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You Can Never See a Classic Horror Film Too Many Times

Every fall, I spend October re-watching my favorite Halloween horror flicks, many of them black and white, or full of lovely seventies fashion statements like bell-bottom jeans. I enjoy seeing how many of the lines I can still remember on cue. Some of these classics bring a new surprise every time.

I have far too many favorite horror movies to list here, and I know I’d unintentionally miss some if I tried. Instead, I’ll focus on the five horror movies that had the greatest and earliest impact on me.

Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy. Not only creepy, but hysterical, it’s one of the better Abbot and Costello flicks, featuring the perfect amount of “scare” for when I was a young girl, and completely feeding into my fascination with the legends of Egypt.

Alien. With a ballsy female lead, this classic rocks. It speaks of terror on so many levels; of the alien, of defenseless isolation in outer space, and of what I imagine was probably the worst smell ever on a vessel full of sweaty, fearful humans.

Bride of Frankenstein. She was amazing! One of best Halloween costumes I ever did as a kid was the Bride, complete with pancake makeup, frizzed out hair and bandages everywhere. And since I had to trick-or-treat in the cold of Michigan, her gown hid my bulky jacket and still looked cool.

Nightmare on Elm Street. This was one of the first movies I saw with my (now) husband so it holds a special place in my heart. And the title, as ominous as it sounds, had absolutely no predictive value on our relationship.

Halloween. Love the suspense! It’s not Halloween without the original Halloween. And, I just want to give a shout-out to Google for being able to answer the question that’s haunted me for decades, what is Jamie Lee Curtis saying in her final line of the movie? I’ve seen three different versions, but at least I get the gist of it now:

Laurie says, “Was it the boogeyman?”

Loomis answers, “As a matter of fact, it was.”

Watch out and have a Happy Halloween!

Joanna Evans

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