On Saturday night, things were wild here. Husband had a gig and I read about Godzilla until my brain was full.
Then, it was time for the television.
At MAPACA, one of the my co-panelists presented an interesting paper on the Paranormal Activity movies, so they were on my mind.
I really enjoyed the first 2 movies. (I didn’t hate the 3rd and 4th, I just didn’t like them as much as the first ones). Still, I like the way each film in the franchise plays with narrative tropes and comments on the social and technical aspects of image production. manipulation of the gaze, spaces of resistance, power, and other popular culture studies stuff.
Movies 3 & 4 are available on Netflix and thus were easily and immediately available to me.
Most importantly, movies 3 and 4 are spooky but not super-scary.
Unless you’re home alone.
And by “you,” I mean “me.”
One time I scared myself witless after watching an episode of Supernatural that I’d seen at least half a dozen times.
To be fair, I also scared myself witless once watching the Dick Van Dyke Show.
But back to Saturday…
I chose Paranormal Activity 4, which was more entertaining than I remembered but, as I also remembered, not particularly scary.
Later that night, just as we were falling asleep, there was a loud, strange sound that seemed to emanate from the living room.
It only happened once, so we’ve decided to believe it was some air in the pipes.
(We aren’t concerned about the sounds on the roof. They aren’t in the attic, and even if they were, we know those are just squirrels. Or demons. Or demon squirrels).
We’d never set up video surveillance a la Paranormal Activity. Not because of the potential for disappearing and leaving behind mysterious footage, but because of the potential for disappearing and leaving behind evidence of early morning conversations like the one that happened this morning when my alarm went off.
Instead of hitting snooze, I yelled at it like a petulant teenager. “Shut UP, Godzilla!”
Disdain dripping from his voice, Husband replied, “It’s NOT Godzilla. It’s CHEWBACCA!”
Then I hit the snooze and we both went back to sleep.
He’s right, of course. It’s Chewbacca. It’s always Chewbacca.
I don’t even have a Godzilla alarm. That would be ridiculous.
While I was finishing this post, Husband and I watched that Dick Van Dyke Show episode, “A Ghost of A. Chantz,” on Netflix.
It’s still creepy and fun.
You know, it’s probably technically the first found-footage type horror movie/tv show. Huh.
Here, I found it for you on YouTube!
The Dick Van Dyke Show: “A Ghost of A. Chantz”