Scarred for life


One of my favorite things about the  cold weather is the increase in the number of movie nights that my roommates and I have.  More specifically, there is an increase in the number of  “scary  movies” that we watch. I’m a firm believer that you really cannot have good October without a few of these scary movie nights. Pop some popcorn, build a giant super pallet on your living room,  grab your snuggie, turn out all the lights and you’re all set.

Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with horror flicks. I really like to watch them. Really, I wouldn’t turn one down no matter how “B-rated” it may be. Zombie movies are my favorite, but I will watch ANYTHING. In fact, I got started on “horror movies” way earlier than the average pup. I’m not sure whether my mom just didn’t see anything wrong with showing them to me, or if she really didn’t think they would affect me- but I can honestly say I remember watching Poltergeist at 5 years old.

As much as I like them  and I appreciate that my mother didn’t censor them from me, I have a feeling that movies of the horror genre had a greater influence on me than anyone would have guessed. You might even say I have been scarred for life. So in light of it being “National Scary Movie Week” or at least “My House Scary Movie Week ,” I share with you the 5 movies that had the most profound affect on me as a child.

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Arachnophobia: I recently re-watched this movie and I have come to the conclusion that I must have been thinking of a different movie. When I watched it way back when, it was definitely, in no way shape or form- a comedy. This movie absolutely terrified me. I remember making my sister come and sit in the bathroom with me while I showered because I was thoroughly convinced that a spider was going to come up the drain and instantly kill me with it’s poisonous venom. I was scared to eat popcorn because of the scene where a spider is in the bottom of the bowl.  And to this day, if I see a spider, no matter what breed- chances are you will see me pull a cartoon and run straight through the door.

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Child’s Play: I have to preface this with the fact that my parents were of the belief that I really liked playing with dolls. Every year they would drag me to the local doll show and buy weird creepy used dolls that I had to pretend to enjoy. Truth was, the only “dolls” I ever really loved was a Teddy Bear named Teddy, and my Teddy Ruxpin Even before I saw this movie I was convinced that my dolls would come alive when no one was around. I blame this on my viewing of Jim Henson’s “A Christmas Toy” about a kajillion times. (If you haven’t seen this, it was basically an earlier, more primitive version of “The Toy Story.”) I was already very sensitive about my doll’s feelings, and didn’t want any of them to feel more important than the others. So after I caught a viewing of Child’s Play at the ripe old age of 7, I was more scared than ever to piss any of my dolls off. Every night before I snuggled up to Teddy, (the regular stuffed animal not Ruxpin because he was hard) I would walk around my room and kiss each and every doll goodnight and tell them that I loved them.

There was one doll in particular that frightened me the most. It was nearly life sized and had red unruly hair, very a la’ Chucky. I grew convinced that this particular doll in a one piece swimsuit would be my demise. I paid it extra special attention, even though it really frightened the bejeezus out of me. I started noticing that it was never in the same place that I left it. I finally told my mother and she swore that she would get rid of it for good. She said she burned it. Years later, when I was a Junior in High School I came home to find that swimsuit doll on my day bead. You might say I went a little ballistic. I thought it had come back for the sequel. My family thought it was hilarious.


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Pet Cemetery: My dad grew up in the house where my grandparent’s still live. He had 3 other siblings, and came from a family that really loved animals. I loved my grandparent’s house because they had woods in their backyard where my cousins and I would frolic and build forts and such. I loved it all, except for one little area, just barely visible from the back room where I had to sleep. Their pet cemetery. Ah hells no. This shit even has gravestones and everything. I never really thought much about it until I saw the movie. Then I would think of practically any excuse not to have to stay over at their house (even though it was my favorite place on earth) and if I did have to stay the night I would ask to sleep with my sister. On the occasions where I had no choice but to sleep in the back room, I would stay up all night, one eye steadily focused  the white grave stone in the distance. I imagined seeing dogs and cats and raccoons rise from the graves to attack me. Those gravestones still scare me to this day.

