My dad is a horror movie fan. He loves the genre and when I was born he patiently waited 3 years to show me my first horror film. He probably should have waited longer. He decided that is was a good idea to show me Child's Play when I was three because how scary could a toy be...let's just say I am still frightened of Chucky 10 years later.
Fast forward two years, I am 5 and he is going to attempt to show me another horror film. This time he chose, Pet Sematary. I asked if we could watch it during the day and he said it is always better to watch a scary movie at night. I remember how scared I was before the movie even started. I nestled in close to my dad, adrenaline pumping as he pressed play and the movie began. As the movie unfolded I found myself getting more and more tense, but in a good way. I was really loving this movie. Then I met Zelda, and I don't mean Princess Zelda.I still get goosebumps to this day whenever I hear anyone mutter the name Rachael, let alone when my dad does it in his best Zelda voice. That woman, well Zelda was actually played by a man but I digress, that woman creeped me out. I buried my face into my dad's arm as he giggled. Apparently it is a rite of passage to scare your daughter. Anyway, the movie progresses and it had some other scary moments but I recall thinking Gage was too cute to scare me. I even laughed when he said "No fair" after he had been injected by his father. The movie ends and my dad looks at me and says, "Well?" And I replied, "Sometimes, dead is better" I was hooked. I couldn't wait to experience that feeling again, that feeling of being scared. What a rush.
Is Pet Sematary a perfect film? No. Is it the scariest film? No. But it was the one that endeared me to the genre and so I will always remember it fondly. So tell me in the comments below, what movie made you a horror fan?