4 Terrifying Psychology Lessons Behind Famous Movie Monsters [7:21]


At a late-night diner, four friends have a hilarious conversation about movie monsters, specifically “which kind of monster is the scariest and, psychologically speaking, why?” ┬áThe four lessons are that 1) no monster is the scariest, since they’re the most frightening when they’re unknown and our brains fills in our own details; 2) our social and physical fears around sex and rape; 3) we love spectacularly destroying zombies so much because they are us but without all of the positive qualities of humanity; and 4) zombies can be seen as an exaggeration of what liberals hate about conservatives, while vampires represent what conservatives hate about liberals – and monsters generally are about what we fear of the other.

Warning: this video should be for high school age students, or more mature middle schoolers.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some other examples of each kind of scary monster?
  • What do you think of each of these reasons for why monsters are so scary? Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  • What other reasons can you think of for what makes scary monsters so scary?

Keywords: fear, fiction, monsters, movies, rape, sex, vampires, violence, zombies, art, analysis, psychology


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