Why Horror? A Documentary for Horror Fans

This was an interesting post I stumbled across earlier today. Near the end, it asks “Do you feel horror plays an important role in your life? How do you think horror entertainment has influenced our culture?”

Well, I wouldn’t say horror plays an important role in my life, but it is definitely a part of my life as I’m instinctively drawn to the horror genre in both books and movies.

I think horror, in general, gives us a ‘safe’ way to be scared. It can also serve as a release valve for when our stress levels get too high.

I definitely think its influenced our culture. Just look at the current zombie-mania, Walking Dead merchandise, and events like the zombie-run. People are talking about it, cosplaying about it, and proclaiming their love via bumper stickers and other money-sucking paraphernalia.

What about you? Click on the picture or link below to be taken to the original post and comment there 🙂

The other night, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon a documentary by filmmakers Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay called Why Horror?. The film follows horror fan and father, Tal Zimerman as he expl…

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9 thoughts on “Why Horror? A Documentary for Horror Fans

  1. I never liked horror growing up. In fact I would avoid anything with an element of suspense. But in college my fave film professor was cutting back and one semester the only class she offered I hadn’t taken was a horror symposium. I kinda found an appreciation for the dark arts. LOL

      1. We sort of did an overview of the genre Starting with some of the early stuff like Nosferatu and the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Of course Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The Japanese version of the Ring. I am drawing a serious blank on what else we did. I guess you know what stuck in my head. LOL

  2. Hmm, I don’t know if horror plays an important role in my life now, but I have been watching horror movies for as long as I can remember. I suppose I can say that it’s how my mom and I bonded, I remember watching scary movies together since I was little. My interest in horror grew from movies to books as well, it was because of my interest in horror that I picked up R.L. Stine when I was a kid and his books shaped my love for reading.
    Horror is still my favorite movie genre although I grow more and more dissatisfied with horror movies the more I watch, but that’s a different story.
    And like you said, it gives us a safe way to be scared, which is what makes it so much fun. Do you watch Cracked on Youtube? They have this interesting video where they discuss how culture shapes our scary stories, which sounds obvious, but they talk about something I had never thought about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAR1fp1tbds&list=PL5CC44F2C10A8415C&index=41

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