Sunday, October 12, 2014

9 Lessons Learned From Horror Movies

My blog last week was about classic horror movies for the Halloween season. This week I'm talking about the lessons we can learn from those movies.

In addition to fun and entertainment, all sorts of valuable tidbits of information can be garnered from horror movies—especially important lessons about ghosts, monsters, and evil things lurking in the shadows. Those mysterious things that go bump in the night.

Here are 9 important lessons Halloween movies have taught us.

9)  When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.

8)  If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination with blood, glowing eyes, or increasing hairiness, get away from them as fast as possible.

7)  Do not search the basement, especially if the power has just gone out (even if it seems to have been knocked out as the result of a storm).

6)  If appliances start operating by themselves, move out.

5)  Stay away from certain geographic locations such as: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog, the Bermuda Triangle…or any small town in Maine.

4)  If your children speak to you in a language they should not know or if they speak to you using a voice not their own, be afraid…be very afraid.

3)  When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off or worse yet go it alone when searching the spooky old mansion for the source of the strange noises.

2)  As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to hell.

And last, but not least…

1)  If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good reason for it.  Take the hint and stay away!
And have a Happy Halloween!


Ashantay said...

Oh, my Goddess! You've just made my day, my week, my spooky month! Too funny and right on target! Thanks for the great post.

Anonymous said...

What about if someone offers you a chocolate mouse, politely refuse?

Sandra Dailey said...

Don't let the Bermuda Triangle fool you. Those people aren't missing. They're all hanging out at Margaritaville and don't want to go home. After all - it's five o'clock somewhere.

Samantha Gentry said...

Ashantay: Remember--not all heavy breathing coming from the far corner of a dark basement needs to be investigated!

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Samantha Gentry said...

Andrea: Politely refuse sounds good! :)

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Samantha Gentry said...

Sandra: I like that concept!! As you said, it's always five o'clock somewhere.

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Anonymous said...

Rules to live by. You made me laugh out loud!

Ash Krafton | @ashkrafton said...

Rules for survival...makes that insurance commercial ("let's hide behind those chainsaws!") an absolute scream.

Samantha Gentry said...

kayden: Definitely things to keep in mind should you find yourself in a spooky old mansion at night during a thunderstorm. :)

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Samantha Gentry said...

Ash: First time I saw that commercial, I did LOL. Funny commercial!

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Kat de Falla said...

Great post - we all wince when the characters do exactly what we know they shouldn't!


Samantha Gentry said...

Kat: In writer terminology, it's a character "too stupid to live!" :)

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