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I was not a fan of scary movies as a child, mostly because I suffered with insomnia and did not want to jeopardize the sleep that I could possibly get. It was not just me who would not let myself watch scary things, but my mother absolutely refused to let me watch or read scary things. This led me to start watching creepy things at an older age, since now I am able to sleep for the most part. I soon learned that creepy things do not phase me like I thought they would, I watched the new IT chapter 1 and slept like a baby. Do not get me wrong that movie was scary, but I was surprised I slept like a baby that night, and people thought I was crazy for not being phased by it.  However, when I was around 14 or 15, I became interested in the real life creepy, not fictional creepy. In my opinion, real life creepy is much scarier than fictional creepy because it could actually happen to you, bad things happen to people all the time, and so it makes it scarier. I found an interest in true crime, especially serial killers, and I know that a lot of people share my fascination with them. I also found an interest in Stephen King novels, because these books are just real enough to make you think this could happen possibly. However, they are still works of fiction and tend to be very out there, but there are some realistic components. This is the type horror that I enjoy because it slowly builds upon itself and leaves you feeling uneasy, there are not a ton of jump scares (which I absolutely hate). The only Stephen King movie I have seen with big jump scares in it is the new IT movie, which I did not like at all, and I feel like it was not like the other movies. I think that most of the movies are phenomenal and leave me with just enough creepy feelings to be excited about the movie, but not scared enough to be overly uneasy.

Today, they are starting to remake a lot of his movies utilizing today’s technology to make them look better, because they are some staple horror movies. The one most people know, is IT chapters 1 and 2, which was made in 2017; however, the original movie/ series was made in the 1990s. Maybe it is the age of the movie and the technology available at the time, but I did not think the 1990s version of the movie was overly scary. However, when it was remade in 2017 it became a lot scarier and if I were to rate it on a personal scale, I would give it a solid 5.5/10, but that is personal preference. Also, some of the other new movies do not contain the severe jump scares that can be seen in the new IT. Personally I think that the sequel to The Shining (which is my all time favorite Stephen King book and movie), is one of the best ones made. It was not too scary but could still get your heart rate up and keep you interested in the storyline that went along with it. It slowly built the fear up, like with most of his books and movies, and was made incredibly well, it is one of the few movies (scary or otherwise) that I have rewatched a lot. I think it rivals the original Shining (which I have also seen a lot). I also quite enjoyed Pet Sematary, I thought it was made very well and kept me interested, I also thought it was interesting how it had multiple endings. I think Stephen King novels and movies will always hold a special place in my heart and will continue to be some of my favorites.

Kaylyn Gordon

Elizabethtown '21

Hello, my name is Kaylyn and I am a student at Elizabethtown College studying Environmental Science.
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