July 18, 2011
Horror Movies are Bad for Good Imaginations
My imagination sometimes gets the best of me. I was one of those weird kids that wasn’t allowed to watch anything scary because even if I saw a little clip of a horror film I would have nightmares for weeks. It used to drive my parents crazy. Especially if I went over to a friend’s house for a sleepover and they were allowed to watch scary films. Hey I was even terrible at sleepovers. A strange house with strange sounds? Nope, couldn’t do it. The stuff I used to imagine happening! Sometimes I would even just have to demand to be taken home because there was absolutely no way I could sleep in a house with so many bad people hiding outside the windows or in the closet, or under the bed. I knew it wasn’t real but I just couldn’t help thinking about it.
When Titanic came out my parents took me to the cinema to see it. Titanic right? That’s not so bad. A nice love story with a sad ending and a ship going down and all those people dying! Are you kidding me? The first half of the film was alright. I could deal with that. But once the ship started going down. Oh no, that was it for me. I spent the rest of the film with my eyes closed and my hands over my ears. Which is probably even worse, because at least if my eyes were open I would be able to see that it wasn’t really that bad, things were always way worse in my head.
Okay so you’re wondering if I’m still a weirdo? And I’m not going to lie, yes sometimes. I can now get through Scream, and I have absolutely no idea why Candyman used to frighten me.
Okay nope, just watched a clip on youtube. It still scares me.
I used to think that having this imagination was a curse. Because it was too wild meant that I had too many nightmares. But I slowly grew to appreciate it and found new ways to unleash my imagination and creativity through drawing, painting, and writing. This imagination of mine also led me to pursue a career in advertising – thank god for that because I love it!
I do like a good Thriller but all the gore and grossness just doesn’t do it for me. I rented one of the Saws a few years ago and when I put it on I immediately wondered why I even spent the money on renting it. I mostly had my face in a pillow the whole time. Have there been any good horror movies out lately? They seem to all be a bit ridiculous. Any suggestions to sway me of my Horror movie opinion?