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The Scariest Movies I’ve Ever Seen

Everyone Most people love a good little scare.  A little scare.  As I’ve mentioned, I love movies like Scream and Ghostbusters and The Craft….they’re scary in a fun way.  In my younger days I was the first one to jump up and say “let’s go to the haunted house*” – in the dark, in the middle of the night.

But some movies are too scary and I’ve often wondered why I ever even watch them.

The Exorcist

I’m not posting a photo of Regan’s face because I don’t want to have to look at it.

When I was in 11th grade a girl in my drama class loaned me the book, The Exorcist.  It was enthralling.  Well written; a little creepy but a good read.  And at the end I even choked up a bit at the loss of….well I’m not going to spoil it for you.

After reading the book I was determined to see the movie.  I was warned over and over that I shouldn’t watch it and to this day I wish I had heeded that advice.  SO FREAKIN’ SCARY!!

I watched it with my friend Ian and my aunt Donna in the middle of the night and was so scared I cried.  I was 17 and stupid.  I made Ian walk me home afterward and more than likely I slept with the lights on.

30 Days of Night

I hate this guy. He ruined my life!

Why oh why oh why did I do this to myself?  I went to see this asshole of a movie right after breaking up with my live-in boyfriend several years ago.  I don’t know why.  I went with my friend and former roommate, Sherry.  She and I used to watch scary movies all the time when we were teenagers and in our early 20’s.  So we decided to have ourselves a little date.  I should note that Sherry’s favorite holiday is Halloween and I don’t think anything scares her.  Ever.

As soon as we got to the theater and sat down I came to my senses and started rambling over and over “I don’t want to be here.  I don’t want to see this movie.”  I should have left but she talked me into staying forced me down and tied me to a chair and I was okay…right up to the point of the vampires’ appearance on screen. Then I was done for.

I’ve mentioned in posts before that I am very much into my faith (I’m not a perfect Christian, I swear and I yell at people and I can be an ass, but I am protective of my beliefs and my faith) and at one point the vampire leader made a comment about there being no God and it really pissed me off.

I was so scared watching this movie that I was bent over with my head down (so as not to see evil) and had my ears plugged (so as not to hear evil).

See what you did to poor kitty? Damn you scary movies!

When the movie was over and I headed home I called my cousin and begged her to stay at my place.  She was already tucked into bed but said she’d stay on the phone with me until I was home and safely in my house.  When I was home I called my mom and told her how scary the movie was.  She said “why don’t you come here for the night?”  So I said HELL YEAH! did.  I called my cousin back and made her talk to me until I got to my parents’ house.  I had a good sleep there.  Safe and sound.

Stephen King’s** IT

Pennywise any clown is scary enough on a good day…..

The following will contain spoilers but I don’t care.  I am doing a service for all the people who are like me.  The fact that I watched this movie without knowing my “friend” telling me what it was about was an injustice and I have been scarred for life.

..but whose fucking idea was this???????

I don’t remember anything about this movie except that it contained a crazy-ass killer clown (Pennywise) who turned into a giant-freaking-spider!  Do you know what two things I am absolutely terrified of are?  1) CRAZY-ASS CLOWNS 2) SPIDERS!!  THIS MOVIE WAS NOT MEANT FOR MY EYES!!!!!!!!

HAD my high school friend told me what it was about (she refused to…just told me “watch it..then we’ll talk.”  BITCH!!!  If I saw her on the street today I would punch her in the face.  That was not a punk, Barbara…..Ashton Kutcher would be displeased.

I CHOOSE…uh, not death.

(**My mother would not permit me to watch Stephen King movies.  She is a smart lady and I should have listened to her on more than one occasion.  Therefore I did not see this movie until I was 19.  She forewarned me about watching it.  I did not listen.  As I mentioned, I am scarred for life.  I don’t want to talk about this anymore.)

The Woman in Black

Oh Harry Potter…I liked you so much better when you were a Hobbit.
Let’s not do this again.

I desperately wanted to see this movie this past year when it was released.  I have no idea why.  I don’t like scary movies anymore.  But I begged Blair for months and months to take me to see it when it came out in theaters.  He did.  I regret it.  Scary.  Creepy.  Chilling.  *shiver*

I don’t like ghost stories.  I don’t like horror movies about children.

We did not go home directly after the movie.  We went for coffee (so that we would not fall asleep too early) and then to Walmart.  When he left for work in the morning I turned on 3 lights and put in earplugs (so as not to hear anything creeping up on me. )  Also, I slept with the lights on for several days afterward.

