Before I get started with this, I want to stress a few things. First, I’m not psychologist. All I know about how the mind works is what I know from paying attention to myself and the people around me.
Second, while I plan to outline how fear works as far as I understand it, I’m also willing to admit fear does not work the same for different people. You know that fight or flight response? Some people react to fear by fleeing, while others will rush towards the thing causing them to be afraid, looking to conquer it. Here’s how fear works, in my opinion.
It’s something I say often, but fear is a perfectly natural response to certain circumstances; people, places and things. Many cultures despise the cowardly, yet if you look to see who survives dangerous situations, violent people and frightening locations, it’s usually the one who doesn’t get off the boat.
Like Fantasy, Adventure, Drama and other film genres, the Horror field has produced a number of hits over the years, from the now-ancient Nosferatu first detailing vampires in film to the Saw series, a much more recent phenomenon. We're not going to talk about any of those other genres here though – this is a blog devoted to fear and the things which cause it, including good horror films. If you're looking for a good scare or planning a movie night in the near future, this list will provide a number of good movie choices, as well as a bit of information about each.
I already mentioned Nosferatu, so you really should have expected me to devote a spot on this list to that classic vampire movie. With the taut skin, long, claw-like fingers, the rat teeth and other inhuman features, the antagonist looks far different from the sparkly vampires of today – Nosferatu actually looks like some imaginary horror, more bat than man. It was a movie full of defining moments and the first film ever to relate to us humans the vampire’s aversion to holy water, blessed ash, the rising sun and more. Its status as a silent film may make some viewers shy away for more contemporary entertainment.
If I didn't mention the Scream series, I'd be failing the lot of you. It’s hard to nail down any single entry in the Scream series for this list, but I’d probably have to go with the first one. Not only are these movies frightening in their own right, and especially so if you like slasher flicks, they're also kind of funny since they cover clichés and common plot devices from other horror movies, as if they're making jokes. The fun and games stop when people start getting stabbed of course, and thankfully you don't need to wait too long for the tension to build up and the knife to come out.
Probably the best part about urban legends and why they are so scary is the fact they are usually rooted in reality. Now, I don’t believe the tales of the giant moth man from West Virginia back in the mid 1960s because that’s just too outlandish to believe – a giant man with wings and the head of a moth? Yeah, right. But there are other urban legends which are far more frightening because you just don’t know; they could be real. Here are some of the scariest urban legends I’ve found while searching the Internet, but the list is by no means exhaustive.
The Mothman isn’t the only cryptid to be featured in an urban legend either. Far more frightening, and with many more eye witness accounts, is the Beast of Bray Road, first seen in or near Elkhorn, Wisconsin back in the mid 1930s. What makes this beast so much scarier is the fact it, or something looking just like it, has been reported all over southern Wisconsin, as well as northern Illinois and even parts of Canada. If the thing does exist, it sure can get around. It is reported to be a massive, hirsute biped, possibly a wolf or bear or other mammal. This is not something to meet while walking down an abandoned country road.
Although the horror genre is synonymous with fear, it doesn’t have a monopoly on the field. One of the last movies I saw in a cinema was Avengers: Age of Ultron, and one scene was totally dedicated to facing -and overcoming- fear.
If you saw it, I’m sure you remember the scene where Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) are taking cover from Ultron in an abandoned building. She has enough power to blow up a legion of Ultron clones, yet she cringes against a filthy wall and shakes in fear. Before going out on his own to face the enemy, Hawkeye says grimly, “We’re fighting an army of robots — and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.”
Then he plunges back out into the action.
When I left the cinema, the first thing I did was access the Marvel wiki and find out what kind of bow could turn a mere mortal into a superhero (while the one with the actual superpowers blubbered away). Turns out it’s a specialized version of a recurve bow.
According to a cool recurve bow site that I checked out, this particular weapon allows you to shoot enemies from a considerable distance, so you don’t have to get within striking distance of a flashing machete or meat cleaver. When used, recurve bows shoot arrows with greater amounts of speed and energy than most of their counterparts, so if you’re a decent shot, the creep in the hockey mask isn’t going to get close enough to add your head to his collection. If your aim is lousy, there’s still hope: the bow is durable enough to use in hand to hand combat.
Let’s face it: the bow and arrow isn’t exactly an illustrious or imaginative weapon. Compared to a submachine gun, killer laser, or supersized machete, it doesn’t command a huge fear factor. But the recurve bow like this one - http://www.archerybootcamp.com/samick-sage-review/and its counterparts have been the weapon of choice for some of cinema’s biggest fear-busting heroes. Think Hawkeye from the Avengers or Katniss in The Hunger Games.
Everyone knows what a bow and arrow set is and how it works, and not many of us are impressed. But that scene from Ultron made me realize something. In the hands of most people, the bow and arrow is a comparatively weak weapon. But with a Hawkeye or Katniss using it, it takes down mega-robots, killer mutants, and teenagers who can only stay alive by killing you first. Although faced with greater numbers and superior weaponry, these characters controlled their fear enough to make accurate and deadly shots.
I’ve seen horror films that feature a bow-wielding maniac. In Valentine, a semi-romantic slasher film, the villain kills his victims with a bow and arrow, and I’ll be honest: it scared the heck out of me. But that’s because he was such a good shot. He was also too deranged to feel fear.
The moral of the story: in the horror genre and elsewhere, the bow and arrow is the epitome of a weapon that’s only as dangerous as its shooter, and if that shooter isn’t afraid, you’d better be.
Typical online movie reviews, if they are well thought through and well composed, do consider their readers well. Whether it is an ancient film such as Nosferatu (which most folks have not seen anyway) or yet another lame horror parody of other film and story genres, some of these reasonably good reviews, in consideration of their readers, always warn that there is a ‘spoiler’. Hollywood Reporter and New York Times critics, quite frankly, get away with murder. Because of their perceived status as elite reporters on the beat of some the nation’s best newspapers, they get to say and write what they like, without any consideration to unwitting readers who generally like surprises and suspense.
Monsters vs. scapegoats
Lacking creative nous or too lazy to work their stories into a blood-curdling, foul-smelling foam (emanating from ghoulishly gray, dirty, contaminated water from the sewers, perhaps), they simply copy and paste the movie as it happened and pretentiously inject a few illegible high-brow and high-vocabulary words which most readers won’t be bothered to look up anyway. But, we as readers and watchers are also guilty sometimes. Even to this day, we have retained our morbid fascination with how human heroes slay abnormally-sized beasts of prey, forgetting for at least two hours that, in reality, humanity is the real monster and (mostly) endangered species are still being used as scapegoats.
Peter Benchley and Steven Spielberg’s timeless classic, Jaws, remains one of the all-time greatest movies in the sub-genre of man vs. beast. Back in the seventies, audiences roared with delight when their small-town heroes finally slayed the giant great white beast of the ocean.
