Why I won't watch paranormal movies
Number 1 reason …. OK I am a bit of a scaredy cat. Put anything remotely scarey or violent on tv and I can’t handle it. I spend a lot of my time with hands over my eyes and it usually results with me having to sleep with the light on. It wasn’t always this way. Movies have become a lot more real and violent over the years, but I do blame my husband and his best friend for my current stance. I remember the torture they used to put me through during any remotely scary movie. Like at a home screening of House on Haunted Hill. They were constantly poking me and scaring me to make me jump. They left a fake hand written note in the printer trying to convince me that none of them did it and it was a ‘ghost’. Sitting in the movies during Urban legend taking turns scaring me and laughing when everyone would turn around to see who has screamed. Who can blame me?
It was all fun and games before the chamber of horrors
A few years ago in London I went to Maddame Toussards and the ‘Escape from the chamber of horrors’ was terrifying for me. Walking down a long dark corrodor with fake spider webs, life like wax figures of some pretty disgusting things and men dressed as decaying mental patients all trying to ‘escape’ chasing you, grabbing, screaming at you. Why would someone pay for that? If it wasn’t for the few glasses of wine I had at the pub beforehand, I wouldn’t have even dared but I thought well when in Rome … (or London in my case)
That is why it is quite surprising for a lot of people that I am a paranormal investigator. The thing is, an investigation or even a haunting is not like the movies. People are generally not thrown across the room (although that would be pretty cool so long as it wasn’t me), people are not murdered by unseen forces and there is no blood coming out of people’s eyes and pretty much most of what you see in the movies doesn’t actually happen hence why it is called a movie. People aren’t going to pay $22 a ticket to watch a bunch of people sitting in a room for 2 hours asking ‘Is anyone here with us?' That's just bad business.
This was horrifying and I don’t know how people find being scared fun!
If you have read my other posts, you will see that it is quite the opposite in that a lot of the time nothing happens at all during an actual investigation. It’s not to say that what some people experience during an investigation or a haunting is not terrifying and emotional but its not like the movies. A lot of people in the paranormal community love all things paranormal and hence love all of the paranormal movies. They agree that it is not a correct representation of what actually happens in a haunting but enjoy the thrill and are usually unphased by the violence and don’t get scared. I hear the term ‘I’m a ghost hunter, it takes a lot to scare me!’
I’m here to tell you loud an proud, I’m a ghost hunter and I am terrified of movies. Thankfully during an investigation I’m quite level headed and it does take a fair bit to scare me (lets forget about the one time I ran out which I wrote about in a previous post) and the people I investigate are not my husband and his best friend so we respect each other and don’t go for a cheap scare. I can tell you though if one of them did do that to me, you would in fact see someone thrown across the room and it certainly wouldn’t be paranormal!