Horror Movie Goofs

I wrote an earlier blog about movie blunders awhile back. Now it’s time for strictly horror movies! As an avid reader, I have found too many mistakes to recall in so many novels that I wonder if publishers still employ proofreaders. If so, they must be illiterate. One book by Kevin O’Brien had more than a dozen errors, while the great Stephen King himself has made quite a few – including changing a main character’s eye color from brown to blue! Maybe he forgot to mention that she wore colored contacts.

I hate mistakes like that. I know it’s often hard to keep track of what you wrote about half a year earlier, but that’s why you should write down all the traits of your characters when working on a long novel. Besides, for the amount of money some of these writers get paid, they ought to be able to give their readers an almost perfect novel. Dean Koontz is one of the few writers to have a nearly perfect track record of zero mistakes in his novels.

As for movies…all I can do is shake my head. Mistakes galore can be found in movies, and there is no shortage of websites out there which feature movie blunders in all their hilarious glory. Film crew can be seen, shadows of cherry pickers, cranes, and helicopters, and often late model vehicles in period pieces. Continuity issues are extremely problematic but hey, that’s why filmmakers should have someone around to take photos of the cast when they wrap up the day’s shooting. They can then look over the photos the following day to make sure that everyone looks right for the next scenes.

Millions of dollars are spent making these movies, and it’s a shame to see mistakes that could have been easily avoided. I’m one of those stickler for details type, and it would slay me to put out a film that contains an obvious mistake. In the first feature film I shot, a no budget ‘diary style’ movie called, appropriately enough, ‘Alicen’s Diary’, I saw some goofs and had a hella time getting them out of the final footage. I still haven’t edited to my satisfaction, but at least the cast got their copies of the shit.

Here are some horror movie blunders you simply will not believe – then again, maybe you will. If you want to view these for yourself, there are several YouTube videos of incredible blunders, and I have also linked to the website from whence these bloopers came.

Scream 2: In the scene where Cici is killed, just before the killer throws her off the balcony there is a visible member of crew/stunt’s head.

The Shining: In the first scene, when Jack Nicholson is driving to the Overlook, the shadow of a helicopter can be seen at the bottom right. This is only visible in the un-matted VHS print and fullscreen DVD.

Resident Evil – Apocalypse: A boom mic operator wearing a white shirt is seen reflected in the door that the female scientist opens, when the Umbrella personnel pick her up, as part of their extraction procedure. He is visible as the door is opening and very faintly when it is closed.

House of Wax: When Carly locks herself in the truck, the owner throws to the ground the box holding the fan belt and a few other things, right beside the driver’s side of the truck. In the next exterior shot, there is nothing on the ground. 

Saw: When Adam pounds on Zep with the toilet seat, he grabs his shoulder in pain. In the first shot of him holding his shoulder, his hand is soaked in blood. In the second shot, however, his hand is much cleaner.

The Cabin in The Woods: This is just after Curt has jumped into the lake. The green towel around Marty’s neck disappears and reappears.

The Hills Have Eyes (reboot): When Ethel, Lynne, Brenda and Bobby are sitting around the table outside the caravan, talking, the position of the juice pitcher, ketchup bottle and mustard bottle constantly changes.

From Dusk to Dawn: Throughout the entire film the tattoo on George Clooney’s neck moves position and changes shape.

The Purge – Election Year: When the Senator is about to be sacrificed, the cloth on her mouth immediately disappears for a split second.

Scream: When Sidney comes running to the house and she sees Dewey come out with the knife in his back she screams “Dewey!” but her mouth says “no!”

Jeepers Creepers: About 10 minutes into the movie, when the truck is chasing the 2 college students in the car and starts ramming them, the bumper and the trunk is smashed in. The shot changes and shows the car’s rear end and it is in perfect condition. This repeats at least 3 times.

The Faculty: Mr. Furlong pushes Zeke into the fishing tank and it breaks, soaking him from head to toe with water. Moments later they are walking out and he is dry.

