Happy Halloween y’all!
Halloween comes around and with it comes the narration of horror stories, nightmares, sharing of fears and dressing up to step out and spook everyone, all the while having a good time while remembering the dead.
We asked around and it turns out there are plenty of things that scare our B-Towners apart from horror movies and ghost stories. Here’s what they had to share…
Everything scares me including tiktiki (lizards)! A lizard has been visiting my house for the last few days and it’s been a drama with the broom! I am also scared of the dark. I’d to sleep bum-to-bum with my sister throughout my childhood. We’d look in opposite directions just in case the ghost comes from either side. Even now, I can’t sleep alone. Even so, I have worked in many horror films. And I watch horror films with a group of people. My TV show Darr Sabko Lagta Hai releases tonight. Be prepared to be scared!
When I was young, my elder sister made me watch horror movies with her every Friday night. When it was time for bed, I had to have the lights on. To this day, I’m still scared of the dark and have to sleep with a lamp on.
I have always been very scared of the dark. I still am. As a child, I was terrified of Godzilla. I once had my birthday in a garden and wanted him to attend. He came and I sat in my mom’s lap and cried the whole time because he was so big and I was petrified. I have thought sometimes of doing horror films, but sadly, we don’t do many horror films here, the way they are made in Hollywood. I’d not want to do a horror film right now, though. I want kids to like me and not get scared of me.
When I was really young, my nanny used to tell me a story about Sambri. Apparently, he was a scary man with no eyelids, who would sit on the tree outside my house and wait for kids who did not sleep on time. I was terrified of this imaginary person she put in my head and still sometimes get the chills. The only difference being. I would sleep on time then, not so much now. I hate watching horror films! If I ever end up watching one, I do so with my eyes almost shut, so I can close them before something hideous comes on screen. The last horror film I saw in the theatre was The Ring, years back! After that, I never went back.
The one thing that scared me while growing up was It, the killer clown. I’m not scared of clowns per se, but I am scared of the gutters where he would hide. And I am also terrified of “people under the stairs.” To this date, I still run very fast up the stairs when the lights are out just in case a dead person grabs my legs!
I love Halloween and I have always been a fan of horror. Because I studied in the USA, I became deeply aware of American culture. The way they would decorate the dorms during Halloween would fascinate me. I love Chintu uncle (Rishi Kapoor) a lot, he’s one of my father’s (Jeetendra) closest friends, but as a child I was terrified of him. He would bully me and because I would run away from him, he would shout ‘Tu bahut ullu ka pathha hai’. He would come home very often and the minute I heard his voice I would run into my room and hide. Of course, now I have worked with him and I am not so scared anymore. I love watching horror movies and my favourites are The Exorcism Of Emily Rose and The Conjuring.
Growing up, I was really scared of ghosts but now I am scared of humans. The way we are killing each other in the name of religion and region, it’s very terrifying. I hope things change as I don’t want to feel scared.
I grew up in London, so we have always celebrated Halloween. My older brother would create amazing prosthetics and take me trick-or-treating which was so much fun! But he also forced me to watch Nightmare On Elm Street; as a kid, that’s a really scary movie! Of course, now, I find all this funny. I think what scares me now are thrillers and realistic stories. I am also scared of creepy crawlies like lizards, spiders and cockroaches!
I am not scared of anything or anybody other than flying in a plane. I feel I lose control of myself there. I also watch horror films. They don’t scare me as much as their background sounds. My heart skips too many beats due to this sudden break in silence.
I am scared of lizards! They are my biggest fear ever and even today if there is a lizard in the room, I can’t sleep. While shooting for Viceroy House we stayed at Umaid Bhawan and one day, a lizard slipped into my room! I called guest services at 3 am to drive it away. Of course, the staff was sweet enough to chase the lizard around with a broom and dust pan till it left my room.
As kids, we were not really that aware of Halloween, but watched Ramsay movies that were enough to scare us. I even acted in Go Goa Gone which was a step beyond horror. I love watching horror films.
The one thing that scares me is long tunnels because I’m always afraid they’ll collapse on to my car. I grew up in Africa where there are a lot of long tunnels while driving in to the country. So for me, till date, I don’t like taking the Khar subway because I feel it will collapse on to my car.
I am not very scared of the supernatural. But what really gives me the creeps, are reptiles. The thought of a snake makes my heart skip a beat. It makes me cringe and sends a shiver down my spine.
As kids, whenever we would not listen to our elders, they’d scare us with this fictional Buddah Baba, who was created to scare the kids. I think till date this character stays fresh in our minds. We were also told that if you sleep with dolls they would dance on your stomach in the middle of the night. These two things remain the scariest part of growing up. I do enjoy watching horror films. The last film I saw was Mamma.
What really scares me is drowning and flying. I’m a true terrestrial species. Though I love swimming and am not afraid of heights, being in the middle of the sea in the water and in the middle of the sky in the aircraft freaks me out.
I have always been scared of ghosts and other paranormal phenomena. As a child, I happened to see a few horror show episodes, and since then, I could never sleep alone. Even if someone sleeps next to me, I have to make sure they are there the whole night, so I keep my arm or legs wrapped around them. Unfortunately, that fear has travelled with me through the years and still resides deep in my heart and mind.