As far as the best horror movies ever go, one title that’s always in the mix is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 “The Shining” adaptation. It terrorizes people to this day, whether it’s with the madness of Jack Torrance or Shelly Duvall’s chin.
Even as he was pushing Jack Nicholson to stranger acts and putting so much stress on Duvall that her hair started to fall out, Kubrick didn’t let the kids in the movie know it was supposed to be scary. That’s right – Danny Torrance was just doing his thing. Even the creepy Grady twins, played by real-life twins Lisa and Louise Burns, were all smiles when the cameras weren’t rolling.
No! Bad Freddy! Spit it Out!
“The Nightmare on Elm Street” series spawned an incredible eight direct sequels, as well as remakes, crossovers, TV, novels, comic books, video games, and a revival series. Most aren't great, but one sequel does stand out: “The Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors.”
In this one, there is a gal named Kristen Parker who can summon other people to the dream world at will. The most famous scene of the movie is when a huge snake-like Freddy tries to swallow her whole. It's stabbed by a shard of glass and pukes her back out, but we still have a still of the actress looking far too unconcerned by the piece of movie magic circling her legs.
This Is What You Get for the Ending of the Dark Tower!
Horror anthologies have been part of the horror landscape for a long time, as far back as 1919's “Unheimliche Geschichten” or “Eerie Tales.” One of the most famous anthologies was “Creepshow” in 1982, written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero.
The film includes well-known names such as Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and Ted Danson, and King even got in on some of the acting fun, too. This isn't a still from any of the shorts. However – it's just a backstage snapshot of the king of horror hamming it up with one of his creations.
He Is a Clown, After All
Classic horror fans will remember the original 1990 mini-series that took Pennywise the Clown from the printed page and put him on the television for all to fear. Played by actor Tim Curry, this clown terrorized the Losers, the group of kids and adults from the series.
"It" is all about learning how to face your fear and standing up to the things that have attacked you, but off-camera, they were all having a good time. They're all bonding over an issue of “Mad Magazine” while they're waiting for the next scene to get set up.
Under the Alien
Ridley Scott had the idea to make a haunted house in space, and the horror community was changed forever when his vision became the 1979 movie “Alien.” H.R. Giger designed the monster, making a dripping, horrific creature that would turn you inside out in a number of ways.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to get rid of the horror of a certain thing is to see the man underneath – in the first movie; it was Nigerian design student Bolaji Bodejo. His 6′10″ frame had arms and legs so long and spindly they were practically inhuman. This picture has stuntman Eddie Powell, a little too relaxed in his costume.