It's meme time:
In my recent monster and poem polls, a majority of you, my friends, agreed with the Edmonton Journal on the top scariest picks. What do you think about the scariest movies?
1. Alien, 1979, with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, directed by Ridley Scott.
2. The Shining, 1980, with Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, directed by Stanley Kubrick.
3. Psycho, 1960, with Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
4. Halloween, 1978 with Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis and Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, directed by John Carpenter.
5. Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984, starring Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger, directed by Wes Craven.
On to the poll!
What do you think is the scariest movie of all time?
Today's excerpt is from the wonderfully disturbing Hugo Award-winning novella Coraline (2002) by Neil Gaiman:
She reached the top of the house. The topmost flat had once been the attic of the house, but that was long ago.
She knocked on the green-painted door. It swung open, and she walked in.
We have eyes and we have nerveses
We have tails and we have teeth
You’ll all get what you deserveses
When we rise from underneath.
whispered a dozen or more tiny voices, in that dark flat with the roof so low where it met the walls that Coraline could almost reach up and touch it.
Red eyes stared at her. Little pink feet scurried away as she came close. Darker shadows slipped through the shadows at the edge of things.
- from Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline at Amazon.com