October Favorites: The Final Three and A Short Story Classic

With three more days before Halloween, I’m going to finish my Halloween Favorites series with three of my all-time favorites scary movies.

There are others from when I was a kid, of course, but it’s difficult to find them anywhere unless you have the old VHS tapes lying somewhere or if you can find them streaming online or on Youtube (Salem’s Lot, Amityville Horror, The Exorcist, The Changeling (it had George C Scott in the title role and it’s apparently one of Stephen King’s favorite movies), and Ghost Story adapted from a novel by Peter Straub and the movie starred such powerhouse stars as Fred Astaire, John Houseman, Melvin Douglas, and Douglas Fairbanks).

These last three movies I’m featuring below are probably the last horror movies I’ve seen in awhile because somehow, I’ve kinda lost my appetite for them even though I tell myself I’ll watch more. I also don’t have any time with a list of books I need to finish before the year’s end!

The Others (2001)

“Sometimes the world of the dead gets mixed up with the world of the living.”

What can I say? This one has everything I love about a horror story, fog, a tormented heroine, an old house, and mysterious servants. There are also ghosts and a spooky album and a term called memento mori…

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth was a horror movie disguised as a fairy tale to me. I really thought it would have a happy ending (sorry, spoiler). Still, everything about it is just amazing. The story, the creatures, the soundtrack are all just perfect.

The Orphanage/El Orfanato (2007)

This is my all-time favorite movie when it comes to anything scary. Only this one is horror that’s also got a hauntingly sad story.

I also have never seen a woman as beautiful as Belén Rueda in my life. I remember thinking just how breathtakingly beautiful she was throughout the whole movie as she played the heartbreaking role of a mother whose son disappears and she just won’t give up until she finds him. If you haven’t seen The Orphanage, definitely check it out. It’s originally in Spanish (El Orfanato) and I wouldn’t watch any English adaptation no matter what because the original is just hauntingly beautiful just the way it is.

So that’s it for my spooky list of favorite movies to re-watch (or, at least, think about) for Halloween. I still have 25k words to write on that holiday novella #2 at the same time that Naughty Pen wants to write her own story, too, set during a Halloween Ball. But I need to be disciplined and stick to the holiday novella for now…

And speaking of books, probably the best horror story I’ve read is Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. Yes, I know The Haunting of Hill House is amazeballs but I was first introduced to Jackson with The Lottery and so many years later, I’ve never forgotten it.

Have you read The Lottery? It was first published in The New Yorker in 1948 and you can read it here.

11 thoughts on “October Favorites: The Final Three and A Short Story Classic

  1. OI!! The Changeling with George C Scott is the most terrifying movie I’ve ever seen. I have a kiddo who loves being scared and together we’ve watched all of The Conjuring movies, or movies with those characters, Annabell, Sinister, etc… The Changeling was more scary than any of them.

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    1. They don’t make them like they used to! The Change,omg was amazing. As a writer now, watching it again made me realize how amazing the script was and the cinematography. Of all the horror movies I’ve seen, I’ve never forgotten The Changeling, from the banging of the walls to the bathtub, the wheelchair, his daughters ball. I hear it’s one of Stephen King’s favorite movies..

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      1. Every time I see a red ball, I always see it falling down the stairs after he threw it from the bridge! By the way, the link for The Changeling goes to a hi def version of the movie on Youtube!

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  2. Lol I was expecting my daughter, Lucy when the miniseries Salems Lot was on the TV ( scared the bejesus out of me!) and I was reading Ghost Story while I was in hospital (in the olden days you were in for 11 days 🙄 no TV, just hospital radio, which was dire) I managed to upset the midwives with my choice of reading, can’t think why?

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  3. You know we went to see the latest rendition of “Halloween” as a family. My wife and son just wanted to see a scary movie and it was the only one showing close by (I just go along for the ride). Not at all scary. I suppose it was well done but the almost invincible villain who seems to always end up where he wants to be at exactly the right time is just not scary. Now these classics did it right!!

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