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#MicroblogMondays 7: Who is Scared of a Horror Film?

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It’s Monday the 13th.  Which has no scary significance, except that it is housed in October, and everything is sort of scary in October.

I used to love horror films.  Not just the good ones.  I saw the first 6 Children of the Corn films.  (Yes, there were more than 6.)  The Nightmare on Elm Streets.  The Friday the Thirteenths.  PoltergeistBlair Witch Project.  And horror books: everything Stephen King.

And then one day, the world started looking too scary, and I couldn’t understand the point in trying to scare myself when there were so many real things to be scared of in the here and now.  And I never saw another horror film.  Though I have a soft spot in my heart for vampires and haunted houses.

Horror films for you: yay or nay?

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38 comments

1 Persnickety { 10.13.14 at 6:28 am }

Horror movies! No non no.
Cannot manage them. Only one I have seen in the theatre is Scream, when I was in Geneva and I accidentally watched it in French! Argh, awful

2 Jen { 10.13.14 at 6:59 am }

I can’t watch horror films. I was petrified by Scream. I had to walk out 90 seconds into Blair Witch. Sixth Sense gave my nightmares. One day I realised it was OK to admit they weren’t for me and stop trying to prove my (lack of) bravery to people. I’ve lived happily without them ever since.

3 Mali { 10.13.14 at 7:24 am }

Definitely no horror films. Dr Who is scary enough for me, thank you!

4 Deborah { 10.13.14 at 7:25 am }

I grew up watching and re-watching the monsters; Frankenstein, Dracula, and Godzilla–mostly because my brothers were fans. My daughter became a fan of the genre and because of that I experienced Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers–multiple times. There were a few others I sought out on my own but no, I am not a fan.

5 No Baby Ruth { 10.13.14 at 7:44 am }

I can handle monster-, alien-, paranormal-type scary movies, but not psychological thrillers. Like Seven is my nightmare movie.

6 Kate { 10.13.14 at 7:50 am }

I absolutely hate scary movies, haunted houses, or anything that involves being scared. I’m pretty sure it has to do with being the youngest and being tormented when I was little by my siblings!

7 Aditi { 10.13.14 at 8:23 am }

I love spooky…don’t scare easy! 😉

8 Mina { 10.13.14 at 8:36 am }

Definitely not a fan. I have watched some of them, at least one of the famous series, but I haven’t watched one in years and years. I think the last one was The Ring. Eversince, thank you, but NO, thank you. 🙂

9 a { 10.13.14 at 8:37 am }

I used to love them, but now I just find most of them kind of boring. So now I don’t bother anymore. My husband loves a good paranormal movie, so we watch those once in a while.

10 Karen (River Run Dry) { 10.13.14 at 8:41 am }

Nay. I was terrified of Gremlins when I was a kid… something about how they turned into creepy trolls with teeth after midnight and if they got wet AND if they ate… and then, the theater full of gremlins in the middle of the night nearly did me in. I was convinced there were Gremlins in my room forever.

And then Poltergeist? Ruined me forever.

The last horror film I saw was ‘The Ring’ a bunch of years ago. It quite literally took me years for the images from that movie to fade. So yeah, no scary movies for me.

11 JB { 10.13.14 at 8:57 am }

No. absolutely not. I cover my eyes when the previews come on tv. I saw The Ring in college and it STILL scares me. I still can’t turn off the TV at night when I’m home alone. I’m not even joking.

12 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.13.14 at 9:02 am }

Like you, I used to love ’em, especially Stephen King.

And like you, I shy away now. I think I’m more discerning what I will and won’t put into my body and mind.

13 Katherine A { 10.13.14 at 9:25 am }

Big “no” from me to the horror movies or books.

I’ve always had an overly active imagination, highly sensitive to images, and prone to nightmares. As a kid, my parents were actually pretty careful about what they’d let me watch, because even sort of random things would terrify me.

As a teenager, I read ‘IT’ by Stephen King, resulting in a still-ongoing case of coulrophobia. And watched an edited version of “Silence of the Lambs” and still sort of wince when Anthony Hopkins is on-screen in a movie. Those just scared the heck out of me. After all that, I realized that I’d probably better not go there.

14 loribeth { 10.13.14 at 9:33 am }

Nope, not a fan. I can remember watching The Exorcist on TV, alone in my dorm room at university… it was a mid-December Saturday night & most of my neighbours had either already gone home for the holidays or were out for the evening. I couldn’t decide if I should leave my door open (as we usually did when we were in & weren’t studying) or closed, which would be scarier…! 😉

15 Ana { 10.13.14 at 9:33 am }

Horror anything? Hell to the no. Not for me. Never never never liked them, and even the silliest campiest ones would give me nightmares & sleepless nights for weeks if not longer. Took me until my mid-20s to finally stop watching/going to haunted houses/etc.. just to “fit in”.

16 lostintranslation { 10.13.14 at 10:01 am }

Not for me! As a kid I was already scared when watching Bambi… It’s gotten better but even now when watching some thriller I sometimes have the urge to hide behind the couch 😉

17 Heather { 10.13.14 at 10:31 am }

Loved all things horror in my teens and twenties. Really, up until I became a mom. Then I added some qualifiers: no children. As in, no children could be harmed or play significant part in the movie. Teen slashers, sure. Pet Semetary… not anymore.
Still, I’m a sucker for a good horror book. Stephen King is still near the top of my list.

18 Ann Z { 10.13.14 at 11:22 am }

I’ve never been able to handle horror films. I hated watching them at sleepovers as a kid. I was terrified by Attack of the Killer Tomatoes of all things. Any show with tense scenes just cause me too much anxiety. As an adult, I’ve learned that any time a movie or tv show starts to get too horror-y (you know, the music gets all tense and you know something is about to happen), if I simply close my eyes, I can deal way better. The audio plus the visual is too much for me, but if I take away the visual, I can deal. I still don’t watch horror movies (what would be the point, I might as well listen to an audio book instead), but it has let me watch a few other movies and shows that I would have otherwise avoided.

19 L.A. { 10.13.14 at 12:18 pm }

I love scary movies, even though they often do scare me, like A LOT. I can’t watch certain ones when no one else is home, there are many I only watch during the day. I think I like the adrenaline rush of being scared, and challenging my fears by watching them. I loved them, and had little fear, when I was younger. As I get older, some are triggering and cause issues…but I’m still stubborn and watch them (obviously there are certain ones/genres I steer clear of).

Every October I watch Halloween, and I’m still terrified of it. It’s been a habit since I was 15 or so.

20 Bronwyn { 10.13.14 at 12:50 pm }

Horror movies. Nay. Big nay. Naaaaaaay. (Like a horse, but not a scary horror movie horse.)

21 Sharon { 10.13.14 at 1:13 pm }

I don’t like horror movies of the blood/gore/slasher variety but I do like psychological thrillers. My husband LOVES horror movies and often bemoans the fact that I do not share this interest of his. Ah well. No one’s perfect. 🙂

22 Amber { 10.13.14 at 1:59 pm }

I used to LOVE the Nightmare on Elm Street movies when I was a kid. I don’t mind a moderate horror movie, but my husband can’t stand them, so we never watch any. I used to be able to get him to a few now and then, but not anymore. I’m not a big fan of the really scary horror movies though. A little scare is okay, nightmares are not.

23 Mrs T { 10.13.14 at 2:05 pm }

I read every Stephen King book, but I am happy to avoid scary movies of all kinds!

24 JustHeather { 10.13.14 at 2:32 pm }

Last scary movies I remember watching were It and Cujo. And at a birthday party around that same time was Pet Cemetery. No thank you!! I still haven’t gotten over those ones and don’t need anymore. My imagination is scary enough for me. I also read lots of Dean Koontz and John Saul around that time, but not anymore.
I never did see more than 30 seconds (literally) Freddy or Friday the 13th.

Vampires and other beasties, except zombies, I like! Vampires aren’t scary..unless they are in a purposefully scary movie, then I wouldn’t be watching them anyway. Hubby and I have been watching Supernatural lately and even then sometimes we have to switch to something else before bed or I will have not-so-happy dreams.

25 Turia { 10.13.14 at 2:38 pm }

NO. A thousand times no.

I spent more than two YEARS sleeping on the floor of my sister’s room after a particular ghost episode of one of those “Unsolved Mysteries” type of shows.

