Sunday, October 24, 2010
How To Scare Your Grandchildren With Classic Movies
Many people today think children should not see scary movies. I know a couple of people who think that the fabulous "Night on Bald Mountain" scene in Fantasia is awful, and would never let their kids see it. I don't agree with them. When I was a kid at a re-release of Fantasia, the theatre was full of kids and parents, and we loved it. We're not talking toddlers here -- certainly very small tots would be too scared by this, I think. Many parents of older children probably don't realize that their kids have spent the night at friends' houses and watched Saw I, Saw II, Saw XXV, or seen the ghastly creative deaths in Final Destination movies. With classic scary films, parents have a chance to at least educate their children about the difference between good scary and bad grossness.
I like to show my grandkids the good stuff, experience it with them, and show them the quality scary as opposed to some of the sicko gore shown today. Some of my most treasured memories involve all 7 of us kids going to the movies with Dad and Mom and being scared together. My Dad would usually do something to scare us after we got home and went to bed, just to make sure we would remember the experience. We did, and it was great.
Tonight we had a wonderful time, and I feel good that my grandkids know who Vincent Price is, want to see more Poe stories, and enjoy scary movie night with Grandma. I'll make cookies tomorrow.