Honorable Mention:

Salem’s Lot

Sherry (mentioned above) and I rented Salem’s Lot one summer and were watching it in the early evening.  It was still daylight and the movie was so lame and drawn out and we were getting bored.  Until this thing popped up into a window onscreen:

He’s a little sensitive about his overbite. (Buffy, where are you?)

We weren’t expecting it (Salem‘s Lot – I thought it was about witches…WTF??).  We both screamed and I think we flew about 4 feet in the air.  There’s even the chance that I soiled myself.  Horrible movie.  But it succeeded in doing its job.

Happy Halloween!

Boooo….

 


You Witch!

Sticking with my seemingly Halloween-themed posts this week, I want to let you on a little secret from my teenage years: My obsession with wanting to be a witch.

It started in high school and with the release of The Craft.

Kinda like Clueless…only with real bitches witches.

My BFF Steph and I watched it over and over a bunch of times and kind of became fascinated with it.  Not so much with the movie, but with witchcraft itself.  That was back when internet usage was limited (does anyone remember dial up?) so our research was done with books

This book took me forever to read.

…and movies.  We actually came across an old spellbook from the 60’s or 70’s and were determined to try out some spells, although we were deeply warned (yes, warned) not to toy with something we weren’t familiar with and that could be dangerous.  And to 17 year old girls it was so exciting.  It was dangerous and forbidden and unknown (or so it seemed back then) and we were all over it like a fat kid on chocolate (I can say that because I was a fat kid.  AND I love chocolate.).

We would sit in our protective circle, light the wicks of our candles, say a prayer of protection, and then try to chant or cast a spell.  It’s so ridiculous now thinking back to it but in the day, we were having fun.

I still love The Craft, and to tell the truth, I am still interested in the ‘art’ of witchcraft.  It is quite fascinating.  Maybe because it’s new and forbidden territory.

I would only ever practice for good…like Glenda.

Again, while in high school* (*I should mention that many of the books on our English curriculum mention witches or witchcraft:  MacBeth, The Crucible, Saint Joan – these books were mandatory reads for Grade 12 English), I wrote a huge – HUGE – sociology paper on The History of “Witchcraft of the World” (or something to that effect).  I got an A and keep that paper in my portfolio {to reflect my incredible writing efforts – hehe}.

There is something about the element of the unknown that is exciting.  That gives you a chill and a jolt and sends shivers down your spine.

A) I wanna go here. B) The Salem witches would be the SHIT now!!

A few years ago I fell in love with the show Eastwick because it was a show about witches for grown ups – and I love Lindsay Price.

Eastwick – with Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Ray Newman and my girl (and 90210 alum) Lindsay Price.

…And last year’s Secret Circle was fun to watch but it was aimed for a high school-aged audience.

Maybe my former fascination is why I like Grimm so much (have I mentioned in my blogs at all that I love Grimm? Hmmm??).  It’s fun to watch the scary fairy tales unfold.  To watch a world of make believe unravel into reality.  To live, for one hour, in a world where magic does exist.  It’s romantic…in that gothic kind of way.

Oh Goth….Ain’t love grand?

I think we have Anne Rice to thank for that…..And Buffy!

Cheers!

**Okay, I’m posting the following pic because I love you all and really don’t give a crap anymore.

Um, me, when I was about 20. Why didn’t someone tell me to stop eating, y’all?


Oh Halloween

When I was little, Halloween was always so much fun.  I loved getting dressed up…as anything I wanted.  No judgement.  I loved going trick-or-treating with my older brother.  We didn’t live in a “tons-of-houses-close-by” kind of neighborhood so after we hit the local homes we’d hop in the car with my mom and she’d drive us to the next batch of houses, while my dad stayed home to hand out treats.  We always had a blast (except for this one time when I fell out of the car at my grandparents’ home….that sucked).

But the rest of the time we had pure, innocent fun!  That’s so not the case when you get older.  Once you grow up and make the decision to go out for Halloween, either to the bar or to a house party or to a dance, things are completely different….and far from innocent.

Halloween is the one night (yeahhh right!) of the year when young ladies (I use that term loosely {PUN INTENDED}) try to out-slut themselves/each other.  It’s shameful but some women feel as if it’s almost a rite-of-passage.  I think about the self-esteem of these girls….and that’s coming from me: the low self-esteem Queen.

And since I’m on the subject, whatever happened to being creative and making your Halloween costume?  Back in my day half the fun of Halloween was coming up with your costume idea and being creative with it.  Not of this going-to-Spirit-Halloween-and-paying-seventy-bucks for a pre-made costume.  No.  Instead, we would have spent tons of time at second-hand shops agonizing over the in-the-bins, digging for the perfect piece to complete the ensemble.  And we came up with some pretty neat ideas (my brother’s best idea was a car accident victim, complete with blood and a crutch – he was in 6th grade!!**).

