Friday the 13th (The Day)

A few years ago, I worked with a group of guys who were all really into horror movies. American, French, or Japanese, psychological thriller or slasher film – it didn’t matter, they loved them all!

While I’ve never been into really graphic, gory films, listening to their conversations reminded me that it had been a long time since I had seen a good scary flick. So, when the next Friday the 13th rolled around, I asked for some suggestions. I can’t even remember what I saw now – though I know it was French and it was good, if a little gruesome – but it started a new tradition that I celebrate every time the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday. 

Personally, I stick with more psychological films like Paranormal Activity or Mama (those freak me out more than anything else), or classics like Halloween or the eponymous Friday the 13th, but I have learned that this is a subject everyone has an opinion on. For instance, I told my friend M today that I was thinking tonight’s choice would be Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods. Though I enjoy its use of stereotypical slasher film tropes, while also poking fun at them, she gave me a look that let me know she did not agree. But we never really got to discuss why she didn’t like it because a few other coworkers chimed in and made it clear that they didn’t like scary movies, period.

And admittedly, horror films aren’t for everyone. But instead of avoiding Friday the 13ths, I say it’s a good time to pop some popcorn and scare my pants off!

2 thoughts on “Friday the 13th (The Day)

  1. I’m the same way when it comes to horror movies. If it’s got blood and guts, I’m usually not going to like it. However, if it scares my brain, then I will enjoy it. Or never watch it again if it scares me too much *cough* The Fourth Kind *cough*

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