What’s your favorite scary movie?
The stars of horror take on the notorious question made infamous by director and master of suspense, Wes Craven, and his Ghostface killers in Scream. The same movie that revived the slasher genre and ultimately changed the face of horror.
What’s your favorite scary movie?
Sheri Moon Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, Halloween II, The Lords of Salem, Toolbox Murders, Grindhouse): “The Shining. It’s pacing really sucks me in to the isolation. I’m haunted by it every time I watch.”.
Brad Loree (Halloween: Resurrection, Supernatural ): “Halloween (1978). While it’s very minimal in its gore and violence, it’s extremely scary and suspenseful. I remember first seeing it, and half way in thinking, ‘This is a really scary movie, I’m shittin’ myself.’”
Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part VII, Friday the 13th Part VIII, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X, Hatchet I, II & III): “Willard. Crispin Glover is scary. Not the movie, just his personality. Fucking weird!”
Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling, Critters, Halloween 2007, The House of the Devil, The Lords of Salem): “Don’t Look Now. It’s the classic example of true horror. You don’t see blood. You don’t see guts. Everything is inferred, and your psyche fills in the rest. Brilliant.”
Christine Elise McCarthy (Child’s Play 2, Body Snatchers): “The Exorcist. I saw it when I was about 14, and had to walk home afterward, alone and at night. The idea of a rival as powerful as Satan, or anything supernatural, kinda takes the cake. This film couldn’t be made in 2012. Gotta love the grit the seventies allowed.”.
Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child): “A Nightmare on Elm Street. I’m still blown away about how prolific it is. It has this gravity and Wes Craven and Robert Englund are a big part of that. Nightmare has a dark story and a great monster. Freddy is a child molester and that’s scary, that’s real life.”
Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2007): “Cujo. That dog is scary! I’m sorry, any time you get a 200 pound dog trying to eat your car, is just scary.”
Kim Poirier (Dawn of the Dead, Decoys, American Psycho II): “It. I really enjoy the fright factor. I’m a huge fan of suspense much more than I am of gore. This movie scares me and I’m a big screamer.”
Deborah Foreman (April Fool’s Day, Waxwork): “The Haunting (1963). When you cannot see what is scaring you, your imagination can then participate. This movie allows the viewer to create their own scenario and what scares them the most. Not to mention Julie Harris’ performance enhances that experience. Oh so scary!”
Cody Callahan (Humans Versus Zombies): “The Shining. It possesses one of the most terrifying scenarios ever. As opposed to strictly supernatural or science fiction stories, the terror comes from a normal family man going insane, something that could, and does happen in real life.”
Camden Toy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel): “Dracula (1931). I love Bela Lugosi’s performance. He embodied this wonderful aristocratic monster. I was very drawn to vampires when I was very young. It’s funny, I never saw them as evil. I saw them as characters that couldn’t help themselves. They just have to do it. They have to drink blood.”
James Winburn (Halloween, The Fog): “Halloween (1978). I enjoy good scary productions type films that the director brings to the screen without tricks, but with good script, good acting, good production skill with a good crew and good editing. Halloween was a hoot working with John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and a great production staff and crew. I am partial to this film. Debra was a dear friend.”
Christine B. Quinn (Shark Night 3D, The Ghost of Midnight Lane, Humans Versus Zombies): “House of 1000 Corpses. It’s become a classic. Anything Rob Zombie does is totally outrageous and just nuts. This is such a good one.”
Tenika Davis (Saw VI , Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings): “Quarantine. I’ve always been afraid of contagious infectious diseases, and the concept was all too realistic, shot documentary style. Huge fan of Jennifer Carpenter here. Gasping screams in dark corners totally freak me out!”
Bradley Gregg (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors): “Magic with Anthony Hopkins. It was so scary to me!”
P.J. Soles (Halloween, Carrie, The Devil’s Rejects): “Funny Games is the scariest movie that I have ever seen. Michael Pitt looked like such a nice, handsome young man, and Naomi Watts and her family seemed so lovely. I couldn’t believe the way the two guys slowly and deliberately tortured, terrorized, and then actually killed them. I really didn’t expect that! That is real terror, when bad things happen to nice people for no good reason, or in this case, even more terrifying, just for fun, sport, or game.”