Horror Heavyweights Share Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!



Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Bill Oberst, Jr.
    Actor - Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Take This Lollipop, Resolution
  • 1) The Devil

    2) The Exorcist.

  • Brian O'Hallorhan
    Actor - The Clerks franchise, Brutal Massacre

    1) Being burned alive.

    2) The Exorcist

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!
  • Dave Parker
    Director - The Hills Run Red, Coldwater

    1) My biggest fear is death.

    2) George A. Romero's Creepshow is without question my favorite horror movie.

  • Oren Peli
    Director - Paranormal Activity; Producer - Sinister, Insidious, Insidious 2

    1) The unknown.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!2) The Exorcist

  • Robert Pendergraft
    F/X artist

    1) My biggest fear is waking up to find my nightmares have become a reality.

    2) My favorite scary movie is the original version of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting.

  • Joe Pilato
    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!Actor - George A. Romero's Day of the Dead

    1) Death. Especially at the hands of pus-fuck zombies!

    2) It would be a toss up between Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World and Son of Frankenstein.

  • Nick Principe
    Actor - Laid to Rest franchise, Madison County

    1) To be immobilized. To lose all body movement and sight, but still be able to think and feel.

    2) Tomb of the Blind Dead 2 (aka Return of the Evil Dead)


  • Jeffrey Reddick
    Writer - Final Destination franchise

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!1) My biggest fear is dying a long, slow death.

    2) My favorite movie is the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.

  • Norman Reedus
    Actor - "The Walking Dead"

    1) Dying alone.

    2) The Omen (1976)

  • Anne Rice
    Author - The Vampire Chronicles, The Mayfair Witches, The Wolf Gift Chronicles

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!1) I'm scared of the dark and scared of ghosts! Really scared of them. Really, really.

    2) Oh, I love so many scary movies. I would say The Others with Nicole Kidman is my top choice scary movie at this time. I mean there are so many subtle terrifying ghost scenes in that film. Love it.

  • Adam Rifkin
    Director - Look, Chillerama, Detroit Rock City

    1) Embarrassing as it is to admit, my biggest fear is Pseudodysphagia, better known as the fear of choking to death. There's nothing romantic about fearing choking to death. It lacks the excitement of Acrophobia (heights), the romance of Nyctophobia (the dark) or the sheer curb appeal of a real in your face, chills up and down your spine kind of fear, like Arachnophobia (spiders). No, Pseudodysphagia is a blue collar fear.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!It hits those of us who experience it squarely where we live. Well, technically where we eat. And it could happen at any mundane meal. The idea of abruptly cutting off a good laugh over dinner by inadvertently sucking a hunk broccoli deep into my windpipe, and not being able to breath, or wheeze, or utter any sound of distress of any kind hunches me over in dread. And once it lodges the clock starts ticking. A good Samaritan would have less than four minutes to save me from death or permanent brain injury. The hope, the entirely unreliable hope, is that someone at the dinner party or on the other side of the restaurant is skilled at administering the illusive and wholly under trained for Heimlich maneuver. Of course, part of the fear is imagining a restaurant filled with blank staring faces. Nobody knowing what to do. Waiting for someone else to take control. Or worse, someone who has no discernible idea of how to administer the Heimlich properly and finding myself slowly and painfully losing consciousness while all of my ribs are loudly snapping. I know exactly when the fear took hold. I was probably three. Perhaps four. I was sitting at the foot of my parents' bed watching my father put on his pilot's uniform while I ate a banana. I laughed. Before I knew what had happened a bite of banana was down my throat. My breath stopped and panic gripped me. I remember my father's fingers digging down my windpipe, trying to grab hold of the slippery morsel. Being that this was pre-Heimlich, he had no other field of reference. I don't remember which direction the banana ultimately went, up and out, or down. All I remember was the subsequent fear when I ate. A fear that still haunts me today.

