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Watershed Moments In Horror Films

Watershed Moments In Horror Films

Horror films run the spectrum from great to terrible in a way no other genre can. But when done correctly, these films have the ability to scare us in a new way and to change our collective view of what things we find frightening. Some times those are every day things, like a walk in the woods. At other times it is dangerous things and possibilities never before considered. And it is at those crossroads that we discover these watershed moments in horror.

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In a Horror Movie, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

In a Horror Movie, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

When potential danger appears, the brain sends signals to its threat expert, the amygdala. Survival, being kind of an important thing, requires both urgency (“Move now! Spider!”) and accuracy (“Wait, it’s not a spider, it is just a piece of lint”). Urgency moves along a short path and accuracy along the long path.

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