Found a note in my outline today that said ‘make this scene scary like Dot and the Kangaroo‘. That’s my personal shorthand for ‘make this nightmarish and confusing, full of things that will doubtless eat you once you are sufficiently terrified’. *shudders*.
Of course I had to go look the film up on Youtube before I got down to writing – it’s called research, all right?
Here’s a clip which still scares me, to be honest. Is that just because it freaked me out when I was little, or does it give you the fear as well?
Dot was on all the time in our house when I was little. I don’t know why I rewatched a film so often when it scared me witless – maybe when I was little I was better at enjoying being frightened? These days my spooky/horror threshold is way too low to voluntarily watch scary films. Usually it was my little brother who cried at the tv then, flinching from the screen as I forced him to watch Dumbo‘s Pink Elephants on Parade over and over again because I thought it was funny how scared he was. Oops. Sorry baby bro.
Maybe it wasn’t even that I enjoyed the film that much, maybe it was just that thing you did in the ’80s, watch the same video repeatedly, play the same tape again and again. There are albums and films that I can never play now because of the horror of how many times I heard it back then. Does the internet mean that people don’t watch the same things repeatedly like we used to, or does it make it even easier to find (& rewind) the bits you like? The only thing I’ve played over and over again recently is Alcide from True Blood sneaking back into bed (NSFW) with Debbie in S4 (episode 9). God Bless HD.