Back in early February I did some mental cataloging of movies I have seen and noted an intentional avoidance of one genre in particular. In the last nine years I have avoided almost all offers for “scary” movies except for a few movies. (Cabin in The Woods, Grave Encounters I & II, The Shinning, and two other ones whose titles are escaping me). If narrowly escaping a “scary” movie was sport, say dodge ball, I’d be a champion. At first I was proud of this accomplishment and wondered why I couldn’t be this tactful in other areas of my life. The truth, like a parasite or poltergeist, started to sink its claws into me. Horror and thriller movies terrify me and I was letting this heart rate raising, squirm in your seat, play on your emotions, genre get away with murder. I was letting my irrational fears dictate what movies I wanted to watch.
If you know me personally then you know two things:
1) I will do the things I fear because I don’t want to limit myself. (That is within reason because I will not inject heroin into my eyeball while tight rope walking across a shark invested tank).
2) I try to expand myself in areas I notice I am limited in order to have more balanced experiences. (I noticed I had not read many translated works and am trying to read two or three this year).
By late February I had made up my mind to start watching one thriller or horror movie a week. I have committed myself to Sunday afternoon, when there is still plenty of daylight, for a false sense of security.
Here are the movies I have watched so far:
- It Follows
- Leprechaun (I watched in honor of St. Patrick’s day and it is not scary)
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
This upcoming Sunday I plan to watch the Exorcist. In the comment section below please feel free to recommend a scary movie or let me know fears you have tried to overcome.
Until next time,