The human imagination remains frightening
Today, if you re-watch this classic (as you should), your mind causes you to switch allegiance, particularly if you are well aware of how threatened the great white shark is today. The brilliance of Spielberg’s interpretation of Benchley’s original novel truly comes to the fore when you notice how callous and greedy humankind remain at the expense of other creatures who only seek to hunt and survive in peace in an area which was designated to them anyway. And, even though you already know the outcome of this story, you find yourself quietly rooting for the hunted animal when the film’s climax begins.
Perhaps the great Steven King was embarrassed that his original story was brilliantly surpassed by Stanley Kubrick. He remarked some years ago that of all the movies that have been adapted from his heavy tomes, Kubrick’s The Shining did not impress him. Nevertheless, this story truly brought out the worst in man as one struggling writer, suffering from cabin fever, is hideously infected and gruesomely takes out his anger and frustration on his loved ones with an axe.
Frighteningly, the human imagination has shown that it never lacks imagination. Worse still, it continues to stubbornly fantasize about being earth’s superior custodians with the license to kill, maim and destroy everything thing in sight.
One of our greatest fears is the unnatural fear of aging or gerontophobia. Some of my friends say they feel intimidated when they deal with the elderly or have to visit an aging relative in the nursing home. These people express this phobia by trying to resist the natural path of life. Though I’m not a psychologist, I still think that popular plastic surgeries or things like hair dyeing may be a kind of defensive reaction to the process of aging caused by people’s fear of becoming old.
The fear of growing old may be caused by the following factors.
Death is the inevitable result of our physical existence and means losing everything we have. Strange as it may seem, death is something none of us have experienced before, yet it is one of the main phobias causing the fear of aging.
Many believe being old means being a burden to their younger relatives. Some of my younger acquaintances say they are not really keen on taking care of their older grandparents and try to shift the responsibilities onto one another when possible.
People are afraid to lose what they have now, i.e. their youth and their health. However, such a fear may be quite beneficial for some people. A friend of mine, who is in his late thirties now, has recently started doing intensive regular exercises. His arguments were quite logical: he is simply afraid of becoming physically weaker as he grows older. Now he’s building a home gym and has even bought an advanced power rack. Click here if you are looking for information and reviews on the best power rack equipment.
Sicknesses and pain
The chances of getting sick naturally increase as you grow older. The risks of heart diseases and decreased physical abilities make people fear the looming threat of growing old. Many start visiting gyms while others equip their homes or garages with sports accessories in order to keep fit and healthy. Some valuable garage gym ideas can be found on http://garagegymlife.com/.
Women fear wrinkles and frown lines as well as sagging skin. Additionally, the anti-aging consumer goods marketers spend billions to underline the fashion of looking younger and to stress the disadvantages of being old.
The fear of getting older is absolutely irrational for many reasons. First, there’s simply nothing you can do about it. Second, the fear of aging won’t make you look younger or healthier while the continuous stress exhausts your physical and mental resources. Focus on the following to avoid dreadful thoughts about getting older.
- How can you improve your life experience?
Find out what you can start doing today in order to acquire new skills and knowledge.
- How can you become happier?
Whether it is your family or your hobbies, the more you’re involved in pleasant activities, the more chances you have to live a happy life.
- What can you do to be proud of your past when you get older?
Even if you cannot refuse from reflecting on your future, try to make this thinking as positive as possible. In other words, try to act so that in the future you can look back and feel happy with your past.
According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, around 5% of the population is affected by the fear of heights, also known as acrophobia. I should mention that almost every one of us experiences a certain degree of anxiety while exposed to excessive heights, yet for some this fear becomes unbearable. If the fear you experience interferes with your daily routines, you probably have acrophobia.
If your fear of heights triggers muscle tension, panic, dizziness, and headaches resulting in loss of control and breathlessness, then the situation is different.
There are many ways to cure the fear of heights, including special medical treatment. But you can also try some tricks to get rid of this phobia without pills. Here are some of them.
#1 Be honest with yourself
The initial step is recognizing that you have the problem. For some people, it is better to use the help of a specialist at this stage. As soon as you find out the reasons for your fear, you may start thinking of overcoming it.
#2 Face your fears
Expose yourself gradually to increasing heights. Start at a place where you feel relatively safe. Looking down from a window could be a good idea. Try to extend your limits with every forthcoming glance.
#3 Get used to heights
As the next step, you need to get used to being a bit higher than you are used to. For this, you can try climbing a tree or jumping on a trampoline. At Jump Sport Land you’ll find a lot of information about this accessory providing great exercise. However, be patient and don’t hurry. The ‘baby steps’ strategy is the most effective solution. Don’t climb or jump too high before you are sure you can do it without fierce anxiety. You can even invite your friends make it more fun and relaxing. Click here to learn about the best trampolines for adults.
#4 Develop your success
Once you feel your fears drop back, try something extreme. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something outrageous like a rollercoaster or bungee jumping. However, if you feel you are ready for abseiling, go for it! The idea is to receive some really strong emotions which may be just what you lacked to tackle your phobia.
#5 Change your thinking
When you face situations which used to trigger your fear of heights, try to avoid thinking about their reasons. Instead, focus on things which helped you overcome the phobia. Without positive thinking, you have little chance to get rid of your fear of heights.
#6 Don’t be afraid to fail
Don’t get confused if you fail at any stage. Keep trying patiently until you break through. Most phobias, including the fear of heights, are controllable if you are ready to follow the right techniques.
Learn some relaxation techniques which may help you deal with your fear of heights. Regular yoga exercises, for example, helps regulate your emotions as well as physiological processes related to phobias and anxiety. Avoid excessive caffeine consumption which has proved to contribute to anxiety symptoms.
These are the basic instructions on how to overcome the fear of heights, though you may choose to alter some of them. It is also recommended to meet with a therapist who may offer the most suitable approach for you.
While cruising around the neighborhood may seem comparatively safe, for many the situation turns into quite the opposite when they get onto a highway. Some of my friends admit that they would rather choose a longer route with lower speed limits and less movement than take a shortcut driving on a highway with heavy traffic and higher speeds.
It may seem strange, but a great number of Americans, exposed to driving anxiety, state that the most scary part of being on the road is driving on a highway. It does seem reasonable if you look at the statistics. Every year, around 5,000 people dies in highway accidents. However, it turns out that the death rate on interstates and highways is lower than the death rate on other urban streets. The annual motor vehicle traffic death rate throughout the U.S. is 34,000.
Note the following before you refuse to drive on a highway.
- On a highway, everyone is heading in the same direction.
Unlike in a city or a town, there is no chance for a random danger from a side street or a lane.
- Everyone is driving at about the same speed.
No trucks or SUVs are throwing on the breaks suddenly while within an urban area you need to be constantly on the alert for impulsive drivers changing their direction or stopping all of a sudden.
