NECROPOLIS : The City of Perpetual Darkness (2525 N. Shadeland Ave.) and WTTS are teaming up to bring you the scariest October Indy has ever seen. Throughout the month, we’ll keep this page up to date with area haunted houses and other ghoulish attractions, so check back often for the lastest news.
AND we’re looking back at some of scariest movie moments ever, and we need your feedback. Let us know yours in the Comments and check back every day in October for a new trailer or clip!
Scary Movie #1 — The Exorcist
A handful of films kept coming up over and over the past month, but one pulled away from the pack. William Friedkin’s classic seems to have robbed more of us of a good night’s sleep than any other film.
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Fright Night Haunted House
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Hanna Haunted Acres
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SlaughterHaus Haunted House
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Scary Movie #31 — The Blair Witch Project
Watching the movie today, it’s easy to forget that it was one of the first films to really use the internet to build a buzz in advance of its release. The Official Blair With Project website is still up and provides loads of supporting articles, photos, and time lines designed to make the experience as real as possible.
Scary Movie #30 — The Blob
Before he was The King of Cool, Steve McQueen made his screen debut warning his small town of a mass of killer jelly from outer space. The movie was independently made and didn’t become a hit until after McQueen’s career took off on TV.
Scary Movie #29 — Let the Right One In
A new vampire film titled Let Me In has just opened to great reviews, but as one of our astute listeners pointed out on Facebook, the new film is based on this 2008 Swedish film. Now, we don’t doubt the US remake is good, but it’s going to be hard to top the original.
Scary Movie #28 — Jacob’s Ladder
Some scary movies jump out at you and say, “BOO!” Some scary movies make you squirm in your seat and say, “Eww!”
Some scary movies get up in your head.
Jacob’s Ladder does a great job of the latter and once it’s up in your head, this story of a Vietnam veteran whose day-to-day reality has become increasingly strange and terrifying will stay there for a long, long time.
Scary Movie #27 — The Birds
Sure, it’s been parodied by The Simpsons (what hasn’t?), but as Michelle reminds us, The Birds is still a scary, scary movie from one of the masters of the genre. You know we’ll see more from Hitch on this list!
Scary Movie #26 — Deliverance
The 1972 adaptation of James Dickey’s classic novel reminds us that what’s in the woods doesn’t have to be supernatural to be terrifying.
Scary Movie #24 — The Changeling
Good call on The Changeling, Bill. This 1980 ghost story doesn’t get the attention it deserves these days and it has the added benefit of purportedly being based on a true story experienced by the author of the original story. Chilling!
Scary Movie #22 — Stir of Echoes
In 1999, Kevin Bacon saw dead people, too. But, without the twist ending, Stir of Echoes didn’t fare as well at the box office as that other film. Pity, because that means more people didn’t see it and as Karinb points out, it’s scary stuff!
Scary Movie #20 — Poltergeist
Yeah, the TV people were disturbing. Yeah, the tree was creepy. But the clown? Oh man. The clown.
Scary Movie #19 — Scream
For a movie with an incredibly high body count, Scream managed to breathe life back into not only the slasher genre, but Drew Barrymore’s career.
Scary Movie #17 — Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
No, JZ, you’re not the only one. Gene Wilder’s characterization creeped a lot of us out!
Scary Movie #16 — Seven
If Seven had been made in the 50’s, theatres would have asked patrons to sign a waiver in the event they died of fright. Only in the case of Seven, it’s not just a marketing gimmick.
Scary Movie #15 — Carrie
Steve is right. The scene in the graveyard punctuates an already terrifying movie. There was a sequel in ’99 and in 2002 there was a made-for-TV remake that was intended as a pilot for a series that never happened. Neither, however, even approached Brian DePalma’s 1976 film.
Scary Movie #14 — The Amityville Horror
Want to guarantee the book flies off the shelves? Put “A True Story” on the cover. Want to guarantee nobody who reads the book or sees the movie gets a good night sleep for a week? Spin a yarn like this. Remember, this is the tale that make “Get out!” famous.
Scary Movie #13 — Pet Semetary
Okay, maybe there is something scarier than evil clowns. Evil children. It’s hardly a surprise that adaptations of Stephen King novels and stories find there way onto our list so often. He never ceases to find another way to make something that shouldn’t be scary absolutely terrifying.
Scary Movie #12 — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
It cost around $140,000 to make and eventually landed in MOMA permanent collection. When Tobe Hooper pulled together a case of unknowns for his featured loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein, who knew he would very nearly remake the modern horror film? Even though it’s often lumped in with slasher films, it’s worth remembering that there’s really surprisingly little gore in the film. Instead, it draws it’s terror from suspense, surprise, and a really big guy with a chainsaw.
Scary Movie #11 — The Sixth Sense
Four words. “I see dead people.” Brrrrrrrrr.
Scary Movie #10 — The Haunting
How do you follow up on a an Academy Award-winning musical? Well, if you’re Robert Wise, you turn from adapting West Side Story for the screen to adapting Shirley Jackson’s classic ghost story. The Haunting has the distinction of being one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite scary movies of all time.
Scary Movie #9 — Jaws
The original summer blockbuster. Today, Jaws is iconic, not only as one of the great thrillers of all time, but also one of the greatest films of all time. It’s easy to forget that it was a huge problem to make. As star Richard Dreyfuss was once quoted, “We started without a film, without a cast, and without a shark.” Of course, by the time they were done, they had all three and a young Stephen Spielberg was on his way to a legendary career.
Scary Movie #8 — Night of the Living Dead
On Halloween, AMC brings zombies to prime time with the new series Walking Dead. That’s a long way from George Romero’s $114,000 classic. The original film was so low budget that the studio failed to maintain its copyright, which led to midnight movie showings and countless late night TV screenings. Even without them, it would still be a classic. Gore aside, the film is a savvy commentary on race and the Vietnam War. In later installments, Romero would use his shuffling hoards to explore themes of rampant consumerism and fears of terrorism.
Scary Movie #7 — Alien
Ridley Scott’s outer space scare fest was pretty much a classic gothic horror story. But, for a movie-going public that had returned to sci-fi in vast numbers post Star Wars, it was a massive shock to the system. Sadly, the original trailer is not available to embed. It’s fantastic, so follow the link!
Scary Movie #5 — Psycho
Okay, look, there are dissertations written about the film Psycho, so instead of going on and on about how brilliant it is, let’s consider instead the trailer. It’s almost 7-minutes long and it rocks!
Seriously, check the whole thing out.
Scary Movie #4 — Halloween
The scene where Jamie Lee Curtis has finally stopped Michael Meyers? She’s sitting in the foreground exhausted as he slowly, deliberately sits up again? Oh, yeah. The boogeyman to be sure!
Scary Movie #3 — The Silence of the Lambs
Our own Erin Masterson recently popped the DVD of Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece for the first time. She would be very happy if staffers would quit creeping up on her from behind!
Scary Movie #2 — The Shining
A personal favorite of Brad Holtz, it’s survived both The Simpsons and a hilarious trailer re-make contest to be the scariest of all Stephen King adaptations.