Monday, October 24, 2011

What Pumps Your Blood?


Welcome to our week of Halloween Fest.

What I love about Halloween are the movies: the slasher, the zombie, the gore. Some channels have thirty-one days of movies, others have fifteen days, and then there's the obscure movie you might find on other channels. How do I choose what to watch? Sometimes it's a real nail-biter. Now that we have Netflix, we check to see which one is not available and that's what we watch.

And yeah, we know most horror films are not the best. Either they have lousy scripts, lousy actors or both. Still we watch. We love the blood pumping feeling, the unexpected, even the expected. I jump and my sons laughs.

So why do so many people gravitate towards what I consider B movies? Why do we? The darkness, the shadows, the chilling screams. Yes, it's part of it.

Mostly, I think it's the music. The video and audio guys are pure genius when it comes to selecting the tone and temple. Music affects a part of us in so many ways, sadness, that ooie-gooey feeling, and the heart pumping expectancy of danger. We're thrill seekers.

A favorite of mine is Halloween, the orignial 1978 version. As many times as I see it, it never gets old, it never fails to draw the fear, the jumps, and get the blood pumping. The music is amazing, considering the composer couldn't read a note.

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies? What creeps you out?



Lindsay Townsend said...

I agree, Bekki, about the timeless appeal of 'the dark'. When I was a teenager I devoured the satanic novels of Denis Wheatley and I loved the hammer film they made of his novel, 'The Devil Rides Out'.

I also like the novel and early film of Frankinstein, although in both I finish up feeling sorry for the monster!

Music - Jaws, with it's simple 2 note item always worked for me.

Happy Halloween week, everyone!

Savanna Kougar said...

Bekki, I'm that odd duck who doesn't have an interest in horror... once, I went on a date with my sexy astronomy professor... that was after I graduated... anyway, we went to an outdoor movie for some silliness with another couple... some B movie horror films were being shown... I about laughed my way through because it was so HILIARIOUS!!!

Usually, I have nightmares, but these were just so darn funny.

However, what you said rings absolutely true for those who get into the scary Halloween stuff.

Bekki Lynn said...

I love all the early films, too, Lindsay. Frankinstein, Dracula - Vincent Price was amazing.

Savanna, you're right about the B movies. Jeff and I sit here laughing at them, too. Still, we can't resist. We've been into zombies the last couple of years.

I went through a period of about fifteen, sixteen years where I couldn't watch horror movies. We had gone to the drive-in and saw prom night - that head rolling down the runway shook me up pretty bad.

Jesse and Kara watched a movie last night and sent me a message, telling me to watch it. I did this afternoon. It was really good. It's called, 'Let Me In'.

Chrisbails said...

The Paranormal Activity 1 & 2 movies. They scared the heck out of me.

Bekki Lynn said...

Really, Chris?

I found the first one so boring, I turned it off after a half hour. I was told the second one is much better, so I was going to try it on my next day off.