- Highways impose strict limits on every driver.
On a highway, it is much harder for drivers to create unexpected situations due to severe limits.
If you want to overcome the fear of highway driving, you can try some of these quick fixes which may be quite useful.
- Don’t drive at peak hours.
Reduce your stress by avoiding highways when they are at their worst.
- Take a trusted person with you.
When driving with someone you feel safe with, you are likely to be more calm and focused. The feeling of having an extra pair of eyes to keep track of things will provide comfortable driving.
- Conform to safe driving rules and requirements.
I honestly doubt many Americans would drive without a fastened seatbelt or allow their child to sit outside a kid’s chair, yet the understanding that you’ve done everything right for safe driving may serve as a soothing factor. For bikers, a protective costume and a motorcycle helmet may work the same. At Motorcyclist Life, you will find plenty of information on motorcycle helmets. It has been proved that helmet use reduces the risk of head injuries by 85%. Bikers should also remember that men and women motorcycle protective headgear is different. The Motorcyclist Life composed a top 10 list of quality motorcycle helmet for women.
- Take classes in safe driving.
Masterful driving adds more confidence in tough situations.
Not only beginners experience the fear of highway driving. At times, it may happen to competent drivers with years of driving experience. To overcome this fear, you need to be sure of your driving skills and feel comfortable at high speeds. You need to learn how to deal with the situations which can make you panic and work out protective reactions for tough conditions.
Fear is an emotion that is integral to humans just as happiness, sorrow and other emotions. Everyone is afraid of something or other and it may be some unseen thing or something real. Fear causes anxiety and more serious reactions, which differ from person to person. While some try to flee from what they fear, others try to face it courageously. Here are some of the common things that we are scared of.
Even if flying has become as common as bus, train, or car travel, people are still afraid of flying. This can be flying on a helicopter or an airplane and this fear is called as aerophobia. Sometimes this fear is so intense that even the idea brings on feelings of anxiety and distress. But this is a controllable condition. With the right therapy and medication, this fear of flying can be cured. Self-help books help in coping with the fear. Special audio CDs that help in behavior modification are also of great help.
While dog is undoubtedly man’s best companion since time unknown, there are a few who fear the sight of dogs. This condition called as cynophobia is linked to previous traumatic experiences such as an attack by a dog during one’s childhood. Meditation helps in curing some fears. Even watching fish in an aquarium helps to relax, and get rid of anxiety or fear. This is why most physicians’ waiting rooms have an aquarium. Restaurants and other public places too have aquariums, as they are not only soothing but colorful to look at provided the aquariums are maintained properly. Using a proper Canister Filter assists in a superior filtration keeping the aquarium well maintained.
Fear of spiders is termed as arachnophobia. This experienced by millions worldwide and is genuine too since some species of spiders are too dangerous. While for some people, it is a response learnt from seeing others being afraid of spiders, for a few the phobia occurs due to imbalance in the brain chemicals. Past traumatic experiences related to spiders can also trigger arachnophobia.
Fear of Rats
Termed as Musophobia, this is a more repulsive sort of fear. It is triggered, as the other fears above, from previous bitter experiences. Some hate the rats because of the pests they are. Some have the fear so intense that even mention of a rat can trigger the phobia. And in some extreme cases seeing a rat on television too can cause severe phobic reactions.
Fear of Death
This is not a commonly seen phobia. Also called as necrophobia or thanatophobia this can prevent people from leading a normal life. Unlike the other fears above, this is of something unseen and hence is more dangerous. This can cause people suffering from it to cut off from outside contact completely. While some accept that death is a normal part of their lives, the necrophobics don’t think so.
Whatever fear you are suffering from, there exists a cure for it. You need to get the proper treatment so you can lead a normal life that is free of any type of phobias.
Horror films, in addition to creepy scenes, contain some spooky sounds. To something scare you, it is necessary that shook many senses. In fact, the sounds of horror films are perhaps scarier of images and videos. Without adequate background sound which provokes dread in us, some movies will look like a good parody.
What kind of sounds provokes fear?
Anyone who has watched a horror movie knows that the most terrifying scenes are not accompanied by a rhythmic and catchy rhythm. In fact, the sound that precedes or follows them is non-linear and irregular sound. These sounds actually targeting our evolutionary fears, and remind us of screams and roaring that we connect with pain and violent death. Besides these sounds, there is a child's crying, which is also some kind of screaming and nonlinear sound.
It is quite normal to be scared when we hear the cries of a child in distress - it is rooted fear related to the survival. These sounds, disguised and turned into noise, are the sounds in horror films that make people shudder. Directors of horror films know how the sounds are powerful. In fact, you do not need scary images to be feared. It is enough to hear some eerie sound that your brain comes up with a horror scenario in the head.
In addition to the sounds that are intentionally inserted into movies, in recent years around the world appeared dreadful sounds from the sky, which sound like a trumpet sound. There are many theories about the cause of occurrence of these sounds - from the geophysical phenomenon to the aliens. Some people find the religious connection in all this and link these sounds with angels trumpets and the announcement of the end of the world. Whether we talk about sounds with unknown source, or about nonlinear sounds played on the trumpet procured on the Trumpethub, the fact is that the sounds can cause the fear.
The sounds that can play with our brains in a weird way are those that the human ear cannot hear. These sounds are below 20 Hertz, so-called infrasounds. These sounds can produce some natural phenomena, movement of water in the pipes, earthquake, or animals. This is perhaps the reason why animals can predict natural disasters. Simply, they hear and respond to infrasounds differently. The fact that we do not hear them does not mean that we do not react to these sounds. Actually, our eardrum catches these sounds and sends signals to the brain. A brain can respond in various ways - from fear and discomfort, through sickness, sleeping difficulties, to hallucinations and visual experiences. We can say that we cannot hear infrasounds, but we can feel them as a fear, anxiety or someone's presence.
The brain and the impact of sound on it are not sufficiently tested. It is clear that the sounds can play with our emotions. It remains to discover whether the ghosts make infrasound because they are disembodied, or we imagine them because we "feel" infrasounds and make horror movies in our heads. What do you think?
Some of my best memories of horror stories belong to my childhood days. When we were kids, we used to hear plenty of scary stories. If we didn’t hear one for some time, we made up one ourselves. Seeing a deserted house or a rundown cabin had us started on some of the weirdest stories. And the most funny thing was we used to be scared hearing the stories we created. Now all those stories seem foolish and not worth even a small bit of scare. But I’m still intrigued by the places that are supposed to be haunted. Recently I visited some of the places that were famous not for their historic architecture or culture, but because they were haunted. Read on to experience a purely spooky and hair-raising feeling, as you know about them.
