me on either side.

I enjoy the psychological ones more, just for the sheer intellectual thrill. But I'm not above watching the cheesy, creepy crawlie ones either.

You've named many of my favs, but I have to say that WAIT UNTIL DARK has a special place in my psyche. To be blind and stalked?? And Alan Arkin was absolutely chilling in that.

Still thinking of Audrey Hepburn trying to unplug the frig. Shivers!

Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Helen.

Happy Halloween. Pinhead from "Hellraiser" still scares me. I love "Gaslight." It was on TCM last night. Charles Boyer was a creepy dude trying to make Ingrid Bergman insane. I'm a big fan of Heather Graham's ghost stories.

Minna said...

Happy Halloween!
I'm not really a fan of horror movies, but I do like Jurassic Park. And I like movies like Beetlejuice, Addams Family and Edward Scissors Hand.

Doing It All For My Baby - Huey Lewis & The News
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=090DlQcnh18

Rowan Atkinson in Hell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UbqZ_oN5do

Michael Jackson - Ghosts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3lzEn-ZcX4&feature=related

Michael Jackson - Thriller 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkjtctcuQ9Q&feature=related

Gillian Layne said...

I really don't care for being scared. But we watch "Something Wicked This Way Comes" every year on Halloween.

And we watched "Young Frankenstein" last night. That's my kind of "horror" movie. :)

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Okay, I hate it but I am going to admit to my total wimpdom here and just say it straight out, I don't do scary. I have a vivid imagination and can't even read scary books. Movies are totally out of the question, Jurassic Park with all those things jumping out of no where? Huh uh, can't handle it I will just go to bed now thanks. To me the scariest of all are the ones that could be possible, real life is pretty darn scary if you ask me.
I have a sleep disorder so just on a normal night if I get an actual 3 hours sleep it is a cause for celebration so the only thing I read before sleep is a nice calm historical (and yes, I am not lying, I have been "startled" by some things even in those) romance. If I am particularly jumpy for some reason I have to go with Mary Balogh or someone I know is not going to have a villian that is going to give me nightmares.
I am a wimp I tell you, don't know how this happened because as a youngster I had no fear.

Minna said...

Oh, yeah. And Ghostbusters.

http://www.offthemark.com/halloween/halloween.htm

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travelblogs/5/6931/New+York,+You’ve+Changed:+Ghostbusters+–+Part+1?destId=362079&affil=lpemailcontent

Ghostbusters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4uxIo4t7xM&feature=related

Gannon Carr said...

Great post, Jeanne! I'm not a big fan of horror movies, but I do like suspense/thriller: What Lies Beneath, The Others, The Sixth Sense. Although, I prefer to watch them during the day with someone else in the room with me. :-D

Hands down, the scariest movie I ever saw was The Exorcist! I can't even listen to the music without covering my ears.

As far as scary books, I remember reading Anne Rice's THE WITCHING HOUR years ago. I was reading in bed, and it was a really scary, hanging-on-the-edge-of-your-seat moment, and my husband comes in the bedroom. I screamed and threw the book in the air (it was a HUGE hardback, just so you get the picture), and my dh looked at me like I had lost my mind. ;)

Despite my dislike for horror movies, I love to watch Ghost Hunters and any other paranormal show on the tube. I guess I have some sort of perverse fascination with things that go bump in the night.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Helen, keep those Tim Tams away from the GR....and send them to me. LOL

Buffie said...

Jeanne, I'm afraid I would be one of those people in your kitchen talking as loudly as possible to drown out the sound of horror! I just can't wait horror movies. I'm too scared! LOL! I think I have only seen one horro movie at the theatre, and that was Nightmare on Elm Street. I went with a group of friends and was freaked out all the way home and well into the next week!!

I can't even watch previews of scary movies -- they even scare me!

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Jeanne - HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone. This is one of my favorite holidays - not because of all the scary stuff - but rather the candy (yum!) and costumes. I'm more of a Casper the Friendly Ghost type person than a scarey movie one. I would have been in the kitchen at your party because I'm not drawn into the scary movies. If you don't invest in the world,the scares don't pack as much punch.

Scarey books - those I can relate to. I read Dean Koontz and I'm checking the locks on the doors and windows. Scarey, scarey stuff and I have to keep turning the page to see what comes next.

Tonight, the dh and I are celebrating by going to Young Frankenstein - the musical. Can't wait.

Nikki said...

Happy Samhain!

I'm a real 'fraidy-cat when it comes to scary movies & books. I have too hard of a time separating reality from fantasy, I guess!

