Comedian Cat Davis (Cat On the Prowl) had a few excellent choices from the 80s and 90s: “I hate horror films. I am a giant wimp in that regard. I saw The Fly (1986) on TV when I was seven or eight and it scarred me for life.”
She was also pretty disturbed by Child’s Play (1988): “And the Chucky movies! Oh, God, I hated the Chucky movies, and my mean friend would put them on whenever we had sleepovers in elementary school. Terrible.”
“I loved Scream (1996). I developed a bit of a crush on Neve Campbell after that movie came out. Now that I think about it, she was also great in The Craft (1996), which was a fantastic guilty pleasure of a movie (and chock full o’ hotties). I have a real soft spot for witches. Dang, now I can’t stop thinking about Neve Campbell … what’s she up to these days?”
Neve Campbell in The Craft
The always-hilarious comic Kate Clinton named the religious drama Song of Bernadette (1943) as her favorite horror flick, and had the purest definition for “lesbian horror movie moment” out of our entire panel: “In Claire of the Moon (1992), the boom mic kept coming down in the shot. We called the movie ‘Claire of the Boom’ ― my film friends were all horrified.”
Claire of the Moon
Classic movies were big on our panelists’ minds. Ellen Siedler had a lot of love for classic Hitchcock:
The horror movie that sticks in my head comes from a childhood experience, late one night watching Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds (1963) when everyone else was asleep.
I kind of found myself drawn to Suzanne Pleshette (wonder why?), and I was horrified when she had her eyes pecked out by those nasty crows. Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) comes in a close second ― that creepy guy dismembers his wife. It’s what you don’t see that’s most scary.