Tuesday, June 15

You know it's thriller, thriller night

One afternoon last week Noah closed every blind and shade in our house and forced me to watch The Others. For days beforehand I was afraid to get up and pee during the night in simple anticipation of watching it. Especially since I'd seen it before.

Shut up! Having already seen the movie—spoiler alert!—I knew for sure there were ghosts involved, which in my book counts as strike 1. Call strike 2 if the ghosts aren't friendly. I don't do scary movies.

My mom once convinced me that Hide & Seek was nothing more than a thriller. Seeing as it starred a young Dakota Fanning I convinced myself that her freakishly precocious dialogue in films would be the most frightening part, and I could brace for that anyway. Then—spoiler alert!—a crazed Bob DeNiro starts chasing a screaming Elisabeth Schue into a cave while wielding a bloody butcher knife. And my mom was all, "What?"

The very implication of horror—in films like Changeling and Frailty and Zodiac—is enough to give me nightmares. For multiple days, remedied only by a saturation of romantic comedies.

Tonight, Noah is forcing me to watch Shutter Island. He wanted to watch it last night, but at the last second I balked. I needed time to mentally prepare. Which really means I needed time to come up with some more excuses for putting it off. Considering my mom referred to it as a "thriller," who knows what the *&@!? I'm in for.

I might have to fall back on one of my less noble characteristics, Being a Big Weenie, to stave off the inevitable for another night. Don't think I won't.

9 comments:

Olivia said...

Shutter Island was awesome! I was excited to watch it since I had read the book. Just try to focus on the quality of the storyline and acting. :o) Oh! And there are NO ghosts!

Slamdunk said...

Ha, I am a whimp and avoid all potentially scary shows. It is a good thing the Mrs. is similar--so we don't feel any peer pressure.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Oh I am big wimp too! Don't like creepy or scary and so I don't see many of that kind of movie. But I did see "The Others" and thought it was very good. It'll take weeks to get me to watch "Shutter Island" but I probably will. Let me know how it is and when to shut my eyes and cover my ears. :)

Locusts and Wild Honey said...

I HATE scary films. In fact, the scariest film I ever saw was THE DARK CRYSTAL and that's a Jim Henson movie.

I had nightmares for weeks and swore off scary cinema.

stephanie said...

oooh i want to see shutter island, even though it looks creepy! its weird, i used to be able to watch scary movies and now they get to me. just make sure you never watch "paranormal activity". i think i was awake for days...

Sal said...

I was terrified of every light, sound, and movement for six months after seeing "The Mothman Prophecies." Amazing what a spooky movie can do to peace-of-mind, eh?

kathy said...

Oh! You reminded me that I wanted to see Shutter Island, but then I remembered something my daughter said about the movie and I'm not sure if I DO want to see it after all.

How bout you see it first and then if you aren't scarred for life, I'll see it?

Anonymous said...

Don't see the Japanese film Audition, then. I'm just sayin'...

Erin said...

Olivia—Thanks for the heads-up. Ghosts are very close to a deal-breaker for me.

Slamdunk—I wouldn't have pegged you for a wimp. Well done on self-awareness.

Lisa—I won't say the movie is a feel-good kinda deal, but it wasn't nearly as frightening as I imagined. It helps that I always imagine the worst.

Locusts and Wild Honey—Hocus Pocus is about as creepy as I can manage, and that's reserved for Halloween only.

Steph—My bro said that was the freakiest movie he's ever seen.

Sal—My mind is unfortunately prone to unpeacefulness in the wake of scary movies. Which probably means I'm susceptible to Jedi mind tricks.

Kathy—I am surprisingly not scarred for life. There are certainly twists, and there are certainly tense/disturbing moments, but it all works out in the end in such a way that I was actually able to sleep well last night.

Anon—Consider it banned for life.

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