The joy of being scared witless


Poster for Disconnected, Sept 12-14

Have you ever read a book that made you afraid to be alone? Have you ever watched a film that terrified you so much that you wished the TV would explode, just so you didn’t have to watch another horrifying second?

I have… and loved every second of it!

You never feel more alive than when your heart is pounding, adrenaline surges through your veins, there’s a cold sweat on your brow and you… just… can’t… look… away…

Fear is good, folks. Fear keeps us on our toes. (Not phobia – that must be a terrible thing to endure.)

Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. hitchcockAfter all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf . What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual
– Alfred Hitchcock

My all-time best horror book moment was a scene in Stephen King’s It, involving a young child, a toilet and evil laughter, plus the child’s mum racing to see what was happening. I think my eyeballs actually froze when I read it. It gives me chills even today – though that could be a memory of the fear I felt, rather than a memory of the scene itself.

My all-time best horror film scenes are:

  • 5) Carrie – the bit at the end with the bloodied hand.
  • 4) The Sixth Sense – the bit where the girl walks past the bathroom door.
  • 3) Halloween – the bit where Michael Myers looms out of a dark doorway.
  • 2) Se7en – the bit where the ‘corpse’ breathes.
  • 1) Jaws – the bit where the eyeless head lunges out of a hole in a sunken boat.

The wheel turns.

I wrote a one-act horror play, called Reverse Psychology. It was performed for three nights in September 2013 as part of an anthology of six plays, called Disconnected. (Read about my experience witnessing a rehearsal of the play.) To follow what Alfred said above, there were six wolves running amok!

I doubt anyone was so terrified that their eyeballs froze in their heads. What I do hope is that people went along and supported talented people doing their talented thing.

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