So, I'm currently mulling over what a regular world set in the present would look like if one of these horrors were real. A horror movie accurately represents a singular victim, but the ending is always a caveat of
- It can't be stopped
- It will follow whomever has triggered the curse
- Anyone can potentially curse anyone else
I think this has some very interesting and fun ramifications for a story that is set in the event after the first spooking. Now that the curse or horror or apparition has been released, it could grow exponentially. I see two cases happening:
People wisen up and brutally, violently suppress any further curse victims, thereby stopping the chain before it gets too large.
After a critical mass has been reached (ten thousand?), the curse cannot be contained and spreads exponentially across the world.
There is also the question of how the curse affects people. In It Follows, everyone was a link in a chain, with the most recent victim to die first. Then it works its way backwards. With the Grudge or the Ring, it can haunt many people at once. This leads to two different end-cases:
Everyone not living in complete isolation is cursed by a Grudge-style haunting and dies after a few weeks and months. This process will likely take years, but is a relatively short time-span.
A lottery is created. Assuming that a person can only be cursed once, it becomes a race to infect everyone else before the spirit kills you. Once everyone has been afflicted it will become a long, unending process. However, since it really is a slow process, it will be treated more like an incurable sickness rather than something truly frightening.
Given some other variables, such as the trope that extreme suffering creates these curses, it might be possible that humankind is converted into a spirit-kind after millions of hauntings result in thousands of traumatic deaths that create more hauntings. Might be interesting.
One thing to note is that I'd like to refrain from science being able to figure it out because I feel that it would lead to Ghostbusters. It's cool, I admit, but there is Ghostbusters and you just can't compete with that.
Therefore my question, where can you take this premise and what might these logical conclusions be?