Give Me The Creeps: The Exorcism Scene From ‘The Wailing’ (2016)

If you read my ‘Best Of 2016’ list, then you know that the Korean horror film The Wailing sat proudly atop it.  There wasn’t much I could find wrong with this movie – except that I felt uncomfortable every time they called the stranger in the town ‘The Jap’.  Speaking of uncomfortable, no scene in recent memory (except maybe something in Baskin) made me as uncomfortable and creeped out as the exorcism scene in The Wailing.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then I maybe wouldn’t watch the following clip.  But, if you are the type that likes things spoiled for them – then by all means click away!

I don’t know much about exorcisms or the right/wrong way to conduct them, but dammit if that shaman wasn’t giving it his all!  You get an ‘A’ for effort, my good man.  More specifically, this whole scene gets an ‘A’ as the back and forth scenes between the shaman attempting to exorcise a demon from the little girl and the stranger (or Jap) performing his own ritual to try and stop it are about as mesmerizing and creepy as filmmaking can get.  Literally felt hypnotized as I watched this.  And then felt uneasy and dirty because it gave me the creeps and I felt the need for a shower afterwards.  Please see The Wailing if you haven’t already, and please hire that shaman if you need some good exorcism work done!

Give Me The Creeps: The Old Lady In ‘It Follows’

This is not to upset any of my readers who are senior citizens, but old people can really creep me out.  I think I’m still traumatized by visions of the lady in the bathtub from The Shining.  Hell, and don’t even get me started on Rabid Grannies.  So anyway, as I was revisiting last years ‘love it or hate it’ horror movie It Follows – I was once again reminded just how much the geriatric folk get under my skin…….

Obviously the amazing score from Disasterpeace helps accentuate that scene and many others in the film.  But even without any music, this scene would still have me twitching with uncomfortableness.  Like I said earlier, love it or hate – It Follows nailed certain aspects of what’s missing in horror nowadays.  And creepy slow-walking elderly people is one of them.  I’m talking more so about the overall feel of the movie of course, but if you never worried about looking out a window and seeing an old lady in a hospital gown slowly walking towards you – I bet you will now.  Btw – would you just fight them off with Bengay or dentures or something?

Creepiest Pizza Cutter Ever: Don’t Go To Sleep (1982)

Machetes and butcher knives are for suckers.  Yeah, I’m looking at you Jason Voorhees.  Try using a pizza cutter to intimidate someone and then we’ll talk. While I was going through my often cluttered mind of horror movie memories, I remembered a made-for-TV movie called Don’t Go To Sleep from 1982. And one of the scenes that stuck with me was when Mary (Robin Ignico) is stalking her mother (played by Valerie Harper) with a pizza cutter towards the end of the movie.  Check out the clip below and marvel at the sight of a made-for-TV movie that is creepier than pretty much any horror movie released in theaters today.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Creepy Clown Attack’ From ‘Ghoulies’ (1985)

Nothing says a fun Saturday night like watching Ghoulies.  Yeah, I said Ghoulies.  I live a depressing life, but that’s not the focus here.  The focus is on the fact that Ghoulies actually has a few good parts in it and isn’t just a clever poster with a slimy bald green monster popping up out of the toilet with the equally clever tagline “They’ll Get You In The End!” attached.

On this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m spotlighting one of my favorite and creepiest scenes from 1985’s Ghoulies and of course it involves a clown because I don’t like clowns.  Actually, this is more of a clown/jester hybrid that ends up being a green sharp-toothed monster underneath.  No, it doesn’t make any sense, but it sure is fun to watch!

Give Me The Creeps: The Window Scene From ‘Salem’s Lot’ (1979)

What the hell were my parents thinking when they let me watch Salem’s Lot on TV when I was 6-years-old?  Well, thanks Mom & Dad – because I’m still having nightmares about a ghostly floating vampire boy scratching at my window, just begging to be let in.

Not many TV movies nowadays could give me the creeps (unless the acting in Sharknado counts), and Salem’s Lot definitely succeeded there numerous times.  Released as a TV mini-series that was based on the novel by Stephen King, this is easily one of the better vampire horror movies around.  The window scene is the true master here (sorry, Barlow) and that is the scene that makes me grab at my blankey extra tight.  I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to determine if I really do still have a blankey.  But anyway, high praise goes out to you Salem’s Lot and your creepy ass window scene – you will forever give me nightmares.  Oh, Hi Barlow!  How long have you been standing there?

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Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘The Torture Scene’ From ‘Audition’ (1999)

Men, don’t piss off any women in your life.  And if you don’t want to heed my warning, then you obviously haven’t seen Audition.  That’s right – Audition – the 1999 Japanese horror film that will make even the strongest man cringe, as you watch a poor widower of 7 years fuck with the wrong girl.

So on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m giving you a sneak peek into the world of Audition, with probably it’s most popular and cringe-inducing scene.  If you’ve seen this movie, then by all means reminisce and click the link below.  If you haven’t seen it, I might suggest watching the whole film ASAP.  It’s up for interpretation as far as what’s real and what isn’t, but damn it sure is fun to watch Asami have so much fun torturing Aoyama and gleefully toss his left foot aside.  She’s quite the acupuncturist as well!

