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Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
06-26-2010, 02:57 AM,
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Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Terrifying films can leave viewers with life-long fears, says an academic.

Professor Joanne Cantor questioned hundreds of adults and found that women who have seen Psycho are often frightened to go into the shower, while the threat-laden soundtrack of Jaws can make men tremble.

It, the 1986 film based on a Stephen King novel, shows a clown attacking children in the bathroom, after coming in through the toilet or shower drain.

Professor Cantor, of Wisconsin University in the U.S., told BBC Focus magazine: 'It produced extended nightmares, and many children avoided the bathroom after that. For many of these children, fear of clowns extended into adulthood.'

The professor found the five most frightening films, not ranked in order, were Jaws, Psycho, It, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Poltergeist.

In Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock injected terror into the most benign of places - the shower.

The professor, a world expert on the psychology of films, said: 'Hitchcock took a normal activity that most people do daily and infused it with terror, by showing a totally unanticipated attack in blood horror accompanied by intense music.

'Many women in my studies who saw that movie are uncomfortable in the shower to this day.'

The 1984 'slasher movie', A Nightmare on Elm Street, resulted in many sleepless nights, said professor Cantor.

'This film provided the quintessential recipe for insomnia because the bloodthirsty villain, Freddy Krueger, could only attack you in your dreams,' she said. 'So your only defence against him was to stay awake - and that's what many reported doing.'

Some films frighten some age groups more than others.

Children, for instance, tend to be freaked out by storylines in which humans metamorphose into werewolves or other animals.

Adults, however, are much more concerned by the threat posed by aliens, with the Sigourney Weaver blockbuster Alien leading to many a restless night's sleep.

The professor said: 'Even as adults, many people can reject the possibility of aliens as totally out of hand.

'Although we know that the alien in Aliens is not real, we can't really be sure there aren't any aliens. Science says it is possible there are.

'We also know that fiction is linked to some extent with reality.

'So, if there is a maniac running around in a movie slashing women with a knife, we know that is just an actor.

'But we also know that even if it is very rare, that these people exist, so a movie like that gives a real jolt of awareness that that could happen.'

Scary films trigger one of the most primitive parts of the brain, the amygdala, which in times gone by, prepared our body to flight or flee when presented with a threat.

The more highly-evolved forebrain knows that there is no reason to be scared - but is over-ruled by the amygdala.

Professor Cantor said: 'The amygdala doesn't control what we think but rather our instinctive body reaction to an event.

'It evolved so that when we come across something threatening, regardless of whether it's real or not, it reacts.

'Your memory in the hippocampus then makes an association to what you felt when you first encountered that event.

'It is hard for our conscious mind to damp down our physiological reactions. For example, people who had an adverse reaction to Jaws not only find themselves scared of going into the ocean, but also find themselves scared of going into lakes and pools, even although they know there is no possibility of finding a shark in either.

'The same is true for depictions of the supernatural in films; we're afraid of something with such power that it's beyond our ability to control, and our conscious mind can't reverse that.

'Movie makers can manipulate us. If we went to the movies and didn't have an intense reaction, we wouldn't go again.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1289678/Movies-scare-life-Viewers-left-fears-years.html
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06-26-2010, 08:35 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Shit I have had some girlfriends that practically left me with post traumatic stress disorder and pretty much like a vegetable.
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

As a reputed atheist, the reverential nature of his film was surprising, but Pasolini himself said &If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.&


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06-26-2010, 05:41 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-26-2010, 05:42 PM by ToddTraf.)
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
The only movie that fucked me up was C.H.U.D. "B" horror or not the concept was enough to scare me after the viewing.

I never step near a man hole cover or sidewalk drainage holes. Open faced basement steps/stairs suck too.
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06-27-2010, 12:45 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-27-2010, 11:07 PM by h3rm35.)
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Jacob's Ladder. I can't watch that movie without turning it off, usually at about the point half-way through the scene where he's being wheeled through the "hospital"... It makes me feel like I'll be stuck in a bad trip for the rest of my life. Sometimes I'll get flashes of it while considering taking acid, and then I won't take it.
If you haven't seen it, by all means check it out. Horror flicks don't get to me, ever, except for this one. This is probably the most disturbing film ever made, and it has a concen oriented plot-line


Also any film with graphic scenes of solitary drowning in the open ocean have done pretty well at keeping me from getting on ocean going vessels, but I think the phobia was there before the movies.
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06-27-2010, 03:04 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Still gives me the royal willies

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06-27-2010, 03:35 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-27-2010, 03:50 AM by ---.)
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Aliens and therianthropes, eh? They appear to be the underlying subject of the article to some extent.

a scary film?
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Phantasm was quite eerie...

