Write on Wednesday: Monsters Under your Bed

The Write on Wednesday Spark:  The monsters under your bed
Think back to when you were very young. Try to recall one of your first fears. A shadow on the wall, a ghost in the closet, a person, a scene from a movie or book. Write about that fear. Try to remember the feeling it gave you, what that fear would make you do and how you were comforted. Write a real life story or a piece of fiction. Wherever the prompt takes you. Keep your post on the short side: up to 500 words OR a 5 minute stream of consciousness exercise. Link your finished piece to the list and begin popping by the other links. Oh, and enjoy!

Looking back on my childhood, feelings of being scared and frightened emerge when I think about films I watched as a young girl.

I have a faint memory of sitting in Greater Union Cinema, with my Mum and Dad, I don’t think my brother had been born. I was four years of age and as a family, we were watching the Steven Spielberg classic ‘ ET…it was very dark in cinema, the seats were uncomfortable ( heads up…they still are!!), and I remember being scared by the film. I was unable to sit in my seat, and climbed onto my Dad lap and he put his arms around me.

Moments later, my fear had escalated….My Dad was crying, or sniffling silently…ET wanted to ‘ go home’, but he was stuck in limbo land, earth-bound and his health was deteriorating….I think it was then and there that I started to cry….Not because ET was dying, but because my Dad, who was my hero, was crying….It was all too much for my 4-year-old self…I just wanted ET to go home, and for my family to do the same….

At about the age of 10, I had gotten over my fear of ET and my crying Father, only to scare myself silly with the Australian film ‘ Picnic and Hanging Rock’….I absolutely loved this movie as a young girl, and despite the fact that it sent cold shivers down my spine, and I had to cover my ears to drown out the terror inducing pan flute music….I watched it over and over on repeat.

The ‘true’ story of an all girl boarding school’s day trip to Hanging Rock in country Victoria…a picnic from which 3 girls and one headmistress never return….It is a truly haunting tale…it plays on the fear of the unknown….the mystery surrounding the fateful Valentine day picnic in 1900 are never solved.

The movie captivated my over active imagination….the imagery, the sublime beauty of rural Victoria, the imposing rock and the angelic beauty of the young school girls…the questions raised by the film…What exactly did happen at the rock?…All remained unanswered…the credits roll and all that you are left with is the haunting sound of a single pan flute playing over and over and over…

For indeed it was the music that for me, was ultimately fear inducing….The occasional scream, the silence, a certain look on an actor’s face…yes they induced fear…but that darn pan flute got the better of me every time, for it echoed throughout the film, ripped through the rugged country landscape , reverberated off the rock…and thus adding another layer level of intrigue, to an already baffling tale…..

Check out this clip below…if you dare…..Or cover your ears, and just watch the pictures…which is what I have done from time to time over the years!!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kate@springdaysnewgrowth
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 05:34:28

    Oh I must watch this again ..it’s been a long time. yes I remember the fear and the suspense, I think I also remember being very jealous of how beautiful the blonde one (Melissa?) was! Music is very powerful – have you ever watched Somersault ?- the music in that creates much of the emotion.


    • Catch Up With A Mate
      Feb 17, 2012 @ 05:53:01

      Funny you should ask about Somersault…I hired it out two weeks ago!! Love that movie too..the music by Decoder Ring is perfect for the film…another of my favs….Hire out ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’…it is a stunning, fear inducing film!!


  2. Flute Hagler
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 01:43:15

    I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out my page! -Flute Hagler


  3. daphne
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 17:47:03

    oh yes, the music can put another level of fear into the watcher.. along with the actors expressions, and the action that is happening…


  4. Sam
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:18:55

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Great piece!


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