When I was growing up, scary movies were really scary!!!
We lived in a safe world. We walked to school or rode our bikes. I can even remember walking to town with friends and it was a pretty far distance for a bunch of little kids. We never locked our doors. We trick or treated with a group of young ones, with no adult supervision. And, we ate all the candy. Nobody went thru our bags looking for poisoned pieces or razor blades. Most TV movies were musicals. Ooh maybe I'm wrong about that...there were lots of westerns (but the cowboys sang, rode white or palomino horses and for sure wore a white hat) The Indians were almost always bad! And, there was that ominous drumming whenever they appeared on the screen. War movies were biggies too. Needless to say, our guys were always the winners and for sure the good guys.
I remember starting to see some very scary movies...King Kong was just horrifying! Gosh, The Wizard of OZ was even pretty darn spooky with that tornado and wicked witch and all.
We were pretty naive to scary movies, I guess pretty naive about the world in general, but scary movies really scared us. We weren't numbed to these frightening movies like today's children. My granddaughter laughs at horror flicks...no fear at all.
Friday nights were the best for watching a scary movie. We'd fix pop corn (on the stove, in a pan and smothered with real butter) or mom bought potato chips and dip...I remember my first taste of dip like it was yesterday. Actually, it was on a Saturday night, watching the Million Dollar Movie was when I first tasted dip...it was called French Onion...wow!!!
When the Children of the Damned came out, it scared me to death!!! But it also gave me an idea to torture my younger sister.Just seeing these pictures sent her running, crying and screaming in terror!
She was such a little weenie and spoiled rotten. We shared a room, she never had to pick up her side or clean...AND...was always getting into my stuff!!!
An idea was born....
I cut out every picture of people (children if possible). I went thru newspapers and magazines with a new found gusto.
Then, I got a pencil with eraser and proceeded to lick the eraser.
This licked eraser could then be used to whiten out all the eyes. Wow...these pictures were now very, very, very scary. They were then hidden in and around in my stuff. Each drawer, my jewelry box, my junk (toy) drawer, all around my bed and stuffed animals. I may have hidden a few under her dinner plate and even in some of her drawers...but, my memory fails...ha ha ha! She was absolutely terrified! Lots of screaming, much to my delight!
Friday nights, I got to pick the TV program. I always picked Friday Fright Night, hosted by Gregory Graves, pictured below.
It was the scariest!
Just seeing his awful face sent my sister running off to our room...screaming! She was forced to play with her babies in the bedroom, while I, being much more grown up got to watch Friday Fright night without her bothering me. I'm thinking that mom and dad allowed this to go on so that they too could enjoy a movie without being bugged by the little pest.
I remember that scary movies were really scary. The next scary program that I remember was in 1959, The Twilight Zone. I was 12 and really had to put my big girl panties on to watch this program...
The very scariest was Nightmare at 20000 Feet
I think this would scare me to this day....