So I don’t do scary movies. Let me define scary movies: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6, Psycho, anything with Anthony Hopkins in it, Casper, The Ring, creepy-children-coming-out-of-dark-places movies, etc. Pretty much any movie that features a lot of dark scenes, periods of long silence or *shudder* blood, you won’t find it in my DVD collection.
You call me a chicken? I call myself a hero.
Anyone can go see the latest hyped up horror film, or give in to peer pressure at sleepovers and watch a horror film with the lights off. But resisting? Pretty courageous if you ask me. What inspires this post, you ask? I just watched Red Dragon, one of the many Hannibal the Cannibal related movies. Now I’m running around the house turning every light on and locking windows. My little sister tried to kiss me and I punched her because I thought she was trying to eat me. I’m not kidding.
The real irony in all this is I like reading about serial killers.* On me and the boyfriends first date, we walked around a cemetery overlooking Florence, Italy, talking about the “coolest” serial killers. Okay, macabre and paradoxical, but it’s history, it’s psychology, it’s mystery; it’s pretty intriguing. Granted, I can’t ever say to myself, “It’s okay, that didn’t happen in REAL life” like you can say about most movies. But it isn’t being represented on a huge screen with gallons and gallons of fake blood and John Carpeter* music. Big difference in my mind. I have a very active imagination, but I can turn it off when reading historical horror…But then it would be dark. So we won’t do that.
* If you are interested in a good, brief, serial killery story (of course you are. Like this is a normal question.), I recommend you read about Sawney Bean, a cannibal that inspired Sweeney Todd, Hannibal, The Hills Have Eyes and pretty much any people eater movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawney_Bean
** Halloween, The Fog, Christine, etc.