– What a nightmare! –
Well for this week’s League Assignment I think I may reminisce about the ‘Top 5’ things that have scared me and or caused me to have nightmares because I was so scared. Again the ‘Top 5’ is a regular ending segment on the ‘Geek Fallout’ podcast, of which I am a Co-Host. Download ‘Geek Fallout’ from iTunes or listen at www.geekfallout.wordpress.com or www.geekpallout.podbean.com Anyway that’s enough self-promotion, now for my ‘Top 5’ Nightmare inducing scary things:
5- Twilight Zone: The Movie: I was just a kid when I first saw this film, probably only 3 or 4 years old. But I remember right from the beginning this film scared the crap out of me. When Dan Akroyd says to Albert Brooks “Do you want to see something really scary?”, then he turns away then turns back a monster…I probably screamed. And it didn’t stop my parents from playing a prank on me for months after by saying the exact same line then turn away from me…
4- Terminator (1): The first film may be dated but it has a special place in my heart. Again I was probably 5 or 6 the first time I saw this film. But growing up I was always told that the Police were our friends and protectors, then this film came along and the Terminator literally killed a police station full of cops…holy crap this scared me!! If a police station full of cops cannot stop the Terminator who can? Also the post-apocalyptic vision of the future where Machines rule over and hunt man, that concept scared that little kid who was me.
3- Red Ants: I was about 5 years old and one day I found this huge mound of dirt that had these little creatures crawling all over it, which I now know was a red ant pile. Anyway my cousin Lenny stopped by for a visit and I wanted to show him my discovery, Lenny was about 4 years old then. He was just as amazed by them as I was and I'm not sure who it was who came up with the idea of peeing on the red ant pile, but it was decided by us both that it would be a good idea. We laughed, and laughed, and laughed and patted each other on the back for a job well done. Then I noticed an ant on Lenny's shoulder, I swatted it off for him and soon discovered many more ants crawling around Lenny's shirt. Ants were all over Lenny now and he started to scream!!!! I looked down at my shirt and pants and discovered that I too was covered in red ants!!!! I screamed in pain as they began to bite me, and Lenny and I ran back to our house. My Mom heard our screams and we ran up to our deck and my Mom stripped us both down to our underwear in an attempt to get all the ants off our bodies. A lesson hard learned, never ever pee on a red ant pile. EVER!!! Those little bastards still creep me out and I had nightmares for a while after about them.
2- Rodents: In particular mice. Fortunately in Alberta we have no rats, but we do have mice and I am a big chicken when it comes to that disgusting rodent. Growing up I had a few bad run-ins with mice: One night as a kid probably 8 or 9 I could woke up and could feel something crawling in my hair. I was so scared I couldn’t move, but I knew it was a mouse in my bed and on my head. When I was in my early 20’s I was laying on the floor watching a movie and I fell asleep. I awoke to my cat swatting at my stomach. My cat ‘Finnigan’ was freaking out clawing at my gut, then suddenly I realized what was happening: Finnigan had chased a mouse and it was hiding underneath me! I instantly jumped to my feet and the mouse ran away…Probably what freaks me out the most about mice, aside from them being filthy and disgusting, but because they carry disease. There was a young man my age, about 14 years ago near where I live who died from the Hantavirus, which mice carry with them. They are filthy disgusting creatures that deserve to die… sorry but that’s how I feel.
1- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master: As a kid this was my first exposure to the character Freddy Krueger. This film scared the crap out of me as Freddy moved through people’s dreams and also seemed to have the ability to loop time. This film literally gave me nightmares, which then had me thinking that maybe Freddy was real and now in my dreams… I’ll admit to having to sleep with my parents for several nights before being brave enough to sleep on my own again. It was many years before I ever watched a Freddy film again!!
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