In recent years, if you’re someone who savors the heart-in-your-mouth images of frightening movies, you’ve certainly had plenty to keep you entertained. A recent list was released of which films people regard as the scariest they’ve ever seen. These so-called “Seven Deadly Films” are Scream, Friday the 13th, The Shining, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, and Poltergeist.
Of course, some people would prefer to completely avoid those or any other scary flicks — about one-third of the population falls into this category. For them, there’s no redeeming value to stories that leave them frozen with fear.
A woman in her late thirties who saw Silence of the Lambs found the film so terrifying that she didn’t eat meat for the next six months. When The Exorcist was initially released three decades ago, there were several cases of adults who experienced such high levels of distress that they needed to be hospitalized.
The Ultimate Fear Experience
For people who just aren’t satisfied with the run-of-the-mill terrifying movies or the everyday shaking-in-your boots novels, New Yorkers can now take the fear factor to the next level. The prescription: Order your own “designer kidnapping.”
For a rather hefty price tag (ranging from $1,500 to $4,000), a newly formed business in New York will arrange to have you abducted, tied up, gagged, and kept confined for hours or days to instill as much fear in you as possible. The specific twists and turns of your own kidnapping can be customized depending on your own preferences and idiosyncrasies for personal terror. According to Farley, some people enjoy the physical sensations that can accompany being scared — from the adrenaline rush to the racing heart to the perspiring palms. In his studies of people who thrive on riding roller coasters, “there’s almost nothing else that can match it in terms of the incredible sensory experience that the body is put through.”
Here is what happens in your brain when you are scared: