Scary Sunday

Hello, world!

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
  • Hellraiser
  • V/H/S
  • 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,



4 thoughts on “Scary Sunday

  1. Brown Books and Green Tea says:

    I’m also subject to number 1. As for The Exorcist, I avoid movies about exorcisms entirely, even though I’m a big fan of scary movies (Cabin in the Woods was great, by the way). It doesn’t help that I live near where they shot the stair scene in The Exorcist, so I really just pretend the film doesn’t exist.

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