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Kirby: What's your favorite scary movie?

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We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.

– Stephen King

Something to consider for Halloween: What are the 10 Scariest Movies of All Time?

I’m no expert, but I know where to find some. The Internet is full of such lists.

I reviewed about a dozen, and the one that made the most sense to me was offered by Entertainment Weekly:

1. The Shining

2. The Exorcist

3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

4. The Silence of the Lambs

5. Jaws

6. The Ring

7. Halloween (1978)

8. Psycho

9. Seven

10. Rosemary’s Baby

(So, what do you think?)

AS FOR ME: I actually like this list because I’ve seen most of these movies.

I think The Exorcist should be No. 1, because it was the first and last movie I ever saw that had people fleeing to the restrooms because they were sick to their stomachs.

I wasn’t one of them. I was laughing too hard.

You see … I attended a daytime matinee showing with a group of my college fraternity brothers. During the dramatic scenes (I am not making this up.) I slipped on a Halloween devil mask from beneath my coat and casually turned around and looked at the patrons behind me.

I discovered that, when confronted by evil, most people react in pretty sudden and hilarious ways.

I did not think The Shining was nearly so frightening and took a date, who enjoyed it so much she later found out that its author, Stephen King, was taking part in a book-signing in Atlanta and got him to autograph a copy for me.

She’s gone, but I’ve still got the book.

FRIGHT ON FILM: The latest Kirby’s Augusta video features me talking about Edgar Allan Poe’s Augusta connections. It’s at

TODAY’S JOKE: Jim Hope, of Sylvania, Ga., comes through again. Out in the country, he says, you don’t see too many people hang gliding.

But one farmer, Ol’ Zeke, decided to save up and bought himself a hang glider.

He took it to the highest hill around, and after struggling to the top jumped off into the wind.

Meanwhile, Ma and Pa Hicks were sitting on the porch swing when Ma spotted the biggest bird she ever seen!

“Look at the size of that bird, Pa!” she said.

Her husband stood up and shouted, “Git my gun!”

She quickly returned with his favorite weapon. He took careful aim and “BANG … BANG … BANG … BANG!”

The monster-size bird continued to sail silently over the treetops.

“I think ya missed him, Pa,” Ma said.

“Yeah,” he replied, “but at least he let go of Ol’ Zeke!”

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RedQuinoa 10/31/13 - 08:00 am

For me, it's the original "Carrie" with Sissy Spacek. I also agree that "The Exorcist" should be at the top of the EW list.

GnipGnop 10/31/13 - 07:49 am
Salem's Lot for me

I was terrified after that movie....

Fiat_Lux 10/31/13 - 01:41 pm
1978's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

made me have to leave my apartment and go find some real people.

"The Sixth Sense" got my attention too.

The one that really stuck with me, for weeks, in a very bad way was "The Deer Hunter". Not classified as a horror movie, per se, but still very horrifying.

walrus4ever 10/31/13 - 01:58 pm
Phantasm II

Phantasm II

Jake 10/31/13 - 02:50 pm
Silent era

The silent movie from the 1920's "Nosferatu" was pretty creepy but I think your age when you see a movie has a lot to do with how it affects you.
I had nightmares after viewing the original "King Kong" when it was shown on TV back in the 50's. Also those dang monkeys in the "Wizard of Oz" were spooky as well. Both of those movies are considered classics and not the least bit scary now.
True life, as shown on TV, is scary enough like "Helter Skelter", the Atlanta Falcons and the last State of the Union address.

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