It’s the return of our What Makes You a Strange Kid? column, this time featuring that ominous fiend who makes sounds from beyond the shadows Grey from the dARk HOurs Horror Podcast and The Fear Inside!
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I think it all stems from my childhood. When I was little I wasn’t allowed to actually watch “R” rated movies. This made them more attractive to me. I was fascinated by Jason and Freddy even though I wasn’t allowed to actually watch them in action. So in an effort to experience these wonders I took to reading. I would visit used book stores and look at the novelizations of the famous slasher movies of the 80s. In the center of any given book there would be still shots from the of the movie. I have no idea why it made sense to include the pictures from a movie in the book, but at the time I didn’t complain.
I had to debate and argue with my parents just to see movies like Gremlins 2 and Big Trouble in Little China, which were PG-13 movies. For me, horror was a privilege, not a right. That mentality carries on today. I love horror movies and the experience of discovering a really effective scary movie is just as fresh now as it was back when I was little. The only difference now is that I don’t have to clear it with the judges anymore.