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!
Antique stores hold a bevy of wondrous treasures that can fill your heart with joy and excitement. Antique stores also can smell like a musty old lady who sucks on Halls cough drops for 24 hours straight. But the bevy of wondrous treasures trumps an old lady smell here, and I’ve been on a mission to scour these vintage shops for some great horror-related finds.
A few years back while visiting family in my small Indiana hometown, I stopped in a little antique store with my wife and stumbled upon quite possibly the creepiest doll I had ever seen. It had a porcelain cracked face, a modest $30 price tag, and could have easily been the star of it’s own horror movie. I procrastinated though, didn’t purchase it, and have been depressed ever since for passing it up. Fate was on my side though my friends, because just last week I went back to the same small Indiana town and came across a smaller, but equally creepy doll that was a steal at only $10.
After disturbing the saleslady with my purchase, I felt like my life was now complete because I had a new edition to my horror family. She’s a little shy, so please bear with her because she’s not used to all of this attention. So without further adieu, I present to you: Rosemary (I just gave her that name)
I know what you’re saying……I really need to be nice to this guy now or else he will unleash the evil that is Rosemary upon me. And you would be right. That’s what I call leverage, and Rosemary is now a part of me and a part of anyone around me. Hmmmm….think I just noticed some people distance themselves. I am eternally grateful for the chance to discover my newfound friend here and support the little local antique store at the same time. So keep an eye out if you’re ever in a resale shop for that rare creepy doll that can bring joy into your horror heart. And please let me know if you find one. Rosemary needs a friend to play with after all.