Why Do People Like Horror Movies?
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Posted by The Dude's Rug on 8/22 at 5:55 pm to LoveThatMoney
Because I like to be scared. Its a unique feeling.


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Posted by Monsters and Men on 8/22 at 5:59 pm to The Dude's Rug
Basically this. The feeling of dread and anxiety that great horror films can instill in you is a lot of fun.


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Posted by Finkle is Einhorn on 8/22 at 6:09 pm to LoveThatMoney
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Not saying there aren't great ones out there, but let's be honest, when was the last truly great horror movie released?


The Conjuring is in theaters right now



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Posted by TigerFanatic99 on 8/22 at 6:25 pm to Finkle is Einhorn
Catharsis would be the reason why we love scary shite I would guess. Greeks nailed this a few thousand years ago.

Catharsis



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Posted by Tactical1 on 8/22 at 6:29 pm to LoveThatMoney
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"You're Next"


80% on the Tomatoes right now



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Posted by JombieZombie on 8/22 at 6:30 pm to LoveThatMoney
The same reason people like Shark Week or drive slowly by wrecks.


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Posted by Rougarou4lsu on 8/22 at 6:32 pm to LoveThatMoney

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Why Do People Like Horror Movies?
Because you never feel more alive as when you are close to death.



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Posted by LoveThatMoney on 8/22 at 7:03 pm to TigerFanatic99
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Catharsis


I think that's probably spot on, though I think that can be said with almost all genres of any art form.

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You may not like cheesy B horror, that's fine, it's an acquired taste. But are you telling me you don't like The Thing? Alien? You might just need to branch out.


I can honestly say I don't recall ever having seen the Thing. Alien is great, but I consider that more Sci-Fi than Horror, which is obviously just being nitpicky. I actually think some sci-fi horror is good (Sphere and Pandorum come to mind aside from Alien).

Look, horror just isn't my thing as a general notion. There's nothing wrong with people who like it, I was just inquiring. I said that most of the horror movies I've seen are just flat bad movies. But even the ones that are good I don't go rushing to the theater to see and I will only rarely put one on Netflix or my blu-ray player.

People applying my comments about (1) predictability; (2) implausibility; (3) lack of character depth; (4) bad acting; (5) bad directing; and/or (6) bad premises to movies like

Dawn of the Dead (Original)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Original)
Halloween (Original)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Original)
Scream
28 Days Later
The Thing
Alien
The Shining
Psycho
The Exorcist

are taking my comments out of context.

Mostly I wanted to know the appeal of them, because even bad ones get slobbed all over. Tactical pointed that
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"You're Next" [is at] 80% on the Tomatoes right now
. Well, The Cabin in the Woods had a 92% on RT and that movie was a steaming pile of shite in a basket made of burning hair, so I find these critiques claiming recent horror films to be great a bit dubious.

Nevertheless, it really was just an inquiry into the minds of horror film lovers, not a knock on classic horror. I even extended the olive branch of self-humiliation by admitting to liking stoner comedy. Shit, I said I like Sex Drive, the Rise of Taj, and the Naked Mile. I'm pretty sure I've seen American Pie... 2 about 10 times (thanks, TBS). Which is why I asked if it was similar to liking "bad" comedy.

I'm not saying horror as a genre is filled with excrement. I'm not attacking horror fans. Jesus, I feel like I just asked a bunch of black people why they think corporate America is racist. I'M NOT racist, I'm merely ASKING why YOU feel that way.



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Posted by Freauxzen on 8/22 at 7:25 pm to LoveThatMoney
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Mostly I wanted to know the appeal of them, because even bad ones get slobbed all over.


WTF? Most horror movies get lambasted by everyone but people who like horror. There are very few horror movies that truly cross the divide.

So what are some "bad horror movies," that get slobbed all over?

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Well, The Cabin in the Woods had a 92% on RT and that movie was a steaming pile of shite in a basket made of burning hair, so I find these critiques claiming recent horror films to be great a bit dubious.


But see, Cabin in the Woods wasn't made for you. It was a fantastic film, one of the best of the year for me. But clearly your attitude toward horror kind of obscured how you view that film. There was nothing about the film that was bad. Not even the ending (which some people who enjoyed the film had a problem with).

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Nevertheless, it really was just an inquiry into the minds of horror film lovers, not a knock on classic horror.


But you said "horror genre," nto "bad horror films." If you are going to insult the genre (which is kind of how it came off) then yeah that includes Alien and the Exorcist.

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I even extended the olive branch of self-humiliation by admitting to liking stoner comedy. Shit, I said I like Sex Drive, the Rise of Taj, and the Naked Mile. I'm pretty sure I've seen American Pie... 2 about 10 times (thanks, TBS). Which is why I asked if it was similar to liking "bad" comedy.


Right but see above. Horror genre =\= stoner comedy. That's a niche subgenre at best.

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I'm not saying horror as a genre is filled with excrement.


