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"Gravity": Could it happen to you?

And other movies that play on real-life fears

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October 03, 2013|By Dana Moran | RedEye

It’s pretty much impossible for us to spoil the beginning of “Gravity”: The movie’s trailer already does a pretty solid job. Astronauts Ryan (Sandra Bullock) and Matt (George Clooney) are working outside a space station, minding their own business, when BLAMMO! A bunch of debris hits them, and Ryan goes whipping off into deep space. And there aren’t really any gas stations to stop at for directions home. Heart beating faster? Palms feeling sweaty? Here’s some other flicks that play into your deepest fears that maybe, just maybe, could come true.

*Note: We are not scientists, and there isn’t any hard data behind most of these.

damoran@tribune.com  |  @redeyedana 

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Arachnophobia 

1990

Fear: Spiders, obviously

Could it happen to you? Guys, let’s face it, spiders are everywhere. There’s one on my deck that tries to attack every time I go through my porch door. But I’ve never seen ones THIS big.

Open Water 

2003

Fear: Being stranded in the ocean

Could it happen to you?  It’s based on a true story from 1998, so ... absolutely!

Funny Games 

2007

Fear: Home invasion

Could it happen to you? Unlikely, but yeah. Why do you think I used to walk around my apartment with a hammer when I got home?

The Human Centipede 

2009

Fear: Something disgusting no one was consciously afraid of but now really, really doesn’t want to come true

Could it happen to you? Sweet Jesus, we sure hope not! We can’t even look at the movie poster.

Frozen

2010

Fear: Being trapped on a ski lift

Could it happen to you? If you’re on the lift during the day, not really. Someone would notice and send out the rescue squad. But we can’t say what would happen if you’re breaking in after-hours and tooling around in the dark? You’re on your own.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323045/?ref_=rvi_tt

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Buried 

2010

Fear: Being buried alive

Could it happen to you? Potentially. It seems like a good way to squeeze information out of someone, so be careful if you have a lot of enemies.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462758/?ref_=rvi_tt

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127 Hours 

2010

Fear: Losing a limb/dying alone in the middle of nowhere

Could it happen to you? Absolutely. The government doesn’t really track how many people go missing in the wild each year, but 1,036 search-and-rescue missions were conducted in Oregon alone in 2012. So don’t be a dumbass: Tell people where you’re going, take a buddy and don’t let a giant rock fall on you.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/06/lost_in_oregon_hiker_who_vanis.html

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