I love horror movies. I believe that it’s one of the best genres of film. It’s also arguably one of the most maligned genres. Most people have a favorite scary movie, and just about everyone has a horror movie that they hate with every fiber of their being, that they gleefully slam dunk on whenever given the opportunity.
I’ll admit that horror is a trope-laden genre, but tropes can be good! I love me a good trope, when it’s cleverly executed or invokes strong emotions. I’m curious, are there certain tropes or tricks that a horror movie can do that scares you? What gets your heart pumping? For me, I love when there’s a person or thing out of focus in the background of a shot. The characters are oblivious, but the audience is unfortunately aware that shit is about to hit the fan very soon. The Strangers might have the best use of this trope in any movie ever. It sends a chill up my spine!
What are some things about horror that you don’t like? The stuff that makes you roll your eyes and groan every time it happens. Most people hate cheap jump scares, but let’s dig a little deeper! Personally, I hate whenever an otherwise smart character makes a decision that’s exactly the opposite of what any smart person would do.
I grew up terrified by horror movies, but now they’re some of my favorites. I think about them more than a normal person should, and I also just like knowing what makes people tick. I promise, I’m not insane! Just a tad curious :)