By Tamara Girardi
I love scary movies. Sort of. Occasionally.
One of my uncles lives for the gore, the blood, the guts, the creative kills. When I was a kid, I went to visit a lot, and I became a science experiment. He would sit me down in front of the television, pull all the blinds in the room, and turn on his latest horror flick.
Just as much as he watched the archetypal women running into danger and the archetypal serial killer wreaking havoc on the screen, he watched my reaction.
I wasn't the only subject. My sister and cousins were tortured as well. We watched Halloween (and my uncle insisted I looked a lot like the niece Michael Myers was trying to murder in movies 4 and 5), Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Puppetmaster, Hellraiser, Night of the Living Dead, and many, many others including...gulp...The Exorcist.
But I had a secret weapon.
Despite Freddie Krueger's best intentions, my escape from the experiment was to fall asleep. When the music in the films increased in volume and the characters started figuring out something bad was happening, I closed my eyes and my movie was over. Finished.
Years later, I revealed my secret plot to my uncle. He teased me of course, but I maintain utilizing my secret weapon was a good call. I guess I just have lots of endings to catch up on.
I guess I should invite my niece and nephew over to watch some movies...wink.
Just for fun, let's take a look at the classic...Halloween.
I hope you enjoyed it. What's your must-watch movie this time of year?