October 31, 2012

RTW: Creeptastic Books and Movies

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
Happy Halloween! What's your favo(u)rite scary book or movie?

I've never been much for scary when it comes to entertainment. I really can't stand that awful feeling of anticipation in movies when the camera angle shifts just so and you know that someone is going to jump up behind the person you're watching. Gah! Hate it. And as for books, I don't particularly relish reading about guts and gore (despite the fact that I'm currently reading Anna Dressed In Blood). 


BUT, when I was a kid, I loved  a book called In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. Do you know that one? My favourite story in the book was "The Green Ribbon" and it was about a girl whose head is held on her body by a green ribbon. Of course, her husband doesn't know this...until he unties it one night while she's sleeping and her head falls off (dun dun dunnnnnn). Apparently this book is meant for kids as young as six years old in a classic case of WTFudge?! Smile and say 'nightmares'.

Now that I'm a big kid, I tend to stick to things that are a whole lot less creeptastic. Reading Anna Dressed In Blood is actually so far outside the norm for me that it's practically on another planet. So far it's not so bad scary-wise, though I'm really wondering how I'm going to learn to like Anna when she does such terrible things.


As for movies? You won't catch me sitting down and enjoying such disturbing offerings as Paranormal Activity, The Ring, or the fifty million Saw movies. In recent months, I was suckered into watching the latest Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe flick, "The Woman in Black". (Confession: I was actually curious about this one, so the arm-twisting was fairly minimal.) 

Oh hello there, Harry. Is that a creepy-as-fudge porcelain doll beside you?
Why yes it is. Step into the room. There are more nightmarish toys waiting.
Seriously, folks. Every horrifying thing you can imagine was in this film: mechanical monkeys; scary, scary children; angel statue/gravestones that make you want to "Duck now."; boggy ground with a body in it; ghosts... Needless to say, I went home to an empty house (hubby was away) a heck of a lot more jumpy than I was pre-Woman in Black. It was a good movie, with everything I'd expect of an old-timey horror/thriller, but still. Nightmares ensued. I am such a wuss.

How about you? What book(s) or movie(s) have creeped you out lately (or not so lately)?


{Blogger was acting really weird while I was writing this post. Like, weirder than normal. I think it may be haunted. O.O}

37 comments:

  1. The Woman in Black made my list too. Seriously scared the hell out of me. I couldn't even sleep that night!

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    1. I was seriously terrifying! Like I said, I think they tried to put everything scary they could possibly come up with in it. Nightmares: I had them.

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  2. Certain things definitely creep me out more than others. Ghosts/creepy children are the absolute WORST. Ugh. When my twin nieces were learning to speak, I'd babysit them and at night they would both say, "They coming." I still have no idea who "they" were and it totally gives me the shivers, lol. But I can usually handle zombies and vampires, etc.

    And I actually read ANNA semi-recently, which was out of my comfort zone, too--but I really liked it. The MC's voice was awesome, and despite a few disturbing parts that I tried not to visualize too graphically, it didn't freak me out as much as I thought it would...

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    1. That think with the twins is horrifying! That must have been so, so scary! I wonder who 'they' was and if they actually showed up. O.O

      I'm glad that Anna isn't too freaky. I'm really loving the teen boy voice!

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    2. Do you think your nieces' parents trained them to say that and freak you out? My brothers would absolutely think that was hilarious. Many, many pranks were played on me as a kid--you'd think I'd have developed a thicker skin for scaring! And I was a little curious about Woman in Black, but was warned not to see it.

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    3. That would be funny but so mean if they trained them to do that. :P As for scaring, I don't have a very thick skin either, so you're not alone. The premise of The Woman in Black could be disturbing to some (though I can't say what because it involves spoilers), so I'd definitely talk to someone who has seen it before viewing. I'm not scarred by it or anything, but it definitely creeped me out.

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    4. They said it to my sister sometimes, and she said it creeped her out too, so I don't think it was a trick... Oh, and one of them had a scratchy, deep voice for a while there, which intensified the whole thing. But if "they" did show up, they must've been pretty benign because we are all still alive and the girls have no memory of saying that so much, lol.

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  3. The Woman in Black sounds awesome! Also, I know the exact green ribbon story you're talking about. I loved that book and that story. I especially loved all the ones with the SUPER creepy covers. Still freaks me out thinking of them. I used to love scary movies and scary stories--I especially loved Are You Afraid of the Dark. But now? I try to avoid scary. I've been watching 666 Park Avenue, and I can't go outside alone after every episode. :)

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    1. The Woman in Black is definitely scary, but not stupid scary like so many of the thrillers out there right now. Not sure if that makes sense. It's more creepy, I'd say, than blood and guts scary. That's awesome that you remember the green ribbon story! Did you ever read the Teeny Tiny Woman, by chance? Loved that one too. :) As for 666 Park Avenue, there's one main reason I'll never watch it: it has that dude from Lost on it. Bleh.

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    2. Oh man, I love that guy from Lost! I don't remember Teeny Tiny Woman, but do you remember the one about the locket and the baby and the dead grandma?

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  4. Eek to The Woman in Black - now that I know there are scary children in it, I will definitely never watch. I saw Children of the Corn when I was a kid and I've never been the same. And I should have never watched The Omen either!

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    1. I suppose maybe it's more 'scary stuff involving children' than straight-up 'scary children.' Still, pretty darn creepy. I've never seen Children of the Corn or The Omen, which is probably a good thing. I do remember seeing Stephen King's IT at a time that I probably shouldn't have, and to this day clowns kind of freak me out. O.O

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  5. Oooh, I want to see Woman in Black! I like a good scary movie, and I especially like a good scary movie that features Harry Potter (ahem -- Daniel Radcliff) as a spooked widower. I think I'll suggest to my husband that we watch it this weekend. Thanks for the rec, Jaime!

