What lies beneath?
As you tuck yourself in bed to sleep, you heard metal scratching noises in the basement. You live alone. Do you want to take a little peak? Imagine if you did. What would you have seen?
From 1979’s Amityville Horror to 2013’s The Conjuring, basements have been used as the ultimate spooky place in horror films. Have you ever wondered what makes basements creepy? What’s the deal with basements anyway? Here’s a list help you unlock this mystery. Believe us, it’s totally worth it.
- Tales From Ancestors
There has to be a root of our fear of basements. Ancient art, ancient religion, and ancient literature each has its own dreadful characterization of the world down under. On one hand, basements is somewhat compared to the underworld. While the basement is not basically a demonic place, there have been dark old tales associated with going down a flight of stairs and underground caves. Thus, our fear of basements is possibly something that is passed on from one generation to another.
- Phobia Montage
Our subconscious is triggered by the darkness, emptiness, and uncertainty of going down the basement. Basements actually trigger our common and basic phobias. These phobias include achluophobia (fear of darkness), xenophobia (fear of the unknown), kenophobia (fear of the empty), and cleithrophobia (fear of being trapped).
Go down the basement and describe what you feel or what you’ve felt while going down the flight of stairs. With the multiple phobias triggered by the basement, horror movies use them to convey a stronger connection with the audiences through fear. What if there is really something supernatural hiding in the basement, would you take a look at it?
- Unfinished Interior
Basements and attics alike are both prejudiced as a metaphysical areas. Truth is, basements only serve as our storage area. It’s basically our own version of a junk yard. Perhaps its old facade and old smell (all thanks to horror movies), strengthens our belief, that basements are indeed filled with terrifying things.
Is your basement filled with cobwebs? Is it too cold and dump down there? It’s probably a sign that you need to remodel your basement. Unless you want to keep it looking like a haunted room, you should not leave it unfinished. Build your own dance studio or a home office – whatever makes you forget about how spooky your basement is.
There are a lot of ways to utilize your basement – don’t waste your extra space! Overcome your fear of basements by remodeling.
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