As an author of horror and thrillers, I love this time of year. There’s nothing like a web covered house with spiders hanging from the front porch to get my pulse racing. And of course, there are all the classic scary movies to choose from on the TV listings. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, Donald Trump … oops, technically that last one probably shouldn’t be on that list, but then again he can be pretty frightening. Sorry, I digress. Oh, yeah, then there are all the sexy women vampire costumes. Those get the blood boiling for sure!
There are numerous essays and opinions as to why people like to get scared. Just Google the question and you’ll discover an abundance of discourse on the subject. For me, I think I like the tension and release idea that a good horror movie undertakes. The classic example is someone slowly descending the stairs to the basement. (Now that idea alone is enough to creep me out). Add a sudden hand grabbing an ankle, coupled with a loud music cue, and you have that sudden release. Albeit one that makes one’s heart race. If you’re sitting next to me in the theatre, I’ve probably jumped a foot out of my seat and screamed. I love that feeling. I suppose it’s the release of adrenaline that I enjoy.
Another factor that coincides with the tension/release idea is the effectiveness that music plays. When I taught film music, I always did a day around Halloween about the power of music in horror films. I played the Psycho shower scene without the music and then with those strident, staccato strings. It’s interesting to note that Alfred Hitchcock initially did not want any music during that scene. He quickly changed his mind after Bernard Herrmann played the music he composed for it. The rest is history. (I swear there are times when I am in the shower that I can hear those dissonant strings.)
So as we approach the night of October 31st, what is it about scary movies and stories that attracts you to the macabre? Are you one who hides behind the popcorn carton? Do you cover your ears so you don’t have to hear the scary music? (My sister-in-law actually does this!)
As Halloween gets closer, be sure to find some time to turn down the lights, pop up some corn, and watch your favorite monster or ghoul. Oh, and if your reading a scary book, wrap yourself in a comfy afghan to keep the chills down.
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