Friday, April 22, 2005

Scary Ass Stuff.

I found a pretty good site explaining the history of the Ouija Board. Ouija boards scare the living crap out of me. Why? I don't know. They're just so damn spooky. Maybe I heard too many stories about haunted Ouija boards as a kid...

It seems to me that there's plenty of people that love buying "haunted" stuff. Want to buy a haunted doll? Go here. Would you like to buy an item that'll cause a murdered young girl to haunt you? See here. How about haunted earrings? Go here. What is alluring about fright inducing items?

In camp, we spend countless hours around campfires spooking each other with chilling stories about ghosts, murderers and the like. I never enjoyed horror stories. Call me a coward, but nothing summons chocolate soft serve to my pants quicker than tales of terror.

Our obsession with horror certainly shows in Hollywood. The recent release of Amityville Horror (one of the worst remakes of all time) pulled in nearly 24 million dollars in ticket sales. The Ring (a much more successful venture) pulled in over 140 million dollars domestically. I tend to stay away from horror movies. When I was a kid my siblings took me to watch The Exorcist. I don't think I ever recovered from that one. Just thinking about it has me stinking like the litter box.

If you love the macabre, speak up. I'd like to know why you like getting the crap scared out of you. I'll stick to prunes, thank you very much.


Blogger Helen said...

Classic! Last year we threw our company summer picnic on site(I am the party planner for our 400 employee pharmaceutical company). Usually we have it at the zoo or somewhere that people are entertained. Anyhow we had plant tours and those big bouncy things for the kids to play on, but I wanted to have something interesting for the adults as well, so I hired two women from the Psychic Horizons Center (gotta love Boulder!! and posted up an announcement. HOLY SHIT did you know that some firm christians believe that tarot cards are from the DEVIL? Um, I don't believe that and it doesn't frighten me at all. My two cents!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

You are not the only one who doesn't like scarey stuff. Horror movie scare the bejesus out of me. Probably because when I was 10 I watched the original Poltergiest and had nightmares for months. All I can remember about the movie is some guy's face falling off when he looked into a mirror. I thought I would try again last year with The Ring but I only lasted 15 minutes.
Yes, I am wimp.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like scary movies and roller coasters. I think life itself is already too full of crap. Thus, I am sticking to comedies and ice-creams.

11:00 AM  
Blogger secondsb4wake said...

I myself don't normally gravitate to the scary movies--Freddy Kruger freaked me out so you know I can't handle the big kahuna. I think Stephen King is a bit more safe, and I love to read him. However, I've always had a thing for ghosts...I don't know if I really believe in them, but I love reading about them. Here is site in a web ring of sites that have photos of strange places, ( paticularly sanatoriums...I find it addictive, but I wouldn't reccomend it to vavoom!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate scary movies. I've never even seen the standard classics, like "Friday the 13th," "The Exorcist," etc. I'm such a wimp I was even scared after watching "The Sixth Sense!" It was a good movie, just spooky. Couldn't get a restful night's sleep for a few days after watching it!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you have against chocolate soft serve??? That's great stuff, that is! Now, if you were talking about strawberry soft serve, I'd say it's time to worry. ...but as long as it's simple, plain chocolate soft serve without nuts (rocky road) or little bits of red fruit (chocolate cherry), I'd say that you are just fine. Nothing to worry about.

You should probably even be thankful for such a reliable supply of chocolate soft serve. Some people pay good money for places that provide choclate soft serve -- especially if they have been having a lot of hard ice cream recently. Always seemed silly to me -- just mixing in some hot water effectively turns the hard ice cream to soft serve, but people still want a trained professional to do it for them.

Anyway, you should be thankful...

1:52 PM  
Blogger Z said...

I dunno. Scary movies aren't scary. What's scary is what people do to people.

Gimme supernatural horror any day. In comparison to, say, Sudan, even smelly ol zombies are good.

Now that was an opening sequence--the first 10 min. of Dawn of the Dead. Practically made the movie.

2:35 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I admit to a fascination with the macabre. I went through a phase where I was researching everything from Aleister Crowley to the Hull House. I firmly believe in the existence of ghosts... not so much a Nessie or Sasquatch believer though. I still remember a time watching a Halloween movie at the theaters and turning my head during the death scenes (I was 15 and went to see the topless chicks.) The movie that freaked me out the most when I was younger was Invasion Of The Body Snatchers but somewhere along the line I just started watching for the story.

5:26 PM  
Blogger dreadcow said...

I also have a strange fascination with the macabre. Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Hull House, all that stuff. And yeah, Ouija Boards freak me out.

Once again it's been proven you can buy anything on eBay. When I get back from Iraq I'm gunna see if I can't sell some sand. Ha!

5:12 PM  
Blogger Rattie said...

Lat night my sister and I rented the very creepy movie "The Grudge" and I think it's the mystery, suspense, adrenaline rush, and the escape from reality; but "The Grudge was the old-fashioned supernatural scary-stuff which is so much better than the slasher teen flicks like "Nightmare on Elm Street".

6:38 PM  

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