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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
I went into a house very similar to that, right at dusk, less than twelve hours ago.
And then discovered that the light from my cell phone screen, which can illuminate entire rooms clearly, was just sort of sucked up before it could reach the corners of any room in that place.
So you’re saying you went into a dead and empty house, at dusk, and it was dark inside?
With all the doors and windows wide open and indirect light still coming in at first, I couldn’t get anything resembling a reasonable amount of illumination. My bedroom has shades for daytime sleepers, and in it, at night, I can read my bookshelf across the room by my cellphone. But that house just eats light like there was an actual director planning the shots. There could have been “Mama’s” feral children hiding in the corners and I wouldn’t have seen them.
You probably shouldn’t watch scary movies Were you in Blair, Md?
Thomasville, North Carolina. We have a really big chair in the middle of town. It’s not scary, though. It’s funny because it’s bigger than a regular chair.
These days I mostly watch horror movies in order to troll my sis’s kids. It’s a good life.
Horror movies wouldn’t be fun without stupid characters. That fake trailer may be refreshingly realistic, but it’s also boring as fuck.
,,aaaand that was the point.
I would still go with the hot cheerleader to the abandoned mental asylum. That is a risk I’m willing to take.
What risk is that? A citation for trespassing?
Possibly, but it isn’t related to an abandoned mental asylum.
As old as the building must be, probally asbestos. Maybe lead paint as well.
I could make the trailer now. “In a world that needs insulation and soundproofing, only one mineral will do. Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock in Asbestos 2: The Wrath of Silicosis. Rated R. Starts Wednesday in a theater near you.”
I’ve actually been in an abandoned insane asylum alone at 3:00 am. No Ouija board though, and unfortunately no cheerleader either.
Yeah, um, this doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Us skeptics wouldn’t be the ones to avoid, say, entering a supposedly haunted cabin… because we wouldn’t just accept that it is. In fact, you’d have to be fairly non-skeptical to say “fuck this” and not investigate further. Lucky for us though, life doesn’t operate like horror movie cliches.
Maybe not so much skeptics as people who have read http://www.cracked.com/funny-1159-how-to-survive-horror-movie/
Most of those “stupid” things actually aren’t all that unreasonable. For some reason audiences act like the characters should know they’re in a horror movie or something. Lol.
yeah, some I understand, but others, such as splitting the group up after a member has gone missing or been discovered dead. Those I cringe at.
I know, I would have liked to see them cleaning the place up and just having a nice weekend.
Several years ago I got a great deal on a condo that had been on the market for quite a while because the previous owner and his girlfriend had died in a plane crash and it was required to be disclosed. It was one time I truly appreciated non-skeptics.
My parents bought a house in the 80s that was home to a murder/suicide. IIRC, they paid in the $30k range when the rest of the houses in that subdivision were around $60k. I lived in that house for about 6 years.
The ironic thing is that my parents are super-devout Catholics and that was why they were unconcerned with the deaths. A priest’s blessing was all it took to allay any fear of the supernatural.
Well, it made me laugh. But most of the characters don’t strike me as sceptics, but just smart cookies with some common sense (and perhaps a kind of meta-awareness that they’re in a horror movie!). In reality none of this shit would really happen… (ghosts, monsters, demons etc).
How can you discount puzzle cubes which open dimensional doors? Haven’t you see the weird turns they can make?
I assume that’s a Joke, but never sure on these pages…! Lol! Because I’ve never seen one? Except in the Hellraiser movies!
Agreed. Of course, the trailer itself doesn’t advertise it as a “skeptic” thing, merely “sensible.”
Edit: The chainsaw wielding maniac is totally plausible, though!
Yeah, I don’t really know how this relates. Particularly the scenes with the kid with that magical puzzle. A skeptic would probably call the police, who would probably seal off the area and then get some scientists to examine what’s going on there.
Finally, a horror movie that I can watch without cringing at the stupidity of people!
Actually, wouldn’t a skeptic be MORE likely to follow some of the horror movie stupidity tropes? I mean, I’m a skeptic myself, and if I heard about a cursed video tape, I’d probably watch it just to try and debunk it. So, for that matter, would many theists. That or they would believe in the curse but watch the tape to prove that Jesus can beat up the demons. The problem with the “stupidity” in horror movies is that there are some really bad decisions made (the blond girl who runs up the stairs instead of out the door, the blond who trips a lot, not double tapping), but horror movie characters also get crap for decisions which people in the real world make all the time without getting sacrificed to Dozer. Movie characters don’t usually know they are movie characters.
Yeah, the clip seems to show genre savvy characters more than anything.
Related, but this is why when I watched Juno I realized I could never have written that movie. If I had the scene where she went to the abortion clinic wold have ended with her actually getting one, and the rest of the movie would have just been a short montage of her finishing school, going off to college, pursuing her dreams and having a nice life.
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be VERY afraid…
“Let’s go to Cabo and get wasted.” Uh, young lady, getting drunk in a place full of young men you don’t know doesn’t sound like a good idea, either.
Only because of people like yourself, AA.
Neal Stephenson touches on this in a talk he gave at Gresham college
I feel bad because I am the kind of person who would start the horror movie. If I came across a lone book hidden away in some secret room, attic, or long buried I would be the one to read it out loud to see what happens. Of course I would some how know exactly how to pronounce a language that I had never read before.
Fortunately, you’d also be intelligent enough to manage to get out of the sticky and probably dangerous, but ultimately funny, situations you get into? Rather than die horribly? Right?
Well, as soon as people start disappearing and weird shit starts happening I am out of there as quickly as I can.
Okay, I freaking lost it with, “You there, you’re gonna need a bigger sign!”
Genre Savviness pays off, ne?
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