The Obligatory Halloween Post
When I was a teenager, the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises were in their prime. If you’ve never seen one of those movies, don’t fret because you didn’t miss much. If there was any plot or storyline from either, it wasn’t strong enough to stick with me. What I do remember are a lot of gory scenes which now-a-days a good Grey’s Anatomy surgery episode can probably beat.
Another thing I remember about these movies are that my friends and I would gather at someone’s home with the freshly minted VHS tape of the latest installment, pop some popcorn, grab some soda, turn out the lights and watch. We would each pick a character to represent us and see who was the “winner”. The “winner”, of course, was the one person who survived. Usually it was the smart, slightly shy, brunette, female co-lead. I suppose the moral of these movies was that if you weren’t the slutty blonde cheerleader you might one day survive a homicidal maniac trying to kill you at the cabin you and your friends snuck off to in order to engage in lots of premarital sex and drinking. Huh, I guess I learned something from these movies after all.
Last week I watched the Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars with my daughter and I noticed that teen fright flicks haven’t changed much over the years. This one was a little different because it took place on a train and it was PG because it was on TV, but teens in horror movies (or TV shows) are still acting like imbeciles and some things never change, like:
1. The person who knows the secret that could save everyone will be the first to die.
2. At some point, in order to get away from the villan, someone will run UP the stairs.
3. Someone, not a very smart someone, will volunteer to go down into the basement to check out the spooky noise….by themselves. ‘Cause that always turns out well.
4. Here’s my favorite: At some point the group will split up to find the killer so that at least 1 person is all alone. Really? I never, EVER, understood that one.
5. When the doomed teen finally realizes he or she needs to escape, the battery in whatever vehicle they jump into will be dead. OR they will drop the keys to said vehicle while running from the villan.
6. Mistaking the werewolf, vampire, monster, zombie, killer, villan, the whatever for their best friend, girlfriend, boyfriend or whatever. Huh, you think you know someone right?
I don’t watch a lot of scary movies anymore. I think the last one I saw was The 6th Sense and I’m still afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I’m also afraid of dolls. At any moment I expect their little plastic heads to turn and then they’ll start talking…. Nope, never did care for that! So, this Halloween the scariest thing at my house will be me eating all the candy I bought before the kids ring my doorbell. And I can promise you that if I hear a scary noise in the basement I will NOT check it out! Now, where’d I put my crucifix…..