Why Do People Like Horror Movies?
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Why Do People Like Horror Movies?
Posted by LoveThatMoney on 8/22 at 2:36 pm
Not trying to pick a fight, but I just heard the commercial for "You're Next" on Pandora and it got me thinking. I almost universally dislike horror movies. Most of them I've seen suffer from: (1) predictability; (2) implausibility; (3) lack of character depth; (4) bad acting; (5) bad directing; and/or (6) bad premises.

I like stupid/stoner comedy, so is it like that? Even though I know most of the jokes in stupid/stoner comedies, I still find them hilarious. Is it that horror flicks get your adrenaline up and that's why you go? Again, honest inquiry, not trying to pick a fight.



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Posted by Tiger1242 on 8/22 at 2:38 pm to LoveThatMoney
I've often wondered this myself


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Posted by Big Lake on 8/22 at 2:39 pm to LoveThatMoney
I dont get it. I dont think they are scary. Only reason I would watch them was because it was a social thing in HS.

I will watch the occasional exorcism/demon thriller because I find that stuff interesting.



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Posted by MasCervezas on 8/22 at 2:41 pm to LoveThatMoney
I've always liked horror movies ever since I saw Halloween as a kid. It's like going through those haunted houses on Halloween, it's fun.


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Posted by wildtigercat93 on 8/22 at 2:43 pm to LoveThatMoney
They usually dont have much hype. Which makes them enjoyable for some reason


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Posted by jsquardjj on 8/22 at 2:44 pm to Big Lake
I really enjoy being scared. I guess it is the adrenaline thing. I am an easy scare too, so I enjoy a wide variety of them.

It is a simple and stupid reason to see a movie, but I see most horror movies because I enjoy the thrill.



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Posted by Dr RC on 8/22 at 2:44 pm to LoveThatMoney
b/c this shite is awesome




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Posted by tubucoco on 8/22 at 2:45 pm to LoveThatMoney
People like having the shite scared out of them. I like seeing that hot chick in panties getting the daylights strangled out of her in Halloween.

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Posted by Ellunchboxo on 8/22 at 2:45 pm to LoveThatMoney
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Most of them I've seen suffer from: (1) predictability; (2) implausibility; (3) lack of character depth; (4) bad acting; (5) bad directing; and/or (6) bad premises


That pretty much covers the reasons I don't watch them.



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Posted by Big Lake on 8/22 at 2:48 pm to tubucoco
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I like seeing that hot chick in panties getting the daylights strangled out of her in Halloween.


Are you Patrick Bateman?



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Posted by The_Joker on 8/22 at 2:53 pm to LoveThatMoney
I've never liked them but i'll watch one with a girl who wants to get cozy


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Posted by PsychTiger on 8/22 at 2:54 pm to LoveThatMoney
Because your scared date will cuddle closer to you.


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Posted by MasCervezas on 8/22 at 2:55 pm to Dr RC
whoa, what's that from?


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Posted by Brosef Stalin on 8/22 at 2:56 pm to LoveThatMoney
There are plenty of great horror movies with good acting and directing. Most are foreign made though. Some people just like seeing blood and guts.


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Posted by WikiTiger on 8/22 at 2:56 pm to LoveThatMoney
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Most of them I've seen suffer from: (1) predictability; (2) implausibility; (3) lack of character depth; (4) bad acting; (5) bad directing; and/or (6) bad premises.


I agree that there is a plethora of horror that fits that description. And some of them can be fun little films.

But they aren't what makes me like horror.



There are some true gems in the horror genre that are well written, well acted, well directed and just overall strike a chord. Some of them are even thought provoking and make social critiques.

I'm talking about classics like:

Dawn of the Dead (Original)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Original)
Halloween (Original)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Original)
Scream
28 Days Later
... among many others


Don't judge a genre by its trash. Judge it by its classics. If given a fair shot, I think the horror genre holds up quite well.




ETA: and don't even get me started on the meaning/importance of the "final girl"


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Posted by TheHumanTornado on 8/22 at 3:00 pm to WikiTiger
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Don't judge a genre by its trash. Judge it by its classics. If given a fair shot, I think the horror genre holds up quite well.


This.



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Posted by Baloo on 8/22 at 3:02 pm to LoveThatMoney
First off, 90% of everything is crap. Your list of problems is problems with, well, bad movies. The genre is unimportant.

But I think horror movie directors, or good ones at least, are really good directors because they are the only ones who actively have to work against their audience. People walk into a comedy ready to laugh, a drama ready to cry, or whatever. Horror movie patrons walk in determined to NOT be scared. A good director has to overcome that roadblock.

One of the best things about the genre is that it is the virtual ghetto of filmmaking. Studios will churn out a film without regard to content because they know it will make a small budget back from teenagers. Which allows a good, young director a chance to break into the business and do what he wants without much studio interference. Some wildly inventive films were made just because it came in on time and under budget. I think it is the best genre for a young director to break into movies. Worked for John Carpenter.



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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 8/22 at 3:02 pm to LoveThatMoney
Same reason people like riding roller coasters.


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Posted by Dr RC on 8/22 at 3:05 pm to MasCervezas
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whoa, what's that from?


Basket Case

LINK



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Posted by LoveThatMoney on 8/22 at 3:07 pm to WikiTiger
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Don't judge a genre by its trash. Judge it by its classics. If given a fair shot, I think the horror genre holds up quite well.


O I'm not. And I agree there are quite a few out there that are very good. The original Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street are classics for a reason. Nightmare on Elm Street is a particularly fine example of a spectacularly original and frightening idea. 28 Days Later is fantastic. I'll even watch, and get a kick out of, some of the older horror flicks like The Gate, Silver Bullet, etc. But they aren't really good movies. Scream was good, but then they made 8 more. Same with Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. It seems like for every one 28 Days Later, there's 50 The Cabin in the Woodses (Yes. That movie sucked complete ass).

Not saying there aren't great ones out there, but let's be honest, when was the last truly great horror movie released?



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