I’m not a big fan of horror movies. I never really understood the appeal of them. To sit down and purposely scare yourself was an idea that my mind could never really comprehend. Being one who likes to understand things though, I’ve made a number of solid attempts to “get it”.
My first experience was a reasonable one on my part. I think I was eight or nine and I stayed over at a friend of mine’s for the night. He’d rented out “Silver Bullet” on video and surprisingly, I wasn’t terribly scared. My friend, on the other hand, had the most unfortunate nightmares as a result. Maybe the effect on me was subconscious. I don’t remember watching another horror movie for a few years after that…
When I was 12 years old, one of my school friends had an overnight party. I had changed schools that year, I was growing into an awkward teenager and I really wanted to impress everyone. The party was going well and we were all having fun. Soon enough it was mentioned that we would be settling in to watch a movie. Being a fan of movies, this news pleased me greatly and I made myself comfortable and prepared myself to enjoy the show.
My pleasure turned to apprehension, however, when our hostess produced a copy of “House“. Not wanting to appear the coward, I sat through the initial plot setup and character introduction but once the action took a turn for the gruesome, I realised that my mother needed me at home. She lived up the road you see and I could hear her calling from the street. So I made my apologies, telling everyone how much I wished I could stay to enjoy this freaky flick, but I was needed at home. Despite the fact that no-one else could hear my mother shouting my name, I assured them that she definitely was and made my way home.
Another run-in I remember was a lazy afternoon on which my brother decided that he needed some visual entertainment. He headed down to the local video shop and returned not too long afterwards with a copy of “Creepshow 2“. There are a few things I remember about this movie:
- A haunted totem pole;
- A group of teenagers swimming across a lake to escape a pile of seaweed; and
- My sister (almost 2 years younger than me) enjoyed it.
I, on the other hand, spent the duration of the movie running between the living room and my bedroom. I honestly cannot remember ever seeing a horror movie in its entirety – and I think I come from the generation that REALLY loved horror movies. “A Nightmare on Elm St“, “Halloween“, “Friday the 13th” and all their dozens of sequels are films I know about but couldn’t discuss if you asked me to. I don’t remember having watched a horror movie from start to finish in the decade that encompassed my adolescence.
I know that some people enjoy horror movies. I can get that, but I don’t think I’ll ever understand why. Similarly though, I appreciate the fact that there is no right or wrong in this discussion. I am no movie connoisseur – I rented “Hudson Hawk” once and watched it ALL NIGHT LONG. I think I got about 10 or 11 viewings in back to back. It won three awards people! Razzies, yes; but awards nonetheless!
Do you enjoy horror movies? Do you have any favourites?