first of all I wanted to wish wonderful musing_mia
a very happy birthday!
Second I feel like writing about scary. I don't particularly love horror movies, and I can't say I have seen a lot of them. I did like to be scared at some point - as a child or teenager, so we were telling each other scary stories. The stories at first were kids' folk legends of utmost ridiculousness. Just imagine: "In the black, black forest, there was a black, black house. In the black, black house there was a black, black table. On the black, black table there was a black, black casket..." at the age of eight it did seem scary.
Then there were genuinely scary urban legends and not so urban. Then there were vampires, Edgar Po, and retellings of horror movies that someone somewhere saw and then told about to friends. It probably eventually went in a different direction than the original movie, but that didn't matter.
I have never seen "The Omen" - neither original one, nor remake. But it was one of the scariest stories I have heard then, and I am afraid that no movie can live up to it, especially now, in my adult state. I cherish my memory of the story of a creepy devil-child.
The scariest movie I have ever seen was the Russian one, however. it was called "the fairytale of travels", and my parents took me to see it, thinking it was an actual fairytale. (Oh, those wild, Internet-less times!) I was seven, and I didn't sleep for several nights or saw nightmares. It was medieval-set story of a brother and sister; the brother could feel gold, and so he was abducted by villains, and sister went to seek him. The movie had creepy sets, mean lords who were trying oppress everyone and bricked up the sister and a guy who was helping alive, lots of skeletons, evil knights who lived on a dragons, and many more creepyness beside. The worst of all, was The Plague. An actual epidemic that killed the population, here was also a woman. And she was the scariest ever. So in the age when many people were mostly afraid of nuclear war, I was afraid of the medieval plague. Though of nuclear war I was afraid, too. But way less: I haven't seen it as a woman.
Here is the piece of it I found on YOuTube:
It is too long, but will give you an impression. The Plague Woman is on minute 4. She doesn't look that creepy now, but the city and processions still freak me out.