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Typewriter: people are too scared to sleep after watching this new Netflix horror series

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It’s a classic haunted house story, but there’s something about Netflix’s new series Typewriter that is getting under viewers’ skins. Are you brave enough to watch it? 

Welcome to 2019, which is turning into the golden era of the horror genre.

Already this year we’ve had gross-out horror The Perfection, thrilling horror Us, real-life horror The Great Hack and, of course, break-up horror Midsommar. For whatever reason, the people of 2019 want to spend their time gasping at a television or cinema screen. Read into that whatever you will.

Netflix is one of the main sources behind the horror push, with the streaming platfo0rm releasing a new scary title every month. This month’s offering is Typewriter, an original from Netflix India starring Aarna Sharma, Mikhail Gandhi and Sarah Gesawat, which is a classic haunted-house thriller. The story follows three kids who spend their time ghost-hunting and telling scary stories in their neighbourhood in Goa. But when a new family moves into a haunted house, the kids learn that their playful antics are about to have serious real-world consequences.

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Sounds fine, right? Maybe even a little Stranger Things-y? A lovely thing to watch with the family? Wrong. Very wrong. Fans who have binged the series have expressed on social media how truly terrifying the show is.

“I’m feeling so helpless!!! I tried watching Typewriter in the daytime but could barely watch the first episode,” one fan wrote. “Don’t know how I will muster the courage to finish this till the end”.

Another added: “Typewriter has been watched and it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! Couldn’t see it without looking around to check if all OK in the house.” One fan called out the director, blaming them for ruining their sleep. “[You] must be having a good sleep after destroying ours,” they wrote.

“A cross between Enid Blyton, Goosebumps and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, though gorier,” was one summation on Twitter. “Going to jump on board with Typewriter on Netflix after reading an article about it today,” one fan said. “Should I sleep with the lights on?” 

There’s a scientific reason why, even when horror series like Typewriter and The Haunting of Hill House terrify us into sleepless nights or throwing up, fans can’t stop watching.

According to website The Psychologist, it’s all about the way horror movies use supernatural elements to tap into very real fears. You can see it in Typewriter, and the ways that a very simple, timeless ghost story brings up fears of death and losing loved ones. 

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“Successful horror films are those that do the best job of tapping into our evolved cognitive machinery – they exploit topics and images we already fear,” Professor Hank Davis noted in an article on The Psychologist.

Typewriter streams on Netflix now. Are you brave enough to watch it?  

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