“And I love a scary movie. It makes your toes curl and it’s not you going through it.”

Today is no different from yesterday or the day before or the day before that one. My deck still has its winter look. None of the furniture is uncovered, and the candles are yet to be hung from the trees. This cold and damp weather doesn’t invite the deck’s summer finery. I go out and fill the feeders then hurry back in cold from the dampness. It rained again last night, and I have a parade of paw prints across my kitchen floor. I’ll throw in a Pollyanna moment here and say there is an upside. My lawn looks green and lush.

Gracie and I are dump bound today, and I decided I might as well ruin the entire day by going grocery shopping.

If we count activity as productivity, this was a lazy week. Every chance I got, I read and yesterday I finished the Lincoln Vampire book. It was an odd one, and I’d be careful about to whom I’d recommend it. The list of people would be quite short. A suspension of disbeliefΒ  is entirely necessary.

I think we are all born with a suspension of disbelief then, as we get older, we stop believing in wonders and get skeptical and scoff. Away goes Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Nothing replaces them. Our world becomes less filled with anticipation and a holiday is just a holiday. A once scary movie is made fun of and did you notice the Creature from the Black Lagoon wears a scuba tank? I didn’t. I love those old movies, and I always fail to notice their blemishes. I count myself lucky for that.

I admit being skeptical about many things. I don’t believe in ghosts, never did even when I was little. Things that went bump in the night gave me pause, but ghosts were never my first guess. I thought the Hook was more likely the reason for the noise. That story scared me to the roots of my being. The idea of his hook hanging from the car door seemed awful close to reality.

I love the books of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. A strange sound still gives me pause. That suspension of disbelief has never left me, and I am extremely grateful.

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17 Comments on ““And I love a scary movie. It makes your toes curl and it’s not you going through it.””

  1. Bob Says:

    As a kid I could never watch the scary movies without having nightmares for weeks or even months. I don’t really like the feeling of being scared to death. Now, fifty years later, I can watch those old movies and laugh at the zipper on the rubber suit worn by the creature from the black lagoon. However, new scary movies still bother me today. I don’t watch or read Stephen King nor have I seen any of the remakes of the War of the Worlds. The 1953 version scared me as kid for years. I have enjoyed the radio version by Orsen Wells from his Halloween broadcast from the 1930s.

    One of my favorite movies of that era was “Plan Nine From Outer Space”. It is considered the worst movie ever made. It was made by Ed Wood Jr. who was the king of B movies. Johnny Depp starred in this biopic that includes a lot of interesting things about his movies. It’s worth watching on a rainy day.

    Last night parts of North Texas were hit by some big thunderstorms, but we didn’t even get a drop of needed rain.

    • katry Says:

      I still love those old movies even with the zippers. That’s where my suspension of disbelief comes in. I enjoy the plot and the characters. I excuse the effects of the 50’s.

      I hate slasher movies, too much blood, but I still like scary movies and I’ve have read all of Stephen King and seen three versions of War of the Worlds. I think that first one was great.

      Plan Nine is just so bad a movie with the shower curtain dividing the cockpit from the rest of the plane and the strings on the saucers. Woods favorite people were in it: Tor and Vampira. Even Bela was in the film; clips were inserted as he had died before it was filmed.

      Rain here last night as well.

  2. Hedley Says:

    It’s Cup Final Saturday and Chelsea have just beaten Liverpool at Wembley Stadium
    This used to be the biggest day of the year but priorities have changed for the clubs and the manner in which football is delivered has similarly changed.
    The Cup Final which dates back to 1872, used to be the only game shown live during the season and was the very last match. It was presented simultaneously on ITV and BBC, and the day would start early on the road to Wembley with player interviews, cameras on the team buses, meet the players, meet the players wives, my Dad is at Wembley and even Cup Final Its a Knockout. It was special, the day was special, it was a second Christmas.

    But it’s all changed. Tottenham have a critical match tomorrow at Aston Villa and I will be pacing. I still love the Cup Final

    • Bob Says:

      I didn’t know ‘football’ is played in the spring. Oh, you mean soccer. We and the British are two people separated by a common language. Why is it a ‘football match’ in the UK and a ‘football game’ in the US? I always thought of tennis as a match?

