Horror Heavyweights Share Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!
Director - The Stand, The Shining (1997), Sleepwalkers, Bag of Bones
1) Nothing scares me more than the Tea Party (and I don't mean Boston). Ted Cruz is perhaps the most terrifying living dead creature since Freddy Krueger.
2) My favorite scary movie depends entirely on my mood: Classic: The Bride of Frankenstein. Funny: The Howling or An American Werewolf in London. International creature feature: The Host (and most assuredly not the Stephanie Meyer namesake). Dark and brilliant: Dead Ringers. Ghosts: The Devil's Backbone and The Changeling. And to fill out a week's worth: Cronenberg's The Fly.
Director - Autopsy, Night of the Demons (2009), Fertile Ground, Schism
1) The answer to the first one is simple: DYING! Whether it's disease, cancer, or somebody slipping Ricin in my pudding!
2) Number two is also easy. Rosemary's Baby. The matter what I write or direct Roman Polanski's influence always slips in. To me it's the perfect film. I love the way all the action happens offscreen, And it's left up to you for your out what's going on. A perfect movie!
Co-host - "Ghost Adventures"
1) I fear a few things but do them anyway. My biggest fear? I really don't know. I don't really fear death so all those fears are more like worries to me and i try to never worry
2) 13 Ghosts, but only because the ghosts just keep getting closer and closer. At the time that got to me. I fear that in my hunts as well... a face right next to me popping up. Scary movies don't scare me really. Ever since I was a kid I knew they were just movies and that one scene takes like 20 takes. But yeah, 13 Ghosts got me just a few times.
Director - Hatchet, Frozen, Spiral; Actor - "Holliston"
1) As lame as it sounds- I am scared of bugs. Pretty much all of them. Spiders, bees, you name it- I turn in to a 6 year old girl as soon as I come into contact with one.
2) While it's impossible to pick just one, come Halloween time three of the films in regular rotation in my household are Trick 'r Treat, Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Disney's animated The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Three "must owns" for any serious Halloween holiday fan.
Co-host - "Ghost Adventures"
1) I have done a lot of crazy things in my life. I really don't have to many fears, but if I had to choose one it would be being locked in a morgue alive until I pass on to the other side. That would be a fear I wouldn't want to go through.
2) I am a horror fanatic. Took me along time to figure this out. The Exorcist is my scariest film. This movie personally got to me for the realism that possession can happen and evil does exist.
Actor - The Devil's Rejects and every other movie ever made
1) My biggest fear is to not be able to show what I can do as an actor, beyond what all of you have seen.
2) My favorite scary movie is the original House of Wax.
Actor - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Texas Chainsaw 3D
1) Closed places.
2) The Haunting (1963)
Actor - The Halloween franchise, the Hatchet franchise
1) I have a fear of fish. I love the ocean and I'm kind of fascinated by them, but if one swims up to me I will freak the fuck out! I was just in Hawaii and I was on a paddle board when a school of fish swam around me and I started to hyperventilate. No joke, you'd have thought it was a shark!
2) My favorite scary movies are Poltergeist and Gremlins. I saw Piranha when I was 4. Joe Dante screwed me up with that one.
Actor - The Hatchet franchise, the Friday the 13th franchise
1) I don't have any fears.
2) Seeing The Exorcist in a theatre.
Director - Child's Play, Fright Night (1985); Actor - Hatchet II, Psycho II
1) Not being Loved.
2) Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
Game Director/Lead Designer - The original God of War, and the Twisted Metal franchise
1) I am terrified of a very human but still ghostly spirit standing in the doorway of my bedroom and just staring at me... like in the first Paranormal Activity when Katie gets out of the bed and just stares at her boyfriend, hovering over him. Sooooo creepy! So yeah, that scares the shit out of me.
2) A Nightmare on Elm Street, the original. Creative, creepy, surreal and just plain fun!
Actor - Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Absentia, John Dies at the End, Quarantine, "Falling Skies," "The Strain"
1) Losing my independence, physically or financially, becoming dependent on others, and wondering who to trust.
2) The Mummy (Boris Karloff). Oh, and there's love for you, ya big silly! Editor's Note: Right back 'atcha!
