Halloween brings out the love of horror in people. People who actually enjoy being thoroughly scared. People, like my good friends Alicia Dean and Nancy Gideon, for example. They love books and movies that frightened them half to death. Creepy movie marathons are for them. Not me.
Do you know what happened when—against my better judgment—my sister talked me into taking my kids (ages 8 & 9) to see Gremlins? We were visiting my sister—sans Hubs who stayed home—and she thought it would be fun. My idea of fun is not sitting in a theater with one kid on my lap and the other leaving fingernail imprints on my arm. Every time one of those creatures jumped out, they shrieked. And so did I. That night, the kids asked if they could sleep with me. They were that scared. I never told them, but I was glad to have the company . . . to keep my own nightmares away.
But that was not my first being-scared-out-of-my-wits movie. In my early twenties, I’d gone to a friend’s house for Halloween. After the trick-or-treaters had gone, we watched a movie called The Hand. Black and white and so old it’s not even in IMDB. It was about a severed hand seeking revenge. When the hand crept up the back of a car seat and strangled the driver, I was so freaked out. Silly now, but back then? I was terrified. The worst part was I had to drive home. I just knew that hand was going to creep up the back of my car seat and . . .
I think the scariest move I’ve ever seen was Deliverance. At the end, when that hand and arm came up out of the water, I lost it. I really had nightmares after that. What did Hubs who had taken me to see that movie do? Laughed. Great help he was.
I’m a wimp, a scaredy cat. I admit it. So while the rest of you get your kicks out of watching movies that make your hair stand on end, I’ll enjoy my happy romantic comedies.
What scary movie is your most memorable?
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Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.