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Now showing: screams, gore

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Brenda Pruitt, a sales clerk at Movietime, looks over a selection of horror movies Monday afternoon
(Photos by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
Horror movies are hot item in October

SIKESTON -- Halloween is near and now is the perfect time to dim the lights and lock the doors as you curl up on the couch to catch a good horror flick.

"The gorier, the better," said Sean Wibbenmeyer, owner of Video One.

Horror movie fan Herb Moore saw "The Exorcist" for the first time when he was only 6 years old with his parents at the movie theater. Things haven't been the same since.

"I don't think my parents knew it was going to be so scary. It scarred me, but it did it in a good way," Moore said.

"The Exorcist" was also the first scary movie 11-year-old Simon Koch ever watched.

"When I was about 4 or 5, I was watching a movie when my dad was flipping through the channels and 'The Exorcist' was on," Koch recalled. "It was at the part where she was getting possessed by the devil. That scared me, and it was all that I saw, but I had nightmares for two weeks."

It's a good, believable storyline that makes a horror movie, Moore said. He's not really into the "splatter" (bloody) movies or those that are too far into the supernatural, he said.

For these reasons alone, Moore ranks "The Exorcist" and "Halloween" as the scariest movies ever. However, if he had to choose one as the ultimate best, it would be "Halloween."

Koch agrees. "My favorite is probably 'Halloween,'" he said. "But I like the old-timey movies, too, like 'Frankenstein' and 'The Wolfman.'"

Currently in her sixth year working for Movietime, sales clerk Brenda Pruitt said the most popular scary movie rentals are the "Children of the Corn," "A Nightmare on Elm Street, "Halloween" and "Scream" movies.

"We don't have many ask for the classics. They want those slasher movies like the ones from the 1980s or 1990s," Pruitt explained.

As Halloween approaches, movie viewers also reserve their favorite bone-chilling films to ensure their Halloween movie marathon will take place. "We have people reserve the whole series of a horror saga," Pruitt said. "They'll reserve to make sure they'll have it on Halloween night."

Although scary movie rentals pick up around Halloween, thrill seekers crave to be frightened year-round, according to Wibbenmeyer and Pruitt.

Wibbenmeyer said some of the scary movies rented each week are movies like "Leprechaun," "Candyman," "The Howling," "Fright Night" and "The Haunting" are ultimate Halloween movies -- and anything by Stephen King, he added.

"I would say '13 Ghosts' is the No. 1 current movie rental out of all the categories right now. It's been the most popular," Wibbenmeyer said.

Other new releases that are guaranteed to keep viewers on the edge of their seats are "Frailty," "Spiders 2," "The Demon Within," "Blade II," "Hellraiser: Hellseeker" "Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled," "The Rats" and "Friday the 13th: Jason X."

"People just like to be scared. It's fun to be scared and they just like the rush of adrenaline," Wibbenmeyer said.

These days, Moore said he doesn't really get scared at movies due to lack of good material. He thinks movie makers put too much into special effects. "Halloween," which was released in 1978, was the last movie that actually scared him. "It was the last one to really put a fear in me. It gave me an eerie chill," Moore explained.

Regardless of which is the best horror movie of all time, the common bond they all seem to share is the fear they put into viewers who watch the film.

Moore explained: "The ones that make you look over your shoulder at night and leave you leery of opening your closet door -- those are the best."

1. The Exorcist

2. Psycho

3. The Shining

4. Halloween

5. The Omen

6. Poltergeist

7. Jaws

8. Dracula

9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

10. Scream

11. Carrie

12. Alien

13. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Source: E! Rank, Entertainment Television, Inc.