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Scream and Halloween reveal horror’s biggest sin: curiosity

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Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity also killed the horror movie naif. Cats have nine lives, though, and naifs don’t. Advantage: Cats.

In 1996’s Scream, horror scholar Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) lays out the rules for making it through a horror movie alive: Don’t have sex, don’t toke up or get blotto, and if you leave the room, never, ever tell your friends that you’ll be back. These are the genre’s cardinal sins in the book of Meeks. But there’s a sin more common than the rest that characters frequently commit in horror films: Curiosity. When something goes “bump” in the night, saying “I’ll be right back” doesn’t doom you; your nosiness does. Don’t look in the basement. Don’t go to the creepy old…



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