The other night I find myself watching the pilot episode of Ryan Murphy’s new TV show American Horror Story. I am terrified. It’s actually so creepy that all I want to do is shut it off, step away from the download, and walk in fields of wildflowers with the entire cast of Glee in broad daylight, holding hands.
Instead, I watch the whole thing. I convince myself that if I just take a break now and then and play folk music, it won’t be so scary.
It doesn’t work. The songs can’t cancel out all the gruesome images now filling my head.
Then, get this: I tell myself that if I floss my teeth while I watch the show, it’ll distract me.
Doesn’t work. My hands get caught up in the floss and my teeth so I can’t use them to cover my eyes during the worst scenes, like when the high school bully girl gets tricked into going down into that creepy basement.
I ask you this: what the hell was I thinking?
I mean, I like a little spooky now and then. A thriller, a mystery, a bit of things going bump in the night. But not too much. I finally swore off horror movies a while ago because they didn’t seem to be making my life any better, or at least helping me extend my flights on Tiny Wings.
And yet, there I was, unable to pull myself away from my laptop (and in full disclosure, I must admit this to you: I downloaded the 2nd episode and watched it in one fell swoop, then couldn’t sleep that night because I kept imagining that creepy guy in the black latex suit slowly walking up my basement stairs…)
How many of you out there scare yourselves silly sometimes? Where you know you should just turn off the TV, step away from your computer, or walk out of the theater, and yet you don’t? You are transfixed to the screen, and then stay freaked out for hours, or days, or weeks afterwards?
For some of you, this may seem like a silly question. I know many of you are fans of the horror genre, and enjoy being scared witless.
But what about those times when it’s too much, and yet you don’t stop? What is that?
I would love to hear your comments on this topic, for two reasons, really:
- I don’t know why I did this the other night. Maybe by having some great back-and-forth conversations about the whole topic, we all could be a little more enlightened around those times when we do scare ourselves silly, and,
- You would be doing me a great service. If I had all of your comments to read, I would be too busy answering them to sneak over to iTunes and download the third episode of Murphy’s freaky new show, just to try and figure out what the heck is going on in that basement. It’s the least you could do.