In our hometown mall there was always one corner that was a little darker, gloomier than the other and this corner housed our Woolworth’s store. At Halloween time they put on the requisite window display and it was pretty tame considering. But one year they put out a black velvet cloth and from under was creeping a hand. No blood, no sharp implements nothing – but my sister saw me gazing at it with rapt attention and then began to tease me that the hand was going to follow me home and hide under my bed, the hand was going to get me. And after that I had months of nightmares where the hand was following me, the hand was hiding just out of my sight. So one of the most traumatic moments of childhood had to do with the disembodied hand.
The 1974 movie EARTHQUAKE also did me in – I couldn’t ride in an elevator for a long time after watching this one. In one scene they show people in an elevator during the quake and the cables break and it plunges them to their doom. As a special, extra-cheesy 1970’s effect they put big red splotches over the scene to ram home to the viewer that yes these people died, were mashed to bits, no more. I rewatched the movie recently and was amused at how hokey the scene really was – but to a five year old, pure fear.
UNK SEZ: Fellow LOTTD member Absinthe is the mastermind behind GLOOMY SUNDAY a brilliant spot that takes an exhaustive look at the world of Gothic romances. There’s always something new there and besides Absinthe’s penetrating observations, visitors are treated to an impressive catalog of those groovy gothic paperback covers of yesteryear. Add a little darkness to your day and drop by!