This bothers me every single time I see it, because my first thought after reading it was “The person knocking was the last woman on earth” and my second thought was ‘He isn’t the last man on Earth at all, as what else could stand upright and know the human custom of knocking on doors. If it was anything else it would break the door down. Even if it was a vampire, they can’t be let in unless you invite them.” Not scary at all.
Well, yes, but the fear of the unknown comes into play, if you’ve been alone for a very long time, and are certain you are the last person on earth, and the door knocks, i don’t know about you but i would first think “holy shit what is that???????????????” than, “holy shit there is another person i’m not alone!”
I think as an optimist, I would definitly think “Holy shit there is another person I’m not alone!” ESPECIALLY if I had been alone for a long time. I would forgo reasoning and caution and throw open the door with relief. Even if the though of a scary monster or some other unknown crossed my mind I would still think ‘Maybe they’ll take me to other people. Maybe they’re keeping them somewhere” or I’d think “Maybe they’ll kill me. Good. I don’t want to be lonely anymore.”
well said, and i would add that most monsters i know, and i know a few, wouldn’t knock before running in and kill, eatting, and or fondling you. just saying.
My point exactly. Aside from vampires, but they have to be invited in to do anything. Werewolves and other such creatures would just break the door down. Zombies wouldn’t have the brain capacity to knock. Aliens wouldn’t know what knocking on doors even was (most likely). If it was Death himself, again I would just say “Thank goodness I won’t be alone anymore”
Well if we play but the rules that i run by, the threshold would protect from zombies and vampires (these being magically created, as what else would make any undead not be able to pass a doorway), werewolves, depending on the type yeah sure, and aliens….i don’t do aliens….so..lets move on to death..death can some “a-knocking” as it were. the fear from this is mostly because you were certain of the content of your world, you were alone, there was nothing else, at least nothing else human, out there, and now there is something outside your door, you don’t know what it is, but it’s challenging your world view.
I was not thinking of voodoo or magically created zombies I was thinking of zombies created by radiation, electricity or some kind of virus. So they would not be bound by the threshold. I think I’ve seen so many horror/post apocolyptic/thriller movies that have happy endings I would just think that I was the hero in the situation. I just thought, since the character is the last man on Earth perhaps the knocker could be an ape like in Planet of the Apes. So, again, not scared just happy like ‘Oh my god, a talking monkey. Maybe they have people in cages. I can see people. Maybe I’ll see a half-naked Charlton Heston.” I understand why it SHOULD be scary, I just don’t feel it.
eh, see, that makes me think of the i am legend movie. i hated the happy movie ending, and loved the book’s ending, which is where i am going with this. there isn’t always a happy ending, and the woman you think is hope for the survival of the human race is just a vampire trying to kill you to stop your genocidal daylit raids on the new apex predator of the planet earth……spoiler alert?
Total spoiler alert, but seeings as the book came out in 1954 and the Vincent Price movie came out in 1964, I can forgive you as I should have found time to read/watch them. I realize there isn’t always a happy ending, for example the Planet of the Apes Saga ended badly, however I look past this and think of movies like I am Legend, Super 8, 28 Days Later (disregarding 28 Weeks later) etc (Even Shaun of the Dead) Again, these movies have made me an optimist when it comes to these kind of horror stories, especially since I always cast myself as the hero who will not die, or the hero who will only die when they know for absolutely sure they are the last ones left and there is no hope.
this is assuming that you are the last one alive because of something you did, not because of just genetics or, say, walking dead, you just wake up in the hospital, the only living guy around for a pretty far distance, not because you fought and survived, but for no reason at all. you can take hope if you fight and win, but if just it happened, then there is nothing to really take hope from at all.
Hope can always be found. There doesn’t need to be a source.
What if there were no monsters, no aliens, no supernatural creature? What if you were really alone and the knocking was just your mind? If you became so depressed from being completely alone, you might become psychotic and the knocking could be from that.