Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some Really Scary Stuff! Read With Caution... Boo!

Let's talk about some scary stuff! Since it's the New Year I thought that it would be best if we were to talk all about scary horror stuff and blood and all of that jazz. If you don't know what scary means then allow me to remedy that. When something is scary you are scared. To be scared is to feel fear. Webster's Dictionary describes fear as: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. I would have just said "Fear is being scared." but they make it sound so much more legit!

Now you may be asking/telling me, "Brandon, why write about scary stuff? No one likes it." WRONG! Everyone loves scary stuff! The reason why I am writing about this crap is because I had my first nightmare in many years on Tuesday night. I won't say what it was about because... it's gross... Just think "toilets" and you might get an idea... it actually wasn't much of a nightmare, just made me grossed out. I wasn't scared, just... yeah. I also had a second "nightmare" on Wednesday night. I might blog about that one later... Also my girlfriend Christina and I watched The Shining on Wednesday, and some stupid movie called Session 9 on Thursday which has further inspired me to write all about this horrific topic.

We all feel fear. People get scared by different things, and everyone is scared by something. So when a guy tells his girlfriend that he's not scared of anything, you know he's just trying to get lucky. But whether we want to admit it or not, something out there scares all of us. Some people are scared by spending hours watching horror-flicks about the supernatural and serial killers. While most of us are scared by clowns and our grandmothers feet, true horror and fear have an interesting relationship with video games. Laugh if you want, but video games and pure terror share a bond that can result in nightmares days after you've turned off the game. Get the idea that games are only for kids out of your head. Because it's not true.

I get freaked out every time the first zombie looks at you in the Resident Evil remake.

Only recently has scary blossomed out of video games. Mostly due to advancements in technology that have been able to produce disturbing visuals, and unsettling sounds that help drive out the emotion that is in all of us, fear. Movies are scary for some, but video games scare everyone. The biggest reason for that is the fact that in a video game you are actually playing and interacting with the environment, and you really don't know what's going to happen to you. The result is an atmosphere that is terrifying. Some of the biggest scares in my life are from playing scary games. (Don't mock me!) Some video games are scary enough that they've actually been made into films. (Silent Hill, Doom, Resident Evil, etc.) Although they're all terrible pieces of cinema, the actual game that the film comes from is something for the eyes to behold. Games are disturbing from beginning to end, and leave uncomfortable emotions in you that are hard to drive away. Games like the classic Clock Tower push your senses and mind to the limit while you try to run away from a psychopathic maniac with a giant pair of garden shears. You can say it's not freaky, but say that while you're hiding helpless under a bed and the crazy man is about to look under the bed.

So? Video games are spooky. I said some people find movies scary. But that doesn't mean that they aren't scary or freaky. Let's talk about some movies that have freaked me out. I think the scariest movie I have ever seen was a Korean horror about three teenage girls that stumble upon an ancient board game that allows you to kill anyone in the world. These three girls happen to not be very popular, and decide to kill all of the kids that bully them at school. Throughout the next week strange things including being possessed by the dead, and haunting visions about death begin to happen to them everyday of the week, until they can all see the spirits of the dead trying to kill them. May sound dumb, but I was freaked out... I was also fourteen. That didn't matter though because I still get freaked out whenever I think about that movie. I can't remember the name of it, because it was Korean. But it was on Comcast a couple years back. Try finding it there if you're curious.

Scary picture of me in the eighth grade. This is from a montage I made for a class where I was a serial killer. We called it, "The Utah Fire Extinguisher Massacre." I got an "A" on it...

Enough about all of this though. I feel like such a dork writing about all of this. The sad part is that I could talk about it forever too. Particularly with the games part, since I've played more scary games than seen scary movies. It's so much fun! (I am a huge dork...) Maybe next time I'll write about some of my "nightmares." They'd probably make you people mock me... They're not that scary. Anyway, let me know what you find scary. Do you agree with what I've said, or do you think I'm full of crap? Leave a comment and let me know!


  1. I totally agree with you.

    For me...its games that scare me more than movies do because in a way they are more real. You are actually in the situation. (kind of). They really put you in the shoes of the person..and you have to react and try not to die.
    If done well...horror films and games can be seriously awesome.

  2. I agree. Clowns scare the living daylights outta me. After watching Stephen King's IT I'll never look at a clown the same way again.