The Gift: In one of the last scenes, Cate Blanchett’s character is standing in the doorway of her son’s room. She is wearing a blue striped dress. When she walks into the room, she’s wearing a floral dress.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (reboot): This movie states that it is during the year 1973, yet in the beginning of the movie when they are driving in the van they are listening to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This song was not released publicly until 1974.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: When Freddy falls over the banister onto the stairs near the end, notice the crash mat he lands on.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: When Dr. Seward first goes to see Renfield, he gets bitten on the right side of his neck, but then grabs the left side as if in pain. – Movie Mistakes


The Mothman

In West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”. The national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across the country.

The Mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in 1970 and later popularized by John Keel in his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, claiming that there were supernatural events related to the sightings, and a connection to the collapse of the Silver Bridge.

The Mothman is the subject of regional folklore and popular culture. The 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel’s book. An annual festival in Point Pleasant is devoted to the Mothman legend. – Wikipedia

One of the most spine-tingling legends I have heard of in recent years concern the Mothman. I never new of this creature until I saw the movie back in 2003, and it did, I must confess, creep me out a lot. As a child, I was frightened silly by the thought of the Headless Horseman riding along with a jack o’ lantern lighting his way, and as a teenager I was scared of Satan and his demons, yet by the time I was in my 20s, I no longer believed in the myths that had me afraid to go to the bathroom at night. I never knew that many people actually believed in a real Mothman until I came across John Keel’s book in a used media outlet. I only paid $2 for it, and I have already read it twice and will probably read it again this month. Talk about freaky, trippy shit! Weird, tan men with Asiatic faces. Indrid Cold, otherwise known as the ‘Grinning Man’. Men in black interviewing locals. Crazy stuff.

In the evening of November 15, 1966 two young married couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, were out for a drive in the Scarberrys’ car. They were passing a World War II TNT factory about seven miles outside of Point Pleasant, in the 2,500 acre McClintic Wildlife Station, when they noticed two red lights in the shadow by an old generator plant near the gate of the factory. They stopped the car and were startled to see that the lights were the glowing red eyes of a large animal, “shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back,” according to Roger Scarberry. Terrified, the couples took off in their car, heading for Route 62.

Headed down the exit ramp, they saw the creature again, standing on a ridge near the road. It spread its wings and took off, following their car to the city limits. They went to the Mason County courthouse and told their story to Deputy Millard Halstead, who later said “I’ve known these kids all their lives. They’d never been in any trouble and they were really scared that night. I took them seriously.” He followed Roger Scarberry’s car back to the TNT factory, but found no sign of the strange creature. According to the book Alien Animals, by Janet Board, a poltergeist attack on the Scarberry home took place later that night, in which the creature was seen several times.

On November 24, four people saw the Mothman flying through the air over the TNT area. On the morning of November 25, Thomas Ury, who was driving along Route 62 north of the TNT, said he saw the creature standing in a field by the road, then spread its wings and took off, following his car as he sped into Point Pleasant to report the sighting to the sheriff.


On November 26, Mrs. Ruth Foster of Charleston, West Virginia saw the Mothman standing on her front lawn, but it was gone when her brother-in-law went out to look. On the morning of November 27, it pursued a young woman near Mason, West Virginia, and was reported again in St. Albans the same night, by two children. The Mothman was seen again January 11, 1967, and several times during 1967. Fewer sightings of the Mothman were reported after the collapse of the Silver Bridge, when 46 people died. The Silver Bridge, so named for its aluminum paint, was an eyebar chain suspension bridge that connected the cities of Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio over the Ohio River.
 – Unknown Explorers

The Mothman Prophecies film stars Richard Gere, Lara Linney. Debra Messing, and Will Patton, is a pretty good one but there are some areas which could have used a bit more suspense. The book is unsettling, and the film is in some scenes, yet there are others where an odd character or two from the book itself could have been featured. I have read the movie called a drama/fantasy but to me it’s a definite drama/suspense, with a couple of horror elements tossed in for good measure. It is more of a thinking person’s film than anything, and while it won’t keep you on the edge of your seat, it just might make it harder for you to get to sleep at night.

