Articles about horror
Stephen King in his essay Why We Crave Horror Movies says that "I think that we're all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better - and maybe not all that much better, after all." So if we are all in fact mentally ill potential serial killers, then the answer to why we like horror movies is quite clear.
For those who don't have kids, Halloween is a fairly dull affair. Mostly, adults find themselves sitting around re-watching classic horror movies. However, at the billionth time watching Jason and Kruger terrorize young people, a change is needed. However, the thing about horror movies is that a lot of them suck. It is a sizable task to find decent ones that haven't already been watched too many times. Below are some fine films that horror fans may have missed when trying to sort through the bad parade that is new horror movies.
You know how on occasion you find that one horror movie that really gets under your skin? Makes you sleep with the lights on and see shadows on the wall. On occasion the right horror movie makes you fear for your life. The Apparition isn't that movie.
Though the first Mexican horror movie came into being from the father of Mexican horror Juan Bustillo Oro in the 1930's, Mexican movie houses were under the dominating thumb of melodramas and westerns until around the 1950's when horror began to take off. However, the popularity of horror movies in the early 1950's wasn't so much serious horror as it was luchadores (Mexican wrestlers) killing silly spooks like vampires, mummies and robots. However, as time went on, directors began to embrace serious horror and the genre has continued to evolve since. Many movies embrace folk legends like the crying woman and the chupacabra. In the modern age, Mexican horror has gained significant popularity from the masterful works of Guillermo del Toro, but Mexican horror is just so much more than one man, talented though he may be.
You may be well versed in conjuring, human centipedes, and a whole variety of saws, but do you think you can really call yourself a horror fan if you have never seen at least one movie with Freddy or Jason terrorizing a group of teens?
Indonesian horror has suffered the ups and downs that all Asian horror goes through. These films can be very hit or miss in terms of quality and plot. The genre overall has been largely stifled by long dictatorships and various civil unrest and, like Malaysia, many horror movies did not make it through strict Islamic censors. However, the ones that did are always the movies that offer a strict moral lesson, which I am okay with. Though these moral lessons usually involved teaching the dangers of turning your back on religion, I'm slightly less okay with that, but to each their own. Regardless of the subtle or seriously obvious underlying message, Indonesia has a huge variety of great horror films, so many in fact, I would why they are not more popular.
In terms of Asian horror, Korea and Japan are on and equal level. Though the horror films are produced in different countries, both countries produce fairly similar films with themes and scares. However if the horror genre isn't broke, why change it? Though many a fan are calling for innovations and changes from the norm. However, the following movies are classics before the fans caught onto the similarities.
Thailand isn't exactly what westerners think of when it comes to Asian horror. It's all about Japan, Korea, and on occasion China and Taiwan. However, Thai's are very capable of creating an amazing experience in horror comparable and occasionally better than Japan and Korea. While there are hundreds of watchable horror movies from Thailand, let's go over the best top 6 Thai horror films
I might be strange, but after a long day of writing, reading, writing, and laying around on the couch in order to do a little reading, I like to unwind by watching a movie. Yes, that's not so strange, but I have a particular passion for only one genre of movie - straight up blood-curdling, spine-tingling, give-me-nightmares-every-night-of-my-life horror.
If you like spooks and various other paranormal entities, then you are probably a huge fan of the horror genre of every media. So why not watch some horror anime? The horror genre of anime tends not to be particularly scary, but it does have lots of interesting dark plots. No more of that happy fluffy bunny romantic anime plot or those lazy school day plots. Though lazy school day plots are not to be confused with the anime School days, that anime is hardcore.
Malaysia has under gone an explosion of great horror movies since the dawn of the 21st century. In fact, I have yet to see a Malay horror movie made before the 2000's. Most likely because the censors stopped approving them after the Islamic boom of the 1970's. What makes them so extra-special is that many of the best ones draw upon the rich local history and myths from the land. Everyone knows the best horror movies are based on potentially true events. That fact is true in every country.
Deodato, Argento, Bava, Martino - the horror movie genre owes a lot to these brave sons of Italy. That collection of the aforementioned surnames and many more produced wholly unique masterpieces that helped shaped the movies we see today, for better or worse. Perhaps there is something profoundly terrifying in Italy (like the gateway to hell if you believe Dante Alighieri) that allowed these creators to offer up their frightening, gory films, but regardless there is enough Italian horror to keep connoisseurs engaged for a short, well-spent lifetime.
Horror anime is good, but there is just a certain essence to horror that you just can't transfer onto the television screen. Probably because the censors just wouldn't allow it in most cases. Horror manga gives you the entertainment of pictures while still keeping the rich and detailed stories of writing. More than any other genre of manga, horror manga often flies really quite low under people's radar. At a certain point in the horror genre, you stop getting well woven stories and scares and start getting into guro. Guro is essentially just highly sexualized ultra-violent torture manga, some people have delved too far and it turned them off horror manga forever. Here are some good suggestions that wouldn't stain your mind and eyes forever.
You think you are nice and safe cuddled on the couch watching a nice horror movie. Werewolves are not real, vampires do not exist, and as far as you know the swamp monster is still out there preying on alligators. You watch your horror thinking, "Man, if this happened to me, I would be fine." Would you?
Ah, France. Known for their wines, cheeses, and general culture. Not often recognized for their terrifying contributions to the horror genre of movies. There are films aplenty from France in the sappy love genre, but horror? They aren't well known for their horror. However, oddly enough, the most mentally damaging films I have ever seen came from France, so there is definitely something there. French horror isn't ghosts and demons as Asian horror might be, most of the films draw on the horrors that can be present in real life. It is the possibility that these things could actually happen to you that makes the films so traumatic.
Sinister started off on a good note, the trailers that showed on television even peaked my interest and I have all but sworn off modern horror. It looked interesting enough so it merited a watch.
Everybody has heard of big name titles like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dead Space. However, there are some lesser-known titles that can give you frights with the best of them. These games embrace some of the key themes to horror games that make them terrifying. Even the lesser known Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a big name title compared to some of these.
I am a firm believer that the Japanese, as well as many other Asian countries, make the best horror films. Asian horror compared to Western horror is leaps and bound scarier, creepier, and more shocking without being just gross in most cases. Maybe the West is just with preoccupied with nudity and violence so much so that they cannot sit down and think of a coherent horror plot.
Scary Movie has been the king of horror movie parodies since the release of the original Scary Movie in 2000. With every new incarnation to the series, they parody both classic and relatively recent horror movies. However, with every new incarnation to the series, they get a little less funny. As they get less funny and more unfunny and offensive, the fan base for them dwindles. Of course they will always have their fan base of 15 year old boys watching an illegal copy while getting trashed on the one beer they stole from the fridge. They will always have them. Scary Movie 5 really plays to that tiny fan base.
You have to admit that these films made you sleep with the lights on, but do you know some of the facts behind these thrilling scares? Sometimes the facts behind the scenes are dramatic and scary, other times they are just plain hilarious.