I remember reading Amityville Horror in my teens and being especially wary of red-eyed pigs and closets from that point on!

The scariest movies to me are the "chase" ones. I can deal with the blood and gore, but I don't like being snuck up on! The Shining, even the edited for-tv one, made me scared for weeks! That ax alone was too much for me!
13 Ghosts, the original and the remake, but especially the "naked chick" in the newer version ....*shiver*!
But the scariest for me is The Grudge. Not seeing the girl's face, just hearing the noise...AAAHH! I think the paranormal intrusion on the everyday is what gets me about that movie. Never being safe from the curse and all that popping out on the screen just seals the deal for me.
Now that I have a toddler at least I have an excuse not to have scary movies on in the house today! Thank goodness! :)


Happy Trick-or-Treating!

Joan said...

Happy Halloween!

Helen, who's that kid dressed up like a rooster trick or treating with you?

Gannon, during What Lies Beneath? When the wife who is lying in a tub paralyzed waiting for the water to rise and drown her? And Harrison turns to see the corpse face superimposed over Michelles?

Startled me so bad I yelled "Jesus Christ" out loud in the theatre.

THAT startled my friends whose popcorn went airborne.

The Sixth Sense was CREEPY (Yes, Jeanne...that's another scary movie I "didn't" watch) What got to me was the images of people who had unjustly been tortured/executed wandering the halls of that school.

THAT is horrific to me...thinking about what a person must be feeling WAITING to be executed ESPECIALLY if they are innocent!

Shiver

Christie Kelley said...

Happy Halloween, everyone!

I'm honestly not into scary movies or books. I don't know why but they just don't do anything for me.

I will tell you about the scariest TV show. One episode of Ghost Hunters really did me in, and I watch the show every week. This episode was a home in SC that had orginally kept slaves. One of the slaves had been raped in the carriage house. When they did an EVP sessions in the carriage house you could clearly hear a woman screaming. It was extremely clear. I could barely sleep that night.

Have a happy halloween, everyone!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Anna! Had to LOL about Jack Nicholson. I guess he's okay. Grins. I'm not a big fan either, but he did a masterful job in The Shining.

Oooh, I remember The Haunting. Scarwy!!!

Also had to LOL about the Exorcist in the Cupboard. That would make a great name for a book or a rock band. Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Pissenlit! Happy Halloween! Have you let Susan's villain loose yet? Or did you decide to keep him. Grins.

I'm very visual too. There are a lot of movies I just won't see. The Last Temptation of Christ, for instance. I figured I knew how that story ended (badly) and w/ today's movie making ability to make it all real? Nope, no thanks. It's pretty real to me already and I'd rather not have that visual in my head! :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ohh, forgot to say that Tell-Tale Heart's one of my favorite Poe stories for sheer, short scare. :>

I got to be the keynoter at a neighboring community's arts council program the other night. It was a Poe-fest and the group did quickfire writing contests in the style of Poe which I got to judge. Then, a gentleman read TellTale Heart.

You know, the story stays scary, even after all these years.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Jo! I'd never have figured you for the scare-girl. Grins. In my mind, after seven kids, honey you ain't afraid of NUTHIN'!

Haha!

And wasn't Alan Arkin superb in Wait? I think its one of the very few times he's played the villain and boy, oh, boy did he do it well.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Jane! Happy Halloween!

Pinhead! Oh, I've seen the poster for that one. What's the name of the movie? Can't find it in my brain this morning. :> Hellraiser? Is that it?

Oh, man, I missed Gaslight on TCM? Drat! That is just a brilliant story.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Minna! Happy Halloween!

I loved Edward Scissorhands. Great movie. :>

Thriller's fabulous too.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Gillian! Happy Halloween!

Ooooh, I ADORE Young Frankenstein. There's a program on Bravo or A&E about behind the scenes at the movie. They did one on YOung Frankenstein and my DH and I nearly fell off the couch laughing. Some of the outtakes, some of the problems (cast cracking each other up) and so on were just as funny as the movie. Sometimes those exposes take all the fun out of the movie, but not this one, it just enhanced it.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Dianna! Happy Halloween! I think if you can't sleep, anything disturbing is your "enemy" - I LOVE to sleep. The few times in my life I've not been able to? Now THAT's scary! I don't know how you get so much accomplished and do what you do on 3-4 hours a night. Yikes.

Go you! :> (And under those circumstances, I wouldn't read anything scary either!)

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Gannon! Happy Halloween! I think all the horror movie things are that perverse fascination with the things that go bump. Grins.

