There are really only two things I love about Halloween: the candy and the scary movies.
The candy doesn't need an explanation, I mean, come on: Candy corn, Peppermint Patties?
The fact that I like scary movies – and the scarier the better - is one of the top 10 things you need to know about me that I have listed on my blog bio. And when I say scary, I’m not talking about all the blood and gore crap and the torture porn that passes as scary these days. Movies like Saw, versions 1-10,000,000 and the Texas Chain Saw massacre franchise. Those movies are meant to shock you, not really scare you.
When I say scary I mean those movies that make you drop down into your seat at the movie theater, pull your legs up to your chest, make you heart pound, your ears ring, and make you cover your eyes with fingers you can peek through because you just know something’s gonna happen. You know it; you feel it; you sense it. Your adrenaline goes haywire; your hormones kick in with either a flight or fight or paralyze reaction; a scream gets lodged in the back of your throat, or alternately, pierces the air around you like an air raid warning. Your lips tingle, your toes wiggle and you can’t keep still in your seat.
I love those reactions!!
When I was a kid and my parents worked late into the evening, I was usually alone in our apartment. Back then there was a station on regular TV ( no cable back then, kids!) called CREATURE FEATURES that played nightly. I watched that damn channel every single night, alone in our apartment, a blanket pulled up over me and every single light in the house on full blast. My mother could never understand why our electric bills were so high.
My scary movie watching wasn’t only relegated to old black and white movies of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s though, with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney. Every weekend I took my meager allowance money and went to the actual movies, which cost $0.75 for a Saturday matinee. Lord, I loved those days and those movies. Nothing really compares nowadays for plot, star power, or scare factor for me.
Some of my favorite scary movies of all time, the ones I can watch over and over again and really enjoy, run the gamut from sublimely scary to ridiculously uproarious.
In the scary scary group, I’ve got:
Halloween (the first one only. The rest were just dumb)
The Exorcist (I went to church every day for two months after seeing this the first time! – I was 11)
Scream (One of the best beginnings of any scary movie out there! The rest of the franchise wasn't scary.)
In the fun and funny group, I’ve got:
Practical Magic ( love Sandra Bullock!)
Young Frankenstein (I-gor not ee-gor)
Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein ( I went my pants every single time when Costello tries to tell Abbot about Dracula!)
It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown ( Because it’s Charlie Brown)
Hocus Pocus ( Bette Midler is a superstar and Kathy Najimi flying on a Hoover is side splitting).
So, want to be my BFF? Go to a scary movie with me and watch the whole thing. Heehee
Because it’s October, the Gems are doing something a little different in the giveaway department this month:
OCTOBER 2019 PROMOTION
No Tricks—Just Treats
Every Day is Treat Day in October. To be entered in the random drawing for an ecopy of FIRST IMPRESSIONS, leave a comment and tell me what your NUMBER 1 SCARIEST MOVIE ever was, with your email address written out (not as a hot link). The deadline for doing this is 2 days from now. I’ll draw the winners name on 10/29/19 and notify the winner by email and by leaving a comment on this post.
By the way, in case you wonder why Authors give away books, it’s simple. We give away books to introduce new Readers to our writing. The best way to thank an Author who gives you a book is to post a review of the book. Just a few sentences saying why you liked the book is all that is needed! Do this, and we’ll adore you!
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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!!!
Until next time ~ Peg