Jaws: The Revenge
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Jaws: My mom had an obsession with pretty much everything that could hurt me (vampires, zombies, spiders, boogie men) and sharks were no exception. Jaws was one of her favorite movies, and consequently one of the movies that I watched as a very young child. As if that movie didn’t scar me enough, every summer my family would make a six hour drive to the coast. My mother would spend the entire six hours reading true stories of shark attacks out loud. As a result, I spent the better half of every summer vacation scouting the ocean for sharks. While my cousins would all take their floats out as far as they could go, I would stay knee deep-eyes out.  I am finally to the point where I’m not afraid to go in the water, but you can bet I would be VERY aware of any dorsal-like fins that may appear in my near vicinity (3 square miles, to be exact.)

The Return to Oz: I haven’t seen this in a very long time (because damnit it was scary) but I do remember it quite clearly. I think. Am I even thinking of the right movie? All of Dorothy’s old friends were stoned (in the turned to rock sense, not doing drugs…)

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Cover of Return to Oz

She meets up with a talking reindeer, a weird robot thingy called Tick-Tock, and a man with an empty pumpkin head. If that is not creepy, then I don’t know what is. I was mostly scared of the lady that changed her heads like they were wigs. Even Dorothy played by that scary girl from the Craft, and she is creepy enough by herself. I don’t have much else to say about this movie, but I know it terrified me.  The trailer is below, just in case you are curious.


As always, stay classy on this wonderfully beautiful Tuesday.

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  • CandiceW

    omgomgomg. I can't even look at that pic of the spider without want to slit my wrists.

    The one movie that has traumatized me for life? Jurassic Park. T-Rex still invades my dreams.

  • http://megsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/ meg

    oh man, I hate scary movies. We watched them all the time at sleepovers back in the day though. The Exorcist, which I watched in Grade 5, pretty much scarred me for life. Holy Lord that scared the crap out of me!! Oh, and Carrie scared me pretty bad too. When my friends and I were watching that, my mom and cousin decided to sneak outside, around back, and at a very scary part in the movie, just started smashing and banging on the window. We all screamed our little heads off, one of my friends started to cry…oy, tramatized for life. my mother loves telling that story.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I've never been a big horror movie fan, but I would rent a bunch of them with my friends in college, the more “B”, the better. The original Poor White Trash was fantastically awesomely bad. There was even a Poor White Trash 2. Bitchin'.

    I got in trouble while watching Arachnophobia because my best friend was over, and he had seen it to, and right before the shower scene, he looked over and whispered “this is the best scene where you see nothing and everything ever filmed”. I wasn't sure what he was talking about and then the spider fell between the girl's boobs and I was like “Oh yeah!” and my parents were not amused.

  • jessejo

    never seen Return to Oz – thank you for that preview and NO THANK YOU – the regular Wizard of Oz with it's flying monkey's scarred me. Also a movie called “The Golden Child” – I still have no idea what it was about – all I remember is blood in the oatmeal. I had nightmares about that forever. You are braver than me…Scary movies freak me out too bad!

  • starzskymoon

    YESSSSS!!! I am the same way. I remember watching “Big Foot” when I was 3 and running and hiding under my bed. Why? I don't know. Then when the Chucky movies came out, my dad and I watched them together and I loved the one where the guy in ROTC throws himself on the grenade and blows himself up to save the girl. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Right on!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    hahaha The scene in Jurassic park where the guy gets squirted in the face with the velocirapture juice is the worst!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Oh haha. I can see how that scene would have been amazing as a young boy. I love B movies. I recently got one of those packages that has like 12 of the worst horror movies ever made in it… Am-az-ing!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    ahh the Golden Child sounds like something I may have to watch in a movie night! And yes. Return to OZ was scary as hell!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    I have to admit, when i watch them now- the Chucky movies are quite hilarious.. but still a little scary. Under your bed though? Thats where we differ bc I was sure there was always something hiding under there waiting to eat me!

