By Karen Woodham, Blazing Minds.
Ahead of Ghostbusters’ hotly-anticipated return to the big screens with a new, all-female cast, including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, to save the world from those terrifying and pesky ghosts, I thought it would be great to look back at movie history and at some of the ghosts, ghouls and demons that have scared the proverbial pants off me over the years.
The Demon Nun! (The Conjuring 2) – 2016
One of the most recent ghouls that have audiences screaming their lungs out has been The Demon Nun (played by Bonnie Aarons), a terrifying figure that haunted the Warren family in The Conjuring 2, this fearful apparition appeared to Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farmiga) during her time at the Amityville House (and I thought that house was terrifying enough).
Each scene that the horrifying Demon was in, sent shivers down my spine and it certainly seems to have been making cinema-goers hide behind their hands. But be prepared – The Demon Nun is due to make a return following the news that another installment in The Conjuring franchise is on its way. Whatever you do, don't look around!!
Isabella Smith, The Pilgrimess (Thr13en Ghosts) – 2001
The 2001 remake of the William Castle's 1960 classic, 13 Ghosts, is one of those movies that has a good selection of scary ghosts, 12 in fact, and each ghost had its own traits and scary moments.
The one that certainly sent shivers down my spine was Isabella Smith, the Pilgrimess (played by Xantha Radley). The way she moved while her hands and neck were locked in the stocks was really freaky, and the scene with her and Matthew Lillard is certainly one that you don't forget that easily!
Vigo (Ghostbusters 2) – 1989
Can you remember when you would walk past an old spooky painting as a child and swear that the eyes were following you? In the 1989 sequel to the original Ghostbusters, the idea of a freaky painting was taken further with Vigo (played by Wilhelm Von Homburg).
It wasn’t that Vigo – also known as the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia – was particularly terrifying. However, he was evil – and the idea of the character living in the painting for so long, before wanting to take over the world was something that certainly brought in some rather funny moments with the great cast, including the conversations with Dr Janosz Poha (played by Peter MacNicol).
A Possessed Regan (The Exorcist) – 1973
William Friedkin's masterpiece is a must see for film fans, from its distinctive soundtrack to its famous “pea soup scene”, which has been parodied in a number of films over the years.
Despite some rather unnerving scenes throughout the movie, including the “spider-walk” in the Extended Cut, when Regan crawls down the stairs upside down on her arms and legs like a spider.
But the scene that had me leaping from my seat and screaming is the scene with a possessed Regan in her bedroom when she sits up, her head rotates 360 degrees and she vomits a greenish substance. It was not only scary but stomach churning as well.
Count Orlok (Nosferatu) – 1922
The vampire, Count Graf Orlok (played by Max Schreck), is a strange looking character with his bald head, sharp protruding teeth and long fingers, audiences back in 1922 would have been shocked by not only his appearance but by the brilliant unauthorised film by F. W. Murnau and based on Bram Stocker’s Dracula.
Names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel, but what a film it turned out to be, and who can forget the iconic scene of Count Orlok’s shadow creeping up the stairs!