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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!! It's my favorite day of the year and I'm all in black, complete with skeleton earrings in celebration. I'm also celebrating because I have been nominated for a Movie411 Award. WHOO HOO!!! Check this, yours truly has been nominated for Sexiest Female Author.

OMG!!! I cannot believe it, I am stunned, just stunned, but very happy. Sing it with me now... "I believe in miracles. Where you from? You sexy thing..." Ah, nothing like a little Hot Chocolate music to celebrate. The nominating goes through November 28 and those Top 5 with the most nominations moves on to the voting round. Fingers crossed that I move on. And since I'm from Chicago, I promise, no dead people will be involved, unless they have their own blog. LOL To nominate me or others just email The Movie411 here themovie411@live.co.uk.

You all know how I love scary movies, books, hell I'm even planning a real-life ghost hunt next year with some friends. We are going to Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Kentucky where I plan to personally inspect the infamous death tunnel.

There are, however, some things out there that truly terrify me and I'm not talking fear of the dark or hating reptiles, I'm talking bone deep fear and stomach churning horror. The following are two of the very few movies on this earth that genuinely terrify me and I have a very hard time watching them. These movies really do a number on my psyche and I just cannot watch them alone.

The Strangers Words cannot even begin to describe the creepy feeling that this film engenders in me. I think it's the way that this movie is a real life possibility. Brutal, savage home break-ins happen every day and the majority go unsolved. I knew someone whose sister was brutally murdered in her home. Fifteen years later and not one clue. One of my mother's friends was a student nurse slaughtered by Richard Speck. I can sit through the mindless horror of Friday the 13th, Halloween and other slasher flicks like that because they're mostly silent hulking killers that regenerate. I get a lot of shit for this movie, but it just freaks me out, a random act of savagery that hits too close to home.
The Exorcist William Friedkin's film stands out as the single most terrifying movie I have ever seen. I was raised Catholic, still am, and this movie hits at the heart of my spirituality and the beliefs I hold dear about Heaven and Hell. Some of its images are so shocking and revolting, especially the crucifix scene. I was frozen in horror as I watched, sick to my stomach. Yes, some of the acting is cheesy and the dialogue over-the-top and it's been much-parodied in the nearly forty years since its release, but you will never catch me watching this film alone.

So what films terrify you?


  1. I'm not at least surprised by the nomination :) If anyone else gets the award in the end it will be someone who voted for himself/herself :)

  2. woo-hoo... great news, i got nominated for a few... i am a zippy too.. whatever that means.

    happy day, halloween!


  3. Congratulations on your nomination! That's awesome!!

    I tend to avoid scary movies because well, they scare me. But I am in love with the TV series "The Walking Dead" even if I'm not a zombie fan. The show's amazing. I just can't watch it before bed because then I have nightmares.

    Yes, I am a chicken.

    Happy Halloween!

  4. Happy to nominate you, Melissa!
    And the Exorcist is one of the scariest movies ever made.

  5. Well done on your nomination Mel and Happy Halloween.

    The Strangers genuinly does freak me out xx

  6. Happy Halloween to you too, Mel!

    Congrats on the nomination, it very much deserving. ;) Did you nominate your favorite movie blogs already? I still haven't, but I'll definitely do it in the next few days or so. Received a couple of nominations though. :)

    Sorry, I didn't like "The Strangers". To me, it was nothing special, and not at all scary.

    The Exorcist is a true horror classic. I just can't fault it. It's brilliant and absolutely terrifying!

  7. SUPER (DUPER) CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Well-deserved :)

  8. Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination! I haven't seen The Strangers - keep meaning to. I LOVE The Exorcist - a truly frightening movie. Just seeing that subliminal face in a picture makes me uneasy!

  9. @Dezz Aww... Thanks! I was totally blown away. I still am. :)

    @iZombie Thank you!! Happy Halloween and congrats on your noms. We rock!

    @M.J. Thank you! I am so in love Walking Dead myself. Everything about that show is outstanding.

  10. @Alex Thank you so much for the nomination. You made my month. :) The Exorcist just leaves me wanting to run into the nearest church and stay there. :)

    @Demps Why thank you, my friend. :) I love the badge, it's gorgeous. Happy Halloween to you, too. Hope you had a scarilicious good time.

    @Nebular Thank you so much!! Congrats on your noms!! I have not nominated yet. I'm so bad. :(

    While we differ on The Strangers, I absolutely agree with your assessment of The Exorcist. That is one bone chiller of a film.

  11. @Kelley Thank you so very much!!! I am just overwhelmed to have my little blog here so loved. I never imagined this a year ago.

    @Craig Oh that face horrifies me! I cringe whenever I see it. Thank you so much! I can't believe how far I've come in a year with my little blog. See The Strangers, it leaves me with a creepy feeling.

  12. I think someone has been nominated in another category as well... :)

    Oh wait, that's you, Mel! :)

  13. I too like STRANGERS. I read the script a few years back and was struck by the spartan nature of if it; really glad that it was creepy and not gory. I never thought the studio behind it would make it the way it was written but they did and it worked.

    EXORCIST is one of my all time favs. You should check out THE DEVIL INSIDE trailer because it creeped me out too.

    Well done on the awards front.

  14. I'm still too scared to watch The Exorcist.

    I think I saw The Strangers too, and if it's the one I'm thinking of, it was so awful what happened and I thought about it for days!

  15. @Nebular Aww.. Hey hon you are the BEST!! Hugs and many thanks. :)

    @Movies I will definitely check out Devil Inside. It sounds like it would be right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation.

    @Kimberly Hi! Yeah, Strangers bothered me for a long time after I saw it. I don't like cat and wounded mouse kills like that.

  16. i remember the "F--- me Jesus" scene when i was like eight, and that was enough to freak me out and never watch the whole thing! lol

  17. @Jeremy Yes, that scene has to be one of the most disturbing things ever put on film. I shudder just thinking about it.


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