New TVs and Horror Movies
When I was younger, I saved up my meager $5 per week allowance for a year to put towards a new television for my room.
With the help of my parents, I bought a fantastic 13 inch TV and hooked it up to an old VCR.
Every night, I was ‘supposed’ to turn it off at a reasonable hour but I rarely did. I was always surfing for late night movies and watching flicks I taped.
These included a ton of horror films.
This is how I first experienced The Exorcist and to this day I still regret watching it when I did.
Since then, I’ve always been weary about horror films with religious themes.
No other genre scares me more. It’s not that I can’t bear to watch them but they stay with me. My imagination runs wild.
‘What if” plagues my brain and I freak myself out. It’s hard to sleep when you are young and pondering the BIG questions of our universe.
It was even worse after an incident with a Ouija board in which my friends convinced me a demon would visit me at 3:33 am someday.
After nearly 15 years, I’m still mildly distressed when I wake up and it’s 3:33 in the morning. Who knows right? I’ve even written a short film about it.
The point is, for a long time, I had trouble sleeping when I started thinking about the real possibility of demons visiting my bedroom.
I have to thank Keanu Reeves’ Jack Traven for helping me through those nightmarish nights.
Speed Helped Me Sleep
It’s a completely random statement to make but it’s true.
Before I became a VHS/DVD addict, I had to catch movies on television and tape them.
Speed was one of the hardest movies to find. Maybe I missed it or didn’t know where to look but for years I wanted my own copy.
Note: In hindsight, I should have just asked for it as a birthday gift or something.
In either case, I loved Speed. It was my absolute favorite movie for years.
So, when horror movies got to me, I used to close my eyes and ‘watch’ Speed.
Laugh it up but it worked. Trying to piece together every single second of that film kept my mind occupied long enough to sleep.
I’d normally get about 20 minutes into the film before passing out but it was all I needed.
Eventually, I got my own copy of the film and I still watch it often. I don’t need it to help me sleep because I’m an adult now but it was still a useful tool back in the day.
Religious themed horror films still kick my ass though.
Any odd stories you would like to admit to?
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