Had to LOL WITH you on The Witching Hour. If anyone can give you atmospheric, spooky and down right skin-crawly, Anne Rice is your girl. After all the LeStat books, I wanted to take a shower (New Orleans' heat and humidity described so well) and turn on all the lights.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Buffie! Well, some of the things in Nightmare on Elm St. are real button pushers. I'm not sure I could see it now and have the same reaction I did back in the day.

C'mon in the kitchen, though, and have some pumpkin pie and a nice bloody mary. Grins. Pie for breakfast - esp. a vegetable pie -is perfectly acceptable in my house.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, and Buffie? You have a point about the scary movie trailers. I don't mind them so much for myself - hey, that's what the remote is for! - but that they show them when my kids can see them.

Of course, I feel the same way about the ads for erectile dysfunction during baseball and football games. My nine year old doesn't really need to be thinking about erections, much less what happens when you can't get one. *rolls eyes, scornfully shoots a murderous glance at the ad agencies*

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Donna! Happy Halloween! Young Frankenstein the musical? How cool is THAT???

Totally true about investing in the horror.

So come join us in the kitchen for pie. Grins. How big a slice do you want?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Nikki! Happy Samhain! I'm with you on not having too many scary movies in the house. The kids wake me up enough as it is, so tv or movie-induced nightmares are not particularly welcome.

Its funny how some of that stuff stays with you, isn't it? The clost thing...*shudder* and the ax? Yikes.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Joan said: THAT is horrific to me...thinking about what a person must be feeling WAITING to be executed ESPECIALLY if they are innocent!

Yeah, come to think of it, that IS creepy!

Happy Halloween JT! You no-scary-movie-watching gal. Grins. I figured Sixth Sense out, but I still wasn't sure until the reveal at the end. :> It was a great flick though, wasn't it?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Christie! :> I love Ghost Hunters! Great show, isn't it?

I want them to do a show in Salem...bwah-ha-ha! No, not really. I think there are too many h'aints there to be laid to rest.

You're right though, some of those shows where you know the paranormal's real and present can be even scarier than the Hollywood deal.

Joan said...

GhostHunters...a real contrast.

I "accidently" channel surfed that show up one night at midnight (What was I thinking stopping there?)THAT episode was scary....hearing "things"

But 2 years ago, they came to an old TB sanitarium actually located only about 5 miles from my house. It's a BEAUTIFUL turn of the century castle like place that they housed TB patients in back in the day when "rest for years" was recommended. They did a "live" broadcast on Halloween night.

They had a chute from the hill down to the railroad where the deceased were sent.

These two investigators kids were walking through it and they said (in a horrified whisper) "Do you smell that? It smells musty and moldy"

Um..yeah, the chute is about 80 years old and not been open.

Then there was a loud piercing whistle. Another investigator said "What was that?"

Um, the train on the track less than a mile down.

(rolls eyes)

I started to email them to say "Unless you hear a cough, there aren't any ghosts there"

But it could be scary...esp. for the few years in the 70's when it was a nursing home!!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Snork. The train right down the way. Snork. Snork. Snork.

Yep, I can see why that one wasn't that scary. Hahaha! And TB, the cough thing. SNORK!!!

You so funny, JT. :> I'd love to see the old building though. I love stuff like that. And they have a chute for the bodies? WEIRD-o! (hey...I can use that!)

~Drew said...

Great post!

I would have to say the movie that scared me, and really did give me nightmares was a movie I saw in the 1980's, 'The Howling', when they changed into the werewolf, I had never seen anything like that before, this was not your cute, furry, Lon Chaney Jr. Wolfman, this was flat out horror.

Now a romantic/horror film I like is Coppola's 1993 Dracula, watch that every Halloween! And get my romance injection along with the horror!

The book? I would have to say 'Salem's Lot' by Stephen King.

There you have it, werewolves and vampires, LOL!
The stuff of my nightmares, and my fantasies!
~Boo

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Drew! Happy Halloween!

Ohhh, Salem's Lot. Yes, that's a spooker, for sure!

And the Howling. I remember being scared by that up until the very end. Then the repoter turns into this kinda cute, fuzzy, girlie werewolf. She was so cutsey, all the scare went rightout of me.

Grins.

Coppola's Dracula is really good, isn't it? REALLY good. :>

Nancy said...

Jeanne and Jo both mentioned Wait Until Dark. The first time I saw that, I was in high school, sitting next to a football player. There's one particular moment in the movie, near the end that, well, had him practically over the back of his seat. The only thing that kept me from being right there with him is that the music had warned me, so I'd shut my eyes.

