THE HALLOWEEN TEAM DISCUSS THE FILMS THAT TERRIFIED THEM THE MOST…
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
The Exorcist. My parents screened it for my 15th birthday party. And it freaked me out so badly that my friends teased me about that, they would run up behind me and go, “Dimmy, Dimmy, Dimmy…” When I got my car when I was 16 years old, my licence plate was “Dimmy”. That movie scared the shite out of me.
There were a couple. One of them was a movie called The Fly (1958). When the scientist took off… [laughs] he was covering his face and he has a fly-head – my popcorn went flying. I jumped up. I was scared. And the original The Thing scared me. Oh, boy…
DAVID GORDON GREEN
I saw a film called The
Creeping Terror. If you watch it now, it’s sort of garbage. But at the time, I was five or six, and it was nightmarish. There’s an eerier, low-budget quality to it that now is totally entertaining. But at the time, I remember my dad laughing at how scared I was.
Friday The 13th was really scary to me. It had more to do with the age that I saw it than the movie in particular. I think The Shining is a really scary movie. Rosemary’s
Baby is kind of a haunting movie. I guess I don’t get scared any more watching movies, but you get haunted, or they’re disturbing.
I saw The Shining at a really, really early age. It fucked me up for years. I couldn’t go into any bathroom without looking behind the shower curtain. I just think that’s the best kind of horror film. It’s not just jumps… it plants a seed of something in your head that, when you’re alone or when it’s dark, that seed starts to grow.