Watching a great horror movie is an experience that many people value, but very few people maximize the enjoyment. A great horror movie is capable to scare you in any setting, but those that are average and below might need some assistance. Setting a good horror movie watching mood can do that in spades. Here are some great ideas to help your horror movies get the job done:
The first thing you should do is set the lighting. Horror movies are always scarier when you watch them in low lighting. While some people think that pitch black darkness is best, that can be dangerous for your eyesight. Also, low lighting is a bit more spooky because your eyes will play tricks on you. Your cat moving around the room alone can be particularly scary while watching a horror movie. Turn down those lights next time you watch a horror movie.
Another great way to make that horror movie have more punch is to watch with the sound turned up higher than normal. The music and score of the movie will be more ominous and the sudden jolts and jumps will be much more powerful. Imagine the theme from Jaws playing at a very loud volume or Jason jumping out for a victim with a loud crashing cymbal and you will get the idea. Pump up that surround sound and prepare to be scared. Also, make sure you set your sound to “movie” for maximum effect.
Eliminate all distractions in your home ahead of time. Turn off all cell phones, and try to avoid getting up for snacks and drinks throughout the movie. Horror movies are entirely dependent on building suspense, so the pause button can really interfere with this process. If you have no distractions, then you will be much more likely to get the full effect of the movie.
Finally, your choice of horror movie will have the biggest effect. Go with known entities where possible, and try to avoid movies that you have heard absolutely nothing about. Do a quick online search before you pick out your movie, and stick to those things that scare you. Some people are terrified of spiders, for example, while others are not. If you are not afraid of spiders, then Arachnophobia will not scare you very much. Stick to those movies that spook you in particular.
Horror movies are meant to scare us. If we help them along by following these simple ideas, then we will get a whole lot more out of the movie watching experience.
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