Welcome to Lurking Within. Once a fortnight I will be posting an interactive article about horror movies that feature within another horror movie. It will include a brief synopsis of the scene, with hints and pictures so you can try and figure out what film it is from. The answer will be on the next page, so once you think you have it you can click to see the answer.
This idea of horror films within horror films came to me first while watching Halloween, I have ever since tried to find films earlier than 1978 to find out when it first started. It was a feature in a lot of films of the 80s and it has carried on throughout the decades since. It is a great way for a writer or director to visually show films that were a direct influence on them or ones that they enjoy.
Here is the first:
It’s late one Halloween night and Laurie is working. She has agreed to babysit Tommy, whilst at the same time being distracted by calls from her friends. Outside a shape lurks around under the cover of darkness in the neighbourhood.
Inside Tommy is glued to the television watching an all night horror marathon and on the screen is....