Greetings, readers! I hope many of you are enjoying quality horror movies abt the month of October in general. Continuing my series of entries on life lessons from horror movies, this week my spotlight is on John Carpenter’sy Halloween.
1. Take cardio seriously
One of my favorite inexplicable things about Michael Myers, is that no matter how fast you run, he can walk faster. So make cardio a cornerstone of your workout program. Running is still useful. But power walking might be the difference between life and death.
2. Avoid babysitting like the plague!
None of this would have happened to Laurie Strode if she had chosen another way to make extra money instead of babysitting. Offer to walk dogs, mow lawns, wash cars…anything else! Besides, if Halloween is any indication, kids are useless in an emergency. That segues perfectly into lesson number 3.
3. Don’t expect neighbors to be helpful in emergencies
You might think that screaming and going to the nearest house you know would be a good plan when running from a killer. Wrong! Laurie pleaded with the neighbors to let her in and they just ignored her cries for help. Assume you’re on your own and map out your survival plan accordingly.
4. Closets are not good hiding places
When running from a killer, pick a better hiding place than a linen closet. The scariest scene to me in Halloween is when Laurie barricades herself in the closet and Michael Myers breaks in. She escapes by putting a coat hanger in his eye. The closet may seem like a good escape place. But it’s very confined and not secure. Look for a spot that keeps the killer out while giving you an easy escape route.
5. Make sure the killer is actually dead
This isn’t just a lesson from Halloween. A lot of characters in horror movies would be alive today if they had bothered to make sure the killer was actually dead. Don’t just assume you’re safe when your assailant appears out for the count. That’s one reason so many slasher movies have lots of sequels. People walk away when they think they’re safe. Don’t make that mistake!