The other night The Boyfriend and I went out for dinner. As we were in the car on the way home, a song came on the radio that always gives me goose bumps and got me thinking about scary movies. It's called Lotion by Greenskeepers. The most famous line from the song is "it rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again" - cccccrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeepppppppyyyy!
This song was inspired by the insanely scary movie, The Silence of the Lambs. I first watched it when I was 11 and I thought was the greatest movie ever made. My friends wouldn't watch it with me, but my dad did. I'm still not sure how he managed to avoid explaining to me what the inmate had thrown at Jodie Foster from his cell (jizz) or where Buffalo Bill's genitals were (man-gina) - but I think it was testament to his awesome parenting skills that it was only when I watched it years later that I realised what I was seeing.
You see, it all started in 1983 with Michael Jackson's Thriller. Along with the song, he created a 5 min short film/music video. My sister and I were OBSESSED with the song and the film. So much so, that my dad taped it to VHS (aaaawwwwww VHS, I still remember you) so we could watch it whenever we liked. And we did. We watched that tape every morning before breakfast until the tape broke. I was 2 years old.
As evidenced above, I have had a love and appreciation of scary movies my whole life. I have explored the genre from gore to slasher to thriller and I love them all. Honourable mentions go to The Exorcist for classic themes and awesome dialogue ("Your mother sucks cocks in hell"), Freddy Krueger for invading my dreams consistently in my early teens, and the Scream franchise for poking fun at the genre whilst scaring the crap outta me.
But then there is Wolf Creek.
Wolf Creek is a 2005 independent Australian horror film. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held captive by a serial killer (John Jarratt) in the Australian outback. This film messed. me. up. For 2 reasons:
1. It is scarily possible. As I have gotten older I have found that the more plausible the story is, the more I freak out. The Australian outback is a big place. If you're lost and thirsty, wouldn't you accept water from a kindly stranger? Hhmm? Hhhhhhmmm? Think about THAT!
2. John Jarratt. You may remember him from such shows as Play School and Better Homes and Gardens. That's right. The kindly man who sang songs with Big Ted and Jemima and taught you how to DIY around the house, is a knife wielding psychopath with a laugh that STILL makes my blood run cold.
So, do you like scary movies?