Like Harrison, I too am not a great fan of horror movies. He may have had an active imagination as a child, but I still have one and imagine all sorts of scary things. That being said, I think it will be instructive for me to watch horror movies in an academic setting rather than being tricked into seeing them, as friends of mine have done in the past. We discussed in class why people like horror films- and I agree with our consensus that people enjoy the adrenaline rush it gives them. The fear makes life sacred; so watching scary movies makes us feel alive, happy to be alive. I’m a big rollercoaster person and I know there’s nothing like that rush of facing your fear and then seeing it through to the end. In addition, although I think we’d probably not want to admit it, humans have a sometimes macabre fascination with death. It’s the last adventure we will all take. Horror films and films with gore and murder can take us close to imagined, painful deaths which we hope we never meet with.
On a different note, I did some research online to see if hair actually grew after death, but I believe in actuality hair just seems like it does. While I’m not a biology/anatomy major, I think some sites said your skin contracts, tightens, therefore lengthening your hair. (I apologize if this is nowhere close to the real truth.) However, it is very interesting that hair and nail growth after death seems to be a prevalent feature in many books and films. I looked up the record for the person with the longest hair and the title is claimed by a Chinese woman. While Kwaidan recounts Japanese ghost stories, I thought it was interesting that the longest hair belongs also to an Asian person. Long hair seems to be connected in Asian culture (and other areas too) with youth, beauty and even sexuality. (I’d like to write more later, even though I’ve reached my word limit…need to go somewhere)