8. Hide and Clap Was Worse in Real Life Than in the Movie
In the movie, “hide and clap” is a variation of the classic game hide and seek, except it is way, way creepier. In hide and clap, the person who is “it” is blindfolded while everyone else hides. She then claps, and anyone around has to clap in response until someone has been found. In the movie, the blindfolded mother is tormented by Bathsheba Thayer, who repeatedly claps her hands to taunt her.
In real life, the girls enjoyed playing hide and seek, especially in the warmer weather. During one of their first games of hide and seek, about six months after moving into the house, Cindy decided to hide in the woodshed. To make things a little more fun, she climbed into a wood box that had nothing more than a wooden panel covering it. No latch, key, or anything. Once she realized that her sisters weren’t going to come after her, she decided to let herself out by pushing the panel up. However, it wouldn’t budge.
There were no air holes, nothing. Cindy pushed and screamed, hoping that someone would hear her and let her out, but 20 minutes later, she realized that no one was coming. She lay there in a pool of sweat and tears when her sister, Nancy, came and simply opened up the lid. Cindy was hysterical and unable to breathe.