In this day of blossoming technology and breakthroughs in the way entertainment is delivered to the modern viewer, there has also been a desensitization brought to the public. This desensitization has been caused by the increase in news coverage on mass shootings and terrorist attacks (which can be considered one in the same), as well as all of the fictional entertainment broadcasted on television or on the silver screen has been regurgitated in multiple different forms so that any “plot twist” is predicted and overall simply cliche.

This can especially be seen in the horror genre. While some viewers are still scared by the jump scares and creepy ghouls that have a background made up of fabricated rituals or have been summoned with a ouija board, the ultimate horror fans can see every twist and turn coming from miles away.

Take the recently released film Lights Out, for example (spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen it). Anyone who even slightly knows the common horror tropes could have seen the mother’s suicide coming only ten minutes into the movie. However, the writers cannot necessarily be blamed for this. Even the directors could not fully help this obvious ending, because of one simple fact: two-dimensional horror is no longer scary enough.

How to make a movie scarier

Halloween Horror Nights is an event run by Universal Studios in both the Hollywood and Orlando theme parks. For all of October, the parks are transformed from kid friendly to crawling with monsters and haunted houses right before the sun goes down. This has become one of Universal’s most successful events they have created, and causes thousands of horror fans to flock to the attractions every Halloween.

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But even Halloween Horror Nights, which is developed and designed by experts in the horror genre, is not able to scare some people. The reason for this? No one touches you. Everything in the house might as well be two-dimensional. Now, compare this event to the McKamey Manor. McKamey is one of the most infamous haunted houses among the horror thrill seekers. Located in San Diego, California, this haunted house house takes scaring to the next level by submersing their “victims” in torture so realistic that no one has made it through all 8 hours of the tour yet. Yep, it’s 8 hours long. Anyone with a fear of snakes, bugs, eating feces, being submersed in liquid, having their head trapped in a cage, having people spit at you, and pretty much anything else should not go through this house. This haunted house is the definition of immersion. And this is what the future of horror Movies should look like.

A production company could make the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre ten times as scary if they showed it in a theater that was capable of spraying the viewers in fake blood and having the smell of rotting flesh waft through the seats.

Instead of just using the screen, use the entire theater to add to the experience, and leave the viewers trembling. Of course, this would only work for awhile, and then people will begin to become desensitized to it. That is why it is imperative to have fresh and innovative minds with the goal of scaring the hell out of everyone who sees their work.