Situated in Rajasthan, India, this palace is said to be haunted by the erstwhile residents who were supposedly cursed by a magic sorcerer. He had cursed all the members of the royal family, death by unnatural circumstances and that their spirits would remain in the world, haunting people for several centuries. There is another eerie fact about the fort. The households nearby the fort don’t have any roofs, as they claim that whenever they tried to build a rooftop it collapsed. This place said to the most haunted in the country and also worldwide, is so frightening that it would freak you out even in broad daylight not to mention what it would do when darkness engulfs it.
High gate Cemetery
Situated in North London, England, visiting this place gives you a déjà vu sensation of watching a scene from a Hitchcock movie. When darkness settles you are surrounded by the most horror filled panorama. This is actually the best place for you, if are into ghost hunting. Creaky pathways, headless statues, and owls hooting complete the set up. In spite of the scary atmosphere, the Gothic structures are really beautiful and in broad daylight you even get to enjoy the scenery here. Nearby the cemetery, I also visited an indoor garden packed with high quality led grow lights. The owner had some exquisite plants that you cannot see normally in the area, which he said was mainly due to the lighting provided by the grow lights.
This is located in Niagara Falls in Ontario and is exclusively for the bravest of hearts. Located below the railroad that links Niagara Falls to New York and Toronto, the story behind the screaming tunnel is that a farm girl had caught fire near the tunnel and had run screaming through it to get help. She was badly burnt and died soon after. But since then whenever a match is lit, you can hear her spirit coming out screaming at you and haunting you till death. But I didn’t try this out. You can however check this out to find if it is true.
Changi Beach in Singapore, which is haunted by massacred Chinese soldiers and Monte Cristo mansion in New South Wales in Australia, which is supposedly haunted by one of its past owners are other haunted places worth visiting, if you are really interested in eerie and horror filled places.
I admit that horror films as a genre are not a hot favorite for many. While everyone loves watching a scary movie occasionally, there are many, like my cousin who just turns and runs the other way when you mention a horror movie.
While he actually enjoys action horror films such as Resident Evil, films like Friday the 13 or Event Horizon really spook him to no end. He just refuses to see them. And if I do manage to convince him on watching the movies (to get rid of the fear) he tries some trick or other so most of the scary part skips by without being watched by him. He has several tricks up his sleeve on how to avoid watching the most terrifying part in a horror movie.
When I heard about them, I had a really good laugh. Actually, I’ve noticed many people doing some of these moves and so many were already known to me.
One common trick many use is the long drawn out blink. You just keep your eyes closed for a few seconds longer than usual. This is a simple tactic you’d find useful when you see a scary scene. Most often, the scariest scenes always appear with some type of warning music, so you know the next shot would be the one. You can just do the long blinking and escape unscathed from the scene. We once had a barbecue party in our backyard. The food was really good thanks to the new smoker we got from this website. Once dinner was over, we had the TV set up in the yard and watched, ‘The Ring’. Since it was pitch dark in the yard and we were engrossed in the movie, my cousin slipped back into the house and escaped seeing the entire film.
Using a cap is another tactic. You need to wear a cap for this and have a reason for wearing it, if you want to escape attention. When you see a horror scene, you just adjust the cap so the scene is blocked by the visor. Once the scarier part is over, you can readjust the cap. In this method, you need not close your eyes. You can have your eye open and watch most of the better (?) parts of the film in a relaxed manner.
Wearing a cap inside a theater may not be weird and even hamper the view for those behind you, but at home this is a good enough tactic. After the first barbecue –horror movie combo, my cousin was well prepared and came equipped with his cap for our next movie picnic. The reason he accepts coming to the party is that he loves the barbecue so much that he doesn’t mind being scared. We have one of the nicest electric barbecue smokers, hence our hamburgers are the best in the neighborhood. No wonder my cousin agreed. And he had some of the tricks to tide over the rough times. Wearing darker shade of glasses, using fingers to block out the view or making a beeline to the rest room when the impending scene arrives are some of the tactics he uses and gets away with them too.
Fear is a powerful emotion that causes excitement and pumps the blood through the veins. The producers of horror films know this, so they make scary movies to awaken this emotion in us. Fear can start an adrenaline, but on the other hand, it can prevent us to do some dangerous things in life. There are many types of fears and their combinations. Some fears are rational and prevent us from falling into dangerous situations and make us more cautious. Others are irrational and without good reason to fear. And there are those subconscious fears, which are part of our beliefs, and that we do not recognize as fears.
Each of us has its own fear - a bigger or smaller. Overcoming of fear is breaking down of obstacles on the way of progress. To find out what you need to break down, you need to recognize your fear. Then you are left with only one problem - facing your fears. There are some fears that exist in all of us, as a basis for other fears. These are the most basic human fears.
#1 Fear of the unknown
It is the basis of all fears. Why are afraid of the unknown? We can control and predict things that are known. When we can predict what will happen, we are taking steps to adapt accordingly. However, the unknown situations trigger a warning alarm in our heads and cause fear because we are not sure if we can find our way in an unfamiliar situation, and whether we are threatened in some way.
#2 Fear of darkness
This is one of the first children's fears. However, this is not something that is typical only for children. Many adults are afraid of the darkness too. Basically, fear of the dark is closely linked to the fear of the unknown. Darkness limits our ability to see, recognize and act accordingly. If you have a vivid imagination, fear of the dark may be even greater, especially when you're able to imagine that there is something terrible in the dark. Activities of dark forces, ghosts and monsters are mostly related to dark places.
#3 Fear of death
It's the fear that many people have in their collections of fears. This is partly because we love life, and we are not sure whether we can expect a new life after death, or we simply disappear. Death may be violent or painful, and this is another argument in the favor of this fear. Of course, there are those who are afraid of life after death, especially in the form: "What if I wake up and realize that I'm buried alive?"
#4 Fear of the water
This is a frequent fear among people, which is more common among children. Fear of the water can be quite rational. Water is part of nature, and man cannot fight against some natural forces. Just imagine a power of one tsunami! Fear of water may be the result of some trauma, or simply a form of fear of the unknown.
#5 Fear of pain
Or the loss of a body part. Pain is an unpleasant feeling, but also useful because it tells us when something is not right with our body. Most people do not like to experience pain, and that is the reason why they do not engage in dangerous situations. Tolerance and pain thresholds are different. The pain of needle penetration certainly does not cause the same pain as the loss of a body part. Loss of body parts or suffering due to severe pain may cause fear, but there are people who are very afraid of injections. As I said, the pain tells us that there is something wrong with our body. It is an instinctive fear, characteristic even to animals.
#6 Fear of losing of freedom
This is another instinctive fear. Being captured and disabled, restricts our ability to control things around us and leaves us in the shackles of fate. Our destiny, in this sense, can bring unpredictable and unknown, and when you have limited space, this may be your unpleasant experience that causes fear.
