My 4 Favorite All Time Scary Movies

October and Halloween are all about the scares. Haunted hay rides, ghoulish ghost stories, terrifying tours of cemeteries and spine tingling scary movies.

So let’s talk about my 4 favorite all time scary movies:

House on Haunted Hill – both the 1959 version (with Vincent Price) and the 1999 version. A millionaire invites a few people to stay in an old insane asylum. He, and his bitter wife, offer a million dollars to anyone who can last the whole night. But when they become trapped in the building along with their ‘guinea pigs,’ they quickly realize that the house is haunted — and the spirits are very angry. House on Haunted HillAlfred Hitchcock’s The Birds – I love just about anything Hitchcock! In this movie a woman meets a man in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home with two love birds. They begin a romance but soon birds start attacking children at the man’s sister’s party. Eventually they start attacking the whole town. The Birds movie

Steven King’s The Shining – I love Steven King’s early books but I have to admit that he’s lost me with the last ten years or so. In this movie (or book) Jack Nicholson plays a man who takes the job of winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to use the solitude to write. He settles in along with his wife and son, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As the man’s writing goes nowhere and his son’s visions become more disturbing, he discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his own family. The Shining movie

The Omen –  An American diplomat adopts Damien when his wife delivers a stillborn child. After Damien’s first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan warns the man that Damien will kill his wife’s currently unborn child. Shortly thereafter, the priest dies and the wife miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, the man investigates Damien’s background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist. The Omen, the movie

What do you think? Are any of these movies on your favorites list? What other movies do you like?

I wish you a spine tingling Halloween with lots of candy. Enjoy!

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What Do The Mountains Say To You?

Recently, we shot down to Durham, North Carolina to find a home to rent until we buy one.

Leaving our little hometown of North East, PA at 9:00 am we made good time straight down I79, through Pittsburgh and right into West Virginia. The sun was out and the temperature climbed, the farther south we went.

Welcome to WV

map

I love the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia. These mountains give scenic views, recreational fun (hiking, kayaking, rafting, camping, etc.) and valuable resources.

traveling through mountains

mountains

In Virginia, we went through two tunnels. I love tunnels! For me, they are scary and at the same time exciting. I imagine racing through the tunnel before the massive weight of the mountain above crushes us…

tunnel

Eight hours from departing, we finally reached North Carolina! Our new state in a matter of weeks.

Welcome to NC

The first rest stop after crossing the Virginia/North Carolina border on I77 is a sight to behold. It is very shaded and beautifully landscaped with picnic tables inviting you to linger and stretch your legs.

NC rest stop

You also may see a variety of vehicles. Check this one out!

car

The mountains in North Carolina are pretty spectacular, too. My favorite has to be Stone Mountain with its dome of exposed granite.

Stone Mountain NC

Faraway view from highway

Stone Mountain State Park NC

Up close and personal from state park — *Correction* This is actually Pilot Mountain. Couldn’t get an up close photo of Stone Mountain.

On our way back, we had to drive through early morning fog.

fog

The tunnel came up before we knew it because of the dense fog.

tunnel in the fog

And the rain in Pennsylvania gave us an awesome rainbow!

rainbow

rainbow

What a beautiful trip!

Has anyone else driven through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia or North Carolina? I’d love to hear about it.