Monday, October 19, 2009

The Achilles Heel's of Horror Bloggers

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I got an e-mail the other day from Robyn of the awesome website Horror Blips asking me what my one achilles heel was when it came to horror movies. In other words, what one thing/character/etc. always manages to scare me whenever it's seen in a horror movie. The reason she asked is because she was working on a post about the individual weaknesses of horror bloggers, as it pertains to the genre we all love and dedicate ourselves to. Well that post, which includes participation from yours truly and a few other fellow horror bloggers, has been completed and I thought i'd share it on here as it's a very interesting and fun little read. We might be all about horror, but we all have that one thing that reduces us to frightened little children! You can check out the list over at Horror Blips (with pictures) or read the entire post below.


While it might seem that true horror fans are unscareable, they all have their soft spot. Even Superman has Kryptonite right? For me, movies that feature ventriloquist dummies are off my tolerable scale. Something about the eyes, and the fact that they seem like they’re alive, when they aren’t, and then they do come to gives me the creeps.

We wanted to know what horror bloggers claimed as their own personal Achilles heel. What makes them squirm or scream every time? Check out their answers below, you might be surprised to find out what it takes to freak out the un-freakable.

Mike Snoonian, All Things Horror :

If there’s a sure-fire type of fright flick that keeps me up into the wee hours of the night, it’s anything dealing with tightly claustrophobic settings and premature burial. There’s something about viewing someone trapped in a confined space, barely able to move or breathe that gets my heart racing and nerves twitchy. When watching a scene of this type, I put myself in the character’s place, pinned in a pine box or hole in the ground, the air growing staler and thinner until it finally runs out, leaving me gasping for my last breath alone in pitch blackness. That’s why “The Descent” remains one of the scariest theater experiences of my life. Even if the cave dwellers had never been introduced, the story of the women trapped and lost in pitch-blackness with the constant threat of the walls collapsing around them was more than enough to leave me sweating in my seat.

B-J C, Day of the Woman :

For some reason, I’ve always been really uneasy with dead children. My mother has run a daycare out of our home for years, so whenever Michael Myers chased down Jamie Lloyd, or when little Gage dies in “Pet Sematary,” it always really really bothered me. As far as something that I see constantly, I’m really bad with eye injuries. Eye gouging, stabbing, bleeding, anything of the sort always makes me squirm. The scene in “Opera” is pure torture for me as well as the “Zombi 2” infamous wood to the eye scene

Stacie Ponder, Final Girl :

I’m a total sucker for possession movies. It doesn't matter if it’s a low-budget 10th generation Exorcist rip-off, I’m gonna be creeped out. It’s not the religious angle that gets to me — I’m not a particularly religious person — it’s more of an aesthetic thing. Weird eyes, crusty skin, oozing liquids, barfed-up pea soup, and a deep demonic voice are all it takes for me to freak. I guess it’s just a visceral reaction, because the people who get possessed in these movies don’t ever do much except lay around in bed all day, stinkin’ up the joint and cussin’ up a storm. No matter! Even the lowest movies on the possession totem pole work for me.

Johnny, Freddy In Space :

My one Achilles heel when it comes to horror is without question Zelda from “Pet Sematary.” Movies don't scare me too often and it’s even rarer that characters themselves scare me, but Zelda always has and always will put the fear in me. Lock me in a room with Freddy Krueger, a zombie, a ghost, or the devil himself — I’ll calmly assess the situation and find a way out alive. Lock me in a room with Zelda and I will die of fright before she can ever even lay a finger on me!

BC, Horror Movie a Day :

Fish and other, smaller water creatures. Sharks are OK, but you put a snapper turtle or a piranha in a movie, you can guarantee that I'm going to get unsettled. Even if they aren't the “villains” of the film, if they just show a fish doing that pucker thing with his mouth in someone’s fish tank or whatever, I feel uneasy.

I also used to be afraid of clowns, but so many terrible killer clown horror movies have actually vaporized my fear.

Monster Scholar, Monster Land :

My horror Achilles heel would have to be disembowelment and/or vivisection. It’s been a hot button for me ever since I ate a bad yogurt parfait and had nightmares about someone cutting me open and removing my organs with toothpicks. This initial fear was only made worse by seeing “House of a Thousand Corpses” as a teenager and watching Dr. Satan perform gruesome surgery on his live victims. Yuck.