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    1. It was good, despite being horribly creepy. The premise might be disturbing to some, though. I was pleasantly surprised, however, with how much Daniel Radcliffe didn't feel like Harry Potter in this. I was worried that I'd have a hard time buying him as a widower, but I think he pulled it off. :)

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  6. I'm just like you- I'm not a fan of scary books or movies. The Woman in Black is on our movie channels right now and even though I'm a teensy bit interested, I'm not going to watch it. I just can't do the scary stuff.

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    1. Isn't it weird how it kind of entices you and yet you know it'll be a mistake? I watched it anyway, and while I enjoyed it (mostly), it certainly haunted me a little when I went to go to bed. O.O

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  7. Gotta watch this one! Mostly for the sideburns, if I'm being honest. I'm a wuss about scary movies, too! Especially if there's an empty, dark apartment for me afterwards. After watching The Ring I made my friend stay over and watch Princess Bride with me like 5 times in a row, LOL.

    Hope you have a happy Halloween!!

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    1. The sideburns were pretty great. Manly, actually. :P I'm not sure if I would have been able to sleep for a week after seeing The Ring if I'd been alone. What an awful movie. That's pretty darn hilarious that you watched Princess Bride so many times just to flush your brain of The Ring. Great idea!

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  8. See, as much as I HATE scary movies, I do actually want to see The Women in Black. I saw the stage show version of it a few years back and it was terrifying! Haven't heard of those "children's" tales though!

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    1. As someone who isn't a scary movie fan, I found this one to be mostly all right. Sure it freaked the heck out of me, but I don't feel scarred by it or anything. I mostly can't stand gruesome movies full of blood, guts, and gore. I also have a hard time dealing with disturbing serial killer type movies. The fact that there are actually serial killers in real life who act out these kinds of awful scenarios is enough to keep me far, far away from movies like that. It's too real. The Woman in Black deals with a ghost, and since I don't believe in ghosts, I'm able to separate it from reality. Does that make sense? The more fictional a horror story, the less freaked I am. Though, The Ring was pretty terrible and it was super unrealistic/fictitious, so that shoots that theory to bits. :)

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  9. The Woman in Black really didn't scare me all that much. I liked the movie though! Great post. Happy Halloween! (:

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    1. It was definitely creepy, but like I was saying to Samantha, it's very obvious that it's fictional just by the fact that it deals with a ghost. I don't believe in ghosts, so my fear only goes so far. Now realistic scenarios like serial killer movies, that's a whole different kind of horrifying.

      Happy Halloween to you too! :)

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  10. Ahh I hate scary things. Dolls especially. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. Dolls are scary, but the worst thing ever has to be ventriloquist dummies. So flipping creepy and awful! O.O

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  11. I haven't seen The Woman in Black, but it sounds good (and by good, I mean nightmare inducing. So yeah.) I might watch it, but I'll have to plan it when I know my husband will be home! I'm such a wimp about that sort of thing.


    Glad to hear you're enjoying 'Anna Dressed in Blood' so far -- I thought it was pretty good!

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    1. It was good. Good and creepy! And definitely watch it when your husband is home. You'll regret it otherwise. :) As for ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, I absolutely love the teen boy voice. So hard to get right, but Kendare Blake does a great job of it!

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  12. I loved that movie. It was creeptastic for sure! Never read that book before, but it sounds amazing. MUST add it to my to-read list.

    Happy RTW and Halloween!

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    1. I'm not sure if I would watch The Woman in Black again, but it was definitely well done and I don't feel scarred by it or anything. That's probably due in large part to the fact that I don't believe in ghosts (which is why ANNA also isn't freaking me out). The more realistic something scary is, the less capable I am of handling it.

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  13. I remember that story about the girl with the ribbon around her neck. Her name was Jenny, wasn't it? And as far as The Woman in Black I'm such a fraidy cat I got you to tell me about it because I couldn't handle watching it. At least you were brave enough to actually see it :)

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    1. I was also kind of stuck at a friend's place so I didn't want to be a wet blanket, you know? Ah well, it wasn't all that bad. I wish I could get my hands on that Alvin Schwartz book. It was such a fun, creepy book. I do think six years old is a touch too young to be reading about a woman who straps her head on with a ribbon so it won't tumble off. Yikes. O.O

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  14. I think I remember ‘The Green Ribbon!’ I have a general rule about avoiding scary movies, but I actually do want to see The Woman in Black. Partly because of Daniel Radcliffe…

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    1. It's definitely a memorable story, that one. As is The Woman in Black. Scary, but you probably won't be scarred for life or anything. :)

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  15. My daughter and husband watched Lady in Black, but I was too much of a wuss to join them.

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    1. I'm not a scary movie fan, and even though The Woman in Black freaked me out at the time, it wasn't all that bad. That being said, I don't think I'd sit down and 'enjoy' it again. O_O

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  16. "The Green Ribbon" was my favorite story, too! How I loved that book. :)

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    1. It's crazy how many people remember that story! I suppose a girl holding her head on with a ribbon is sort of memorable, though. :) That whole book was pretty fantastic. Do you happen to remember a story called "The Teeny Tiny Woman" by chance? Loved that one too!

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  17. I loved The Woman in Black! That scene when they pulled the kid's body out of the marsh...creeeepy! I don't really like watching scary movies too much, but one I love from way back when I was a kid is Poltergeist. It scared the crap out of me the first time I saw it, but I still watched it over and over again.

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