And the Spanish one from 2008 (?) "Rec" is frightening too imo
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06-27-2010, 09:16 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Never been able to watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre all the way through it just makes me queasy.

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

As a reputed atheist, the reverential nature of his film was surprising, but Pasolini himself said &If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.&


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06-27-2010, 09:38 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Toy Story gave me nightmares as a child. At night, while trying to fall asleep, I'd be frightened looking at my closet thinking my toys will come to life and attack me. I just saw the new movie though, I liked it.
Also, Chucky the killer military doll creeped me out as a child. I saw the same film recently too, and it looked so silly I didn't understand why I suffered from it. I actually found it hilarious.
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06-27-2010, 10:46 PM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Jacobs Ladder is an awesome movie, great story but hardly anyone has seen it! The scene were he freaks out when his wifes dancing and stuff is crazy, totally want to go to chiropractor after seeing it too haha. But I.T did affect me when i was younger i saw it when i was about 8 or something and had the same dream so many times that he was at our playground at school killing everyone. I last saw it when i was like 22 and its not scary or anything but some scenes just trigger memories for years ago its kinda creepy.
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06-28-2010, 09:00 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
The violent rape scene in Irreversible is something I'd rather unsee.
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06-28-2010, 11:37 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
yeah, that was kind of a waste of time. The rest of the film is great though.
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06-28-2010, 03:23 PM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
I was pretty scared of Candyman when I saw it as a kid...but not so scary anymore tho.
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06-28-2010, 07:32 PM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Speaking of unwatching stuff, the hammer+penis sequence in Antichrist is brutal.
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06-30-2010, 11:10 PM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Jaws kept people out of coastal waters in droves.

My son watched Honey I Shrunk the Audience when he went to Disneyland at the tender impressionable age of 5 and was terrified. It uses a system that combines live theatre, roaming 3D projections, 3D sound as well as polarized 3D visuals and smells.

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Giant bugs and dogs made for quite a shocking experience for him and he huddled by his mother for the rest of the 5 day trip, refusing to go on anything but the teacup ride.

Here's a clip of it:



Going to a theatre is like rolling out the red carpet to your mind it is designed to program you at a level far beyond your home TV set.

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07-05-2010, 04:48 AM,
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RE: Movies that scare for life: Viewers left with fears for years
Isn't **any** traumatic "event" a "mental movie" that is played over and over in the "mind's eye" ?

The cinema movie "trauma event" is never "out there" ...

... it's a "representation", a "movie clip", if you will, that is played on your "mental screen" in your consciousness.

Since it's all a mental representation anyway, why not re-edit that traumatic "movie clip" in your head ?

You become your own movie director and editor, so to speak.

In psychotherapy, the concept of "re-editing" your mental movies has been around for decades ...

... and you don't need to pay a psychotherapist to do it.

In the esoteric arts, it's been around for centuries ...

... but you don't need to hire a "shaman" to do it.

Just do it ( ! ) ...

... it's fun !!


I liked Michael Radford's motion picture 1984 ...

... but the last half is pretty traumatic.

So perhaps I would "re-edit" this cinema trauma as follows:

++ Winston Smith and Julia get rescued by "the Resistance" before they are taken to "Room 101".

++ The "underground railroad" smuggles Winston to the Free State of Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.

++ Winston re-invents himself as "Michael Smith" and decides to drive truck for "the Resistance".

++ "Michael Smith", now a freeman, dedicates his life to undermining Oceania and its power elites.

Re-editing cinematic traumas, or personal "real life" traumas ...

... is fun !

Just my opinion ! Icon_biggrin

Try it, you'll like it !! Wink
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