#7 Fear of rejection
The man is a social being, and it is very important to be accepted in society and be part of a community. That does not mean that we should expect to be accepted by all, but we need to have some warm nest. Fear of rejection and loneliness lurks in many of us, although we are not all aware of it. Each of us wants to be accepted. Loneliness is a bitter and horrible experience.
#8 Fear of ridicule
This is one of those fears which are not related to mere survival, but it is something that is an integral part of life. Being accepted in society is one thing, but to be accepted in the right - positive way is another. Fear of ridicule is the fear that hampers many steps in life. No matter how much we talk that other people's opinion is not important, it is not always the truth. In fact, people who say this, mostly care about that. Otherwise, they would make their steps without such justification. One form of such of fear is a stage fright, the uncomfortable feeling in the stomach before we showed up in front of someone or before a public performance.
How much are fears present in our lives, says the fact that there is a huge number of different phobias. A phobia is a fear that is not always rational, which is excessive and prevents a man to live a normal life. Some phobias are all easily understandable, like the fear of heights or snakes. Behind them lies a potential hazard, which some overcome easier some severely. There are fears that are nightmares for some people, and for others are funny. These are, for example, the fear of clowns, of mother in law, or fear of numbers. No one is immune to fear. We all have our demons. The only difference is that someone's demons peep out, while someone's are hiding and waiting for their 5 minutes.
One of the main major developments in the 21st century film industry is the raise of horror movies. Hollywood horror movies have evolved to become bloodier, more violent but most importantly more scary. This coupled with the ever growing horror films fan base has seen the horror category taking a larger percentage of the movies produced each year, but have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a good horror movie plot and script.
One of the most commonly abused horror movie scripts is that of a road trip gone bad with examples such as Death Proof, Wolf Creek, Jeepers Creepers, Hush, Wrong Turn just to name a few, so how do you develop a good less predictable horror movie? Here are some important movie parts;
- Have a scary beginning- nothing sets the pace for a nice horror show such as a scary beginning, ever wondered why the cake is covered by the icing and not the other way round; same reason, a scary beginning is shown by occurrences such as the blinking of a LED light bar like those at http://lightbarland.com/ just before the main villain makes his or her 1st strike, or any terrifying event will serve as a good way to start the movie, capturing your audience’s attention. Note that the beginning should be very interesting so that you have everyone glued to the screen.
- Have a clear easy to understand setup-this is where, how the characters got to be in the terrible situation is revealed like the characters moving into the calmly deceiving hostile environment like a haunted forest or area.
- Show signs of the evil presence-this where the unusual occurrences begin to show in the plot like the characters feeling like they are being watched and hearing unexplained sounds like screams. This can be termed as the warning of bad things about to happen.
- The evil reveals itself - here all the characters met the villain; it is where the scary happenings begin, all the LIGHTBARLAND:COM LED lights stop lighting, engines fail, lights go out. There is no going back, its either you fight or you are a goner, it should be roughly mid way the film, the beginning of all horrors, it usually begins with the happening of something very terrible and totally scary.
- The climax- this where the most memorable scary events happen, the epic horrors that send chills done your spine, you feel like it’s you trapped in the movie, rivers of blood flow; evil is running the show. The characters are losing, many of them are dying.
- The ending –this is where either the remaining characters defeat the evil or it ends in a draw to set up the plot for the sequel. Only a few characters are left standing at this point or maybe all of them die especially if it is a movie series.
These are the main tips on how to develop a good horror movie, though you may choose to deviate a little so as to create that catchy unpredictable effect in the movie story line.
If you’re like millions of other people who are finally taking the time to read the ingredient lists on their favorite foods, you probably notice there are bad things in even some of the most popular foods we all take home from the grocer. Many people are simply cutting out these processed or popular foods altogether, but others are simply making the foods fresh, on their own terms and with ingredients they personally choose. I’m actually a big fan of that second thing – it used to bug me how many potentially harmful ingredients were popping up in the foods I loved and cooking them fresh has let me keep them.
For starters, I do away with a lot of the preservatives companies put in their foods to give them longer shelf lives and keep them looking good to eat until someone finally buys them. With fresh food made from fresh ingredients, you don’t need preservatives. Rather than worry about which specific chemicals will break down and be metabolized into formaldehyde in my digestive tract, I just stopped playing that game. If it’s wrapped in plastic I’m probably not going to eat it anymore. And forget about fast food too; just because it’s hot and apparently tasty doesn’t mean a bit of food is fresh or healthy.
I even try to get my meat from a butcher when that’s not too much of an inconvenience. I mean, I do still get some meat from the usual grocery, but I’m really growing out of that. Tough bits of flesh, little bone chips and the occasional vein have all given me good reasons to get my meats from a fresher source. I even grind it myself when I’m in the mood for a burger, meatloaf or sausage. I never have to worry about biting down and cracking a tooth when I eat meat I’ve ground on my own. Having a nice meat grinder does help a lot with this.
Actually, I’ve found I could put a lot of my fears about food to bed for good by simply taking a more active role in finding, buying, preparing and even cooking the food I eat. It turns out a lot of things can happen without you being aware if you aren’t exactly paying close attention. And sometimes, even if you are mindful, you don’t see the warning signs that something might not be as good for you as it looks. In the United States for instance, retailers don’t have to mark GMO foods as actually being GMO, and without any kind of label to see, how would you really know? It’s all about research.
By doing some active research into some of my favorite food brands, I’ve also found that many of the foods I eat are only coming from a handful of companies. There might be dozens or even more choices for a particular food item, but when 5 out of the 20 brands I see on a shelf are all coming from the same company, that makes it much easier to pick brands and whole groups of foods to simply cut out of my normal diet.
I watch a lot of horror movies in my free time, always looking for another good scare, plot twist or gruesome scene of obscene brutality. There are people who think that’s pretty morbid, but then there are other horror film fans, so I know I’m not the only one who appreciates a good bit of fright. There’s one fear I don’t think I ever want to experience though, even if I do go out of my way looking to get my socks scared off sometimes. I’m talking about the fear of the hunted, that knowledge in your gut that somebody or something is out to get you, and will if you don’t escape somehow.
Unfortunately, people live with that fear in some parts of the world, even today. Civil wars, revolutions, food shortages and famines, sickness and plague can all make people do some fairly terrible things just to keep living. In a practical sense that almost everyone will understand though, compare the fear of the hunted to a soldier fighting on the front lines in some battle, or war. That’s some real, abject terror there, the kind of stuff you can’t get from books, movies or video games because it requires you to be there, face to face with it, your life on the line and you knowing it.
No, as far as I’m concerned, there’s just one way to experience fear like that, which is to live through it. Since that’s something I never want to do (and don’t recommend any of you try, for that matter) I have been thinking of places I could look, or activities I could take part in, which would give me a better understanding of that intense fear. Hunting has come to mind. If you’ve never been, http://www.edgehunting.com/best-tactical-knife-reviews/ has a great deal of information about hunting knives and a few other gadgets. Looking at some of them just makes me cringe though.
