from horror to terror — halloween

The TV was a big black and white unit and the lights were low and flickering, painting our faces in shadow and light.I was probably too young to be watching Outer Limits, but by golly if my older sister could, so could I.

And as the golden laser beam went to another dimension and the two glimmering aliens slid down from their celestial plane into my living room I sat paralyzed, too frightened even to breathe. Or the two scorpion like aliens that looked like stones in the day but at night bit you and possessed your mind and will, I was certain they were under my bed. And each night I would pull back my covers, shut my door and stretch until only the last digit of my finger touched the light switch as the rest of me coiled up toward the bed. Then as the light switch snapped down and darkness descended, I would leap in terror through space and time to my bed certain that the mind controlling scorpions were coming for me. Mornings were much better.

But the worst, most terrifying movie I have almost known ( almost is explained later ) was Black Sunday also known as The Mark of Satan. From the moment the bumbling old man accidentally knocks down the cross poised over a windowed vault — “Don’t you know that was all that was keeping them in there!” — my heart crumbles in despair as each scene puts the heroine in more danger. At the climax, I fight the terror but there’s a curtain and behind it… “Ahhhhhhhhh” I leap to my feet and run out of the room.

It has been fifty years or so, and I still haven’t seen the end. I do hope he saved that girl.

7 Comments on “from horror to terror — halloween”

  1. russtowne says:

    I especially loved your last two sentences. They made me laugh and reminded me of my middle son’s love/hate relationship with the Disney move Pinnochio. He loved the movie and watched it over and over again, but the mean old whale Monstro scared him to death. Every time Monstro made his terifying appearance Middle Son would scurry behind the couch just as fast as his 5-year old legs could carry him. He wouldn’t come out or look at the movie until Monstro was no longer part of the story. He’s 28 and a Captain in the U.S. Air Force now, but I’ll bet he’s still now fan of that mean old whale.


    • billgncs says:

      ( laughing ) how big they get ( and how we cherish that blackmail material ) — that is a good image.

      • russtowne says:

        LOL! Yes, such stories are almost as good as embarrassing photos of when the kids were very young. Girlfriends and wives love them! At his wedding reception, his best friend since Kindergarten shared a bunch of fun tales of hijinks the two got into together over the years. It was great too laugh and reminisce.

  2. imkahena says:

    After all these years, said movie was recently broadcast in here in France, in french, on TV. I thought to myself, “all grown up now and won’t be afraid”…alas…in my mind I am younger than I think….I will never know what happens in the end!

  3. I don’t remember the movie at all, but I remember being afraid and only watching a portion of it each time. The eyes of Laura Mars, I believe it was called. Know it?

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