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Remembering scares past to escape this Covid haunting

A part of us loves to be scared. It's why we watch horror movies. Just as long as it's make-believe, writes Eugene O'Brien

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BAD MEMORIES: One iconic feature of ‘The Shining’ includes the scary twins who haunted the Overlook Hotel

BAD MEMORIES: One iconic feature of ‘The Shining’ includes the scary twins who haunted the Overlook Hotel

BAD MEMORIES: One iconic feature of ‘The Shining’ includes the scary twins who haunted the Overlook Hotel

Halloween feels a bit redundant this year. What's the use of a good ghost story or horror film when a worldwide pandemic threatens our civilisation and the future looks grim and dystopian?

But, of course, part of us loves to be scared. The great Alfred Hitchcock described how we as babies get our first fright when our mothers say, 'Boo!' And then we hiccup and giggle. First the fright and then the release. It's why we get on rollercoasters or why we watch horror movies. We can relinquish control, but in a safe setting.


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