Life Lessons Learned While Watching Horror Movies
So Much to Learn from Horror Movies
Some people will tell you that horror movies are mindless entertainment. They believe slasher films are just blood and guts. They think ghost movies are completely unrealistic. They believe most scary movies are simply silly. Well, those ideas just can't be true. You can learn a lot from horror movies.
I can't tell you how many times I've been watching a scary movie and learned a new skill that I can apply to my own life. You might not think watching a horror movie can be an educational experience, but you are wrong! Horror movies strike a nerve with the viewer. Those that create scary movies take your deepest fears and find a way to incorporate them into a movie. As if that isn't enough, there are also lessons to be learned in each movie if you look for them.
Let's take some time to discuss all of the many ways horror movies can help improve your life. There is so much to learn and I am here to help. But don't thank me; thank the folks who write, direct, and produce these terrifying movies for teaching their viewers such important life lessons.
Research Any Home Before Buying It
Time and time again in life, we are taught if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. This is especially the case when it comes to houses that are sold at a bargain price. When you are in the market for a new home, you might come across a major bargain. You will probably ask yourself the standard questions - Why is it so low-priced? Is it a fixer upper? Is it in a bad neighborhood? Is the wiring bad? Will the pipes burst? Are there rodents? But you might not ask yourself the most important question - Is it haunted?
Yes, I said it! Sometimes a house goes on the market because it is haunted! Don't believe me? Well, maybe you'd better watch "The Amityville Horror" and it will set the record straight. The couple knows the house they are ready to buy is just too good to be true, but they go ahead and buy it anyway. Not long after purchasing the house, crazy stuff starts to happen. Well, you know why? A guy decided to kill his entire family in the house and now it is totally cursed. They should have researched the home a little more before committing to it.
Have you ever seen the movie "Mortuary" directed by Tobe Hooper? Well, you'd better! He directed "Poltergeist" too, so he knows haunted houses. Basically, the mother moves her two children to a house and mortuary without ever seeing the property first. Sure, it sounds like it is a great bargain, but it looks like it should be condemned. As if it isn't bad enough that the house is falling to the ground, a person can also contract some type of zombie-like illness from the house. Not to mention there is a crazed man living in the walls of the house and the cemetery. Bummer! Whenever you think you've found a bargain, better think again!
Camping is Just Not Safe
Ah, the great outdoors! You pitch a tent or stay in the cabin in the middle of nowhere and think nothing can go wrong. But, oh, it can! Just when you think you can go fishing or take a nice hike, a psychotic killer might just come along and ruin your whole day. Before you decide to go camping, maybe you'd like to check out some movies about the subject.
"Wrong Turn," "Friday the 13th," "Cabin Fever," and "Blair Witch Project" are just a few movies I can name off the top of my head about camping trips gone wrong. You might be dealing with a real killer like Jason from "Friday the 13th" if you go out in the woods. However, you might have to deal with something otherworldly, like the Blair Witch. You could even come across a disease like in "Cabin Fever." You never know what is out there in those woods. Take my advice and don't even bother camping. Nothing good can ever comes of it. If you do decide to take your chances, at least take some type of weapon and a working compass.
Be Careful in the Bathroom
If you have to use the bathroom while taking a road trip, try to go to a populated area if at all possible. As said before, nothing good happens if you are forced to go out in the woods. You'd probably be better off using adult diapers rather than even going into a wooded area. If you do need to use a public restroom, by all means, go into a bathroom with many people going in and out. Maybe you like your privacy when you use the potty, but now is not the time for that. There is strength in numbers!
Did you know deserted rest stops are totally dangerous? If not, you'd better believe it. After all, there is actually a movie called "Rest Stop," so this is no joke. In just about any scary movie when a woman has to use the bathroom, she is going to end up at some rest stop or gas station. While she is in the bathroom, she gets murdered by a psychotic killer. Her loser friends are oblivious to what happened, so one by one each person goes in "to investigate." There is normally a scene in which at least one person slips in her blood. It just happens that way, although you'd think that person would be paying more attention. So always use the buddy system when using a rest stop. No one wants to be the first one killed and no one wants to be the victim that slips in the blood.
I am sure you are thinking a bathroom at a motel is probably safe, but no, that isn't safe either. This is especially the case if you'd like to take a shower. Don't forget what happens when you stay at the Bates Motel. In the movie "Psycho," Norman Bates seems socially awkward, but you sure don't expect him to come after anyone with a knife. However, once you realize all the mother issues he has, no wonder the guy is a total nut and killing pretty women in the shower. Don't trust motel bathrooms either!
So I am sure you are thinking, surely I am safe in the comfort of my own home. Wrong! Just when you think it is safe to take a nice relaxing bubble bath in your house, Freddy Krueger can get you. In the original "Nightmare on Elm Street," poor Nancy hasn't had a good night's sleep in a long time. Nancy decides to relax in a nice bubble bath. Unfortunately, her relaxing bath takes a turn for the worst when she drifts off to sleep. Never fall asleep in the bathtub! Not only is it dangerous because you can drown, it is dangerous because now Freddy can get you. The door will be locked and who is going to rescue you from Freddy Krueger? No one is going to rescue you now! Don't take naps in the bathroom!
Babysitting is Not Worth It!
As it turns out, the babysitter always gets tormented in horror movies. If you want a safe way to make some extra cash, try mowing lawns in the summer. I've never seen a scary movie yet with kids mowing lawns being targeted by killers. However, if you decide to babysit, your days are numbered. There is a psychotic killer just waiting to get you!
In the movie "Halloween," the greatest babysitter of all time, Laurie, is stalked by Michael Myers. Mind you, he is out to get her because she is his sister, but we don't know that in the first movie. We just know Laurie is the best babysitter because she goes through a lot more than any normal person should have to deal with just to save two kids. Maybe she lives through the experience, but her life would have been a lot better if she'd just stayed home.
Let us not forget the classic movie, "When a Stranger Calls." Every few minutes some total creep keeps calling the babysitter and asking if she's checked on the kids. What kind of freak does that? Of course, it turns out the psycho is right in the house with her all along. Now, she's got to figure out where this crazy guy is located in the home and she needs to try to save the children. Ummm, yeah, good luck with that one. This is just not working out for that poor girl.
The End... Or Is It?
I hope you've enjoyed this extremely informative hub about life lessons learned in horror movies. I would also like to leave you with some general information I've learned over the years from watching many scary flicks. I am sure you will appreciate even more important life skills you can take with you:
- Run out of the house when there is a killer in it! Don't run up the stairs.
- Never drop the knife because you think the killer is dead. He is never dead!
- If you are a female, kick off the high heels. They will only trip you if you are running from a ghost, murderer, zombie, etc.
- Just because you like your friend doesn't mean he or she is not infected. If you suspect that person is turning into a zombie, take action!
- Aliens enjoy possessing humans and dogs. Don't trust anyone that has been in contact with the alien.
- When you go to investigate anything, DON'T SPLIT UP! Who cares about "covering more ground" anyway?
- If you come across someone who is disfigured in some way, don't be afraid. That is probably the person that will save your life.
- If you hear a weird noise, don't go towards it.
- If you smell something strange, don't go towards it.
- If you see something that is not quite right, don't go towards it. (You see the pattern here?)
You see how much better your life is now? Now you've got the life skills to make it through anything. Don't learn lessons the hard way like the people in horror movies tend to do. Often you only get one chance. If you feel you need more training on any of these matters, I would recommend watching the movie "Scream." It will go over some of these basic concepts in more detail. Now go out there and be safe!
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