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Horror Movies: Is Something Wrong with Me?

I watched The House at the End of the Street recently. I don’t usually do horror movies, but it’s a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Psychological thrillers aren’t super gory, which is good for me. They’re not super scary from the get-go. They scare the freaking shit out of me when they finally get scary, but at the same time, I’m fascinated by them.

What causes a person to lose touch with reality to such a degree? It’s usually something traumatic, which is understandable, but how does the traumatic event have such an extreme impact? As far as I know, lots of people go through traumatic events without having subsequent psychotic breaks.

It kind of unnerves me that I’m fascinated by things that scare me. Sometimes, these movies scare me so much that it takes me days to get them out of my head. So, they definitely have the intended effect, but is something wrong with me because I’m also fascinated by them? As much as I’d rather not be scared out of my wits, I can’t look away. No matter how hard I try.