I mean, can you imagine it? Sure, that fellow Jason Voorhees looks pretty frightening with his machete and all, but some of those knives look like they would hurt an awful lot more, even if they probably wouldn’t technically. That’s a big part of fear I think – intimidation. Even small things can be scary if they are intimidating, like wasps with their stingers or fire ants with their wicked bites. If you’re even going to try hunting then, you need to bring along some decent hunting gear. Proper training with everything would help a lot too.
That’s about as close as you can come to understanding what it’s like to be hunted without actually being hunted. Alternatively, you could always try hitting a paintball range with a handful of friends. There isn’t really the life or death feeling that goes with hunting, but there’s plenty of stalking other players, or sneaking around yourself to avoid them, as well as many tense moments where people might hear you or your shots, or see you or your shots, so it can still be a pretty exciting experience. Lots of fun sure, but nowhere near as frightening as a combat situation.
Fear is an overwhelming emotion that can start controlling your daily actions, if you let it rule you. And as I always say, you need to flow with it instead of fighting it to get control over the fear. To make this happen you should first train your mind to counteract the flight response you make when you are faced with fear. Most people try to cling to their fears, as it is actually a part of their makeup. Unless you are ready to deal with your fears, it is not possible to get rid of them. If you are afraid of darkness, you will remain so unless you take a step forward and do something to make the fear recede. Here are some tips to help those of you who find it hard to face your fears.
The first step in dealing with fear is to know the extent of damage the fear does to your life. While it is easier to succumb to the fear and think that it won’t go away ever, you have to be aware that it can be dealt with effectively.
Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT, uses energy points in your body to heal the fear you have. You tap on the points with your fingertips to get the energy work for you. You will find that your sensations of fear go away gradually and in time totally. This is a simple but potent technique.
Hypnosis is a time-tested method that helps you to wield control over your thoughts, eliminating negativity from your mind. While this is not effective for all, it may help you to get rid of the particular fear you have. Since you cannot expect each method to work on everyone with the same intensity, you need to experiment with a few before you find an effective one.
There are some weird methods too. I have a friend who starts using his punching bag whenever he feels overwhelming fear. He is afraid of public speaking and tries to avoid it as much as possible. Whenever he has to speak, he does a few rounds at his robust punching bag to vent his frustration. The exhaustion he feels after the punching helps him to forget his fear. As I said, the reaction to fear differs widely.
When you are faced with fear, try to think on the lines of how grateful you feel for the opportunity given to you. You can communicate what you know with so many people who are willing to really listen to the things you are going to speak about. This helps immensely.
Watch a documentary or movie on the particular type of fear you are suffering from. This is an enlightening way to deal with your fear and works too. Or you can also read a book on the subject. When you actually learn more about the fear, you will find that there is nothing to be afraid of and come to terms with your fear successfully.
Whenever my aunt and mother meet, they share some new tip on reducing wrinkles. It is a much-favoured topic of theirs, which drives us all nuts. They can talk on and on about the various methods that we clear the place once the topic comes up. They are not the only people however to be affected by this malady. Women all over the world worry about the signs of aging, when compared to men. In a recent survey done on aging in 12 countries, it was found that people in China were the most concerned while the French were the least concerned about it. For the French, old refers to over 80 years!
Why do women fear aging?
The reasons for women fearing aging are different from the reasons that men fear it for according to psychiatrists and health experts. Here are some top reasons.
Fear of becoming invisible is one important factor that is commonly felt by women. Wrinkles, greying hair, post pregnancy belly, dry skin, weight gain etc. don’t paint a very pretty picture. With every little change that gravity and time renders most of them invisible in a society where youth is adored. This is the reason why skin care is one of the most profitable industries now. You can see various treatments such as microdermabrasion - check out this site for more info, being used by people to give their skin a rejuvenating and vibrant look. Further you get invasive therapies such as plastic surgery too which helps to some extent.
But in spite of the various measures used, the fear still persists even now. The walkers, hearing aids, stooped posture and canes further increase the fear. And the way your look is often associated with how functional you are doesn’t help matters much.
Self-care is the best solution. While you can’t have control on what others think of you, you can do your best to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods, exercise, and have adequate sleep. And most importantly be happy. Laughter is the best medicine to ward off aging. With non-invasive treatments such as the at home skin care solution found at http://www.camilasbeauty.com/microdermmd-at-home-microdermabrasion-machine-review/ you can easily take care of your skin.
One of the greatest fears that a woman faces is the death of her spouse. Also the fear of their kids dying before them or losing their friends when they shift after retirement or when they are ill or die also feature prominently. Such social losses affect women most. While men resort to fight and flight tendencies, women tend and befriend, so when they have fewer people to tend to they become stressed. Fear of loneliness is therefore the worst a woman can have. While it is common to see a 75-year-old man with a younger aged woman, the reverse does not happen at all.
As people age, the importance and intimacy you gain is more relevant than the fewer connections you have. This applies to both men and women. As people age, they become more connected and not too self-centred.
Another common fear that women have is becoming financially destitute. Not having sufficient money and an uncertain future are things that plague women. Knowing proper money management will help in fending off this fear.
Fear comes in many forms. One of my friends is afraid of water. While this may surprise many, the statistics on this topic would be even more surprising. The number of Americans afraid of deep and open water bodies, come up to two thirds, and over 46% are wary about going to the deeper part of a swimming pool. And nearly 37% of Americans cannot swim and over 4000 people die due to drowning. I’m not spouting these statistics to make my friend feel better, but to underline the fact that it is indeed a fear that should not be disregarded.
Knowing to swim and avoiding panic when you enter water is one important lifesaving skill everyone should learn. Since earth is made of water more than land it goes without saying that, it is necessary to know how to survive in water. But most often lessons begin with asking you to get into the pool, which makes those who are in fear jittery, and they tend to avoid the lessons completely.
And those who do enter in spite of the fear, find that they tend to panic during the lessons and this makes them swear off the lessons permanently. And this fear continues with their children too. I was fortunate enough to have parents who love anything related to water. During my school days, we used to go on kayaking tours often and this habit continues now too. I often take off on my awesome kayak whenever I can. So how can this fear of water be dealt with?
Tackling the fear
Feelings of failing, getting out of control or embarrassment are common to anyone with fear of water so they will not be able to listen to any of the instructions given. Here are some tips to deal with this aspect.
- Start lessons away from the pool and get them into the pool only after establishing trust. Anxious students should be given due attention with their concerns addressed properly, so they feel safe and learn well.
