Some movies (and television shows) make us laugh or cry, while some make us take more notice on the planet around us. Have you ever watched a film that made you angry about each of the injustices in the world? What about a movie that got you interested by a subject you wouldn't happen to be interested in otherwise? Have you ever heard a bump during the night and thought about the horror movie you saw the night time before? Good Tv programs and movies stick with us long afterwards we have finished watching them. Even though you think you have forgot in what you watched after that viewing it, often it only takes one little thing it to be ripped out of our subconsciousness.
20 years ago I had my "Indian phase" in which I came to be heavily interested in Native American history after watching the film "Dances with Wolves". I re-decorated my home with Native American artwork, including feathers, pelts or even a tomahawk. For Christmas that year I was given the score towards the movie. I played it again and again, and that soundtrack in turn sparked my fascination with classical music. This specific movie may not have had the same impact on you mainly because it did on me, but I bet if you think back far enough it will be possible to recall one that did. Think back to your childhood. Have you play cowboys and Indians? Was there a selected show that made you wish to chase your friends having a plastic six shooter or wear a head dress??
Now what about scary movies? I'm certain you can think of several times if you were a child that you simply heard a noise and yes it frightened you. What did you think the noise was? A monster of some sort or other or a demon? What images filled your brain while you hid underneath the covers? It is possible that you just thought of a scary book which was read to you, but most probably it was something you saw within a movie that worked over your imagination. Books as well as other things we read might have an effect on our subconscious also, but without the visual stimulus to accompany the language, it is more difficult to be frightened by them. However, it just takes to see a terrifying monster in the news for two seconds so that it is ingrained on a child's brain for an extended while. As an adult, maybe you have watched a scary movie in your own home in the dark, then jumped when you heard a strange noise later your evening? Our adult brains reveal there is nothing to be afraid of and that what we see from the movies is not real. But there's still a part of our subconscious that says, OMG, my house is haunted by malevolent spirits!! When we hear these noises, we've got flashbacks to the movies we watched. Should you be completely cut off from your real world and never watched anything scary in your life, you would have no basis for your fear.
Watching a lot of horror movies also desensitises us. I cannot dwell on this too much, yet it's true. Here is a prime example: I have come across every "SAW" movie made, and tons of other gory horror movies. Yesterday a colleague of mine sent us a link that had a video of people with horribly decaying teeth as well as other dental problems. I was completely repulsed by it and turned them back within two seconds. Decapitations and humans being tortured in movies conversely, doesn't bother me in the least. I have been desensitised enough that we would rather see a decapitation than rotten teeth.
Have you ever watched a movie or tv series that made you re-think your characteristic look at the world? Has been a documentary concerning the environment, or about someone being mistreated by others. Achieved it anger you and make you want to take action? How about something that made you need to change careers? The amount of conversations have you had with friends that included the phrase: "Oh, I saw that in a movie once"? Whether we would like to admit it or not, our entertainment choices have a very profound effect on how we think and live our everyday life. They can have a positive effect or a negative one. Hopefully there are some things you watch that may have a positive relation to you, and not just allow you to afraid of the dark.