Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Childhood Monster Blogfest!


That's right! Today through Thursday bloggers are posting about the creepy ghouls that kept them up at night. And all in honor of Christina Rains book release, Fearless! Check out her book and blog by clicking on the pic above. Congrats, Christina!

Personally, I slept with the light on in my bedroom til I was 12. Sad, I know. But I had such an overactive imagination that the dark petrified me. Probably had something to do with all those  horror movies.

As a child in the '80s, I grew up during horror film mania.  Every other weekend a horror film was released, and back when VCRs just came out for home rentals, we'd climb in the family station wagon and head up to the grocery store to rent ours on Friday nights, along with a few VHSs.

My dad always picked a horror film. He had a fondness for monsters, but secretly I think it gave him a kick to scare the crap out of us. A few of the more popular '80s monstrous villains: Freddy Kreuger, Mike Myers, Leatherface. They all had their individual creepiness, but the one monster that kept me up at night, every night, was the werewolf.

The werewolf thrived in the theatres and home video in the '80s.

* The Howling (1-4)
* Silver Bullet
* American Werewolf in London
* Full Moon High
* The Beast Within
* Thriller
* The Company of Wolves
* Lone Wolf
* The Midnight Hour
* Night Shadow

... Just to recall a few. I don't know what it was about the werewolf beast--maybe those vicious eyes, or low growl in the shadows, but I just knew one was waiting to pounce me as soon as the lights went down. Werewolves today are boring old shape shifters, not the demonic destroyers of yesteryear. Even though they scared the *bleep* outta me, I adore them, and can't wait til my kids are old enough to watch some of the old flicks with me. Muhahahahahah ... (yep, I guess there's a bit of my dad in me too)


How about you? What kept you up at night?

42 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife still gets freaked out if we watch a werewolf movie!

Shelly said...

When I was a kid it was the dark, clowns, my sister, and the devil. I can blame the devil one on the movie, The Exorcist.

Shelly

Old Kitty said...

Vampires! Or anything Undead!! Yikes!!

Congrats to Christina!!! Take care
x

LM Preston said...

The Exorcist had me afraid to go do sleep for months. I should've never snuck downstairs to watch that movie.

Carla White said...

I've always been a horror junkie, too, and was afraid of aliens and ghosts when I was younger. Now that I know those things aren't real, it's the more realistic villains that terrify me because they could actually be real - like the psycho next door neighbour or the babysitter. Of course, Stephen King still gets a rise out of me, even if some of this synopses are unrealistic.

Karen Walker said...

The Exorcist gave me nightmares for weeks. Now, I can't watch anything scary - it seems to seep into my psyche. Oy!
Karen

Eliza Tilton said...

After watching the Poltergiest I was terrified of a doll lamp in my room. I used to turn her around at night so she wasn't staring at me.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Ow woo! That is a scary thing to keep you awake at night.
I can just hear your pulse racing as you hide under the bedclothes listening intently for the werewolf.

JRuud said...

I love this, I was always scared of my closet as a child. Not sure what I thought lived in there but ah. Ghosts have always really scared me, yet I love telling ghost stories! AHH.

Thanks for sharing. Great blog :)

Christine Rains said...

I remember those old films! I was a big horror buff even back then. I can't wait until my son is old enough for horror flicks too.

Thanks for sharing your monster with us and for helping promote my novella. :)

Mina Lobo said...

Ohmigosh, you've named a number of my fave horror flicks! Just recently picked up the DVD for "Company of Wolves" as I haven't seen it in a loooong time and I remember it being kinda kinky/scary. Have you seen the video for the Yeah Yeah Yeah's song "Heads Will Roll" - it features an anthropomorphic werewolf who dances like Michael Jackson and, I must admit, totally revs my motor. :-)
Some Dark Romantic

Carrie-Anne said...

Aliens always do it for me. That's like the one paranormal/horror creature I really prefer not to watch or read about.

Roger Lawrence said...

Although the Ziber men (from doctor who) frightened me senseless, it was the Exorcist which nearly sent me bananas. How was I to know that an old bed could be made to pulsate a little with the raised heartbeat of a nightmare. I slept on the floor for weeks.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I never feared the werewolves thing, but my parents never liked scary movies.

Suzi said...

Oh, I loved those types of movies. Although I didn't probably watch them until I got closer to my tween years, although we didn't call it that back then.

I was never scared of those fantasy monsters. It was the real live monsters that scared me. Killers, rapists...

