Today we’re handing the keys to the blog to spook rock pioneer Alice Cooper. Here he talks his favorite creepy movies of all time.
By Alice Cooper
I’ve seen nearly every creepy movie ever made. These stand out.
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Salem’s Lot! It was directed by Tobe Hooper and it was one of the great vampire movies of all time. I mean, it was truly scary. Barlow, the main vampire, one of the scariest vampire I’ve ever seen. Even to this day. Salem’s Lot. Not the Rob Lowe version, it’s gotta be the one that was from … 1978, I think it was. Really good. And the music is amazing in that movie!
Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls was a black-and-white movie that’s just one of those nightmarish films that stays with you for some reason. There was no lead actor in it. It was about a girl who was going through her life, and she’s dead but she doesn’t know it. There’s a scene where they’re in a ballroom, all these dead people dancing — when I was a kid it was the creepiest movie of all time. It was a real nightmarish movie.
Dario Argento’s Suspiria is definitely one of the great creepy movies of all time.
Feast I, II, and III
If you’re just right down into pure gore, then I think you’ve gotta go with the Feast series. It was three movies: Feast I, Feast II (Sloppy Seconds), and Feast III (The Happy Finish). It’s just they’re so over-the-top that it’s unbelievable. When you think you’ve seen the grossest thing, there’s something else coming.
The Haunting! The original Haunting, though, not the one with Catherine Zeta-Jones, the one with Julie Harris. One of those scary movies where you never see the monster, but that’s what’s so terrifying about it. It’s really well-shot too!
Most of the scary movies I like are old, because I think, with CGI and green screen, today’s movies feel a bit like cheating. Back when they were making really scary movies is when they didn’t have the advantage of green screen. And that’s what I kind of liked about those movies — they really had to prey on your imagination. But as far as new movies? I like …
30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night. What a great idea: you’re in an Alaskan town where there’s no sun gonna come up for 30 days and you’ve got a shipload of Russian vampires. That’s a really, really interesting movie. And the vampires are not elegant. They’re just animals. Instead of biting you on the neck, they just rip your arm off. And they’re quick! You can’t run from ’em.
I thought Silent Hill was really original. It didn’t remind me of any other horror movie. That’s what I liked about it; it was truly an original idea. This place this girl ends up is just nightmare, you know. It’s something you could ever describe. I appreciate a movie that’s not stereotypical. And speaking of…
Cabin in the Woods
Cabin in the Woods! Truly different! I didn’t know what to expect, and three quarters through the movie I’m going “What is going on in this movie?” I could not figure it out. I loved it. I thought it was great. It’s a good one because it’s a total surprise. Because, at first glance, there’s not much to it. “Oh, it’s just a bunch of kids … in a cabin … in the woods. I wonder if they’re gonna get killed one by one.” But it has a total twist to it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 31, 2012