Because I can't shrug off scary stuff--maybe I have a superstitious streak--I tend to avoid it instead.

Joan said...

Oooo..ooooo another one was a TV presentation of The Lottery.

People in this small town lived in fear and dread when The Lottery came about at spring planting time.

In THIS lottery if you won you were SACRIFICED!!!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy said: had him practically over the back of his seat. The only thing that kept me from being right there with him is that the music had warned me, so I'd shut my eyes.

He must not have been that cute if you missed the opportunity to be behind the seat with him. Grins. I have to say I'm alays glad of the musical cues. I know when to shut my eyes. Ha!

I explained this to my 4 year old. That movies made the music to fit the movie and many times there were cue. I figured it would go riiiiight over his head. Yeah, right. The other day he was humming the Star Wars theme. Part of it, anyway. I da-da-da-ahd another part and he gave me this annoyed look and said, "NO, Mama, that's Darth Vader's theme. I'm playing with Yoda. This is his theme...."

Never think they don't hear you...(which is actually kinda scary too!)

Christie Kelley said...

Jeanne,

GH did at least one episode in Salem. Actually, if I remmeber right, they didn't find much of anything when they were there.

~Drew said...

Jeanne, LOL!

I forgot about that ending in the 'Howling', I think on the DVD commentary they said it was a nod to the "Wolfman', but you are right, it kind of took the punch out of it, LOL! You wanted to go get her a chew toy and some puppy chow she was so darned cute.

Oh, I can't forget Frankenstein! I saw a TV movie version on the Hallmark Channel (!) a few years back that was pretty good, Donald Sutherland was in it, the creature was played to tortured perfection by Luke Goss. It followed the book rather closely. Horror and heartbreak!

catslady said...

Oh, I think I've read and seen them all - love all scary stuff. The Exorcist was probably one of my first scariest books. I remember reading until 4 in the morning and had to get up for work at 5 so didn't even bother sleeping lol. Stephen King is my favorite author lol. I even watch the bad and goofy ones - they're always good for a laugh if they don't scare me.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooh, sacrifices. I'm good with that - in the movies, of course! - since there are so many options for rescue. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Drew said: LOL! You wanted to go get her a chew toy and some puppy chow she was so darned cute.

Exactly!

And we were mentioning musical cues a few posts up. I remember this scary, dramatic "its the end!" music and this cutsey werewolf. Part of it too, was the contrast. The other werewolves were these gnarly, snarly slavering beasts - even the really cute guys - and here she is, bimbo werewolf. Snork.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Christie, I'll bet the tourists have scared all the real ghosts away! Ha!! :> Or all the witches up there have laid them to rest.

Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Catslady, I remember reading the Exorcist and being scared and intrigued and weirded-out. Ha! PRetty much in that order. That's the only book my parents ever tried to censor, but I ended up reading it anyway.

I remember the censorship arguement well. When you're a librarian (my dad) and you've preached freedom of the press a whole heck of a lot to your kids, it's kinda hard to cry "CENSOR!" on any book. So I got away with it because I threw all those speeches right back at him. Ha!

Gannon Carr said...

Christie, I miss that GH episode with the slave. How awful!! I don't think I would have slept either.

They are having a GH marathon on Syfy today.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Ah yes, Gannon, but there's an NCIS Marathon on USA. For me, that trumps because there's BOOM!

Snork.

Kendal♫ said...

Ah, a topic close to my heart. ;) Positively ghoulish post, Jeanne!

The first horror movie I ever saw was Hitchcock's The Birds... when I was 6 years old. Haha! Loved every second of it.

As for favorite horror movies, I don't even know where to begin! The Hellraiser series, Wrong Turn, Nightmare On Elm Street... At the top of the list are most definitely The Ring and the Final Destination movies. I love me some gore, but the movie is 10 times better when there are plot twists thrown into the mix to spice things up :)

Jeanne, you NEED to see the Saw movies! They're graphic, yes, but the plot is soooo diabolical. Really messes with your head.
MWAHAHAHA!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Yep, bloody, diabolical, "plays with your mind" Check. I already have that in my own head, why do I need Saw??

Hahahah! See? What did I tell you, Banditas, I TOLD you Kendal would come by and tell me to see the Saw movies. :>

Kendal♫ said...

Jeanne, you need Saw because it's BRILLIANT, and the writing is FAB! If you already knew I was gonna bug you about watching it, maybe that's some sort of sign... ;)

Oh, and for psychological horror, anyone see Gothika or Fear Dot Com? LOVED those!

PJ said...

