THIS MONTH AT EMPIRE
I CAN ONLY remember watching three things when I was a kid that truly terrified me: Doctor Who (Now: clearly men in crap rubber suits. Then: high-octane nightmare fuel), an episode of TV series The Greatest American Hero set inside a haunted house (don’t get me started on ghosts) and The Neverending Story. (The Nothing and Atreyu’s horse Artax drowning in the Swamp of Sadness may very well be the two most messed up things to ever be put in a kids’ movie.)
As an adult it wasn’t any of the usual suspects – The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Blair Witch Project – that caused me to lose sleep. Nope, that honour goes to weird-ass 1989 alien abduction movie Communion starring weird-ass Christopher Walken. So freaked out was I after watching it at uni back in the day that I had to go sleep in my friend Catherine’s dorm room for the night. (And no, it wasn’t a dodgy come on, thank you very much – unless some girls are attracted to grown men terrified of aliens? If so, holler.)
This month sees the release of the follow-up to a movie that has well and truly scared the bejesus out of generations of film lovers: Halloween. While John Carpenter’s 1978 original may seem slightly tame by today’s standards of gore and frights, it’s a rock solid classic that has finally been given the sequel it deserves in Halloween. (Yes, they both have the same title, but it’s better than “Halloween: Please Forget
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What films, both obvious and maybe slightly left-of-centre, have scared the crap out of you guys? Write in and let me know. Bonus points if it involves aliens. Double bonus points if it involves Christopher Walken.
Yours in hiding under the doona,
... ALSOTHIS MONTH AT EMPIRE: Interviewed Ryan Gosling from the chilly main street of Molong, NSW after an emergency pitstop due to my ride breaking down. Read all about his ride thankfully not breaking down in new movie First Man (page 50).