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I Don’t Do Scary Movies

I went to a daycare when I was a kid where you could choose “Movie” as an activity and they had a room where they played an assortment of Disney-type movies. Things like the ORIGINAL Freaky Friday. However, they also showed The Watcher In The Woods and Something Wicked This Way Comes. These are such classics and nowadays you can only find them using something like Proxies.sx, because they’re so old. This is a great site, I don’t know what I’d do without it sometimes, but when it comes to that final movie, I won’t be downloading again it anytime soon! I remember it scared me SO MUCH I would NEVER do the “Movie” activity again if they were showing that. The Watcher In The Woods scared the crap out of me, but I enjoyed the resolution of the story enough that I would watch it again. The scaring in the movie had a PURPOSE that in the end – gave everyone a happy ending. I was completely okay with that ONE scary movie. (Scary DISNEY movie. Because, you know, that’s how my bravery works.)

But still. Not a fan.

Then I got to the age where we were doing slumber parties and I believe the first real scary movie I saw at a slumber party was The Nightmare on Elm Street and must have fallen asleep or something. Because I didn’t get to actually see it and EVERYONE was talking about it the next morning so I made my Mom rent it on the weekend I visited her (my Dad didn’t have a VCR) and I couldn’t even make it about 20 minutes into the movie before I was so freaked out that I demanded we stop it. From there on out, when scary movies were on at Slumber parties? I found an excuse NOT to watch them. I would either encourage someone else to do another activity with me (hair braiding, nail painting, etc) or I’d just feign being asleep and cover my head so as to try NOT to watch it. The only one I think I ever made it through successfully (I think) was Poltergeist so that was what I would always say was the SCARIEST MOVIE I HAD EVER SEEN. Because it was the only one I had ever seen all the way through.

Once I got to high school I had no problem just proclaiming, “I don’t watch scary movies.” And that’s kinda where I’ve been since. I never watched ANY of the token horror flicks from the 80s. I never remember who is who in terms of Freddie or Michael. I don’t even know the guys name with the needles in his face/mask. Was that a horror thing? Either way – there’s huge chunks of pop culture references I don’t get because of my refusal to watch scary movies.

When E started watching them, they were rated R, and he had to have an adult present to see them at the theater. His friends’ parents would all take rotations as to who would be the official “chaperone”. They finally asked me on a not-so-scary, more-of-a-thriller movie and I still embarrassed them SO MUCH at screaming bloody murder at something SO INNOCENT that they never asked me again.

I just don’t like being scared. I don’t WANT to be scared. I don’t do haunted houses. I have no desire to jump out of an airplane. I don’t even do roller coasters anymore (I used to as a teenager). I just feel like that – as an adult – I get to choose how to spend my free time and I would much rather choose an activity that makes me smile (I love the swings at amusement parks!) than something that makes me pee in my pants.

10 thoughts on “I Don’t Do Scary Movies”

  1. amen! Life is scary enough, why intentionally add to it? I have no need to see a scary movie or ride a rollercoaster or sky dive.

  2. I totally agree. I don’t watch scary movies either….heck I don’t even like watching the commercials. That Annabelle one that is on now is freaky! I also don’t see the thrill of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane or off of a perfectly good bridge/ledge. Thanks, but I have enough thrilling things going on with 3 kids playing soccer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m with you and both commenters before me. Why intentionally be scared? WHY? I have no need to “conquer my fears” and force myself to jump out of a plane or bungee jump. Life is scary enough.

  4. I can’t even watch commercials of scary movies. Once I watched the full commercial of it, and I had to sleep with all the lights on in my house. When a scary movie comes out, it is a lot of work for me, either I have to switch channels every time commercials come on, or step out so I won’t hear or see it. It takes a lot of work to avoid scary movies/commercials ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Yep, this is about me. Also scary TV shows. I make my husband use wireless headphones if he’s going to watch something scary while I’m asleep so I don’t wake up to terrified screaming.

  6. I like scary movies AND haunted houses AND roller coasters! But I also have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane (i.e. skydiving) because I thought it was fun. So bring me all the scary stuff. I won’t say that I won’t scream, because I have and I do. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Hahaha! I don’t do scary movies either. I refuse to be scared. And haunted houses – no way in hell.
    But roller coasters, I LURVE them soooooooo much.
    Swings though, they scare the bejeezus out of me.

  8. Amen! I don’t like being scared and my overactive imagination means it stays with me forever. I still get creeped out over movies I saw years or decades ago.

  9. I happen to LOVE scary movies/horror, but you are hardly alone. I just hate that you deprived yourself of so many awesome movies over the years! But you’re always the go-to on the latest great book series, so I look to you for that ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. So what you’re saying is that you need an Embarrassment Pillow to take the movies when Nikki starts going.

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