Help me appreciate horror movies.
October 23, 2007 11:16 PM Subscribe
What exactly is the appeal of slasher movies like Saw, Hostel, The Hills Have Eyes
and Wolf Creek?
posted by Effigy2000 to media & arts (54 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I consider myself something of a film buff. I like action movies, period pieces, science fiction and more. I can look at my favorite movies, say what's great about them, explain what their appeal is. But for the life of me I simply cannot fathom why people would like films like this. I can't stand watching them, but I understand that there are many people who do. And it is their views I am looking for here.
I don't begrudge them for it or judge them. I'm not saying films like this should be censored and nor would I want them to be censored. But I simply can't see why someone would like a film like this.
I appreciate that sometimes violence is needed to service a story. Many of the movies I like have a lot of violence in them. But not to the level of your typical horror flick. I mean what, exactly, is the appeal of seeing someone decapitated, even though its fake? What is the appeal of seeing a screaming girl being dragged off by someone to be tortured or killed, or a young guy being tortured in some dark room somewhere as in Hostel? It services the weak story of most of those films, granted, but it seems that the violence in these films is the point of the film itself, rather than an element of something more substantial.
So help me to understand why horror films like this are worth watching. Maybe then I can find something about them to appreciate and enjoy a whole new genre of film!