Vintage Scares #6: Things That Scare the Hell Out of Me (part 3)

What scares the hell out of me more than anything? I think it's strange things on deserted roads at night. Allow me to explain...

1) First there was that scene in Halloween where Dr. Loomis and a nurse are driving on a rainy night to the mental institution where Michael Myers is supposed to be residing. Suddenly, Loomis notices figures wandering around in the dark - mental patients in their gowns illuminated only by their headlights. It was a scene that stuck with me as a kid.

2) Then there's the scene in Friday the 13th (I can't remember if it was part I or II) where the sheriff is traveling along a road through the woods. For a split second you see Jason Voorhees emerge from the darkness and cross the road in front of him. It's brief but it's chilling. I've talked to a number of people about the movie, and I am not alone in finding this scene particularly horrifying.

3) And finally, there was my Driver's Ed film back in school. For the purpose of demonstrating why you should never drive overly tired, the grainy crackling film showed a driver weaving half-asleep down a lonely country road in the middle of the night. Suddenly, a clown appears and does a cartwheel across the road in front of him! Of course, it's supposed to be a hallucination brought on by lack of sleep, but it creeped me out big time. Twenty or so years later and here I am writing about it!

[Related Posts: Things that scare the hell out of me Part 1 and Part 2]


  1. There's a scene in In "The Mouth Of Madness", where the two main characters are driving at night and they pass by a kid on a bicycle. Then they pass by him again, but he's an old man. Really creepy!

  2. I agree with you 100%, on the first two.

    1) This always unnerved me. Just wandering patients, and who knows how bad some of them are, if this is the same place that had Michael!

    2) Yeah, just that quick glimpse scared the beejeezus out of me! I don't know whether that cop was brave or stupid!

    3) Luckily, I never saw this. Would have haunted me, too. So sorry man.

    1. The cop probably thought Jason was just some homeless drifter, living in an old camp cabin.

  3. Track down SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT III: BETTER WATCH OUT. A crazed killer has been kept on life support for several years in an insane asylum, a clear plastic dome replacing the top of his skull so you can see his brain. He escapes, killing several people, and goes out on the highway to thumb a lift while standing in front of a sign saying State Home For The Criminally Insane, wearing a hospital gown and holding the IV rack that is still hooked up to him AND HE GETS A RIDE!!!

  4. atom kid - Haven't seen Mouth of Madness, but that scene kinda sounds like the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    wings - What is it about the "something strange on a deserted road at night" scenario that is so terrifying? We need a psychiatrist/psychologist to chime in on this one.

    buzz- Haven't seen the movie - sounds absurd enough to be a Monty Python skit.

  5. Yes, that is Friday the 13th, part 2. The one where Jason is actually the killer. One of the scariest scenes in all of horror. You only see him for a second, but that is enough. It is the "less is more" theory hard at work.

  6. Also, I forgot to mention "It". Not a very good movie, but to me, horror movies + clowns = absolute terror

  7. That clown/cartwheel thing would really creep me out too. I hate clowns, they scare the hell out of me.

  8. My fear of clowns came from an old episode of the Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries show. There was an episode involving a haunted amusement park. One girl went into the funhouse (I think) and a mechanical clown started screaming laughter at her!

    I'm pretty sure this would've been the "Campus Terror" epiosde. I'll have to watch it again sometime. It probably plays like a lame Scooby-Doo episode now, but it scared me to death at age 7!

  9. I'm not sure off the top of my head. I'll have to think about this. Cool post. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

  10. I was a captain's driver for a while in the Army. During a 30-day training in the White Sands training area in the desert, I was getting about 4 hours of sleep a night. Towards the end, I was hallucinating. I distinctly remember an old man holding a little boy's hand crossing the road and at another place a dumpster in the road. Why take drugs when you can just cut back on sleep?