Morgan Hannah MacDonald's Top Ten Favorite Scary Movies
1) The Exorcist: 1973. Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair and Max Von Sydow. I can't help it but that movie still freaks me out. Especially since they added the scene on the stairs. I couldn't even see this movie when it came out because they rated it X.
2) Black Christmas: 1974. Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey and John Saxon. You have to see the original, the remake was horrible. The voice on the phone will give you chills. Scared me so bad I wanted to leave after the first murder but couldn't. My friend and I were seeing it at a drive-in theater (shows how old I am) and when we tried to leave, all the cars started honking at us, so we had to stay! LOL
3) Eyes of Laura Mars: 1978. Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones. Best ad campaign ever! For months you would see ads, as well as a bill board on Sunset Boulevard with just a set of eyes. No explanation. As time went by the billboard added 'Eyes of Laura Mars" but nothing else. Finally it finished the ad when it was time for the movie to come out. Laura Mars sees through the killers eyes which makes her blind to all that goes on around her. Very suspenseful. Love this movie!
4) The Other: 1972. The stars are all Swedish even though the film is American. It's about a good twin and an evil twin. Very Creepy. I highly recommend you look this one up.
5) The Omen: 1976. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. What can I say, this is a classic. At the time women were actually naming their sons Damien. Who would do such a thing? Obviously the 1970's had some good horror films! LOL. Of course, I was young and impressionable at the time.
6) The Ring: 2002. Naomi Watts. Original concept. That little girl was spooky!
7) The Grudge: 2004. Sarah Michelle Geller. Like The Ring, it's a remake of a Japanese horror film. Another creepy scene on the stars.
8) The Shining: 1980. Jack Nicholsen and Shelly Duval. Another Classic.
9) Nightmare on Elm Street: 1984. Johnny Depp and John Saxon again. I rented this movie knowing nothing about it. I started watching it at night, alone. I had to turn it off. The next day I watched it with my mother. We were so engrossed in the film that when the phone rang, we jumped and screamed! LOL The premise was very imaginative I thought.
10) What Lies Beneath: 2000. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Not really scary, but a good ghost mystery. The ending is classic Hitchcock.
I have to add one more thing to this list. The TV show, American Horror Story. I loved season one. You definitely have to rent this! Talk about spooky!!!
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Spirits in the Trees
by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
SOME FAMILY SECRETS ARE BETTER LEFT BURIED.
An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.
Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned over forty years before. Bizarre things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about of their own accord. Strange noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges:
At first, Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything is going on. He’s certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because she heard the local kids call the house haunted. That is, until he witnesses horrific violence himself that he can't explain away. After Maddy’s life is threatened not once, but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time.
EVIL DOES EXIST.
While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions then answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer nicknamed The Seaside Strangler. Together, Doug and Maddy must unmask a killer. The lives they save just might be their own.
WARNING: This book contains mild language, explicit sex and graphic violence.
About the Author
About the Author
Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has always been interested in writing and serial killers, but it wasn’t until she found she had dated one herself that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in
where she is busy working on her next novel. San Diego, California
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