Monday, October 17, 2011


by Gina Sestak

It's that time of year again.  The days are getting short and nights are long and Halloween is just around the corner.  It's a time for ghost and ghouls and who-knows-what to roam at will . . .

To illustrate this post, I had intended to insert movie trailers like I usually do, but was astonished to find that neither you-tube nor offered trailers for some of my favorites.

My search wasn't totally in vain.  I found this one:

Must be the whispering that does it, but The Other really gets to me. The book is scary, too.

The Other is horror at it's finest, but even really stupid movies can be scary.  I remember watching The Horror of Party Beach - one of the most idiotic films ever made - with my ex-husband.  We were afraid to go to sleep!  Something about it creeped us out sooo much . . .

Having been a zombie extra in Dawn of the Dead, that genre of film doesn't really scare me much.  I'm more likely to admire the make-up, so I'll leave George Romero out of this post.

I wanted to include a trailer for Beloved, one of the creepiest things I've ever seen, but I couldn't find any.  If you've never seen this film, watch it!  Thandie Newton gives an amazing performance as the (maybe) daughter returned from the dead.

If you've been following my posts, you expect me to include at least one Bollywood film, so here it is.  No trailer available, unfortunately.  Paheli is more intriguing than terrifying - it's a tale about a spirit who impersonates a young bride's husband while the real husband is away on business . . .

Have you ever written any horror stories?  I have quite a few mouldering away unsold.

Have you ever written anything so terrifying that you scared yourself?


Joyce said...

I'll make a confession: I don't like scary movies--or books. I read Salem's Lot once and it scared the crap out of me. And when I saw the Exorcist way back when it first came out, I couldn't sleep for a week. The closest I'll come to watching a horror movie is when the guys are watching a Mystery Science Theater DVD.

Kristin Bair O'Keeffe said...

Oh, me gosh...I'm with Joyce. I'm petrified of scary movies...and have been ever since I saw "Wait Until Dark" back in high school. Scariest thing ever. I still think of it every time I open the fridge in the dark. I just remember screaming "Close the refrigerator!" in the high school auditorium (which I know you'll only understand if you've seen the movie). I'm more a "Charlie Brown Halloween" varietal.

Gina said...

Joyce & Kristin -
Just keep repeating, "It's only a movie."

Jenna said...

No, and no. I don't write horror, I don't write scary stuff, and I've never scared myself with anything I wrote. Because I'm a confirmed scaredycat, I also avoid scary movies like the plague. Repeating "It's only a movie," does't help me. It looks and feels real because it's *supposed* to look and feel real, that's the whole point, and telling myself it isn't real defeats the purpose as well as doesn't work. So no scary movies or horror stories for me.

Gina said...

OK, scaredy cats. How about the ghost stories that aren't all that terrifying? Like TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY in which one of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman, plays the dead boyfriend? Here's the URL for the trailer:

Patg said...

I like a good scare but there is so much I don't like in the way of movies, I'd have to say I don't like the majority. I don't like the slice and dice or the gruesome stuff. Paranormal and supernatural stuff is way fun even when it is scary.
Last night started the new season of The Walking Dead. The scary part was who got shot.
My story The Master's Wife is a bit scary.