    2) I'm not going to list an obscure Italian cannibal movie or a rarely seen cult creeper that can only be found on bootleg VHS. No, my favorite scary movie happens to be the most successful scary movie in all of cinema history. The Exorcist. And no, not the "new and improved" Director's Cut released in 2000, the original 1973 cut only. The film doesn't scare me because it taps into deep religious iconography and fears that had been beaten into me from my youth, far from it. One needn't be religious to be traumatized by The Exorcist. To me, the reason The Exorcist excels beyond all others is because it's not presented as a horror film, it's a gritty 70's drama about a priest questioning his faith. LIke The French Connection before it, William Friedkin's directing style is stark, simple and almost documentary in it's no nonsense presentation. The performances are authentic, the camera work, minimalistic and there's barely a musical score. Consequently, it feels real. Sure there are some great "boo" moments, and Dick Smith's "monster" make-up is the stuff of nightmares, but Friedkin's grounded styleless style makes The Exorcist feel like it could actually happen in your town. In your house. In your soul.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Ben Rock
    Director - Alien Raiders; Production Designer - The Blair Witch Project
  • 1) Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not really a control freak, but I am a self-control freak - and I think my biggest fear is being out of control of my body and/or my mind. When I hear about things like "trapped-in syndrome" or certain kinds of illness that rob people of their mental capacities… That shit freaks me out. I know it's supposed to be bittersweet, but books like "Flowers for Algernon" mess with my head just thinking about losing my mind and knowing I'm losing my mind.

    And spiders. They scare the living fuck out of me. Little ones, big ones, poisonous ones, ones that keep other bugs at bay. In college I had a pet scorpion and my roommate had a pet tarantula - I could handle the scorpion all day but thinking about Ray's long-dead tarantula right now makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Tap-dancin' Jesus do I hate me some spiders.

    2) There are so many and I desperately want to blow you away with some obscure gem that nobody's ever heard of but the choosiest of horror fans, but it's hard for me not to loop back to John Carpenter's The Thing. It manages to be grounded in a very real world of very real-feeling people where very surreal things happen, and those surreal things want to eat you. It's a movie than never takes the stupid shortcut of having people do something stupid just so the plot can be advanced, and the practical FX in that movie especially have always had a lifelike creepiness. I think I'm going to go watch it again right now.Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

    George A. Romero
    Director - Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Creepshow, Martin, Monkey Shines, The Crazies

    1) Tea Party loonie, Ted Cruz.

    2) The Thing from Another World


    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Aaron Sagers
    Host "Paranormal Paparazzi"; Paranormal speaker
  • 1) Zombies, man, they creep me out. Relentless hordes of the resurrected dead is scary enough, but the idea that my loved ones could come back and try to eat me -- unless I destroy their brain -- just really eats at me (ahem). Outside of zombies, the closet thing to a "real" fear I have is cockroaches. I grew up in Florida, where nothing ever dies, it just gets bigger. Cockroaches are disgusting, flying, swarming creatures that can survive an apocalypse. Come to think of it, they are kind of like the zombies of the animal kingdom. Give me spiders, snakes, sharks or anything else traditionally freaky -- just please keep me away from the cockroaches.

    2) I saw Night of the Living Dead when I was too young and I think that legitimately did some damage to me. But 1980's The Children seems to have stuck in my head more. The low-budget horror about atomic zombie kids with black fingernails who kill adults through hugs makes me never want to procreate.Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies! Not surprisingly the Stephen King-penned "They're Creeping Up On You" chapter of Creepshow still disturbs me. While Romero messed with me with NOTLD," it's this cockroach horror story that continues to churn my stomach. I nearly lose it when the buggers crawl out of Upton's mouth. As a runner-up, the scene in Jaws when Ben Gardner's corpse floats up and startles Hooper makes me jump every time.

  • Eduardo Sanchez
    Director - The Blair Witch Project, Altered, Exisits, Seventh Moon, Lovely Molly
    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

    1) Other than something bad happening to my kids - being buried alive is my biggest fear.

    2) The Exorcist. It just freaks me out so badly.

  • Tom Savini
    FX Legend; Actor - Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, Machete Kills

    1) Crazy People!

    2) The Exorcist.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Kyra Schon
    Actor - Night of the Living Dead; Our favorite Ghoul Next Door

    1) I have so many fears it's hard to know which one to list. I think the main one is a fear of losing my mind/getting dementia.

