In the spirit of Halloween, and even though we don’t do Halloween here in SA, I thought I’d ask my resident horrorphile (the lovely P) to answer Emily’s 13 meme questions which I first saw over at Courtney’s. Here goes (and this is unedited by the way, which is really saying something about my ability not to be too controlling!)
1). Which urban legend ghost scared the bejeezus out of you when you were a kid?
I used to find any kind of poltergeist scary.
2). Which horror movie has the best premise?
I think the original Saw (yes, the rest were pretty lame) was brilliant. I LOVE it when there’s a twist I’m not expecting, and when the ‘dead’ guy gets up right at the end of the movie after lying there, er, ‘dead’ the whole time, well, I was impressed that I’d been misled! Plus – and I guess these don’t count as horror movies but rather as thrillers – The Others and The Sixth Sense. I loved the twists in these too.
3). What is the most disappointing “treat” to receive in your bag on Halloween night?
Well, we don’t really do the whole trick or treat thing in SA but I’d say any kind of fruit wouldn’t score highly on the excitement scale for me. Give me chocolate, please – Lindt or Cadbury if possible!
4). What’s the best non-candy item to receive?
Er, I’ll pass on this one…. Trick or treating is all about the sweets, isn’t it? 🙂
5). Did a monster live in your closet when you were a child?
No. But I had a thing about the possibility of something lurking under my bed, and would often peak under there before I turned out the light at night.
6). Which supernatural creature sent chills up your spine when you were ten and still does?
I used to find vampires pretty intriguing – I remember seeing a movie where a vampire scales the wall outside someone’s bedroom and it freaked me out. But I don’t find them that scary any more.
7). Which supernatural creature makes you yawn?
I’m afraid zombies don’t really do it for me. I think the way they move just makes me want to laugh – plus I think I’ve seen too many zombie spoof movies! (Sorry, Courtney!)
8). What’s your favorite Halloween decoration?
I agree with Courtney – the carved pumpkins with candles inside do look pretty sinister. And they remind me of the movie Halloween….
9). If you could be anywhere on Halloween night, where would you be?
On the couch watching some of the scariest DVDs imaginable, with a stash of chocolate and chips. (And with you to snuggle up next to, babe! Sorry to drag you into this scenario – I know you’re not crazy about scary movies!)
10). What’s the scariest book you’ve read so far this year?
Sadly I haven’t read any scary books this year, but Misery and The Shining by Stephen King are two of my all-time favourites….
11). Haunted houses or haunted hayrides?
I haven’t heard of haunted hayrides but they sound like loads of fun! I’ve been on haunted walking tours in London and York, though, and they were mostly funny but there were a couple of scary moments too!
12). Which Stephen King novel/movie would you least like to find yourself trapped in?
I think either Misery (at the mercy of Kathy Bates and her sledgehammer – eek!) or Cujo.
13). Which are creepiest: evil dolls, evil pets, or evil children?
I’d have to say evil children. The child in The Omen (the book and the movie) terrifies me!