ByCarlton Kenneth Holder, writer at

Just because I'm thinking of horror movies right now with the passing of Wes Craven, I thought I would share some scary thoughts.

One of the great elements of a scary movie has always been (to me at least) creepy nursery rhymes. The late great horror master Wes Craven knew this all too well.

This goes back to the very origins of some nursery rhymes.

Most people don't realize the nursery rhyme "RING-A-RING OF ROSIES" is about the Bubonic plague. The rosies in the verse are the red boils around the neck of those infected with the Black Death. The posies are the herbs people carried, hoping it would protect them from becoming infected. Ashes, ashes, all fall down refers to the burning of the bodies of the infected.

In "NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET," Wes Craven created one of the most memorable scary nursery rhymes: "One, two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, better stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again."

That's pretty classic.

It even inspired the nursery rhyme I came up with for the rocker who sold his soul to the Devil in my novel "THE BLACK ALBUM: A HOLLYWOOD HORROR STORY." "Play it backwards, summon him back. The Demon Jeremy will attack. Through the soul or through the flesh, the front man eternal will not rest. One night only to find your sin. One soul out, another soul in."

Anyway, hope you're sufficiently creeped out.


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