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What book or movie frightened you so much you were tempted to sleep with the light on?
This post ties in with last week's post on Halloween books and movies. I have read and watched plenty of scary movies in my time, and there were only a few that made me want to sleep with the lights on. Thankfully these days, I have a husband to snuggle up with after watching or reading scary stuff so I don't worry about leaving the lights on. For the record, I have never slept with the lights on after reading a scary book or watching a scary movie, but I can't say that I wasn't tempted......
Here is my list of movies that scared the pants off me:
As I mentioned in last week's post, I watched this movie when I was eight. Yeah, I was a bit crazy to watch this before bed at that young age, and my mom was teasing me when I went to bed wanting to know if I was scared. Sure the clown doll, and the skeletons coming out of the grave were disturbing, but I slept fine, but I was a little nervous going to bed that night.......
I am sure most of you have probably never even heard of this movie, but it was on HBO when I was twelve and they were making a big deal of it as it featured a bunch of horror movie star legends such as Vincent Price. I watched this with my best friend at the time, and it creeped me out. By today's standards it would be cheesy!
I watched with my husband who was my then boyfriend. He bought it somewhere on DVD for dirt cheap. It is a disturbing movie about a couple whose child appears to be possessed by pure evil. To me, there is nothing more scary than demonic possession.
A movie I will definitely not watch again, especially before bed. This one is just plain creepy and there are some images I still can't blot out of my mind all these years later. I would tell you if you are a scaredy cat, do not let anyone talk you into watching this movie.
This one totally creeped me out, and I was haunted by it for days. It is flat out creepy, and frightening. I watched it when I was eight months pregnant, and I ended up having disturbing dreams. If I were alone, I would have slept with the lights on after watching this movie!
Now for the books....
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I read this as a teenager and this is when I slept alone. I loved this classic tale, but I will admit there was one night that I was a bit hesitant to turn off the lights after reading this right before bed. I have since read it as an adult, and I still highly recommend it. This book, in my opinion, is the measuring stick for all vampire books!
Another book I read as a late teen, I read a lot of scary books as a junior and senior. I guess I was trying to prove that I wasn't a wuss.....anyway this is another tale of demonic possession and the priests who exorcised the demons. Again, this is frightening because there are supposedly true tales of actual exorcisms and demonic possession that this was based on. Something that scares the pants off me. After reading the book, I watched the famous movie, and I wasn't scared watching the movie because I knew what was going to happen. The staircase is still haunting to me all these years later.
IT by Stephen King
This is the book that started my love affair with Mr King over twenty years ago. This was also my first foray with King and I didn't know what to expect. This is a creepy good book that I still love today. I think this is a book that will be around for generations to come. I can say at fifteen reading this before bed, I was little hesitant to turn out the lights!
The Shining by Stephen King
I am not sure where this one fell in my King journey, probably one of the fourth or fifth books I read by him. I read this at sixteen when my parents had gone away for the weekend leaving me home alone to watch my two younger siblings. Perhaps not such a good idea to read this before bed in a house without grownups when you are a teenager. Still it is a creepy good read and I love the movie!
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Another astonishing King tale. By the time I read this one, I was a seasoned King reader, but there was something about this one that gave me the slightest hesitation before turning out the lights. It has venegful ghosts!
There you have my list of books and movies that caused me to pause before shutting off the lights. Have I learned not to watch scary movies or read scary books before bed after all these years? No, I still do it. My horror movie watching has gone way down since the kids came into the picture because we can't watch those movies with them running around, and second, I just don't enjoy them like I used to. I guess I have matured or something, yeah right........I do still read scary books before bed, and sometimes things from the books will slip into my dreams. For instance, a few weeks ago after reading Laura Bickle's The Outside right before bed, I had a dream about big snakes, if you have read the book you will know why. These days, I am perhaps a bit smarter as I am not listening to Stephen King's Doctor Sleep before bed, instead I choose to listen to it while strolling through the sunny park. Best not to take chances... What are some of the books that made you want to sleep with the lights on?
Next week on TMST:
If the Apocalypse where to happen tomorrow what would you want for your last meal?
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