Wednesday, December 31


I am the first person to admit I am a big chicken.

My best friend Pammie and I go to the movies all the time. As my "date," when we see scary movies, she is subjected to me squeezing her hands until the circulation cuts off, tugging on her sweater sleeves to hide my eyes (RUINED one black sweater of hers, as a matter of fact, during SE7EN).

But few movies freak me out more than zombie flicks. Undead? They terrify me. Two nights ago I watched I Am Legend. Yeah, I know critics didn't love it. But flesh-eating zombies? Of COURSE it's a Christmas movie!

What is even funnier, I guess, is how I define scary. You see . . . Friday the 13th didn't scare me. I mean, come on? Freddie Krueger? I laugh in the face of this gloves. And those movies where you answer a cellphone and next thing you know, you're dead? Come on! Or those Final Destination ones? I laugh in the face of their gore.

But zombies? Well, they could really happen!

So could devils! The Exorcist had me awake for a week after I saw it.

I don't know why I have this pecking order of what I believe could really happen and thus it's scary. But I do.

The only movies I avoid in that realm are torture porn flicks like Saw. See . . . that's just sick. Not scary.

But tell me . . . what movies keep YOU awake at night?


sharonanne said...

Zombies! I luv em! The Dawn of the Dead remake freaked me out. My fav is 28 Days Later. Zombie books are pretty great too. The Forest of Hands and Teeth was creepy!

SiouxGeonz said...

I have the same problem with zombies... I tune out and only teh grossness, well, grosses me out so I have bad dreams anyway. Seeing just a part of something and leaving it - that gives me bad dreams most of the time.
Read "Midnighters" yesterday - that was fun, if predictable. Slithers and snakes and the "frozen hour" indeed!

Erica Orloff said...

LOVED loved loved 28 Days Later. Love even more than it was an indie film shot with like zero budget and was so audacious!

Erica Orloff said...

Serial killers give me bad dreams. I'm always hiding from them in my dreams--waiting to be found while hiding in a cupboard, for example. HATE dreams like that!!!


Sara Z. said...

That TV movie version of Stephen King's IT with Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown. AAAAAAIIIYYYEEE!

Erica Orloff said...

Oh, but he made such a cute sweet transvestite!

sweetmelissa818 said...

I love zombies! 28 Days Later was great, I agree sharonanne. I'm partial to Resident Evil, because I love Milla Jovovich!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

I liked "I am Legend"! Scariest movie of all time for me: "The Exorcist." Oddly enough, I went on a memorable first daye to see "Exorcist II: The Heretic."

Erica Orloff said...

I like the special effects in Resident Evil.


Erica Orloff said...

Exorcist scared the crap out of me. I didn't see it until I was 18, and I made my boyfriend come into my college dorm room after and check in the closets, under the bed--even in my drawers--in case the devil was there. LOL!

Melissa Walker said...

Psychological thrillers make it impossible for me to sleep! It's awful. Seriously, if I hear one line from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, I'm awake for days!

Alyson Noel said...

I'm with Melissa- SILENCE OF THE LAMBS did me in!
Or at least the first time anyway!

I've watched it a gazillion times since, it's one of my faves!

Sara Hantz said...

I can't watch scary movies now... I used to all the time when I was in my teens and twenties.... OMG The Exorcist, when I first saw that it stayed with me for weeks.