Traumafessions :: Reader Jack T. on The World Beyond, The Monster Club, The Crazies & Salem’s Lot

I vividly remember THE WORLD BEYOND like it was yesterday and I was 7 years old when I saw it (now 39). My Parents were out and Grandparents were babysitting. When they fell asleep, I flipped channels to that movie by accident and it really was what led me to an affinity for the genres of horror and sci-fi ever since.

I was also turned on by a movie or short sequences within a movie which I think was called THE MONSTER CLUB or something like that. There is a short within that film that was nightmarish S-C-A-R-Y! At least to a nine year old anyway. I don’t remember all of the details. Maybe you guys can refresh my memory?

I also vividly remember being freaked out by the original version of THE CRAZIES which is now out as a re-made feature.

Another film that always freaked me out was a HAMMER -type horror flick with PETER CUSHING where these aliens invaded the English countryside. They looked like a cooked turkey in size and shape and had a long snake-like neck. To kill them, you would have to split them in half with a blade and (what looked like) chicken noodle soup would spill out. It was twisted!

And one of my absolute favorite vampire flicks of all time…SALEM’S LOT.

No movie vampire was ever so gruesome.

I originally always felt that CHRISTOPHER LEE was the ultimate Dracula, but the way REGGIE NALDER played him in Salem’s as kind of all powerful yet feral was terrifying.

When the character actor that plays “Mike” gets bit and he gives the college professor a heart attack after surprising him in the rocking chair. What a killer scene!!!

It would be great to see if my memories are accurate and if other folks related to these images as well.


UNK SEZ:That PETER CUSHING flick you mentioned has got to be 1966’s ISLAND OF TERROR directed by TERRENCE FISHER! You can check out the trailer HERE!

NOTE: Thanks to BADMOVIES.ORG for the yummy picture above!

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12 years ago

Salem’s Lot is my all time favourite horror movie. I saw the last half on TV when I was 5 and I have never been able to shake it. I’ve watched it since again and again on DVD and I just keep thinking, “Yep, this really is as scary as I remember it.”

12 years ago

That character actor who plays Mike in Salem’s Lot is the great Geoffrey Lewis, a longtime Clint Eastwood collaborator (High Plains Drifter, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy), father of Juliette, and one of my all-time favorite actors.
And yes, that rocking chair scene is creepily awesome.