While Jamie has been up from Florida for the holidays I guess you could say that she's had a "frighteningly" good time. For some unknown reason, she seems to have taken a great liking to horror films - particularly those of the slasher variety such as the Friday the 13th and Halloween series.
I'm not sure that her Dad would approve (awww ...) but since she's been here Jamie has watched Friday the 13th Parts I through VI (with the exception of IV as she didn't want to watch that one), the original Halloween, and Jason vs Freddy wherein Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th and Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street face off against each other in a veritable bloodbath of gore. The kid is apparently not at all squeamish when it comes to people being gutted, having their throats slit, or even being decapitated. Ewww ...
I've never been much into your basic slasher films though I admit to having seen the original Nightmare on Elm Street when it hit theaters in 1984. I vaguely remember Johnny Depp's role in the film as Glen Lantz but I do remember his death came by being sucked into a big hole in the middle of his bed while gallons of blood sprayed around the bedroom and the ambulance attendant's statement upon entering the room, "We don't need a stretcher in there. We need a mop!"
Other than that and the one weekend when the ex took the girls down to Washington D.C. and I was home alone so rented a bunch of horror flicks and watched them back to back (including I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, the Scream series, and a few others I can't remember the name of ), I've never really watched the type of movies where scantily clad teenage girls scream way too much before some guy in a mask runs a knife through them. Not my idea of a good time.
Where Jamie got her like for these kinds of movies is beyond me. Sure, I've read a lot of Stephen King and probably even read some while I was pregnant with her, but those are scary stories of another kind so I can't say she developed it in vitro! I don't believe it's an inherited trait either as I can't think of anyone else in the family who likes these kinds of movies but Jamie has always been, uhm, what's that word? Oh yeah -different!
This week she has discovered another scary movie of a different type that she really likes that's creepy on another level - the Hannibal Lecter series. Despite the fact that it won 5 Oscars, I never saw The Silence of the Lambs when it came out in 1991 though I knew what the basic premise was and who - or should I say what - Hannibal Lecter is. I've heard quotes from the movie all over the place but never had the desire to sit down and watch it even though I really appreciate Sir Anthony Hopkins as an actor. I'd much rather watch him in Meet Joe Black then in his more terrifying roles even though he plays them very, very well.
Jamie, on the other hand, has watched not only The Silence of the Lambs but also Hannibal Rising, Manhunter, and Hannibal this week. She was quite pleased to learn that Dr. Hannibal Lecter was named the number one film villain of all time by the American Film Institute in 2003 - a title that I've found was well-earned as I've tried to watch some of these movies with her. I jump and turn my head away or make noises of disgust while Jamie says "wow! cool!" and watches every little detail. Again let me just say ... Ewww ...
She told me today that she wants to make scary movies when she gets older and if Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, John Carpenter, or Sean Cunningham got their start as famous horror movie directors by watching a lot of horror movies when they were young then Jamie may well be on her way to a career in film-making.
Gee, and I was so hoping for a George Lucas or Steven Spielberg instead!