Scary movies are scary for a whole lot of reasons and as guest contributor Jessica Snow points out in her post, even objects like windows can scare the bejesus out of you. Here's presenting the 7 creepiest windows in film. Thanks Jessica!
The scariest aspect of a film may not be a ghost or a monster. Sometimes, it’s an object (a video tape in The Ring), a place (Overlook Hotel in The Shining), or the way the plot unfolds (The Blair Witch Project). Here’s a list of the seven creepiest windows seen in movies.
It’s an indelible image**:** The little girl writing the word «NERAK» onto a window. Viewed from the other side of the window, the word is «KAREN,» the name of a little girl who disappeared from the village 30 years earlier. The window bearing this word certainly has a strong creep factor in the context of the story.
This entire movie starring Daniel Radcliffe is drowning in creepy overtones. The windows of Eel Marsh House are the gateway through which three little girls jump to their death. As the main character gazes through one of the windows of this manor, he sees the image of a ghost-like, veiled face beside him. Not even cheery window treatments could make these windows (and this house) less creepy.
The original film in this franchise features Drew Barrymore on the phone. As the conversation turns from weird to frightening, the caller tells her to look out the window. With this command, the sliding glass doors become something to dread. What’s lurking outside? Check out this 1996 horror classic to find out.
This Hitchcock favorite serves up a number of memorable images and moments. One of them is the silhouette of who we’re led to believe is Mrs. Bates, the mother of Norman Bates who runs the spooky Bates Motel. The image of the window framing the silhouette gains new creepitude when the plot unravels and we discover the truth about Mrs. Bates and her son.
Jimmy Stewart leads the cast in this entertaining Hitchcock mystery. And when the window appears in the title, you know it’s going to play a prominent and creepy role. Stewart’s character breaks his leg, and while confined to his apartment, begins watching his neighbors through the rear window. Soon, he witnesses some strange events and becomes obsessed with finding out whether one of his neighbors has killed his wife.
Nicole Kidman’s mad obsession with keeping those heavy curtains drawn make the windows of her house seem creepy. By covering the windows all the time, the interior of the home looks and feels like perpetual midnight. The movie's big twist and its ending sequence involve a shot of the three central characters standing in an upstairs window.
The front upstairs windows of the house in this movie look like the house’s eyes. It’s an image that underscores the major fright factor that moves throughout this film. Also, one of the little boys of the main family gets his hand crushed when a window falls on it. Oh, and don’t forget about the red eyes the mothers sees outside a second story window. This movie gets top props for creepy windows.
Which movie’s windows have given you the creeps?
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