Lynda R Young said...

Yes! Werewolves are both scary AND cool! I loved that 80s movie, American Werewolf in London.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I was positive there was an actual wolf under my bed. It must have been underfed with ribs showing to fit under there with all the junk I stuffed under there. I had a nightlight until I was 14. Yep, big sissy here.

Medeia Sharif said...

Werewolf movies scared me, but they didn't haunt me.

Not a day went by as a child that I didn't think about The Wicked Witch of the West.

T C Mckee said...

Ooh, the Howling freaked me out! My childhood monster was actually my brother. Hehe. The little monster was always hiding somewhere he wasn't supposed to be. Gotta love em.

nutschell said...

werewolves are pretty scary! Well, except for the ones in Twilight..
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Guilie said...

Wow, PK! I remember American Werewolf in London--that part where the friend shows up in the theater gave me nightmares for a week, haha. Great post, thanks for sharing!

ricardo alves said...

in Brazil we are afraid of the politicians!!!

LTM said...

LOL! Omg--if I had ever watched any of those werewolf movies, I'dve never slept again! :D

My mom learned when I was 9 and inadvertently watched a "classic" Bette Davis movie on cable and didn't sleep for like six weeks that I couldn't take scary movies. But she didn't even need to persuade me. I gladly just said NO--LOL! :D

What a fun fest!

jamieayres.com said...

I know I told this story on T.F. Walsh's blog for this, but my step-dad legally changed his name to Michael Myers to honor the Halloween horror flicks. Yep, can't get scarier than my real life, lol. Clowns always freaked me out though and once when I was at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, my hubby had a clown follow me around the whole night! So yeah, people wonder how we're celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary today, lol.

E.J. Wesley said...

Silver Bullet is an all-time fave of mine. :) Your post is timely as I've been hip-deep in wolfy stories lately. Think Christine hit a home run with the concept for this blogfest, btw.

Saw your name pop up on Michael D's blog today and just wanted to stop by to say, "howdy!" :)

Melissa Bradley said...

I LOVE wereolves! They are my favorite monster ever and all of these movies are awesome. Well except for the 2-4 Howlings, they were so dumb. :) One summer I thought my great grandma's neighbor was a werewolf. A fond memory...:)

William Kendall said...

My parents generally didn't watch horror movies, and wouldn't have us watching them either before a certain age, so I don't really remember having those sort of nightmares.

I do vividly remember a dream with my bed being pulled into the bedroom wall late at night and coming out into a hallway and a house that wasn't quite the way it was supposed to be. I remember it feeling very peculiar....

Holly Vance said...

Do the werewolves in True Blood soften your fear? Lol

Shannon Lawrence said...

Haha, I can't wait until my kids are old enough to watch my favorite scary movies! And read the books. I'm a horror buff. I prefer my werewolves scary, too.

My monster: http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2012/08/childhood-monster-blog-fest.html

Tanya Reimer said...

Sorry I missed this fun. Strangely, I never thought of a werewolf as scary, just weird. lol. I was scared of secrets agents though. Still am. It's the secret part that creeps me out.

Jay Noel said...

The Exorcist. I caught a few minutes of this by accident. (Okay, I was curious). It messed me up big time.

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cleemckenzie said...

There were snakes under my bed and (sorry, but true) alligators overhead.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Snakes. My mother told me a story about being at camp in the infirmary and a poisonous coral snake slithered in. I hated going to camp after that. (not really - but I was scared of snakes crawling into my room)

Donna L Martin said...

Greetings!

I'm hopping over from GUTGAA and wanted to start visiting some blogs early! Nice to meet you...you have a lovely blog!

Donna L Martin
www.donnalmartin.com
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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Carol Riggs said...

LOL, oh wow, if your dad only knew how much he'd scared the bleep outta you! (or maybe he did know, if he saw your light on) I tend NOT to watch scary movies...I have an active imagination as it is--I don't need help scaring myself! I tend to scare easily. :)

Paul Tobin said...

Not much, i can sleep through most things. I use yogic breathing and clear my mind-things always look their worst in the dark.

Escape Artist Linda said...

OOO, I just LOVE the wolf illustration at the end of your post! Thanks for popping by with your congrats! What do yo write?

Escape Artist Linda said...

Oh I forgot. I love magical realism too! My fav!!!

nutschell said...

*waving* just dropping by to say hello!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Donna Yates said...

I wasn't sure what kind of monster lived in our house and came out at night, but I was sure there was one!