Over the years I’ve been the following:

My mom dressed my brother and me up as members of KISS when we were teeny-tiny – we had little black wigs and everything.

Princess Di (because I loved her and I was 6).

Old staples: A Vampire / A Witch / Bride of Frankenstein

as the Bride of Frankenstein

A HORRIFIC me as Bride of Frankenstein and my brother as Dracula. Seriously. FRIGHTENING..and not because of the costume.

Michael Jackson (circa his Thriller era….because I loved him)  **(my brother’s cool costume idea below)

as Michael Jackson and my brother as an accident victim (and yes, the photo is in a frame – Thanks Mom!!)

A Mermaid (made my costume and was told I had the best one of the night!)  (I was too fat in these photos and refuse to post any of them. Yikes.)

A Roaring 20’s Flapper Dancer

as a flapper…NOT Pocahontas, Dad!!

Don’tcha wish you could wear makeup like this all the time? So colorful.

In my older days when Halloween was done in pairs or groups:

An ex and I went as Regan and the Priest from The Exorcist (I wore my costume backward I looked like she did when her head spun around)

In high school two of my friends and I decided last minute to hit the senior class party.  We ditched afternoon classes, made our costumes and won first place for going as a Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Dental Floss

Kim as Toothpaste, me as a Toothbrush and April as Dental Floss (okay, this technically isn’t us but I couldn’t find any photos)

A few of us went as Charlie’s Angels

A few years ago a group of us went as Disney Princesses (I was Cinderella…duh)

Me as Cinderella, my friend Paula as a clothes hamper (original AND homemade), Jesse as Sleeping Beauty and Ames as Pocahontas

A group of coworkers and I rocked the KISS look again

Paula as Ace Frehley, Jesse as Paul Stanley, Tasha as Peter Criss , Me as Gene Simmons

The Yahtzee girls and I went as our tag names – so I was a Social Butterfly

V as Taken, H.Bo as Ice Princess, Ames as Applehoe, Me as Social Butterfly and Anic as Stun Bunny

All of these costumes were made or put together at home.  I’ve never purchased a costume and only ever rented once.   A few years ago I went as a peasant girl .  In all honesty, I really just wanted to wear that dress.

Me as a Peasant and two hoodrats I don’t speak to. 🙂

This year I really wanted to go as Bonnie & Clyde (circa Brenda & Dylan, 1991*)

 

Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry as Brenda and Dylan as Bonnie and Clyde

but Blair SUCKKKKS.  We missed all the parties we were invited to this weekend (again, b/c Blair sucks**!) but Halloween is Wednesday and I still have the option of dressing up after work.  We’ll see.  Time will be limited but I may come up with something groovy.

**Just a note that Blair said yesterday that I was already wearing my costume:  A Beauty Queen.  Lame, I know but it earned him a point.

Yes yes…I am all class. He’s a lucky man.

The more I think of it and the more I sit here and stew, the more determined I am to dress up this year.  Stay tuned.  Hopefully I will have something to report.

Cheers!

 

 


A Li’l Hocus Pocus

One night in the summer of ’93, while my dad was away on business and my brother was out doing his thing, my mom and I decided to go see a movie.  We saw Hocus Pocus.

I put a spell on you….

I was in high school and the thought of going to see a movie with my mom didn’t exactly top my list of cool things to do on summer vacation, but it was a treat.

It was July and it was a warm evening, as most evenings in July are.  I wore a cute little summer dress and a sweater and felt like a grown up that night, which is so strange because I don’t feel like a grown up most of the time now.  But that night was filled with simplicity and I remember it quite vividly.  For some reason, it was pure loveliness.

The movie, however, is another story.  It is neither lovely nor simple but it remains one of my favorite Halloween movies (even with its summer release).

And in the spirit of Halloween, I thought I might dwell on it for a moment and recommend it.  It’s a funny movie with some scares and a long list of celebrities:  Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Garry & Penny Marshall (who, BTW, play hubs and wifey – and they’re siblings….kooky!).

It’s funny and there are little nods to this and that that make it even funnier.  Of course there are some goofs and some things that don’t make sense or quite add up, but it’s Hollywood….there are many things in Hollywood that don’t add up:

Doug Hutchison (such a good actor) and wife Courtney….no way she’s 16, y’all!

Hocus Pocus is a fun movieand fine for the entire family to watch.  It’s nothing spectacular…it’s not going to win any awards but it’s fun.  And that’s what a Halloween movie should be.

Plus, it’s got cute little Omri Katz in it.  He’s adorable.

