Happy Halloween, dear readers.
I love all genres of horror: camp, schlock, slasher, gore, psychological thrillers — you name it, i’ve probably seen it (or own it).
I used to go over my friends’ house when I was a kid and we’d stay up late watching the likes of Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Nightbreed, Tremors, and Space Invaders. This was my hokey impression of horror movies until one faithful night when I was 12.
I was babysitting RoamAboutSister and saw the movie The Shining was coming up on HBO. I remember the TV Guide (yes, a physical guide) description of the movie was like ‘Horror classic starring Jack Nicholson as caretaker of Overlook hotel’ or something as nondescript.
I turned off all the lights, made sure sister was asleep, and watched The Shining, alone. I wasn’t a sheltered boy —impressionable, yes—but my parents rightfully would not have let me watch this movie at 12. So, I sat through the terror, halfway through turning on every single light in the house, desperately hoping my parents would get home soon. I didn’t want to get in trouble for watching an R-rated movie, so I didn’t tell them what I did; I suffered silently and barely slept for a week and kept a close eye on RoamAboutDad to see if he started typing late at night…
The Shining scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid, but has become my favorite horror movie of all time. I love the rush of being scared, but this movie just falls under the classics. It’s like a cozy blanket around the change of the seasons here in Ohio/US.
I want to hear from you, today, my friends. Tell me what movies/tv shows really scared you as a kid, or, even as an adult. Maybe you hate horror movies…tell me why. Maybe it’s because of this guy:
Have a safe and happy Halloween.