Scared to Death opened this week in 1947, and stars Bela Lugosi in his only color film. Full disclosure here, I haven’t seen it, but after reading the plot description I am intrigued. It revolves around a beautiful young woman who has literally died of fright; she also narrates the backstory. The story boasts several curious elements including a hypnotist played by Lugosi who shows up with a mini me at his side, a death mask, and a Nazi subplot.
For the modern horror fan, the Italian classic Suspiria and the genre-changing Ringu need no introduction. You can read FEARnet’s guide to Dario Argento here, it includes a crash course on Suspiria. Ringu was responsible for embedding the image of a faceless, hair-covered ghost girl, crawling out of the TV in the nightmares of the masses. It spawned countless satirical versions and copycat versions in other movies. Watch clips from all three films below.
Title: Scared to Death
Released: February 1, 1947
Tagline: He reached out for revenge … even after death!
Released: February 1, 1977
Tagline: The Only Thing More Terrifying Than The Last 12 Minutes Of This Film Are The First 92.
Released: January 31, 1998
Tagline: One curse, one cure, one week to find it.