The psychological thrillers are the ones that get to me the most, probably because I know, or believe, that the same stuff going on in the movie could happen to me. I spend a lot of time looking over my shoulder while watching those. I saw Wait Until Dark in the theater and it scared the beejeezus out of me!

Most people today would probably laugh at Night of the Living Dead but the first time I saw it was at a drive-in theater when I was 16. For months (okay, okay...years) after that I was terrified to drive past a cemetery alone at night. I had never realized how many cemeteries we had in and around my little town until I saw that movie. lol

Pamela Clare said...

Hi, Anna! Hi, Joan! Hi, Limecello! Hi, Helen! Great to see you here!

Jeanne, I thought of one scary movie that I was able to watch and that was Silence of the Lambs. Brilliantly written but creeeeeepy!

I loved Sixth Sense, but I guessed the key plot point early. Must be my sixth sense. LOL!

Another really goosebump-raising film that's also very good is The Gift with Cate Blanchet (however you spell her name). Raised every hair on my body, but it wasn't the kind of spooky movie that ruins my sleep.

Did y'all know that The Shining was set not far up the road from me in Estes Park in the Stanley Hotel? Stephen King is a Colorado boy and wrote it there or was inspired to write it there. I've never seen the film. Won't watch it. Heck, I haven't even seen Jaws.

Fun post, Jeanne.

PJ said...

Jeanne, Lisa Jackson's The Night Before is one of the scariest books I've ever read. I don't think I got a good night's sleep for weeks after I finished that book!

Lisa Marie Wilkinson said...

The movies that stuck with me as badly scaring me are ones I saw when I was a child or a teen-ager. Something about age and wisdom (cough-cough) have made me much more difficult to scare these days.

My older sister had to leave a screening of "Night of the Living Dead," because she'd had the misfortune to let me tag along and I didn't last long past the scene in the cemetery where the soon-to-become-a-zombie himself is teasing his sister with, "They're coming to get you, Barbara!" By the time the first passing ghoul actually made a grab for the girl, I was ready to wet my pants.

A second movie that made an impression on me was a little known movie by Italian director Dario Argento called "Suspiria." It just had an overwhelming feeling of doom and used gross images in a weird subtext that was unnerving.

The original version of Friday the 13th really unsettled me, too, because of the very graphic bloodshed and the fact that even characters I found sympathetic were suddenly meeting grisly ends.

In books, not much scares me because I seem to process the written word differently than I do visual images. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and I enjoy other horror writers as well. Two books in the horror genre that have stuck with me and still bother me are The Doll Who Ate His Mother, a truly creepy grotesque novel by horror master Ramsey Campbell, and The Other by Thomas Tryon.

Dina said...

scariest movie is still the Excorsist, still freaks me out. I'm not into horror films so really all of them.

Christie Kelley said...

Hi Gannon, I've been watching the GH marathon as I clean today. I love the one at the Irish ruins. It's one of my favorites!

Joan said...

On my first trip to Ireland, we were staying at a rather isolated B&B right on the Atlantic coast at Castlegregory. There were only two options for dinner...a pub to the right or a "old hotel" to the left.

We'd been eating pub food, so thought let's give the hotel a try.

It was like Victorian era, set OFF the road in the midst of some WOODS.

There were cars around and in the distance was another old stone house...with single shoes TACKED onto the side of it...all over the wall up toward the roof even.

Weird.

Went into the hotel. NOBODY at the desk. We waited...and waited. We peeked inside the dining room which was set with all sorts of silver and china and period furnishings.

NOBODY there.

We heard noises in the kitchen. I tiptoed back and peeked in the door calling "Hello?"

NOBODY answered but the noise of cooking continued. NOBODY was cooking that I could see.

Mary and Lauren started saying "redrum"

I had not seen The Shining (because, yanno...I don't WATCH scary movies ;-) but I didn't like the sound of that in that setting.

We hauled a** out of there. Later we decided those single shoes? Were from previous victims...er, I mean visitors.

You can just imagine the atmosphere being there in the forest of Ireland.

And Christie...man, I'd watch that GH of Irish ruins!!! Dang...missed it.

Suzanne Welsh said...

BWAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA!!!

*Cough*cough*cough*

Okay, I don't do scarey well... By the way I left out IT, both the book and the movie.

And scary books?

Kay Hooper is very, very, very good at writing psychological thrillers with her psychic FBI agents.

Suzanne Welsh said...

A story...

Once there was this girl who had a best friend who loved scary movies. Every Friday night in their town the local television station showed old-time B horror movies with Bella Lagosi and Boris Karloff and Vincent Price.

