Why do we like scary movies?

Anonymous (@) 9 years, 8 months ago

“we” as in the general population.

I do not like them. Although I like scary games… Cause you can win.

Discuss!

May 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm
DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

So everyone is on the horror kick tonight (tonight for me, at least), I see.

The collective seeks a low-cost outlet for projecting themselves onto situations that can evoke emotion from within. I took a class entitled “Religion In Film” which operated off of the idea that the act of watching a movie had as much an influence on someone as the messages and tales of religious doctrine and belief.

When we go to a movie, we are forced to identify with a heightened version of reality, as well as with a reflection of ourselves. It gives us access into our own minds via a character on a screen. Using the human capacity for empathy we quickly inject ourselves with the fears and beliefs of those involved, and even at times are subject to the feelings experienced by the “bad” party, like one might find in slasher films or more realistic, psych-thrillers.

In short, we want to revamp and redefine ourselves in ways that daily life (seemingly) doesn’t allow for. Of course, having been at the site for a day I am already learning of ways to enhance myself without artificial methods, but some are complacent with a moving picture.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Well, I know why people hate scary movies. The more realistic a horror movie is, the more they run away from it. Movies like Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elmstreet, Saw, Final Destination, Zombie flicks are pure fiction and bullshit, but movies about real serial killers, snuff, based on true events could just make you scared of reality. The Japanese are good at fucking absurd horror, I usually don’t know what the fuck am I watching and stay away from that shit.

I remember watching The Grudge in a movie theater… everyone was scared! IT WAS SO FUCKING HILARIOUS. I started laughing loud… and the whole theater started laughing with me. I think I spoiled their fear. :)

But brilliant movies inspired by Stephen King, for example, are just keeping you on your toes. Not only there is killing, but the whole shit behind it, that you thought about, and you want to see what the fuck is going to happen until the end.

I liked “Let Me In” last, it was a fucking good horror movie. :)

Also, that’s awesome:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lazw0p6WrO1qe0eclo1_r9_500.gif

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Tobie Faye (4) (@tobiefaye) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

entertainment. We are all insane some how. those movies bring us joy. lol well the people i know

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1.61803399 (247) (@drunkmonkmeth) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I never liked “scary movies.” they aren’t scary.. its a movie.. also the script writing and acting are usually horrible which just makes them bad movies…

I do love me a suspenseful thriller though.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

People have trials in life, in reality, so I think a huge appeal is to put into perspective how bad life could be. So your girlfriend dumped you, at least a psychopath isn’t ass-raping you with a machete.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I have no fucking idea. Maybe to impress people?

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Anonymous (481) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@beyond, AHHH HAUNTED MOVING PICTURES!!!!

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yoinkie (1,498)C (@yoinkie) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I cant speak for everyone but the reasons I love horror and scary movies are many. ense Suspense for one, nothing builds suspense quite like a scary story. Also you gain a rooting interest in the characters. The main reason to tell a scary story is to set up the characters and their stories, and have the audiance grow attached to some and at the same time want others to die. You root for your favorite to win(so to speak). And fear; fear is one of the oldest and most understood human emotions, and some like to celebrate it through scary stories. You are safe, but you still get to feel the sense of danger and utter fear. scary stories also make actors really act. Fear is something you cant fake as an emotion, and the best scary stories understand that and display superb acting and the characters make you feel their fear.

Like I said, I dont know why other people love it, but this is why horror is one of my favorite genres of story telling. I loves me a good scare!

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I love movies like Madman an awesome slasher film, Room 1408 (so many people thought that was lame but in a chlostrophobic relating to the character and as a metaphor or satire of my own life it freaked me out), the first time I saw Blair witch it creeped me out, agree with Sasho on the Grudge and I also love Ju-On the original Japanese version (it is a marathon to sit thru but it’s pretty damn good). But what freaked me out heaps as a kid was Three men and a baby (no joke) there was a rumour floating around that you can see an actual ghost in it and I was young enough to believe my tormenting sisters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF2f__k0Pnw
Also, Cannibal Holocaust is the most fucked up movie I have ever seen.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, https://www.highexistence.com/topic/horror-movies/

Stephen King knows what’s up:
http://drmarkwomack.com/pdfs/horrormovies.pdf

On that note I’m going to try to finish Tommyknockers today.

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I haven’t found anything scary since I was a lot younger. Therefore, I don’t like scary movies (not that I really like many other movies either.)

Oh god, paranormal activity? IT SAYS IT WAS FILMED ON LOCATION. IT MUST BE REAL RIGHT? MOVIES NEVER EVER LIE TO ME. :)

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Paranormal activity had one shocking moment and a lot of freaking out and boredom, just to irritate you. And the people who made that movie thought that this is normal life. Just because someone is SCARED TO DEATH, does not justify a real reason.

But scared people scare people. :)

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Paranormal activity was the biggest waste of time I’ve ever sat through. Literally it was 2 hours of nothing, then she gets dragged away. And they made BANK off that movie. Sucha bogus society that dives into that.

