Samantha Jones

Sam's Notebook

Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.


Scare me

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A couple of years ago, my husbandís 11-year-old brother handed me a Christmas present he wrapped himself. I opened it fully prepared to lie about how much I loved it, but I didnít have to lie at all. He had given me The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

ďI got this for you, because I know you love the killing,Ē he said. He wasnít wrong. I do love horror movies and always have. Iíve loved horror movies since the first time I watched Halloween in 1997, cross-legged on the floor at my babysitterís house, hoping I could finish the movie before she realized what I was watching.

That was followed by all the Halloween sequels, which arenít nearly as good but definitely enjoyable. Iím particularly fond of Halloween: H20 when Laurie Strode returns to take on Michael Myers one last time. Then came Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp and Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street. My mom would take me to Blockbuster every Friday night, allowing me to rent a movie or two to watch in my room. She didnít veto any movie I chose. She said Iíd probably watch it anyway.

Thanks to her placid encouragement, I have seen hundreds of horror movies. I watch at least one horror movie during the weekend. This past Sunday, I celebrated my birthday by watching Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead. It wasnít good, but Iíve become fond of the kind of horror movie youíll find in the $5 bin at Walmart. Itís like a bad romantic comedy or a thriller with hardly any plot. You canít help but watch whatís happening on the screen, and sometimes you want to watch it again when itís over.

Each year, I try to find new horror movies to watch in October. It is Halloween, after all. October was my favorite month as a child, because that meant I could watch horror movies without waiting until Friday to go to Blockbuster. Everything from the classics to modern slashers play on TV during October.

On the weekend, some channels exclusively show a horror movie marathon. Thatís how I discovered some of my favorite horror movies, specifically the Sleepaway Camp sequels. I never wouldíve watched that series if it hadnít been playing on TV, and now itís one of my favorites.

This year, I plan to see a few new horror movies in the theater. I know, I know. Why would I pay $10 to watch some bad movie that will be available for $5 in the next few months? Well, itís October, itís Halloween and itís just pure fun. Iíve already seen the It reboot, which was good but not nearly as good as people make it out to be. Itís possible I feel this way because Iíve got a soft spot for the 1990 miniseries, with its five-hour runtime and horrible special effects. I first watched that movie with my uncle in 1996. From then on, I tried to watch it every time it came on TV. The new movie is good, but it doesnít have John Ritter or sub-par production value. Thatís pretty important to me.

I plan to see Happy Death Day, Tragedy Girls, Amityville: The Awakening and Friend Request before the month is over. For those of you who are interested in watching something scary this month, Iíd recommend mainstays like Scream or A Nightmare on Elm Street. You canít go wrong with Wes Craven.

Then again, I donít think you can go wrong with horror movies in general, so maybe Iím a little biased.