Each year when October finally makes its appearance, I get the itch to watch a scary movie. It’s as if I owe it to Halloween to scare myself to the point where I have to sleep within inches of Casey on our king sized bed.
Two years ago while Casey was away at some conference, I watched a lame movie about a werewolf. The movie wasn’t nearly scary enough, so last year I decided to do a better job and pick out a much scarier movie. The movie I chose? Paranormal Activity.
I get scared and I get scared easily. Some movies have affected me for years after I watched them. The Ring was one of those movies and it forever scared me from the sight of a scrambled picture on a TV. The movie itself wasn’t all that scary until I woke up in the middle of the night and my TV was inexplicably on with the familiar white and black dots scrambling across the screen. There were a few problems with what I saw that night. Whenever my TV loses a picture it automatically goes to a blue screen, so there was no reason for the scrambled picture to be showing on my screen. The other problem was that I went to bed with the TV off. Casey swears she didn’t wake up and set up that little scene, but I still have my doubts.
To prepare for Paranormal Activity last year, I read the summary of the movie on the Internet and then I began the show. No surprises mean that it’s impossible to get scared, right? I made it about 15 minutes into the movie before my mind had had enough and I shut off the movie. I struggled to sleep for weeks after those scary 15 minutes and my nightly trips down for Vivi’s nightly food were absolutely miserable.
I attribute the ease at which I scare to some of the movies I watched as a child. My parents weren’t all that keen on letting me watch scary movies, so I used to watch them when I stayed over at my friend’s house. I do plan on watching some intermittently scary movies with Addie, but I certainly won’t subject her to a life of being scared of scary movies by having her watch any of the scarier shows I watched as a kid.
Here are the 10 scariest movies from my childhood:
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