Magician; Writer - "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!," Actor - Night of the Little Dead
1) I guess it's claustrophobia. I used to be terrified of scary movies and very jumpy, but there were too many smart powerful movies in that genre, so I had to work through that for art. And I worked through claustrophobia too I've hidden in little tiny places behind mirror that I couldn't get out of with Teller, so I could magically appear. I've been in a barrel unable to move with swords all around me. I've done that for long enough that it would cramp me up and I would get panicked, but I learned to handle it... you know... for art. But, I can't shake it completely.
Sometimes I have nightmares that I've somehow scammed the world into letting me go into space. At a zillion dollars a pound, I've convinced them to spend 300 zillion on me, and then I'm on the launch pad and I can't stand the idea of being in that little space and I ask them to stop and let me out. And I'm so embarrassed and humiliated but I'm more scared of being in the little space in space. You can't open a window. I don't like thinking about not being able to stand up or open a window. I went to see a shuttle launch and the night before the launch, in my hotel room, I started thinking about the astronauts being strapped in and I just started flop sweating. I had to go outside in the middle of the night and just breath. Even the world seemed too small for me. I didn't put on clothes. They seemed too confining. I was just naked outside in the chilly sweaty Central FLA night trying to not feel trapped, trying to get more air in my lungs and there didn't seem to be enough in the world. And that, officer, is my story. Yeah, closed spaces. Reading "Packing for Mars," a great book, was a nightmare for me. I would have to get out of bed and go outside when reading that. I would have to go outside, naked, in Vegas, and breath the dry chilly night air and try to hope there was enough. Even looking at the Apollo lunar landing module on exhibit makes me crazy. But, I didn't strip naked at the Smithsonian. And that, brothers and sisters of the revolution is my biggest shame.
2) George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead -- and that would be my answer even if you dropped the adjective. It's smart and it's visceral. The purpose of art is to have to intellect and the visceral collide at the highest speed, with the biggest explosion. Think and feel and do it at once. Dawn of the Dead delivers.
Voice of The Cryptkeeper on "Tales From the Crypt"
1) My biggest fear is permanently losing my voice.
2) All of the original Universal Monster Movies, even Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Producer - Freddy vs. Jason, Snakes on a Plane
1) Being buried alive.
2) John Carpenter's Halloween
1) Author - The Girl Next Door, Off Season, The Lost
1) Alzheimer's. No question.
2) There are so many great ones. But the one that influenced me most was the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Actor - The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Why Don't You Play in Hell?
1) Being eaten alive.
2) The Human Centipede of course!
Actor - Chillerama, Rob Zombie's Halloween
1) My biggest physical fear is of heights and falling.
2) The Shining
Creator "Carnivale," Executive producer NBC's "Dracula"
1) It's a tie between rats and being devoured alive from the inside out. So I guess my greatest fear is being devoured alive from the inside out by rats.
2) The Shining. "Come play with us, Danny. For ever. And ever. And ever..."
Author - Twisted Loneliness, Sucked Up Phit, Thirsty
1) My biggest fear is spiders. When I was 10 I woke up in the middle of the night to find a spider biting my scrotum. As much as I LOVE things nibbling on my genitals that was a case that freaked me out and made me hate those ugly little fucks.
2) My favorite movie of all time is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2... for personal reasons. That being said, the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the best horror movie of all time. I still get goosebumps when Leatherface slams that metal door shut. So gritty, so real, so perfect.
Actor - The Hellraiser franchise, Lightning Bug
1) I try to live a life devoid of fear.
2) Lambada: The Forbidden Dance.
Director - The Apparition
1) Big country spiders on my face!
2) John Carpenter's The Thing.
Director - My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry
1) That the sound in the night that I'm sure is the cat running around jacked up on catnip is in fact not the cat... because the cat's hiding next to me saying... 'shit, dude, what the fuck is that?' And I'm saying, 'I thought it was you,' and the cat's saying, 'fuck no, it's not me... it's found us... IT HAS FOUND US!' And I say, 'What you mean 'IT', what the fuck is IT????' And then the cat vanishes under the bed whispering, 'You go check, dude, but tell It I'm not here.' Damn cat.
2) A tie between Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, (1978) and Medak's The Changeling, (1980).
