As Paranormal Activity 2 premieres, it has us thinking about our own personal history with horror movies. Okay, here’s the lame truth: I’m a big baby when it comes to scary movies.
I hate to date myself, but I was eight when Angel Heart came out and I still have nightmares about it. What? Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro are creepy! And who can forget Lisa Bonet’s unforgettable turn as Epiphany Proudfoot. Sigh. They just don’t name ’em like they used to.
After I saw Scream, a comedic take on the horror genre mind you, I swore I heard people whispering my name and I had to sleep on the floor of my parent’s bedroom.
I was a freshman in college at the time.
All of my friends know not to invite me to scary movies and the few times I have to see them for work, I bring along a companion as my security blanket, one who holds my hand and fills me in on all the parts I close my eyes through. Like I said, I’m a big baby.
The last scary movie I saw was this year’s remake of The Crazies. And you know what was the craziest part about it? I actually found myself enjoying it. Really, really enjoying it! Being scared in that movie turned out to be crazy fun.
Does that mean I’ve outgrown my terror of terror?
This weekend we shall see when Paranormal Activity 2 opens.
The first Paranormal Activity was a cinematic Cinderella, earning over $200 million after being made for just $15,000. Shot simply and uber-realistically, with a unique surveillance camera point of view, the film was marketed by showing night vision footage of audiences watching the film and practically jumping out of their seats.
Needless to say, I stayed away from that one.
But all I’ve heard since is how amazing it is. The second film, Paranormal Activity 2, made quickly and quietly (almost no details are known about the plot or cast), hits theaters tomorrow and I have to admit, I’m morbidly curious — even if I did have to fast forward through the commercials for it during Glee this week because they spooked me so badly.