Compared to spring, summer has been used in loads of horror films, but why? The sun is shining and the livin’s easy. Where does summer go wrong?
1. Unexpected Death
We are more likely to be victims of murder, drowning, drunk driving, and burning in the summer. Because we are out and about more, we are more likely to collide with calamity. Son of Sam is just one example of a summer murder spree.
So I’m a cynic, but remember that scene in ANY SCARY MOVIE where people are super happy and you think, “You are too happy for your own good.” Then something bad happens to them. Happiness increases in the summer. Monitor your dosage.
People travel more in the summer, get out of their comfort zones. They explore desolate locations and meet strangers. Anything could happen, and typically, we enjoy this sense of thrill, even if it’s mild.
4. Independence Day
This is the most dangerous holiday. We combine fireworks, parades, and alcohol. Yep, we are free to die as we please. Plus, aliens are going to invade any time now;)
5. Circuses, Carnivals, and Amusement Parks
Along with countless others before, American Horror Story: Freak Show will acknowledge the inherent fear (and delight) we have in these places. Some of the scares are intentional, like the big rollercoaster, but others, like clowns, scare us just because. Maybe clowns go back to the happiness thing. Anything that happy has to be up to no good.
6. Idle Hands
People work less in the summer (hooray!), but “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”
What else is scary about summer?
Summer Horror Movies
- From Dusk Till Dawn
- Wrong Turn
- Night of the Living Dead
- The Last House on the Left
- The Descent
- The Omen
- Deep Blue Sea
- Dawn of the Dead
- Secret Window
- Friday the 13th
- Straw Dogs
- I Know What You Did Last Summer