Friday will be yet another “Friday the 13th.” I am not superstitious mind you but there are always horror or scary movies released around that time. I think of the new Mark Walberg movie “The Happening” that will start this weekend. Looks wierd – and I think I’m game to check it out. This got me to thinking…
You ever watch a movie and have wierd dreams that remind you of the movie you watched? This happens to me from time to time. Generally speaking I try to stay away from violent movies or horror flicks late at night, cause I don’t want those images to be the last thing imprinted upon my spirit. But thats not a cure all. Recently I watched Big Momma’s House and the new Chronicles of Narnia and later had dream that Lester (Terrance Howard’s character in ‘House) was trying to shoot me with bows and arrows. (Narnia) Its amazing how pictures and images will invade and reflect upon our dreams. With that in mind… it cause me to think of the movies that scared me the most as I was growing up. Or in some cases, not that long ago.
1) Jaws – I saw this classic as an 8 year old. It was July 1975 and we lived in the Normady Owens Projects we called, “The Hole” cause it was literally underground. We had no air conditioning and the apartment was as hot as the dickens. Didn’t matter… I was so scared I was deep under the covers sweatin like the devil. I remember hearing some kids were scared to take a bath. But I wasn’t that bad.
2) Damien The Omen II – Not only was this Anti-Christ talk and the three 6s in dude’s head scary, but that darn opera chanting made this one all the more scary! I thought Damion was going to get me!
3) Phantasm – In a way I was intrigued by this mad doctor who threw those silver balls with the blades protruding out of them. But in watching it I bit off more than I could chew. I had nightmares about dude for days!
4) Abbey: (The Black Exorsist) – I was only 7 when I went to see this. It was a part of a double feature that my sister and I saw along with Cooley High. My parents dropped us off and picked us up later in the afternoon. When that girl started gagging and spittin green stuff in the movie – I lost my freaggin mind crying like a lil bee-ach! I was spiritual as I knew it back then and into church. So I believed fully in the devil. I wanted to stay out in the hallway till the movie was over but my sister knew she couldn’t leave me. For once, she actually felt for her lil brother and put her arms around me during the film and told me it was going to be OK and that it was just a movie. Thanks Darcel!
5) Fallen – Darn straight I was an adult when this one came out. But boy did it give me the creeps. The whole touching scene on the street where the evil spirit Azazal goes from one person to the next was off the meat rack son! The Rolling Stone’s jam they played at the end (Sympathy For The Devil) during the credits is quite haunting. Here is a small sample:
Please allow me to introduce myself
Im a man of wealth and taste
Ive been around for a long, long year
Stole many a mans soul and faith
And I was round when jesus christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But whats puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
I stuck around st. petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain
I rode a tank
Held a generals rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah