Make this movie not scary for me anymore... please... oh please...
February 18, 2010 8:22 PM Subscribe
So I just watched a movie that has scared me and now I don't want to go to sleep because I think the aliens are going to abduct me. What do you do to get over the initial "OMG TERROR" reaction and irrational fearsfollowing seeing a scary movie?
posted by gwenlister to Grab Bag (42 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
My cousin and I have a tradition of watching scary movies whenever we hang out. It is a long standing tradition starting about 6 years ago when my grandfather died. Long story. Anyway, by now we've seen what feels like every scary movie on earth so it takes a lot to scare us but for some reason "The 4th Kind" really effed me up. Yes, I know, it is a terrible movie but I have problems with scary movies that deal with bad stuff happening while you sleep. (And yes, I am still reeling from "Paranormal Activity"...).
Anyway, I'm all freaked out and don't want to go to sleep. This "THINGS ARE GOING TO KILL ME IN MY SLEEP!" reaction usually only lasts a night (or 5 nights in the case Paranormal Activity...) after watching the movie. Sidenote: I am someone who gets nightmares fairly easily and has very very vivid dreams that I always seem to remember so every time we watch movies like this I am kinda effed up for a while.
So how do you get past the initial punch of fear and paranoia after watching a scary movie so that you can sleep? I've tried watching something silly like Spongebob Squarepants or Fairly Odd Parents to try to reinstate my innocence but it doesn't tend to work well. I also try to read something chipper before bed and preferrably fall asleep reading it to keep my mind off of "I'm going to die" thoughts, but that is only marginally successful and I still usually get the nightmares.
(ps - the answer is not "stop watching scary movies". Its our thing, it is how we bond.)