I love horror movies. The gore, the predictable plot, the buckets of red corn syrup, the cheesy one-liners… But most of all I love the eerie feeling that I still get when watching a scary movie. As a skeptic I know there are no vampires or zombies or parasitic aliens, and hopefully there is no deranged man waiting in the closet with a machete, yet I still fall for it when I get involved with a film.
Admittedly, some of it even sticks with me. I have not been able to look at a clown (with the exception of Captain Spaulding) without feeling sick to my stomach and like I’m having a panic attack since I saw IT as a kid. Pennywise is a motherfucker, for real.
Horror movies are the only type of film that I can lose all skepticism in for the duration. Granted, if they’re particularly awful I still find myself saying, “Yeah flipping right,” the whole time, but well made horror makes me cringe, cover my eyes and reel at the thought of what could happen next. Midnight Meat Train actually made me leap from my seat and run to the bathroom to throw up. Seriously, guys.
As skeptics who don’t believe in the paranormal, what scary movies freak you out? Do you find yourself more drawn to reality-based horror? Or do you still cringe over a scary fantasy? Why do you think we’re able to drop the skepticism for the sake of a cheap thrill?
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