I wouldn’t say that the movie scared me, but it certainly made me think. I imagined a great winged being with red eyes flying over the apartment building I lived in and making off with the noisy bitch who lived in the unit above mine. That would have been fantastic but of course, it never happened. I will often think, while I am watching horror movies, that if only such creatures as mothmen, demons, vampires, werewolves, and supernatural slashers truly existed, the world would be a better place.
Do I believe that the sightings in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, actually occurred? The people may have thought they saw a giant bird-like creature with glowing eyes of crimson, but I’m sure there are natural explanations for what the thing really was. If such a being as the Mothman existed, it would still be spotted today – and not just in a small town in one little state. I believe in a Mothman as much as I believe in a Bigfoot – not at all.

Horror Movie Posters

I wish I had started collecting horror movie posters years ago. Perhaps it’s not too late after all, so many of them are available via Google! I found these a couple of years ago and was Tweeting them during October – I think I posted one every other day. Most of these movies I’ve not ever seen, a few I saw and quickly forgot, and some I own but don’t particularly care for, while others are in my top 50 favorite horrors. How many of these have you see, and how many of them do you own?




Horror Movie Villains

The most memorable characters of horror movies are always the villains. They usually become cult heroes – and heroines – and while the big breasted, pretty girl who gets away is quickly forgotten, the killer (or demon, or ghost, or whatever) rarely is. One of the earliest villains in my memory is Count Dracula as played by the late great Christopher Lee, followed by Pazuzu, Damien Thorn, Michael Myers, Jason’s mom and then Jason himself, and Leatherface. Some villains don’t do a thing for me – Chucky and Freddy Krueger are two examples – while others, like Annie Wilkes and Hannibal Lecter, are particularly captivating because they are human, unlike the slashers who keep coming back to life after they’ve been killed off, or the reanimated corpses of the dead, or the demons…

Remember Minnie Castevet, that weird old lady played by Ruth Gordon in the movie Rosemary’s Baby? How about The Creeper in Jeepers Creepers? That thing was ugly as hell. Daniel Robitaille (Candyman) is an amazing villian, with that nasty hook and those bees climbing out of his mouth. I especially find Samara to be an The Ring, and my aunt had to leave for her third shift job, I was afraid to go down into the basement alone. One villain I hardly see on horror movie villain montages is Pinhead, who is one of the most bizarre villains out there – but Pennywise, a damn clown of all creatures, is on every one I have seen. I have never found clowns to be particularly frightening nor hilarious. They are just ugly – and freakish. The Djinn from the Wishmaster series is also rarely seen, though far more fearsome than any clown, in my opinion.

eerie little bitch – I will admit that the first time I watched

When I was going through my Goth phase, I was so into vampires that I could watch horror films and read horror novels featuring those bloodsucking creatures 24/7. In fact, for years Interview With The Vampire was in my top 10 favorite horror films of all time, and ‘Salem’s Lot is still my favorite Stephen King novel. These days, I’m more into psychological horror, but slasher flicks are still great, and anything involving demonic possession is a must see. The best movies ever that deal with this touchy subject remain The Exorcist, followed by The Exorcism of Emily Rose (based loosely upon the tragic Anneliese Michel case), and Exorcismus, while The Last ExorcismThe Rite, and The Devil Inside are fun to watch. There’s also Beyond The DoorThe Possession, and The Entity, among many others. I have shot a found footage film dealing with demonic possession myself, as well as a video diary about an actress who is demon possessed after performing a ritual for good luck and prosperity.

In those types of movies, the devil – or demons – are the villains. If the devil was a real being, he/she would definitely be a frightening villain. If the dead could come back as zombies, that would be the worst plague that could ever fall upon the human race. But the scariest villains of all are those that are just like you and me. Not the haunted dolls, the houses full of ghosts, or the slashers who somehow keep coming back to life to kill and main again and again. It is the human villains that scare me the most. Buffalo Bill and Francis Dolarhyde – aka the Red Dragon – are two of the most evil characters I have come across in fiction. Frankenstein, that hybrid monster created from the body parts of many, has got nothing on Hannibal Lecter, Annie Wilkes, or Norman Bates.

