I think I spent my Saturday night the same way as plenty of other people did–in a movie theater watching a film based on a book by Stephen King (and No, I am not talking about The Dark Tower). It is still September since the last time I checked the calendar, which is hard to believe based on all the horror films that have been released back-to-back. We still have a few weeks until the Halloween season is here to scare us senseless.
One of my local movie theaters now has a 4-D screen, which is where the seat moves and rotates, punches your back, and splashes water and scents in your face. I knew that seeing a horror movie this way was the best due to the unexpected movements.
Now here's the thing, I really get into the movie watching experience. I am not a stranger to screaming whenever a jump scare happens on screen (and it happened a lot last night). However, I did notice something that was a bit peculiar and almost troubling. There were a number of scenes when something horrific appeared on screen and my first instinct was to laugh hysterically instead of scream. I must have laughed throughout nearly forty-percent of the film that passersby would have thought I was watching a comedy. I knew my laughter was happening during inappropriate times because I noticed I was the only person in the theater laughing during the scenes.
I have always been a fan of scary shows with a lot of jump scares. I might have watched enough paranormal shows that have jumbled my emotions to have a humorous response instead of a scared one. After looking up the topic of inappropriate laughter and reading a few forums, I have come to the conclusion that laughter can be used as a way to release the stress and nervous tension that builds up during suspenseful events.
Long story short: I went to the movies, watched a film in a moving chair and laughed so much you would think it was a comedy instead of a horror. This must mean that the part of my brain that controls emotions is confused (or that I might be a psychopath).
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kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 11, 2017
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