Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 Days of Horror: Day 8: Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)

I'm so happy that I was a kid during the 90s. That was the prime time for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon! Both channels have taken severe nosedives since then, which is very sad. The old shows and made for TV movies were fun to watch, even by adults! I wish Disney would play their fun original movies more often, since their incapable of making ones worth watching nowadays. Don't Look Under the Bed is a classic and it was actually frightening!

Don't Look Under the Bed made me afraid to look under my bed for about a week and to put my feet down by it whenever I got into bed or out of it. I used to have imaginary friends when I was growing up, good old Charles and Paige. As I explained in prior posts, I had an overactive imagination. I was convinced for a bit that the two were going to come back and haunt me like the Boogeyman did in Don't Look Under the Bed. That Boogeyman was not nice! All the pranks that he played were vicious; they made Frances look like a psycho who was desperate for attention! It definitely did not help her image in high school, which was probably already strained since she skipped a grade, poor girl.

I loved Larry Houdini! The actor was great and the character was so energetic, sweet and funny; it's hard not to love him. He adds comic relief! Kids wouldn't be able to handle this movie at all if it weren't for Larry. Well, until when he get's a bit scary by the end. I can still remember that Boogeyman's creepy voice and hands. His spooky hand with extendable claws emerging from under the bed in order to drag that kid into the depths of the Boogeyman world was beyond terrifying!

Not all kids will be able to handle this film. Actually, the majority of them will not be able to handle it. It's still a fun one to introduce them to it, if you're certain that he or she can handle scary moments. It's also fine to watch this as an adult. I know people who are adults who are still terrified from this movie and blatantly refuse to watch it. I heard that Disney actually got in trouble for showing it because of how many children were freaked out just by the commercials. Fear is instilled at a young age, which is why childhood movies that frighten you during that time are so memorable. If you haven't watched it before already, you should definitely give it a try! If you have watched it, I don't need to convince you that it's awesome!


Sarah Mann said...

I literally just watched this with my brother a few weeks ago (it's on youtube!) It's still so scary! Geez I cannot even imagine that I liked it as a kid. So freaky! But I agree, Larry is definitely the saving character. He is such a great actor! :)

Kalli said...

Haha I watched this on YouTube last year! I might be watching it again on there.

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