Proud to Love Horror

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Horror movies are something we all know about. Most of us have seen them, whether we wanted to or not. Horror movies are movies that deal with bringing the viewers’ nightmares and hidden fears to life. Horror movies have settled into their place in American culture, but also added a new innovation into pop culture: Horror movie fans and fanatics. They are people who have horror movies imbedded into their lives. The victims and the survivors of these films are usually very well known, but they are rarely better known then the true main character of these films; the monster. Throughout the decades one thing has never changed regarding these monsters, other then their “hobbies”. That is the fact that they all have, and always will have, a fan base. From Dracula and his fangs to Jason and his machete, there is a group of fans who love them. The main difference between these fans is the various levels in which they love their movie monster. They can range from the typical fan to a true horror movie fanatic.

Wes Craven on his film Scream and Horror movies

There is almost always a horror film playing at the local movie theater. Even if there is not, Netflix and other websites allow horror fans to watch horror films whenever they please. There is something very unique about horror movie fans. While there are people who are very passionate about things like war, gun violence, and other scary common world issues, horror movie fans are passionate about these films that are fiction created for the purpose of scaring you. This is a prime example of the public paying more attention to a topic that really has no true relevance, but is an ultimately more talked about subject. Linda Holmes mentions in her article:

 “The big picture, always, is just that: it’s a big picture. To get perspective on a huge,  world-shaking issue like climate change or war often requires a view from the sky…Writing about popular culture is more the view from the ground. It’s looking around at the people you both live with and walk past, looking at what they’re listening to and reading and thinking about, whether it’s what they ought to be thinking about or not.”

I believe this is also how people add these seemingly meaningless topics into their reservoir of conversation. It’s a good example, as Linda Holmes also talks about, of monkeys ‘eating’ something else instead of what they are supposed to be ‘eating’. This is how horror movie fans join their fandoms. We have the freedom to choose what we pick up on. Horror fans choose to watch horror films. They choose to hear others talking about horror films. Many even dress as movie monsters on Halloween. Horror movies are so well known it is impossible not to hear any mention of anything in the horror genre. Some just become good fans of horror movies, while others can even become fanatics. There are horror fanatics out there with tattoos of Freddy Krueger’s face, Jason Voorhees hockey mask, and Michael Myers action figures.

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Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger plush dolls

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A collection of Horror movies and merchandise.

Now, there are those who can’t see why anyone can like these ‘ghastly’ films. They can’t see how anyone who’s not crazy can enjoy so much terror. These people have chosen ‘eat’ something completely different, and that’s ok. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In an article called “What’s wrong with horror fans”, the author says something that I believe to be an excellent statement from a true horror fan about the way they are looked at by people who may not understand, a statement I personally agree with. They say,

     “Stand up and be proud, as I know you are, that you have been able to see the merit in             Inside, the craft of Martyrs and the historical value of Dawn of the Dead (1978). Obscenity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. As long as you can reconcile the two, you’ll be on top of things. The next time someone asks you, with a conceited sneer, why you’d bother wasting your money on a DVD of The Devil’s Rejects, just remind them that you didn’t ask why they bothered to buy Fool’s Gold.”

Since we are free to choose what we all personally pick up on, there will always be someone who won’t agree. The fact that people like different things should just be accepted, and horror movie fans shouldn’t be seen as any different from someone who enjoys comedies.

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A shot of the audience’s reaction during the supernatural movie “Paranormal Activity”

I don’t see horror movies coming to an abrupt end anytime soon. It is an ever growing market with plenty of loyal viewers waiting for the next addition to their collection to be released. Even if through some unseen tragedy, horror films stopped being released, Horror fans would still live on with the movies and fandoms they already have. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” came out decades ago, but there are still loyal fans that spread the world and keep it well known. The same applies for other horror franchises like “Halloween”, “Friday the 13th”, and others. Horror movies are not going anywhere. The same applies to the horror movie fans. We are not going anywhere.

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One thought on “Proud to Love Horror

  1. The true appeal of Horror movies, and the horror genre as a whole, (at least to me) is that it’s not real. Picking what we “eat” culturally, you look at real life, and it can be much scarier than any horror movie you could pick. Horror movies are a form of escape from the every day horrors by picking up something so absurd it could never happen in real life. With a horror movie, you can watch a dream monster kill people in there sleep, but you know as soon as you turn the movie off that never happened. You also get to see someone stop the monster. You rarely get to see that in real life. In a way I find Horror movies strangely comforting in that they are usually resolved by the end. The monster is vanquished, and people can move on and forget.

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