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'I'll Never Have a Clown in My House!' Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory
Unformatted Document Text:  Frightening Movies 10 bursts through the surface crushing my thorax, popping the raft and pulling me down with it. As a result of this dream, I feel intuitively that I am destined to die as a result of a shark attack; therefore, whenever I swim in the ocean, or even a murky lake, where I cannot see beneath my feet, I feel increasingly panicky and claustrophobic, and in a short time, must leave the water. Nightmares or other sleep disturbances were reported by 39% of the writers, but the young man quoted above was the only one reporting continuing nightmares about Jaws. Effects on other parts of their lives were another matter, however. Life-changing effects were reported by 83%. Moreover, 43% of the people who wrote about Jaws said such effects were still ongoing. Most of the effects (65% of those who wrote about Jaws) involved interference with swimming, and most of these involved not just the ocean, but also lakes or pools. In other words, almost all of the people who reported problems with swimming in the ocean were uncomfortable in bodies of water that are completely devoid of sharks. Table 4 displays examples from these papers. The Blair Witch Project The Blair Witch Project (Myrick and Sanchez, 1999) is a documentary-like movie that portrays three college-age filmmakers who camp in a remote forest in order to investigate and make a movie about the legendary "Blair Witch." The story is conveyed only from the perspective of the protagonists’ cameras, and purports to be footage found in the woods after the filmmakers had disappeared. The pre-release publicity intimated that both the footage and the story were real. The film became hugely successful and continued to scare many viewers even after it was revealed that the story was fictional. There is very little blood or gore in the film, but it is highly emotional and suspenseful, and leaves many of the terrifying details to the viewer’s imagination. Although this movie was third in terms of overall frequency as the topic of papers,

Authors: Cantor, Joanne.
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Frightening Movies
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bursts through the surface crushing my thorax, popping the raft and pulling me down
with it. As a result of this dream, I feel intuitively that I am destined to die as a result of a
shark attack; therefore, whenever I swim in the ocean, or even a murky lake, where I
cannot see beneath my feet, I feel increasingly panicky and claustrophobic, and in a short
time, must leave the water.
Nightmares or other sleep disturbances were reported by 39% of the writers, but the
young man quoted above was the only one reporting continuing nightmares about Jaws. Effects
on other parts of their lives were another matter, however. Life-changing effects were reported
by 83%. Moreover, 43% of the people who wrote about Jaws said such effects were still
ongoing. Most of the effects (65% of those who wrote about Jaws) involved interference with
swimming, and most of these involved not just the ocean, but also lakes or pools. In other words,
almost all of the people who reported problems with swimming in the ocean were uncomfortable
in bodies of water that are completely devoid of sharks. Table 4 displays examples from these
papers.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project (Myrick and Sanchez, 1999) is a documentary-like movie that
portrays three college-age filmmakers who camp in a remote forest in order to investigate and
make a movie about the legendary "Blair Witch." The story is conveyed only from the
perspective of the protagonists’ cameras, and purports to be footage found in the woods after the
filmmakers had disappeared. The pre-release publicity intimated that both the footage and the
story were real. The film became hugely successful and continued to scare many viewers even
after it was revealed that the story was fictional. There is very little blood or gore in the film, but
it is highly emotional and suspenseful, and leaves many of the terrifying details to the viewer’s
imagination. Although this movie was third in terms of overall frequency as the topic of papers,


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