Do You Remember The First Time Part III

Friday, May 25 2012
Do You Remember The First Time Part III

And there’s more, to mirror the words of the late, great Frank Carson… We’ve been asking the trade for their first scary film experiences to tie in with the release of Momentum’s The Woman In Black, remembering, after all, that the 12 certificate film will be, for many pre- and early teens, the first film that frightened the lives out of them. The same idea is carrying part of Momentum’s PR campaign, and just to show how the idea will work, it’s running and running on The Raygun website. Here’s our third batch of first scary film experiences… 

Daren Thienel, Oink Creative: “It has to be The Exorcist. As I was too young to see it at the cinema I decided to re create the cinema experience in my parents front room. Parents out, best mate round. Pinched a couple of my dad’s Harp lagers, KP Nuts and fired up the VHS. Mid-afternoon, curtains drawn, no lights… dark. I’ve never been so frightened in my life – I literally Exorshat myself. Never watched a scary movie with the lights off since.” 

Mike Glasspell, Oink Creative: “As a kid I’d always enjoyed being a little scared by movies and TV thrillers, the Wicked Witch Of The West was the first film character I remember giving me the creeps, but I liked it. Doctor Who monsters always caused a stir, The Green Death and The Sea Devils in particular brought shivers, but only to the delight of school playground games, no nightmares. And then, aged 10 years old, when my mum took me and my mates to see Jaws, I liked the scary music, the tension and even though I jumped out of my skin at the head coming out of the boat, I loved it. I wanted more and I craved to see an X-rated film – the Holy Grail for a film-loving 10-year-old in the 70s. 

“But even though I was tall and felt I was man enough, I couldn’t get into an X legitimately – I tried and was of course turned away red-faced. Then came all the hype about this new horror called The Omen. Being a good Catholic boy I was aware of many of the references and when my older cousin told me it was the ‘best thing he’d ever seen’, me and my mate Chris hatched a plan to sneak in to see it. Well, Chris’ older brother Tony hatched the plan – we had to give him two weeks’ pocket money each! We were 11. The Gaumont in Southampton was a huge purpose-built single screen cathedral typical of the time before multiplex conversion, with a circle, a stalls and lots of fire exits. One of which was next to the gents toilets, right of screen at the front of the auditorium. Tony was only 17 but easily passed for 18, paid to get in on his own, duly took his seat near the front, waited until the B movie had finished and halfway through the ads and trailers picked his moment. It seemed like an age we were waiting outside, hiding, outside and I was properly scared. Not of the prospect of The Omen but of sneaking in. But in we got, snuck to our seats near the front and hunkered down properly excited.

“It was the music that got me first. The tension was unbelievable. And the look in Damian’s eyes went right through me. I was scared shitless and for the first time in my life hid my eyes from watching. After about 20 minutes when the manager came and hauled me up from my seat by my ear to throw us out, I was grateful, despite the pain. I didn’t see another X film until we got our first video player and the local rental shop opened a few years later. I still loved horror and being scared, the genre of choice through our teenage video-hiring years, but I steered clear of The Omen until I was about 18. Loved it, it’s still one of my favourites and the music still sends shivers down my spine.

Debbie Murray, Aim Publicity: “Growing up in the eighties there was no avoiding video nasties on the regular family visits to the local video shop, but it wasn’t until I hit my teens that I actually watched one.

“My brother used to watch them round his Freddie Krueger-obsessed mate’s house and they regaled me with the horrific plots, which was enough to scare me witless, that and his Freddie glove.

“The one that really sticks in my mind is when my parents left me and brother home alone in our mid teens and my brother’s aforementioned friend brought round a ropey copy of a Texas Chain Saw Massacre. At the time I believed the myth that people were killed for real in the film, it shit me up, but I didn’t make it to the end, having left my mate to go off and snog my brother’s mate, leaving her on her own (although it wasn’t as scary my parents returning from their holiday to find the house wrecked).

“I got a taste for horrors after that, Poltergeist always scared me and the A Nightmare On Elm Street series was always big at house parties.

“But as I’ve got older I find I’m more creeped out by scary movies. The Wicker Man freaked the hell out of me, as did Rosemary’s Baby and Paranormal Activity… well the sound of footsteps can send my heart racing. Funnily enough I promote loads of horrors, and as much as they scare me I still manage to brave them and love working on them.”

Dan Anscombe, Oink Creative: “Despite the how naff the mechanical shark looks, I still found Jaws terrifying. The moments that really stayed with me were the kid being dragged under the water before a fountain of blood erupts from the sea, and the guy sliding down the boat towards the shark and being eaten alive. And not forgetting that music…”

Jack Staniland, Oink Creative: “I was about 10 and we were on a camping trip in the New Forest. One of the older lads in the group had rigged up a TV in the common room and Universal Soldier was showing. I remember sneaking in to watch and being greeted with a close up of someone getting an injection in the forehead. For some reason the scene made me utterly shat myself and I pegged it back to my tent in the pitch black, tripping over other tents and getting covered in mud on the way. I couldn’t sleep that night and it stayed with me for a good year or two after. I believe this has a lot to do with my love of rom-coms.”

Tom Fournier, Oink Creative: “My first scary movie experience has to be Aronld Schwarzenegger’s Junior… The thought of Arnie preggers is enough to freak anyone out.”

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