I remember going to the movies. My first clear movie memory was being scared spit-less by “The Bride of Frankenstein”. I huddled under my Mother’s coat, peeking out every few minutes to see if it was still to horrid to watch. The creepy music made me shiver. I was about five or six.
The old Mayfair theater was built to hold Vaudeville shows and then converted to movies early in the 1900s. It had red walls and the seats were velveteen. I spent most of my childhood going there to the matinees.
I bet you can tell my parents never asked what was playing. My sister and I saw every movie produced for years. The entrance fee started at 25 cents and gradually crept up over the years. The matinee included a news short, a comedy short by maybe the Three Stooges, a cartoon, and two full-length movies. Sometimes if I begged enough I got to go on Saturday and Sunday. The show changed on Saturday night.
I saw the original Titanic and screamed when it hit the iceberg. I watched the Lon Chaney werewolf change into the beast and Dracula cast his mesmerizing spell over innocent Lucy.
Over the years I keep changing what I consider the scariest. I couldn’t watch the end of Dawn of the Dead or the Shining for years. I jumped out of my skin during that scene in the cellar with Anthony Perkins mother. I used my coat trick during “An American Werewolf in London.”
One I’ll never forget was “The Bad Seed.” I’ve never seen it on TV so maybe it was that horrible.
The experts advise parents not to let kids watch scary movies, but I’m not sure I agree.
I learned a lot of life’s lessons from the movies.
1. Hold onto your friends during the bad times.
2. Don’t go down the cellar to check a weird noise.
3. Listen to the music- it signals the creepy stuff.
4. Pull your coat over your head and don’t watch
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