Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Fear Factor

This is the creature from the 1957 film Night of the Demon, it's based on the MR James story 'Casting the Runes' and a variant cropped up recently called 'Drag me to Hell' I believe.

Once, when I was a fairly small child, my parents were watching Night of the Demon on TV and I knew it was on. They sent me to bed but I really wanted to watch it so I sneaked downstairs again and peeked round the living room door, desperately hoping my Mum and Dad wouldn't spot me.

The film terrified me and I'm not sure if it was my panting breath that gave me away or my whimpering. Let's just say I was packed off to bed pretty sharp!

But I still remember, with a shiver, the strange chirruping sound that heralded the arrival of the demon and I know I didn't get much sleep that night. I like to think that experiences like that stimulated my imagination!

I've always been a bit of a 'wuss' when it comes to horror films but I will make myself watch them now and then. Being scared is a natural feeling and I'm sure it's healthy to be scared every now and then.

I'm not advocating the wholesale chasing of children round darkened buildings by someone dressed as a clown and weilding an axe but a little controlled fear let's you know that you're alive.

The trouble is, you can always close the book and stop reading for a while. It's your imagination you can't control sometimes...