Fear and Horror

Rory is at it again with the questions. This time, the questions are about fear. Check out his answers over at A Guy Called Bloke.

Fear has been a close companion during much of my life. Fear was like my shadow, strongest in the bright light. I’ll explain more, but let’s get to the questions, maybe we’ll find the answers.

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Q.1

Do you watch horror movies or horror genre orientated/styled/themed type of films?

I will watch any genre of movie that looks interesting. Do I specifically go for horror movies? No. Older Daughter is a huge fan of horror and has seen more horror movies than any other kind. She was born on a Friday 13, so it makes sense.

 

Q.2

When you watch these films do they scare you or not – please discuss.

The first movie that scared me was The Exorcist. I saw it on TV. I always remembered being younger, but from all the information I could find, I must have seen it when I was eleven. I didn’t even watch the entire movie the first time and I was still staring into the shadows of my bedroom, unable to sleep for a very, very long time.

The second movie that scared the bejeezus out of me was the first Nightmare On Elm Street. It seems really cheesy now, but just the thought of someone entering my dreams and attacking me was terrifying.

 

Q.3

Do you find that by watching this type of film theme that you enjoy the adrenaline/fear rush to your brain?

I’m not an adrenaline junkie. If I watch a horror movie, it’s because it looks interesting. I’ve been interested in occult or supernatural for as long as I can remember, so movies that deal with hauntings or supernatural creatures are interesting to me. I’ve never been a fan of the slasher movies. Gore isn’t my thing.

 

Do you deliberately seek out fear or high octane thrills and spills to feed your curiosity or perhaps something else?

As I wrote above, I’m not an adrenaline junkie. I used to like rollercoasters before I was disabled. I’ve always wanted to skydive. I don’t purposely seek out thrills, but if the opportunity and/or situation calls for it, I won’t say no.

I am not a fearful person. I think all of my fear was used up during my marriage. My ex seriously psychologically tortured me. I was always afraid. Afraid for me and for my daughters. Afraid of what kind of mood he would be in. Would he scream and argue? Would he push and shove? Would things get broken? That jittery, sick stomach feeling was a constant companion.

 

How do you personally define ‘fear and do you think we should all live with an element of fear in our lives?

I personally think fear is pretty useless. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of death… I don’t fear anything really. I’m cautious, sure, but not fearful. I would be devastated if something happened to my loved ones, but I don’t fear it. I know that I have absolutely no control over what happens to them. I don’t fear death. I think my second deconstruction really brought me face to face with the darkness and I survived. I am an intelligent, resourceful person. I’ve already survived so many things life has put in my path, I’m confident that I can handle whatever happens. Or I won’t.

Worry and fear won’t  change anything except my blood pressure. I’d rather spend my time enjoying what I can, and dancing…

Thank you, Rory for some great questions! I like it when my thoughts go on a journey.

How about you? Horror fan or no? Are you afraid of anything in particular? Are you a thrill seeking, adrenaline junkie? How do you define fear?

 

(images are Rory’s)

24 thoughts on “Fear and Horror

  1. I don’t like horror for its own sake. That said, I’ve enjoyed plenty of super violent movies and shows, like crime dramas. I love Stephen King, but I consider him a great writer of characters and plots, with the horror as a flavoring. I also enjoyed roller coasters and such before my neck began to hurt all the time; now I avoid any sudden movements. As I age, I have become more cautious ~ some might say fearful. But that’s because I’ve experienced a lot of things already and I don’t like them! I would rather NOT have another car accident or flu or shitty romance, so I make effort to avoid these things completely. I think that makes me intelligent, but other people may have different priorities.

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    1. Totally agree with your thoughts on King – that’s is him to a tee character and characterisation and then the horror is at times incidental but there and sometimes provoked to make people do their worst to others 🙂

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    2. Caution is good! I don’t want any repeats of past experience, but I’m not afraid of them.🤷🏼‍♀️
      I totally agree with you on King, but the movie adaptations usually suck☹ His writing is too detailed and rich to translate to a 90 minute movie.

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  2. Well answered Angie – the two movies you chose at the start as in the orginals are original classic horror, no fine or mighty cgi but scary as f#ck! Can relate to the home physical and mental violence so very much so, experienced in all my relationships bar now and of course growing up.

    Nicely done and many thanks too 🙂

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  3. Yeah, me too. Not too into anything horror (and am happy that big D is currently on a different kick). I don’t live in fear either and I like how you put that – I am cautious but not fearful. Good point!

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  4. I really liked this Angie. Nightmare on Elm Street did me in. I’ve never been a fan of horror. Caution without fear… yes. You’ve shared more than just whether or not you like the horror genre. More a way of facing what comes and living through the days. I liked it very much. 💐✨🍭🎶🤗💞

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    1. Thanks Suzanne!🤗🥰 My thoughts will go off on tangents! I love that though. These questions of Rory’s made me really think about fear. With the coronavirus and politics and life at Casa Cuckoo… I lived in fear long enough. I’m not gonna do it anymore!🙅‍♀️💃🏼🌻🌈🦋

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  5. A fun post in my opinion! I love, love horror movies but I think slasher and creature films are worthless although I can’t say my brother and I never watched the classic 80’s ones. I like ghost and spirit movies (not typical posession malarkey) and psychological horror. I think The Others is one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. Mama is good, too in the same way.

    That being said, I always say my worst fear/nightmare would involve being in a hot air balloon, landing on an unstable suspension bridge over shark and whale infested waters 😂😂😂

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    1. I haven’t seen The Others or Mama🤔 I’ll have to ask my Resident Horror Aficionado about them😂
      Wow! That’s a very detailed fear🤔 I guess a hot air balloon ride in San Fran is definitely out of the question🤣💌

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  6. Horror is my least favorite and I steer clear as much as possible… my oldest son also will enjoy the occasional horror movie… but nope not for me…

    I like happy bubbly feel good movies … LOVE comedies… or historical/biographical… maybe action movies…

    But no horror… I do not like my blood pumping like that lol… and then I will have nightmares – I live in the country by myself with my daughter lol – yeah horror not a good one for me

    Comedy comedy comedy!! Keeps my spirits up and keeps me strong

    Horror would have me rocking in a corner lol ✌️

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    1. I don’t watch many movies at all anymore, but we do try to have ‘family movie night’ with Ben, where we’ll all sit together with fast food and stream something. Last time it was Wall-E🥰
      Yeah, out in the country with just your daughter sounds like the plot of a horror movie, I’d steer clear myself😉🌻

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