Yesterday, horror-movie maestro Wes Craven revealed his favorite scary movies on MTV Movies Blog; today, as another special Halloween treat, writer-director-producer Frank Darabont divulges his terrifying faves. And he knows a thing or two about horror: While Darabont is most famous for adapting the screenplays for the Stephen King dramas "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," he also co-wrote scripts for 1987's "Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors," 1988's "The Blob" and "The Fly 2," and 1994's "Frankenstein," and he wrote and directed 2007's surprisingly chilling "The Mist" (also based on a King novel). Plus, he recently teamed with uber-producer Gale Anne Hurd ("Aliens," the "Terminator" films, "The Abyss") to create the highly buzzed-about new zombie series, "The Walking Dead," which fittingly debuts on Sunday, Halloween night, on AMC.
MTV News caught up with Darabont and Hurd at New York Comic Con, where they engaged in a lively discussion about their horror-movie standbys. "My sort of traditional Halloween movie viewing experience starts with 'Night of the Living Dead' and then 'The Exorcist,'" Darabont said. "And then I usually wrap it up with 'Count Yorga, Vampire.'"
In case "Yorga" doesn't ring any bells, Darabont explains: "It's a movie that not many people know, but I was 11 years old when it came out, and it scared the living crap out of me. It's this little low-budget muscular little scary vampire movie, and because I saw it when I was 11, it still scares me. Having seen it as an adult, it might not do anything for me, but I remember the effect it had on me. I get that sense memory thing happening, and that's the wonderful thing about movies and cinema: They can make you regress instantly to the age of 11."
As for his other faves? "That's my troika of Halloween movies generally speaking, but if I branch out from there, I gotta veer into John Carpenter with 'Halloween,' definitely," Darabont added. "And 'The Thing,' let's face it, it's on my all-time greats lists."