Thursday, August 11, 2005



Scare Yourself to Death

OK, so I'll admit it. Scary movies, well, scare me. I'd like to say it ended in high school, when I ended up all alone in the front seat of The Sixth Sense theater, my friends snickering somewhere behind me. The whole theater, however, heard me gasp when the boy-with-no-back-of-the-head turned around. But I watched it several years later while home by myself at night and am proud to say I had no nightmares.

Unfortunately, this inability to be quiet followed me to college. I refused to watch The Ring without the lights on. And Wrong Turn, about the inbred West Virginia mutants killing innocent college students? "If you aren't quiet, Nettie, you can't watch the rest of the movie with us!" I suppose it's progress that I'm making a fool of myself in a room with a rented movie instead of a theater. OF course that might be because I'm just cheap.

In spite of this, I continue to scare myself. I love Silence of the Lambs, although I've watched to the point of it no longer being scary. I've discovered Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, which makes me jump at least twice an episode even though the whole point is that it may or may not be true. So is there some deep psychological significance for why we continue to deliberately scare ourselves?

Is it easier than facing the reality of what truly scares us? Is it at least more exciting than some drama about people whining for their lives or trying to win a million dollars by eating bugs? Does it vicariously satisfy our dark sides like nothing in real life ever can? Comforting to know that we are actually safe and can scream and someone will always come to our rescue? Maybe. Or is it just fun to be scared?

22 Comments:

At 8/12/2005 12:01:00 AM, Blogger Jeff H said...

It's almost as fun to be scared, as to scare somebody.

 
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At 8/12/2005 12:25:00 AM, Blogger Natalia said...

woohoo for scary movies...I am a sucker for them. But the good ones are scarce. The Ring was the last one that kept me glued and scared. I think I prefer tension and psychological stuff than gore. Nightmare on Elm Street used to do it for me... now it just looks dumb.

-N

 
At 8/12/2005 12:45:00 AM, Blogger eriKa said...

Hi!
Good call! Scary movies are not for me either! My boyfriend tried to get me to watch Saw with him...not sure what it is, but seems the type you would gasp in =). I like your blog, so I'm going to put a link to it on my site...hope that's ok =)!

=)
eriKa
www.klynsky.blogspot.com

 
At 8/12/2005 12:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you found The Ring frightening, you'll find The Grudge doubly so. I typically buy scary movies that I like so I can relive the "fun". But The Grudge so terrified me (in particular, a rather familiar sound used by the "bad guy") that I can't bear to own it. In fact, my husband and friends mimic the noise to tease me because it still gives me the creepy crawlies and it's been months since I saw it in the theater.

 
At 8/12/2005 02:56:00 AM, Blogger Jocelyn said...

Hmm..basically i just cover my eyes when it comes to the scary part of the movies.

 
At 8/12/2005 03:28:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Nettie, there is nothing wrong with a good fright! I often look in the mirror!

GBYAY

 
At 8/12/2005 06:43:00 AM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i loved the sixth sense, i'm actually going to do a blog about it later today. i won't watch silence of the lambs though, i don't like the subject matter. two of the scariest movies i've ever seen were burnt offering (with bette davis) and carrie (with sissy spacek)

 
At 8/12/2005 07:17:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I was afraid to post a comment here.

 
At 8/12/2005 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Steph said...

I love, Love, love Scary movies- Except if they are about aliens. THen i get scared- waking my husband up in the middle of the night because i heard a noise kind of scared. I love silence of the lambs too- but i like hannibal better...The guy is just a lot creepier in that one to me....

 
At 8/12/2005 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, those are great movies. I nearly jumped out of my skin when the girl crawled out of the TV.

Aliens, leprechauns, bugs, you name it, I love being scared by it.

Alice

 
At 8/12/2005 12:31:00 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

I enjoy a good scarey movie now and then. I prefer them over romantic comedies because those just depress me for some reason :)

Take care young lady!

 
At 8/12/2005 07:54:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

Joe: glad to see you managed to overcome your fear.

 
At 8/12/2005 11:11:00 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Hey Girlfriend,

I love scary movies, but they don't make many PG13 rated ones. I can't take the violence in rated R movies, guess my age is showing! Have a great weekend!

 
At 8/13/2005 12:12:00 AM, Blogger Darlene said...

I don't scare easy and I'd eat bugs for 5 bucks.

 
At 8/13/2005 06:49:00 AM, Blogger baileysMilk said...

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At 8/13/2005 02:44:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

bailey's milk: how long have you been holding it in now?

 
At 8/13/2005 03:49:00 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

I am a boring old ***************** I have not seen any of those films....


I don't like scary films.... the darleks in Dr Who did it for me as a child......

 
At 8/15/2005 02:17:00 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Scary movies? NOT ME! I have a huge imagination and do not do well with frightening visions bouncing around inside my brain.
When I was a teen, 3D movies were introduced. I went with cousins to see "THE THING" and nearly wet myself.

 
At 8/16/2005 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Arian said...

OH its definitely fun to be scared... however, i hate when people go to the theater with say, thier girlfriends or whoever and leave saying "that movie was stupid. it wasnt scary at all"... its like, if youre just going to mock it, why see it? people go to see scary movies TO GET SCARED. i just get angry when people act like theyre all big and bad. scary movies are great!

 
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