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The Wicked Witch Of The West


I certainly not the scary movie type. I just don’t enjoy the vampires! In fact, I stay away from most action films too. Perhaps, this was decided early in my life, when at age 6 I was taken by my Mum to see The Wizard of Oz. I still remember that evening clearly. How could a child ever forget the day her Dad went off to war?  Mum thought she’d keep our minds off the situation by taking us for a movie. All was well – Dorothy was a sweetheart. It was the Wicked Witch of the West that set me off. I just couldn’t take her eerie laughter. I began to fidget and squirm. Then I began to close my eyes. When it got too bad for me, I asked to be taken home. I’m not sure my brother stayed back till the end, but Mum and I certainly went home.

I watched the movie the other night and I laughed at myself for being such a scaredey cat back then. But I still won’t watch scary movies even if you pay me!

Today’s prompt for the BlogFEST2012 came from Nicole of World of My Imagination.

What movie (or book) scene scares you the most?

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35 Comments on “The Wicked Witch Of The West

  1. I was just the opposite I think Corinne!

    I used to love horror movies and so do my kids, though they watch the horror movies with eyes closed and keep peeping in through their fingers. 🙂

    I remember the first one I had seen was Dracula (I think) – and I sat right through. Of course, I was jumping and shrieking in between, but those thrills are so fresh in my mind. Don’t ask what happened after that! The whole night I was in my room and wide awake! I just couldn’t sleep and kept everyone awake too. 🙂

    Nice memories. Now these things don’t seem to affect us – their are more scary things around 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and bringing back good old memories. 🙂

    1. That’s really interesting, Harleena. You seem to have been a glutton for punishment as a child! 😉 But I do know what you mean. I used to love hearing ghost stories and then ‘seeing’ them in every shadow! Oh you’re so right – life is infinitely more scary at times than the movies! 🙂

  2. At the age of 6 I was terrified of The Wicked Witch of the West. My Husband’s Aunt knew Margaret Hamill that played The Wicked Witch–the irony is she was one of the nicest people you could ever meet in real life.

    Cheers, Jenn.

  3. I am a sucker for scary Movies. It is fun when your heart beats just a little faster. I love action Movies too. In fact I enjoy watching scary Movies at night for that special thrill. I have never seen Wizard of Oz ever but have heard a lot about it.

  4. I LOVE them!!! Also during October we make a point to watch only scary stuff 🙂 I love the Wizard Of OZ, I started watching it as a young child, it used to be on tv on Christmas day oddly and we always watched it as a family. Most of my family enjoys horror films too.

    1. We don’t have Halloween in India. Perhaps there lies the difference? 🙂
      I can see now what a powerful message the Wizard of Oz has. So I completely get why you watched in as a family around Christmas. 🙂

  5. A huge same pinch Corinne 🙂

    For I share the same fear… I cannot stand horror movies. Though I know they are enacted by real people but still my heart just believes in them and I have sleepless nights after I watch one !!

    I have always been teased a lot for this and surprisingly I choose to put up with that nonsense rather than dare to watch a scary movie 😀

  6. I’m with you, Corinne – can’t stand scary movies! I first watched “The Wizard of Oz” when I was only 3! Believe it or not, nothing scared me more than the tornado. All throughout childhood, my nightmares always had tornadoes in them. My mom still says to this day, “What was I thinking?” 🙂
    Blessings, my friend!

  7. I actually like some scary movies. It’s like riding a silly roller coaster with its predictable ups, downs and thrills. I mostly watch them in October prior to Holloween. The rest of the year, I stay away from them.

  8. Corinne, I detest scary movies. I am, and always will be, a scaredy cat! LOL!! The flying monkeys really frightened me…those things are still creepy.
    I head back to Florida on Saturday. I can’t wait to see my dogs. Oh yeah, and husband;) LOL!

    1. Flying monkeys? I have to go and Google that to find out more, Leah. I see that I had blanked them out! I even find flying frogs scary! 😉
      I’m so glad that your heading back to your dogs and hubby – in that order! 😉

  9. Corinne, would you believe I have never been a fan of the Wizard of Oz? Not as a child and not now. I thought it was such a silly movie and while I can appreciate the many symbolism found throughout the film, I never warmed up to it. I think my greatest disappointment was the Wizard. ha! I did love Dorothy’s red shoes though! Hugs to you and Pablo from Roxy and me! 🙂

    1. Dorothy’s red shoes were certainly pretty, even the first time I watched the movie, Bella! Just that the witch distracted me. 😉 I think there are movies that get tagged as movies for kids which really aren’t for children. The Wizard is certainly one of those.
      I’m hoping that Roxy is better now – and not turning into the Wicked Witch as you feared! Now I’m heading to read about the return of the speedo – which I believe will be more entertaining than a scary movie! 😉

  10. When I first read this, I started to laugh because I was just posting images from the Twilight Saga on my FB wall. I think I like the romance part in Stephenie Meyer’s novels than the whole idea of vampires 😉

    It’s not that I ‘like’ scary movies/ books (well, I wouldn’t watch massacres and violent movies ~ with much blood)… I think I enjoy scrutinizing the movie/ book ~ the story; what makes it scary; the fear that it creates ~ hmmm…

    Well, I don’t like witches LOL!

  11. I had dreams for years about the wicked witch ( All green and ugly) flying past my
    house on 65th. She terrified me & So did those horrible flying monkeys!!
    ….but I adored the LION.

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