I guess it would be fairly fitting - what with the Williamstown Film Festival coming up - to talk about my favorite scary movie.
It's tough to think about, as I have so many favorites.
As I may have mentioned before, the Halloween season was all about sitting in the den - with all the lights off - and watching Camp Counselor A run from a grisly death at the hands of whatever faceless demon happened to be haunting the woods that night.
As my cousins and I aged, we started searching out (I don't know if deeper is the correct term, but) deeper fare.
Hockey-masked hellions no longer satisfied whatever deep-seated need we had to be scared. And we searched everywhere - from the top of every video store shelf, to the bottom of every relative's drawer who thinks your second cousin on your mother's side might have had some of those "weird movies from the 80s."
But, having grown up in the woods with the Boy Scouts, and hearing every scary "Insert-your-summer-camp-name-here Devil" story, I wanted an actual scare.
I guess the closest I got to that was the movie "The Blair Witch Project." I should have known it was fake from the get-go, I know.
But I bought the hype, was convinced that my strange experiences in the woods were more than just adrenaline, and finally ... proof!
Of course, when the actors all showed up at the MTV Movie Awards a few months after
I really wanted to kick myself.
I probably should have learned my lesson. Alas, my focus turned to alleged spirit photography (it doesn't get any more real than that, right)?
But if you go online Thursday, we'll talk about that a little more - the fakes, the forgeries and the ones that defy explanation.
And if you're looking for a good scary movie, I'll have a few lists online this Thursday. To get things started, check out what is arguably the grand daddy of all modern horror films - "Psycho."
Skip the update, and go back in time when there was nothing at all odd about eating sandwiches and milk in a creepy parlor with stuffed birds. And the hook still gets me.
Speaking of hooks, if you're looking for something a little more ... extreme ... check out 1992's "Candyman." Scary good fun, unless you hate bees, then you will certainly not like it at all.
And if you are in the mood for something a bit brainier, it's hard to pass up George A Romero's "Night of the Living Dead."
"They're coming to get you, Barbara," is still the creepiest line ever.