    2) Favorite scary movie of all time: Jaws

  • Darin Scott
    Director - Dark House; Writer - Tales From the Hood

    1) The suffering that often proceeds death.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!2) Rosemary's Baby.

  • Tiffany Shepis
    Actor - Nightmare Man, Night of the Demons (2009)

    1) Heights, and being kidnapped and forced to live in some freak's basement.

    2) The original A Nightmare on Elm Street and also The Conjuring. Special nod to the campy Motel Hell and Attack the Block.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • John Skipp
    Author and Splatterpunk icon
  • 1) Drowning in bullshit. (But any shit would be pretty bad.)


    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Micah Sloat
    Actor - Paranormal Activity
  • 1) I don't want to tell you my biggest fear, because a voodoo witchdoctor might use that information to control my brain. That shit is real!

    2) Paranormal Activity

  • Joel Soisson
    Producer - Feast, Pulse, The Prophecy

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!1) Public speaking.

    2) Little Miss Sunshine. Those little beauty queens scared the shit out of me.

  • Paul Solet
    Director - Grace, Dark Summer

    1) Down time. And maybe dying alone, or something boring and existential like that.

    2) Jacob's Ladder. But this is a difficult question.... Aliens, Alien, The Thing, The Shining... Impossible to decide.

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Jen Soska
    Co-director - American Mary, See No Evil 2
  • 1) My biggest fear is Sylv dying. I would go dark Willow if that happened.

    2) John Carpenter's The Thing and American Psycho.

  • Sylvia Soska
    Co-director - American Mary, See No Evil 2

    1) I'm afraid of commitment (truthfully). Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

    2) American Psycho and Antichrist.

  • Daniel Stamm
    Director - The Last Exorcism

    1) I always thought it would suck to do arts and crafts and accidentally get one eyeball super-glued to an anvil and the other to a helium balloon. It sounds crazy but it's true.

    2) Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho always terrified the shit out of me.

  • Kevin Tenney
    Director - Witchboard, Night of the Demons, Brain Dead

    1) My in-laws. Ha! (Although Uncle Creepy is a close second) Editor's Note: It's always friggin' me.
    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!
    2) The Exorcist

  • Lou Temple
    Actor - "The Walking Dead," The Devil's Rejects

    1) Getting curb stomped like in American History X.

    2) Rosemary's Baby

  • Tony Timpone
    Former Fangoria editor

    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!1) Fatal, lingering illness

    2) Psycho (1960)

  • Tony Todd
    Actor - The Candyman franchise, the Hatchet franchise, the Final Destination franchise, Night of the Living Dead (1990)

    1) When I was a kid deathly afraid of earthworms.

    2) Rosemary's Baby.



    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Jovanka Vuckovic
    Former editor - Rue Morgue Magazine; Director - The Captured Bird
  • 1) As a mother, that one's easy: birth control failure.

    2) There are many. But I always defer to John Carpenter's The Thing when forced to choose. A near perfect film that's just as effective today as it was the day it was released (when it was panned by critics who later ate their words). A Lovecraftian masterpiece.


    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

  • Scott Wilson
    Actor - "The Walking Dead," The Exorcist III
  • 1) Getting eaten by walkers.

    2) The Thing From Another World

    Adam Wingard
    Director - A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next, V/H/S/, V/H/S/2

    1) Being hyper aware of a slow painful death.

    2) It's a tie between The Shining and Alien.



    Horror Heavyweights Reveal Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!
  • Larry Zerner
    Actor - Shelly in Friday the 13th Part III in 3D

    1) That I will go through life without making sweet love to Uncle Creepy. Editor's Note: See what I mean?

    2) George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead

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    MonsterMash's picture

    Alright I guess its my turn. What scares me... I find the idea of hostile aliens terrifying. And bigfoot.

    My favorite scary movies? Gojira is hard to beat. I saw The Thing around the time I was in first grade when the Sci-fi channel still showed Godzilla movies. That scared the hell out of me. I'd say Chainsaw is the scariest film ever. Can't forget Frankenstein. Curse of the Demon is great too. I could go on and on, but couldn't we all? Happy Halloween everybody!

