This Week, We Just Love To Terrify Ourselves

I’m not a horror movie person.

There are thousands of other things that I would rather do than watch a scary movie. Let me reiterate that: THOUSANDS. However, once in a while, I will succumb to some freak urge of mine to watch something scary.

Watching a movie that terrifies me is so insane. Why would I do it, if I know that I can’t deal with it? It’s not even a cathartic experience. I just get anxious and paranoid.

Case in point, in 2009 little 20-year-old me thought she was going to be hard and watch Paranormal Activity. The story revolves around a couple that is being haunted by a demon…and it all happens while they’re sleeping. I can handle ghosts and spirit stories relatively okay, but there is something about demonic entity crap that just overwhelms my soul (also, getting murdered). I blame it on my Catholic upbringing and the Church, sort of, saying exorcisms are real*. Anyhow, I couldn’t sleep for three days. Three sleepless nights me staring at my ceiling and refusing to look anywhere else.

Oooh, and then, around Halloween last year, the radio station that I listen to played a recording of a real-life exorcism. I almost died. Could I have changed the station as soon as they announced it? Of course, I could have, but I didn’t. I think I can deal with the things that logically I know aren’t real,  but then it turns out that I can’t.

Of course, I’m not the only one that has a penchant for occasionally terrifying herself. I have some predictions for what would happen if you we all did it simultaneously (you can’t help walking out of theater slightly paranoid):

1. Fight or flight reflexes would kick in. Personally, and amazingly, I’m a fight kind of girl. If you jump out at me to scare me, I will hit you.

2. Injuries would be on the rise (see above).

3. At least whoever is profiting from simulated human terror would be happy (example: the people who made that insensitive Chernobyl movie).

4. More than one person would have a breakdown. You can only push yourself so far, people. I’m sure this would happen to me. I would start seeing things after a few movies.

I salute you if you’re one of those people who likes to watch horror movies. I can’t do it. I tried watching the Alien movies a few weeks ago and failed. I got through the first one, but I literally said, “I can’t take the anxiety of watching Alien 2.” I’m a sad little person, what can I say? I’m going to give up on the horror movies for a while, or until something comes up that I just have to watch because of peer pressure.

I want to know about what type, specifically, of scary movies you just cannot handle: Cults? Evil dolls? Also, for those of you that actually enjoy the horror genre…please, how do you do it? Is it a technique? Can you just effectively separate yourself from the fantasy versus reality?

*I tried Googling the position of the Church, but then I got scared because I didn’t know exactly what was going to show up in the results. 

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