Friday, December 3, 2004

Horror Afflicted

So, I'm on the phone with my roommate.  He says he's at Trader Joe's and asks if I want anything.  I think of the list of items in my head and then remember he rollerbladed there.  I tell him no thanks.  I don't want to be responsible for any mishaps during his trek across Venice Blvd. 

Still on the phone with him, I hear a knock at my bedroom door.  Hunny barks.  I think it's my roommate standing outside my bedroom, trying to fake me out.  [we often talk to each other via cell phone from our rooms] I say "Just open the door."  He sounds confused.  I say, "Come in.  Open the door."  He says, "I'm not home."  I laugh.  He's still confused.  I say I don't believe him (in certain terms) and just as I'm about to open my door he asks a passerby, "Excuse me, will you please tell her I'm at Trader Joe's?"  The woman obliges and says to me, "Um, he's at Trader Joe's."

My response, "Oh.  Then who's knocking at my bedroom door?"

Like lightening, my hand moves away from my doorknob.  Fear rushes through me.  Suddenly, It's circa 1979 and I'm Carol Cane hearing, "Have you checked the children?"

* * *

After a complete apartment search with my roommate still on the phone, I turn on all the lights and open the front door, letting Hunny be the official greeter.  Turns out a neighbor placed a postal delivery on our welcome mat.  There must've been a mailbox mix-up earlier. 

So, there was a knock.  It just wasn't "coming from inside the house."

See, this is why it's not safe for me to watch horror flicks.  Even though I haven't seen this movie since its VHS release (in the old days) these images are embedded in my psyche.  Kinda like what comes to my mind when cable goes out and all we get is snow on the TV.  "Go to the light Carol-Ann."

Am I alone in this?  Do you have any horror flick flashbacks? 


yakima127 said...

Scary!  JAE

amyhschwartz said...

k, i can't watch horror films.  and in the rare case i do, my husband has to sit on the toilet while I shower.  So  no, youare not alone:-)

coy1234787 said...

I was afraid for you for a minute.
           *** Coy ***

pollysci said...

OH YEAH!!!  When my roomie goes outta town, I bolt the door and keep heavy objects & a cell phone with me as I sleep in my locked bedroom.  She thinks that's hysterical b/c I'm so "paranoid"... well, when I came home on Wednesday night from travelling, she told me she'd discovered her bedroom door doesn't lock...  missy was trying to lock her door b/c she got scared being alone.  HA! :)


barbaramck said...

OMG Peace, i'm freakin!!

i've been horribly effected and terrified by midgets after watching the tv series Twin Peaks. yikes!! it's a big joke around my house and my kids scare the beegeezus out of me with every possible turn. i never had this fear before crazy bob looked in the mirror and the dang little people were jumping on the bed in the reflection....

..... is that the phone??

A Stranger is calling...

...................................................................... < i'm gone!>...................>>>

kuhlhiggins said...

That is so strange.

babyshark28 said...

yes...I know these horror flicks.  since were around the same age and all. :)
I remember that phone one VERY well.  
and the carol-Ann one, yep.  creeeepy.
glad the knock was coming from OUTSIDE :D

sistercdr said...

I would have freaked too.

krobbie67 said...

Ummm.....yeah. I would have been crouched in the closet by the time he got home. This is why when I live alone I always have 2nd story or higher apartments. I made the mistake of getting a ground floor apartment years ago and slept with the lights on for six months until my lease was up. When I lived with my roommates in a house and they went out of town, I brought both the dogs in the bedroom with me at night and locked the door. I'm a big baby. I can't watch horror movies. :-) ---Robbie

mallory4284 said...

I get freaked out over nothing. Last night I wouldn't even watch CSI: (an episode I had already seen before even) because it was about a girl that got murdered in her home when someone broke in. So I changed the channel....

I also wouldn't watch Scream 2 last night because that's the one where the murders happen on her college campus...

I probably would have done the same thing you did.

-- Mallory

grassriver said...

I have flashbacks to "Lost" from the other night - God help me, I'm *that* nuts. :o)

kiskar said...

Yes, I went to see The Grudge when it came out, and am still freaked out, which is very unusual for me when I see a scary movie. The critics may not have been impressed, but my ongoing fear is testament to just how scary it was! - K. :)

ryanagi said...

LOL no "things that go bump in the night" fears...but a lingering one about being buried alive (I am still trying to find the name of that movie I saw when I was a pre-teen). I am asking to be cremated, just in case. ;-)

luckyaugustgirl said...

I always feel like someone is following me when im driving or when im in a store, it creeps me out to a point where ill leave a store because it makes me so nervous

You are not alone, we are never alone......... cue X files theme~

:) Sarah

indigosunmoon said...

Every time I get in the shower when I'm
at home alone, I think of that Psycho movie.
So nope...your not alone honey!
I don't do scary movies anymore.  They
cause me to have too many nightmares,
and my wife likes her sleep.  lol

xzasporated1 said...

Yeah.  I just had one, thanks.  That snowy TV/go to the light Carol Ann made my heart skip a bit.  Friday the wonderpup opened the bathroom door on me while I was in the shower.

Janet Leigh.

I peed.

~~ jennifer

derossetfamily said...

Ever see Copycat where sygourney weaver gets hung in the bathroom stall? Yeah. I have some issues with public bathrooms now. and The Shower Scene from psycho gives me issues too. Basically everything freaks me out LOL. But, I love me some horror movies anyway!

ckays1967 said...


every darn day......I shower with and old fashion shower curtain.    UGGGGGGGGGG

scary, very scary.

mlw1456 said...

I still sleep with my bedroom door shut and locked for fear someone will try to "get" me in the middle of the night. Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but I can't stand the thought of waking up to find someone standing over me!

And the 2 horror flick moments that changed my life forever?  Elm Street and Freddy Krueger (need I say more?) and the "Poltergeist" clown who jumps out from under the bed to strangle Robbie. I still can't stand the sight of clowns --- never quite recovered from that one ...

judithheartsong said...

More than I can tell you............ the car that drives itself in the Steven King flick. *** shudder***. The clown looking out of the storm drain in the Steven King flick. **** glaaaaaaa**** The "things ouside the windows" wanting to get in, in the Steven King flick.
ANY horror movie where the dead guy is not really dead...................... I could go on and on.
I don't watch horror movies anymore, because sometimes real life is scary enough.

judithheartsong said...

..... and anything with an anaconda or killer bees or mortal, bloody combat. :):)