If you are searching for a way to make your summer last longer, then you should start a totally awesome club that only meets once a month. I swear, the time in between Scary Face Club meetings gets longer and longer and no matter how much I wish that a new month will begin---it seems I still must wait. Who knew that it was physically impossible to will time to move faster?
Well don't worry kids, because August is here and a new meeting of The Scary Face Club is now in session. By the way, were YOU aware that Ann M. Martin wrote a book recently called The Summer Before about the summer before the Babysitters Club began? Me neither, why don't people keep me informed about important things like that?
(The Phantom of the Opera)
When I saw the Phantom of the Opera for the first time, I couldn't believe how effective and scary the unveiling of the Phantom really was. It catches you off guard and it definitely scares the shit out of you whether you like to admit it or not. Perhaps what has always been the most fascinating thing about The Phantom of the Opera however, is that Lon Chaney pretty much got his own face to look like that. Sticking wires up places they don't belong, using tape, cotton balls you name it--Lon Chaney somehow (Although I wouldn't put it past the man to use an actual knife) got his face to look like that. Call me crazy, but even today in the advanced world of FX makeup--few things come as close to frightening as this face does. Am I right?
I've been holding off on inducting The Woman into The Scary Face Club because I wanted to wait until I could get a decent picture of her at her most frightening. The above picture really does not do Pollyanna McIntosh justice and it saddens me that so many people have not been able to see this craziness for themselves yet. In case you missed it, The Woman is one crazy fucking ride and The Woman herself has this way about her. She stares at your with her wild eyes and I swear to God, it makes you think she is going to lurch out of the screen at any minute and bite your face off. I even had to look away at one point and pretend to find something in my purse, to avoid looking at her face. It's that scary! Trust me.
Pennywise would be scary enough even if he didn't have those razor sharp teeth. Clowns are scary period, but hopefully you already know that. And if you don't.....where have you been? Anyways, whenever you mix clowns with blatant horror, fear seems to head deep into the extreme. Such is the case in Stephen King's IT, where Pennywise becomes this horrible landmark of holy shit moments. For most of us, our fear of clowns probably began with the viewing of IT and for the rest of us--what the fuck? How can Pennywise not be one of the scariest faces in the world? How?
Reverend Henry Kane
While Poltergeist II is a terrible movie, it does have one tremendously awesome thing going for it--the Reverend Henry Kane. And by tremendously awesome I do mean, horribly horrible. Because I would never wish the image of Reverend Henry Kane knocking on the screen door upon my worst enemy. The man is a walking corpse, which I realize is in bad taste because he died shortly after the film was wrapped, but so be it. It's only been a few weeks since I watched Poltergeist II but I still cannot get the image of him wiped clear from my brain, or the sound of his sickeningly sweet little voice blocked from my ears.
Eli's man face
(Let the Right One In)
If you've never seen Let the Right One In, you're probably surprised that the above face made it into this esteemed club. If you have seen it however, then you know exactly why it made it in. There is something so unbelievably scary about Eli's creepy older man face. In that one moment, her childish exterior turns into a foul and scary looking beast and it does so, without being literally scary. That is to say it does not go the route that the American remake goes, by turning her into a snarling CGI happy vampire. Instead we get this moment that literally sends chills down your spine. It's a moment that reminds us how inhuman Eli truly is, despite what her heart and character tells us.