I’m always making fun of people in horror movies.
“Don’t go in the basement! Everyone knows that!”
“That noise was OBVIOUSLY NOT the cat!”
“Why would you go out in the woods by yourself!?!?”
“PUT THE OUIJA BOARD AWAY!”
How could anyone have such horrible decision-making skills? Do the writers really think people are this stupid?
But then I thought about it a little more. Maybe it was after opening a cupboard that I heard close behind me when I was alone and the cupboards were already closed. Or maybe it was after I went down into the basement alone to investigate a strange sound. Once these things happened, I started noticing, and remembering, other behaviors as well. This made me stop and think.
Are the decisions people make in horror movies unusually bad? Ok, yeah. Some of them REALLY are.
But without the scary music telling us something’s about to happen, without the ominous lighting or unnerving camera angles, without knowing we’re in a horror movie — how many terrible decisions would the average person make?
Let’s take a look at some things I personally have done that are probably going to get me killed if we find out this thing we call “life” is actually a horror movie. I’ll start with 25, but I’m sure there are more.
- Investigated sounds that came from other rooms, basements, and attics.
- Talked to strangers.
- Ignored a sound because I assumed it was just a cat or the wind.
- Read something out loud in a language I wasn’t fluent in.
- Had sex.
- Used a Ouija board.
- Played a ‘paranormal’ games, like Bloody Mary and Light as a Feather.
- Walked or ran in the woods alone.
- Walked through a dark parking lot to my car by myself.
- Got drunk.
- Walked down an alley at night.
- Walked around a big city alone.
- Hung out with my friends without telling anyone exactly where we’d be.
- Went into a building that had a reputation for being haunted.
- Attempted to talk to ghosts in the haunted building.
- Went to a medium, psychic, or tarot card reader.
- Ignored advice from a weird old stranger.
- Said “that was weird,” when something strange happened, then promptly ignored it.
- Didn’t get rid of the electronic toy that regularly turned on by itself.
- Said, “I’ll be right back.”
- Bought old things at a garage sales and antique stores.
- Went back to sleep without checking to see why the pile of clothes in my room looked like a person or monster.
- Listened to music loud enough that I couldn’t tell if someone (or something) was behind me.
- Started talking to someone who came in the door without checking to make sure it was the person I assumed had come in.
- Ignored the creepy feeling that someone was watching me.
So, hopefully this isn’t the beginning of a horror movie. But if it is, I hope the audience isn’t making fun of me too much. Because I can’t hear the music, or see the creepy lighting, or feel off balance from the camera angles. Everything seems normal, just like it would have to the victims in the movies until whatever was terrorizing them actually showed up.
What about you? How many things have you done that would have had the audience screaming “Don’t do that!”? Let me know in the comments.