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Horror movies are one of my favorite genres. This is a genre that is widely feared and criticized. The problem with horror movies is that they generally follow a formula that most people have figured out; at least the people who watch horror. Unfortunately, since I’ve watched a lot of horror it is very rare that I find one I like anymore. However, I’ve discovered that horror movies have definitely taught me survival skills.
A Little Side History
I suffered from severe nightmares through most of my childhood. My mom let me watch one scary movie when I was younger and it gave me such bad nightmares that she absolutely didn’t let me watch any “modern” horror movies. This magical movie, that I loved and scared the crap out of me, was Poltergeist. One of the BEST HORROR movies ever made; but it ruined my chances of watching scary movies again.
However, my step-dad felt there were classic horror and Sci-Fi movies that I had to watch and these in general were monster movies (one of my favorite branches of horror movies) and one of these included Jaws. I wouldn’t say it gave me nightmares but let’s say I never looked at the ocean the same again. Actually it still makes me sweat a little and I still feel that they really did need a bigger boat. There were many more but that one stands out in my head the strongest. Well, okay so did Alien which I LOVED so much. Still a huge fan of the Alien and Predator universe. The ultimate Monster Movies!
Even though my parents put an impenetrable band on horror movies it didn’t stop me from finding away to watch them. When we had Cinemax, Showtime or HBO my sister and I found ways to watch these movies. I remember my sister and I watching the fun little movie movie called The Believers (1987 with Martin Sheen.) If you don’t know what this movie is about:
A New York psychiatrist finds that a brujería-inspired cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.
Our parents were not home and we had to go down some stairs to go to the bathroom. My sister grabbed a broom and lovingly pushed me to go first. I don’t think we ever peed so fast in our lives so we could run up the stairs to hide under blankets.
I watched it all, through the years, I mean the 70’s-80’s were ripe with all kinds of gory slasher horror movies. These movies are so infamous today that they have become pop culture icons. Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and let’s not forget Chucky.
Horror is one of the few genres that people have extremely staunch feelings about. They either hate them or are die hard fans. Horror movies cause us to face our fears and travel down a dark twisty path. It has the ultimate gross out factor and makes the bravest jump out of their seats. Within horror movies there are weird life lessons.
What Horror Movies Have Taught Me:
- Always have your keys ready. How many times have you seen the character (generally a woman) fumble around in her purse as she’s running to get her keys. Now, there is always a chance to drop your keys even if you have them tightly clutched in your hands but I never go out at night without my keys firmly in my hands. You will never see me in a parking lot, at night, digging through my purse for my keys. I know that not having my keys increases my odds of having the boogeyman get me.
- Running upstairs only leaves you hiding in the bathroom or in a closet. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t run UP but down and out. Really what are your options once you are trapped upstairs? If you’re the character from Scream then you have that nifty closet door that prevents your door from opening but in most cases there is nothing upstairs to save you. Now, some cases they do not have a choice but in most cases they do. I really don’t have any amazing survival skills once you’ve run up the stairs but I recommend keeping a bat by your bed just in case a mask murderer is chasing you. Just be sure to hit a home run and then run down those stairs to outside.
- Always check on the kids and check all your locks when you are home alone. There was a classic horror movie called When A Stranger Calls (1979 with Carol Kane.) This movie forever changed my babysitting world. I always checked the locks on the doors and I checked on the kids frequently. Babysitting at night can be great since the kids are asleep but that means you hear all of the creaks of the house.Here are a few more worldly advice from Horror movies:
- Look in the back seat of your car
- Keep running and don’t look behind you because “it” is still chasing you. Looking behind you increases the odds of you tripping and falling to your doom.
- That forests at night is frickin’ scary! I don’t care what anyone says but part of the reason Blair Witch was so scary was due to the fact it takes place in a forest. This is part of the reason I do not enjoy camping.
- Admit when you do something wrong/evil otherwise it will come back to get you. Always.
Well, those are some of the worldly advice I have learned in my many years of watching spooky stores. Anyone want to add some more?