Scared in the middle of the night

27 11 2014

I don’t like horror films. I don’t like watching them. But yesterday, I watched the trailer for a horror film called The Babadook. It’s supposed to be a really good film that transcends the horror genre, so I thought I’d be able to at least handle the trailer. And it’s well made and already provides some spooks.

I woke up at around 2am and got freaked out. I don’t know why, since it’d been many hours since I watched the trailer, but it didn’t even bother me until then. I think I was freaked out that something was going to appear by my door, since I keep the door ajar so that my cat can walk in and out if she needs to, and my bed faces the door. I tried to go back to sleep, but I was still scared, so I ended up doodling on my phone for a bit and petting my sleeping cat. It only took about 45 minutes before I was calm enough to go back to sleep, but what the hell? I got scared over a trailer? Jeez. Just imagine what I’d be like if I actually watched the entire film.

Horror movie’s early mornings

30 06 2012

Here I am, in my boxers and typing this up at 5 in the morning.  I actually woke up and at 4am, but have been busy uploading travel videos I took while I was on vacation in China on youtube.  This early morning wake-up and inability to fall asleep again is an unfortunate side effect to watching horror movies, of which the latest I saw last night was Prometheus.  Sure, there isn’t much horror to it — relative to the adventure and sci-fi in the film — but I have a good memory, and those scenes where aliens dive down humans’ throats or are set to explode out of bellies are enough to wake me up and keep me up.  And sure, the horror is mean aliens, which, as we all know, is probably the least likely horror monster/thing to actually come and visit me at night (as opposed to, say, ghosts), but it doesn’t matter!  Scary is scary.

This is why I don’t like horror films.  Not because they’re scary while I’m watching them — mostly, I just scoff or roll my eyes as people die on-screen — but because I make them scary in my head after.

30 Day Movie Challenge: Day 6: Favourite horror

19 06 2011

Um, right.  Horror.  My least favourite genre.  Hmmmm….

Well, I had a scroll through the top 250 movies on imdb and at #1 is the Hitchcock classic, Psycho, which I actually really enjoyed, especially because it was reinvented horror for its time.  It was a toss-up between this film and Tod Browning’s Freaks, which I studied in my English Lit. class (the class is about freaks and freakery).  Though the film is still debated whether or not it’s a true horror or not — just click on the imdb forum and there are various threads debating its categorization — what happens in the film is pretty horrific.  But we’re not talking about Freaks.  Maybe another day.

On the other hand, I don’t really know what to say about Psycho that no one’s said before.  It’s possibly the classic horror film.  I read the script back at VFS and saw clips of it but I finally saw the full movie last Halloween with some friends, and it was still quite frightening, way more than the gratuitous gore and slash of today’s so-called horror films.  I may not like horror much, but a good horror film should be atmospheric, not just blood and guts.  I swear, I could probably write a good horror film if I put my mind to it but alas, I don’t have it in me to write a full-length screenplay, let alone create a horrific story.  So yeah.

Here’s the trailer for Psycho that someone made: