When I was growing up, there was nothing you could do to get me to watch a Nightmare on Elm Street film because I was absolutely terrified by Freddy Krueger. His deep voice. His ugly, charred red face. His glove. The fact that he kills you in your dreams. I can't count the number of times I was traumatized by family members who thought it was funny to lure me into a room and see me scamper away once I realized Freddy was playing on the tube.
I eventually got over my fear of Freddy with the help of my older brother, who finally took pity on me and saw that my fear of this boogeyman was genuine. He sat me down and gradually exposed me to scenes in Nightmare on Elm Street movies and would shut the TV off whenever I asked him to. He encouraged me when I could stand more than a few seconds of looking at his face. Eventually I overcame my fears.
It was a painstaking process that required a lot of patience, and of course, humor, to dispel the fear of the situation. So when I saw the #MakeAHorrorFilmLessScary hashtag on Twitter, it immediately took me back to my childhood. And of course, made me crack up laughing.
Because these are just downright hilarious.