I’m going to tell you two stories from last Saturday night. One of them scared me to my very core and the other did not.
1. I watched Paranormal Activity 4.
2. I watched the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Paranormal Activity 4 – The Ones You Love
If you don’t know much about this movie, it’s pretty simple. A woman who has been inhabited by a demonic spirit travels the country to find families who enjoy filming everything in their houses. Also, she’s looking for a child to turn into an evil demon/spirit boy. Does she succeed or does she fail?
So, it’s pretty much a lot like all of the other Paranormal Activity movies.
I watched this movie, not because I was seeking a life-changing cinematic journey into my own soul, but because my friend was in town who I used to watch horror movies with when we were in college. So it was more of a nostalgia thing. I like being scared and I’d say I scare pretty easily so I was shamefully excited to watch the movie.
Upon watching PA4, this was my biggest take-away…
Why is it that in every scary movie, something ridiculous happens to the main character and the person they trust most just… doesn’t believe them at all?
Think about telling the person you trust the most about, literally, the scariest thing you’ve ever experience in your entire life. It’s like if I was dragged across the floor by an invisible being, then told my wife only to have her respond, “Jason, stop being weird and come to bed.” I would be deeply concerned with that relationship and would probably need to reevaluate it when we come out of this madness.
So after an hour and a half, that’s all I really got out of PA4. It’s pretty pointless and as you can tell… not scary.
OKC vs. CLE – Kendrick Perkins and His Smile
Upon watching an OKC game, I prepare myself to see several things…
The offensive powers of Kevin Durant, your grandfather’s work ethic in the form of Nick Collison, the literal heights reached by Serge Ibaka, the 5-minute media overreaction of Westbrook caring a lot about the sport he’s devoted the majority of his life to and finally… the scowl of Kendrick Perkins.
For those of you who aren’t used to seeing that face – I can understand it is pretty scary. But for the rest of us, that’s just good ol’ Kendrick Perkins. It’s just his face. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Kendrick Perkins smile on a basketball court. This is as close as it’s ever gotten…
For the most part, all of the normal things occurred on Saturday night. Westbrook had 28 pts, Ibaka had 18pts/12reb, and Durant had 32 pts/11reb.
So everything was exactly how it should be… except for Kendrick Perkins.
During some dull moment in the game, I dropped a chip. My dog ran over to try and scoop up all the crumbs. I bent down to try and get as many crumbs as I could before my dog ate them all. Then suddenly… I looked up and there it was…
Yeesh. Wow. It’s terrifying, I know. I’ve never seen it on a basketball court before. I was shivering to my very soul. I was so shaken to the point where – I couldn’t do the dishes that my wife had requested of me. I just couldn’t. I was too… broken.
Even though there were several incredible performances in that game – this image is what I took away from that night.
So that was my night. PA4 left me bored and OKC/CLE left me disturbed for life.
What’s even worse is that both events have blended together to make one single memory that I just can’t shake.
If you need me, I’ll be under my bed with a flashlight and a butter knife.