Confession: I read my first horror novel at nine. And it was The Shining, by Stephen King. My daughter is now nine and while she loves to read Goosebumps, I believe I would draw the line before anything by Stephen King. But, I was an avid reader, there weren’t many books around, and my mom loves horror.
My point is that I cut my reading teeth on Stephen King. Now, though, I find horror books (and movies) to be too depressing. I prefer the happy endings in romance novels. But, I know that lots of people disagree about horror. Especially in October. I guess not watching scary movies in October is like not watching A Christmas Story in December–something I do faithfully.
So, from someone who is easily scared but knows a thing or two about horror, here are my top three favorite movie boogeymen.
1. Freddy Krueger
He’s scary. He is so freaking scary. The only way to be safe is not sleep. That is not only basically impossible, but will cause hallucinations after about three days. They even did an experiment in which they dropped a cat into a tub of water every time it entered REM (dream) sleep. The cat died. Granted, this is horrific in it’s own right and they’d never be allowed to conduct an experiement like this today, but we cannot not sleep.
And so, eventually, this baddy is going to get you.
2. Jason Vorhees
The unstoppable, malicious killer. Who cares if he was wronged in his life? There’s something so essentially frightening about someone who kills in cruelly inventive ways and will not be stopped. Not ever. Oh, you may be the one person who survives. But, come next movie… ice pick to the brain.
Another cruel little killer. Except not only will he kill all the people you love, he frames you for it and he wants to displace your soul and take over your body. And no one will believe you. I think that’s the scariest part of all. How awful would it be to try to warn someone you love that they’re in danger (or someone investigating you for murder) only to see them die?
Also, Jennifer Tilly is his doll bride. So much win there.
If you’ve never seen these movies, which took on epic proportion with sequels, I strongly suggest you check them out in the spookiest month of the year.