Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Being All Alone = SpooOoOoOky? or Great?


Ok so here's a little debate I've been thinking about.

Being all alone.

Is it scary? Is it awesome?

I'm torn on the issue.

Henry David Thoreau loved it. I believe that when he was writing Walden, he was living in a sort of isolation. I mean, he had visitors, but ultimately, how many visitors really want to go visit a pond all the time?

Hermits love it. My mother loves it. Sometimes, I even love it.

Everyone needs a little "me" time.

Since I am still living at home with my dear ol' mom and dad...I do dances of joy whenever I hear that they are going out somewhere, no matter how long/short.

I never need "me" time at night though. At night....now....that's a whole 'nother story.

Being alone, in a creaky old house, in the dark, during a thunderstorm. No way.

In horror movies, they many times will have a character home all alone, at night (sometimes during the day), and they are attacked. It makes me never want to be alone! You're more vulnerable!

In that movie 1408, John Cusack is alone in a hotel room and goes out of his mind in fear.

In The Shining, Jack Nicholson begins to go insane in a haunted hotel because he and his family are in complete isolation from civilization during a huge snowstorm.

In When a Stranger Calls, the babysitter is home alone babysitting the kids and there's a maniac on the loose.

In Scream, Drew Barrymore is alone at home in the opening scene.

In Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis is alone for most of the movie with Tommy, babysitting on Halloween night.

Those are just a few examples, i'm probably missing a bazillion more.

I also find that when I am alone, I am more aware of things. Like, oh, when was that window open? Did I open that? I thought I closed it...

or what was that noise? I've never heard that noise before...is it knocking?

Also, things sound more scary. A car driving by with loud music...trucks....the ice cream truck's almost sinister-sounding circus music....dogs barking....children playing outside where I can only hear them and not see them trick me to believing in ghosts.

And of course who can forget when you're a little kid you're scared to all sorts of extremes when people tell you to "pretend" your parents are home when you're home alone and someone calls or comes to the door, so a "stranger" won't come and kidnap and murder you. That's terrifying.

I guess my final thoughts would be that having alone-time is great during the day...but at night..it's pretty creepy. I enjoy the company of others.

Silence is not always golden.

What do you think?


I'll try that! said...

The first "scary" movie I watched while home alone was Darkman, and it freaked me the hell out.

Monster Bash Blog said...

did you ever play Darkman for nintendo? it's jim's fave game.

I hate watching scary movies alone!! AHHH!!!

Jim said...

The link to the Wikipedia entry for "Alone" was this blog's cherry on top.

"Didn't I shut that window?" is pretty frightening though.

For all the times i've played NES's Darkman. I have never seen the movie.

I'll Try That, here's the plot of the game, tell me if its similar to the movie's plot.

You go around taking pictures of people in windows and then make masks of their faces.

Then you sneak into factories and circuses looking just like the photographed persons fighting your way through "baddies" firing bazookas at you before ultimately fighting (punching) the person you look exactly like to death.

Then you go take more pictures and balance on things every five minutes.


Monster Bash Blog said...

Jim, you're also forgetting that in Darkman for NES you can't jump further than 2 centimeters...I'll try that, does movie Darkman have no ability to jump whatsoever?

Jim, I'm looking forward to more blogs from you...