Wednesday, October 27, 2010

freak week part III

It's no secret that I hate scary movies. Really, really, reallyreallyreally HATE them. In high school I remember burying my head beneath a blanket at a party while everyone else watched Freddy Krueger slash his way through an acre of flesh. I couldn't bear to open my eyes to watch an entire scene play out. In college I remember a stretch of sleepless nights following a stupid decision to watch Silence of the Lambs. But the horror film that freaked me out the most? Scream. The opening scene pretty much sums up my worst nightmare.

Like most girls, I grew up going to slumber parties where scary stories got swapped while we hunkered down in our sleeping bags and shivered with delight. Those stories never freaked me out, except one: the babysitter who keeps getting phone calls while she's watching the children. And then she finds out that the caller is in the house with her. Yeah, that spooks me.

It's easy to imagine the terror coursing through my veins while I watched Drew Barrymore all alone in a house while the creepy stranger stalks her. Of course I screamed. Of course I hated it. Of course I'll post the link in case you haven't watched it. (But I won't watch it again.)





I don't mind being alone. In fact, I rather like it. But when faced with this scenario, I prefer being in a crowd. Bad things can still happen to you in a crowd, but your vulnerability is significantly reduced. Killer zombies or serial killers or creeps brandishing chainsaws can just as easily slash the people around you, right? How does the old saying go? How fast do you have to run if a crazed maniac is chasing you? Faster than the people with you. (And don't kid yourselves, I'll totally shove you or trip you to gain the advantage in that situation.)

And speaking of crowds, what's safer than a crowd of happy, playful animals all around you? This month's FABULOUS is a copy of Rena Jones' book, Lemur Troops and Critter Groups. Enjoy Rena's whimsical illustrations and interesting explanations of what animal groups are called. I think grown ups and the kids they read to would enjoy Rena's book. How can you win October's FABULOUS? Every comment in the comment box through Saturday is an entry to win--I'll pick a lucky winner on Sunday--a lucky winner who can share Lemur Troops and Critter Groups with their favorite young readers.

Lemurs, I've learned, live in groups. Except for nocturnal lemurs, who prefer to be alone. At night. When they're most active. This seems suspicious to me, but no nocturnal lemurs live in my neighborhood, so I'm not worried about them stalking me when I'm home alone.


Spill it, reader. What horror movie freaked you out the most?

19 comments:

  1. I wasn't into scary movies much, but loved steven king books! Anything that would make me stay up till 2 reading and then I didn't want to get out of bed to shut the light off!

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  2. I hate scary movies, too.
    I particularly hated the scene in Friday the 13th when Jason jumps out of the lake at the very end...not funny.

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  3. I haven't seen that many... Spent most of my adult years living on the edges of a rainforest. YOU try watching a scary movie and then have the electricity go for two weeks! And a tarantula in your bed. And having to park the car faaaar away and then walk through the hangy-down vines toward your totally dark house and hearing rustlings in the undergrowth. Probably an animal but PERHAPS NOT!!!! No, I do NOT watch scary movies!

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  4. I love The Talented Mr. Ripley although it doesn't fit the classic horror genre...also PSYCHO, which I watched in its entirety for the first time recently..go, Hitch! Great film! and the classic Night of the Living Dead is pretty dam grizzly in terrifying black-and-white footage! brr!

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  5. There are two movies that gave me the heebie jeebies: Someone is watching you and The Exorcist. Especially the first one, because that is something that can really happen. Slasher movies don't really do it for me, although I kind of liked Scream.

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  6. It was The Red Dragon - that's one movie I wish I never watched.

    Give me my zombies, vampires, werewolves any time but no thanks to the real scary stuff

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  7. Poltergeist. Hands down. Of course, I probably shouldn't have watched it by myself... when I was 13... late afternoon so I didn't notice as it got dark and then when the movie was over there wasn't a single light on in the house. And I killed all my toy clowns. Enough said.

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  8. I haven't seen that many scary movies, besides the Scream ones but those aren't that scary. I remember being at a slubmer party and watching Adventures in Babysitting and we were all scared when that trucker with a hook arm picked them up.

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  9. I've never had a liking for horror movies, but for some reason my parents thought it was okay for me to see Poltergeist as a kid. I avoided t.v. and refused to allow the life-size clown doll my Grandma made in the bedroom during night hours for a long time.

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  10. I'm not fond of scary movies, either. I was dragged to The Shining in college and did NOT like it at all. And that constant dies irae chant rumbling in the background - curses upon my music history classes that brought that motif back again and again!

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  11. It's probably not even considered a horror movie, but "Willard" the rat movie--my mom almost killed the babysitter that took us--I don't think I slept through the night for a month.

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  12. I don't watch a heck of a lot of scary shows either. The Ring scared the crap outta me.

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  13. No question about it: "Silence of the Lambs." I did not sleep at all the night after I watched it and then it continued to bother me for months.

    I hate horror movies and haven't seen "Scream" and a lot of the other big ones. Actually, I haven't seen all that many in general -- maybe a half dozen or less.

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  14. I'm right up there with you on the fear factor and scary movies. I didn't see Jaws until I was in my late 20s, but the music and that picture on the cover of the book my babysitter brought with her one time, freaked me out entirely. I used to swim super fast through the deep end of the indoor swimming pool because I was afraid sharks lurked there or would come out of the light holes to get me. Yes. Active imagination. No scary movies for me!

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  15. I ran outside at night a few weeks ago and when I was on my way back home all I could think about was that opening scene from Scream. So, so bad. Hate it.

    BUT, the scariest movie in the history of the world (to me) is The Exorcist. Any movie having to do with the devil or ghosts scare the crap out of me. In a slasher movie I feel like I would have a chance. I could fight back. I could grab a kitchen knife, I could shoot the guy's face off. But the devil? A ghost? What do you do???? AHHHHHHH!!!!

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  16. The Shining. I coudln't finish watching it and I"m pretty sure I'll never ever EVER go back to finish it. We watched it at a friends house and in the middle I stood up, turned it off, and demanded that my guy friends escort me home. One of them drove my car and two others followed in a different car. They ALL had to escort me to the door and make sure that I got in before they could leave the front porch.

    Thankfully my guys knew my idiosyncrasies and just went along with it. but it's still a joke in my friend group, 12 years later. :)

    Another bad one...the one with the aliens in the corn field...M. Night Shamalan...I can't remember the name but I"m still surprised I married Farmer after wtching the aliens wandering around a cornfield. :)

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  17. I am loving these scary questions!

    All of the movies mentioned here scared the crap out of me ... I hate gore, but I didn't realize how many scary movies I've actually seen.

    I'll throw an old-school movie into the mix: Freaks. It's from 1932 and features circus performers out for revenge. Amazing, and a historically significant film, too. And scary. Don't forget scary. Lolly.

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  18. The Exorcist. I watched it alone in my room when I was a kid and immediately started throwing holy water on the doors and windows.

    I was more freaked out by real scary stories for the most part, though. I was born in Plainfield, WI, home of Ed Gein. Then we moved to MN and the house we moved into when I was seven was being sold because the owner's teenage nephew shot himself in the head in what became my parents room. I had his old room. Not fun. I got over it, though, because I still live in that house in my 30s and for a while slept in the room he died in.

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  19. I can't even watch the trailers for scary movies! If I can't change the channel, I have to do the lalalalalala, cover my ears and close my eyes thing. Cannot watch.

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Spill it, reader.