Creepy Commonalities - Watch out! Behind you!
The horror genre derives much of its excitement from preying on unsuspecting victims. The more oblivious the target, the better. And audiences enjoy this too, no matter how often we roll our eyes at how impossibly clueless some characters can be. Being able to see what could happen to someone who is caught unawares is a form of control that audiences take pleasure from. We take comfort in being given visual cues that keep us ahead of the monsters and perpetrators. In this scene from the 1959 classic House on Haunted Hill, a monstrous arm is stretching out to claw at our unsuspecting leading lady, and the audience can’t help but plead for her to turn around and take notice. Anticipating incoming terror may be momentarily satisfying for us, but it can’t beat the sadistic adrenaline rush we feel when the victim meets his or her untimely demise due to their lack of the spidey sense.