Spoilers: There will be a chainsaw. Man, with the amount of people on FB and Twitter trying to get info out of me... I have a new respect for JJ Abrams. The urge to troll is insane. But yeah, I love you guys, but I love having the job and would like to have more.
I always thought that I didn't like horror... but I've seen and enjoyed many of the films you guys have listed on this second page. After really thinking about it, I realized I don't like the torture porn movies.
I guess I should watch the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre now.
Yeah, this a conversation I've had with the former Mrs. Tank, my gf, and countless others:
them: I hate horror movies.
them: I don't like the violence, why would somebody want to watch that? Also, I saw (bad gory horror movie) when I was a kid and it scarred me.
me: Well that was a bad movie, and violence in horror movies is key because it is the genre that was invented to shock and disturb. But it's not always gory. Sometimes it is psychological.
them: I just don't think the genre has much to offer and I don't like feeling that way.
me: What about The Shining?
them: That's not a horror film, that's a Kubrick film?
me: What about Silence of the Lambs?
them: Well, that's more of a thriller. It won academy awards.
me: What about Psycho?
them: That's a classic.
me: What about Lost Boys?
them: That was part of my youth! It was a fun movie!
me: What about Walking Dead?
them: That's dramatic television!
me: What about Poltergeist?
them: That's Spielberg!
It goes on and on and on. For whatever reason, the word "horror" is suddenly associated to the most bottom of the barrel 80s slasher sequel that somebody happened to see by accident. I understand a lot of people don't like to be scared or disturbed, but for a lot of people it's a fun release.
Yes, I think horror relied on violence against women for too long, and yes there are some terrible horror films-- but it's a genre that gets marginalized and ghetto-ized more than any other. Even scifi, which every intellectual loves to bag on, dominates the top grossing movies of all time. Horror gets a bad rap.