I was talking, the other day, with some friends on Facebook about first encounters with the horror genre and since then I started to remember how it was for me :).
It was in 1986 and I was only 8
That’s when my story begins.
Some of you might remember but some of you were not even born in ’86 so I’ll get into some small details about that time.
Back then times where different, people were different and things that we (and our families) were doing might seem strange now.
My parents had a circle of friends and almost each week they would get around at somebody’s house. They were playing cards or talking or doing stuff parents were doing then in a room and we, the kids, were in a different room playing or watching TV.
In that special day we decided to see some movies, the friends we were at already had some rented movies on VHS for us.
We talked about what movies to see, there were some action movies, some comedies, nothing special and because there were no parents around us we took two movies in our room: “The Omen (1976)” and “A nightmare on Elm Street (1984)”.
The first we saw was “A nightmare on Elm Street” and we played “Omen” too.
A world-changing event for me
Some of us were scared to tears, I was scared too but the stories amazed and amused me in the same time.
When I realized how good it feels to face your fears, how liberating it is … my world changed for me.
I realized that if I was able to face Freddy Krueger then I’ll be able to face anything.
Of course I had intense nightmares for weeks but I was so confident in my abilities that I managed to overcome those nightmares, I learned then that if you think a lot about something before sleeping then you’ll dream that thing and because you thought about it and already created a scenario in your mind … you might have the impression that you are controlling the dream. Good times 🙂
Those were the times when I had my first full sensation dreams (not a scientific term 😉 ): feeling cold, heat, pain, being able to look around, etc.
What came next
After 1986 it was hard for me. It was hard to get my hands on rented VHS’s with horror movies for quite a few years.
Then I grew up, it was easier, I started playing PC games, movies became an affordable commodity.
I consumed a lot of horror movies in the 1990’s and 2000’s but there was nothing special, the same old stories with some variations.
I have to say that I labeled a lot of horror movies from that time as comedies :).
2002 – a new chapter in my passion for horror
2002 is the year when 28 days later was released!
28 Days Later showed me something new, something to fear, something I was not immune at: the fast zombies and a glimpse of how humans would change after an extreme event.
The fast zombies were scary but the humans scared me a lot more.
So, 2002 was the time when I refined my passion for the horror genre 🙂
What came after that is history, some good movies, some exceptional, I started paying more attention to TV Shows.
So, how was your first encounter with the horror genre? How did you start to be so passionate about zombies?