Give Me The Creeps: Television Scene In ‘Ringu’ (1998)

I know, I know.  The ending scene to The Ring in 2002 has been talked about to death, and in it’s own right it’s a pretty creepy scene – especially for a mainstream horror remake.  But let’s talk about the original Japanese 1998 version called Ringu for a minute.

I remember getting a bootleg DVD copy of Ringu off Ebay back in 1999.  This would catapult my Japanese horror obsession that would later include Audition, Shutter, and Ichi The Killer to name a few.  I remember watching Ringu for the first time late at night while eating a bag of Cheetos.  Don’t ask me how the hell I remember the Cheeto part, but they must have been memorable for me to.  I was pretty creeped out throughout the whole movie, and then the ending came…….

My biggest gripe with the ending of the remake version is the obvious CGI that’s involved when Samara is coming out of the TV at Noah.  Still creepy as a whole, but definitely not as creepy as the original.  And while the remake focuses more on Samara’s decaying, waterlogged body – the original seen above focuses on her missing fingernails while she’s crawling on the floor. Fingernail damage in movies always fucks me up.  I also love the more subtle ending of the scene from the original with Samara peeking her eye out of her hair instead of showing her whole face.  Sometimes less is more.  I’m glad I did this post by the way because it makes me want to revisit my Japanese horror collection.  Looks like A Tale Of Two Sisters is getting dusted off the shelf this weekend!

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Give Me The Creeps: ‘Beetle Mania’ From ‘Prince Of Darkness’ (1987)

I’ve got super good news for you if you have a fascination or fetish with black beetles!  When it comes to scenes from horror movies that give me the creeps, I can usually count on anything associated with a numerous amount bugs to do the trick.  So a big thank you and also a big fuck you to John Carpenter’s 1987 flick, Prince Of Darkness is in order.  Although the movie as a whole is hit-or-miss, there are a ton of creepy scenes to make your skin crawl.  None more so than the moment below when Wyndham (Robert Grasmere) returns from the dead with a disturbing auto-tuned voice and a bunch of beetle friends in tow.

Wow – his head just literally rolled right off, huh?  Well, I guess if I was a walking corpse with thousands of beetles inhabiting my body, my head probably wouldn’t stand a chance of remaining intact either.  Not only do the bugs creep me out, but when Wyndham says “Pray for death…..“, I feel the urge to urinate in my pants a little.  Being that Halloween is upon us, Prince Of Darkness is definitely required viewing on the night of October 31st. Scream Factory recently released an amazing Blu-ray version with loads of extras, so get on over to their site and grab it if you want.  Now, because you’ve been good throughout the post, I’ll tease you with half of Jameson Parker’s mustache from the movie.

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Give Me The Creeps: ‘Ice Skating Attack’ From ‘Curtains’ (1983)

Creepy doll?  Check.  Creepy mask?  Check.  Typical stupid 80’s horror movie decisions?  Double check.  Welcome to my recurring feature called Give Me The Creeps, where I tell you what scenes from horror movies make me sleep with a nightlight on.

In my opinion, daylight horror movie killings are always creepier than if they’re at night.  And one of the best and most effective scenes that accomplishes the daylight atmosphere is from the 1983 underrated slasher flick, Curtains.  If you’ve seen it, then you know what’s coming.  If you haven’t, you might rethink going on an ice skating excursion this winter.

The thing that’s brilliant about this scene other than the fact that it takes place in broad daylight, is just how well it’s set up.  Sure there’s some cheesy 80’s music to start with, but once Christie finds that creepy ass doll in the snow – you know it’s about to be on.  The killer’s ‘old hag’ mask is one of the creepiest ever in my opinion, and the slow motion skating/stalking more than puts my nerves on edge.  Gotta love that grunting that the killer does too when he or she (I won’t tell if you haven’t seen the movie) is swinging that sickle back and forth.  This is arguably the best scene from Curtains, but you should definitely check out the whole movie if you haven’t.  Synapse Films just released it on Blu-ray, so there’s no excuse not to!

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Give Me The Creeps: ‘Chinese Food Maggots’ From ‘The Lost Boys’ (1987)

I’ve touched on my fear and disdain for maggots in the past, but please allow me to get deeper into the subject.  It started in 1982 with Poltergeist and the infamous ‘maggots in the steak’ scene where a guy tore his face off in the bathroom.  From that it went to real life maggot experiences, like when I was fishing on a family trip and I unknowingly picked up a piece of driftwood that was covered in them.  As if that wasn’t traumatizing enough, I have vivid memories of taking out the garbage cans at home at night when I was around 12.  Surprisingly while doing this chore, I found a bunch of maggots crawling all over my hand because of the hot and humid rainy weather that was occurring at the time.  Needless to say – I hate maggots.

So on this edition of Give Me The Creeps, I’m focusing on the scene from 1987’s vampire flick, The Lost Boys, where Michael is meant to believe from David that he’s actually eating maggots instead of rice:

Shudder.  I know that I seem like a wuss, but anything to do with those gross baby flies makes my skin crawl.  And the thought of ingesting them gets my stomach all in knots.  All maggot talk aside for a second, I love The Lost Boys  and even though this scene is the only scene that really creeped me out, I still hold the film up there as one of the best vampire movies of all time. By the way, I think my plans of having Chinese food tonight just got put on the back burner.  Now to keep that delicious maggot taste in your mouth, I want to leave you with some pretty amazing artwork from Jason Edmiston appropriately titled:  Maggots.

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