At least once a month the two friends would spend Friday night together and the one friend would INSIST they watch the horror movies. Her friend would agree, but always ended up watching the movies from under the blankets with only one eye open.

Sigh...It's a wonder Marion and I stayed friends for so long...the woman loved horror movies!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Kendall! Gothika rocks!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey PJ!! Happy Halloween! :> Had to LOL about how many cemetaries there were in your little town. Too funny. I saw that Night of the Living Dead on one of those saturday afternoon horror deals.

*shudder* That one's pretty creepy!

Cassondra said...

Ah, Halloween. It has always been my favorite Holiday. Yet another evil twin thing, Duchesse. And even so, I try not to watch scary movies because they stay with me. I pretty much just flat refuse. And actually...even in the ones I've seen, it's scary MOMENTS...not the whole film.

As to the classics...It's not blood and guts that gets me. It's the psychological warfare.

For books, The Hound of the Baskervilles was a winner. I still think about that hound when I go out at night in the dark. And I LIKE dogs. (nervous grin)

Hitchcock has not been outdone, in my opinion. The scene in Psycho leading up to the shower? Masterful.

I have not seen The Exorcist, though I did grow up in a church where they actually conducted exorcisms. So I dunno if that would scare me or not.

There are a few things I've seen which STILL give me the creeps, even years later.

Aliens. Yes, I was creeped out by that alien and her intelligence and her hunting of the heroine. And I still have ugly visions of the larval(?) stage which smacked onto the person's face to implant the baby into the host. AAAAAHHHHH!

I saw only the trailer for The Howling, and that was plenty. I still dream about it.

I have had at least one dream about that doll that comes to life. And no, I have not seen that film. I can't even remember the name of it.

Strangely enough, the things that seem to linger longest with me are things like The Diary of Anne Frank, The Hiding Place,by Corrie Ten Boom, which was a book that made the rounds in our church and community when I was WAY too young to be reading that stuff, Red Dawn, and any other book or film about persecution by a dark force. I don't know why. It's weird.

As to the typical Halloween flicks..I refuse to watch those. Yes, I am lame. But they live with me. I can't let go of them. Heck, War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise still bothers me. And it's only mildly scary. I think it's the part where they're harvesting humans and when they drop them out and spear them, then drain their blood and spray it around to feed the red weed....

Crap, now I'm thinking about it..

Eww.

I am such a wuss. :0(

Pissenlit said...

Jeanne,
Yep, I handed Susan's villain back to her. :)

Joan,
Gah! I'd forgotten about The Lottery! That was one creepy short story!

Cassondra,
I loved The Hound of the Baskervilles! I remember a grade school teacher reading that to us, bit by bit over the course of a number of days. That was something to look forward to!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey back, Pamela! Ooooh, Silence of the Lambs! VERY scary!!!

And if Estes Park/Shining were right up the road from me, I'd probably not watch it either. Ha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

PJ, you're right, Lisa Jackson has that hair-raising ability too. She'll scare you to death! Ha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Lisa Marie! Happy Halloween! I know what you mean about getting sympathetic with the characters, then having them get picked off. I think that's part of the success of horror movies. You LIKE these people and if it can happen to THEM, then....

Probably why Aliens did it for me. I LIKED Ripley and her crew. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Dina! The Exorcist is running a strong first place for scarifying, right now! :>

Nancy said...

Cassondra, I loved The Hound of the Baskervilles. I wish we'd read it to the boy before he got too old to be read to (as he perceives it).

Nancy said...

Jeanne, I've been peeking in at NCIS today, too. The boom factor rates big with me. Michael Keaton's first Batman outing was on, too, but I stuck with NCIS. The Joker's just too creepy for me.

Claudia Dain said...

The first time (and the last time) I was terrified by something I read I was in high school. The book was The Power. I couldn't put it down, read it in the bathtub, and by the time I had finished it, the house was dark and quiet and I was dripping wet and had to get from the bathroom to my bedroom, all the while certain that the man with The Power was OUT THERE.

This was purely psychological stuff. Something about controlling objects and people's minds, making them do things they wouldn't ever do. Yikes! Total loss of control? That's the scariest concept ever!

I can read anything now and not be scared. Grossed out--yes. Just not scared.

Nancy said...

Claudia, I've never read The Power. Now I think I won't. :-)

I'm not really fond of being scared.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooh, JT! That's scary about the hotel and the sounds of cooking and the shoes and stuff. Wild!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, Suz! You're right, Kay Hooper! She's brilliant about keeping the edge of your seat!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

OMGOsh, Suz! That was me and my friend Debbie. :> Except that I really love Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Cassondra, you crack me up. You are the least "wuss" person I know. Hahaha!