Other villains that are so-so include Victor Crowley, Ghostface (which was a succession of different killers, all of them too silly to scare a toddler), Leprechaun, and Jigsaw. The Tall Man was pretty damn cool though by the time of the 4th Phantasm, his voice wasn’t as it used to be. Asian horror have a lot of wicked villains – see I Saw The Devil‘s Kyung-chul is one of the most violently evil, purely psychopathic villains I’ve come across in years, while Grotesque‘s nameless doctor is one disturbed individual. I mean, that man is batshit crazy! If you want to watch some extremely vicious villains in action, just pop in an Asian horror film, especially those from Japan and Korea. They tend to be some of the goriest horror movies I’ve ever seen, and many of them don’t have happy endings that way the Western horrors usually do.

Horror Movie Facts

Sometimes the truth is scarier – or at least more interesting – than fiction. I have experienced things, read of incidents, and heard about occurrences that are absolutely terrifying. True crime is a case in point – there are hardly any fictional killers who match up to those in real life, other than characters created by Thomas Harris, Jeffrey Deaver, and Dean Koontz, to name a select few. Francis Dolarhyde was far creepier than Buffalo Bill – he was a mad slayer of entire families – and the antagonist in the novel Mr. Murder was one frightening lunatic, on a par with the nut-job of the novel IntensityThe Vanished Man is one of the more stunning works that Jeffrey Deaver has written, far superior to The Bone Collector, in my opinion. I may have to take that one back out of the stacks and read it again.

Yet books about real crime are so much more scary than the made up stuff, which very often is based upon an actual killer – Jame Gumb’s exploits were inspired by none other than Ed Gein (who also inspired Psycho and Leatherface, for example – and the facts behind the movie are usually enough to make one fear the dark again after going to bed at night. While shooting the climax in Candyman, Tony Todd had live bees put in his mouth, with only a mouth guard to keep them from going down his throat. He was stung several times. Can you imagine doing that for a movie? Oh hell no, not me! As for spiders…I don’t want to be anywhere near those things.

In the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Gunnar Hansen accidentally cut Marilyn Burns’ finger in the dinner scene, because he was exhausted and could barely see. Oh yes, movie mistakes do happen. People have been slapped, punched, kicked, and even shot while on set filming a scene. I have shot & produced 2 horror films of my own, yet nothing freaky happened – though who can guess what will occur during the 3rd horror I am doing, which is a Stephen King Dollar Baby (the name of which I cannot mention in my blog – yet). Read on, my fellow horror fans, for more fun, freaky facts:

  • The schoolhouse in Hitchcock’s The Birds is a real-life haunted house, and its current residents say they hear footsteps and children laughing.
  • During filming of the 2005 version of The Amityville Horror, a dead body was found floating in the water near the set.
  • After the first day of filming The Conjuring, Vera Farmiga found three unexplained claw marks on her skin.
  • Friday the 13th was filmed at a real camp in New Jersey that is still in operation to this day.
  • The skeletons in Poltergeist are not props. They are real human skeletons.
  • The mask used in Halloween is a modified Star Trek William Shatner mask.
  • In Candyman, Virginia Madsen was really hypnotized for some scenes so she could portray her trance authentically.
  • Shelley Duvall, who played Wendy Torrance in The Shining, said the amount of emotionaldistress from filming was “excruciating” and “unbearable.” She actually had a mental breakdown.

