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THE LIST

100- The Wicker Man
99- Return of the Living Dead
98- To Kill A Mockingbird
97- Frankenstein
96- Blue Velvet
95- Diabolique
94- Jaws
93- Creepshow
92- Confessions of an Opium Eater
91- The Hills Have Eyes
90- Dumbo
89- The Blair Witch Project
88- Heavy Metal
87- The Shining
86- Night of The Hunter
85- Audition
84- Scanners
83- The Legend of Boggy Creek
82- The Birds
81- Tombs of the Blind Dead
80- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
79- The Crying Game
78- The Exorcist III
77- Event Horizon
76- The Shining
75- Wait Until Dark
74- Silent Scream
73- Gates of Hell
72- Poltergeist II
71- Akira
70- The Evil Dead

69- Zombie
68- Freaks
67- Prince of Darkness
66- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
65- Marathon Man
64- Poltergeist
63- The Wizard of Oz
62- When A Stranger Calls
61- The Shining
60- Pee Wee's Big Adventure
59- Jaws
58- A Clockwork Orange
57- The Exorcist
56- Psycho
55- It
54- The Changeling
53- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
52- The Ring
51- Jaws
50- An American Werewolf In London
49- Trilogy of Terror
48- The Exorcist
47- Eraserhead
46- Salem's Lot
45- Poltergeist
44- Repulsion
43- Friday The 13th
42- Seven
41- Reservoir Dogs
40- King Kong
39- The Thing
38- 28 Days Later
37-
Deliverance
36- Silence of the Lambs
35- The Grudge
34- The Ring
33- Indiana Jones Temple of Doom
32- The Evil Dead 2
31- The Exorcist
30- Alien
29- Phantom of the Opera
28- The Shining
27- Full Metal Jacket
26- Dracula
25- Halloween
24- Suspiria
23- A Nightmare on Elm Street
22- The Serpent and the Rainbow
21- Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
20- Jaws
19- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
18- Nosferatu
17- Misery
16- The Thing
15- Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
14- The Blair Witch Project
13- Night of the Living Dead
12- The Exorcist
11- Psycho
10- The Shining
9- The Exorcist III
8- Night of the Living Dead
7-
Jacob's Ladder
6- Un Chien Andalou
5- Poltergeist
4- Alien
3- The Shining
2- Carrie
1- Mulholland Drive

 

#60 PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)
LARGE MARGE SENT ME

One wouldn't think you'd find anything too terrifying in a movie like Pee Wee's Big Adventure, but it contains one of the best cheap out of nowhere scares because you don't figure it'd be there.  Pee Wee is hitchhiking at night, and accepts a ride from a grizzled old trucker lady, who tells him the following spooky tale:

"On this very night, ten years ago, along this very stretch of road in a dense fog just like this. I saw the worst accident I ever seen. There was this sound, like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building...And when they pulled the driver's body from the twisted, burning wreck. It looked like this..."


 

Back when we did our Top 100 Monsters list, Large Marge got a surprising amount of requests for inclusion.  Here's some of the comments:

retroCRUSH Fan Mark Wesler writes, "When I first saw Pee Wee's Big Adventure and saw the scene with Large Marge, I nearly pissed myself! Laughing! She's scary enough as it is, with her manlike posture and flannel shirt. But once she goes nuts and makes her eyes pop out and shit...you know you're dealing with the real thing."

While retroCRUSH Fan Daniel Held says, "As a child, there was one monster that haunted me in my sleep.  Probably the most overlooked monster of the 1980's, she made her first (and only) appearance in that lovable flick "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure".  That's right ... Large Marge!  This claymation creature was by far the most frightening thing I saw in my entire childhood (not counting the sequels of TMNT).  Even now, every time I watch this movie, I have to cover my eyes in fear.

 

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com