That Aliens thing...yeah. Me too. Nightmare. Yep.

As to War of the Worlds, never saw the Cruise one, but the old one? Scary!!!! Same with The Day the Earth Stood Still. Klatuuuu!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Nancy, the Joker's too creepy? You haven't seen the "new" batman then, have you? LOT's of boom in that one...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Heeeeey TICD is in the Hoooouuuuse! Grins. You don't scare easy then, I guess...hmmmm....we'll have to figure something out...

Nancy said...

Jeanne, no, I haven't seen the 2nd "new" Batman movie. The boy assured me it was too creepy for me, and the snippets I've seen on HBO lead me to think Heath Ledger did a brilliant job as a deranged maniac. But too creepy for me.

I did, however, love Batman Begins. As you say, lots of boom.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

THe Power, eh? Hmmm...I'll have to look that one up!

Shift to Meaning said...

Hi Jeanne...
Very be-witching blog post :)

I like ghost stories so the scariest movie in that genre for me when I was a kid was an old movie called "The Uninvited" with Ray Milland filmed in the 40s. The ghost story that scared me as an adult was "The Ring". That one really creeped me out.

Wishing all the Adams family a happy spooky Saturday with tons of treats...
Love,
Max

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Max! Welcome to the Bandit Lair! :> I've heard about The Ring but not seen it. I think I'm going to have to look that one up.

Happy Halloween!

kimmyl said...

The scariest movie I ever saw was 1920. I would keep getting up going to the restroom and when we got home from the movies I left the lights on. LOL

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi KimmyL! Love your icon! :> I've not heard of 1920! I'm off to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to check it out...

Gannon Carr said...

Oh, Joanie! Very creepy story about the hotel in Ireland. I would have been incredibly fascinated, but probably too scared to stick around.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Same here, Gannon!

Suzanne Welsh said...

OMGOsh, Suz! That was me and my friend Debbie. :> Except that I really love Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi. :> ..

Jeanne, why am I not surprised you were the horror movie watching one?

Kendal♫ said...

Jeanne, you haven't seen THE RING?! That's got to be the only movie in history that made my skin crawl watching it! It's a MUST! And Naomi Watts is one of my favorite actresses :)

And I think someone mentioned The Uninvited? The remake from last year was really well done.

kimmyl said...

Has anyone seen the Last House on the Left? If so was it good.

Claudia Dain said...

Nancy, I should look for The Power online (wish I could remember the author); I wonder if it would scare me now? I sort of think I'd find it slow. The pacing of novels (and movies) has really changed in the last ten years or so. I watched all 4 Alien movies in the past week and the first ones move more slowly than they would if made today, imo. Did anyone see Aliens vs. Predators? I loved it. Fast-paced! I thought it would be dreck, but I really liked the plot.

Nancy said...

Claudia, that's an interesting point about pace. I have trouble, now, sitting through 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was a bit slow in its day but seems downright ponderous by current standards.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Suz said: Jeanne, why am I not surprised you were the horror movie watching one?

Bwah-ha-ha!! Not the gory stuff, but some of the Lugosi and Karloff and Price...well, priceless!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Kendal, the Ring made YOUR skin crawl? This from the gal who LIKES Hell Raiser?

Grins.

I'm thinking THe Ring's a rental for me. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

TICD said: pacing of novels (and movies) has really changed in the last ten years or so.

This is SO true! I know some of the stuff I've seen again - some of the really old stuff - seems soooo sloooowwwwww. :> Some of the books too. I gave a talk the other night at a Poe Night and the discussion turned to the fact that books like Tolkien and War and Peace probably wouldn't be bought nowadays. They're just toooo slowww. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

That's SO true about 2001, Nancy. I remember seeing it the first time and thinking...okay, this is good, novel concept...interesting..does it EVER pick up? Grins.

Louisa Cornell said...

Late to the late night party! Had to work today. Talk about a horror show! Making cupcakes for sugar crazed people at Wal-Mart? SHUDDER! Our Monster Mash 12 inch cookie was a hit. Decorated like a pizza with eyeballs, worms and entrails for toppings. We couldn't make them fast enough and it was our own design!

My oldest younger brother, his best friend and I went to see The Exorcist when I was in college and they were in high school. We slept in the den that night with the lights on at THEIR request and they were big football players! SNORK! They said I knew more Bible than they did. I told them if a demon showed up I was going to be quoting the Bible from six blocks away. Good luck!

