A night of fear

This is the time of year that all the horror shows are being showcased and we are bombarded with trailers for horror movies and TV shows.

I noticed that they seem to rely heavily on special effects now to bring in the fear factor.

This might work to some extent but there is one where the special effects are so slimy and icky that it would make me want to throw up not scream. Maybe that is what they were going for, I don’t know.

When it comes to pure longlasting fear factor all this new technology and special effects still cannot beat the master, Alfred Hitchcock.

Vertigo, Rear Window and Dial M for Murder are a few of over 50 films that he made. Two of his most famous films are Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963).

It was around this time that he was given the unofficial title of ‘The Master of Suspense’ and in my opinion, no one has been able to take it away from him.

The shower scene in Psycho had women taking baths for months, and that movie is still being hailed as one of the best.

In the movie, The Birds, he has birds attacking people and he did it so well that even now, over 50 years later, just mentioning the name of the movie will give people the chills and seeing two crows sitting on a power line can make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

That is what I call long lasting fear factor.

One of the things that make these movies so remarkable is that in the early 60’s there were barely any special effects to use. The fear factor had to come from excellent directing and superb acting.

Also using every day things made it seem more realistic which gave it more of the fear factor.

Two other movies of note are The Car (1977), about a car that is possessed by evil and terrorizes a small town in New Mexico.

It is not as well known mostly because it had to go up against the movie Star Wars when it came out.

In 1983 it was the movie Christine adapted from the book by Stephen King.

An unpopular teenage boy finds this old 1958 Plymouth Fury car and restores it to its former glory. The car (Christine) then attacks any who dare to try and bully the teen.

Those two movies are the reason I speak nicely to my vehicles and treat them kindly.

I suggest that if you really want to have a night of fear, save your money, stay home, pop some popcorn and dig into the old classics.


by Lois Perepelitz

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