I don't like to be scared, so as you can imagine, I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre.
My two best friends, on the other hand, love watching horror movies and shows. In fact, most of the people I know enjoy horror, so I get to hear what's scary as hell and what's not on a regular basis.
American Horror Story? Never seen an episode.
The Shining? Never read it, never watched the movie with Jack Nicholson.
Up until about six months ago, I'd never watched an episode of Supernatural. People who know what I like to watch are always surprised to find that out, because Supernatural really is right up my alley.
It's not that I've never seen a horror movie before. When I was sixteen, some friends and I watched Pet Sematary. I finally got to sleep hours later after wearing myself out and convincing myself that no undead cats were going to come into my room. Several years ago I watched The Devil's Advocate and it creeped me the hell out so badly that every time I'd think of the part where that chick's face does the weird thing, I have to get up and turn on all the lights in the house. And yeah, I know, that wasn't really a horror movie.
I told you I'm a lightweight.
OK, so here are some things I've found scary over the years. Feel free to laugh, I really don't mind.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Hush"
If I say "The Gentlemen," what do you think of? If you're a Buffy fan, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If not, watch this. Or don't.
2. Supernatural, "Pilot"
OK, according to everything I'd read, Supernatural wasn't supposed to be scary scary. Teenagers were watching it. It was on prime time television every week. And since I like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural should be something I'd enjoy.
Yeah. After I watched the Pilot episode in Netflix, I took like a one year break from trying to watch it again. And only after several people told me that overall, the series really wasn't as creepy as the pilot episode. I just started watching it again a few days ago. You can be sure I skipped the "Bloody Mary" episode.
3. Haunted Houses run by community organizations
When I was little, my mom was in this Women's Club that did a haunted house every October at a church CE building during Halloween week. The year that I was nine or ten, they moved the haunted house from the CE building to the old hotel across town. This hotel hadn't been used for years, so it was the perfect place for a haunted house.
I had been through the haunted house the year before when it was in the CE building, and it wasn't too bad. I went through the old hotel in the daylight, and it wasn't too bad. I thought I could handle going through at night.
I tried to go through the haunted house on a Friday night. I was OK in the first three or four rooms, which were mostly dark and had a couple of people jump out to startle our group. Then we got to the fifth room. Where my mom was being beheaded. Yeah, I had to leave the group.
I don't remember a lot after that. I think they turned the lights on and had an adult escort me back to the beginning. Dad took me home. I slept with the light on in my closet that night, and every time I'd try to fall asleep, I started dreaming that vampires were coming out of my closet.
No, I haven't been in a haunted house since then.
4. The Monster at the End of This Book
I'm 42. Seeing this book cover still gives me the willies.
I can count the number I've times I tried to read The Monster at the End of This Book on one hand when I was little. Usually I got to this page and had to stop.
Needless to say, Liam never had this book as a kid.
5. Old dolls
You remember that old story about the china doll who comes to life in the middle of the night and kills people?
Somebody told me that story when I was six. I had one china doll in my room at that time, and I think I hid her under the bed that night. And then cowered with the blanket over my head all night long.
6. Weeping Angels
"Blink" is one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes, and I thought the Weeping Angels were pretty cool. But then Amy Pond meets them in "The Time of Angels":
And she keeps looking.
I love "Blink," but this scene creeps me out just enough:
7. Anything that startles me
I'm easily startled. Usually I can end up laughing at myself about it, like the times my friend Kathleen and I would nearly walk into each other coming around the corner at the office (she's easily startled too). We'd squeal a bit, twitch, then laugh at each other. This happened about once a week.
Or the times when Jeff will quietly come around the corner in the house while my mind is totally focused on a task. As soon as he says, "Steph" I practically jump and my adrenaline is rushing.
I would be worthless in a horror movie.
The absolute worst though is this video I saw online about fifteen years ago. It's about three minutes long, and it's like a cartoon type video. A little girl and her dog are playing and it's nice and soothing and then the end comes and all of a sudden the girl is just looking straight at the screen and screaming. And then, unfortunately, I am too.
I hate that video.
So there you go. Some silly things that scare me because I'm a horror genre lightweight.
I will send the Weeping Angels after any of you who use this information against me.