You expect the scary monster to kidnap or hurt its victim when you see the monster on-camera, but what happens off-camera – in the realm of the imagination – is far more sinister. It’s smart movie making, as what we make up scares us more: the monster is more blood-thirsty, the fate more gruesome, the situation more dire. All existing in our heads.
But while our imaginations work great for movie-making they can have their way with us as we navigate our careers, making us hesitate, holding us back, keeping us from taking risk. What’s actually beneficial, in this case, is to bring the monster out in to the light. The more time spent looking at the guy in the hockey-mask makes us realize that…he’s just a guy in a hockey mask with no more special powers save the one that we give him.
What’s in your head will always be worse that what you see on-screen. And, as it is with film, none of it is real.