226/366 – Siblings

Day 84 of 100 Word Prompts: Disc

“Just give it to me,” Erin said, pulling the case from Sam’s hands, “I’ll do it.”

“Hey! I was getting there,” Sam replied as Erin shoved him out of the way.

“It’s not that hard. You didn’t even have the clips on the side fo the case open,” Erin said, sliding a nail under one and popping it open. “It’s no wonder that you were having such a hard time.”

“You don’t have to talk to me like that,” Sam replied, his chin tucked into his chest as he always did when he was sad. “I’m not a baby, you know.”

“Well, maybe when you stop acting like one, I’ll treat you like an adult,” Erin shot back as she opened the case revealing the disc inside. “Now, are you grown up enough to watch this movie, or should I make sure that you’re tucked in?”

“Stop talking down to me,” Sam said, crossing his arms. “I’m thirteen. I’m old enough to watch a movie.”

“It’s a scary movie,” Erin said, lifting the disc from the case.. “I’m seventeen, and technically I shouldn’t be watching it. There’s all sort of bad stuff on here.”

“I can handle it just fine!” Sam protested, “I’ve been watching scary movies since I was a kid.”

“You’re still a kid,” Erin said. “You promise not to tell mom, then?”

“I promise,” Sam replied.

“Even if you have nightmares?” Erin pressed.

“I’m not going to have any nightmares,” Sam replied, uncrossing his arms. “I already told you I watch a lot of scary movies. Have you ever seen Hellraiser?”

“Yes, but that is an old movie, and they aren’t the same,” Erin said. “Have you seen the Reckoning? It’s way scarier than the old slasher flicks.”

“Hellraiser is not a slasher flick,” Sam corrected, “It’s a supernatural horror.”

“My apologies, oh great and wise one,” Erin teased as she bowed and slid the BluRay into the player. “I didn’t mean to offend you.”

“Knock it off,” Sam laughed as he tossed a pillow from the couch at her.

The menu to the movie came up, distracting both of them as a series of scenes of people being violently murdered cycled through. None of which showed what was killing the people. Erin looked at Sam’s expression and found him forcing a relaxed posture next to her.

“You’re sure about this?” Erin asked.

“As sure as I’ve ever been about anything,” Sam replied, throwing his arms up on the couch behind him.

Erin pressed play on the remote and sat back as the room went dark. The movie started like any other horror movie, a lone person at some point in the past, alone in an empty building suddenly gets freaked out when they heard something far off in the distance. Erin yawned as Sam leaned closer. The scene continued as the woman, in this case, walked through the empty mansion, calling out the names of people that she thought could be pulling a prank on her, though she got no response other than a series of giggles down one dark hallway. When she reached the point where she had heard the giggles from, Erin looked over at Sam to find him covering his face.

“What? Is it too much for you?” Erin asked, “Why are you covering your face?”

“I don’t like jump-scares,” Sam said. “It’s a common tactic in horror movies to achieve the first jump scare within three minutes of the movie starting. It puts the viewer on edge and sets their body to a heightened sense of distress.”

“I didn’t know that,” Erin replied as the girl in the movie screamed, making her jump in her seat.

“See, now your heart is beating faster, and your body has already been triggered in the fight or flight mode. There is a good chance that you will get completely freaked out by the time the movie is over,” Sam said as he uncovered his face.

“How do you know so much about horror movies?” Erin asked.

“I told you I’d watched a lot of them since I was about five. After enough of them, you figure out the patterns. Though I will admit, the newer films, while still technically horror, have an unfair advantage over the viewer compared to the old films,” Sam continued. “Physical props and prerecorded soundtracks limited the old films while the newer films have realistic CGI and inaudible tracks that they’ve put into the score, so your subconscious is triggered to danger.”

“You’re incredible. You know that?” Erin said as the movie opened on a serene view of the building from the beginning of the film. The sun was up, and a happy couple drove with their friends into the empty driveway of the building.

“As I said, patterns are everywhere in these movies. This scene, for example, is the scene from the Amityville Horror, only on a different set. However, the trees do look a little familiar if you were to compare them side by side. Perhaps it’s not even a real place. Hard to tell with CGI being what it is. They could have created this in some computer program and inserted the cars and everything later,” Sam said, pointing to the surrounding scene settings. “Though if they went that far, they probably made the cars part of the scene from the beginning.”

“Are you going to talk through the whole movie?” Erin asked, trying to sound less fascinated than she was at the moment.

“Sorry, I thought you were enjoying the information,” Sam replied, motioning like he zipped his lips and locked it with an invisible key.

“That’s better. Should we start it over? I missed a few minutes,” Erin asked.

“This is just the setup,” Sam said quickly, “Its a couple, her two best friends, his two best friends, and the house. I’m guessing that based on the few interactions that they’ve shown between the friends, that two of them are sleeping together, though the couple doesn’t know it. I’d be willing to bet that they are the first ones to die from whatever is killing people.”

Erin shot him a dirty look.

“What? That’s how it always goes,” Sam said with a shrug, “the more immoral a person is portrayed, the quicker they die in the movie. The same goes for the most relaxed people, though I’ll admit, sometimes the most relaxed ones are the ones that come back at the end-”

“Shut up, Sam,” Erin snapped.

“Sorry,” Sam said, sitting back into the couch and turning his eyes to the movie.


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