Countdown to Halloween–A week of creepy movie recommendations

Don’t… look…now…

Starting tomorrow we will be featuring the top ten recommendations from each of the writers at for our favorite scary/creepy/horror/suspense films–good stuff to get you in the mood for All Hallows’ Eve next weekend.

What would your list look like?  Let us know!

Our selections are made and I had a blast reading these so I hope you do, too.  What do the lists have in common?  A few overlap, but you’ll definitely see some strange themes in common, from seaside locales to nine films featuring…creepy little girls.  I can tell you what standard horror list fare didn’t make any of our lists of recommendations:  Friday the 13th, Halloween, Saw, Scream, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Poltergeist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Amityville Horror.

Check back here tomorrow for the first of our lists, from writer Jason McClain.

*All are now linked here:

Part 1: Jason’s List
Part 2: Elizabeth’s List
Part 3: Art’s List
Part 4: The Editor’s List

C.J. Bunce


  1. Creepy little girls are among the most-used and most effective horror movie staples for one simple reason: little girls are almost the most entirely innocent, entirely lovable people on the planet. Everyone wants to protect the little girl, everyone looks out for her, everyone wants to hug her and comfort her when she’s hurt. Little boys? They grow up into men, and we all know that men are pigs: they start wars, go on killing sprees, fund the vast majority of strip bars, can’t ‘keep it in their pants’, etc. etc. etc. Men are left to fend for themselves, and boys are just junior versions of them.

    So when a little girl gets into trouble, we care more, it’s just in our collective social dna. And when this delicate little person whom everyone cares for is possessed or otherwise manipulated into evil, we are all the more terrified.

    And if they are actually evil themselves?!? Well, that goes against everything in our dna and hence, freaks us out the most.

    Is The Exorcist had been about a possessed little boy, everything else about the story being entirely the same, it would not have been as effective because we wouldn’t have cared as much.

    We would have cared, don’t get me wrong. Just not as much. 🙂

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