Monday, February 25, 2013

Gabriela Speaks: Mommies and the Supernatural, Hollywood Style

Okay, no rap or song today!  
Time to get serious.

Rich is giving me one last chance to be good and guest blog.  So, I decided to pick out a serious topic this week, and really blog about something I'm very familiar with.  The supernatural.

This is a scary topic, especially for mothers ... and their kids!

Most of you have read about some of my past supernatural experiences.  If not, you can visit the links here to for my first two stories:

or, visit these pages of this page of this blog site for the last three stories Rich wrote for me, before I learned how to type:

I hope that none of you actively believe in ghosts.  Also, I hope that none of you ever become believers because of things you find yourself, or your family, experiencing.   But, just in case you do, I'm going to give you some of the ways that Hollywood has dealt with them.

So, put the kids to bed, turn the lights down low, and get ready to learn how different human mommies take care of the kids when the ghosts and spirits come around.

Good Mommies  
(or, "How I Would Hope I'd Be Most Like")

(1973)  The Exorcist.  
OMG!  Talk about a love for your child being put to the test!  Just imagine, you're a single mom, raising your daughter the best you can.  All of a sudden, she starts acting strangely.  Now, I'm not talking like she tried pot for the first time strange.  I'm talking her head rotating around 360 degrees, her appearance changes to that of a 40 year old crack addict, and her voice speaks in tones of a sick Scooby Doo.  Not only that, but she levitates!  

Mom takes it on the chin, literally.  After dealing with all the weirdness, including watching her daughter crawl down the stairs on all fours (in the extended video version) she calls in some help.   Anyway, she gives it all she's got.  She'll do anything for her demon possessed daughter, including cleaning her daughter's fresh urine up from a carpet in front of a house full of guests, as well as bringing in Catholic priests.  (I wonder if she'd have done it if she'd have had a son instead?) 

(1980)  The Shining.  
Just think about this.  You're husband gets a great new job.  He's going to be a caretaker at one of the most fancy hotels during a beautiful Winter season.  You and your son are going to have the run of the place, and you don't even have to dust!  Sit back, cook a few meals, watch some TV, and enjoy the peace and quiet.  Sounds like a dream doesn't it?  Especially if they have Wi-Fi!

Wake up!  The hotel is a Pandora's Box of spirits!  There's two little girls that were killed by their father (a past caretaker), a woman that changes from a beauty to a skin rotting old hag, and many others.  And, Shelley Duvall finds her husband, Jack Nicholson, gradually possessed by the hotel's spirits.  

I'm not going to spoil the movie (just in case you're the only person in the world that hasn't seen it), but let's say that Shelley does everything she can to protect her son.  This lady knows how to swing a mean baseball bat, slice and dice with a carving knife, and jump out of a window to do everything she can to protect her child.   This is a true display of a mother's love in the most desperate of circumstances.  (Moral of the story: Hotels are for afternoon visits and vacations ... keep the kids at home in both cases!)

Bad Mommies  
(or, "Would Someone Just Shoot Me")

(1976)  Carrie.  
I've yet to read a mommy blog that makes me think we've got any mommies like this around, but just in case, you might want to re-think your current lifestyle patterns.

In this situation, the daughter has a very special talent.  No, she's not a star center for her high school basketball team.  She has this ability of telekinesis, which wouldn't be bad if she wasn't so brain damaged.

See, in this case, the mother is a little screwy.  Well, maybe a lot screwy!  She has a hard time getting a grasp on reality because she was messed over by a man years ago, and left holding the bag, or the pregnancy as it seems.  So, she's forced her daughter into this lifestyle of religious fervor.  Her constant negativity towards men, biblical references, and inability to communicate with society bleeds to her daughter, Carrie (Sissy Spacek).  

Probably, setting a good example as a mother is one of the best things to do for your child.  Unfortunately, in this case, when you don't do that, and, when the child is picked on endlessly at school as a result, your time may be somewhat limited.  I won't spoil the ending for you, but let's just say that it was one of the bloodiest high school proms of all time.  So, instead, be a good mom ... and you might be around to enjoy your grandchildren!

(1982)  Poltergeist.  
So, you move into a house where a graveyard used to be located, only to find that the bodies haven't been removed.  Then, furniture in the house starts to re-arrange itself.  Normally, this might tell the densest of mothers that something's not quite right.  However, JoBeth Williams is not the brightest of mothers.

