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March 17, 2009

My Fears, or Why You Shouldn't Let Your 7 Year Old Watch Ghost Movies

I have a few silly, unreasonable fears. None of them are overpowering. I can still be around the objects of my fears but there's always a tinge of nervousness when I'm right next to them. And all of them have to do with watching too many horror movies when I was a child.

The dark: Pitch-black darkness is just one of those childhood fears I never conquered. I always keep a lamp or night light on.

Mirrors: I
hate mirrors. Though I can't remember the name of the movie, I still remember one particular scene. The main character is standing in front of a bathroom mirror. The ghost haunting her appears behind her. When she turns around, there's nothing there. For weeks afterward, I ran past every mirror I encountered.

It's only partly due to horror movies though. The much worse offender is the urban legend, "Bloody Mary". I don't know if the story still travels through school yards. But for those who don't know the story, if you recited "Bloody Mary" three times into a mirror, the blood-covered ghost of a woman known as Mary would appear in the place of your reflection.

Of course, every slumber party I went to ended with most of the girls gathering around a mirror and trying it while two or three of us would cower in a corner too afraid to try. The girls at the mirror would squeal "I think I see something!" while those of us in the corner felt our terror rise.

Afterward, the girls at the mirror would laugh at us. Our reasoning was this: If we're wrong, we look a little stupid. If you're wrong, a vengeful, bloody demoness opens a portal to the nether and steals your soul! Funny that I reject that theory on Christianity but BM still scares the hell out of me. To this day, I still haven't said it three times in a row.

Dolls: Dolls are creepy. The silly, unreasonable part of me fears they'll wake up in the middle of the night and stab me in my sleep.

Television Static: Poltergeist (1982) is now a classic movie and is probably responsible for thousands of adults who flip quickly past any television static they come across. I'm sure most people have seen the movie. A family is haunted by ghosts who want to steal the youngest member, a little blond girl, to the other side so that she can lead them to the light.Somehow, it squeaked past an R rating and got a PG rating and I ended up seeing it in the theaters at the age of eight or nine. The scene familiar to most people is when the little girl stares into a television that has gone off-air and exclaims, "They're here!"

Afterward, my father thought it was funny to set the channel to static and yell, "Hey, come look!" I'd look over and say, "Haha, very funny," as my guts churned just a little and I turned back to what I was doing. He would snicker. Ten seconds later, I'd look over at the still static-y TV and say, "Oooooh, they're here!" as I began to shake just a little. My father would snicker some more. Ten seconds later, I'd shriek, "OK! Turn it off before the creepy Brigham Young look-alike comes through and steals my soul!" as I finally ran from the room.

So not funny. :-(

(Day 4...is probably too long)


Ferd said...

Okay. I've caught up with your posts. Now it will be easier.
I share the creepy feeling about dolls. I think it's pretty common. That's why the Chucky series was such a hit. Boy that little dude was scary mean!

Berryvox said...

Haha, there's a Twilight Zone episode featuring a doll that runs around threatening the family's father. She's not as scary-looking as Chucky but she's just as spooky.

LJP said...

..."If we're wrong, we look a little stupid. If you're wrong, a vengeful, bloody demoness opens a portal to the nether and steals your soul!...

My reasoning exactly!! I wouldn't let anyone say "it" either. Or "Candyman" when they updated it...

Berryvox said...

Ha! Candyman didn't freak me out too badly when I saw it. I must have a stronger fear of female ghosts.