  • Eli Roth got the idea for Hostel after coming across a Thai website about murder vacations, where people could pay to torture and kill people.
  • In order to make Samara’s walk as creepy as possible in The Ring, they filmed her walking backwards and then reversed the shot.
  • In Carrie, the high school is named Bates High after Norman Bates in Psycho.
  • While filming Poltergeist, Oliver Robins, aka Robbie, truly got choked by the robot clown doll — it wasn’t until he turned purple that Spielberg realized what was happening.
  • The house used in the finale of Scream 3 is the same location (set up as a school) in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre set was filled with 500 pounds of decomposing animal corpses, and the stench mixed with the heat caused the actors to vomit constantly.
  • While on the set of The Exorcist, director William Friedkin told the prop man to randomly fire shotgun blanksto get more “authentic” reactions from the actors.
  • Because he was so young Danny Lloyd, the kid who played Danny in The Shining, was not told he was making a horror film. He thought it was going to be a drama.
  • Heather Donahue, an actor in The Blair Witch Project, was worried the director planned to make a snuff film.
  • Hannibal Lecter was based on an actual killer, Dr. Alfredo Ballí Treviño, who had the same mannerisms Anthony Hopkins portrayed in The Silence of the Lambs.
  • It took about a year to get the iconic shot in where blood pours out of the elevator in The Shining right, but only three days to film.
  • In the Scream series, Ghostface is voiced by Roger L. Jackson. The director, Wes Craven, intentionally hid Jackson on the set of all three original movies, so that his voice would be scarier to the actors hearing it. During the scenes where the characters were being taunted on the phone, Jackson was hidden on set, actually making the calls.
  • Those gross little cocoons in The Silence of the Lambs? Edible. They were made from Tootsie Rolls and gummy bears.
  • Ghostface’s robe in Scream was meant to be white…before Wes Craven realised that’d look too much like a KKK outfit!
  • The director of Jeepers Creepers Victor Salva is a convicted child molester.
  • The color red is present in almost every shot of The Shining.
  • Sissy Spacek slept in bloody clothes for three days while filming the prom scene in Carrie.
  • In Interview with the Vampire, all the actors playing vampire roles were required to hang upside down for up to thirty minutes before having their makeup applied.
  • In Hostel the nightmarish interior of the slaughterhouse, known as the hall of horrors, was filmed at a mental hospital in Prague built in 1910, in a wing that had been closed for over fifty years.
  • The bedroom in the movie The Exorcist was refrigerated and kept between 30 and 40 degrees below zero. It was so cold, in fact, that one morning the crew arrived to find a thin layer of snow on the set.
  • Roman Polanski’s only issue with Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby was that the director himself was agnostic; he didn’t believe in god or the devil. To make the story credible, Polanski created doubt in Rosemary’s sanity, giving the audience the choice of believing her supernatural experiences were real or imagined.
  • A multitude of strange happenings occurred during the making of The Omen (1976), including planes carrying cast/crew being struck by lightning (Gregory Peck and scriptwriter, David Seltzer—in separate planes); a producer nearly being struck by lightning while filming;

    the director, Richard Donner being hit by a vehicle while exiting his car; the special effects man, John Richardson was involved in a car accident that beheaded his girlfriend; Donner’s hotel being bombed by the IRA; dogs attacking their trainers; lions killing a guard; and a near miss with a chartered plane (not used by crew) that had engine trouble…the pilot ended up flying with his own family, the plane crashed and everyone was killed. (Additionally, Peck’s son Jonathan committed suicide a few months before filming began.)

  • The Exorcist is one of the most iconic films of all time; it has influenced many horror films and is even highly beloved by people today. However, little do people know, that there were some pretty paranormal events that happened on set. If the fact that this movie is based on true events is not enough, the strange occurrences that happened on set add a new layer of dismay to this ever magnificent film.Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died while the film was in post-production. What makes this even more eerie is that their characters had died in the film as well. Linda’s grandfather and Max Von Sydow’s brother also happened to die on the first day of shooting for the film. There had also been reports of other deaths happening to people who worked on set or to their love ones, such as the cameraman’s unexpected still born and a security guard on set.

Just Another Crazy White Guy

Stephen Paddock is now the worst mass murderer in modern American history – so far anyway. 64, secretive by nature, the multimillionaire (he acquired his wealth through real estate) took care of his family, especially his 90 year old mother, and had no children that anyone knew of despite a long line of girlfriends over the years. For some reason. he checked into that hotel room with an arsenal of weapons, set up cameras inside and outside the room as well as the peephole, and fired down upon a crowd of 22,000 people. As law enforcement were closing in on him. Paddock committed suicide rather than be taken into custody. His family is understandably in shock.

“There’s absolutely no way I could conceive that my brother would shoot a bunch of people that he didn’t know,” Eric Paddock said outside his home Monday, shaking his head as he fumbled for words. “Something just incredibly wrong happened to my brother.”

Las Vegas police said they did not know Stephen Paddock’s name before the shooting and they believe he acted alone. He bought multiple firearms in the past, but investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally, a law enforcement official said. A Mesquite store, Guns & Guitars, said it sold a gun to Paddock and that “he never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.”

Police found at least 23 weapons inside his hotel room, including multiple rifles, some with scopes. At least one rifle may have been altered to function as an automatic weapon, a law enforcement official said. 

