Now, at this time of writing, I am 15 years old. I regularly watch violent anime. Recently I was watching WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, and poking fun at it throughout. I often watch documentaries about ghosts, and read about them. Halloween is my favorite holiday, partly because of all the scary things. I’ve written about sociopathic serial killers before. I love the horror genre, and often know who’s going to die first in said movies. And yet, this one, common, everyday object scares me.
A closed door.
There’s a reason, and I’m about to share, as I drown my sorrows in Sunkist.
When I was very little, possibly around 5 or 6, my dad was a huge science fiction junkie. Very often, the SciFi Channel was on, and I remember him having alien-related objects around the house. What scared me was this scene, possibly a commercial, but I’m not sure.
What happened was that a door was shown. After a few seconds, a cracking sound was heard, as a decaying hand broke through said door. Suddenly, this zombie/skeleton/ghoul thing, with white shaggy hair, sticks its head through the crack. I don’t remember the rest, but I think I remember it saying something along the lines of “Hey. Want to watch a new show?” Or something. I don’t remember exactly.
As a result, even at my age, I have issues with closed doors. Whenever I’m in a room alone with one, and it’s the only exit, I think of what is behind that door, and get anxious, particularly worried that there is something behind said door. In fact, I keep the door open a crack usually, so I can see any ghouls that will try to bust open my door, in the name of their show. Thank you so much, SciFi, for giving me a fear of doors!
UNK SEZ: First of all Kami, I would like to congratulate you on your honesty and bravery. I can assure you that you are in capable hands, as I have decades of afternoon talk show watching under my belt. I have also read every self-help book on the market from “Why is Everyone Looking at Me Funny?” to “Holy Moly, Your Shadow is Chasing You.” In fact, I know exactly what your problem is. The technical term that learned folks like myself like to use is “a-door-aphobia.” The good news is, you’ve already made the first step toward recovery by admitting to a group of strangers that you’ve got bats in your belfry. Now the healing can begin…
My father, Dr. Satanstein, taught me long ago that the best way to get over my fear of water was to be thrown in the deep end of our pool with my feet chained to a radiator. (Sounds harsh, but guess who just bought a new snorkel!) It’s called tough love Kami; it ain’t easy but it works. Above and below I present you with a scary collection of doors to stare at until you are no longer scared of them. I also suggest that you play ring and run on at least two of your neighbors before going to bed. Good luck Kami, I have every faith in your recovery.
As for everyone else, can you identify the movies these doors are from? Some are easy and some will make you want to grab torches and storm Kindertrauma Castle. (Remember #1 is above the post!) Leave your guesses in the comments section. I’ll post the answers on Monday! (And yes EVIL ON TWO LEGS, I know you just did something like this but you’ve heard that old chestnut about rip-offs being the sincerest form of flattery right? Besides this is my revenge, now I’m in control! Mwahahahaha!)
UNK: I hope that I do not have to point out that this last one is not a door at all but an adorable little puppy-doggie. I just wanted to illustrate to dear Kami that sometimes there is something very nice behind a closed door (windows of course are a different story). Extra points for whoever can name the puppy and identify what # door he was found behind!