Let me ask you, if you set your daughter on the floor, and she was pulled across the room by an unseen force, wouldn't you be somewhat alarmed?  Of course your would!  But, it takes a whole lot more to get this mommy worried.  

I will give it to her, she does travel into another dimension to try to save her daughter, but, please, she never should have put her in a position of being there in the first place!  Then two more sequels followed!  (Where's Child Services when you need them?)

(1984)  A Nightmare On Elm Street.  
As a mother, some of the hardest decisions come from deciding when to keep secrets, and deciding on when the kids might be old enough to handle them.  Unfortunately, this movie doesn't demonstrate the best of that decision making process.

See, the parents formed a lynch mob and killed a child murderer before.  Now, the kids are paying for it ... one at a time with their lives as the supernatural side of the murderer returns.  And, as if that's not bad enough, they deny it almost to the end!  Denial problems run rampant on Elm Street.

There are times, keeping a secret can go just a little too far.   (Wait till you try to lie about that battery powered back muscle relaxer in the bedroom nite stand to see what I mean).


So, you've seen the good and bad examples of how a mommy might handle the supernatural should it enter their life.  Girls, I will tell you that, from personal experience, the supernatural world is not one to play with by amateurs.  Nor, is it one to scoff.

You humans look at the world and see how crazy you are at times.  The evil inside of many humans seems to almost overcome the evil that is not commonplace, yet, still lurking and waiting.

Be it a haunting by a loved one, or a vengeful spirit, a haunting is still a haunting.  We animals see many things you humans do not.  Ask yourself, "Have I ever witnessed my pet staring at the ceiling at something I couldn't see?"   Many of you already know the answer and have seen it happen many times.  

Girls, be careful, maintain your spiritual beliefs, and protect your children.  A mother's love is a very powerful force, but, if you need professional assistance, don't be afraid to ask for it.  Remember, doing nothing for fear of embarrassment is much worse than solving a problem.  The ones you love need you and your strength.  The monster in the closet, ghost under the bed, or smiling clown in the rocking chair may not be as fake as you'd like to believe.  Just ask the folks from Amityville.  

And for God's sake, put those 
damn Ouija Boards in the trash!

Take Care!


  1. No comment on Amityville, because I literally live one town away from the infamous original house!! As a teen, we even drove by it to see what all the hoopla was, but got to be honest it was just another house. Nothing special from the outside, but then again you couldn't pay me enough to live there!! Thanks Gabriela for imparting some of your sage wisdom on us as always, lol!! :)

    1. Janine - Dear, how are you today? Sorry I'm so late. Rich still won't give me his password so I can answer you faster! I can tell you, Amityville's famous home is one in which you don't want to spend the night. Just think of all those stairs you'd have to climb! OMG, I get tired just thinking about it! Me and stairmasters just don't jell. In fact, I don't think I'd like it if it was called a stairmistress! Give me a couch or a chair, and I'm a happy camper on the first floor! lol Glad you liked this! Take Care!

  2. Thank God I stay away from these horror movies. Thus, do not believe in them and when asked about ghosts or weird shadows...I have a natural way of dealing with them :)

    Great post, Gabriela!

    1. Ruchira - Hello, you dark haired creature you. I can definitely relate! :) You wouldn't believe how happy you made Rich the other day when you wrote from the heart. I must say, he really liked it. I had to listen to it three times! So, you don't believe in ghosts, huh? BOOOOOOOOO!!!!! lol Gotcha! I saw you jump a little! Just keep believing as you do, dear. I hope nothing ever changes your mind. Thanks for reading! Take Care!

  3. I love horror movies. These are some of my favorites. I think I need to bust out Netflix tonight, instead of going to the gym...Yea, Good plan.

    1. Tamra - Oh dear, if you saw me at the gym you'd swear you were watching a horror movie! lol Rich has threatened to put me on a leash and walk me around the block if I don't watch my weight a little better, but I'm not afraid. I don't think he's got the energy to walk around the block himself! lol I keep telling him, "Rich, I've got a six pack stomach! Six packs of love handles, lol! Take care!

  4. Oh those were some GREAT examples! I was a bit of a horror movie addict as a kid so I've seen them all...And yes, Carrie was a great "bad mommy" example. I think I still have nightmares from that movie!

