Have you seen the latest horror movie? I sure haven’t. At this time of year, every chainsaw-wielding, zombie-chasing slasher movie comes out, and I have zero interest in seeing any of them. The world is scary enough these days without adding in a layer of supernatural terror.
I know this means I miss out on some excellent filmmaking. I’ve never watched a Stephen King movie or experienced the brilliant storytelling of Jordan Peele. I’ve never even seen The Exorcist – a true Halloween classic.
I guess I’m more of an “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” kind of a girl.
My kids enjoy a good scary movie once in a while and especially at this time of year. They attempt to lure me downstairs to a dark den with promises of buttered popcorn and quality family time. But unlike the doomed characters in their movie, I don’t tend to make bad decisions.
The last horror movie I saw was M. Night Shyamalan’s, The Sixth Sense. To this day, my family tells me it doesn’t count because it’s more spooky than scary. But, I am proud to say that I sat through the whole thing and enjoyed it.
When I was younger, I watched the original Poltergeist complete with the attacking trees, terrifying clowns, and haunted burial ground. As a teenager, I was pressured into seeing Halloween on a date. I watched it with my hands covering my face the entire time. For some reason, he thought I would enjoy seeing a horror flick before dinner. It didn’t, and I asked him to take me home instead.
These days, I still prefer candy over carnage, Skittles over serial killers, Butterfingers over bloodbaths, and most of all, fun over fear. And who knows, maybe Ghostbusters will be on television this year. That is much more my speed.