Madeline Rickard- Indy Staff Writer
With Halloween being on a Monday, school and scary collide. Sure the classes have us learn about various serial killers (psychology and history) and frightening numbers that is our debt (all of them), but what about the supernatural threats? If ended up lost in a world full of ghost, demons, vampires, or zombies would life be that much different than it is now? Probably not, as society eventually adapts to the new normal and basic survival skills remain the same. Once upon a time us humans were always at constant risk of being eaten or killed by real life monsters like bears, tigers, and snakes. Some people still are, but with the power of technology we can use phones to contact animal control and order bear mace off of the internet. Zombies may cause a panic, but after some time to adjust to the change and settle in a less risky environment I’m sure the government would form some kind of service like zombie exterminators which would become common place and honored like firemen. After time some of these terrors will either become something we can learn to deal with or just fade away with time (although this clown thing is starting to escalate). Everyone just needs to keep calm and apply logic to potentially disastrous situations.
So treat life as if you were in a horror movie! At least that’s what I tell myself every once in a while in order to use fear as a motivation to make good choices. This does make me think though; in such a situation what should I do? I pretty much prepare for the worst case scenarios on a daily basis (always memorize the fire escapes!), but that probably won’t apply if a supernatural force decided to star in my life. I would probably die first. Let’s be real here, I’d most likely be the skeptic ‘mom friend’ that assumes the supernatural phenomenon is the work of a sadistic (human) serial killer , and then get proven wrong when my body is discovered with all the blood drained and fang marks pierced into my skin. This leads to a mystery for you, the main character to solve only for it to be revealed that the mastermind was really . . . Perhaps I got a bit ahead of myself here.
Still at the end of the day for some of us it’s horror movies that that serve as motivation to make good choices in the real world. Take for example locking your dorm room. One night you’re sleeping without the lock done, and then a murderer comes in and stabs you! Or perhaps just tiptoes into your closet, listening to your steady breathing, wanting the excitement of finding you awake and off guard for the knife. Or take for example something more realistic: a person notices that you didn’t lock the dorm on your way to the bathroom and decides to takes your things. It happens. Another common fear that should be in everyone’s mind is the recklessness of our drunk/high peers. Leave your room for one minute and you’ll return to find vomit on the carpet, somebody sleeping in a bed they thought was theirs, or a mess all over your nice chair somebody mistook for a toilet. It happens. So lock your doors people, or else the horror movies will come to life and a vampire will kill me. Come on here! Use common sense, you don’t want my ghost haunting you in the sequel, right?