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04 November 2012 @ 09:21 am
In a Halloween mood a couple of nights ago I sat down and re-watched Blair Witch Project, which scared the living bejeezus out of me the first time through. The second time through... not so much.

During the late '50s and early '60s, my parents wouldn't let us kids see horror movies. (I learned later it was because my Dad has an extremely vivid imagination and they give him nightmares). But we were desperately curious about them, so my cousin Paul John would tell us about them - give the plot and descriptions.

And the most horrible, scary, terrifying one that scared me even to THINK about was a William Campbell flick called "The Tingler". From what Paul John told me, the movie I saw IN MY HEAD was unbelievably frightening.

And then as an adult I saw it in Real Life. Oh, boy. Vincent Price wrestling around on the floor with a two-foot rubber earwig. What a heartstopper.

Time changes all things.

These days I find some of the '50s monster-films very soothing, if I'm agitated or upset about something I can't change. My go-to films are Godzilla and The Thing From Another World (the REAL version, not any of the remakes). There's something about seeing the Big Guy trample Tokyo that I find very calming. I suspect, actually, that the upsurge of horror films in the '50s were a way of displacing the horrible anxieties of the Cold War - although it's very strange, seeing the opening shots of Godzilla, and realizing that the people carrying charred bodies out of radioactive ruins had, only five years previously, ACTUALLY been carrying charred bodies out of radioactive ruins.

I was awfully old before I realized that the Raymond Burr footage was all spliced in later and that you never see the faces of any of the characters that he's talking to. They actually did a good job of that.
"Smokin' hot.": SPN feels so empty from callsigns OMG!without_me on November 4th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness. When I was in 2nd grade, The Tingler terrified me. I don't really even remember the premise now, but argh.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 4th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
I have all the Godzilla movies, some in the original Japanese. Seems when I watch G vs the Sea Monster, I start wanting sushi.
Elizabeth McCoyarchangelbeth on November 4th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
I still can't watch horror movies... >_>
magnet5 on November 5th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
I think that's why the early Godzilla movies are so effective in conveying the destruction going on--they're made by people who know what it feels like.
I actually liked Blair Witch better rewatching it years after the hype had died down. I could appreciate it as a well-made film--perhaps not terrifying but very absorbing and interesting.
zolazola on November 5th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
I grew up on "Creature Double Feature" (It's in Wikipedia) and I adored all those old movies. I can't help but think Antryg would have been riveted....
tselmendetselmende on November 5th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
I keep wanting to re-watch the Blair Witch Project...the area looks almost exactly like the woods around my house, and my house has a dirt cellar...so I think that it would work for me.

But I chicken out because the time I saw it I was alone in a theater...it was in the cheap theater and I tended to watch movies right after work, so it was really, really cool. I felt like I was in the camera, and since I was by myself in a strange place I was set up to be more effected.

SO, since you did not like it so much the second time, I think I will smother the temptation.