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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.


That's exactly what you said. "I almost universally dislike horror films because of x, y, and z."

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I'm not attacking horror fans.


People defend things they like. If you can't handle that then I wouldn't post on the Internets.

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Jesus,


Cill Broseph this is a good discussion let's keep it going and not overreact.

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I feel like I just asked a bunch of black people why they think corporate America is racist. I'M NOT racist, I'm merely ASKING why YOU feel that way.


Right and plenty of people have answered. Are you nto happy with the answers?

You commented about all of that but missed one of my most important points:
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If anything, and like Baloo alluded to, I love horror films because most of the time horror directors are fearless (ironic I know). They are willing to try anything. That's both endearing and exciting.


There's at least one why. People have also included nostalgia, the anxiety, etc. All valid answers.





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Posted by WikiTiger on 8/22 at 8:09 pm to LoveThatMoney
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Shit, I said I like Sex Drive, the Rise of Taj, and the Naked Mile. I'm pretty sure I've seen American Pie... 2 about 10 times (thanks, TBS). Which is why I asked if it was similar to liking "bad" comedy.


brah, FWIW, I love those kinds of movies too.



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Posted by WikiTiger on 8/22 at 8:11 pm to Freauxzen
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Well, The Cabin in the Woods had a 92% on RT and that movie was a steaming pile of shite in a basket made of burning hair, so I find these critiques claiming recent horror films to be great a bit dubious.




But see, Cabin in the Woods wasn't made for you. It was a fantastic film, one of the best of the year for me. But clearly your attitude toward horror kind of obscured how you view that film. There was nothing about the film that was bad. Not even the ending (which some people who enjoyed the film had a problem with).



Exactly. Cabin in the Woods appealed to horror fans and, at the risk of sounding pretentious, only horror fans would likely understand what the movie was saying. I can totally understand how non-horror fans could watch and be like, "WTF this is stupid."



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Posted by LoveThatMoney on 8/22 at 8:26 pm to Freauxzen
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Cill Broseph this is a good discussion let's keep it going and not overreact.


First, I'm not overreacting. I made a joke. Did you not note the afterward?

Second, if Cabin in the Woods was one of the best movies of the year for you, great. To me, it was terrible. If I wanted a spoof on the horror genre with an equally terrible premise that was actually enjoyable, I would have watched (and eventually did watch) Tucker and Dale Versus Evil, which is splendid.

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But you said "horror genre," nto "bad horror films." If you are going to insult the genre (which is kind of how it came off) then yeah that includes Alien and the Exorcist.


I said "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." Note the qualifiers. First, note that I'm saying I dislike . Not horror movies suck. Note also that I say "almost universally," as in "not universally." Note also that I say "most" of the horror movies, and then further qualify it by saying "I've seen" suffer from x, y, and z. I don't know how you get "You said the entire horror genre sucks" from the above. But it really doesn't matter.

Again, I'm not out to attack or offend.

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People defend things they like. If you can't handle that then I wouldn't post on the Internets.


Couldn't agree more. But there's absolutely no reason to defend anything in this instance. I was only trying to open a dialogue. By its definition, defending something means that something had to have been attacked. Well I haven't attacked anything.

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Right and plenty of people have answered. Are you nto happy with the answers?


Perfectly happy with this:

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If anything, and like Baloo alluded to, I love horror films because most of the time horror directors are fearless (ironic I know). They are willing to try anything. That's both endearing and exciting.

There's at least one why. People have also included nostalgia, the anxiety, etc. All valid answers.



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Posted by Freauxzen on 8/22 at 9:07 pm to LoveThatMoney
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First, I'm not overreacting. I made a joke. Did you not note the afterward?


I did not.

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Second, if Cabin in the Woods was one of the best movies of the year for you, great. To me, it was terrible. If I wanted a spoof on the horror genre with an equally terrible premise that was actually enjoyable, I would have watched (and eventually did watch) Tucker and Dale Versus Evil, which is splendid.


Yeah and Tucker and Dale is equally as good. I don't see how you can like one and not the other. That makes almost no sense. (To that not: Tucker and Dale was a straight comedy, not a critical analysis of the horror genre per CitW. So maybe there is a difference).

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Couldn't agree more. But there's absolutely no reason to defend anything in this instance. I was only trying to open a dialogue. By its definition, defending something means that something had to have been attacked. Well I haven't attacked anything.


Let me rewrite your OP for you then:

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Title: Why Do People Like B-Grade Horror Movies?

Not trying to pick a fight, but I just heard the commercial for "You're Next" on Pandora and I'm not even sure how good it is since I haven't seen it, but it got me thinking. I like horror films, but I don't really like B horrors and intentionally bad films. 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 B-grade, over the top 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 B-grade horror flicks make you laugh, get your adrenaline up? Or are you just enjoying the gore? Again, honest inquiry, not trying to pick a fight.


Better?


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