Six top tips for surviving a scary movie

With horror flicks being all over the cinema screens at Halloween, we’ve rounded up six of the best ways to make it through the spooky season in one piece.

1. Get clued up on the plot

Nobody likes a spoiler but getting a sense of the major twists and turns of a frightening film could help you prepare for the most stomach churning parts.

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2. Go with a buddy

They say strength comes in numbers, so be sure to head to the cinema with a friend, and preferable one who isn’t easily overwhelmed at scary flicks! Our research showed that 8% found squeezing a friend’s hand during the more frightening parts helps ease the tension…

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3. Buy some snacks

Not only could some nibbles help to distract your mind, but a box of popcorn can be a useful barrier to hide behind. Failing that, you could just shut your eyes during especially scary parts – a tactic over a third (35%) of Brits have admitted to doing!

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4. Watch with an analytical mind

Why does that clown look spookier than usual? What special effects made those dents in the door? By just thinking a little more analytically, you could create a barrier between yourself and the film, making the drama a bit more bearable.

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5. Try a daytime screening

Coming out of the movies in daylight could help you get back into the swing of the day, rather than letting your imagination run wild throughout the night. Almost one in ten (9%) of the horror-watching public said they did this to avoid getting too scared.

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6. Distract yourself after the film

Going to bed straight after a movie might lead to some less than pleasant dreams. But by getting back into your usual routine, or listening to some relaxing music, you might find that you can sooth those post horror film shakes.

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Who’s the scariest of them all?

With the biggest horror flicks of 2018 set to creep on to cinema screens this Halloween, our latest research has found that the heart-pounding thrill of a scary movie can leave a real mark...

For example, did you know that almost two-thirds (62%) admit to feeling nervous ahead of watching a horror film?

What’s more, the aftermath of a particularly ghoulish movie leads one in five to make sure that they double lock their doors at home – a further 20 per cent of people will leave the lights on to feel safer.

Julie Daniels, Head of Meerkat Movies, comments:

Horror films may not be for everyone, but there are many movie fans who love the adrenaline rush. With the likes of Get Out and IT being box office hits in recent years, we anticipate that this year’s cast of scary films will bring in the crowds. With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year, horror fans can also take advantage of 2-for-1 cinema tickets, assuring safety in numbers!”

Our research also uncovered what the public feels makes up the cinematic pinnacle of terror. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 scariest films, and the most frightening characters, of all time.


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