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Thriller and horror movies calm me down...anyone else?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by SeekingAfrica, Jul 21, 2017.

Do you find thrillers and horror movies calming?

  1. Yes!

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    38.9%
  2. No.

    8 vote(s)
    44.4%
  3. Sometimes...

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. Rosie11

    Rosie11 Active Member

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    definitely depends on whats in it and what the setting is. sometimes its calming, like if one character goes through something scary, is attacked etc. and another character comforts them, it helps, sort of validating I guess? hard to explain :p There was one thriller movie with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, it was extremely triggering and realistic, but there was a scene where Gregory Peck talks about how hard it is for kids to testify about a certain kind of trauma in court and have forensic interviews done etc. and I actually loved the scene because it was so validating to have such an aware character aknowledge how hard that is. Other horror films though, I just can't watch them, makes me feel even more hyper-vigilant and on edge.
     
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  3. desiderata310

    desiderata310 Relentless forward movement Moderator

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    As Kimmy Schmidt says:
    "It’s so funny what people who have never been kidnapped think is scary. Talking crows? I would have LOVED to have met a talking crow!"
     
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  4. Fadeaway

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    The most effective way for me to deal with the feeling of sickening dread right after something bad happens is horror flicks, especially zombie movies. Not the comedy type and not the drama type like The Walking Dead (too much plot not enough zombies) but the George Romero type zombie flicks.

    There is something about horror movies that makes the unbearably deep emotional pain like right after I had went through sexual assault, tend to fade. I think in that specific incident I might have viewed myself as one of the characters, and imagining myself fighting back something terrifying, making me feel more empowered even though it is only for the duration of a movie.

    The one thing I can't do is possession horror films because my grandparents would have me watch the exorcist, telling me that was what was going to happen to me if I misbehaved and then put me through an exorcism when I was young.

    My husband tells me I am the Mulder to his Scully. :cautious:
     
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  5. whiteraven

    whiteraven Well-Known Member

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    No! As a matter of fact, the older I get, the more triggering I find them.
     
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  6. Ronin

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    Used to (be calming).

    These days, I avoid them, along with avoiding most of media. Hell, the other day I was complaining to someone Disney is scary triggery as f*ck.
     
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  7. Rain

    Rain Most people long for love and acceptance Premium Member Generous $250+

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    I do not watch them anymore. My life has more than enough suspense in it as it is.
     
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  8. Kopykat

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    Haha I thought I was the only one! I think for me, for most horror movies you can see the object of fear and most horror movies, the protagonists win in the end. I said most. And it also gives me something else to focus on, like a puzzle, I find w other genres my mind wanders or I may relate it to something unpleasant.
     
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