Ask MerriAuthor
If jump scares don't effect merri, what about the dread that arises from the SCP staircase game?

Merri:  ”Anticipation scares only work if you’re actually afraid of the consequences that are bound to eventually arrive.  Otherwise it’s just passing time.  Besides, getting startled by a sudden unexpected event isn’t the same thing as being afraid of it.  So-called “horror” works that just rely entirely on artificial anxiety and jump scares are being lazy.”

The Witch responds to the Cthulhu mythos.
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The Witch:  ”A fairly tiresome bit of work, really.  The author has his ups and downs, but overall suffers from a heavy reliance on telling rather than showing.  The mythos itself is vastly over-credited as well; people will label anything horror-related as “Lovecraftian” without consideration for what that actually even means.  Incidentally, many works inspired by the mythos are far more interesting than the mythos itself.”

So what's Merri's take on frightening?
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Merri:  ”When your entire career is based around being the first line of defense against all sorts of horrible monstrosities that everypony else has the good sense to run away from, it sort of makes things like scary stories and jump scares less intimidating.”

Meadow Lark:  ”Was being in the Gallop Guard really that bad?”

Merri:  ”Who said anything about that?  I was talking about here in the cafe.  Have you seen most of our customers before they’ve had their morning coffee?  Now that’s scary.”

Merriweather Reacts To: Five Nights at Freddy's.

Merri:  ”So… they’re just haunted robots hiding in the dark and trying to kill you? What’s so frightening about that?”

Meadow Lark:  ”Sorry Krampus, you’re probably asking the wrong Pony about scary stuff.  Mom’s got kind of a different take on what’s frightening.”

Did you like the first Sin City?

Meh?  It was okay, I suppose.  Rather visually impressive to say the least, though too far into the grim-and-gore style of noir for my tastes.  It always felt like it wanted to be a noir story but didn’t really know how they worked, resulting in an action flick with lots of prose.  Sin City 2 is like someone just read the cliff notes of the first movie, was halfway making fun of it, and decided to also make it as cartoony as possible.

Merri reacts to the card game "Kittens in a Blender".

Merri reacts to Kittens Game!
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Merri:  ”I was promised kittens.  I am disappointed.”

Just got back from seeing Sin City 2.  Hoooo boy was that movie terrible.  Not even in the way you can really get mad about.  Just more the sort of situation you can only shrug and go “well, that happened…” over.

nom nom poutine nom

I actually managed to find a place in my area that serves poutine.  Weirdly specific craving fulfilled!  The restaurant happens to be housed in one of those trendy warehouse-refurbished-into-a-shopping-center sort of places where the main customers are teenagers in skinny jeans and 50-somethings with too much disposable income, but I don’t care.  I got poutine and cucumber tea.  It is a good day.

Alright folks, it’s time to stream some classic movies.  At some point in the next 2 weeks I want to marathon these three pieces of animation all in a go.  It all totals up to about 4 and a half hours of cinema, so this is the sort of thing folk need to have an evening free for.
Any thoughts?  Suggestions?  Weekends are likely best for most folk, I imagine.  Who wants to join the live stream and when are you available?

Alright folks, it’s time to stream some classic movies.  At some point in the next 2 weeks I want to marathon these three pieces of animation all in a go.  It all totals up to about 4 and a half hours of cinema, so this is the sort of thing folk need to have an evening free for.

Any thoughts?  Suggestions?  Weekends are likely best for most folk, I imagine.  Who wants to join the live stream and when are you available?