- Demystifying water by explaining the principles of buoyancy and the reactions that happen when the water enters our nose, ears or over our heads, should be explained in a proper and thorough manner
- Relaxation methods such as visualization and breathing should be taught first, so they help when in the pool.
- The learning process is slow and an emotional one. But when you make them understand their goal, which is full deep end competence, is easier than it seems, it is possible to bring around their perception and make them love water dearly.
- I love swimming and many a times I had intentionally tipped over from my kayak just for the fun of it. I now use the Old Town Predator model, which is perfect for keeping all my fishing gear and other things I need for my trip.
To overcome fear you need to be comfortable in water and cope with your fear more than learning about the strokes. Sometimes a few bad experiences while swimming can make you fear it with vigor. And this fear is not only experienced by beginners but also competent and competitive swimmers too at times. One of the best antidotes for this fear is teaching people how to deal with the fear when they feel it.
A fun hobby for most individuals consists of going to the movies. This is a pastime that is experienced by many individuals around the globe and thus its popularity cannot be played down in any region that a person goes to. There are a number of genres that can be found in the movie world and one in particular that has been causing waves ever since its inception happens to be horror movies. Horror movies can be defined as a genre that deals with the fears of individuals and in simple terms, can be described as scary movies.
This particular genre is not for everyone however and others may prefer a more laid back story that does not cause a continuous flow of adrenaline rushing through their veins. However for those who do prefer this kind of excitement during their movie watching experiences, there are a number of classical horror stories that such fans should not miss out on.
These movies have been produced during different periods of time and some have been scary due to the story itself while others have been frightening due to the kind of graphics that have been used in their production. Some of the more classical horror stories that have come through the movie industry include:
American Horror Story
This is a recent production that has been produced in the United States and is a TV series that is based on a number of horror stories. These series has gained in popularity over the years and so far there have been four seasons that have been produced for public consumption. Every season brings with it a new story that is different from the last. This has created a new sort of originality that cannot be found in another kind of production. This is a good series to follow when one might be in the mood for something more exciting than singing karaoke on a machine like this one.
This is another recent series that has come into production and was also produced in the United States. Penny Dreadful is set in a pastime which brings with it a uniqueness that is hardly found in other horror stories. The name Penny dreadful is derived from small publications that were sold in the past in the United Kingdom and was made up of a number of different horror stories that can be purchased for a penny. Though these publications are no longer easily available to the public, the series production has introduced an element of that collection through the various characters that can be found in the production.
Famous characters such as Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray as well as the world famous Dracula have all been involved in this series. There are also a number of new characters that have been added to these old ones to bring more spice to the overall story and the connections that have been made between the new and the old is astounding. Unlike American Horror story, Penny Dreadful is based in the United Kingdom and this is an element that increases the interest for people who may not be based in this particular part of the world.
Fear can be a great factor in the success that one is able to enjoy in their lives. It can prove to be the difference between success and failure that one experiences and as such it is essential for one to be away of means in which they can get over those fears. Most people view fear as a simple emotion that occurs when one is afraid of something in particular but a deeper meaning can be taken from this noun especially when an individual is facing different kinds of fears in their life. Though the simplest definition of fear is being afraid of something, it can described according to the particular type of fear that is in question. One can have emotional fears, psychological fears and physical fear. The kind of fear that a person is facing will help one determine the source of the perceived fear. Fear is more than an emotion, it is a mental state and one that can be conquered given the right methods.
Fear can be viewed as a pool heater like those at POOLHEATERWORLD that requires maintenance, if one is used to the heated water then they will have a hard time getting over the first time that they experience cold water. However, once one gets used to the colder water, they no longer require the heater and after a period of time begin to experience the advantages that such cold water has to offer. The need to conquer ones fear cannot be underestimated and as such, it is essential for everyone to find methods of getting over their fears given the chance.
As mentioned earlier, it is essential for an individual to understand the kind of fear that they are facing and as a result this means that one method that cannot be used as a method of conquering one’s fear is turning their back on it. There are a number of ways that an individual can train themselves to get over the fears, some of these methods include:
Facing Your Fears
Though this may sound like a cliché, it is one of the most successful means of getting over one’s fear. Facing your fear involves meeting the thing that you are afraid of head on despite the doubts that an individual may have. It should be noted that despite the success that this method can bring when it comes to getting over one’s fears, it is not the only way and sometimes it might not even be the wisest option available. If an individual is afraid of a dangerous wild animal such as a lion for example, it would not be the wisest option for them to go out into the wild to face one such creature. Facing your fear is only successful if one is able to get away from such a meeting unharmed. It is essential to remember that some fears are sensible and there is a difference between caution and fear.
Understanding Your Fear
Understanding the cause of one's fear also goes a long way in helping an individual get over their fear. It is important for one to recognize why they might be afraid of something in particular.
Most people have trouble hiding their emotions when watching a particularly grossing movie and when the production happens to be of a horror genre, it can be quite embarrassing for someone when those “scary moments” creep up unbeknownst to the viewer. A number of people, especially of the male gender have confessed to avoiding horror movies due to this very conundrum (the need to hide their reactions combined with the inability to do so successfully) and thus usually choose to avoid the genre altogether. At the risk of sounding like an oxymoron advertisement, horror movies are nothing to be feared and there are a number of ways that one can employ in a bid to hide their surprise/fear while watching the particularly gruesome scenes.
These tactics can be employed effectively when watching these kinds of movies around their peers, and one wishes to maintain an air of nonchalance during the scary parts. So before one decides to put on a pair of comfortable shoes from NicerShoes and go out for a movie night, one should aim to employ a number of these tactics beforehand. The aim of these tactics is to make it seem like one is not shaken by the scary scenes in front of others leading to what could be an embarrassing reaction in public. So in order to avoid the screams and startles that may inadvertently jump out of an individual, it is suggested that some of these tactics be employed by those hoping to put on a good show in front of their friends.
These tactics include:
1. Watching the movie beforehand
This is an old but reliable trick of the book that has worked wonders for those looking to maintain their bravado throughout what can be a horrific showing. Most horror movies thrive on the element of surprise and anticipation and thus once these emotions are abated, one is no longer daunted by the task of watching the movie at hand.
If one is sure that the movie they are to watch with their peers would be one that can potentially scare them out of their wits, it is wise for an individual to get a head start on their friends through watching the movie first before re-watching it with their peers. Knowing what is going to happen will tend to decrease the level of tension in an individual allowing them to maintain a hold of their emotions.
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2. Looking away
This sounds like a simple solution that is used by children but it is actually effective for all age groups in fact. Vision plays a large role in inciting fear from an individual just as sound is capable of bringing about the same. Covering one’s ears however would be too outright in public and one could hardly give a reasonable excuse for what they are doing.
Looking away however is something that can be discretely and if done properly those around the person would not notice such a reaction. Failing to see the horrific graphics that have come on the screen would serve to reduce the fear experienced in that certain scene.
