Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What are you afraid of?

In our meeting the other day we were planning our big scary Halloween display. At one point someone said, "Vampires are out, Zombies are in". What about mummies, ghosts, and werewolves? What scares you?

Personally I don't get scared of either zombies or vampires. Things that really exist in the real world? They terrify me. What scares me the most? Serial Killers, Viruses and my mother's driving.

We decided we would ask around to find out what others felt was the scariest movie and scariest book.

When I was a kid we drove out to Glacier National Park. On the way everyone in my family read a little book called Night of the Grizzlies by Jack Olsen. It was the true account of a series of bear attacks in Glacier National Park. The park was beautiful, but the book was so terrifying that none of us wanted to set foot outside of the car. That was terror. We also read Jaws on a trip to Martha's Vineyard. Maybe that's not normal.

For me, Silence of the Lambs was both the scariest book and movie. I saw the movie first. You'd think having seen it and knowing what happens, the book would be less so. It wasn't. I will never read that book again.

Since we have to pick a book and a movie and I assume they should be separate. My second scariest book ever was The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. It is nonfiction about the Ebola virus. Richard Preston is the brother of Douglas Preston, a very good horror author. But real stuff scares me more. Just thinking about that book makes me want to go wash my hands.

What about you? Name your scariest book and movie IF YOU DARE!!!


Karen said...

The book "Mariette in Ecstasy," with a young French nun seemingly fighting off the Devil himself, was more than I could handle. It's been sitting on my book shelf for 10 years, bookmark still stuck in the spot where I left off. I hate being scared. I never go to scary movies. If I'm going to spend 2-3 hours sitting and (relatively) wasting time, I want to laugh, be entertained, be enlightened or learn something new. I do not want to lose sleep because I made the mistake of watching a movie! :)

Chris said...

I don't seek out scary books, or movies - I guess they are just not my thing. For me, the scariest movie I ever saw was Rosemary's Baby - I couldn't get it out of my mind.

Anonymous said...

Silence of the Lambs is still the scariest movie I've ever seen. I remember going out after the movie and still shaking 30 minutes later.

It (by S. King) is by far, the scariest book I've ever read. Killer clowns still frighten me!

Anonymous said...

Scariest book Stephen King's The Shining. Scariest movie John Carpenter's The Thing with Kurt Russell.

Jo said...

Silence of the Lambs was terrifying because there were 2 serial killers. But for me, blood-curdling means THE DEVIL. Any book or movie starring Satan makes me sleep with the lights on.

Roberta said...

I am also scared of the Devil and anything supernatural. The book that made the most impression on me (had to sleep with the lights on) was Ghost Story by Peter Straub. I stay away from scary movies in general, but Poltergeist scared me on a small screen in a room full of friends. I watched most of it through my fingers.

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