8.20.2007

Walkman Horror

Been hunting down horror and thriller movies in which a person is killed, hurt, or in danger while wearing a Walkman, iPod, or other headphones or earplugs. There's several types I've noticed:

1. The suspense of the dangerous situation is heightened because they can't hear danger approaching.
2. The character is introduced wearing headphones, but not necessariy wearing them when the person dies or is hurt.
3. The headphones are a carrier for evil spirits to communicate with the listener.
4. A person is killed by or with a telephone
5. Killer harasses victims by phone.

Oh - and I'm also inerested in scenes of the sick, isolated or pathological persons listening to radios, Walkman, portable record players, etc. (As in Little Voice, Nightmare, Eyes Without a Face, Diva, American Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Leatherface, Day of the Dead, A Soldier's Girl)

These are ones I've seen:
Terminator, Jason X, Skinned Alive, Brink, Tombs of the Blind Dead (transistor radio), High Tension, Nightmare on Elm Street, La Balance, The Hills Have Eyes (2005), Amityville II: The Possession, 976-EVIL, Poltergeist, Final Destination 3, One Missed Call (1 & 2), The Ring (& 2), Dial: Help, Murder by Phone (aka Bells), Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Psycho (remake), Scream (and sequels).

These are ones I've read about but haven't been able to view yet. Anyone seen any of these?Psycho Cop, Island of Blood (aka Whodunit?, Scared Alive), Beyond Darkness, Night Dreams, Flick (aka Frankenstein On Campus, Dr. Frankenstein On Campus), Hostel II, Ghost Riders, Nightmares, White Noise 2: The Light, Halloween Night (aka Hack o Lantern), Nightmare at Shadow Woods (aka Blood Rage), Ghosthouse, Bloody Moon, Slashdance, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, The Living Daylights, 976-EVIL 2, Queen of the Damned, Pet Semetary, Trick or Treat, Pranks, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Night Screams, In the Eyes of a Stranger, Scarred, The Booth, R-Point, Phone, Don't Answer the Phone, When a Stranger Calls (both versions), Dr. Orloff's Monster, Long Distance, Inside Man, Blade: Trinity, Hide and Seek.

Not yet released: The Signal. In production: Cell.

Anyone think of any I'm missing? I feel like there's more from 80s slashers I don't have here....

2 comments:

  1. Rob Kirby10:06 AM

    Trav, Black Christmas (the original - not the purportedly suckfest-y remake) has some of the best, creepiest threatening phone calls in horror history. I'm not sure this counts, but in Scream 2 when Jamie Kennedy is murdered the guys outside the van don't hear anythig because of their boom box blaring music. In Urban Legend (keeping up the same oblivous theme) a woman doesn't want to hear her roommate having sex, so she puts on her headset. Trouble is, the roomie is actually eing murdered. Lots of phone terror in Halloween as well.

    Hope some of that helped.

    From your horror geek pal (can't wait for the Halloween remake from Rob Zombie), Rob

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  2. Oooh thanx Kirby these are all great!

    It's funny when I started working on this I'd tell people what I was looking for and they'd nod thier heads, but then no one could think of specific titles. It's taken me all summer to get this list worked out.

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