What better drug? Drug? One may ask. Yes, I say drug. I say drug because there is no greater rush than to see that the “victim” on screen is really the killer or to think that you’ll fall several thousand feet off the rails of a rollercoaster. Why else would people spend all their time and money chasing after that next high, that next thrill? It’s the fear they seek, and they’re looking for their next hit. It is a drug that comes in many forms: skydiving, and base jumping, street racing and even swimming with sharks. However, as with any drug there is a downside to being addicted to fear, a dark side of fear.
What happens when there is nothing a person is afraid to do? When the films are predictable, and the rides are boring? Not being able to find a hit of fear can send addicts into a desperate hunt akin to that of a crack addict who is burning a very empty pipe in search of an unseen particle that can bring anything remotely resembling a high. Those who are fear starved may become desperate. They will twist normal everyday situations looking that fear, or enter dangerous situations to try to replicate a high. Caution is thrown to the wind and life becomes a never ending hunt. Each day is measured by the search of fear.
Some may think I am exaggerating, that fear is an emotion and not a drug and the search for such a rush is nothing more than ordinary normal people, looking for some deeper meaning to their otherwise boring existence. However, if you ever forced yourself to look at the monster, if you have ever closed your eyes and envisioned some horrible thing around you and loved it, if you’ve ever done anything that made you want to throw up in fright or had your heart racing a mile a minute and got off on it…. If you’ve ever done any of this, then maybe YOU are a fear addict.