How YOU doin’?

Oddly enough, as I was thinking about this movie earlier in the week and planning to write about it once I found the time, I came across this:  http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/25-little-known-facts-about-hocus-pocus/

To be perfectly honest, I don’t like realllly scary movies.  I like movies like Scream and The Craft and What Lies Beneath (tho I sometimes still close my eyes so I don’t see her face).  I like a little itty bitty scare.  Movies like The Exorcist (made me cry), The Ring, The Woman in Black (loved but hated….nearly wet my pants AND had to turn the lights on when Blair left for work in the morning).  So Hocus Pocus suits me fine.  I’m a bit of a baby*.

Cheers!

*Just to point out how much a scaredy cat I am:  Last night’s Halloween special of Grimm (have I said how much I love this show???) was creeping me out.  I turned it off and will watch the rest in daylight or with Blair.


A Little List

The last week has been so busy (as will be the week to come) and I’m finally getting a night to myself (which, by the way has already been sidetracked by shopping, groceries and several phone calls and quickie visitors {my S-I-L and super awesome nephews who are always welcome!}).  But I’ve since gone for a walk, cleaned and mopped by bathroom, had an insanely hot shower and now I get to veg out and do what I want…which is a) blog and b) not sure…watch a little boob-tube or read.  We’ll see.  Right now, here’s a little something:

Excited for:

1) Christmas (I know, I know).  It’s two months from today.

2) Kelly & Dylan (Jennie Garth & Luke Perry) working together to develop a sitcom (I’m a 90210 Freak!).

Tell me these two don’t have chemistry….

3) Drew Barrymore is a mommy (Welcome baby girl, Olive).

Okay, that’s NOT Olive in her arms, but puppy is still a cute baby, yes?

4) Christmas specials

I LOVE Christmas classics!

…..and Christmas baking

Half the fun is cleaning up the mess!

….and Christmas parties (see #1).

Well shoot….they sure do look like a fun crowd! 🙂

5) Wine Night. 🙂

Cheers!

6) Vision improvement (*more to come).

7) Les Mis (the movie).

My favorite play is now going to be my favorite movie….again*.

8) Elf (the play) {My super-cool mom got me tickets to see Elf the Musical for my Birthday!!!

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.

9) Law enforcement cracking down and bullies are now being charged.  Good.  Enough kids have died.  (RIP Amanda Todd and others.)

NO TOLERANCE FOR BULLIES!!

 

Cheers!

*The 1998 version of Les Mis with Claire Danes (who I love!) and Liam Neeson sucked and I was thoroughly dissapointed as it did not follow with the musical…which I believe is one of the most beautiful things in the world.  I saw the play when I was in 10th grade and my BFF Steph I were/are obsessed with it.  I know all the words to every song and still weep when I hear them sung.  It’s a beautiful piece of art and 1998 trashed it.  Boo.


Moo-ve!

Last night was class night and instead of driving all the way home and back again I, instead, opted to go to my mom and dad’s and let them feed me.  Before I chowed down   ate and ran   had dinner I went for my walk to keep up my lame post-surgery routine (only 3 weeks left to go!!!).

Not far from my parents’ house/where I grew up in rural Nova Scotia is a dairy farm;  so up and over the hill there are often stray cows grazing in the pasture.

Home, home on the range…

When I was 14 or 15 my good friend Kim was visiting and we decided to go for a walk and shortcutted thru the field.  Upon entering the field we lingered not-too-far from a cow.

Mad Cow Disease?

Now, as I said, I grew up in the rural area.  I’d been to farms. I’d seen cows before.  It wasn’t a big deal for me.  However, Kim grew up in the suburbs near the businesses and the malls.  She’d never been close to farm animals.  Especially not this close to a grazing cow.  My intentions were to ignore is: “Leave it alone and it will go away.”

I’m not sure exactly what happened next.  Did Kim make threatening eye contact?  Did she have an obnoxious air about her?  Did she piss off this cow in some unspoken way?  I have no idea what prompted it but the cow suddenly charged Kim….Mad Cow maybe?

It was like something out of a cartoon.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

The cow raced after Kim, she ran to get away from it and I ran after, laughing the whole time.

Two things happened:

a) Kim moved faster than I’ve ever seen her move…I’ve yet to see anyone run that fast again.

b) Kim, all 6 feet, 1 inch of her, leaped thru the air and over the fence that would soon separate her from her near-death experience.

That’s what I thought about on my walk yesterday as I strolled by a busy field of cows.  Good memories from my childhood.

Cheers.


Words of Wisdom

Truer Words Have Never Been Spoken.

I have nothing more to say on this subject.

Cheers!