Today's monster takes me back - way back - to the first time I watched The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I had a fresh new driver's license and permission to spend the night with a couple of friends, so we laid in with classic horror films and junk food for the night. Three girls, three scary movies, and trouble on the horizon.
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I'll admit is was late and I was already spooked when we got started with this one, but it scared the daylights out of me. The super-creepiness of the meat hooks, Old Monty in the wheelchair, and of course...Leatherface himself had me thinking I heard noises outside the window and being too afraid to leave the room alone. I was completely and totally freaked out. Then things got real.
The other two girls got into a huge fight. I don't remember the point of it, only that it turned into a horrible screaming-and-slapping thing and I couldn't break it up. A few minutes later, the parents were awake and stomping into the basement, telling us all to leave. To leave! At 2:00AM, with TSM still in the player!
A few important details: my house was far out in the country and I'd never driven at night. And I was rightfully terrified on many, many levels. But out I went.
I made it home just fine, of course, though my hands were shaking and I was sure I saw movement in the woods the whole way down every country road. In fact, I was nearly in tears by the time I parked to make a mad dash from the driveway to the door. All logic failed me though: I was afraid that a chainsaw-wielding cannibal would grab me before I got inside. I should have been more afraid of waking my parents...because that happened! Thanks to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I didn't get permission to take the car overnight again for years!
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So why did I choose Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre for Monster Monday anyway? Well, honestly it's because we have this completely creepy McFarlane Toys Movie Maniacs 12 Inch Deluxe Action Figure on our huge BLOWOUT SALE - down to $29.99 from $49.99. He's a great deal...if you're brave enough to sleep with him in the house.