Why Do You Do Horror?

whyhorrorWelcome to day 2 of the October Frights Blog Hop. Today is a combination review of the documentary Why Horror?, and a discussion on why some of us are so addicted to the horror genre.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s what Why Horror? is about:

“WHY Horror? is a feature length documentary following horror fan Tal Zimerman as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared. Horror is a global phenomenon. Millions of people love it, yet horror fans are often misunderstood. Tal Zimerman should know. He’s one of them. Tal goes on a journey around the world to understand why people thrive on on blood and guts found in movies, books and video games. He meets with the genre’s leading filmmakers, writers, actors and psychologists to discover how horror looks in different cultures, why it’s so popular and how it affects our minds. Tal wants to know – WHY Horror?”

I’ve watched this documentary twice, the second time while preparing to lead a discussion about horror at the RMFW Writers Conference. This documentary slants more toward film, but also provides valuable insight into the history of horror and horror writing.

I enjoyed this documentary because of Tal Zimerman’s personal connection to the subject matter. I could relate to all of his stories about growing up obsessed with horror. His perspective effectively leads into the question of why we feel a connection to the horrific.

There’s a plethora of commentary from some of the great contributors to the horror genre mixed with brain science and personal experiences with horror. This is not another dry documentary splattered with bloody film clips. It’s sort of reality TV meets informative content.

I really enjoyed this Why Horror? and highly suggest you give it a try. I give it a solid 4.5 out of 5. Use it as a source to put your annual Halloween movie viewing list together.

Why do I love horror? I’ve been a fan since the age of 4, when I watched my first horror movie, The Hand from Outer Space. I remember vividly watching this movie with wide eyes and realizing that a love of horror was built into my DNA. From that point on, I sought out greater and greater scares in both film and books.

Tal Zimmerman says, “Horror is more than a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.” and I can so relate to this statement. I believe that horror in fantasy is as Stephen King says, “…prep work for our own death or horrific demise.”

Fear is a part of who we are and a thing we can’t escape. But our fears bring us together, and the horror genre provides a place to confront our fears both personally and as a community.

Your turn…
Why do you love horror?
If you don’t love the genre, share why.

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16 thoughts on “Why Do You Do Horror?

    • While I do like a good gore fest, I’m with you on the fun. I think that’s why I so love to add dark humor to my own horror stories.

  1. I love horror because it’s fun to be scared. The reason being that deep down we know it’s a book or movie that’s from some one’s imagination and that in reality, we’re safe. I’m not a fan of splatter punk, where it’s just blood and gore because it can be. If it’s appropriate to the story, I don’t mind a bit of it, but I want more substance and fear in the story as well.

  2. Horror movies and books are fun because you can distance yourself from them. If you actually were in that situation yourself – well, you know… SCREAM

  3. I view horror as being the truth. There is no good without the evil. The unknown can pull at us at any time, drawing us into new worlds. Can we escape the bad ones? Just part of the fun, is it not?

  4. I love old Horror movies, preferably 60s or older πŸ™‚ I don’t really care for gore. Have you seen White Zombie (Bela Lugosi)?

  5. We have that documentary at home and haven’t got around to watching it yet. I shall do so forthwith! For me I think I love horror because it’s exciting, if you manage to find the right story you can feel unsafe in your own bed

  6. That documentary sounds awesome, Wendy. I’ll have to check it out.

    I love a good horror movie or story that plays upon the imagination, scaring me more by what isn’t seen than by some CGI monster jumping out at me on the screen. Why do I love it? I think it appeals to my paranoia in part… lol, but mostly it’s just an extension of the Halloween spirit of sitting around and scaring each other with creepy tales. I’ve always loved that as a kid growing up and horror movies/books just continue to feed that thrill for me. It’s the one holiday that doesn’t change as you get older πŸ˜‰

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