      Which Cup Final is this? I know about the World Cup, which is every four years and I am familiar with an athletic cup that men wear in their jock straps. πŸ™‚ I hope this cup is bigger.

      • katry Says:

        I venture to say it was a football match long before we had a football game. The rules were first drawn up in 1848. Our football was a a bit later, 1892, and contains pieces of rugby and soccer.

        Soccer, as we call it, is played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries so there are all sorts of cup finals in all the different countries. I’m guessing we’d have to be soccer fans to know all of that. I certainly don’t.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My sister and her family would have had a huge party over an event like that. During the Olympics, they seldom missed a match even at the oddest hours and half the time it ended up being a party of sorts. I wish I was more of a soccer fan!

      It sounds a lot like Superbowl Sunday with all the hoopla.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, it all changed, today for club sides qualification for the Champions League and performance in that contest is all important. Chelsea will play Bayern Munich in two weeks time. I have been to the champions League final on two occasions.
        Tottenham have two games left, at Aston Villa tomorrow and home to Fulham next Sunday. If they win both games, they will finish third in the Premier League and will secure a place in the group stages of the Champions League for 2012/13.

        Saw Spiritualized last night and we were out early watching our favorite 5 1/2 year old giving it a go in parent pitch. he hit, he fielded, I had my photo taken with him. It’s good to be Pumpa !!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Mostly sunny here today with the odd shower and rather chilly. I have avoided any kind of activity except for the walks with my dogs. I even napped for one and a half hour πŸ™‚

    There are some things one must do when looking at scary movies, don’t look to close after things like scuba tanks and remove any kind of logical thinking πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ As long as one can do that everything is ok.

    I do that to well when it comes to scary movies so I tend not to look at them πŸ™‚ But I love scary books, they never bother me. Except for Cujo. That book scared me really good πŸ™‚ I didn’t care about the dog, he only had rabies but the monster in the closet worked its way in to my brain πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Supposedly we’re having sun tomorrow, but I’ll believe it when I wake up and have to squint when I look outside.

      I hope the naps have helped make you feel better!

      I’m with you in removing logical thinking-that’s the best way to enjoy the older movies. I didn’t like Cujo or Pet Sematary but I really loved his last one, 11/22/63.

      Keep resting and feeling better!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Open message to im6

    Im6, they played LAGWAFIS, it was sublime….opened with Hey Jane, closed with Cop Shoot Cop and gave two hours of wall of sound. At $20 a ticket, an absolute bargain. Try to see Spiritualized if you get the chance

    • im6 Says:

      Back from my trip to a very warm Texas, and have been out of the loop, so don’t know if you’ve been baiting me or not, Hedley. Glad you enjoyed the Spiritualized show. I might even be able to handle unruly audiences if tickets are only $20. Don’t think they’re coming here, however. You’ll be happy to hear that Entertainment Weekly wasn’t high on the new BB single either. I don’t care. I still like what I’ve heard of it, but then I’m such a BB fan. To each his own. I won’t be attending their 401K tour, however! Can’t comment on any of the “football” posts. When/where I grew up, there was no such thing as soccer. My how times have changed. But I’m glad you’re enjoying all the games/matches. Changing topics… never was much of a horror/monster movie fan. Don’t remember being scared by them. The one that scared me was Disney’s Pecos Bill with a tornado. That scenario hit a little too close to home. Guess it’s the imaginable rather than the unimaginable that spook me.

      • katry Says:

        I thought Pecos was having the best of times taming that tornado. I guess I never thought about the reality of a tornado. Here it was hurricanes which scared us.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Im6, saw the BB setlist…no Surfs Up. Another reason to dodge this 401k show. Next for us is The Shins then Radiohead

  6. Bill S. Says:

    What do you mean, you don’t believe in Santa, etc??? What kind of person are you anyway??? Santa still comes to our house, especially when the granddaughters are here.

    • katry Says:

      I sit up every Christmas Eve trying to see him but no dice! He used to come but not of late-maybe I’ve been bad! Nah!!

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