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All the Mundane Things I'll Never Do Thanks to a Childhood of '90s Horror Movies

By Vivian Kane | Lists | October 23, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Lists | October 23, 2016 |


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Final Destination 2 gave me an unshakeable fear of driving behind trucks carrying anything in their bed. Logs, ladders, you name it, I’ll change lanes.

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Thanks to Scream, I’ll never own a house with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto a beautiful backyard. That’s where boyfriends get murdered. (Sure, that’s why I’ll never own a beautiful house.)

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And Jada Pinkett Smith’s death in Scream 2 made me afraid of immersive horror events (like haunted houses). All it takes is one psycho getting hired at a hay maze and suddenly you’re dying in front of a crowd of cheering spectators.

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Thanks to Urban Legend, I always get in my car super fast, lest anyone hiding underneath tries to slash my ankles.

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That goes double for checking my backseat for murderers, though that’s not limited to Urban Legend. Pretty much all horror movies— and just existing as a woman— have ingrained that instinct.

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Both Ghost in the Machine and Unbreakable gave me a fear of being trapped under swimming pool covers.

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I probably wasn’t going to anyway, but Scream made sure I’d never try to exit a garage via the dog door.

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Urban Legend 3 (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), plus that one Scary Stories book convinced me that any pimple was actually a spider’s nest of eggs buried in my face.

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In a realization that’s two decades too late, I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t have watched so many horror movie sequels as a child.



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