The scariest thing in the world is being trapped in the dark, out in the middle of nowhere, where you can’t see what’s around you. This is why I don’t camp. I have no desire to be eaten by a bear or a monster out in the middle of nowhere. Real nature is too dark and too remote for me. If I’m going to die a horrible death, I at least want to be able to see it coming!
I also think it’s spooky/scary anytime in a movie when a person gets a sense that they are losing their mind … that moment when they realize that nothing is as it seems and they might be crazy, or that their friend might be an axe murderer. I hate the idea of not being able to trust my own mind/perception. That would be terrifying.
Filmmaker Ellen Siedler (And Then Came Lola) just doesn’t want to be lunch: “The scariest, spookiest thing in the world [was] riding my mountain bike, pretty much alone, on a trail in the Canadian Rockies and just knowing there is a big ol’ Grizzly Bear just waiting behind the next bush to maul and munch me up for lunch.. ”
Also afraid of things that go “bump” in the night was Rosser Goodman, “Home alone, late at night in the dark and hearing a strange noises … not anymore, but when I was little. Also scary are the nightmares that you think are real, even after you wake up."
On the other hand, plenty of our panelists had other ideas about what we meant by “scary:"
From Julie Goldman: “Mom jeans. They must be stopped.”
Comedian Kate Clinton: “Hunger at 4 PM”
Dara Nai (Dara & Karman’s Hit List) put things to a sharp point: “The scariest things in the world right now are nuclear proliferation in certain parts of the world and the inexplicable popularity of Hannah Montana.”