I saw “Saw” the first one and I loved it. But the gore was so excessive I had to laugh, or else I would drown in the “Holy shit that would really be an awful situation”. I don’t like that. I watched one of those snuff films, actually it was an al-qaeda beheading in 8th grade. That fucked with my head in a really not so great way. I remember that whole week I felt sick to my stomach because of it.

I don’t like gore, I don’t like pain, I don’t like terrifying situations in movies where one is going to be brutally murdered and they are only moments away, specifically because of the empathy factor.

I do enjoy psychological thrillers, the one where you don’t really know whats going on. I watched one that was pretty good, the ending was beautifully done, but I can’t give it away; I can’t remember the title either. A neurologist goes away into the woods in a cabin with her family, when two men show up asking for gasoline for their snowmobiles. Then it becomes a hostage take-over and the two men are going around killing and whatnot, but the ending, for the first time, I had to think!

But really I can’t watch blood and gore. I have a fear of painful death, and the empathy just gets to me.

PS: Thanks ellie for the other thread, didn’t see it.

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Alicia Lee (146) (@aliwine) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I think it’s because since it’s a movie people are given control over their fear. Something that most people normally don’t have in life. However I do agree most movies now a days aren’t that scary. The reasons vary from person to person though. No two people are ever the same.

I am a total “gore whore” I will admit though. I have been watching scary movies for as long as I can remember.

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yoinkie (1,498)C (@yoinkie) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@beyond, I dont think the “boredom” was just to irritate you. I personally liked the first paranormal activity because it was a different(not new but different) approach to horror. Instead of showing you evil, they set up the stage and the plot and let you create the horror inside of your mind. The main goal of a horror writer(IMO) is to make you lose sleep at night; they want you to walk out of the theatre talking about the movie with your buddies, and then when you get home alone, they want to make you sleep with the lights on. Paranormal did that, because when they dont show you an actual monster, the monster is everything. The monster is that shadow you see out of the corner of your eye, and the monster is the creeking noise you hear outside of your bedroom door. When horror movies show you the monster, more times than not you just laugh because you realize that what you have been afraid of the entire movie, is just some CGI monster or a man in a monster suit.

Horror isnt for everyone, and neither are movies like Paranormal activity. But I think its a bit silly to assume that the movie makers made that movie just to bore you or get away with making a movie where nothing scary happens.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Sometimes, when horror flicks lack any originality, they put boobs in the movie. Maybe because nothing is more scarier than losing such a healthy pair of boobs.

I was definitely scared on some Doctor Who episodes. They were even more scary to me than horror movies.

DON’T BLINK!
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvlwgi88S61qeg3bco1_500.gif

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@yoinkie, It’s all there was. Shock value. It is scary if people believe that shit. But when your mind is already messed up and you imagine the most fighting things in your head that would never be in a fucking movie, you’re just not impressed with shock value.

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yoinkie (1,498)C (@yoinkie) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@beyond, 2 things. First, its not just about shock value. The directors of that movie understood the current state of hollywood horror(ill get into that in a second), and realized that they just arent working anymore. So they decided to present you a normal couple, living in a normal house, having a normal life. They understood that many people could relate to this, because not every horror movie needs a hot blond, athlete, comic relief side kick, and token black guy. You dont associate with those kind of characters because most of america is not that. Most of america live in a normal house. I understand why you didnt like it, your not the only person whose told me that. But ive been a fan of horror movies and seen horror movies from almost every generation, and I enjoyed the aproach that Paranormal activity took.

secondly, YES on Doctor who, and the weeping angels in both episodes(dont blink and the latter where they were on some foreign planet) were actually pretty damn scary. Again, the reason they were scary is because you dont actually see them scare you, its the intent and the possibility of it all.

And like I said earlier, Hollywood just doesnt understand horror at all anymore. They believe that the public wants to see the most recycled cliche Horror crap imaginable, and the better the FX and CGI animation, the better the movie will be. The more gore and scary looking monsters, the better the horror! Not fucking true at all, and it pisses me off. Thats why I loved “the cabin in the woods” so much, because Josh Wheedon unsterstands that and the entire movie was just a stab at hollywood and a subliminal message to tell them to stop ruining horror. Also, it was super original which is rare to see in a horror movie seeing that everything has been done and re-done. and then spoofed, and then re-done in 3D.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@yoinkie, Do you also like The Blair Witch Project ? It was also kind of original. And also a big lie for the viewers.

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yoinkie (1,498)C (@yoinkie) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I liked the idea of it and it was an enjoyable one time watch. But im not a fan of the shaky camara bullshit, it hurts my head. I pay money to see a clear focused movie. I get why they did it(to add to the realism that these kids were out there in the forest on their own). It was a good, one time thing, I wouldnt watch it again ever though. Whats your favorite horror movie ever? Im sure youve enjoyed some sub-genre of it atleast(zombies for instance, almost everyone has atleast one favorite zombie movie).

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

The Thing. (1982)

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Anyone else love Rob Zombie films?

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