Dot and I watched one of her favorite movies tonight: Hide & Seek with Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It’s one of those movies that still make us jump or hold our breath or scream. No matter how many times we watch it.

In true MomDot fashion, we opted to bring a little levity to the day by over-analyzing the movie. What follows are some of today’s observations, thrown in with those that are just general knowledge.

1. Creepy movies are always better when you have someone to watch with.

2. Creepy movies are always better in the dark.

3. Creepy movies always have creepy music, which is a dead giveaway to what happens next, except we’re always too engrossed in the movie to pay attention to the music until it blares its horrid signals of what just happened.

4. There will always be a stupid girl who goes down to the basement. Alone.

5. There will always be a stupid guy or cop or other civic-duty minded male who wants to prove his bravery by exploring the surroundings. Alone.

6. At any given time, the stupid girl and the stupid guy will find each other. Typically one will be either dead or near death when the other stumbles upon them, sometimes literally. And then of course the second one will be killed or nearly killed.

7. The good guy is never really the good guy. He is either the bad guy in disguise or the stupid guy who winds up dead.

8. When you’re in the middle of watching a creepy movie, the phone will ring causing you to jump in your seat and be laughed at by other people in the room.

9. When you’re in the middle of watching a creepy movie, if you have a pet, that pet will jump on you or howl or both. Just because they can.

10. During the quiet scenes, try not to scare the other people in the room. It’s not nice. And they will get you for it later.

11. Not all creepy movies are bloody and gory. Some are just great suspense stories.

12. All creepy movies have a stupid girl and a stupid guy.

13. The greatest suspense-movie writers are, in my book, Alfred Hitchcock, the early works of M. Night Shyamalan, Stephen King, and Steven Spielberg.

And since we’re at that lucky Number Thirteen, I’d say now is as good a time as any to call ‘er quits. Errmm… just for the post, you understand.

And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!

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