The room is dark but far from silent. Suddenly loud screams can be heard all around yelling help, please help as sounds of fall leaves crunching and twigs snapping on the ground as she is running through the forest. She stops to catch a breath thinking it is safe and realizes she is lost and it is pitch black with only the light of the moon faintly shining on the ground. The room becomes is silent everyone waiting to see what happens with only a few whispers. The young girl is tired, thirsty and scared as she continues to walk in between trees and bushes, quietly stepping through the sounds of the forest trying not to make a sound; she pushes branches away with her hands as a drop of blood falls on the ground from the barely missed knife cut. In the distance a bull frog croaking, an owl calling to his mate, the wind hollowing, and rustling from, a deer, perhaps a bear or other night creature and her own shallow and panicking breath. Then the sounds of the leaves moving around become louder, whatever is there is quickly coming closer and closer to her. Turning around in circles not knowing which direction to go, the sounds get louder. The whispers stop as everyone freezes waiting to see what it is approaching her. Then out of the darkness he jumps out from behind the tree with a white mask and a knife in his hand, she screams and at the same time everyone sitting in the theatre screams, popcorn goes flying, people cover their eyes, women snuggle up to their companion just a bit closer to scared to see what happens to the fate of this girl.
It is Halloween season and there are no shortages of modern day horror movies today. There are thousands of them to watch and you don’t have to go to the theatre but can be scared right in the comforts of your own home. Choices are endless with ghosts, demons, monsters and zombies and haunted houses with histories of a murderous tale in classics as poltergeist, the exorcist, and Amityville horror. The murder films with evil people who was once a victim themselves of something bad going after the innocent and vulnerable targeting young beautiful women or teenage boys, as a game for pleasure, Michael Myers in the (1978) horror Halloween, Freddie Kruger from Nightmare on Elm St.(1984) who kills teenagers in their forcing them to stay awake, Jason in Friday the 13th (1980). Then there are the science fiction ones like Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, the werewolf, and vampires who creep around at night for there victims. There’s the psychotic patient who escapes the asylum to kill people. There are even horror movies with evil dogs, cats, spiders and snakes. Some are not so scary and quite silly as in “The gingerbread man”, “Leprechaun 5: In the hood”, “Death Bed: The bed that eats” (really???). More modern scary movies are in “the Ring” (2002), “Dracula untold” (2014), “Cabin in the Woods” (2012), The list is endless when it comes to horror imagination and every year there is a new one that tries to make you scream even louder and throw your popcorn up in the air even higher. When did all the fascination with horror start?
Horror movies have been around for a 100 years and date back to the 1860’s. These films only lasted a short few minutes and usually were in gothic castles and had ghostly spirits, demons, mad scientists or people dressed in costumes to scare you. Many of the early pictures of ghosts were double exposed to depict images of ghostly shadows. Many of the Stories of imagination came from gothic literature from many legends and tales of Europe. The term “horror movies” was not used until the 1930’s, the first scary flicks and movies made were called “spook tales”. The first spook tale was made in 1897 of a dancing skeleton (insert pic) by Aususte & Louis Lumiere. The first recorded film was made in 1896 by George Melies called Lee Manoir Du Diable. This supernatural story was only 3 minutes long which included ghosts, trolls, witches, bats, and devils with the effects of smoke and disappearing acts. It is said that the granddaddy of horror films, the one that started it all as we see it today was the “Cabinet of Dr Caligari” 1920 made by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz. This was a film that lasted just under an hour and was about an evil doctor from an lunatic asylum. Vampires and monsters began to appear more in the 18th and 19th century starting with the classic Bram Stroker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” which has become the most popular remake film with many copies based off this novel.
October is horror movie month and theatre’s and movie rentals are making a killing. What is the fascination of being frightened to the point that you won’t sleep with the lights off in your entire house for a week, won’t go out to your car by yourself, won’t shut the bathroom door when doing your business or keep a flashlight, baseball bat or other blunt object next to your bed for the next month. Some people love to be terrified out of their wits it is the thrill of being afraid. There are a few theories why. According to Psychcentral.com one theory is that when frightened the heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increases creating a feeling of excitement even long after the movie an adrenaline rush. One article stated that it is because it boosts your self-esteem just knowing that there is someone else out there suffering more than you. Other articles said, studies show some people love the emotional roller coaster these movies give them. They are the high sensation seekers. Yet some people will not watch 30 seconds of a horror movie and are petrified of them. As for me well, I say that I like to watch them but, then I am one of those people who will sleep with the light on for a week after.
In the meantime while trying to decide what horror movie to watch; you will need something to eat before and during watching your favorite spooky tale. As well as the classic popcorn only with a pumpkin twist just so you will have something to throw up in the air while watching. This is the second week of my pumpkin recipes for October only this week I have two. The first is a delicious pumpkin pizza made with a pumpkin crust with a garlic pesto sauce and veggie toppings, perfect for a horror movie on a chilly October night. The other I simply had to include, you can’t watch a horror movie without the popcorn. This recipe is borrowed from one I saw on Pinterest (realfoodrealdeals.com) for sweet pumpkin coated popcorn. So, on a dark cool quiet Saturday night sit under a warm blanket curled up on the sofa with a slice of pizza and a big bowl of popcorn, shut the lights off and watch a scary Halloween movie.
As for the fate of that poor girl in the movie, well we all know how that ends………. For all you horror movie lovers out there check out some more interesting horror facts on the link below.
Pumpkin Pizza with Pesto Sauce
Yields: about 8” round pizza 6-8 pieces
Time: about 45 minutes
1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 tbsp. Mrs. Dash no salt seasoning (or other seasoning mix)
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup pumpkin puree (either from can or homemade)
For the pesto:
1 cup basil leaves packed
2 cups chopped frozen spinach thawed
1 cup raw pepitas seeds
1 half squeezed fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
3 cloves fresh garlic
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil (or use water)
Topping for the pizza:
These are suggestions, you can basically use whatever toppings that you enjoy
Black and Kalamata olives
Red roasted peppers
Other options: red onion, vegan cheese or tofu
For the crust:
Pumpkin Coated Popcorn
Pumpkin Crunchy Popcorn
Yields about 15 to 20 cups
Time: about 20 minutes
2/3 organic non GMO popcorn kernals
2 ½ tbsp. melted coconut butter
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 -3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
½ tsp cinnamon spice
¼ pumpkin spice
1 tsp sea salt