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Life Lessons Learned While Watching Horror Movies

Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.


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 aren't 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 that 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 a 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!

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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 article 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!


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 25, 2018:

Thank you!

Sila Ozgoren on August 28, 2018:

That is such a nice post. I really enjoyed reading it.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 01, 2012:

Thanks so much! I am just here to help people stay alive in emergency horror movie like situations. :-)

Corrinna from BC, Canada on October 01, 2012:

Love watching horror movies and your list of life skills is awesome and sums it up perfectly.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 01, 2012:

TTombs08 - Thanks so much. I have learned so much from horror movies. :-)

Phil Plasma - Yeah, I don't know what people are thinking in horror movies. For some reason, it seems like a good idea to split up and not stick with the group, too. Thanks for the comment!

nanderson500 - Thanks for the votes up! Yeah, horror movies have taught me so much about what I shouldn't do. It is a shame the victims have no idea.

savingkathy - You are so right! People need to turn lights on. I can't figure out why ghost hunter shows always look for ghosts when it is dark. I would like to hunt during the day. Thanks for the comment!

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2012:

I never realized how much there was to learn from horror movies! Those are all important life lessons, for sure. Might I add another one? Always turn on the lights when you go to investigate a strange noise. I never understand why everyone in horror movies creeps around in the dark when they're scared!

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on September 30, 2012:

Good tips! I love horror movies too and I've seen most of the ones you mentioned here. The hapless victims never follow your rules in these movies. Voted up and funny.

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on September 30, 2012:

So many awesome tips; not going up dark creepy stairs is most definitely the thing to do.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 30, 2012:

I love this, Jeannie! :) Words to live by! :)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 25, 2012:

The power going off in the middle of taking a shower is enough to scare anyone. The bathroom is definitely not the place to be according to scary movies. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!

Shaddie from Washington state on January 24, 2012:

The bathroom is THE #1 PLACE for creepy things to happen in every thriller, slasher, horror, and ghost movie invented! I hate bathrooms because the fear has been hammered into me from all my years of watching scary movies. I get so freakishly terrified when I'm in there, and I think the only time I've ever screamed out of fear for my life was when I was taking a shower one time and the power went off right in the middle of it. Yeah, I was like 16. Way too old to be fearing for my life at that point I think.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 19, 2012:

Thank you both for the comments and the votes. I've learned so much from horror movies and thought I would share!

Rehana Stormme on January 19, 2012:

Brilliant hub! I enjoyed reading this! Voted up and funny :D

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on January 17, 2012:

I have learned so many wise life lessons here and I thank you. LOL Congratulations on your 200th hub. What an accomplishment. I really like you writing style and sense of humor. Very refreshing. I hit every button here.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 15, 2012:

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I really enjoy your hubs too, Millionaire Tips.

Shasta Matova from USA on January 15, 2012:

Hi Jeannieinabottle, I wanted to let you know that this hub was included in my list of favorite hubs I've read this week.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 11, 2012:

You know, I remember a movie from my childhood that involved aliens and splattered brains. I still can't remember the name of it. We might be thinking of the same movie.

At any rate, thanks for reading and thanks for the comment. :-)

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on January 11, 2012:

I grew up in St, Petersburg, Florida. Every Saturday night, we would stay up, make millk shakes (super thick), popcorn, and watch "Dr; Paul Bearer."

I can't remember the name of the movie, but my favorite was the one where alien brains were tirelesslly hunching their way towards the protagonists, who were splatting buckshot into the splattering brains.

Never mind. I didn't say that.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 10, 2012:

Thank you! I am glad you found it useful. :-) Very important life lessons to be learned with horror movies.

VendettaVixen from Ireland on January 10, 2012:

Excellent hub! Voted up, useful and amazing. I do love me some horror movies.

Congratulations on your 200th hub, by the way.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 10, 2012:

Austinstar - Yes, those Exorcist movies will mess with your head! Good call!

Marie Gail - No, horror movies are totally educational now. Enjoy them and learn something at the same time.

DIYweddingplanner - That is true - landline phones will always fail you when the stalker is out to get you. Also, seems like caller ID doesn't work on them either when you need them most. Hahaha... it is true about the bunk beds. Friday the 13th taught us all that!

Thanks for reading and for the comments, everyone!

DIYweddingplanner from South Carolina, USA on January 10, 2012:

Jeannie, you forgot to add never have a landline, because some creeper will cut the line so you can't call 911! Also the very important never have sex in a bunk bed or you're liable to find a knife in your back and the indispensable don't keep a block of sharp knives on your kitchen counter. :)

Marie Gail Stratford from Kansas City, MO on January 09, 2012:

So it's not just a guilty pleasure anymore? Fun!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on January 09, 2012:

I've always thought that scary movies were educational. Who would want to be a catholic after seeing all the Exorcist movies? Not me.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 09, 2012:

Thanks everyone for the comments! - You are right! The stupid ones always get killed first. That is usually the girl that slips on some blood in the rest stop. Hehe.

poetvix - Yes, it is always the outcast that lives through everything. That is because everyone else was out having a good time, but the outcast was home reading book and learning survival skills.

WD Curry 111 - This is so true. It is never a good idea to look for the cat. The cat will end up alive and the person on the search ends up dead.

Millionaire Tips - Wardrobe malfunctions bring so many folks down in horror movies. Whether it is pesky high heels or a shirt getting caught on something, wardrobe issues haunt many women in horror movies.

Shasta Matova from USA on January 09, 2012:

Thank you for all these life skill lessons. LOL I think you also have to wear sturdier clothes, especially if you are prettier, because clothes always tend to get ripped off or torn. Avoid wardrobe malfunctions.

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on January 09, 2012:

Never go looking for the cat.

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on January 09, 2012:

I am a die hard horror fan. This is too kewl. I think the same logic can be applied to horror books as well. They have much to teach us. Don't act hoochy or you will surely be toast and don't be insulting or again, toast. Often times it's the quiet chick with the book everyone likes to pick on that outlives all the bouncy blonde bimbetts. Voted up! on January 09, 2012:

I love it! I also know to be as smart as I can because the dumb ones get killed first.

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