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How to Keep Yourself from Jumping During a Horror Movie

Updated on December 26, 2012

Keep your Composure


How NOT to Jump During a Scary Movie

Horror movies are made to make people jump, feel afraid, sometimes even scream. But what if you want to keep your composure in front of others like friends, family or even that "special someone", what do you do then?

Well, you've come to the right Hub to find the answer. In fact, I have several solutions on how to keep calm, cool, collective - even keep you from jumping. But always remember this one very important fact:
It's just a movie.

Yeah, yeah, know, it's just a movie; you already know this, but you're still getting scared nearly out of your wits whenever you watch a horror movie that you've never seen before. And yes, of course, after you've watched a certain horror movie a few times, the fear eventually fades away (or at least - you hope it does).

You do know that horror movies are designed/created to scare you...right? Sure you do. Creators of horror movies want to draw you (the viewer) in so deep that you may forget that you're even watching a horror movie. These horror movie creators want to draw you in so deep that you mentally place yourself in the movie; like you're actually there.
Now that's movie magic!

Don't be Afraid - It's just a Movie


Keep your Eyes Closed

If you can't see it, it can't scare you

Most people close their eyes when they feel a scary scene is about to happen while watching a horror movie. This somewhat actually works, however it does make you look like a bit of an idiot, if not a coward, especially when your trying to impress a certain someone.

Closing your eyes is usually the first thing somebody does when they feel they're about to get scared. This is a popular move with children (and adults), but it does have its limits. You may have obscured the view of a horror scene, but you're still able to hear it. This will enable your "mind's eye" to project an image, so although you're not actually seeing what's happening, what you're hearing allows you to imagine exactly what's going on.

Those who choose to close their eyes during a scary scene in a horror movies, sometimes find it very difficult to open their eyes again.

The Shining
The Shining

All work and no play makes Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson, the caretaker of an isolated resort, go way off the deep end,terrorizing his young son and wife Shelley Duvall.


Think of Something Else

Keep your thoughts elsewhere

Another trick I've learned to keep from jumping during a horror movie is to just sit there and think of something else. Think of anything else but what's going on in front of you.

This may be a bit difficult for some, especially with today's horror movies and the blaring audio that comes with these horror movies nowadays. But just simply focusing on something else other than what's on the screen can be quite effective.

What I do is that I'll focus on something other than what's going on. For example, I'll try and see if I can notice little details in a horror movie like:

  • what time a clock reads and if it'll stay the same time when the scene is flashing back and forth
  • try and notice the color of an individual character's socks
  • count how many times a certain word is said

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