Food choice is subjective but we can’t help but put popcorn at the top of the list. There’s something about it that subconsciously reminds us what we’re watching isn’t real (in a good way) and it’s a movie experience. It’s also a sociable choice that you can eat with friends on autopilot. And of course, if you do happen to jump, it makes everything brilliantly dramatic.
Surround yourself with like-minded friends
It’s important to watch a horror film with people that will respect the viewing experience, creating a safe space without judgement but also having fun and reveling in the fear factor. Be wary of any pranksters, as the temptation to shock and jump might be too much!
Choose your props wisely
A pillow? A blanket? A teddy? Or even a pet? It’s good to have something close by that doubles up as a comforter and a protective shield if you need to avert your eyes. These things can often give you that extra armour of protection, so you instantly feel braver to take on whatever is happening on the small screen.
Know where the exits are
Horror films have a natural tendency to make you doubt everything you know – as well as your own sanity – so balance this out by feeling more prepared. Before the film starts, make sure you know which way you’d run if Freddy Krueger found a way to not only penetrate the dreamscape universe, but also the TV, to come at you with his razor-sharp glove.
This is important and in group viewings it might be difficult to agree, but when it comes to lighting you have three choices: 1) bright ceiling lights so there’s no chance of restricted viewing 2) subtle lightness with a lamp and/or candles to create more of an ambience, or 3) total, pitch darkness. If you want to embrace the scare then go all out 3), but it’s important to think about the film you’re watching and the impact that will have. When it comes to Lights Out we want every light in the whole place shining bright.
Just as important as knowing where your exits are is your choice of seat. First things first, think about what’s behind you. A sofa with a wall behind might feel like the safest choice, compared to in front of a window or open space where who knows what could creep up on you. Speaking of windows, closed curtains will stop any strange reflections or fear of what’s outside. Sitting on the carpet or a beanbag could be the ultimate decision for relaxation. Finally, think about your distance from the TV too, because you definitely don’t want to be too close.
Put your phone on silent and be wary of sudden disruptions
This is important from an interruption and enjoyment point of view, but also with this genre a simple, everyday noise could scare you half way across the room if it times with a particularly tense moment in a film. Even the house phone or doorbell, a washing machine or the central heating kicking in can all take on a sinister turn.
Because all good survival guides should include H20.
With these steps and you should be prepared for even the scariest of films, so take your pick from our selection of the best in horror, and enjoy. What advice do you have when it comes to watching horrors?