    1. Emily - Hello, dahrling! I'm ready for a glass of wine and a flick. How about you? I think the scariest movie I've ever seen was "Garfield." God, did he look fake. To wake up and roll over to see that would make any decent kitty hide in the tallest tree for days! lol Carrie's mom was a real bitch in every way. If my mother had been like that, and she almost was, I think I'd have found another milk supply real quick! :) Then again, I was a much better daughter than Carrie was. At least I understood what boys were for! Don't have any nightmares now that I've got you thinking about this. The last thing I want is for you to go to bed tonight thinking about Carrie's mom and all the bad things she did and the crazy way she acted! Don't do it! Think of something else. Something normal. Like ... say, Linda Blair! lol Take Care!

  5. Haha...I remember all of these - I grew up with these movies. I didn't realize John Travolta did a movie in 76. Dang...that's older than I am! Well, nice job to Gabriela. I have come to love her posts with such gusto - she's a real go-getter! ;)

    1. Cyndi - Hello my sweet photographer friend. When you gonna come and take some pictures of this gorgeous creature ... me? :) Rich tries, but, as you know, he isn't worth a sh__ in the picture taking category ... or, many others as that goes! lol John Travolta's an old guy ... of, course, he does have money, so I can see your attraction to him! :) I'm glad you like my blogging. I have a feeling Rich is about to make me stop the weekly one, and maybe do only one a month or so. He keeps saying, "Too much of a good thing, too much of a good thing." He can really be an ass at times, but I really just think he's jealous! lol Take care!

  6. I think I've seen most of those and I used to own a Ouija Board. Was this an ad for your HubPages stories? You threatened the cat with the starring role in the first ever Cat Horror Movie, didn't ya? :)

    1. Terry - Have you been exorcised, dahrling? There are times I don't know if it's you or the demon talking dear. No, dear, not an ad, just a reminder that there's still a little something elsewhere for those not as familiar with me as you are. And, Rich never threatens ... he only suggests. He definitely knows better around me! lol You're just too much sometimes! Take care!

  7. Woah! You picked some terrifying ones here. I haven't seen the ending to The Shining, only 3/4 of the movie and then I fell asleep, LOL. Still need to get to that. In all seriousness though, I have seen things of the supernatural kind and it's not fun. I've never tried calling spirits with any type of board game or anything else, and never will. I will leave them alone and they can do the same. Very good post, and some scary movies you've listed!

    1. Melanie - So good of you to visit! Sorry, darhling, for the lateness of this response. Rich was so damn busy this week I couldn't even get his passwords from him so I could answer you! You've really got to finish The Shining, my dear! I'd love to discuss the ending, but won't spoil it for you! I'm a demon cat, but I do have mercy ... for some, that is! lol You be careful around those ghosts now. I know they're out there and some can be very, very unkind at times! Take care!

  8. I've always been a big believer in Eddie Murphy when he said that white people are dumb...when the house says "GET OUUUUT!" Get the f### OUT. :)
    I had one freaky ouja board experience but I'm too tired to type it out was amazing (no, no drugs and alcohol were involved and the fact that I was 15 staying in my friend's house while her parents were out of town - in a 1811 farmhouse had nothing to do with it, either...).
    You have a way with the imagery, dude. Seriously. During each scenario, I had the terrifying image (yeah, thank you if I can't sleep by the should include your phone number in case I need to blame you in the middle of the night) to go with each horrifying movie. I used to LOVE them. Now, I watch Fireman Sam. It is what it is....

    1. Kristi - OMG, you were 15 and didn't have any drugs or alcohol??? You were depraved, weren't you dear? lol Rich loves to talk of his experiences and even had a Hubnugget Award given for one on Hubpages. And me, well, you can see that I've had one of those lives, or several actually, that haven't quite been the norm. Were you scared? Did the marker move on its own? Now, you've really got me wondering! Dahrling, you must write a blog about it! I promise, if Rich will let me on the computer, I'll be the first to read it! Oh, and Rich rarely gives out his telephone number. Seems someone wrote it on a bathroom wall once and .... well, no need to go into that! Thanks so much for the compliments! Take Care!

  9. Horror movies are my favorite and these are some great classics. Interesting breaking it down by good vs bad mommies.

    1. SkyMommy - So good to meet you! I know Rich will be happy to see you visited! (He'll be jealous you visited my blog instead of his, lol) I met your hubby the other day while going through Rich's emails and wanted to thank both of you for the follow! You two seem to be a great pair ... but dahrling, about your moniker ... it really insinuates the "Mile High" club thing. Rich would've never mentioned it, but I'm not in the least shy. In fact, one of my friends once said, "Gabriela, I swear, you should've been born a Tomcat with the size... " Well, anyway, thanks for commenting, dear! Glad you're with me! Take Care!