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
* 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?