As part of our April Nanu Film Trail – an Anthology of Horror – we wanted to have a quick look about what makes our contributor’s sweat…
Elyse: I hate spiders. I’ve always known that, but I didn’t realise how bad it was until I burst into tears after seeing a particularly large and spindly one in August. After kneeling petrified on my bed for a while, I attempted my classic “kill it with kindness. And a massive great big DICTIONARY” tactic – but it ran behind my curtains. I didn’t open them for a week. When I finally did, it was nowhere to be seen. I try to believe what people say, that it was more scared of me. However, I can’t help but think that’s bullshit – I’m pretty friendly, unless armed with a dictionary.
Eve: I’m terrified of rodents and tiny fluffy things of any kind – much to my mum’s disappointment when, aged 10, I spent months begging for a pet hamster only to be too scared to touch it. Insects don’t bother me at all, but I have no idea how people can cope with living in mouse-infested flats; perhaps Edinburgh wasn’t the best choice of city for me, although (touch wood) I’ve managed to keep all my flats mouse-free so far!
Hitch: I remember I had a mate at school who was afraid of any kind of insect with wings. He claimed he came from a part of the world where butterflies could kill, but I refuse to believe him, and would laugh as he’d jump from chair to table trying desperately not to be landed on by harmless daddy long legs. He died of a butterfly sting this week. I kid, he’s fine – he simply mutated into a butterfly after it bit him and became the world’s most pathetic superhero. But aside from actually being bitten by something radioactive and not developing any superpowers, I’ve never really thought about. I suppose my biggest fear is probably having my face eaten by man eating mice in the middle of the night and waking up without my beautiful face. Either that or heart disease, my inevitable foe.
Sarah F: The things that scare me most are on screen – even though I am a massive horror fan, I’m an even bigger wimp! What scares me the most is the lack of control – the horror of watching victims as they are plagued by forces they cannot control. It isn’t so bad with Slasher movies, when you have a chance to escape if you’re up against another human…sometimes. But ghost/poltergeist movies are terrifying as they are beyond our realms of possibility; in films like Paranormal Activity and The Evil Dead, we witness characters so out of their depth that watching their struggle becomes a harrowing experiencing.
Oh, and as for scary little kids – don’t even go there.
What are you afraid of? Let us know in the comments!