I enjoyed watching The Twilight Zone’s “Living Doll”, Night Gallery’s “The Doll”, and Trilogy of Terror’s “Amelia”. I have a great appreciation for older horror films, even though they usually don’t scare me, because they helped the horror genre grow and develop into what it is now. However, the basic elements that make them scary are still there, such as making the dolls so hideous that just their appearance scares you. This works because our brains automatically scare when seeing something scary, therefor, the scarier looking the doll is, the more likely it is to scare the watcher. There is also the use of scary background music that intensifies the mood and creeps you out. The reasons why they play music like that in the background is to bombard the watcher’s senses in order to catch them by surprise. What doesn’t work for me, and the main reason why older horror films don’t scare me, is the length of anticipation and development of the story. These older films are perfect examples of how long it takes to reveal the scary parts. The anticipation is so long that I end up losing interest, guessing what is going to happen, or the effect of anticipation just wears off. I also like horror movies to have a little bit of drama or mystery in them as well as horror and I don’t typically find those elements in older horror films. However, I still love watching them, just not when I want to be scared.
While we are on the topic of phobias, I wanted to share with you guys my favorite phobia. I do not actually have this phobia it was just the first phobia I ever really knew. I found out about it from Charlie Brown Christmas, which my family watches every year on Christmas Eve. My favorite phobia is pantophobia, which is the fear of everything. I really only like this phobia because of the way Charlie Brown reacts to it when Lucy asks if he has it. Here is the clip if you haven’t seen it before: