I’m not much of scary movie watcher. Suspenseful is fine, but creepy horror is too much for me to handle. I’m not talking about unrealistic ones like the Friday the 13th or Chucky films. I don’t watch them, but they aren’t the ones that really scare me. The ones that push me over the edge are the creepy realistic ones.
When I was in my early teens, I babysat various neighborhood kids. About that time the 70’s movie “When a Stranger Calls” was making the rounds in various circles. Since it was all the rage, I (stupidly) decided to watch it when it was on TV one night while babysitting. Big mistake! The movie is about a babysitter who received crank calls at the houses where she babysat. At that time, one of the families I sat for was a newly divorced mother with 4 kids. When I was there, her ex-husband would make obscene phone calls to the house. So when, in the middle of the movie, the babysitter finally calls the police and they trace the call only to find out the calls were coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE, well let’s just say I took a leave of absence from babysitting for awhile. Even now, just thinking about it makes me shiver.
A month or so ago, a new television show called “The Following” started up on television. Kevin Bacon followed his wife’s footsteps into the realm of television drama, and the show was getting good reviews. It was set to be about a serial killer who creates a network of serial killers from jail via the internet and the FBI agent who is on the case. Because I like police/detective-type stories I decided to record it thinking I might try an episode or two. About 7 years back I tried to watch Dexter, but didn’t make it through the first episode. Granted, I watched at night, right before bed, but the cut up bodies strewn about the streets of Florida was as far as I got before turning it off. Creepy and nighttime and sleep are not a good mix.
Anyhow, I think I’ve become smarter this time around as I’m watching while there’s still light outside. I don’t watch much TV during the day, so I’m only two episodes in, but so far so good. The show is interesting, and it spends a lot of time on the investigation side which I find fascinating. On the other hand, the crimes are really creepy, realistic and creepy. I do a lot of watching through the fingers of the hand covering my eyes gasping, “Oh my god!” But I have been able to sleep terror free once night rolls around. That’s progress I guess.