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?