Becky Sayers, The Horror Effect :

Home invasion films get under my skin. Sometimes it takes the hard-hitting intensity of a movie like “Inside” to terrify me, but other times the simplest slasher can make me uncomfortable. Perhaps it roots back to my indoctrination into the horror genre with “Halloween.” I remember trying to sleep after watching John Carpenter’s masterpiece for the first time. My bed was situated against a wall, which I faced, leaving my back exposed to the empty room. I kept imagining that Michael Myers was standing behind me, his pallid mask hovering like a ghost in the darkness. However, my fear of the home invasion might be based on something more elementary. I grew up on 10-forested acres in a rural area of Washington state. There was no next-door neighbor. There were no paved roads for a mile. If someone were to prey on my childhood home, it might resemble scenes found in “The Strangers” or “Them.” Whatever the circumstance, it is horrifying to imagine that you are not safe in your own residence. Absolutely no one wants to wake up to the sound of unknown footsteps downstairs or to the sight of a shadowy figure leaning over the bedside.

Jeff, The Jaded Viewer :

That's a very interesting topic. I gotta admit, I get the uber shivers from creepy crawlies, swarms of bugs movies and killer parasites. You know the movies, like “Splinter,” “The Thaw,” “The Ruins,” “Slither” and don’t get me started about “Arachnophobia.” I love these movies but when I see a horde of bugs or parasites on the move, it gives me chills. I start squirming and I get the feeling these creepy crawlies are attacking me.

Awesome job, Robyn, and thanks for inviting me to be a part of this!

Leave a comment with your own personal horror achilles heels!


Steve Zombi said...

Weird, I literally only just saw Pet Sematery for the first time last week. Can see what you mean though. Zelda was rather freaky.

Michael said...

Pedophilia. THAT scene near the end of The Orphan creeped me out like nothing else this year. Ick. Skin crawling just thinking about it.

B-Movie Becky said...

Haha! I think you would gladly be locked in a room with Freddy. :)

kaiyn said...

Spiders. Other creepy crawlies don't bother me so much, but spiders freak me out. Years ago, Arachnophobia had me jerking awake, thinking spiders were dropping down on me while I was sleeping.

Cory said...

Damn you...Zelda has always disturbed the hell out of me as well, and when that pic of her that you posted up top came on my screen it felt like my skin wanted to crawl completely off of me. I hate it when stuff like that catches me off guard

Mister Bones said...

I can think of 3 things that could be considered my achilles heel...

Sharks, I've mentioned on my blog before, terrify me. An animal that large, known to be the ultimate predator, does't sleep, lives primarily to eat, and can attack virtually unseen from underneath you. *shudders*

Rape has always made me very uneasy, don't have any particular reasoning for it I don't guess, certainly doesn't stem from any personal bad experiences or anything like that, rape scenes have always just made me sick to my stomach. Haven't seen the Last House remake, and won't be seeing it, because of this.

And finally, goat legs. Sharks may scare the bejesus out of me, but there isn't a creepier animal on this planet than a goat. You put goat legs on a humanoid creature, and Mister Bones is running for the door. And tripping anybody who's running faster than I am.

Jay Amabile said...

I'm with Mike from All Things Horror, I'm very claustrophobic and premature burial sucks ass.

Jason said...

I have always had a huge fear of snakes. I dont care how small it is, if there is one in the room I am out in no time. Soemthing about the way they move, can change diretion instantly, and coil around you freaks me out.

Wings said...

Like you, much doesn't get to me. Watch it all.

But, the one thing that gives me the willies is when the killer or monster or whatever is at first unaware of the presence of the hero/victim. When the moment of realization occurs, and you can see it in their eyes or with the turn of a head, and then the hero/victim knows it as well...

Damn, that is creepy stuff.

merricat said...

Great piece.

Jason said...

After some contemplation (rather than work of course) I was reminded of Eden Lake, and how much that movie disturbed me. I think movies like that where the escelation of violence and circumstance are entirely possible of being true are what get to me.

Carl (ILHM) said...

Oh dude Zelda is all sorts of creepy, my wife refuses to watch that scene to this day!

I would have to go with any sort of bone protrusions, I can do beheadings, stabbings, butt rape, but there is nothing worse than a femur ripping through the flesh. Ugh, I wanna barf right now..