Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Eerie Sounds In The Woods (Plus What Are Your Favorite Horror Movies)

The Blair Witch Project was special for me since I went to college in that area. Don't groan! I know how hated that movie is. The only reason it did anything for me was because I've been in that area numerous times. I knew every ghost legend in Burkittsville, Maryland and I'd never heard of the Blair Witch. I immediately knew it wasn't real. Still, the movie scared the piss out of me but only the first time I saw it. After that it was kinda meh. I saw it when my husband was away on a business trip so I was alone in the house. After the movie I went for a walk in Dogtown near my home. That's an old, five mile deserted former Colonial settlement stuck in the middle of the woods. If you've seen Blair Witch, you can guess where my story is going. I was fine until I was on my way out of the woods. Some kind of animal shrieked high up in the trees and I couldn't pinpoint exactly where it was coming from. I only knew it was following me and getting closer. It was also getting dark and I was terrified. Either way, I wanted out of there. I high-tailed it out of the woods, nearly taking the wrong hiking path farther into rocky terrain. When I finally reached familiar territory I felt relieved, especially since that high-pitched shrieking stopped following me. I was on my way out of the woods but that shriek kept back. Every time I walk in Dogtown I think about that high-pitched shriek and I wonder what it was. It wasn't an owl. I've heard owls before. It could have been a fisher cat, and those things are vicious. Good thing I didn't run into it after all.

Here's the sound of a fisher cat. Imagine walking in the deepest part of the woods alone with that not far behind you. This is almost identical to what I heard during my hike.

Here are some of my favorite horror movies.

The Messengers


Braindead (aka Dead Alive)

The Devil's Backbone

Pan's Labyrinth

The Haunting

The Ring (Japanese original)


Curse of the Demon

The Changeling

Quatermass And The Pit

Any Hammer horror film, especially those starring Peter Cushing

The Gate

Crimson Rivers




The Orphanage

One Missed Call



… and many more.

What are your favorite horror movies?


  1. So many to choose from! I'd probably go with the original Dawn of the Dead, The Exorcist, The Evil Dead movies, Silence of the Lambs, and the 80's version of The Thing. As far as 60's and 70's British horror, I'd go with The Legend of Hell House, The Wicker Man (original, not the ridiculous Nick Cage "Bees!" remake), and The Blood on Satan's Claw.

  2. I love the Evil Dead movies, too. There were so many to name I couldn't name them all. I just watched the original "The Wicker Man" last week after not seeing it for a long time. I own both the movie and the book "The Legend of Hell House"/"Hell House". I highly recommend the book. It will scare your pants off. It's by Richard Matheson.

  3. Yes, I was one of those people who sat through "The Blair Witch Project" thinking I was in for a huge scare. Wrong! However, I enjoyed reading your post, and since I believe in ghosts, I do believe you heard something supernatural.

    There are a number of horror movies I love. The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (The 2004, I believe, version. I'm not big on the original. One of the best things I loved about the 21st century version is when they played the Johnny Cash song in the opening credits. Made me go out and buy the album. So cool.) I loved both Grudge movies (American and Japanese.) Also loved both Ring movies (American and Japanese.) One of my most favorite movies is the Swedish version of Let the Right One In. I go could on, but those are some of my favorites. Oh, and how could I forget ALL of the Paranormal Activity movies!!! Loved them.