|"The Scream," Edward Munsch, 1893|
I don't know about those of you with sons, but as a first time father of a 20-month-old daughter there was one thing I wasn't quite prepared for... the screaming. And, no, I'm not talking about screaming out of shock, or fear, or pain, or even for something that she really wants- I'm talking about SCREAMING for the sake of SCREAMING!
Just the other day we were playing hide and go seek in the basement and she snuck up behind me and scared the living sh@# out of me. The dogs run in terror. My wife's gone deaf in one ear. And I'm always looking over my shoulder, because, if you ask me, my daughter has inherited both my wife's flair for the dramatic and her father's need to sh@# disturb... and that's a bad combination. So on this the eve before the spookiest day of the year (unless you're my niece and that would be the day you woke up to see Grandma without make-up on), I'd like to count down my picks for the top 5 scariest screams in the history of pop culture---hoping as I research the videos that I'll be able to drown out my screeching daughter who just refuses to go to bed.
# 5. Fay Wray- King Kong (Original, 1933):
# 4. Drew Barrymore- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
# 3. Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Prom Night (1980), Halloween H20 (1998)
# 2. Janet Leigh- Psycho (1960)
And our pick for the scariest, the creepiest, the most blood-curdling scream in the history of Pop Culture goes too...
# 1. Ned Flanders- The Simpsons (1989 - Present)
Well, my daughter's still screaming, but at least I can laugh about it.
Happy Halloween to all our fans, and their own little screamers.
- Fodder 4 Fathers