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story 16 Horror Movies That Ruined Everyday Activities

Horror movies can scare you in a lot of different ways. Some use explicit gore and visceral violence to terrify, while others exploit deeply-held religious beliefs to haunt long after the credits roll. There are imports and exports, a transnational stage where distinct, individual fears are rendered global. The advent of social media has illuminated, perhaps better than ever, the kinds of fears people experience in their day-to-day lives. As a result, horror filmmakers are more adept than ever at twisting the knife just a little bit deeper by exploiting the common fears most everyone holds to be true.

--In other words? If you're writing a spec or a novel? Find something most of us do and turn it into a horror that makes people think twice before doing it again... LOL. I still know plenty of people who refuse to go to the beach because of JAWS.
 
It is interesting to note that many theatrical viewers of "The Omen" were reported to have become afraid of dogs after seeing the film.

An interesting aspect of how making something mundane terrifying in fiction, is that it can really help your odds in the market, as this mundane thing will remind the viewer of your film or book every time they encounter it. I've occasionally tried to think of a way to make people frightened of turning doorknobs, for this very reason.

I don't think it would actually be that difficult. Maybe a Unabomber type scenario, where a crazed ideologist of some variety started wiring land mines to doorknobs or some such. Perhaps a PTSD army vet, overstimulated by a recent political craze where using the wrong adverb was considered a hate crime, could lash out at people found who posted incorrectly formulated sentences in decades old social media posts, by blowing them to smithereens when they came home from work.

You know that story about the razor blades in the Halloween candy apples? That never actually happened. But the fear got people talking, and everybody knows the fiction, and nobody hands out apples any more.
 

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I used to run over hitchhikers all the time with my car, but then after I saw "I know what you did last summer" it scared the hell out of me.
Haven't committed a vehicular manslaughter since.
 
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I used to run over hitchhikers all the time with my car, but then after I saw "I know what you did last summer" it scared the hell out of me.
Haven't committed a vehicular manslaughter since.
LOL. And? THE HITCHER (original) made me stop and think TWICE about picking up hitchikers... Gotta say... The spec was even more horrific in my humble opinion.
 
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LOL. And? THE HITCHER (original) made me stop and think TWICE about picking hitchikers... Gotta say... The spec was even more horrific in my humble opinion.
Horror is my least viewed genre, usually only for a couple weeks a year around halloween.
I'll have to check this one out in october :)
 
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I really really don't like explicit torture, blood, guts, slasher, gore etc. movies. I don't find them entertaining. I don't like them on principal.

But . . . having worked, over the years, in several restaurant kitchens, I have thought this would be a good setting for some sick and twisted bastard: the grill, the broiler, the deep fryer, the . . . immersion blender, the . . . slicer. Yipe.
 
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I really really don't like explicit torture, blood, guts, slasher, gore etc. movies. I don't find them entertaining. I don't like them on principal.

But . . . having worked, over the years, in several restaurant kitchens, I have thought this would be a good setting for some sick and twisted bastard: the grill, the broiler, the deep fryer, the . . . immersion blender, the . . . slicer. Yipe.

Yeah scary kitchen stuff is a classic. Someone slicing carrots with a knife and the camera gets closer every cut in. lol.

Or even better that scary GARBAGE DISPOSAL. lol. So frightening in a movie.
Hell if movies were real life i'd never go near a sewing machine either. that needle gonna stab you!

Sometimes explicit can be awesome... I don't enjoy when its gratuitous but the shocking nature of explicit violence can really impact a scene.

VIOLENT SCENE HERE to demonstrate my point

 
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