Happy Halloween all. In Northeastern Ohio we look forward to a warm but soggy Trick or Treat night, after a perfectly dry week. What a good way to kick off the cold and flu season! Nothing that a little chocolate and nougat won’t cure. It was a standard morning in the Spivey household, besides the fact that I left the house towing a Minnie Mouse, Spider Man and a tiny pumpkin. At least choosing outfits today was easy…
My husband and I got into the spooky spirit last evening by watching “The Conjuring,” a spine-tingling flick which purports to be based on a true story. I find them slapping that term on every horror flick released today, to make it seem a little bit scarier. Luckily, we have the Internet to tell us what’s true and what’s not. Everyone knows that the Internet wouldn’t lie.
In doing haphazard Googling in the past, I’ve found that “based on a true story” thing usually means “based on a very flimsy connection to what may or may not be a true story.” In the case of “The Conjuring,” I’ve learned that many of the facts match up. At least the facts that can be considered facts, i.e. the family involved, the location and the ghost hunters called in to dispel the spooks actually existed. All parties closely involved claim that most of what was portrayed in the movie actually happened. Whether or not the paranormal side of it occurred….who knows? It just makes me happy that the cover of the DVD wasn’t blatantly lying to me. I’m just a simple librarian.
Speaking of truth vs. fiction, reality vs. non-reality, and the blurred lines between the two (get out of my head, Robin Thicke,) I did notice one other thing after our scary movie viewing last night. I find that I am more likely to be scared when awaking in the middle of the night after watching such a film.
I’m not trying to be stupidly obvious here. It’s more than being a little creeped out by scary scenes when actually viewing them or immediately afterwards. Long after said movie is finished, I can wake up for a 3 A.M. baby feeding or pre-dawn trip to the bathroom and feel that objects in the dark are more suspicious and make up more creative sources for strange sounds than I normally would. (It doesn’t help when your three-year-old tapes an origami ghost to the wall right before her own bedtime. Jeez.)
“Duh,” one may say. And one would be right. But leaving out the fact of whether or not I actually believe in ghosts, I’m just wondering how many people who claim to have seen or experienced paranormal events are fans of scary movies. Just saying.
How about you? Have you experienced any sort of paranormal activity? Did it occur directly after viewing Paranormal Activity? Please share your thoughts in the comments!