Monthly Archives: January 2014

A New Angle

From now on, The Horror Seeker will continue with a different perspective.

Don’t get me wrong, the quest for the anatomy of horror will continue. I will continue to seek for great and interesting aspects in the world of the macabre and grotesque.

However, instead of just random reviews or analyses, I will narrow it down to aesthetic aspects. I will focus on poetic notions in horror; philosophical discussions about certain topics; or interesting artwork or visual imagery dedicated to the realm of darkness.

Now, let the quest continue.

/The Horror Seeker

“We make up horrors to help us cope with real ones.” – Stephen King

Immaturity and Ignorance

Last night, I was browsing through a Swedish community about movies.

Just out of curiosity, I’m sitting there, inspecting the reviews of horror movies, both exceptionally good and rightfully bad. Movies I really liked – for example The Woman in Black, Sinister, The Sixth Sense, which are movies based on atmosphere more than meaningless gore – gets one-sentence reviews like (and tell me if you have never heard these ones before):

“O my gaawd this sucked!” (…) “Nothing ever happens.. and I was like soo asleep!” (…) “Not even gory!!!!” (…) “I’m like 10 years old and this didn’t scared me at all!” (…) “I knewed who the killer was after the first ten minutes!” (…) “lol cock haha biatch!”

I consider this as two things:

  • Immaturity
  • Ignorance

A horror movie without a single drop of blood is an achievement. And judging a horror movie because of lack of it is just plain lazy. Gore has lot of entertainment value when handled correctly, and movies based solely on bloodshed can proudly present themselves as either “splatter” or “slasher.”

Atmosphere is the key element in the world of horror. Shadows and darkness, sense of horrible uncertainty, sounds that shouldn’t possibly be heard – concepts often used shallowly. Literature is mastering this better, but sometimes the horror movie industry understands its potential and key element. Sometimes a movie maker strives to present a story that captures the imagination, the dangers unseen, paranoia and anguish: yes, to be blunt, the key element.

And then they get bad reviews because they manifest what horror was originally about in the first place.

Ignorance, thy name is lazy imagination.