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!
Quick! What’s the creepiest mechanical doll ever? Tick tock, tick tock. What’s your answer? No, I’m sorry, but Vicki The Robot from the TV show Small Wonder doesn’t count. The correct answer is: the mechanical doll from Dario Argento’s classic giallo, Deep Red! And yes, the first time I saw that movie, I kind of had a love/hate thing going on with that creepy ass thing. All the more reason that I’m showing it some love on this edition of Give Me The Creeps. Not familiar with the mechanical porcelain terror that I’m speaking of? Take a look below in the clip:
Oh yeah. I should have also mentioned that there was a pretty gnarly teeth bashing scene in there, as well as some groovy over-the-top soundtrack music from the band Goblin. Only sweetens the deal if you ask me. The focus is on that random mechanical doll in the cute little tuxedo though. As he trollops towards Professor Giordani giggling like a school boy, you can’t help but be a bit terrified. And even though that particular doll is only on screen for about 25 seconds total (and that includes his lifeless porcelain broken body on the floor), it’s a scene and image that is synonymous with the movie Deep Red. This is classic Argento, and being that we can’t seem to find classic Argento anymore, we need to relish in moments like this from his previous films. So here’s a salute to that little mechanical doll in the cute tuxedo who likes to giggle a lot…….you single-handedly managed to Give Me The Creeps.
*It’s not the amount of head you have, it’s how you use it*