As a child, I really had no restrictions as to what I could watch on T.V. or as video stores opened up what I could rent. I do remember at the age of 8 being terrified of the MANIAC trailer every time it came on T.V. and when I finally saw it at 14; it is now one of my favorite horror movies. When we got cable, my brother and I could watch every horror movie on HBO or Showtime and it is because of that I have a love for horror to this day.
Now I can’t remember what age I was when I kept seeing the tape for BLOODSUCKING FREAKS. All I know is that the cover scared the shit out of me and I was always drawn to it every time we went in to rent something. It was the picture of the director JOEL M. REED on the back of the box that scared me too death, but I couldn’t put it down every time I went to that video store. My dad would say, “Do you want to rent it this time?” I would always say, “No.” I think I finally got the nerve to rent it with my boyfriend who is now my husband and I was 25 at the time. I now know it was a piece of crap and JOEL REED wasn’t even in it, just on the cover. It really is a joke of a movie with bad effects and bad acting. It was his sinister grin that to this day gives me the chills. He is so creepy looking.
Anyway I would love to thank my parents for not being restrictive on what my brother and I could watch when we were younger and that is why I have such a love for horror. We both turned out normal from all of the stuff we saw. I would also like to thank my mom for renting I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE for me when I was 15 after I asked her to bring back anything horror. It has remained one of my favorite movies due to CAMILLE KEATON‘s performance. If my mom only knew what she had rented for me that day I am sure she would not have rented it. She said she thought the title was cool.
I cannot wait until my 3-year-old son is old enough to share my love for horror. He has been to several conventions and has his own CHUCKY doll, so I hope he follows in my footsteps.
UNK SEZ: Great traumafession Jenny. We’ve been talking a lot around here about age appropriateness and horror films lately. I’d like to think kids with open, loving parents who are involved in their lives are pretty durable and you (and your mom) sound like a fine example of that. Color me jealous, I didn’t get my first Chucky doll till I was in my twenties! (thanks for the swell b-day gift Kip and Sheri!)