    Submitted by MonsterMash on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 7:42pm.

    My biggest fear is heights. The horror movie that scared the shit out of me when I was a kid was Dawn of the Dead. It pretty much started my obsession with horror flicks!

    Submitted by LSD Zombie on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 2:30pm.
    moderator My biggest fears - confined
    Debi Moore's picture

    My biggest fears - confined spaces, going crazy (or being thought crazy and locked up by mistake), religious fanatics who want to make laws for the rest of us.

    Favorite scary movies - Universal's Frankenstein and Dracula (old school); The Birds and Duel (from my formative years); Frailty, Session 9, Paranormal Activity (what scared me as an adult); The Irrefutable Truth about Demons, Coffin Joe, Night Watch/Day Watch (international).

    Submitted by Debi Moore on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 1:40pm.
    Diavolo's picture

    Thank you for mentioning Frailty and Session 9 Debi!

    Submitted by Diavolo on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:12am.
    aliensharkboy's picture

    Like Tony Todd, earthworms are the only thing in the world that stop me sleeping... them, and the walrus from Pingu's nightmare.

    And Jaws. Nothing beats it.

    Submitted by aliensharkboy on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 5:00am.

    I'm mostly scared of the people who comment on Yahoo sports articles.

    Submitted by addeisdead on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:16am.
    The Buz's picture

    So happy to see so many people also choose Jaws as their favorite movie.

    Submitted by The Buz on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:33pm.

    It's funny, and I cannot explain it, but Night of the Living Dead is my favorite horror movie. Jaws is my favorite movie. Jaws is a horror movie. But somehow Jaws is not my favorite horror movie. I have no idea how that works.

    Submitted by conundrum on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 9:51am.
    Cinemascribe's picture

    I'm most done in by large, hairy spiders and heights..if I ever have to choose between falling to my death from a terrific height or letting a palm sized wolf spider crawl on me, I'm all kinds of fucked.

    My favorite scary movie is John Carpenter's Halloween. Always has been, likely always will be.

    Submitted by Cinemascribe on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:32pm.
    moderator For me it would be: 1) Bugs,
    Steve Barton's picture

    For me it would be:

    1) Bugs, heights and nuns.

    2) The original Night of the Living Dead. It changed my life in the most wonderful way and earned me my first spanking!

    Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:24pm.
    Diavolo's picture

    Strawberry Estates?

    Submitted by Diavolo on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:20am.

    There needs to be a like or an upvote button or something...

    Submitted by conundrum on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 9:52am.
    moderator HUSH!
    Steve Barton's picture


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 2:30pm.
    StarDreamz's picture

    The Shining, Drag Me to Hell, Echos Signs, Sixth Sense, Dark Skies & The Entity used to chill me me. They really should do The Shining & The Entity over again, THAT would be truly awesome lol! The others I listed are same ole same ole nooooowwwww.... :O after actually having experienced most, yet there is so much more,American Haunting? ( The one with Donald Sutherland ), Insidious, are bone chilling at the idea of being unaware of their mental capacities of those powers....brrrrr! And of course The Final Destination movies, Death shout not be messed with, being tied so tightly with Fate, you try messing with those two, of course there are consequences. When your number is up it's up. We are born, live however long, then we die. We can't run or hide from death very long. Face it, deep down, we know or feel our impending deaths, try to shake that feeling off,then either try to avoid it or accept it. ie; people who miraculously survive something like being the one out 100 people to survive a plane crash. Not run from or avoid, survive. Or actually die and come back. Then those who have freaky or minor accidents and die almost instantly like the woman who fell in a store, got up, said," How silly of me?" Then dies immediately from a pea size bump on her head, or people that are talking with friends one moment, walks in say an arcade and it blows up immediately. Think it was unknown to any of them? It wasn't. They either dismissed the feelings as silly with a dash of fear then come back surprised they died.
    Or maybe it is a conspiracy of our genes having been altered and set to die at a certain moment. Either ways, people just know.

    Submitted by StarDreamz on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 8:53pm.

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