It's Friday! Weekends are always a great time for movies. Curling up with a bowl of popcorn and watching a movie on Friday nights at home is always fun. This time of year when it is dark and stormy how about a scary movie? I have Gretchen McNeil author of Ten, which I reviewed yesterday, here to share her top ten scariest movie scenes...what better way to set the mood for a dark and stormy Friday night?
Here is a bit more on Gretchen:
Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – was released September 18, 2012, and her third novel 3:59 – sci fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places – is scheduled for Fall 2013. Gretchen's new YA contemporary series Don't Get Mad (Revenge meets The Breakfast Club) about four very different girls who form a secret society where they get revenge on bullies and mean girls begins Fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in 2015, also with Balzer + Bray.
Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday." She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Here is Gretchen's List of Scary Scenes:
There are all kinds of horror movies. Slasher, satanic, monsters, psychopaths, torture porn and suspense/psychological (my favorite). And despite how completely and totally different they are, all great horror movies have one thing in common: that scare-the-crap-out-of-you, unbelievable moment which sticks with you long after the credits have rolled.
And so, in honor of the great tradition that is horror movies, I give you my Top Ten Scariest Movie Moments.
I'm pretty sure this movie scarred me emotionally, which is probably why I used it as a partial influence for my next book 3:59. Basically, there's a space ship sent out to the far reaches of space near the planet Neptune, to find out what happened to another ship that went missing. When they find they ship, they discover a final log from the crew where they are literally tearing each other to shreds, including one member who is holding his own eyeballs. Still gives me nightmares.
I'm not sure how many people would consider Misery a horror movie, despite being the creation of Stephen King. But the moment when Annie decides to break her hostage's ankles to keep him from trying to escape? Holy crap! If you haven't read the story (I hadn't) suddenly the entire tone of the movie changes. I'm pretty sure I scream out loud in the theater.
This one definitely gets points for melding two horrifying things: clowns and ghosts. I saw this as a kid, and let me tell you, any clown paraphernalia in my bedroom found it's way immediately into the garbage before bed that night!
I love moments when you think the character might actually survive a hard-fought battle. In this case, a dance academy student manages to pile up a bunch of suitcases and crawl through an air duct to escape a killer on the other side of the door. You breathe a sigh of relief – she's going to make it! Yeah, not so much, when the floor literally opens up beneath her and dumps her into a pit filled with razor wire. Oops.
Ah, more Stephen King! We know it's a dream sequence (if I'm ruining this for you, I'd have to ask if you've been living under a rock for the last 25 years…) when Sue goes to visit Carrie's grave. But it doesn't matter. When that hand bursts through the soil and grabs her? EVERYONE IN THE ROOM SCREAMS!
Don't ask, Brad Pitt. YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW!
There are a lot of scary alien movies out there, which a lot of scary alien M.O.'s. But there is absolutely nothing more terrifying that the moment when that alien baby bursts through John Hurt's chest, spraying everyone in the room with blood and gore. The implication: if one of those things gets inside you? You're screwed.
Let's face it, there are at least a dozen terrifying moments in this movie, but Regan's little dalliance with a crucifix, followed by her head spinning all the way around? I can see why there were reports of audience members vomiting in the theaters when this movie first came out.
I know this is horror movie heresy, but I prefer the U.S. remake to the Japanese original, and in the moment when that little girl crawls through the TV, I literally jumped out of my seat. Literally.
Hands down, Hitchcock was the mast of psychological horror. Janet Leigh's last ever shower is terrifying enough, doubly so with the use of black and white, so the blood that pours down the drain shows up in eerie shades of black and gray. But what's even more horrifying about this scene, is what you realize in the final moments of the film, which literally changes how you think of the entire movie. It's masterful, amazing, and a movie moment I place on a pedestal as the most horrifying ever.
Whoa! That is indeed a scary list, I have to agree with her picks, I have seen them all but Suspiria. I would say The Shining and Paranormal Activity creeped me out as well! Okay, if scary movies aren't your thing....how about spending the evening with a book that begins with a dark and stormy setting? I enjoyed Ten by Gretchen McNeil so much that I decided to host a giveaway for it. This giveaway is open Internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter after you read the Contest Policies. A big thanks to Gretchen for being here today. I am excited for her next book! Good luck everyone. Enjoy your weekend, and don't forget to check out Friday Forecast!a Rafflecopter giveaway