Amityville Horror was another one that gave me nightmares.

Stephen King's Pet Cemetery is the novel that had me sleeping with the lights on. The DH and I were just married and had a big dog, but no cat. I didn't get a pet cat until a few years after I lost the DH and I blame Stephen King. Of course the cats I have don't really count. I call them breathing stuffed fur pillows with feet.

I LOVE Gaslight and The Birds - those are two of my favorites. What was the one with Doris Day and Rex Harrison? It was a thriller set in London where he was "gaslighting" his wife. So sad, I asked my co-workers one day if they were "gaslighting" me and they had NO clue what I was talking about.

Having worked in a funeral home, on the night shift for the most part, with some real jokers it is hard to scare me. God knows they tried. But after that first corpse sits up on you, it is pretty much passe.

The Hellraiser movies horrified me. But the Evil Dead movies can scare the crap out of you.

I remember The Haunting with Julia Harris and as I recall it kept me up several nights.

It's funny but the paranormal or spirit type events don't scare me that much. I've spent so much time studying them and I feel like I know what to do and what not to do should something come up.

The truly scary movies and books and occurrences for me are the ones that involve serial killers and psychos. There are no formulas or rituals or words to deal with them.

Kendal♫ said...

kimmyl, Last House On The Left is brutal! I got nauseous watching that rape scene in theaters. It's really sad :(

Jeanne, you didn't like Hellraiser? ;) Unleashing demons from Hell? I'm SO there! Haha! And definitely rent The Ring. You'll have to tell me what you think of it.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Louisa said: The truly scary movies and books and occurrences for me are the ones that involve serial killers and psychos. There are no formulas or rituals or words to deal with them.


SO true, Louisa! I love the idea of the cookie with the worms and stuff. :> That's so fun! Of course, the sugar-crazed WalMart customers are pretty scary.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

I'm okay with Hellraiser. Grins. Kinda like Louisa, I'm thinkin' that I'd know more what to do with demons and so on than psychos and unpredictable crazed killers. :>

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Well that tells me I'll be skipping Last House on the Left. Can't handle that sort of thing. Couldn't watch A Time To Kill or read it for that matter, because of the rape.

Sigh.

Kendal♫ said...

Jeanne, I really despise rape scenes. It's the one thing I CANNOT watch. I can't stand when men take advantage of women. It infuriates me. Didn't like the rape scene in The Hills Have Eyes either. Bleh.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Well, there's another one that goes on the list to not see! :>

Pissenlit said...

Yuh, thanks for the heads up, I don't think I'd enjoy that one either.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

WOOHOOO!!! Just heard some fabulous news that our own Joan Kayse. Her manuscript Barbarian Soul is a finalist in OKRWA's Finally a Bride Contest!

WOOOHOOO!!! GO Joan!!

Joan said...

LOL, thanks Duchesse!

It was the best "Treat" tonight...and no calories!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

That is a great treat, Joanie! What a lovely note to end the month on!

Pissenlit said...

Congrats Joan!

ddurance said...

Probably The Ring, creepy kids always get to me.

Deidre

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey DDurance! Happy Halloween!

You're one of the many who mentioned the Ring. Gotta check that one out...

Pat Cochran said...

One of the scariest movies ever for me was an old John Payne (the P is
correct) film from the '50s. It had
undersea scenes with him being set
upon by a huge, ugly octopus! That
did it for me, I had nightmares for
ages after! I still can't watch movies that have underwater scenes
in them to this day!

Pat Cochran

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Pat! I have a friend like that. No watery movies. No Castaway, no Deadliest Catch, no Titanic.

Scary Water Movies are her nemesis!

Chef Di said...

OK So happy day of the dead!! Ciao fabulous romance bandits, and thank you for welcoming me to your lair again! My comment didn't get posted yesterday, a little Halloween trick I guess!

Pet Sematary (I think that's how it's spelled) was my scary movie and, pretty much the only one I've ever seen. Don't really like 'em, books either, TV shows ... none of it. I'm pretty much a world-class wimp!!!

Having said that, I do LOVE all the great news going on with all of you that Jeanne keeps me posted on and since today is her deadline day, I am quite certain more great news is on its way! Thanks for all your fabulous work and enjoy your November!!

PS I did have a recurring nightmare as a child that the jack-o-lantern my parents always put in the front bedroom window on Halloween came to life and "Pumpkinhead" was my haunting monster for years. Does that count?!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Di, it totally counts! *shiver* Pumpkin head's comin' to getcha!