Recently I had the pleasure of exploring some super advanced technology offered at a nearby mall and I have fallen in love. I explored a haunted house using 5-d virtual reality and for the first time in months was actually scared. Am I the only person that feels “scary” movies have completely lost the scare factor? Movies have ceased to scare me and I am convinced that I am desensitized to all horror and can never fully enjoy a horror movie again (devastating, I know). With this technology though, instead of watching characters on a screen having scary experiences, YOU get to be the one having the actual scare. Seeing as this particular technology is geared towards entertaining our youth, the haunted house was animated and it wasn’t the type of horror you’d expect to see in an R-rated film (PG-13 at most). Basically, you sit in a roller coaster car with 3-d glasses and get to experience everything in 3-d with the car jerking you in all directions (actually quite fun) along with all the sounds of walking through a house. Sounds alright, yeah? The thing that sold me the most, was that I felt like I was in a found footage horror. You don’t get the luxury of seeing the entire setting at once, which leaves an exciting unknown element. You have no peripheral vision so everything in the room is a complete mystery except for what is right in front of you. What’s more, is in this particular haunted house I explored, all I had was a flashlight to see what was in front of me (talk about creepy). Given I knew that the basis of what makes this type of experience scary is the aspect of random shit jumping out at you, it actually was frightening to get to witness all of it. Rather than corpses, ghosts, and freaky kids popping at you on the screen of your television, it actually felt like they were popping out right in front of your eyes. Instead of watching a movie, you get to experience what it would be like to be in it. This is such new technology, but I think with the right people designing “scary” 5-d, horror could really reach the next level. Obviously this is something that may never happen, but I encourage anyone who can find 5-d technology near them to try this out (fingers crossed they have something scary for you). The movie-watching experience has really become quite dull to me when it comes to horror, but getting to do something like this was refreshing. Its not like anything I saw would actually be scary to me if it was in a movie, but getting to feel like it wasn’t a movie and was all right in front of me definitely got my adrenaline going. In addition, horror movies are so predictable most of the time I feel like I already know the plot after 5 minutes. Getting to experience a horror scenario first-person left the floor open for a completely random and unpredictable chain of events. I hope everyone reading this gets the chance to give it a try, you can thank me later.