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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: THE SHINING

by Ron Scalzo

Superior horror films provide an unforgettable moment or three that give the viewer a jolt – it could be makeup, it could be music, it could be a crazy character that elevates the tension.  But the best horror films ratchet up the tension slowly.  They have a creepy vibe from the get-go, and that vibe [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: POLTERGEIST

by Ron Scalzo

Most of the films recounted in the A Dozen Movies… series involve experiences with my father, who often went to great lengths to expose me to scary fare that he thought I would enjoy, even if my young imagination was often unprepared for the shock of marauding beasties, chest-bursting aliens, and aquatic killers.  My mother [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED PART 10: The Exorcist III

by Ron Scalzo

Kids scare easy.  The first time you watch or witness something that shocks or repulses you – that horrifies you – you’re usually a child.  By the time you’re a jaded teenager, things that seemed spooky and fascinating often become mundane.  It’s the law.  You either develop a nerdy appreciation for those things or you [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED PART 9: An American Werewolf In London

by Ron Scalzo

Scary movies can be funny.  A little levity certainly never hurts when otherwise subjected to the acts of zombies, vampires, and man-eating Guatemalan cockroaches, no less disturbing scenes of torture and the occasional gruesome death. “Scary Movies That Are Funny” became a cottage industry with the release of the not-so-funny Scary Movie in 2000 and [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED PART 8: SLEEPING BEAUTY

by Ron Scalzo

My mother would take us to the video store and load my sister and I up with shorts from Warner Brothers and Disney.  Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse were standards in our house – my Dad did a fairly decent Donald Duck impersonation, even if the sole phrase he would always – and still – [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OF ME, REVISITED PART-7: TOURIST TRAP

by Ron Scalzo

I was 8.  We were all seated around the dinner table in our subterranean kitchen in Brooklyn, a rare late Friday afternoon that my parents were both home for dinner.  My Dad was a cop and often worked late shifts, but for a few years in the ‘80s, he worked a second job on Friday [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: Part 6 – THE EXORCIST

by Ron Scalzo

I’m an Italian boy from Brooklyn.  I was raised Catholic.  As a kid, I was dragged to church every Sunday.  I came to memorize the call-and-response of every sermon and the words of each hymn as I gave the Lord thanks and praise, and offered peace to my neighbors in the nearest pew.  Church was [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: Part 5 – CREEPSHOW

by Ron Scalzo

My Dad is 60 years old and he’s a pretty simple dude.  He loves baseball and basketball, he loves to mow the lawn.  He loves Egg Nog at Christmas, The Beatles, and Sandy Koufax.  I share a passion for many of these things with my father, but none more than his passion for movies.  It’s [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: Part 4 – Pinocchio

by Ron Scalzo

Pinocchio, like many of the early Walt Disney features, is one fucked up movie.  Based on an 1883 Italian novel, the film has become a beloved classic and is most memorable for its Oscar-winning song, “When You Wish Upon A Star,” which would eventually become the representative theme of the Disney Empire and The Magic [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: Part 3 – JAWS

by Ron Scalzo

I’m not much of a beach guy. When I was a kid, I used to lament going to the beach with my parents – everyone else was down but me, so I had no choice. Dad was a water guy – he was a good swimmer and loved to ride the waves into shore. Mom [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: Part 2 – ALIEN

by Ron Scalzo

In space, no one can hear you scream. In my parents’ living room, on the other hand, circumstances were much different. I must have been 8, maybe 9, and comparatively speaking, my parents were young – my Dad was 23 when I was born, my mom 21. So my first experience with Ridley Scott’s Alien, [...]

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A DOZEN MOVIES THAT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, REVISITED: Part 1 – PSYCHO

by Ron Scalzo

When I was 5 years old, my Dad used to wake me up to watch monster movies.  The story goes that he would enter my bedroom late at night, splash water in my face, then lead his groggy son to the TV to watch Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and a host [...]

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