The blog Written in Blood contains reviews of movies in the horror genre. In a recent post, nine survey questions were presented asking readers to give their opinions on the subject of horror films.
With blogger John Mountain’s permission, I’m posting my answers to the survey here. I love movies in general though I’m not a horror buff per se. But I’ve seen more than my fair share of horror movies.
Which brings me to my own question: What exactly defines a movie as a “horror” movie? It would seem to me that the range is wider than is thought. Anyway, the questions and answers are below.
The Survey Says
1. Do you like horror films? If yes, why? If no, why not? I like horror films because a good one connects with the audience on a basic, visceral level. They tap into our vulnerabilities as humans.
2. Do you prefer horror films about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, or other such supernatural fare? Do you like slasher films or do you prefer your horror to be more rooted in reality? I like them all equally, if strong characters are involved, not just an action-packed story. However, I think the supernatural stands the test of time (eg, Twilight, Paranormal Activity). Slasher films have to work harder to remain fresh from one film to the other. Are there any pure reality based horror films (eg, The Hills Have Eyes? The Roommate?) It seems they are an offshoot of slashers.
3. What is your favorite horror film of all time? Psycho is my favorite horror movie of all time (I consider it a slasher). In terms of its influence on films coming after it and well as its continued impact on anyone who sees it, it’s the standard by which others are measured. A close second for slashers is A Nightmare on Elm Street (somebody haunting your dreams? It could happen!). For the supernatural, The Blair Witch Project (innovative), hands down, followed by The Exorcist and the American version of The Ring ( both just plain scary). Oh, and Night of the Living Dead (1968) and …
4. What is your least favorite horror film of all time? Why? Silent Night, Deadly Night. It just is.
5. Do you have a favorite horror actor or actress? I can’t say that I know many of them,
6. Do you have a favorite character? Freddie Krueger.
7. What is the scariest thing you have ever seen in a horror film? The final minutes of the Blair Witch Project, a film people either love or hate. The screaming, the darkness, the spotty lighting, then the final image of the dude standing in the corner and the dropping of the handheld camera: that was the last thing I thought of for a few nights after seeing it.
8. What decade do you think was the best decade for horror films? That’s a hard question because each decade has its own unique stamp, but I’ll say the either the 1960s or 70s because since then, there have not been many truly new ideas.
9.Who is the best horror film director in your humble opinion? I’m not really qualified to answer that but the best known to me is Wes Craven. I choose him on the strength of Last House on the Left (1972; is that considered a horror film?) and the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Other Sites of Interest
Here’s a list of movie blogs (on various genres not necessarily horror) that I follow on Facebook and/or Twitter. Enjoy!
Criminal Movies – Examining movies about the anti-hero.
The Invisible Art – All about film editing, film making, film. news, trailers,visual effects news and anything else related to films.
Mocking Movies – Irreverent movie review website.
Movie Confessional – A poet and movie addict confesses which movies she loves and why.
Wider Screenings – An interactive online archive of transgressive cinema.
Mudane Rambling – Humorous movie reviews and other movie talk from someone who is aspiring to be a great writer but is too lazy to try (her words, not mine!).
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