January 06, 2005


It's another arbitrary 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of all time. I notice that several flicks, such as Jaws, Poltergeist and The Shining, get multiple mention.

I have no stomach for scary movies whatsoever and have only been able to sit through a handfull of them. Thus, I'm a little surprised The Twilight Zone Movie made the list. Even I thought that was kinda lame.

I also note with some amusement that the Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz made the cut. I know people who grew up and remain terrified of them, but they never bothered me. On the other hand, it was a long, long time before I could sit through the scene where the twister is bearing down on the Gale Farm.

Yips! to Lynn at Reflections in D Minor.

Posted by Robert at January 6, 2005 09:53 AM

If the scaredy-cats had seen the production of Wizard of Oz put on by my son's senior class, they wouldn't have been frightened. They'd probably still be laughing. The flying monkeys were portrayed by kindergarteners riding on their dads' shoulders!

Posted by: Denise at January 7, 2005 07:46 AM

As children, one of my sisters and I were scared of the Abominable Snowman in Rudolph. Not so much the actual Bumble -- but the buildup to seeing him. That view of the cave with the northern lights going over it -- scary to a six year old.

On the other hand, the flying monkeys inspired a mix of emotions. Mainly wonderment. I'm STILL impressed with the special effect (unlike some of the other stuff in the Wizard of Ox which hasn't aged so well -- like the animatronic owls.) As a kid I used to me amazed by them -- and then horrified and sickened to see what they did to the Scarecrow (the hay disembowelment aftermath scene).

But part of me admired the witch for having them in her arsenal. I mean, flying monkeys. How f'ing cool is that?

Posted by: The Colossus at January 7, 2005 11:34 AM

Deliverance should have made the list. I haven't been rafting since.

Posted by: Bill McCabe at January 8, 2005 10:51 AM
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