Things That Used to Be Scary

Do you remember when things used to be scary?  Halloween was full of nasty creatures that terrified us, and stories used our hidden fears to create monsters that spoke to things we couldn’t even put into words.  Our fear of the unknown drove us to imagine horrible bloodsucking vampires, monstrous werewolves, eerie ghosts, and wicked witches.  And then we grow up, right?  Adults are not scared of those things; that’s kids’ stuff.  That’s why those things aren’t scary any more.  Or could it be that it’s not us?  Could it be that those scary things from days gone by are just actually not at all scary these days?  Let’s take a look.

VAMPIRES

Then:

Now:

WITCHES
Then:

Now:

WEREWOLVES
Then:

Now:

REANIMATED CORPSES
Then:

Now:

OGRES
Then:

Now:

MUSICIANS
Then:

Now:

So you see, I don’t think that growing up and conquering our childish fears has anything to do with this.  I think things are just less scary now than they used to be.  Is that good?  Is that bad?  Is turning what used to frighten us into non-threatening cartoon characters just a part of conquering our fears?  I don’t know.  But a good scare just ain’t what it used to be.

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