WHY IS BLACK AND WHITE SO CREEPY? - SUBMITTED BY LUKKYNUMBER • Did you ever notice that black & white movies are much creepier, in a way, than modern-day color films? Not more horrific, per se, as sheer terror can be brought on by graphic imagery, modern special effects, and myriad lighting tricks that are readily available in today's movies. But there's just something very unnerving about old Twilight Zone shows, for instance, with the grainy white & charcoal filling up the screen. And don't get me started about the creepy music from back then! But the way some movies from the 40s & 50s look, they're just very... unsettling. Part of the reason why is because everything in them is so foreign. People dressed different back then, and talked different; they were scared differently too. The horror movies from the '30s are an entirely different genre than horror from the '50s. Have you seen the early zombie flicks, like Night of the Living Dead? You can't tell me that the black & white isn't creepy shit. The original Psycho? Blood splattered on the wall in that film puts me on edge in a unique way, because it's a malignant black coating, instead of the red that we know blood to look like in real life. Do you know why black & white movies are truly scarier though? Distraction, or lack thereof. In modern cinema, there are literally thousands of different colors, shades, & combinations to distract your eye. You don't realize it but our eyes are constantly darting back and forth all over the screen, so even the most hellish monster is only capturing PART of our attention. The rest of our eyeballs are glued to the wallpaper in the background, the table in the foreground, etc. In a black & white picture, we are almost watching a blank slate of imagery. So the slightest movement of the monster, we see. The way the protagonist gingerly creeps down a dark staircase, we see her and her alone. We aren't distracted by brilliant lights and colors, so we feel a different kind of primal fear than what we feel watching in color. Distraction is a tool. While you've been reading my drivel, did you even notice my footsteps go into your child's bedroom?
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