Horror Scenes I Love: The Exorcist III

ExorcistJEsusWilliam Peter Blatty took on the directing reins for the third film in the series. I’m going to take a huge leap of faith that he was none too happy with how the first sequel turned out.

The latest “Scenes I Love” the Horror Edition comes from Blatty’s The Exorcist III and it’s actually a very effective jump scare that truly comes out of nowhere. I chose this particular clip because of how well Blatty frames and sets up the pay off. Some may argue that this third film in the series was a mixed bag but one thing it had was genuine scares making up for not being as disturbing as the first film.

I recommend watching this particular scene in a darkened room with headphones on to better appreciate the sound.

Horror On TV: Twilight Zone 5.19 “Black Leather Jackets”

Scott, Fred, and Steve may be teenage rebels but they’re rebels with a cause!  And that cause, of course, is to conquer humanity and maybe find a girlfriend.  And, of course, all three of them wear black leather jackets…

This is actually one of the sillier episodes of The Twilight Zone but I like it.  I think any girl who has ever wondered if boys are from a different planet can appreciate this episode.

Black Leather Jackets was originally broadcast on January 31st, 1964.  It was written by Earl Hamner, Jr. and directed by Joseph N. Newman.

Horror Trailer: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones


It’s October — where are all the new horror films?

Well, with the exception of Carrie, it looks that they’re all hang out in next January.  January, of course, is the month that the studios traditionally dump all of the films that they don’t have much faith in.

Whether that has anything to do with the release date of the next Paranormal Activity film is open to conjecture.

Horror Song of the Day: Kanon For Orchestra and Tape (by Krzysztof Penderecki)


The previous “Song of the Day” was Polymorphia and comes courtesy of one Krzystof Penderecki. Why stop a good thing and go with someone else for the latest one when Penderecki continues to bring in the horror.

“Kanon For Orchestra and Tape” was also used in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and one could tell just from listening to it that it fit perfectly. Like Polymorphia, this particular piece uses the string section to help create that encroaching dread and horror while adding some nontraditional sounds to keep the listener off-balance.

Just listening to this piece one could be made to believe that there is a Hell and the Devil’s just waiting to get out and play.

Horror On The Lens: The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (dir by Alfred Hitchcock)


A serial killer known as “The Avenger” is murdering blonde women in London (which, once again, proves that its better to be a redhead).  And while nobody knows the identity of the Avenger, they do know that the enigmatic stranger  (Ivor Novello), who has just recently rented a room at boarding house, happens to fit his description.  They also know that the lodger’s landlord’s daughter happens to be a blonde…

Released in 1927, the silent The Lodger was Alfred Hitchcock’s third film but, according to the director, this was the first true “Hitchcock film.”  Certainly it shows that even at the start of his career, Hitchcock’s famous obsessions were already present — the stranger accused of a crime, the blonde victims, and the link between sex and violence.

Also of note, the credited assistant director — Alma Reville — would become Alma Hitchcock shortly before The Lodger was released.