Give Me The Creeps: ‘Billy’s Eye’ From ‘Black Christmas’ (1974)

You know who would really be the life of your holiday party this year?  Billy from 1974’s classic slasher, Black Christmas!  He would definitely have you covered if you needed the following:  some plastic bags for whatever reason, an obscene phone call that emphasizes the word ‘cunt’, and a creepy peeping eyeball.

Speaking of creepy – not many movies creep me out more than Bob Clark’s, Black Christmas.  A definite pioneer in the slasher genre, it manages to make your skin crawl just off of the opening sequence alone.  But the scene with Billy’s aforementioned creepy eye takes the creepy cake for sure.  So let’s all watch together as Jess (Olivia Hussey) runs frantically through the house and encounters Billy and his eerie peeping peeper.

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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Give Me The Creeps: Arcane’s Transformation Scene In ‘Swamp Thing’ (1982)

As a 7-year-old boy, I had a lot of guilty pleasures.  Astro Pops candy.  Digging up worms in the backyard.  And the movie, Swamp Thing.  Bear in mind that I’m aware that Swamp Thing isn’t really that good and I always forget that the man who directed A Nightmare On Elm Street (Wes Craven) directed it, but it’s the definition of a guilty pleasure to me.  Of course as an impressionable young boy, Adrienne Barbeau’s breasts in the movie didn’t hurt in the pleasure department.

We’re talking creepy shit in this post though, and believe it or not – Swamp Thing actually gave me the creeps.  It’s one scene in particular, where our villain Arcane (Louis Jourdan) drinks the magic potion and proceeds to turn into a hairy life-size He-Man character.  It’s before he gets all hairy though where the creep factor was really in full effect.

Yeah – that Arcane monster costume is pretty ridiculous.  But focus on what happened in the clip before he got to that point.  The blood running down in his face while his hands are bubbling and smoking.  The Harry Manfredini spooky soundtrack full of eerie strings.  It’s creepy shit.  And I’m not afraid to admit that it still kind of makes me shudder.  You know what doesn’t make me shudder though?

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Underappreciated Horror Scenes : The Car Wash From ‘The Crazies’ (2010)

I have a confession.  When I was a kid, I used to get freaked out by car washes when my Dad would drive our family Plymouth Duster through them. Maybe it was the dark claustrophobic vibe.  Maybe it was the ugly car we were in.  But most likely, it was those creepy-ass drying tentacles that swayed back and forth ominously as you drove your car towards them.  So when I saw 2010’s apocalyptic virus flick, The Crazies, all of those nightmarish car wash memories came rushing back with a vengeance.

The Crazies overall is a much better remake and horror movie than it gets credit for.  And dare I say, that it easily improved on the original George Romero 1973 movie of the same name.  The 2010 version also had more than enough impressive set pieces (loved the pitchfork scene) with the ‘car wash setup’ definitely being the standout for me.

Not only is entire run through of the actual car wash tense and claustrophobic, we also get thrown a bit of a curve ball when Danielle Panabaker’s character gets her ass hanged at the end.  To add insult to her injury, the crew’s car gets blown up after getting out to check on her. Just remember though, not all car washes have to be creepy and dangerous.  Isn’t that right, guys from 1976’s Car Wash?

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Give Me The Creeps: ‘The Bicycle Scene’ From ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’ (1994)

Are you scared of creepy old guys who ride by on bicycles that have playing cards in the spokes?  Ok, good.  I thought it was just me.  And I have John Carpenter’s nonsensical, but somewhat enjoyable, 1994 movie In The Mouth Of Madness to thank for that fear.

Sure, this movie has it’s problems.  But dammit if John Carpenter doesn’t always know how to send those chills up and down your spine even when a bad Halloween mask effect is the focal point.  In The Mouth Of Madness has a lot of creepy ass moments, but the one that takes the delicious heavily frosted cake is easily the scene where Linda (Julie Carmen) and John (Sam Neil) are driving down the road and encounter our bike-pedaling friend.  Watch the clip below and if you haven’t seen it, I apologize for making you sleep with a nightlight on tonight:

I can’t get out….it won’t let me out.”  Shudder.  I want a duplicate of that mask by the way just so I can scare the shit out of my wife.  Yes, I can be cruel at times.  This is classic John Carpenter by the way and I would have actually loved to see a spin-off movie with this character just popping up in background shots a la Michael Myers.  Personally, it’s moments like these in horror that really tend to stick with me.  The scene is fairly simple, but that’s what makes it brilliant as far as going for that creep-out effect.  Bravo, Mr. Carpenter.  Ok, I’ll leave you now with a pic to make you grab an extra nightlight.

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