I was watching It Follows with my friend. He is a horror movie fan just like me and never fails to watch them and he likes to do on the opening day itself. Horror is something that attracts attention always. Regardless of the changes in trends, box office collection and latest crazes, these films have a special market for the ability they have to scare people out of their wits. While horror films have withstood many ups and downs, recently I feel they have undergone quite a refreshing change. In the past three years alone, a few horror films have caught my attention, which I think are best lessons for all those who are aspiring to make a really scary horror movie.
Technique And space matters
Horror films rely heavily on manipulation of the formal elements like for instance, the stretching silence or pregnant tension disturbed by sudden and nicely timed jolts. This control of perspective that is done is editing is a run of the mill tactic used in horror movies, but still manages to grab attention. It Follows is certainly an exception to this trend to our delight. It has a simple premise where the specter, which pursues its target, is always in physical form. Composition and space is used to bring out the scary effect perfectly by David Robert Mitchell.
This involves using deep focus to bring out the suspense eerily in the background. He also uses long distance shots of figures, which the audience can see and not the characters, increasing the suspense factor. The technique is such that even off-screen space takes on a dangerous perspective from which the viewer expects something ghastly to emerge.
Take a chance on performance
Most often horror films don’t rely on the acting even though they are dependent on audience identification. The films usually feature prettily dressed people looking terrified. My friend who had just finished his nail technician course, click here for more info, even commented on how the actors would look all dressed up, with painted nails and even nail art, about which he had studied a lot on. And I was surprised at hearing that the job paid well. Back to horror films, Babadook is a good example of how performance can create a greater impact than just relying on the creepiness factor. Jennifer Kent had given Essie Davis who plays Amelia, an orderly in a nursing home tormented by a monster from a storybook, equal importance as she gave for the horror content. The movie is a classy one that makes you attracted not just to the horror but also on the performance of the artists.
And there is much more than just performance and scary factor to make a horror movie really impressive. While many may think that the idea of horror being exhausted as much as possible in all kinds of dimension there is not much to go in that direction films like The Witch show how you can create the spookiness just from the place or time you focus on. So you can either focus on a particular aspect or just include a bit of everything as in ‘Resolution’ to get the movie work for you and the audience.
My friend approached me with a strange request recently. He was embarrassed about his fear of darkness. He said that he hadn’t told about it to anyone else and has been sleeping with a light on always. And not just the beside lamp, but the big light too. He said that he feared that it he would not be able to get over it. I was surprised and I admit a bit puzzled too, as to why he chose me! Seeing my penchant for horror movies maybe he thought I would help him get over his fear. Personally, I couldn’t imagine myself in his place. Nevertheless, since he had confided in me, I decided to do some research on the subject. Here is what I found out
Darkness and fear
The fear of dark has been with us from ancient time, when fearing dark seemed the only way to protect yourself from the dangerous beasts that move about at night. The fear of darkness often starts during our childhood and when you believe that your sleeping environment is not secure it will continue and be hard to change, even if you change the sleeping place to a secure one.
Fear of fear
When you have the habit of hearing horror stories constantly, for instance you are being told only ghost stories during bed time, chances are your imagination may go into overdrive and you will start behaving like my friend- which is sleeping with your light on. It is your imaginations that conjure up the nonexistent scenarios. Though this is not a fear of a ghost or a specific prowler you get this sense of something horrible that is about to happen, which makes it more potent.
There are somethings that certainly help you get over the fear:
- The first step is to stop depending on the light. Sleeping with the lights on can also make you tired as it disturbs our deep sleep. The darker the sleeping space the more restful and fresh you will be when you wake up. Try to remove one source at a time and soon you’ll feel more comfortable and less agitated about the darkness
- Relaxation both during daytime and at night will help in the darkness looking less oppressive. Since your imagination is the culprit conjuring up the fear, you need to relax and think of restful thoughts. You can listen to music or play soothing music on the piano. The digital pianos of today come with great features, which help you to create the music you want.
- Fear of darkness is not just being afraid of light being absent. It is more about the fear of something being out there in the dark or perhaps hiding in the closet. You need to find what you are scared of specifically and try challenging such thoughts. The chances of what you are afraid of happening may not happen at all. And even if it happens, you can very well wake up and see to it. So it is better to sleep rather than imagining dire happenings.
Darkness while it was feared in the past helped humans to get a good and restful sleep and helped the body to recuperate. This is essential for living a healthy life and enjoying your daytime more. So chase away the fears and embrace darkness peacefully.
While we may be living peacefully on the planet, survival for man has definitely not been easy in the past and he has had to hunt and fight his way to earning the title of being the most dangerous species on the planet. As such, hunting of humans can be considered to be the most dangerous sports of all.
Here are some horrors movies, in which human hunting as a sport or for pleasure can be seen:
- The Most Dangerous Game
This movie is probably the first to have featured human hunting. Set in the early twentieth century, this movie portrays the bloodthirsty sport of big game hunting, something which was actually widely prevalent.
Based on an adaptation of a story written by Richard Connell in 1924, much of the central concept is preserved, although many details and characters are added to the movie.
- Battle Royale
Considering the similarities that this cult movie from Japan has with the storyline of the Hunger Games, it is indeed very difficult to believe the author of the popular fiction series, Suzanne Collins never ever heard of the movie.
A group of children are forced to fight and kill each other while trapped on an island. There are various weapons and equipment there like machetes, rifles, rope, rangefinders, guns, etc.
- Hard Target
This John Woo movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme is centered on the life of an eccentric and rich man, who hunts on homeless people in New Orleans for fun.
While the movie featured nothing too spectacular, it did mark the start of John Woo’s career in filmmaking in the US.
- The Woman Hunt
Featuring a sensational star cast, this movie is reminiscent of the industry of exploitation which would once exist. The movie features a rich man, who collects prostitutes and also preys on them. He hunts them using expensive weapons such as rifles, equipment (like rangefinders you can see at this place) and traps.
While the movie was unsuccessful in stamping its authority as a comment on society, it did a pretty decent job featuring a lot of hunting scenes.
- The Running Man
The famous book, The Running Man, written by Stephen King and Richard Bachman was also made into a satirical movie. Based on a dystopian society, the storylines involve hitmen and citizens pitted up against each other.
A horrible adaptation, fans of the book would have definitely been disappointed by this horror movie.
This thriller of a movie features a serial killer, who goes around on a spree of crimes by hunting humans. Depicting the cold blooded procedural approach that a psychopath would have, the movie is quite engaging and chilling.
The horror and thriller movie is based on a true life thriller and was inspired by The Most Dangerous Game.
You would have definitely watched or heard of the Hunger Games, but these movies prove to be far more gripping and bone chilling than that teenage flick. If you feel that you have what it takes, then you should try watching these horror movies on your own.