Do you remember what the first scary movie you watched as a child was?
Halloween is just around the corner, and one thing I love to do this time of year is watching scary or scary-ish movies. When you have an older sibling, sometimes you see movies before you should. I remember being very young, maybe seven, and watching parts of Nightmare on Elm Street. To this day, I still cannot view the Nightmare on Elm Street movies because they scare me so much. Also, as a child, I was probably more irrationally afraid of Freddy’s claw than I should have been.
When I was in high school, some friends decided that they wanted to try to become horror movie aficionados. So one night they rented a Halloween movie, but they did not rent the first movie in the series. They got like number four or five. As the film was going along, they were asking questions about plot lines that probably would have been made clear had they started with the original movie. I had to try to explain to them what had happened in the first movie because I was the only one that had seen it.
The reason they did not rent it? It looked old.
I happen to be someone who gets very paranoid after watching horror movies. The night we watched Halloween, I had driven my parents Jimmy. Before I got in, I made sure to check the back seat and the trunk area to make sure that no one was hiding there. On my way home, I was sitting at a stoplight, and I see this car pull up behind me. I’m looking in the rearview mirror, and I’m like 99.9% sure that Michael Myers is driving the car behind me. I swear to you the driver was wearing that mask.
That is not the only incident that I’ve had after watching scary movies and becoming paranoid. When Scream came out, we went to see it in the theaters at a midnight showing. We then drove to my friend’s house. She happened to live outside of the city, and we were all very freaked out as we drove home. Also, after watching Scream, I was pretty sure that every bathroom had a murder in it. Not gonna lie I still check for killers in bathrooms to this day. (Scream 2 also had a bathroom scene, so I don’t think I’m the only one with this fear).
Some more paranoia that I’ve had from watching scary movies?
I have always kept my closet doors open because that way I know if someone is hiding inside of it. Because I’ll know I didn’t shut the door so some psychopath must have gotten in there and shut the door. This fear also proved to be perfectly normal because of I Know What You Did Last Summer. I was practically screaming at Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character about the closet door. She left it open, and when she got home, it was closed. Because a psychopathic murderer was hiding in her closet!
Every October I make sure I watch Hocus Pocus at least once. I know that’s not a scary movie, but it is my favorite Halloween themed movie. It’s just fun.
So with all of that said I do like a good scary movie, but I tend to like the ones that are little more suspenseful rather than slasher flicks. Some of my favorites include The Shining, Psycho, and Split.