The Lure of the Horrible

CreepshowThere’s a wonderful scene in the 1982 movie of Stephen King’s Creepshow showing a young boy who spots a monster outside of his window.  The expression on the boy’s face, however, is one of adoration rather than terror.- – I’m sure that many of us can relate to this!

– – Horror movies…why do we like them?–Well, social scientists suggest that we watch for different reasons which include the adrenaline rush, being distracted from mundane life, vicariously thumbing our noses at social norms, and enjoying a voyeuristic view of the horrific from a safe distance.– But above all, being scared is fun!

Neuroscientists like New York University’s Joseph LeDouz point out that fear is not merely a biological reaction, but an emotion derived from deep-seeded evolutionary factors as well as newly-learned cautions.  An interaction between the brain’s primitive amygdala and the higher cortex allows people to interpret an environmental event and respond with an emotion such as fear.  Once an emotion is aroused in the amygdala, it’s hard to turn it off, and if we like that sort of thing, we’re eager to turn that emotion on again.

…and this is why some of us suffer from a post-Halloween let-down, similar to that depression suffered by others after Xmas!–Ahh, for the Nightmare Before Christmas!

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7 Comments on “The Lure of the Horrible”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Google my channel over @ Youtube. You can watch the entire “Haunted History of Halloween” from History Channel. It’s narrated by Harry Smith, although slightly re-edited from how it’s usually been aired, every year, since 1997.

    • carycomic Says:

      This has been a shameless plug.

    • vulpesffb Says:

      I’ve watched that at least twice, and love it! Now here’s an actual conversation with the “significant other” I had today:

      Other: “I want to put the Xmas stuff out.”
      Me: “But I like the fall stuff!”
      Other: “You’ll like the Xmas stuff, too.”
      Me: “I wish it could be Halloween all year long!”
      Other: “Why is that? Are you evil?”
      Me: “Yes, completely!”
      Other: “That’s a good way to get me to leave you!”

      (This illustrates how I can’t open my mouth without getting in trouble!)

  2. carycomic Says:

    Precisely why I’m not married. I can’t find a woman willing to sign a pre-nup that forbids them from ever asking: “Does this dress make me look fat?”

    • vulpesffb Says:

      You’re a very wise man! That question, like many others posed by the opposite sex, is a minefield, and one with no possible correct answer!

  3. carycomic Says:

    Paul Schaefer as Johnny Carson’s “Carnak the Magnificent.”

    “Bigfoot; the Loch Ness Monster; and a woman who truly means it when she says she only wants something practical for Christmas or her birthday.”

    *David Letterman echoes this verbatim. Paul Schaefer opens the envelope he is holding next to his turbaned forehead, and reads the note inside.*

    “Name two cryptids and something that doesn’t exist.”


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