Posted by Jeanne Adams Oct 31 2009, 4:24 am in Books and Movies, Halloween, Jeanne Adams, Scary stories, T-shirts
by Jeanne Adams
Did I scare you? BWAH-Ha-Ha-HA!!! It’s Halloween! Tonight is Trick or Treat! Tomorrow, All Soul’s Day…Are you ready?
Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
All of you know, by now that I ADORE Halloween. Almost every year we have an annual Addams Family Halloween party – in hiatus this year because I was on deadline, alas.
*huge, long-standing pout*
However, it is an event like no other. We’ve had up to 65 people in our house and garden for this affair. One year, early on while it was still just “Jeanne’s Annual Halloween Party” (i.e. Pre-DH) I did a scary movie fest.
That was a strange one – not that they all don’t have their strange character! – but this one struck me as odd because half the group was in the family room of my then-condo watching the scary movies, devouring popcorn, beer, and cupcakes with the same abandon as the monster on the screen devoured people.
The other half were in my miniscule kitchen talking as loudly as they could so as not to hear the scary noises or gasps of the populace from the TV screen.
Hmmm. I drew a frightening conclusion. Some people are really frightened by scary movies! Imagine that!
Did I mention that I’m REALLY missing the party this year? Can you tell? So I thought we could have a Virtual Halloween Party here.
Let’s talk about Scary Movies! And Scary Books, Shaaaaall we?
The scariest movie I ever saw (nightmare producing scare and I was an adult!) was Aliens II. The one on the ship. *shudder* Something about that one just gave me the flat out willies. I literally did have fall out of the bed nightmares after that one. Could’a been the cold medicine too, but jumpin’ heebie jeebies, Batman! That one was a doozy.
Second to that one in the “gives Jeanne the collywobbles” category is American Werewolf in London. Now before you go all Hollywood Critique on me and tell me it’s a parody, I’ll say that yes, I do know that. Doesn’t matter. That scene, where the werewolves are dressed as Nazis and bust in the house? Huh-uh, oh no you dinnna!?! I truly did walk out of the theater. Well, run on wobbly legs might be a more writerly description. Ha!
Others that were on the “Sleep Disturbing” list are : Jagged Edge; Body Heat; and Wait Until Dark.
Alien (the first one) didn’t get me. The Halloween movies didn’t bother me. Neither did any of the Elm Street movies. Frankly if you are boneheaded flat out stupid peabrained enough to get yourself IN to that situation? Damn if you don’t deserve to get dead. Snork!! And hey, Jamie Lee Curtis? If you go in the house to get something, come back out and the car doors are locked and the windows fogged?
GET. THE. HECK. OUT. OF. THERE. Yeeesh. Too Stupid to Live. Seriously.
What really seems to get me are not the slasher/gore movies. No, it’s the pscyological ones. Hitchcock. The Birds.
I still have an unnatural fear of things that flap.
Gaslight. Are you mad, or are you being “gaslighted?” Grins.
Then there’s the books and movies-from-books like The Exorcist and The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby. Oh, and all the Anne Rice books.
Ohhhh yeah. Scarwy.
So I knew what scared me. I figured I’d ask some of the Banditas.
For Suz, it’s the old school thriller – Rear Window; Midnight Lace; Charade; and the aforementioned Gaslight.
For our own AC, The Talented Mr. Ripley made her shiver, along with the end of the world flick 28 Days.
Nancy says Wait Until Dark had her covering her eyes. She also cited Dead Again and Terminator as among the collywobble films. (Now, with passing time, she’s decided Michael Beign made all the Terminator fear worth it.)
Joan, despite her love of blood thirsty Romans, assures me she does NOT watch scary movies. Of course, she went on to list three….Exorcist (the mere discussion of it had her worried); Jurrassic Park (especially the part with the raptors in the kitchen…but you know, she doesn’t watch scary movies); and What Lies Beneath. I’m sure she saw this for Harrison Ford, never THINKING it was a scary movie. Right JT? Grins.
Our own Anna says the first Halloween scared her to death, along with The Shining. “Daddy’s home!” *shudder!* Anna likes thrillers. Movies like Fatal Attraction, Dressed to Kill, Sleeping with the Enemy, Seven, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Suspect. Suspect’s one of my favorites, but Anna says Notorious is one of the best.
Tawny too refuses to see the scary ones, but says her kids think the REAL scary movies are: Dead Alive, Sixth Sense, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Quarantine, The Grudge and the Evil Dead.
So what about you? What’s YOUR scary movie?
Any of them give you nightmares?
Do you get more frightened by the psychological stuff – Jagged Edge, Mr. Ripley, Gaslight, and so on – or the blood guts and gore, like Saw, and Halloween and Elm Street?
What about books?
Lisa Gardner’s Say Goodbye had me seeing spiders everywhere. *shiver!!* and I certainly wouldn’t want to meet any of Linda Howard, Karen Rose Smith or Lisa Jackson’s villains in MY town!
Last but not least…I always buy at least three new Halloween books for my children each year. This year, the best is:
Tell Me Another Scary Story by Carl Reiner
Now….last but not least, for all my Pagan Pals…
Blessed Be and HAPPY SAMHAIN!!!!
Posted by Jo Robertson Oct 30 2009, 4:25 am in Halloween Tricks and Costumes, Jo Robertson, T-shirts
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