Service of Fear

October 31st, 2016

Categories: Fear, Films, Movies

It’s Halloween today. I decided that nobody is interested to know about everything that scares me nor would they want to address what scares them—we’ve got too many important things to be nervous about relating to the impending elections.

So I decided to lean on the “treats” side of the celebration and write about scary movies.

But scary movies frighten me so I’m not the one to write knowledgably about them. I loved “Wait Until Dark”– [anything with Audrey Hepburn] –but tend to avoid such flicks. Guess I’m normally nervous and don’t need additional stimulus.

So I asked the people in the office in which I share space. What amazed me is that everyone had a favorite and there is only one duplicate! This is their list: 

     “The Haunting” –Lee A

     “When a Stranger Calls” –Mike S 

     “The Birds,” “Psycho” & “Rear Window” & “Trump TV”—David R

      “The Conjuring” & soon, by DJ  Trump: “When Mexico Attacks” –Pat C 

            “The Gate” –Danny M 

            “The Strangers” —Brandt Z 

            “Halloween II” –Joshua C 

            “The Thing” –Stephen H 

      “The Shining” –James B AND Jeff M           

      “Poltergeist” –Dan M 

       “The House of Wax” –Bambe L

       “Bones” –Kori M 

Do you like to be frightened by movies? What is your favorite scary one? Is there a difference between creepy and scary?

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4 Responses to “Service of Fear”

  1. hb Said:

    My choice is “Soylent Green,” Edward G. Robinson’s last film. While a flawed film, it’s currently relevant message is utterly as terrifying and real. See for yourself.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I just Googled the movie. This is the summary I read:

    “In a densely overpopulated, starving New York City of the future, NYPD detective Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) investigates the murder of an executive at rations manufacturer Soylent Corporation. With the help of elderly academic Solomon “Sol” Roth (Edward G. Robinson), Thorn begins to make real progress — until the governor mysteriously pulls the plug. Obsessed with the mystery, Thorn steps out from behind the badge and launches his own investigation into the murder.”

    Thanks for the entry!

  3. Lucrezia Said:

    I used to enjoy scary movies, but eventually found them boring. The Freddys, Chickies, Draculas and etc., appear to follow similar and increasingly tiresome patterns. It’s a wonder the author(s)of these “works” don’t fall asleep on the job!

    What’s needed is a big fat scary ghost to frighten them into some semblance of creativity…..BOO!

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    As I wrote in the post, I never liked scary films. But I had a very good time Saturday night at a movie party at which our friends showed “The Shining.” SCARY!!! And it was made in 1980. It sure took my mind off anything else–such as the election–so I can see why some enjoy such diversions. The fact that some of the other guests weren’t fans of being scared helped in the enjoyment as together we all survived Jack Nicholson at his best.

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