Scared Stiff

So we’ve been talking about Halloween this week. Costumes, things like that. I could go into the various things I’ve dressed up as over the years, but I don’t have pictures to support my tale. So I’m not going to talk about costumes today. Nope. Instead I’m going to talk about one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen.

First off, let me just give you a little background. If you didn’t know by now, I was born and raised deep in Cajun country. Catholic churches abound here, above ground cemeteries are the norm, and my mom loved to scare the hell out of us as children. No lie.

To this day my sister believes all graveyards should have fences to keep the dead people in. It has nothing to do with zombies, and everything to do with a little lie Mom told her when she was throwing a screaming tantrum. They lived near a cemetery at the time and my mom told my sister that if she didn’t stop screaming, she’d wake up all the dead people who’d be mad at her. That’s when the fear of free-range corpses began.

Me on the other hand, didn’t need to be told about the dead people. I grew up in the days of Thriller, Children of the Corn, Halloween 1 and 2, The Omen, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th. I knew all about being scared, but that didn’t stop Mom. Oh, no. She had to tell us about our great- aunt who played with a ouija board and had to be exorcised. Or about the floating coffin one of my great-great-uncles saw pass his house the day before he died.

Mom loved to torment us. Which means, to this day, ghosts, demons, and possession are my biggest fear. I watch Ghost Adventures even though it gives me the frissons something fierce. I watch The Exorcist even though it makes me nearly wet my pants from fright. I’m a glutton.

I thought I was over it really. I mean, once you’ve seen The Exoricst 1, 2, 3, and the prequel, well it shouldn’t scare you anymore, right? *snort* Then my nephew made me rent a movie called The Exorcism of Emily Rose and I found out the true meaning of fear. We watched it in the middle of the afternoon on a sunny day. That did nothing to make me feel better. If anything, it probably scared me more.

That actress will forever be marked as “possessed” in my mind, I tell you.

I only saw this movie once and that was enough for me. There’s something about it that stirs up my most primal fears and my eyes start to water, my nose starts leaking, and all I want is to curl into a ball and pretend everything’s rainbows and lollipops. Yeah, I’m a coward when it comes to demon possession. Sorry, it’s a fatal flaw.


About danicaavet

Danica Avet lives and writes in the wilds of South Louisiana. Unmarried with no children, she's the proud pet of two cats and a dog. With a BA in History, she decided there were enough fry cooks in the world and tried her hand at writing. Danica loves losing herself in the antics of her characters and blushes more often than not at the things they do. She likes to define her work as paranormal romance with a touch of Cajun spice, but most times her characters turn the notch up to "five-alarm fire"!
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9 Responses to Scared Stiff

  1. Since you seem to be a true glutton for punishment, I have one for you that not many people have seen…”Nomads”, with Pierce Brosnan, Lesley-Anne Downs and Adam Ant. If you like the others, you should like this one.. it’s pretty creepy throughout and even though my husband found it a bit hokey after a while, he admitted that the chilling end made it all worth the rental.
    If you can’t find it, come to my house.I picked it up on VHS at a local video store close-out. I haven’t put it on, though!


    • danicaavet says:

      Adam Ant too? I might have to look for it. I don’t mind a good scary movie (even if it’s hokey). I mean, I’ve actually been known to watch Killer Clowns from Outer Space! 😉 LOL


  2. I saw it and I didn’t know it was so scary to make you hide from henceforth from it. I think I’ll send you a copy for Christmas! LOL! I enjoyed the film and *shocker* even the lawyer stuff. Have you seen Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson? It’s suspenseful, not really scary. I like it.


  3. Micki Gibson says:

    Great post, Danica. I admit. I’m a total wuss. I grew up with many of those movies you listed. I caught most of them at some point on cable back when there was only 1 HBO and 1 Cinemax. My parents had taken me to see The Omen in theaters because it was cheaper than a babysitter and they knew I’d just fall asleep in the dark movie theater. (I did, but not before the priest got offed.) I finally watched that bad boy many years later when I was at home by myself late at night. (I haven’t seen it…or probably any other scary movie…since that night.)

    But, yeah, I’d probably be like your sister. There is something really creepy about those above ground cemeteries in Louisiana.


    • danicaavet says:

      My dad brought me to see Halloween 2 when I was 5…needless to say I slept with my parents for two months straight. 30 years later, I still have nightmares Michael Myers is coming to get me in the hospital.

      It’s funny because we were driving her youngest son up to north Louisiana for college. We passed a cemetery that didn’t have a fence and she gasped. “Why isn’t there a fence? What’s going to keep the dead people in???” I was hysterical for at least ten miles.


  4. Jeff Salter says:

    I used to love scary movies and could list a bunch of terrific ones, but let me cite a single one as possibly the scariest to me … and I’ll explain why.
    Nightmare on Elm Street – the original – had a premise that the guy with razor fingers would GET you if you fell asleep. Now that’s the essence of terror … because falling asleep also invites nightmares. How much more intense your fear – and your nightmares – if you fear falling asleep because Freddy Krueger will GET you!
    It plays to all your childhood fears, as well as those which persist into more mature years.


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