YEARS.

I can freak myself out enough when I’m home alone that I have to sleep with the lights on.

I don’t touch horror movies.

26 celeste { 10.13.14 at 2:42 pm }

Oh. My. GOSH. yes, about horror films. I actually love the way they are put together and really enjoy critiquing them. BUT, I have way too over-active an imagination and cannot handle them. The other night I accidentally caught the trailer for the newest haunted doll flick, Annabelle, and I have been freaked out ever since. Over the trailer!

I wish I could still watch them, because some of them are truly artistic in the way they keep an audience on the edge of their seats. Not gore, though. Not at all a fan of gore.

27 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 10.13.14 at 3:33 pm }

None for me, thanks. I have way too active an imagination. Even the ones that seem cheesy at the time can come back to haunt me (so to speak) later on.

28 sharah { 10.13.14 at 4:11 pm }

I used to watch scary movies, but I haven’t been able to stomach them since we had kids. Like you said, there are too many real scary things in the world. I also can’t watch CSI or Criminal Minds if kids are part of the plotline.

29 Megan { 10.13.14 at 7:17 pm }

I don’t like scary movies very much either. I don’t mind over-the-top black comedies, or spooky movies, but gore and startles aren’t my thing. (That’s why I love the Disney haunted mansion but hate “normal” haunted houses – I don’t need the blood and the people jumping out at me from dark corners.)

30 SuzannaCatherine { 10.13.14 at 8:21 pm }

Scary movies? No, no, a thousand times no!
As an 11 yr old I went to the original Godzilla film. It was pretty bad and I remember hiding my eyes. I don’t want to see death and destruction of any kind. If it involves children or animals-no way. Many years ago I saw a Betty Davis film that scared the heck out of me. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? was the title. That was my last thriller/horror movie. I never even contemplated seeing The Exorcist, Cujo, Halloween, Silence of the Lambs and all the others of that ilk.
I don’t read Stephen King either. A horror movie marathon is my idea of Hell.

31 m. { 10.13.14 at 8:58 pm }

Absolutely nay on the scary movies. I get incredibly emotionally invested. I cry. I hyperventilate. This one time, I tried to put my big girl pants on and watch 28 Weeks Later with my husband. Years later, and I still have nightmares. Still. I am fairly certain my sensitivities have grown in recent years. I’m not even sure I could manage a Tarantino flick these days. Sigh. I’m disappointing myself, but there you have it.

32 Laurel Regan { 10.13.14 at 10:42 pm }

I’m not really a fan of horror films, but for some inexplicable reason I am a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead. I guess zombies are different, somehow!

33 Created Family { 10.13.14 at 11:05 pm }

I’m a fairly solid nay. I don’t like adrenaline rushes in general so horror movies aren’t my fave, but also when I have the time to watch a movie I prefer things that are fairly light or interesting/educational.

34 Rain { 10.13.14 at 11:55 pm }

Nope. No thank you. Not into horror or scary on any level. ughhhhh,

35 staciet { 10.14.14 at 1:19 am }

I do not like horror movies. My brain is filled with dark enough images from real life experiences. I don’t need to add to the arsenal. I can, however, read horror books. Go figure.

36 Amel { 10.14.14 at 3:43 am }

YES YES YES!!! Hubby and I both love watching movies and horror movies are one of the type of movies that we both watch together. We watch many different genres of movies and TV series almost daily. The only thing he won’t watch is pure drama, though he’d still watch a romantic comedy (because there’s the comedy aspect).

37 Cynthia Samuels { 10.14.14 at 12:52 pm }

This is kind of amazing because today I wrote about the scary world too! I was always scared of horror films though. Never watched more than a couple of minutes. Strangely, scary things like The Leftovers or the Blacklist don’t have the same impact. I think I’m so political that if there’s a message I can handle it just fine.

38 Tara { 10.14.14 at 3:11 pm }

I used to LOVE horror films but only realistic-ish ones. I loved when a new good scary movie would come out. And then one day I didn’t like it anymore. I don’t want to feel scared. I don’t want to think “what if that could happen”. I don’t want to jump out of my skin. I don’t know what the turning point was – maybe when I had my kids, I don’t know. But for sure I know that there is NOTHING appealing to me about horror any more.

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