Actor - "Holliston;" Director - Wrong Turn 2, Knight of Badassdom, Chillerama, Everly
2) George A. Romero's Day of the Dead... for today anyway.
Actor - Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's Halloween, Halloween II, X-Men
1) Being on the ocean in a sinking boat.
2) Jaws. Needless to say I don't go on many cruises.
Creator of Hollywood's The Blood List
1) My biggest fear is drowning.
2) The Shining is the best movie ever!
Director - The Devil's Chair, Luster, Junkie, Pig, Not Safe for Work
1) My biggest fear is when you get a phone call out of the blue, and the voice on the other end of the line is different to normal... and you can just tell subconsciously somehow from their tone that they are about to tell you that someone close to you has died. Times like that scar you for the rest of your life.
2) I'll never forget the first time I saw Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was back in the early 90's when it was banned in the UK, and my best mate's older brother had that on a 3rd generation VHS - which made it all the more terrifying somehow. The picture kept dropping out to static, and in parts the image was so degraded that you really couldn't make out what was happening... but the sound in that movie is such a huge part of what makes it so completely awful and harrowing.
I remember walking home at 2 or 3 in the morning through the totally silent village where I grew up, and ending up running as fast as I could, the line between the movie and my reality blurring for that moment... I haven't seen a movie in years and years sadly that had that absolute gut reaction to me in terms of absolute terror.
A close second would be when I was 15 and I saw a midnight screening of The Exorcist in a tiny cinema in Lyme Regis (an old school British seaside resort). In the scene where Regan is being prodded around at the hospital - a girl behind me stood up and screamed, and fell down the whole flight of stairs. They had to stop the movie while she was carried out. For a movie that people used to talk about in hushed whispers - that was a hell of an added attraction... The film didn't let me down, and still doesn't to this day.
Producer - Former showrunner "The Walking Dead"
1) Outliving my wife and kids.
2) The Exorcist.
Director - Rogue River, Children of Sorrow
1) Losing control of myself. The idea of having a psychological meltdown and committing unspeakable atrocities is one of the scariest things I can possibly think of. This became more terrifying as I became a father. It’s one of those very real things we hear about too often today that scares me to the core and to make matters worse we rarely know why people go crazy. That's my biggest fear.
2) The Shining
Writer - The Saw franchise, The Collector, The Collection
1) Well, one of my biggest fears came from a movie I watched when young. Did you remember Michael Man's Manhunter? It was based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, which came before The Silence of the Lambs. Anyhow, it begins with this POV shot of the someone entering a house at night under the cover of darkness. The person moves from room to room and then comes to the master bedroom, waking up the couple sleeping by simply shining a flashlight on their face. The movie cuts at that point, but that sequence always stuck in my head... and it's probably one of my biggest fears, to be woken up in that manner.
2) That'd have to be the original Halloween. In my estimates, it's probably the "perfect" scary movie. Suggestions of ghost and demons and fantastical monsters don't particularly scare me. I think they're fun, but they don't really scare me. Humans scare me. And Halloween exhibits everything that's scary about a real human threat.
Director - Big Ass Spider!, The Gravedancers, The Convent
1) Sewer rats.
2) My favorite scary movie is The Exorcist although that documentary about rabid Tiffany fans, I Think We're Alone Now, scared the crap out of me.
Actor - Leatherface: The Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II
1) Death, because it is the end of earthly delights.
2) Leatherface: The Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II, Smothered (for obvious reasons).
Director - Unidentified; Producer - Hatchet II, Frozen, Chillerama
1) My biggest fear is sharks! Ever since I saw Jaws when I was a very little kid I've been afraid to swim in the ocean and when I was little I was scared of the deep end of the pool. Thanks Steven Spielberg!
2) My favorite scary movie evolves with new releases. I think my favorite go to now is Drag Me to Hell. I love how the all the scares are well crafted but still fun. Sam Raimi went back to his roots but definitely upped his game!
Director - I Spit on Your Grave (2010) and I Spit on Your Grave 2
1) Directing the sequel to the remake, that I also directed, of a cult classic film when you know everyone is going to fucking hate it and want rip your head off no mater what just because its a sequel.
2) Total 3 way tie - The Exorcist, Jaws, and Alien.
Actor - Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil's Rejects
1) Something bad happening to my children.
2) The Exorcist.