There are those who pride themselves on being prepared for worst-case scenarios. They create hideouts, put away supplies, and plan for the end of the world. However, if the worst were to come, and you found yourself in a situation that seemingly jumped off the silver screen straight into your backyard, what would you do?
Here are some survival tips gleamed from decades of horror films, that surprisingly may also have real life applications for when things are a little less frantic:
Stay with the group. There are times for independence, and then there are times when common sense dictates that you should not go into the woods alone. Ditto for the abandoned house, the abandoned factory, or even the bathhouse on the other side of the clearing. Anyone who has ever seen a slasher film from Friday the 13th to Scream knows what happens if you fail to follow this most important protocol.
Never let them hear you scream. Standing out from the crowd may sometimes be appropriate, but if zombies or killer clowns are after you, it may well be the last thing you ever do. Whenever you find yourself in deadly danger, the last thing you want to do is raise your voice so the monsters know exactly where you are.
Don’t lay down your arms. Never let go of weapons, artifacts, or wooden stakes until you are one hundred percent sure the monster is irretrievably dead. Don’t allow your only defense to be turned against you.
Don’t lose your focus. Don’t allow anything to get you sidetracked. Be constantly aware of your surroundings, because distractions can get you killed. Never get cocky or let down your guard until the danger is passed.
Don’t invite strangers into your house. Perhaps the vampires or ghouls can only enter with your permission. In this day and age, it’s just common sense to take precautions about who you allow into your space. If you someone unexpected comes to your door, check their id, and see if they have fangs or are carrying weapons, before you decide to allow them entry.
Listen to the professionals. If a scholar/professor/expert tells you not to touch something-listen. Don’t get into a situation that is over your head. Don’t read from the Book of the Dead or open Pandora’s Box, and for goodness sake, don’t open the mummy’s sarcophagus.
Appearances can be deceiving. Don’t underestimate anyone. Don’t make assumptions without facts. That harmless looking stranger /young innocent/damsel in distress could be more than you think. Remember, whether good or bad, big things can hide in small packages and plain sight.
Plan ahead. Make preparations, do research, check your facts, and if possible, have backup. The worst situations often look different in the light of day, so a second perspective can often be useful, especially for baddies allergic to sunlight. Don’t allow yourself to be eaten simply because of a lack of organization. Take time to consider before you act, and make sure you are making the best choice.
Hopefully none of this audience will ever be impacted by such cataclysmic events, but should the worst occur, and the end of the world is near, remember that movies have educated us to deal with these situations, and just do what the survivors do.
Till next time,