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Halloween is rapidly approaching, and many will spend the month of October watching some scary flicks. Even though people eagerly scour through movies to find that perfect film for the night, everyone has a different opinion on what makes the best horror movie. There are key differences between watching a gory horror movie and picking out a psychological thriller for the evening.
Scariness and Realism
While plenty of people do believe in ghosts, there’s still a handful who don’t. For this group, watching a scary movie with ghosts is missing one factor. They don’t believe that the situation could actually ever happen, so they aren’t watching their backs for the rest of the week. Putting a psychological thriller in the DVD player can often be more chilling because these situations are ones that could potentially happen in real life.
Making You Think
On top of thinking about how the situation might really happen, psychological thrillers have another effect that’s different from bloody horror movies. Usually, movies filled with gore don’t make you think too much about what’s going on, and they often don’t require you to solve a puzzle or put together some evidence. As you can see, the type of movie you should watch tonight depends on how much detective work you’d like to do.
Consider the Audience
When the movie was in production, the director and the rest of the production team probably put a lot of energy into considering the audience and figuring out what the best fit for the movie. You should be doing the same when deciding what to watch tonight. If you have a group of friends coming over who are generally not into a great deal of violence, don’t pick a movie with lots of graphic killings. You should also think about whether or not children are going to be watching the film as well.
‘Tis the Season
Halloween is coming soon so consider that when making your choice. Any time there is holiday, you can try and incorporate a film with a similar theme. Remember, plenty of people dress as ghosts and witches for the season, but they don’t necessarily dress up as characters from psychological thrillers. Those movies tend to be more appropriate at all times of the year while you might want to get your fix for true Halloween slasher movies now. If you’re a person who loves to be seasonally appropriate and keep in tune with the time of the year, then you might want to lean a little bit more toward those classic Halloween films that people have been watching for decades.
Going through all of your scary movies, you probably realize that you have a great deal of options from which to choose. While it’s great that you’re not pushed into a corner with your movie selections, you probably don’t know which ones you want to watch. These tips will help you to decide if a gory classic or a psychological thriller is best for the occasion.
Jacklyn Rodriguez writes about all things related to pop culture and psychology. Her recent work is on the Top 10 Best Online Masters in Psychology Degree Programs.
(PCM) Bet you didn’t guess it, but licorice flavored Good & Plenty is the oldest candy brand in America. Good & Plenty have been in existence since the 19th century created in Philadelphia, PA in 1893. Too funny that another yummy Halloween treat, candy corn, was also first created in Philadelphia, PA as well.
No worries if you get too many Good & Plenty this Halloween season and think they might go stale. You can pop these little gems in the microwave for a few seconds and they will soften right back up. Another fun fact about Good & Plenty is that according to scientist David Sugarman (seriously, that’s his real last name) and writer Judy Dutton, the smell of this candy is said to be one of the top captivating smells to women.
One of the more icky facts about Good & Plenty and the reason you may want to skip this treat if you are a vegetarian, is that one of the candy’s recognizable pink colors is derived from cochineal extract, which is crafted from dead insects. However, that is just the color, the candy’s signature flavor is blend of anise and molasses.
There you have it! The history of America’s oldest candy!
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