  • http://comingsooooon.com/ Carli

    I got made fun of for being scarred of that part in Return to Oz so I AM GLAD that somebody finally understands my personal strife! That Lady had scary Auntie written all over her.

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Oh the Exorcist was pretty bad.. and the shining…

    hahaha that is awesome that they did that to you! My friends pulled that a few years ago on halloween and I literally almost had a tmi story!

  • http://microcows.blogspot.com/ Elliott

    I love Fairuza Balk. And really, if your parents name you Fairuza, aren't you just asking to be cast in offbeat movies? I loved Return to Oz as a kid, but yes, it was scarring.

    As for spiders, I'd STRONGLY suggest that you heed the warnings when reading my blog if you encounter any 'You've Been Warned' signs. Ah, the joys of Florida living.

  • http://belleandnel.blogspot.com/ Belle

    I mean I want to babysit YOU. All the kids I babysit get scared over Disney movies that aren't supposed to be scary! Or Harry Potter for frick's sake. Props to your momma.

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    I can't believe there are people who didn't think this movie was terrifying! That lady took her HEAD OFF!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Thanks for the warning! … and besides this movie, I do really love Fairuza Balk. And the Craft. But keep that underwraps.

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Hahaha. righhht? I think its just kids these days..bc the more i think about it, I can't be the only kid who owned the movie Ghoulies…

  • http://thepqnation.com/showandtell Jaime

    Dude. Return To Oz was a freaky movie. I haven't seen it in years, either, but I'd like to keep it that way. So I didn't watch that video there.

    I think the girl who plays Dorothy was also the annoying witch from The Craft, too, which in itself is freaky.

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Oh yes.. she is just creepy looking. I like her though… Very fitting for the role to say the least!

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I'm not sure how young I was. Definitely on the cusp of puberty.

    My parents were definitely unamused. My mother, as she was wont to do in situations like this, screamed “Oh, the hormones are racing!” And then punished me with like, a week without video games or something.

  • http://www.theinternalmakeover.com/ kathryn

    I don't know how you stand it…..I usually “opt out” of scary movies. I tried to get Taylor to watch Jaws a few years ago….he got up and walked out of the room 5 minutes in! Even the music was just TOO MUCH!

    I don't know…I guess you need to have a certain temperament to enjoy being scared…not ME!

  • http://francobeans.com/ f.B

    Arach. nopho. bia. I was terrified of spiders after that. I still don't like them. But at least now my fight or flight response is to fight with every last breath.

    (oh. and we were so like-minded today)

  • http://bluntdelivery.com/ blunt delivery

    um. well. first sorry for my absence. you don't even want to know why i've been away.

    secondly, we are on TOTAL opposite ends of the spectrum here. i can't watch anything remotely scary or creepy… so uh. no movie nights for us.

  • http://www.blogsareforlosers.com Sherri

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE scary movies. Especially scary, cheesy B movies. Last night we went to see Paranormal Activity and I was very disappointed. I expected to be very scared but the hype didn't live up to my high standards. I like to be so scared that after watching, I have to put every light on in the house just to go to the bathroom.

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Aw I'm sad I keep hearing people are disapointed with it! I eventually see every scary movie… but maybe this one is a renter…

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    Um first, yes I do want to know!

    Well.. I like any kind of movie, so we're still cool!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    I am definitely still flight on this one…

    And I noticed that we were on the same page too! I think its in the air!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    It just feels good every once in a while to get your adrenaline pumping.. but I agree with Taylor, just the Jaws music is enough to get me scared!

  • CarissaJaded

    Aw I'm sad I keep hearing people are disapointed with it! I eventually see every scary movie… but maybe this one is a renter…

  • CarissaJaded

    Um first, yes I do want to know!

    Well.. I like any kind of movie, so we're still cool!

  • CarissaJaded

    I am definitely still flight on this one…

    And I noticed that we were on the same page too! I think its in the air!

  • CarissaJaded

    It just feels good every once in a while to get your adrenaline pumping.. but I agree with Taylor, just the Jaws music is enough to get me scared!

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