As you will be aware from all of the social media posts, Tv Specials, shop decorations and the fact that some people are walking around dressed as Zombies, it is Halloween. Now many of us see Halloween as a bit of fun – we get to dress up, tell spooky stories and watch scary films. We may even attend a party or two. It’s safe to say that for many of us, Halloween is the best time of the year.
Halloween also causes us to think a bit more about the darker side of the world, especially after watching something that has chilled us to the bone such as Dawn of the Dead or Scream – where we have mainly been shouting at the screen and playing horror movie bingo looking out for Horror tropes such as
- Person saying “they will be right back” and them pretty much being the next victim within five minutes of saying this phrase or, even worse, “let’s split up” *shudders* Why oh Why?!
- Same for “I don’t believe in ghosts”…OMG you are literally going to be haunted for the entire film.
- And of course the standard “oh someone was murdered in this house and it’s why it’s so cheap? I’ll take it!” – we all know their kids are gonna be stuck in a TV within an hour of the film starting.
Which is why I found this survey about horror escape plans so interesting. It turns out that three quarters of Brits claim they wouldn’t make mistakes like the characters of horror movies, with 23 percent saying they would NEVER investigate an unexplained bump in the night, and 32 percent wouldn’t run away from an assailant into dense woodland. Well, naturally! I wouldn’t investigate anything, you would? I’d be too busy being terrified..
31 percent wouldn’t dream of suggesting the group they were in split up if someone was found dead, and almost a quarter (24 percent) would never accept help from a scary-looking person. Two words: STRANGER. DANGER.
My personal favourite horror films happen to be Zombie films, which is why I found it so interesting that the survey revealed that 55 percent of us Brits have a solid plan in place made up of great choices if the dead emerged from their graves. Phew …and yes, I am one of those people.
And, fortunately, 56 percent of British adults polled said they believed they could survive a zombie apocalypse, with15 percent of us regularly discussing it with mates down the pub (Again, I am one of those people)
Over a third (35 percent) felt they would be smarter than the average zombie and four in ten said they could defeat a zombie because they had a keen survival instinct, based on making good decisions. Not bad when you think about it right? Maybe we may all survive a Zombie Apocalypse after…
The survey was performed by giffgaff – who blooming love Halloween, they have even got a snazzy little Halloween Hub on their site, complete with a retro Halloween costume generator. Turns out when I was born, everyone was dressed as Ghostbusters – am I showing my age here?
So what about you, do you have an escape plan for if zombies invaded? Is there a horror movie trope that really winds you up or you’d never, ever do? Let us know below or continue the conversation on our social channels.