Aside from reading and playing video games, one of the best things to do right now is to watch a movie. There are lots of movies to choose from: Action, Comedy, Drama, or, better yet, Horror. Watching horror movies often gives audiences scares that make up for a memorable viewing experience.
For one, watching horror movies is actually beneficial for you. The same natural high you get after riding a roller coaster is the same high you get when watching a good horror movie. What happens is that your body releases dopamine after a terrifying experience. Dopamine is also known as the happy hormone and is responsible for giving you that awesome feeling after a fright.
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When you talk about horror movies, the Saw franchise has got to be in the discussion. The film often features how “Jigsaw” would murder his victims. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts you’ll want to hear is how, in real life, Jigsaw got into an airplane bound for Los Angeles.
The story is that the film’s Director James Wan and Writer Leigh Whannell actually paid for another passenger on their way to Los Angeles from Melbourne. Onlookers and passengers were delightfully frightened to see Jigsaw occupying a seat in the first class.
Scream is one of the scariest horror slasher films and was credited with putting back interest in the genre in the 90s. The movie is about a deranged psychopath who wears a black hood and distorted mask who stabs and slashes his victims. The killer’s mask is so iconic that most people recognize it immediately when they see it.
Believe it or not, Scream was initially named “Scary Movie” before its distributor changed its name at the last minute. Four years after Scream’s release, another movie with the title Scary Movie got released. However, instead of being a horror movie, Scary Movie was a comedy film that parodied a lot of horror movies.
Perhaps one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made is “The Exorcist.” Written by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin, the film was actually based on real-life exorcism on a boy.
The story of the exorcism made the national news, which eventually inspired Blatty to write the movie. The film was so well received that it became the first horror movie to be nominated for an Oscar, a rare feat for horror movies, even with today’s standards.
Speaking of true stories, Child’s Play is also based on one. In the movie, the protagonists are hunted down by a possessed doll. The writers of the film were inspired by Robert the Doll. Robert was a doll that supposedly had a voodoo curse put on him, according to his owner Robert Eugene Otto.
The curse apparently brought life to the doll, and soon after, weird things were happening inside the Otto household. The doll would often move from room to room by itself, would knock down furniture, and even talk to its owners. Today, the doll is displayed at the old post office in Florida.
Jaws was a 1975 horror thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. In the movie, a town is terrorized by a large and voracious great white shark. Although the shark didn’t have a name in the film, the filming crew and Steven himself named the shark “Bruce.” Bruce was the name of Steven Spielberg’s attorney, who reportedly kept telling Steven to stop spending more money on the set of the film.
Horror movies are a perfect way to pass the time. Since we’re in quarantine, it’s better to stay indoors and enjoy all the scary flicks we can watch. The facts mentioned above are from the most terrifying films to make it to the big screen.