Which is surprising, because when I was young I hated scary movies. I've talked about the first thing that I remember scaring me on TV (which my father insists wasn't the first thing that ever really scared me, but it's what I remember). What I haven't talked about is the fact that I grew to hate scary things so much that once, at a party at my own house, a group of my friends decided to watch Ernest Scared Stupid. I knew that Ernest movies were dumb. I watched his TV show when I was young, and looking back now, I have no idea why anybody thought he was funny.
But instead of watching a movie that might have been "dumb scary" and "probably not funny," I instead excused myself to another room and...you know, I don't even remember what I did in there. Played a board game by myself? Read a book? Playing my Game Boy? I remember sitting on the floor doing something, but I can't for the life of me remember what. But when the movie was over, I came back out and rejoined my friends.
I'm still embarrassed by that, but I justify it by saying that I can proudly say I've never seen all of Ernest Scared Stupid.
So getting into Halloween Month this year is going to be a bit different than last year. Last year I tried to stay to some pretty true classic "tropes" of Halloween. We've had vampires invade Riverdale, zombies in high schools, and haunted amusement park rides. Movies, games, and so many other things were discussed, but I never really got into fear itself.
|Sadly, not the TV series. My attempt to buy a used copy on DVD got me three scratched discs. Someday.|
For instance, today's post wasn't going to be this mini-essay, it was going to be me jumping right in with a video game about high school students forced to kill each other to survive, but in light of today's news, it seemed to be in rather poor taste. It could be extremely relevant, but I'm not 100% confident in my ability to handle the matter without using some language that detracts from the respect I feel for the issue itself.
But anyway, you can expect a look at movies, cartoons, video games, and even a few comic books. We'll get goofy, we'll get silly, and, of course, we'll get scary.
Join us (me?) as tomorrow we dive right in and explore what I'd probably describe as my greatest fear of all.