Scarowinds

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

As Halloween comes to a close here in SC I feel like I’ve gotten caught up on all things scary. I’ve had my fill of scary movies including finally seeing a Halloween movie.  I went to “Scarowinds” last night, a theme park that converts into a full blown Halloween theme park this time of year. We went through 6 of their 11 haunted houses, ranging from children of the corn type corn mazes to 3D scary clown houses.

Scarowinds also leaves all of the roller coasters open at night and I braved the “Intimidator”, named after NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. I am both afraid of heights and afraid of the dark, so this was a big one for me. The first climb is close to 300 feet with a 70 degree drop that tops out at 80mph. At one point because of the negative g-force you feel like you’re floating. I was screaming too loud to notice.

I only opened my eyes twice the hole time as I cut off the circulation in my husband’s arm. You’re only held in by a lap bar so by the end my abs were killing me because I was holding on so tight. That ride would make for a good daily workout.Nowadays I try to avoid anything scary but this week was a fun reminder of how good it can feel to get the adrenaline going.

 

I would not be that stupid

October 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Aside from making it hard to sleep at night, horror movies actually make me feel pretty intelligent. I find myself watching and critiquing the bad judgment the people inevitably have. When you watch a scary movie it always seems like the characters in the movie have never themselves seen a scary movie before.  Otherwise, how could they possibly be so unaware of what was about to befall them? I would never make the same mistakes. For instance:

I would never go driving down ANY dirt roads in the West Virginia much less take a Wrong Turn. Period. We all know this is what people from West Virginia look like once you leave paved society. They are just waiting to hunt you down and eat you.

I definitely would never go live with my husband for months by ourselves in a creepy old hotel completely blocked off from the rest of the world.He would probably be fine but I would surely end up like Jack Nicholson from The Shining.
I think I hate it most when someone ventures into an attic or a basement by themselves, at night, in a creepy old house. I mean come on. You deserve to die if you’re going to go and do that. This is always the point at which I start watching the movie through my fingers covering my eyes.
The thing I despise equally is when people split up when something happens or someone goes missing. Why on God’s earth would you split up when there is a psycho killer on the loose? You are just asking to be picked off one by one. I do love the bear hug door move though. Jason seems to like to show people just how strong he is.
You should also never get out of the car or bus to investigate a crazy winged creature that appears to be dumping a dead body on a farm in the middle of nowhere. That was back when Justin Long was still thinking like a PC.
 I would never go camping out in the middle of the woods without a dog. You will of course get turned around and tormented by a witch. The dog would have known something was up from the get go.
There was one movie that terrified me because it was something that could have happened to me multiple times in my life. Turistas. I thought to myself, “ok, maybe I was that stupid.” They could have easily harvested my organs at the sketchy dump I stayed at in the Pantanal in Brasil. The nice guy showing us around the town in the middle of nowhere in Nepal could have easily drugged us and who knows what.

Luckily I’ve gotten those adventures out of my system. Now I just have to stay out of the basement.

A scared husband & a new series

October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last night we downloaded the pilot for American Horror Story from the creators of Glee and Nip/Tuck. My younger sister loves scary movies & TV and recommended it to me for this week. We had no idea what to expect and it was creeeeepy and suspenseful from the outset. My shoulders were tensing up and I covered my eyes pretty early on. I noticed my husband was a little fidgety too. I knew something was up when he conveniently went to get water at one of the most suspenseful, scary-music-driven moments. He doesn’t like scary movies either!

I always thought it was just me, but all this time he was secretly glad I never wanted to watch anything really scary because he in fact also gets scared and has trouble sleeping afterward. I jokingly asked him if he wanted me to download the rest of the series for when I was out of town this week.

As I was watching it I didn’t think I could keep watching because it was making our house feel creepy. We do have a ghost that turns on the ceiling fan and light in our room at night. We like to think of our ghost as a benevolent one since I don’t have to walk into a dark room at night and the fan usually only comes on when it’s hot.

We were both keyed up after so we watched some episodes of last season’s Dexter to take the edge off. It was good comedy after this show.

The show has an amazing cast. Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) are two of the main characters and are perfect for their roles. I don’t know if I can keep watching the show but I also want to see what happens next. It definitely has an old school feel to it and is well done. I may just have to watch it in the daytime.

What are you afraid of?

October 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Halloween was my favorite holiday as a kid. I loved the combination of adrenaline from haunted houses and sugar highs from trick or treating. We would fill up on scary movies and play games like Ghosts in the Graveyard with neighborhood friends.

As an adult, I tend to avoid what scares me. I don’t even watch scary movies anymore because I have trouble sleeping afterward.  Out of curiosity I thought I would look at what scares others and here were the Google results from typing in “fear of”:

I’m not afraid of flying or clowns. I’ve never even thought about being afraid of long words and was pretty surprised that was the second most mentioned fear. In further researching the fear of long words, the phobia is referred to as:

hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

How terrible is that? I guess people with hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia can’t catch a break.

I do have a fear of heights. I’ve tried fruitlessly in my life to get over it but it always returns. This week I’m going to think about some of the other fears I have that I can come to terms with. I also think it would be fun to get back into the spirit of Halloween and the fun, scary things that go with it.

Boo!

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