Eric Paddock said he knew his brother had firearms. His children had gone skeet-shooting with their uncle before, but Eric did not know Stephen to be a hunter. Eric helped his brother drive across the country in 2016 to a new home in Mesquite, Nevada, a retiree community about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Along the way, the brothers ate sushi and drank late into the evening, Eric Paddock recalled. But he did not recall his brother bringing a machine gun along with him. However, he acknowledged the limits of his knowledge, living thousands of miles from a brother he only spoke to occasionally.

Stephen Paddock lived in Mesquite with his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley. She was out of the country during the shooting, but returned Tuesday and was questioned by law enforcement. He might have kept quiet about the guns, but he wasn’t shy about the gambling.
Marilou Danley
When he bought a house in Mesquite, he wrote on his application that his income came from “gambling.” He also told a real estate agent that he gambled about $1 million a year, an agent speaking on condition of anonymity said.He sought privacy and kept a low profile. Some of his neighbors rarely saw him, but they knew he was a gambler. Paddock said he was a high roller and real estate speculator from Las Vegas. “We’re up all night because we gamble,” Don Judy, one of Paddock’s old neighbors in Florida, remembered him saying. – CNN

Before learning that Paddock was a White man, many social media users blasted US immigration laws, with calls of ‘Build the Wall’ and angry tirades about Muslims and Islamic terrorists. After they discovered how wrong they were, they went in the opposite direction: Of course the guy must be crazy! He’s a member of ANTIFA! Somehow, Hillary Clinton is behind this! He converted to Islam only a week ago! ISIS claimed he was a member of their terrorist cell! He’s an ant NRA Democrat! The whitewashed media has already brought out the Mentally Ill White Guy trope, which they use every time a White man goes berserk and kills a lot of people.

They refuse to believe that a White Christian, or whatever Paddock’s religious beliefs, could be solely responsible for the massacre of more than 58 people and the injury of more than 500, nearly all of them White, and possibly most of them Republicans because country music fans tend to be on the conservative (and patriotic) side. It may be telling that Paddock’s own father was once a fugitive bank robber. Criminality often runs in families, and not every criminal starts out young. Some of them only get going later in life.

Authorities are now wondering if Paddock had an accomplice. They don’t believe that he could have gotten all of the firearms on his own, nor all of the paraphernalia into the hotel room by himself.

“Do you think this was all accomplished on his own? You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point,” Lombardo said. He highlighted the killer’s many weapons and explosives in his car. Investigators say evidence shows Paddock meticulously planned the shooting.

“It’s troublesome this individual was able to move this amount of gear into a hotel room unassisted,” Lombardo said. ” It’s troublesome for the amount of stuff he had at both residences unassisted.”
The arsenal of weapons in his hotel suite included bump-fire stocks — legal devices that enable a shooter to fire bullets rapidly, similar to an automatic rifle.

Why did the 64-year-old fire with an arsenal of weapons for nine to 11 minutes? What pushed him to target a crowd of 22,000 in the heart of Las Vegas? FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNBC that the lack of a clear motive was a “surprise” in this mass shooting.

“This one is somewhat different than many of the ones we’ve dealt with in the past, because we don’t have any immediately accessible thumbprints that would indicate the shooter’s ideology or motivation, or really what compelled him to get there,” McCabe said.

The FBI is going through Paddock’s communications, financial records, associates and video surveillance to try to piece together the puzzle of his motive. Paddock is twice divorced, liked to gamble, and previously worked at the US Post Office and the IRS. He had no significant criminal history and was until then unknown to police.
 – CNN

Memorable Horror Novel Quotes

Horror. It is my absolute favorite genre – not just for movies, but also for books (though I do love to read me some true crime). I first got into horror with ‘Salem’s Lot, which to this day remains #1 on the list of my top 10 Stephen King novels. I can read horror, watch horror, and even listen to horror – by way of my dozens of Goth, Industrial, and Darkwave music CDs – all day and night long. Most of them are out of print, yet if you’re up to it, you can find a lot of them available on YouTube. Dreams in The Witch House, Touched by The Hand of Goth, Dion Fortune Sampler, and Nachtschwarmer are just a few of them.

