I recently purchased two new xbox games - Alan Wake and Bioshock.
They are horror films, personified. They trap ME in them running from chainsaw wielding maniacs and trying to save my ass from crazy zombies/possessed people.
Alan wake is a psychological thriller and is done in the style of a Stephen King novel which you, as the author, are living the nightmare. The lines between what is real and what isn't blur and the plot follows (bestselling thriller novel writer) Alan Wake as he uncovers the mystery behind his wife Alice's disappearance while both are on vacation in the small town of Bright Falls, Washington, where he experiences blackouts and visions of characters and ideas from his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, coming to life.
It's really, really good and it's very, very scary. Every time an axe-wielding enemy (taken) comes running through the fog at me...I scream... every time a group of enemies surround me, I scream, every time they attack my character...I scream. D is forced daily to drop what he is doing and to come sit next to me for hours on end just to keep me safe. (of course he then does that "omg what's that behind you" trick so I scream and jump and he cackles at the fact there was nothing there)
The other game I purchased is Bioshock, in it I play a plane crash survivor named Jack, who must explore the underwater city of Rapture, and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it. - did you get that part about mutated beings? I was doing okay until these beings began TELEPORTING around me causing me to - yup you got it SCREAM my little ass off.
By far the most sinister story of Bioshock is that of the little sister. which is protected by the Big Daddy, the big daddy I have to kill to save or HARVEST?!? said little sister.
You may ask me, 'why if you are scared do you continue to buy and play these things', the answer is simple, I am intrigued by the story-lines and the suspense, I want to understand why these things happen and how they are solved. My curiosity is what keeps me flicking to the horror channel I HATE gore and my over-active imagination is what get's me later but I need to know what happens and I need to understand why. Unfortunately I get SO immersed in the story that I become terrified.
And now, of course, here comes the predictable bit - I had a very weird nightmare last night, first I was at a vets with a rabid cat, then doing a striptease on stage in a bikers club to try distract them so we could escape and then let's just say it was night, there were LOTS of zombies and I was trying desperately to get away. I kept waking up then falling straight back into the nightmare, and my feet hurt from all the dream-running I did....you'd really think I'd have learnt by now.