I have an extensive collection of horror films and books. Many of the books contain stories that are supposedly true, but I take that with a grain of salt (I don’t believe in the paranormal). Probably the most obvious of these are the ones penned by the late Ed Warren and his wife/widow, Lorraine. There are a few others I won’t mention because they are so phony, they’re laughable. I’m sure I wrote about them last October, and if not, that’s because they weren’t worth a piss in the newly fallen snow.

The following quotes are from horror novels I’d read and/or own. Some are on my top 50 faves while others are in the 51 – 100 category. A few of them aren’t my 100 all time favorites, but that’s okay. They are entertaining just the same. To be truthful, I consider novels to be far more rewarding then movies, mainly due to the device of being able to go inside a character’s thoughts, which a film cannot do – unless it’s narrated, and I hate most narrated films. (One of the few I do enjoy is The Shawshank Redemption.)

The final quote is from someone I admire; I’ve never read anything of his. If you are a well read person, you will know immediately the books from which these quotes come. Three of them are not exactly horror stories, two are more suspenseful, and the other…I don’t know where to put it, really!

“Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.” 

“With a mocking smile, he placed one hand upon my shoulder and, holding me tight, bared my throat with the other, saying as he did so: “First, a little refreshment to reward my exertions.”

“To her eyes, used to diversity, there was a troubling uniformity about them all, something that spoke of isolation, and a dull and thoughtless cruelty.”

“One evening coming in with a candle I was startled to hear him say a little tremulously, “I am lying here in the dark waiting for death.” The light was within a foot of his eyes. I forced myself to murmur, “Oh, nonsense!” and stood over him as if transfixed. Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again. Oh, I wasn’t touched. I was fascinated. It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror – of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision – he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath – “The horror! The horror!” I blew the candle out and left the cabin. The pilgrims were dining in the mess-room, and I took my place opposite the manager, who lifted his eyes to give me a questioning glance, which I successfully ignored. He leaned back, serene, with that peculiar smile of his sealing the unexpressed depths of his meanness. A continuous shower of small flies streamed upon the lamp, upon the cloth, upon our hands and faces. Suddenly the manager’s boy put his insolent black head in the doorway, and said in a tone of scathing contempt – “Mistah Kurtz – he dead.”

“He lives down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart.” 

“Deep inside her (in her harrowed soul) she felt a glowing ember of fury at the man responsible for this. That man who had put her in this position. She looked at the pistol lying beside the basin, and knew that if he were here, she would use it on him without a moment’s hesitation. Knowing that made her feel confused about herself. It also made her feel a little stronger.” 

“It’s you that ought to be lying there in the church crypt, not her. It’s you who ought to be dead, not Mrs. de Winter.”

“I would die rather than live without you. I would die the same way he died. I can’t bear you to look at me the way you did. I cannot bear it if you do not love me!”

“Either the gates of hell had opened, or Tom had lost his mind; for there could be nothing like this entity outside the precincts of the damned, except in the fevered fantasies of a raving paranoid psychopath.” 

” At the same time a light unexpectedly sprang up, and I saw Carmilla, standing, near the foot of my bed, in her white nightdress, bathed, from her chin to her feet, in one great stain of blood.”

“Until that afternoon in October four years ago, I hadn’t known dogs could scream.” 

“I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.”

“Is it because I’m a girl?” Reluctantly, Bill nodded his head. She looked at him for a moment, her lips trembling, and Richie thought she would cry. Instead, she exploded.  “Well, fuck you!” She whirled around to look at the others, and they flinched from her gaze, so hot it was nearly radioactive. “Fuck all of you if you think the same thing!” she turned back to Bill and began to talk fast, rapping him with words. “This is something more than some diddly shit kids game like tag, or guns, or hide and go seek, and you know it, Bill! We’re supposed to do this, that’s part of it! And you’re not going to cut me out just because I’m a girl, do you understand? You better. Or I’m leaving right now!” 

He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was–a woman.

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.” 

“The brain had its own food on which it battened, and the imagination, made grotesque by terror, twisted and distorted as a living thing by pain, danced like some foul puppet on a stand and grinned through moving masks.”